Allied Family Topic C

 C   Henry Cabanis (-1720)
Although I am not a descendant of Henry Cabanis, some of his descendants married into my family. Consequently, I have devoted Allied Family Topic C to his family.

Henry Cabanis, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Henry Cabanis might describe his life as follows.

On 31 July 1700 the ship Mary and Ann, captained by George Hawes, dropped anchor in the James after 13 weeks crossing the Atlantic. Among the 205 Huguenot—French Protestants—was myself, “se femme et un enfant,” that is my wife and one infant, perhaps our son, Henry. 
We were in poor shape when we got off that boat and conditions in Virginia were harsh, nothing like what we had been promised. Although I had a right to 200 acres, I never owned land. After all, I was a goldsmith, not a planter. Although Marie was soon dead, I eventually married twice again.
“Being sick and weak in body,” I made my will in Prince George County dividing a couple of swords, 2 gold rings, and my silver shoe buckles among my boys, Henry, George, and Matthew, and appointing my then wife, Mary, and my good friend Francis Epes executors. I was dead by August 1720. The inventory of my estate included the tools of my trade, 21 books, a periwig, an old violin, and some clothes and such.

Although Henry lived in Prince George County, he witnessed two deeds in Henrico County in May 1710 with George Archer The grantors and grantees were Ragsdales who had land in Prince George and Amelia counties next to where Henry’s grandson George Cabanis later settled.

Who were Henry’s wives?
On 1 May 1708 Henrico County certified that Henri Cabiness qualified for 200 acres for the importation of himself, his 1st wife, Marie, and “Magdalene his second wife and Magdalene her daughter into this Colony.”  Yet apparently Henry never applied for a land patent. Some believe Henry did not list his infant son as a headright because he was born aboard the Mary and Ann. When Henry wrote his will he identified his wife as Mary. Although some have speculated who these wives were, no evidence reveals their identity.

Will of Henry Cabanis

Will of Henry Cabanis
In the Name of God, Amen. I Henry Cabanis of Westover Parish in Prince George County being sick and weak in body but by the blessing of God in perfect sense mind and memory, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this mortal life, and desirous to settle the small estate it hath pleased the Almighty God to bless me within this world, do make constitute and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament, revoking and making void all other Will or wills heretofore by me made, first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, who gave it, begging pardon for my sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord, and my body to be buried according to the discretion of my Executor or executors hereinafter named, and as for my Worldly goods I give and bequeath in manner and form following as Viz:
Imp. I give and bequeath unto my son, Henry Cabanis, my Silver Shoe Buckles and Old Sword.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son, Matthew Cabanis, my largest Gold ring, and my Silver hilted Sword.
Item: I give unto my Son, George Cabanis, a Gold ring.
Item: I give and bequeath the remaining part of my Estate after my just debts is paid, to be equally divided between my loving wife and children.
Item: I do constitute and appoint my loving wife, Mary Cabanis, and Francis Epes my whole and sole executrix and executor of this my Last Will and Testament.
Henry Cabanis

Drury Bolling, John Fitzgerald, and Frances Epes Jr. watched the Frenchman sign his last will and testament that the court proved at Merchant’s Hope, Prince George County, 9 Aug. 1720.  Mary declined to be an executor.  Three Prince George County citizens valued Henry’s estate for £46.7.7, against which John Peterson claimed £11.11.2. 

Descendants of Henry Cabanis
Information about the children of Henry Cabanis, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Henry Cavinis,  
Jane Allen,  William Allen,  Eleanor —,  
William Poythress,  Frances Poythress,  
Henry Cavanas,  Eleanor (—) Cavanas,  
Richard Jones,  
Matthew Caviness,  Edmund Taylor,  
Ann (—) Caviness,  John Caviness,  
William Caviness,  Lucy Camp,  John Camp,  
Thomas Culbreath,  
William Caviness,  
John Camp Caviness,  
Thomas Cavenah,  Rachael Wallace,  Michael Wallace,  Sarah —,  
Richard Caviness,  
Amos Cavness,  
Frederick Caviness,  Elizabeth Carr,  
John Cuit Cabanis,  John Cabanis,   
Sallie Solomon,  
 George Cabanis (-1744),  
John Ragsdale,  Francis Epes,  Col. Benjamin Harrison,   
Alexander Gray,  Edward Finney,  William Green,   Clement Read,   Samuel Jordan,  
William Gunn,  
James Grigg,   Joseph Grigg,  Matthew Cabanis,   Thomas Anderson,   Jean (—) Cabanis,  
William Hardcastle,  Richard Whitten,  Robert Bolling,   
Alexander Erskine,   William Westbrook,  
George Cabanis,  James Hall,   Ruth Hall,   
Sarah (Thompson) Jennings,  John Jennings,   Joseph Jennings,   Samuel Thompson,   Robert French,  
George Cabanis,  Jenny Elliott,  Martin Elliott,  Martha Martin,  
Dr. John Cabanis,  Minerva Hicks,  
James Cabanis,  
Elizabeth Cabanis,  James Clarke,  
Mary Cabanis,  
Martha Cabanis,  
Mary Ann Cabanis,  Matthew Cabanis,   Edward Robertson,   
Sarah Cabanis,  
Jemima Cabanis,  Richard Thompson,  Peter Lamkin,  Griffin Fauntleroy,  
Matthew Neal,  
John Hall,   William Thompson,  
James Thompson,  
Sarah Thompson,  
 Matthew Cabanis (c.1712-1790),  
Hannah Clay,   

Selected sources
Anderson, Alloa Caviness. Henry Cavinis the Immigrant Infant and Some of His Descendants. The Huguenot Society, 1971. • Family of Henry Cabanis.
Garratt, Grady. “Cabaniss.” The Huguenot, Pulaski, TN: The Huguenot Society. 11:84-87 (1941-43). • Family of Henry Cabanis, with focus on the family of George Cabanis.
Green, John Plath. Henry Cabaniss and his Descendants. Dallas: Privately published, 1956. • Family of Henry Cabanis.

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