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William and Nancy McNeely Dingess
Posted by: Connie Baisden Barker (ID *****9779) Date: September 16, 2002 at 15:36:21
In Reply to: Re: Logan Co. West Virginia Dingess Families by Maurice of 143

Dear Maurice,
I have never read that William Dingess divorced Nancy McNeely Dingess. Here is what I have on them:

Husband:       William DINGESS
Birth:       1772       Place:       Botetourt Co., VA
Death:       1820       Place:       Cabell Co., VA (Estate Sold 27 April 1822)
Father:       Johan Peter DINGUS DINGESS (1738-1809)
Mother:       Mary (Polly) SMITH (1740-1835)
Other Spouses       Catherine (Katie) McCOMAS (Never Married)
Marriage:       1796 to Nancy McNeely       
Wife:       Nancy McNEELY
Birth:       About 1778       
Death:       Before January 1826       Place:       deed for land found
Father:       William McNEELY (1743-1810)
Mother:       Rebecca BARNETT (1745-)
Husbandís Notes...
Purshased of John Brechenridge the survey of 300 acres which covers the present site of Logan
courthouse, and a portion of the farm across the river, moved upon it in 1799 and built a residence. He on one ocassion joined in the pursuit of a band of Indian marauders and followed them as far as the Falls of Guyan, where, killing an Indian, he took off a part of his hide out of which he made a razor strap and kept it during his lifetime. He had no children by his wife, but was the reputed father of a child born to Katie McComas, who was always known as Peter Dingess and was for a long time regarded as the best physician in Logan County.

William Dingess and David Franch 216 Acres - Clear Fork of Guyan 1810 Book 1, page 28, Giles Co. VA
The first Circuit Court was held at his residence within the present limits of the city of Logan, was on the 7th day of May, 1824 Hon. Lewis Summers presided as judge. The first County Court was held at the same place, but at an earlier date. The first election for the county was held at the home of William Dingess in 1824, and James Bias and Benjamin Smith were elected to the General Assembly.

William and wife, Nancy, lived in a house consisting of four large rooms situated on Stratton Street and directly opposite the present courthouse. The home was used for judicial purposes until a short time previous to the Civil War, when a large log Courthouse was erected on the present courthouse site.
William is listed in the 1815 Cabell Co. Tax List (present day Logan Co.). He is listed as having 1 free white male over 16, 3 slaves, 6 horses,16 cattle.
3 July 1815, Cabell Co VA. Indenture. Ezekiel Smith to WM Dingess, 50 acres on Guyandotte, mouth of Dingess Creek. Wit: Philip Ellis, Benjamin Smith, and Wm Dempsey, Justices: Wm Toney, Peter Dingess (Deed Book II, 1814-1819, page 97)
3 July 1815, Cabell Co. VA. Indenture. WILLIAM DINGESS
to Benjamin Smith, 50 acres Middle Fork of Island Creek where Even Ellis lives. Wit: Joseph Doherty, Wm Dempsey & Ezekiel Smith. Justice: Peter Dingess & William Toney. (Deed Book II, 181401819, page 101
18 May 1818, Cabell Co. VA. Indenture. William Dingess to Even Ellis, 60 acres on Island Creek, bounded by Philip Ellis. Wit: Ezekiel Smith, Benjamin Smith & Philip Ellis. (Deed Book II, 1814-1819, page 298)
18 May 1818, Cabell Co VA. William Dingess to Philip Ellis, 50 acres main fork Island Creek. Wit: Ezekiel smith, Benjamin Smith, & William Dempsey ( Deed Book II, 1814-1819, page 299)
1822 April 27 Cabell Co Va. Sale of Estate of WILLIAM DINGESS. Purchasers: Thomas Farley, Peter Dingess, Benjamin Smith, Smith Vance, John Dingess, Polly McNeely, Henry Farley, Alexander McNeely, James White, John Vance, Henry Conley, John Dempsey, Garland Conley, Thomas Farley, EVen Ellis, Ezekiel Smith, Thomas W. Brown, Nimrod Farley, Archible Clendenen, William Henderson, William Guin,Jesse McDonell. Signed, Nancy Dingess, William Hinchman & William Henderson. (Cabell Co. Va Will Book I, 1820-1848, pge 14.)
27 April 1822 Cabell Co Va. Second Sale of Estate of William Dingess. Purchasers: Peter Dingess, Benjamin Smith, John Dingess, Even Ellis, Thomas Farle, James White, Joseph Stratton, John Vance Henry Conley, Susannah Vance, Alexander McNeely, Peter Dingess Sr., Archable Clendenen, William Guyan, Garland Conley, Polly McNeely. (Will Book 1, 1820-1848, page 15)
27 May 1822, Cabell Co Va. Inventory of Estate of William Dingess. Appraisers: John Hinchman, Harculas McDonald & Benjamin Smith (Will Book 1, 1820-1848, page 19).

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