Rabb family early settlers in area

Published 3:26 pm Wednesday, August 20, 2003

By By LYDIA GRIMES, Forgotten Trails
I am going to get back to some of the families who settled in Conecuh/Escambia Counties before 1850.
According to some information I found on the website, www.genforum.com, James Rabb (1734 possibly in Ireland-1806 in Winnsboro, Fairfeild County S.C.) married Hannah Barnett (1738-8 Nov. 1843 at 105 years of age). He was granted 200 acres on the Little River by William and Agnes Barnett. There is no date for this grant but the Barnetts could have been parents of Hannah or at least some kin. He was granted 250 acres on Gilder's Creek of Enoree River on 31 Aug 1774. He sold this tract on 6 Oct 1785 to Joseph Woolbanks of Laurens Co. for 10 shillings. He's listed in a number of legal documents in the 1780's and 1790's as executor, appraiser, or witness to wills, etc.
After James' death Hannah moved from Fairfield County S.C. with her children, William and James Barnett Sr. to Rabbville in Conecuh County in 1819. Hannah is buried in the cemetery at Rabbville (5 miles east of Evergreen on Hwy. 31) .
James served in the Revolutionary War as a member of the South Carolina Militia during 1778-1782. His service has been the basis of six applications for DAR membership. He was an appraiser in 1792 and had a brother, Robert and a sister, Nancy.
James is listed in the 1790 Census of Camden Distric, Fairfield County with three free white males over 16 years of age, three free white males under 16 years of age, and four white females including heads of families, no slaves. His will is on file in Book 6, page 237 Apt 29 File 450 Dept. of Archrives Fairfield County, S.C. Dated June 8, 1806.
The children were Mary Rabb who married a Watts, Barbery Rabb who married a Hutchinson, Rachel Rabb who married Levi Mobley, William Rabb (1775) who married Sarah McDonald, John Rabb (6 May 1781) who married Renthea Glazier, Jiny Rabb, Robert Rabb (1787) who married Patience Pamela Glazier and James Barnett Rabb Sr. (d. 1824). James Barnett Rabb Sr. was killed while loading supplies on a wagon when the horses bolted and ran over him. His wife, Charlotte, was pregnant with their son, James Barnett Rabb Jr. (24 Oct. 1824) at the time. She died shortly after the birth of her son.
William Rabb (10 Jan. 1775-20 Sept. 1859) is the one that I have the most iformation about. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery and he married Sarah McDonald in Edgefield County, S.C. in 1804. She was the daughter of John McDonald and Elizabeth Young. They settled at what was known as Rabbville which was one of the first voting points established in Conecuh County. William was a farmer and a merchant.
Their children were Joan McDonald Rabb, James A. Rabb, Elizabeth Rabb, Young Madison Rabb, G. Washington Rabb, Margaret Rabb who married James Knight, Hannah Burnett Rabb who married James Porter and Emma Rabb who married a Rabb.
Young Madison Rabb (6 Apr. 1826-28 Nov. 1804) married first in 1848, Mary Stallworth (7 Nov. 1862-29 Sept. 1937), daughter of Calloway Hodge Stallworth and Susan Hobson Thomas. He served as County Commissioner of Conecuh County. They were the parents of William K. Rabb (abt. 1850), Susan J. Rabb (29 Nov. 1852-26 July 1872), Calloway S. Rabb (10 Apr. 1857-5 Sept. 1919) who married Lilla Kelly, John Madison Rabb (twin, 10 Apr. 1857-30 June 1924), Lida M. Rabb (abt 1858) who married Long Henderson, Fannie Rabb (abt 1860) who married Walter Tomlinson and Mollie Hodge Rabb (7 Nov. 1862-29 Sept. 1937) who married James Monroe Padgett.
Young Madison Rabb married second Carrie Perryman and they had James Y. Rabb (4 Aug. 1866-16 June 1886), Henry Rabb (abt. 1870) who married Claude Farrish, George V. Rabb (14 Feb. 1872-24 Oct 1872) and Edward Young Rabb (23 May 1876-20 May 1881).
Next week I will tell you more about the family of James Monroe Padgett who married Mollie Rabb.

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