In 1786, the state of Georgia granted Dabney 50 acres of land in recognition for his military service. Additionally, the legislature provided 70 pounds to emancipate Dabney from his owner, Richard Aycock.
At this point Dabney was a free man but due to the kindness of Giles Harris, he went to work for the Harris family. Dabney became such close friends with the Harris family that he remained with them for the rest of his life and even supported their son, William, financially so that he could attend college and law school. William named his son Austin Dabney Harris in honor of Dabney and Dabney, upon his death, left all of his posessions to Harris. Dabney and Harris are buried side by side in the Harris family plot. This story of friendship that crossed all kinds of boundaries is just amazing.
|Harris and Dabney buried side-by-side in the Harris Family plot|
*Facts taken from the New Georgia Encyclopedia