Born in Cumberland Co., VA, William S. Daniel, Jr. was the son of the Hon. William Daniel (1770-1839) and his wife (m. 1803 or 1804) Margaret (Baldwin) Daniel (1785-1826). Daniel, Jr. attended Hampden-Sydney College before studying law at UVa in sessions 2-3 (1826-1827).
Daniel married Sarah A. Warwick (d. 1846) in 1840. The couple had a son, John Warwick Daniel, and a daughter, Sarah A. Daniel, who in 1868 married Major Don Pedro Halsey, CSA. Halsey had attended UVa from 1855-1856. William Daniel Jr. married secondly Elizabeth Cabell, with whom he had no issue.
Daniel lived in Farmville, VA, much of his adult life, and also seems to have been in Richmond frequently. He was a lawyer by profession, and served as a member of the Virginia legislature; he was a presidential elector in 1844, and served on the Virginia Court of Appeals from 1846-1865. He died in Farmville in 1873.
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