Ancestral Family Topic 1000

 1000   Thomas Dickson (-1763)
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Thomas Dickson, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Thomas Dickson might describe his life as follows.

My family came to Virginia from Great Britain in the 1740s and in 1748 I acquired 104 acres on the south side of Roanoke Creek two or three miles north of the little town of Saxe, Charlotte County. 
My son Benjamin got 400 acres just east of me in 1756 in consideration of 10 shillings and the “importation of 6 persons to dwell within this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia whose names are Thomas Dickson, Mary Dickson, Benjamin Dickson, Sarah Dickson, Mary Dickson, and Elizabeth Dixon.”  As you can see, this was me, my wife, Mary, and my four children.
After my first wife died, I married the widow Mary Douglas whose brother-in-law William Douglas witnessed the deed when I bought 200 acres on Medway Creek in present-day Halifax County in 1752.  I was a resident of Antrim Parish in 1757 when I sold about 131 acres on the Little Roanoke. 
I was “sick of body, but sound memory” when I made my will in Halifax County 16 September 1763.  After I died about a year and a half later, three neighbors inventoried my meager estate. I owned some livestock and household goods, 72 pounds of bacon, one old cart, an old book, my clothes, and 4 bells. My slave woman, Chamberly, stayed with my wife, Mary. 

Lunenburg County charged Thomas Dickson on two tithes including his son, Benjamin, in 1748.  Thomas and his son-in-law Michael Dickson appear in the 1749 list consecutively.  Thomas was charged on one tithe in 1752, the last list that survives before his death. 
Thomas, sometimes with his son Benjamin, served on juries in Halifax County.  When Thomas successfully sued Samuel Harris for nonperformance in 1760, Harris unsuccessfully countersued. 

Will of Thomas Dickson
William Douglas and Benjamin Dickson presented the will of Thomas Dickson 15 March 1763.

Will of Thomas Dickson
16 September 1763
To my daughter Sarah Redmond one Shilling Sterling.
To my daughter Elizabeth Dickson one Shilling Sterling.
I have bequeathed to my son Benjamin Dickson one horse named Sugy.
To my beloved wife Mary Dickson the plantation I now live on during her life with all the goods & chattels also a Negro woman Chamberly.
After her decease all to be left to my daughter Ann Dickson providing that she marries. She shall find sufficient maintenance for the orphans as the Executors think fit.

Thomas Spencer, Moses Echols, and Henry Dixon Jr. inventoried Thomas’ estate 16 May 1755. 
After the death of Thomas Dickson, Benjamin sold 258 acres, which included the 104-acre plantation Thomas patented 5 April 1748 and 154 acres “conveyed formerly by the said Thomas Dixon to his son-in-law Michael Dixon.”  We have been unable to find the patent by which Thomas acquired his other land on the Little Roanoke River. He sold 131 acres in 1757, Michael apparently received 382 acres, and Benjamin sold 154 acres, making a total of 667 acres.

The widow Dickson
The tithable list of Halifax County for 1771, which charged her for Chamberly, listed Mary Dixon next to Alexander Douglas. 
Estate accounts to reveal a series of attendants for widow Dickson up to 1773.  Indeed she was “indisposed in body but of sound and perfect memory” in 1774 when she made her will in Halifax County leaving most of her property to her son Alexander Douglas, and mentioning also brother William Douglas and sister Anna Dixon.  Mary may have been the widow of Alexander Douglas who died in Lunenburg County by Sept. 1749. 

Family of Henry Dickson
Although Thomas Dickson and his family were immigrants, they may have come to Virginia to join family already here.
Henry Dickson of Halifax County and his wife, Ann, agreed to separate. Henry was living in South Carolina when he established a trust for her support, with Thomas Douglas, as trustee, and was in Georgia in 1768 when he revoked a power of attorney. 
Henry’s wife was undoubtedly Ann Douglas, the “sister Ann Dixon” named above in the will of Mary Dickson, widow of my Thomas Dickson. In 1772 Alexander Douglas sold 800 acres in Halifax County to Ann Dixon for the nominal consideration of £5,  400 acres of which she deeded back to Alexander in 1778.  Alexander Douglas and Anne Dixon appeared consecutively in the 1785 enumeration of Halifax County, he with a family of 8 and she with one white.  Halifax County taxed Ann Dixon on 3 horses and 2 slaves in 1800.  Ann left a will in Halifax County (will dated 8 Feb. 1815  and proved 4 Nov. 1815).
It is notable that Thomas and Henry Dickson married Douglas sisters and that Henry Dickson Jr. helped inventory the estate of Thomas Dickson.

Descendants of Thomas Dickson
Information about the children of Thomas Dickson, 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.
 Sarah (Dickson) Redmond,  
 Benjamin Dickson,  
 Mary Dickson,  
 Ann Dickson (-1773),  
 Elizabeth (Dickson) Dickson,  
Michael Dickson,  Nathaniel Terry,  
William Redman,  Clement Read,   

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