Ancestral Family Topic 250

 250   Thomas Dickson (c.1750-1812)
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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 father, Benjamin Dickson, sold hundreds of acres of land and in 1764 I got to sign my name as a witness to one of his many deeds.  I was about 14—then the legal age for a male to witness a deed.
She was not yet 18 on 20 December (bond) 1771 when her mother, Eleanor, consented for Martha Adams to marry me,  and we went on rear 14 children our plantation south of present-day Meadville in Halifax County.
Henry Hereford sold 400 acres on Polecat Creek to me in 1777, and I added 250 acres on Yellow Bank Branch in 1782 and 34 acres in 1784.  Nearby on Sandy Creek, I owned 455 acres. During the Revolution, when our county militia went to Guilford, North Carolina, with General Greene’s army, they took one of my guns and two blankets, for which I was later paid £1.17. 
Joseph Petty, one of our Polecat Creek neighbors, was the father of Joel Petty who married my daughter Anna in 1805. I made my will in 1812 naming all our children and remembering “my beloved wife Martha Dixon.” I was dead by 28 December 1812.
A fine book entitled Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege, Amanda America Dickson is about my great-granddaughter’s efforts to get the estate my grandson left her. The daughter of his slave, she had to take her lawsuit to the Georgia Supreme Court where she prevailed.

Benjamin Dickson was surety on the marriage bond for his son, Thomas Dickson, and Joshua Adams, Martha’s brother, was a witness.
According to an old survey book, his father transferred 400 acres on Sandy Creek to Thomas 4 July 1774,  which he patented in 1775 and added a neighboring 55 acres 25 June 1790. 
Thomas was head of a household of 7 whites and 6 blacks in Halifax County in 1782, and 9 whites in 1785.  He had a quarter with an overseer and two slaves elsewhere in the county in 1782.  The tax rolls of 1800 charged Capt. Thomas Dickson on 3 horses and 7 slaves.  According to a British merchant claim of 1800, Thomas “has always been solvent and is now.” 
Both Thomas Dickson Sr. and Jr. were qualified voters in Halifax County in 1808, and Thomas Sr. in 1812. 

Will of Thomas Dickson
This is an abstract of Thomas’ 1812 will. 


Will of Thomas Dickson
1812
(Abstract)
In the name of God Amen -, I Thomas Dixon of Halifax County, Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament etc.
Item: I give unto my son Benjamin Dixon one Dollar …
Item: I give unto my daughter Mary Dixon one Negro …
Item: I give unto my son Stephen Dixon two Negroes …
Item: I give unto my son John Dixon bed and furniture…
Item: I give unto my son Thomas Dixon two Negroes …
Item: I give unto my daughter Betsy Barley two Negroes …
Item: I give unto my daughter Annie Petty two Negroes …
Item: I give unto my daughter Winnie Priddy two Negroes …
Item: I give unto my daughter Eleanor White one Negroes …
Item: I give unto my daughter Martha Dixon two Negroes, bed and furniture, horse saddle and bridle …
Item: I give unto my son Joshua Dixon two Negroes, bed and furniture, horse saddle and bridle …
Item: I give unto my daughter Nancy Dixon two Negroes, bed and furniture, horse saddle and bridle …
Item: I give unto my son Samuel Dixon two Negroes, bed and furniture, horse saddle and bridle …
Item: I give unto my daughter Susannah Dixon two Negroes, bed and furniture, horse saddle and bridle …
Item: all the rest of my estate etc I lend to my beloved wife Martha Dixon … The 150 acres where I live to Samuel Dixon …



Descendants of Thomas Dickson
Information about the children of Thomas Dickson, their descendants, and allied families previously found at Virginians.com is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Anna (Dickson) Petty (c.1782-1860),  
Joel Petty,   
 Benjamin A. Dickson,  
 Mary Dickson,  
John Dickson,  
 Stephen Dickson (1778-1848),  
Nancy White,   
Thomas Green Dickson,  Elizabeth Herron,  
William White Dickson,  Lucinda Beadles,  
Wiley Pope Dickson,  
Stephen Light Dickson,  Elizabeth Jane Devane,  
Samuel Carter Dickson,  Martha Matilda Neely,  
 John Dickson,  
Betsy Seymour,  
 Elizabeth (Dickson) Bailey,  
William Bailey,  
 Joshua Dickson (c.1793-),  
Mary Robertson,  
 Martha (Dickson) Nunnally,  
Daniel Nunnally,  
 Winifred (Dickson) Fuqua,  
Joseph H. Fuqua,  
 Samuel Dickson,  
 Nancy (Dickson) Nowlin,  
John Nowlin,  
 Susanna Dickson (c.1799-),  
 Eleanor (Dickson) White,  
Richard White,   
 Thomas Dickson (c.1775-1827),  
Elizabeth Scholars,  
Martha Melinda Dickson,  
Rutha G. Dickson,  
Thomas Jefferson Dickson,  
David W. Dickson,  Amanda America Dickson,  
Lucinda Rogers Dickson,  
Green Washington Dickson,  
Susanna Dickson,  



Selected sources
Leslie, Kent Anderson, Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege, Amanda America Dickson. Athens: University of Georgia Press (1995). • Daughter of David W. Dickson.

Notes
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