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 500   Benjamin Dickson
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Benjamin Dickson, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Benjamin Dickson might describe his life as follows.

I came to Virginia from Great Britain with my family in the 1740s. By 1750 I married Winifred Finney, a daughter of Thomas Finney, after he agreed to give me half of everything he owned when he died.  Maybe he tired of hearing her called Winney Finney. Our first child was Thomas, followed by several others.
Since every parish looked after its own, I volunteered to rear William Chandler and teach him a trade after his father died in 1748.  For giving a rifle to our militia during the French and Indian War, I was paid £2.19. 
Realizing the demand for new tobacco land, I began to speculate in real estate. In Charlotte County I got 400 acres next to my father, and in Halifax County I held 1,061 acres on Sandy Creek and 2,654 acres on the Banister River. That’s more than 4,000 acres that I began to sell in 1758 for quite a profit. By 1774 I was a gentleman farmer. Since owning land in Halifax County qualified me to vote, I cast my ballot for Thomas Tunstall for burgess in 1765, Walter Coles in 1768, and Isaac Coles in 1769. 
My family lived south of present-day Meadville and we were parishioners of Antrim Parish where I was a respected member of the vestry—the committee that managed the affairs of the church.  I also served on a grand jury. 
I administered the estate of my neighbor James Whitehead who left a widow, Elizabeth.  Since my wife had died in the 1760s, I married her 21 September (bond) 1780. 
Although no records remain that I or my sons fired a shot during the Revolution, we were reimbursed for contributing a gun, 700 pounds of beef, and 70 pounds of bacon to the army and Stephen was paid for driving a wagon three weeks. 
I was still living 24 December 1795 when I attended the wedding of my stepdaughter Elizabeth Whitehead and Fleming Brown. 


Notes
Benjamin was apparently still living in 1804 as Benjamin Dickson Jr. was then a qualified voter in Halifax County. 

At the Halifax County March Court 1753 Benjamin registered his earmark,  and at the March Court 1756 he was granted a license to keep an ordinary at his house.  Benjamin served often a juror,  and in 1759 he was reimbursed for a horse injured carrying prisoners to jail. 
After his father died, Benjamin sold his 400 acres and his father’s 104-acre home in Charlotte County to Clement Read 16 Feb. 1764.  Benjamin was head of a household of 11 whites in Halifax County in 1785,  and was taxed on two horses and one slave in 1800. 
We have not seen the will for Benjamin Dickson, if he had one. Consequently, he may have had children beyond the ones identified below.

Deeds and grants
As described above, Benjamin acquired several thousand acres that he soon sold. He got 395 acres on both sides of Sandy Creek in Halifax County 19 May 1757 and added a neighboring 666 acres 7 July 1763. 
On 16 Aug. 1756 Benjamin received 400 acres on the lower branches of the Little Roanoke River in present-day Charlotte County, in consideration of 10 shillings and for the “importation of 6 persons to dwell within this or Colony and Dominion of Virginia whose names are Thomas Dickson, Mary Dickson, Benjamin Dickson, Sarah Dickson, Mary Dickson, and Elizabeth Dixon.”  This land was immediately next to his father.
He held also 390 acres on both sides of the Banister River in Lunenburg County in 1756 and 2,264 acres on the north side of the Banister River just northeast of Meadville in Halifax County in 1757. 
When Benjamin began selling his Lunenburg County lands in 1758, his wife, Winifred, relinquished her dower right. Of his 2,264-acre patent, James Mackendree bought 400 acres in 1759, which he deeded back later the same year, and Benjamin Hubbard bought 892 acres in 1760 and 285 acres in 1764. 
Solomon Davis bought 70 of the 390 acres on the Banister River 21 June 1758.  In 1766 Thomas Glascock of Richmond County bought 661 on Sandy Creek and Thomas Terry the other 400 acres there.  Winifred was dead by 1774 when Benjamin Dickson, farmer, alone sold 200 acres on Birch Creek. 
Benjamin sold 152 acres called “Horns Cabin Land” in 1783.  Benjamin and Elizabeth were still husband and wife in 1787 when they joined his son-in-law Robert Dudley Milner on a deed. 

Descendants of Benjamin Dickson
Information about the children of Benjamin 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.
 Thomas Dickson (c.1750-1812),  
 Stephen Dickson (-1792),  
Nancy Edmunds,  Francis Edmunds,  Rachel —,  
William Milner,  
Finney Dickson,  John Phelps,  
Elizabeth Dickson,  Joseph Landrum,  
Polly Dickson,  Jacob Abbott,   
 Mary (Dickson) Milner,  
Robert Dudley Milner,  
 Winifred (Dickson) Easley,  
Robert Easley,  
 Joanna (Dickson) Light,  
John Light Jr.,  
 Benjamin Dickson (-1806),  
Elizabeth Farmer,  Allen Whitehead,  
Robert Mann,  
Joel Dickson,  



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