DICKSON Family Genealogist & Dickson Co. Historians

by admin on June 27th, 2004

Dr. William DICKSON, Sr. of Davidson Co. (for whom Dickson County is said to be named) has long been reported (Nesbitt and others) to be the son of Col William DICKSON of Duplin Co. NC.Recent deed discoveries suggest that he was actually the son of James DICKSON of Duplin Co. NC. And the title “Father of a County” (as designated by Mr. Nesbitt) may be more deserved by that James DICKSON rather than his brother, Joseph DICKSON whose will is the first o­ne recorded in Dickson Co.

I recently posted o­n this site that Hugh DICKSON who lived o­n Dry Branch of Yellow Creek was not a son of Joseph DICKSON (d. 1803 Dickson Co.) as generally accepted and published. I'm confident of that.

More recently I've set forth the theory that Dr. William DICKSON, Jr. of Davidson County (from whom Dickson Co. got it's name) was not the son of Col. William DICKSON of Duplin Co. NC as also generally accepted and published. I'm not as confident about that. But consider this:

Dickson Co. Deed Book A, pg. 329
James DICKSON of Duplin Co. NC conveys to William DICKSON, Jr. a “resident of TN” in consideration of “my love and affection for my son” 640 acres o­n Jones Creek in Dickson Co. TN. The said tract was below the Chickasaw Trace and the adjacent lands of Jason THOMSON & John LARKINS are mentioned in the description. Witnesses: Edward PEARSALL, Molton DICKSON. Dated 26 April 1808. Recorded 1810

But was that Willliam DICKSON, Jr. “resident of TN”, the William DICKSON from “Davidson Co.” TN? I kept looking for the sale of this land “after” 1808 with no luck but then discovered:

Dickson Co. Deed Book A, pg. 196
William DICKSON, Jr. of “Davidson Co.” TN to Mathew McCLURKEN of Dickson Co. TN for the consideration of $500 conveys a tract of land containing 640 acres o­n both sides of Jones Creek in Dickson Co. It is below the Chickasaw Trace. It was a grant originally given to James DICKSON of Duplin Co. NC. Witnesses: Jason THOMPSON, John LARKINS. Dated: 4 Nov. 1807. Recorded 1808

The dates are bothersome. How can he sell the land before he has title to it? I think I have seen a Power of Attorney from James DICKSON, Sr. of Duplin Co. NC to Dr. William DICKSON, Jr. of Davidson Co. TN in the Deed Book of Montgomery Co. before Dickson County ws formed. I thought it was Uncle to Nephew. Now I think it was Father to Son.

It is so widely accepted that Dr. William DICKSON, Jr. of Davidson Co. TN was the son of Col. William DICKSON of Duplin Co. NC that I still have some doubts about this discovery. However, I suspect the use of the title “Jr.” (which did not necessarily mean “son” in those days) has led others astray.

If anyone has some type of proof contrary to this new discover….please advise. If this theory proves true, a number of DICKSON family history books and Dickson County history books need to be amended!

Father of Dickson Co? Joseph DICKSON had 8 sons who came with him to Dickson Co. However, the o­nly o­ne I believe remained here until his death was Molton DICKSON. Most of the others (if not all) moved away with their families.

I suspect Dry Branch Hugh DICKSON, Raccoon Creek John DICKSON, Bear Creek James DICKSON, and Old Town Branch Alexander DICKSON (all tributaries of Yellow Creek) may also be sons of James DICKSON of Duplin Co. Although they were not as active in public service in early Dickson Co. as the sons of Joseph, I suspect more current residents of Dickson Co. who claim DICKSON kin are related to this group.

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