Name: Griffith DICKERSON
Birth: ABT 1713 in New Kent? Co., Virginia
Death: DEC 1785 in Louisa Co., Virginia
Reference Number: 8101
April 5, 1734 - Hanover Co., VA: Admin. of the estate of John Garland mentions Griffith Dickenson and James Garland. (Hanover County Records Book 1, pages 48 & 49)
[John Garland was the father and James Garland a brother of Martha Garland who was mother of Ann Cosby, wife of Griffith Dickenson. Because of date, Griffith must have been born prior to 1713.]
June 13, 1734 - Caroline Co., VA: The last will and testament of Thomas Dickason was presented in County Court by Griffith Dickerson and Thos. Dickerson the executors therein named and proved by James Garland and James Dickerson witnesses thereto. On motion of the executors, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate. (Caroline County Order Book 1732-1740, page 142)
[Thomas, James and Griffith were possibly Thomas' sons. James Garland and Griffith Dickenson were also mentioned together in April 5, 1734 Hanover County will of John Garland. This could be evidence of the connection between the Hanover and Caroline County families and that the Griffith who married Ann Cosby was the son of the Thomas who died in 1734.]
December 19, 1743 - Louisa Co., VA (formed from Hanover County in 1742): Ordered that Griffey Dickerson, John Roades, and Robert Estis do view a road from Elk Creek and Little River in this County and report their proceedings herein to the next Court.
[It appears that this Griffith Dickerson (possibly a son of Thomas) who died in 1785, already owned land on Elk Creek in 1743, possibly on his third (466 acres) of his father's land, left to him by will.]
April 6, 1744 - Louisa Co., VA: Griffith Dickeson, John England, John Davis Jr. for a road by the plantation that was formerly James Overton's Quarter ... north fork of Elk Brook ... branches of the Contrary Gold Mine ... Mountain Road and it is granted Griffith Dickenson overseer. (Louisa County Order Book 1742-1748, page 102)
[This is further evidence that Griffith Dickerson already lived on land on Elk Creek.]
June 24, 1746 - Louisa Co., VA: Ordered that John Carr, John Poindexter, Joseph Terrell, David Cosby, Griffith Dickason, James Overton and John Saxon and the laboring male tithables belonging to each of them do clear the road from Elk Creek to the upper end of Christopher Smith's orphans now plantation and Griffith Dickason is appointed overseer of the same. (Louisa County Order Book 1742-1748, page 195)
[Further evidence that Griffith Dickerson, who died in 1785 and married Ann Cosby, already lived on Elk Creek.]
June 23, 1747 - Louisa Co., VA: Griffith Dickenson, David Cosby, William Saxon appointed to view the way from Elk Creek up to the Courthouse and report back to the next Court. (Louisa County Order Book 1742-1748, page 232)
June 23, 1750 - Louisa Co., VA: William Saxon & Mary, his wife, of Louisa Co. to Griffith Dickenson of same 25 pounds currt. money 90 acres on north side of south fork of Elk Creek bought by Ambrose Joshua Smith ... north side of the south fork of Elk Creek in James Overton's line ... Griffith Dickenson's corner ... all houses for the use of said Dickenson except the mill house.
[This is probably the Griffith who died in Louisa County in 1785.]
June 26, 1753 - Louisa C., VA: Whereas an indenture of 23 June 1750 was made between William Saxon and Mary, his wife, of Louisa County to Griffith Dickenson of same 25 pounds currt. money, 90 acres on north side of the south fork of Elk Creek provided Wm. Saxon and Mary, his wife, cause to be paid unto said Dickenson 25 pounds by 1 June 1753 said indenture should cease. This indenture witnesseth that said Saxon and Mary, his wife, have paid 25 pounds to said Dickenson.
[This is probably the Griffith who died in Louisa County in 1785.]
September 9, 1765 - Louisa Co. VA: Henry Dickerson and his wife Agnes of St. Martin's Parish sold to Griffith Dickerson for 230 pounds 466 acres with the houses and appurtences lying in St. Martin's Parish. The same is the land given and bequeath by the last will and testament of Thomas Dickarson late of the County of Caroline (deced) unto his son Henry Dickarson relation being had to the County Court of Caroline it will more fully and at large appear land is bounded on Thomas Dickarson's line, Berkleys line, Sam'l Temples corner, Francis Jordons line ... along Thomas Dickarson's line. (Louisa County Deed Book C 1/2, page 111)
[Henry Dickenson was the son of Thomas Dickenson. A Griffith Dickerson and a Thomas Dickerson were the executors of Thomas Dickenson's Caroline County will in 1734. In Colonial Caroline, Campbell states that Thomas Dickenson had eight children in nine years.
This is probably when Henry Dickerson and his wife Agness moved from Louisa County to Prince Edward County (see Prince Edward County listing for November 17, 1766). The book, Old Home Places of Louisa County states that: "In 1765 Henry Dickinson sold to his cousin Griffith Dickinson, 466 acres on Overton Fork of Elk Creek. Griffith Dickinson, son of Nathaniel and Mary Dickinson, never lived at Belle Isle. Instead he gave it to his son, James, finally devising it to him by will in 1785. James, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, married his neighbor, Mary Cole Barclay, daughter of Captain James Cole and widow of George Barclay. In 1828 their son, James Cole Dickinson, inherited Belle Isle and lived there with his wife, Mary."
It now appears that this information that Griffith was the son of Nathaniel & Mary may not be correct and that this was Griffith, wife Ann Cosby, and not Griffith, wife Sarah, who was son of Nathaniel and Mary
The reference to Thomas Dickarson's line was to the adjacent 466 acre parcel Thomas Dickarson of Caroline County and wife Ann sold on October 16, 1771.]
September 9, 1765 - Louisa Co. VA: Henry Dickerson and wife Agnes of St. Martins Parish sold 466 acres together with houses and appurtences lying in St. Martins Parish to Griffith Dickerson of Trinity Parish stating that he had received the land from his father, Thomas Dickarson left to him by a will in Caroline County. Thos. Dickarson's line, Barkleys line, Sam'L Temples corner, Francis Jordan line. (Louisa County Deed Book C 1/2, page 111)
[Griffith's son Robert inherited this land in his father's will in 1785]
March 10, 1768 - Louisa Co., VA: George Berkeley and Mary his wife of St. Martin Parish to Griffith Dickerson of Trinity Parish for 48 pounds 96 acres in Trinity Parish on the north side of the South Branch of Elk Creek bounded by James Overton, George Berkley and Griffith Dickerson (it being the land formerly the property of William Sexton and was purchased of him for the said George Berkeley). (Louisa County Deed Book D 1/2, page 93)
1769 Louisa Co. VA Tithe List: Griffith Dickason was listed by Charles Barret in Trinity Parish with 11 and 974 acres; Cosby Dickenson was listed with 2.
[Cosby Dickenson was probably Hickerson Cosby Dickenson, son of Griffith Dickenson and Ann Cosby. Because of the date, he must have been born prior to 1748.]
WILL OF GRIFFITH DICKENSON
November 1, 1785 - Louisa Co., VA: Will of Griffith Dickenson, of Trinity Parish, Louisa Co. VA, proved 12 Dec. 1785. Son, Robert Dickenson, tract of land whereon I now live containing 466 acres. Son, James Dickenson, tract of land whereon I now live containing 560 acres. Grandson John Anderson, Negro girl Hannah. Granddaughter Elizabeth Dabney, Negro boy David. Grandson Nathaniel Anderson, Negro boy Levi. Granddaughter Ann Anderson, Negro girl Babley. Granddaughter Mary Anderson, negro girl Judith. Son Robert Dickerson, following negroes, Marshall & Hannah together with those now in his possession vizt. Dick, Milly, Lucy Anna & Rose. Son James Dickenson, negroes Milley & her children Silvey, Joe & Solomon and Martin with those now in his possession, vizt. Peter & Phyllis. Son Charles Dickenson, negroes Henry, Bethena, Sarah (?) Lewis, Isbell, Roda, & Nancy. Son Hickerson Cosby Dickenson, negroes, viz: Jasper, Minor, Violet, Joshua, Selah, John & Judith. Daughter-in-law Rachel Dickenson, negroes; viz: Nell & her two children Fanny & Mary; also George, Sarah and Dick during he live (sic?) & after her death to be equally divided amongst her grandchildren. Daughter Ann Tompkins, negro girl Cicily. Sons Charles & Hickerson Cosby Dickenson negro man James. Stock of cattle, Hogs, Sheep 7 horses with all household furniture and kitchen furniture, with plantation utensils; crops of corn & tobacco to be equally divided between four sons & daughter-in-law Rachel Dickenson. Whatever money due me to be equally divided between my four sons. Executors -- three sons, Robert, James and Hickerson Cosby Dickenson. Witnesses - W. O. Callis, James Overton, David Bullock, Thos. Poindexter. [Louisa County Will Book 3, page 123]
Father: Thomas DICKENSON b: ABT 1683
Anne COSBY b: 1718 in Hanover Co., Virginia
in Hanover Co., Virginia
- Anne DICKERSON b: 1735 in Hanover Co., Virginia
- son DICKERSON b: ABT 1736
- Robert DICKERSON b: ABT 1737 in Hanover Co., Virginia
- James Cosby DICKERSON b: 1742 in Hanover Co., Virginia
- Charles DICKERSON b: 1743 in Hanover Co., Virginia
- Higgason Cosby DICKERSON b: 1745 in Hanover Co., Virginia
- Mary DICKERSON b: ABT 1750 in Hanover Co., Virginia
- Frances DICKENSON b: ABT 1752 in Louisa Co., Virginia
- Susanna DICKENSON b: 14 MAR 1754 in New Kent Co., Virginia