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  • ID: I40
  • Name: Marlin Dillon
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1779 in Franklin Co, Va 1 2
  • Burial: Crooks Cemetary, near Melissa, Cabell Co 3 2
  • Death: 1868 2
  • Census: 1930 Cabell Co, WV
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    • Note:
      "The Dillon Family made its first appearence in Cabell County in 1832. After
      his father, William, died (about 1818), Marlin Dillon sold his inheritance in Franklin
      Co. Va. and brought his wife Lucy Arthur and their children to the Four Pole area of
      Cabell County. Marlin and Lucy had a total of 15 children, some of which were born
      in Cabell County..." from "The Heritage of Cabell County, West Virginia (Vol 1, P 164)"
      by Lewis R. Dillon, II.

      The 1930 census of Cabell Co, WV shows the following family in the same household:

      Marlin Dillon, Cabell, VA 72 1787 Virginia Male
      Lucy Dillon, Cabell, VA 62 1797 Virginia Female
      W Dillon, Cabell, VA 30 1829 Virginia Male
      Lemuel Ray, Cabell, VA 20 1839 Virginia Male
      Adalaide Dillon, Cabell, VA 19 1840 Virginia Female
      Marlin Blankenship, Cabell, VA 14 1845 Virginia Male
      Sarah Dillon, Cabell, VA 1 1858 Virginia Female
    • Note:
      (The following notes were submitted by Lewis Dillon, II)

      According to Benjamin Franklin Dillon's death notice in the
      9/22/1924 Herald Dispatch, Marlin and Lucy had 15 children.
      The Franklin County Virginia Census of 1830 mentions 11 of these
      children, unfortunately not by name. At the time of the census
      there were three boys and eight girls living with Marlin and Lucy.
      That means that after 1830 Marlin and Lucy had four more children.
      Of those four children I can name three and maybe
      all four: Benjamin Franklin Dillon (1933), Amanda V. Dillon (1836),
      Electra Dillon (approx. 1838-1842), and the questionable one Bersheba
      Dillon (1838). Of the eleven children born in Franklin County,
      I can name six: William J. Dillon (1817), John L. Dillon (1822),
      Reece Randolph Dillon (1830), Sarah Dillon (1825), Ellenor
      Dillon (1828), and Celila Clay Dillon (1815). Of the remaining
      five children, I have strong suspensions on two: Susannah Dillon
      (approx. 1920) who married Andrew Wiley and Thomas Hatfield,
      and Lucy Dillon (approx. 1927) who married Johnson Lusher.

      Marlin's tombstone gives his birth date as 1779, but the book
      "The Descendants of Richard and Susanna Beckett of
      Mecklenburg Co and Cabell Co, VA" gives Marlin's date of birth as
      1789 and Marlin and Lucy's year of marriage as 1810.

      Court Order book for Franklin County, VA, 9 page 136.
      December 1825 Frances Dillon, widow of William. In 1832 Marlin
      sold to Randolph Chitwood all interest in estate of William Dillon.

      This will actually belongs to Benjamin Ray, but it was witnessed
      by Marlin Dillon. I include it for this reason, Dad (Lewis R. Dillon)
      had always heard that one of his relatives owned and had a
      house on the property on which Crook Cemetery is located.
      Marlin is buried in Crook Cemetery and since it use to be the
      practice to bury the deceased on their own property, this
      could be an indication that Marlin owned this property. Also,
      Benjamin Ray owned the property on Four Pole Creek just
      across the road from where Crook Cemetery is located. If
      the normal practice was to get neighbors to witness your
      will this would put Marlin in the right neighborhood. The obituary
      of Benjamin Franklin Dillon, Marlin's son, states that Marlin and
      Lucy had settled on Four Pole Creek in 1832. This would also add
      weight to the possibility that Marlin owned the Crook Cemetery property.

      Will of Benjamin Ray, Probated 25 Nove 1839,
      Cabell Co., West Virginia
      Will Book 1, p. 237:

      I, Benj. Ray, of the County of Cabell and State of Virginia do hereby
      make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form
      following, that is to say,

      First, I desire that all my personal property be immediately sold after
      my decease and out of the monies arising therefrom, all my just debts
      and funeral expenses be paid -

      Secondly, I give my son Benjamin and his heirs forever, the lower
      part of my farm on which I now live from the Water Gap down Fourpole
      Creek, upon this condition, that he pay to my son Elijah Ray and James
      Rupert (who married my daughter Nancy), each the sum of twenty dollars,
      so soon as they or their legal representatives demand the same.

      Thirdly, I give to my sons, Luke Ray and William Ray, to be equally
      divided between them and their heirs forever the tract of land that
      William now lives on being the same I purchased of Bostick and
      Summers at my second and last purchase from them. It is my desire
      that William have the lower end of said tract where he now lives
      and that Luke have the upper end.

      Fourthly, I give to my son Isaiah Ray the balance of the farm on which
      I now live and the farm I lately purchased from my son Luke Ray to be
      enjoyed by him and his heirs forever upon this condition; that the said
      Isaiah pay to my two grandchildren, Lemuel Preston Carter and
      Angeline Carter at the time they arrive at full age, each the sum of
      one hundred dollars, with interest from the time of my death,

      Fifthly, all the rest of my estate, both real and personal, of what
      nature or kind soever it may be not herein before particularly disposed
      of, after paying my debts, I desire, may be equally divided between
      my two sons, William and Luke, which I give to them and their heirs forever.

      And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Isaiah Ray
      Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.

      Benj. X Ray

      Signed, sealed, published, and declared by Benj. Ray as
      and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence and hearing
      of us, who at his bequest and in his presence, have subscribed our
      names as Witnesses: S. Thornburg, F. F. Summers, Marlin Dillon.

      At a court held for the county of Cabell the 25th day of November
      1839, this Last Will and Testament of Benj. Ray was presented in
      court and was proved by the oaths of Ferdinand Summers and
      Marlin Dillon, which is ordered to be recorded.

      John Samuels, Clerk

      ***After his father, William Dillon died (after 1818), Marlin Dillon
      sold his inheritance in Franklin County, VA and brought his wife,
      Lucy Arthur, and their children to the Four Pole area of Cabell County, VA.

      Father: William Dillon b: ABT 1761
      Mother: Frances Blankenship b: ABT 1764

      Marriage 1 Lucy Arthur b: 1795 in Franklin Co, Va
        1. Has Children Celia Clay Dillon b: 17 APR 1815 in Franklin Co, Va
        2. Has No Children William J Dillon b: ABT 1817
        3. Has No Children John L Dillon b: 1822
        4. Has No Children Ellenor J Dillon b: ABT 1828
        5. Has No Children Reece Randolph Dillon b: 1830
        6. Has Children Benjamin Franklin Dillon b: 4 JUN 1833 in Cabell Co, WVa
        7. Has No Children Amanda V Dillon b: ABT 1836
        8. Has No Children Bersheba Dillon
        9. Has No Children Sarah Dillon
        10. Has Children Electra Dillon b: 1844 in W. V.

        1. Abbrev: Scott Grant, 7 Lovell Dr, Charleston, WV, 25302, 304-343-5386
          Scott Grant, 7 Lovell Dr, Charleston, WV, 25302, 304-343-5386
        2. Abbrev: Headstone
        3. Abbrev: Scott Grant, 7 Lovell Dr, Charleston, WV, 25302, 304-343-5386
          Scott Grant, 7 Lovell Dr, Charleston, WV, 25302, 304-343-5386 Crooks Cem is located at 82 degrees 22' 25" by 38 Degrees 21'57" at Four Pole Rd and Green Valley Rd, Cabell Co
        4. Abbrev: Photo from Stephen Arnold web site.
          Photo from Stephen Arnold web site.
        5. Abbrev: See letter from Morgan Bloom Hughes, dated 7/1/1974.
          See letter from Morgan Bloom Hughes, dated 7/1/1974.