Saturday, February 23, 2013

Surname Saturday – Dillon

My father’s forest of family names includes Dillon.

Richard Dillon served in the Revolutionary War. According to Luke Ward Conerly:
Richard Dillon “…saw service as an enlistee on the vessel 'Greyhound,' a privateersman commanded by Samuel Butler.  With the capture of that vessel, he was made a prisoner on the English frigate 'Baloosa' which carried 36 guns and was commanded by a Captain Kennedy, a Scotsman.  After a nine-month imprisonment, he again returned to Bertie County." About 1810-He move to Pike County.  He lived there till his death "which supposedly occurred on his 89th birthdate in 1833."  Eight known children are listed.

Brothers Theophilous, Willis & Clarkston Dillon served in the War of 1812. Clarkston was involved in the Battle of New Orleans. Willis was a trumpeter for the 13th Mississippi Regiment. Theophilous was in a regiment of mounted riflemen.

Dillon names in My Direct Line:
  • JamesTheopilous Dillon bc 1719 in Ireland; married Mary
  •    Richard Dillon 1745 VA – 1833 MS; married Anne Lawrence; 8 children
  •    Joanna Dillon 1778 NC – aft 1821 MS; married Jeremiah Smith; 13 children


A few Dillon Resources:

  •    Luke Ward Conerly, SOURCE RECORDS FROM PIKE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI 1798-1910; 1798-1910; South Carolina, Southern Historical Press, 1989.
  •    DAR website, ancestor Richard Dillon #A03615
  • Compiled Service records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of Mississippi, NARA film #M678, roll 6, 13 th Regiment, Nixon's, 1815,  Clarkson Dillon. from fold
  • The Jeremiah Smith, Sr. Bible, c. 1800 - 1917, Bible in possession of Mrs. W. C. Uhlman, Tylertown, Mississippi. Copy given to me by Pat (Brock) Smith.


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