My Dillard Family

      Dillard Family

                              The Dillard family was the first of my ancestors that I found when I
                              started looking for my past. The Dillards date back to the 1600s, in
                            Colonial Virginia. Allied families are Nalle, Webb, Martin, Willis,
                              Aldin/Alden, Atwater.


                             Antrim Parish:  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Between 26th of July 1752 and 28th of November 1767, members of our family attended Antrim Parish. The records, of the years that they lived in Halifax Co. Virginia, were recorded in the Vestry Book of Antrim Parish. Members of our family that were recorded in the records of Thomas Dillard Sr., his sons Thomas Dillard Jr. and James Dillard, and Merry Webb, father-in-law of Thomas Dillard Jr. and Samuel Hall brother-in-law of Thomas Dillard Jr. There is also mentioned one time a Edward Dillard, it is not known for sure who he was but some researchers believe he was a brother to Thomas Dillard, Sr.

When we are doing our research there are many questions that we have and may never come up the the answers. Sometimes we run across a bit of information that may give us a glimpse of what was going on during that time frame and maybe the reason our anscetor did what the did. Below maybe the reason for our Thomas Dillard Jr. moving to NC.

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy
Chapter 8: Research in Land And Tax Records
Summary of Land Records by State

State-land state surveyed in indiscriminate metes and bounds, except the lands west of the lower Tennessee River, which were surveyed in five-mile-square townships. In 1777, North Carolina annexed its western reserve (now the state of Tennessee), established Washington County, and opened a land office there to issue purchase-warrants for lands ceded by the Indians. That office was closed in 1781. In 1783, North Carolina set aside a military reservation in what is today upper middle Tennessee, out of which bounty lands were to be issued as payment to its revolutionary war soldiers. In its “land-grab act” of 1783, North Carolina opened for entry its entire western reserve outside the military and Cherokee reservations. At a price of £10 for every one hundred acres, nearly 4 million acres were entered, mostly by speculators, and to a large extent for lands not yet relinquished by the Indians. In that same year North Carolina enacted laws permitting military warrants to be satisfied outside the reservation; and some 8 million acres of Tennessee lands eventually were taken up in this fashion, again largely by speculators who had bought up the soldiers’ warrants. See Shirley Hollis Rice, The Hidden Revolutionary War Land Grants in the Tennessee Military Reservation (Reprint. Lawrenceburg, Tenn.: 1992)

   Formation Virginia Counties:   Shows how the counties where our family lived                                                                                                          changed from 1745 to 1777.

                                   Thomas Dillard Sr.
                                   Thomas Dillard Jr.
                                    Merry Webb

                                   Martin Nalle Property

                               Dillard Obituaries:


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