|. Ephraim Dickens, prob s/o Benford Dickens
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
02 Ephraim Dickens,2 ? (Benford,1,Thomas,Thomas)
. Ephraim's prob father was Benford Dickens, and his prob brothers were Thomas Dickens and Benford Dickens, as they were
. the only early Dickens ("Dinkins") in the Montgomery Co, Va area, but no proof.
. Ephraim's spouse was a Collier, acc to some ref, and Elizabeth Collier, d/o Shadrack Collier (#2), acc to some, although she was
. too old to be this Shadrack's daughter, but could have been a sister. No proof or evidence for any of this possible Collier linkage.
. 1774: Ephraim settled in Montgomery Co, Va by this year.
. 1774: Ephraim took part in the Point Pleasant Expedition in Lord Dunmore's War, serving 24 days in Capt Cloyd's company.
. 1776: Ephraim's land claim before the Land Commissioners alleges that in 1776 he settled on 150 acres on Burks Fork.
. 1780 Montgomery Co: Jarret Branson accused Ephraim, Thomas, and Benford Dickens of being Tories, although Ephraim Dink-
. ins was a member of Jonathan Isham's militia company.
. 1782: Ephraim's land claim was surveyed for 120 acres and was described as being on the Turkey Fork of Burks Fork. The tract
. was issued to James Cock of Crooked Creek, who sold it to Benford Dickens in 1796.
. 1782: Ephraim was taxed for one horse and two cattle.
. 1787: Ephraim was taxed for two horses and six cattle.
. 1783: Ephraim had a tract of 122 acres surveyed on Crooked Creek, but the grant for the land was issued to Kincannon in 1796.
. 1788, 29 Aug: Montgomery Co tax list C: Ephraim Dinkins, 0 WM 16-21, 0 slaves, 2 horses.
. 1789, 20 Aug: Montgomery Co personal property tax list C, Big Reed Island Cr, Big Snake, and Burks Fork: Ephraim Dinkins,
. 0 WM 16-21, 0 slaves, 2 horses.
. 1793 Wythe Co, Va tax list: Ephraim Dinkins.
. 1794 Grayson Co, Va personal property tax list: Ephraim Dinkins, 1 male > 16, 2 horses.
. 1796: Ephraim purchased 116 acres on Greasy Creek, part of the old Quesenberry tract.
. 1799 Grayson Co land tax list: Ephraim Dinkins, 165 acres, value $106.67, tax $0.51.
. same, Ephraim Dinkins, 166 acres, value $100, tax $0.48.
. 1800 Grayson Co tax list: Ephraim Dinkins: 2 males > 21, 2 horses.
. Ephraim went to Patrick Co, Va for about 3 years (ca 1800-06 period).
. 1807: Ephraim sold his land on Greasy Creek.
. 1808: Ephraim purchased land in Greasy Creek, which he sold in 1810.
. 1810: Ephraim purchased land on Snake Creek, in the Webb settlement, and sold it in 1815.
. He apparently left the Grayson Co, Va area around 1815.
. issue: (probable/possible)
. 1. James Dickens.
. 1800 Grayson Co tax list: James Dinkins, 1 male > 21, 0 horses.
. 1809, Apr: Grayson Co Superior Court Order Bk (1809-21): Joseph Quesenberry vs James Dinkins, case dismissed by
. plaintiff's attorney.
. Prob same as the following James' (b 1780's) (since his brother Shadrach also went to Orange Co, Ind)
. 1820 Orange Co, Ind census, p 126, James Dickens, 120001-30110-0300.
. 1830 Madison Co, Ill census, p 187, James Dickens, 0111001-113101.
. Poss issue of James (living in same or nearby county, or name similarity with James father/brother):
. ? a. Lewis Dickens, b 1790's. (or possibly a brother of James)
. 1830 Madison Co, Ill census, p 187, Lewis Dickens, 210201-011001.
. 1840 Madison Co census, p 98, Lewis Dickens, 2021201-000001.
. 1850 census, Lewis not located.
. ? b. Ephraim Dickens, b 1800-10. Prob the one who m 7 Jul 1827 Orange Co, Ind to Rachal Mayhoe.
. 1840 Montgomery Co, Ill census, p 371, Ephraim Dickens, 100001-100001.
. 1850 census, Ephraim not located.
022 2. Ephraim Dickens, b 8 Oct 1783, m(1) Elizabeth Thornberry/Thornburg, m(2) Hester Ann James.
. Moved to Ind and Ohio and then to Fayette/Raleigh Co, Va (now WVa).
023 3. Thomas Dickens, b 1784 Va, m Rhoda Pennington (Rody) (Pendleton acc to some sources).
. Moved to Logan Co, Va (now WVa) and then to Fayette/Raleigh Co, Va (now WVa).
024 4. Shadrack Dickens, b ca 1787 Va, m Malinda Pitman.
. Moved to Orange Co, Ind.
. 5. Lucy Dickens, m Martin Phillips.
. 6. Rebecca Dickens, m Henry Adams.
025 ? 7. Isaac Dickens, b ca 1797 Va, m Elizabeth ____, b ca 1803 Va.
. Was living in same county as Ephraim in 1830, but no proof he is a brother, but since he had son Shadrick in the 1850 census,
. there is a strong liklihood that he is Ephraim's son.
. Moved to Wayne Co, Ind and Greene Co, Mo.
. ? 8. Polly Dickens, m 17 Aug 1824 Orange Co, Ind to Thomas Cochran.
. No proof she is Ephraim's daughter.
. Ref: "Carroll 1765-1814 The Settlements", John Perry Alderman, 1985, p 48-50. This source states that Ephraim may have
. married a Collier girl, as the Dickens and Collier homes were close, and that the suspicion is that his sons included James,
. Thomas, Shadrack, and Ephraim Jr.
. Note: One source says that Thomas and Ephraim were born in Halifax Co, NC and were sons of Ephraim Dickens and Elizabeth
. Collier (d/o Shadrack Collier). No evidence given for the Halifax location, which is inconsistent with Ephraim's location in
. the 1780's.