|. Benford Dickens, prob s/o Benford Dickens
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
03 Benford Dickens,2 ? (Benford,1,Thomas,Thomas)
. Thomas, Ephraim, and Benford Dickens (?Dinkins") of Montgomery Co, Va were probably brothers, as they were the only ones
. of this name in early Montgomery Co, and were likely sons of Benford Dickens, but unproven.
. m ? Elizabeth ____. (his land on Burks Fork, Grayson Co was sold by an Elizabeth Dickens).
. 1770's: Benford Dickens came to Montgomery Co. He bought an improvement which Samuel Rentfro had settled in 1776.
. Benford Denkins was in Capt Wiliam Bobbitt's militia company.
. 1780: Monatgomery Co: Jarret Branson accused Benford, Ephraim, and Thomas Dickens of being Tories.
. 1782, 29 Nov: Va State Land Office Survey, Bk 3, 1780-83: 400 acres surveyed for Bendford Dinkins, by virtue of certificate
. from commissioners for Washington and Montgomery Cos, 16 Sep 1782, assigned him by Samuel Rentfro in Montgomery
. Co, on waters of Burks Fork, of Reed Island, of New River.
. 1782: Montgomery Co: Benford Dickens, no horse, no cattle, no land.
. 1782: Montgomerey Co: Benford appeared before the land commissioners to establish claim, and had it entered and surveyed.
. The grant was issued in 1784.
. 1784, 1 May: Montgomery Co (L-268): Beauford Dinkins, 400 acres on Burks Fork, branch of Big Reed Island.
. 1787 Montgomery delinquent tax list: Benford Dinkins.
. 1788, 29 Aug: Montgomery Co tax list C: Benford Dinkins, 0 WM 16-21, 0 slaves, 2 horses.
. 1789, 20 Aug: Montgomery Co tax list C (Big Reed Island Creek, Big Snake and Burks Fork): Benford Dinkins, 1 WM 16-21, 0
. slaves, 2 horses.
. 1793: Wythe Co, Va tax list: Benford Dinkens, with his likely son William Dickens listed next to him.
. 1794 Grayson Co, Va personal property tax list: Benford Dinkins, 1 male > 16, 2 horses.
. 1806, 7 Jul: Grason Co Deed: Benford's land on Burks Fork sold by an Elizabeth Dickens.
. Benford left the Grayson Co, Va area around 1806 (or died about that time).
. 1810, Oct: Grayson Co Deed Bk 3, p 143: Thomas and Mary Jessop of Grayson Co sold to Willoughby Blackard 300 acres on
. N side of Big Reed for $500. (Ref: purchased from Benford Dickens, see Grand L-268)
. Prob relevant record:
. 1826 Grayson Co Court Order Bk, p 26 (Jun, Weds 28th): Christopher Hiatt vs Francis Hamilton & Elizabeth his wife & others
. heirs at land of "Bedford" Dickens deceased. Heirs in chancery. ....
. issue: (possible)
. ? 1. William Dickens, m 26 Apr 1798 Patrick Co, Va to Mary Donathan.
. 1794 Grayson Co, Va personal property tax list: William Dinkins, 1 male > 16, 0 horses.
. ? 1810 Wythe Co, Va census, p 829, Mary Dinkins, 00000-12010.
. ? 2. Benford Dickens, b 1780's (or ca 1796 Grayson Co, Va), m 19 Jan 1815 Carter Co, Tenn to Catherine Busten, b ca 1793-94
. 1818 Carter Co, Tenn court records: Benford Dinkins vs Isaac Williams.
. 1820 census, Benford/Bedford not located.
. 1829 and 1830 Carter Co, Tenn court rec: Benford Dinkins and Samuel Bailey vs State.
. ? 1830 Burke Co, NC census, p 196, Binford Dinkins, 0211-11001.
. 1840 Campbell Co, Tenn census, p 321, Benford Dinkins, 00001001-11100001.
. (listed on same page as Wm Hughett (#1))
. 1840 Campbell Co census, p 321, John Dinkins, 10001-00001. (listed next to Benford)
. ? 1850 Cherokee Co, NC census, p 7, #82/82, Bedford Dinkins,56 Va, iron marter, Catharine,56 NC, Margaret,23 NC, Sarah,19
. Tenn, Nancy I.,2 Tenn.
. ? 1860 Cherokee Co census, Murphy Dist, p 10, #67/67, Bedford Dinkins,66 Grason Co, Va, farmer, Catherine,67 Randolph
. Co, NC, Sarah Killian,27 Lincoln Co, NC, John Killian,1 Cherokee Co, NC.
. ? 1870 Cherokee Co census, Murphy, p 293, #101/101, Sarah Dinkins,34 Tenn, Nancy,22 Tenn, Margaret,16 NC, Sofrona,3
. Ref: 1. "Carroll 1765-1815 The Settlements", John Perry Alderman, 1985, p 48-50.
. 2. Bud Paige's notes at www.rootsweb.com, email: email@example.com