The Dillon Family
Compiled by:Henry S. Dillon
*When "Sherm" Dillon prepared this narrative he interviewed family members in Ohio and West Virginia, including my grandfather, Vincent F. Dillon, of South Point. In addition to whatever direct research he may have done, he relied on family tales, stories and memories which were not all verified. In this narrative "Sherm" Dillon references Thomas Dillon as the first of our line to come to America. After the distribution of this narrative in 1932, "Sherm" Dillon in association with at least one other family researcher, concluded that the Thomas Dillon, here referenced as our original ancestor and quite possibly found only in family interviews, and a Peter Dillin, discovered through research, were one and the same. Consequently, where Thomas Dillon should be Peter, I have astericked (*)Thomas, rather than replacing Thomas with Peter, so as to leave the original narrative intact. My only other editing was to include dates of death of which I have knowledge, which have occurred since 1932. "Sherm" Dillon's Missouri home, built during the American Civil War period, by his father, Isaac, a Civil War Veteran, was destroyed by fire in the late 1940s or early 1950s, prior to Sherm's death, presumably destroying his post 1932 family research as well. I have been unsuccessful in locating any additional research.
Henry S. Dillon
August 24, 1997
"The Dillon family history and genealogy is taken in part from the record compiled by J. W. S.(Sherman) Dillon of Route 1, Denver Missouri (1932), who was a great, grand son of (*)Thomas Dillon, our original American ancestor.
DILLON Genealogy (Direct Male Descent)
The original American ancestor of the Dillon family to which we belong was (*)Thomas Dillon who came to America from Ireland before the War of the Revolution. He settled on a farm in Green County, Pa., where he followed his trade of a weaver. He taught his children to farm and at maturity most them adopted farming as a business. The sons were Thomas, Abraham, William, Isaac, Israel and JOHN. There is no record of any daughters born to (*)Thomas Dillon. I was unable to obtain any record of any daughter's in the original (*)Thomas Dillon family. Great Uncle John Dillon, the youngest brother of VINCENT Dillon, and the youngest of (*)Thomas Dillon's son, JOHN, wrote me that he knew nothing of the sisters of his Uncle's and father.
JOHN is the son in whom we are vitally interested. He was the first of our direct ancestors to be born on American soil. His birth date was 1785 and he died in 1848. He resided in Franklin Township, Green County, Pa., and was a farmer by occupation; he was the father of five daughters and seven sons as follows: Nancy, Rachel, Mary, Betsy, Nellie, Hugh, Thomas, VINCENT, Peter, Hamilton, David and John. JOHN's youngest son was also John, who outlived his older brother, VINCENT, having died in W. Va. near Hamlin, between 1910 and 1920. He was born February 7, 1826 and was 9 years older than my father, Isaac Dillon who was his nephew.
Of JOHN's sons, VINCENT, who settled near Scott Town, Ohio, is the one from whom sprung the Dillons who participate in the annual reunions in Lawrence County. VINCENT Dillon was born on the ancestral family farm, near Waynesburg, Franklin Township, in Green County, Pa., January 1, 1809. This is the same farm on which his grandfather, (*)Thomas Dillon settled when he came from Ireland and the same farm on which his father, JOHN Dillon, lived from the time of his birth in 1785 to 1835. In 1830 VINCENT married Hanna Jackson (Shriver) and the couple lived on his father's farm years until 1835, when his father sold the farm and both he and his VINCENT Dillon and family moved to Monroe County. Vincent and his father and family moved from Pa., to Monroe County, Ohio, in 1835. Here VINCENT bought a farm half way between Summerfield and Louisville, 4 miles from each, the former north and the latter town south of his farm, Woodsfield, the county seat of Monroe County, was 10 miles south of the Vincent Dillon farm. His father, JOHN, also bought a farm near him and lived on it 5 or 6 years and when his wife died, sold the farm and lived most the time afterward in a house on the VINCENT Dillon farm by himself, occasionally visiting with his children a few days. He could not be prevailed upon to spend all the time with his children, but preferred to live most of the time alone in the house on the VINCENT Dillon farm.
VINCENT Dillon owned his Monroe County farm 12 years and 1847 sold it and moved to the farm 1 1/2 miles northeast of Scottown, Ohio, in Windsor township, Lawrence County, where he spent the remainder of his life and died 45 years later on January 13, 1892. In 1847, VINCENT Dillon, his family with two sisters, Nellie and Rachel and his father John, moved to the Lawrence County, Ohio, farm previously mentioned. In 1830, Vincent had married Hanna Jackson. To them were born 13 children, Henry, Rachel and Peter, in Pa.; Isaac, John, WILLIAM S., Margaret, Hannah Jane (more often called Jennie), Martha and Nannie in Monroe County., Ohio; Vincent, Elizabeth and Ruth were born in Lawrence County, Ohio. This father of 13 children established a private cemetery near Scottown, Ohio, and deeded it to his church shortly before his death. Upon his death this Lawrence County farm which he bought in 1847 was sold and the proceeds distributed to his heir's. The private cemetery, as elsewhere mentioned, was deeded by him a short time before his death to the church to which he belonged. The cemetery is still in existence but not in active use.
THREE OLDEST CHILDREN BORN ON (*) THOMAS DILLON FARM - PA.
Three of Vincent Dillon's children were born in Green County, Pa. on the farm owned by JOHN Dillon, VINCENT's father, on the original (*)Thomas Dillon homestead. These 3 were: Henry Dillon, born May 6, 1831; Rachel, born June 8, 1832; Peter H., born September 1, 1833.
SEVEN CHILDREN BORN IN MONROE COUNTY, OHIO
During the 12 years VINCENT Dillon and wife lived in Monroe County, 7 children were born to them as follows: Isaac Dillon, born June 11, 1835; John, born November 24, 1836; WILLIAM S., born May 29, 1838; Margaret, born July 27, 1840; Hannah Jane (Jennie), born May 8, 1842; Martha, born February 27, 1844; Nannie, born January 7, 1847.
THREE CHILDREN BORN IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, OHIO
After VINCENT Dillon and wife and family came to Lawrence County, Ohio, 3 children were born as follows: Vincent Dillon, born August 7, 1849; Elizabeth, born June 14, 1852; Ruth, born September 14, 1854.
Thirteen children are listed, the first three being born in Pa., seven in Monroe County, Ohio, and three in Lawrence County, Ohio. Of the seven born in Monroe County, John lived less than 8 months, all the other 12 children lived to manhood and womanhood and were married and bore children, many of whom will doubtless attend the DILLON REUNION in Lawrence County, for which this genealogy is transcribed.
BRIEF HISTORY OF VINCENT DILLON CHILDREN
Henry Dillon, the eldest son of VINCENT Dillon, lived to be 64 years and 3 months old, dying July 12, 1895, at his home farm near the VINCENT Dillon farm northeast of Scottown, Ohio. He married Miss Jane Reed about 1857. To them were born 4 children, one of whom, Grant, died at the age of 12 years. The other three are: Mary, who married Leonard Enochs; John, who married Josie Mounts; Rose, who married John Ellsworth.
Rachel Dillon, the oldest daughter of VINCENT Dillon, married Samuel Lewis.
Peter H. Dillon was the third child. He married Miss Sarah E. Sites, April 17, 1870. His wife was born in Lawrence County, Ohio, November 23, 1848. To this union was born 5 children, namely Della L., Otto W., Maggie Ethel, Clarence B., and Elmer Wesley.
John Dillon was born November 24, 1836 and died August 10, 1837. His grave is in Monroe County, Ohio.
WILLIAM S. Dillon had a farm east of his father's farm and on this farm reared the following children: Effie married Ben Snyder; VINCENT FARRAGUT married Miss Nettie Dillon; William Adolphus married Miss Ella Lunsford; Elizabeth Luella married Thomas Dalton; Jennie Bertha married John E. Fulks. WILLIAM S. was born May 29, 1838 and died in 1909, at the age of 71 years. His wife was Miss Rachel Reed, a sister to his brother, Henry's wife. She died August 5, 1884.
Margaret Dillon was born July 27, 1840 and died July 26, 1879, at the age of 39 years. She married John Dement and to this union was born 5 sons as follows: Stanton, Edward, Ross, Grant, Willie. At the time of their marriage, Margaret Dement and her husband moved to Missouri, Worth County. This was in 1868. Her remains were buried in the beautiful Wesley Chapel Cemetery, just across the county line in Harrison County. It was the cemetery of the church in which she had her membership. Not long after her death her husband sold his farm and moved to Eastern Oregon. A few years later he moved to Portland, was accompanied by two of his sons. Edward and Grant and also the children by his second wife, who was a Miss Dye of Worth County, Missouri. John Dement died about 1928. Ed and
Grant Still live in Portland, Portland, Oregon, as does the rest of his second family.
Isaac Dillon was first child born to VINCENT Dillon, and wife in Monroe County, Ohio. The date of his birth being June 11, 1835, and the time they moved to Monroe County was the spring of 1835. Chronologically, his name should have come next after Peter H. Dillon and just before John Dillon. Isaac Dillon died
October 30, 1893, aged 58 years. He was married August 4, 1867 to Miss Jane Rapp, of Lawrence County, Ohio. To this union was born 3 children as follows: John W. S. married Miss Frances M. Mullins; Exie Avonia, died May 14, 1926; Greta Ethel, lives in Grant City, Missouri.
Hannah Jane Dillon, was born May 8, 1842 and died February 20, 1871. She was married to John Q. Hagerman by whom she had one son that lived 11 months. She was buried in Lawrence County, Ohio.
Martha Dillon was born February 27, 1844, died in 1900 at the age of 56 years. She married Isaac Dunfee September 2, 1866. To this union were born 7 children as follows: Harry Chester, married Rebecca Findley; Bertha, born January 29, 1869, died November 28, 1872; Charles Vincent, born October 7, 1871, died November 2, 1895; Stella Maud, born September 25, 1875, died August 11, 1883; John William, born November 23, 1873, died 1931; Maggie, born October 6, 1877, married S. L. Hobson, and lives in Kansas; Columbus C., born December 12, 1886.
Nannie Dillon, was born January 9, 1847, died about 1930, married C. L. Jackson. To this union 2 sons, Charles Irwin and Columbus Agassiz, were born. Home was in Denver, Colorado.
Vincent Dillon, Jr., was born August 7, 1849, married Miss Caroline Melissa Rodgers, Novembers, 1867. To them were born 4 children as follows: Clara Belle, born June 20, 1869, died October 16, 1895; Cora May, born February 18, 1871, married ____ Starkey, who died before 1933; Edward Remington, born June 18, 1876, married Miss Bertha Harvey, February 28, 1896. Rozza Melissa, born March 29, 1884, married Herschel Gilbert, born May 7, 1880, died. Vincent Dillon, Jr., was a blacksmith and lived a short distance north of his father's farm in Lawrence County, Ohio.
Elizabeth Dillon was June 14, 1852, died October 30, 1885, married Cyrus Kemp Wall, born June 24, 1838, died January 23, 1890. To them were born 7 children as follows: Hattie, married John Bame; W. Franklin; Ada, married on Thanksgiving, 1894, to Luther Sheets; Owen; Daisy; Ruth, born June 11, 1879 married ____ Andre, lived in Huntington; W. Va; Kemper, Jr., born August 17, 1880.
Ruth, the youngest child of Vincent Dillon, Sr., was born September 14, 1854, married Oakley Johnson, of Harvard, Neb. To this union was born one child, Oakley Johnson, Jr., who grew to manhood, enlisted in the World War and made the supreme sacriface on Flander's Field in France.
WILLIAM S. DILLON (the initial S was assumed) was born May 29, 1838, in Monroe County Ohio, and died in Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1909. He came to Lawrence County with his parents in 1847, and was married to Rachel Reed who was born in 1835 and died in 1884. They lived on a farm near Scottown, just east of his father's farm and were the parents of 5 children: Effie, VINCENT FARRAGUT 'Ferry', William A. "Doll", Elizabeth and Jennie, all of whom are now deceased. Effie married Ben Snyder. Vincent F. married Nettie Dillon; William A. married Ella Lunsford; Elizabeth married Thomas Dalton; Jennie married John E. Fulks. William S. Dillon was a farmer and blacksmith by occupation. There is a covered bridge across Guyan Creek, near Scottown., the timbers of which were
whip-sawed by him. The bridge is still in use and is one of the few of its kind in existence in the State of Ohio.
VINCENT F. DILLON was born in Windsor Twp., Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1866 and died in 1954 at South Point, Ohio. Most of his life was spent in school work as a grade and high school teacher and principal. He became the first Lawrence County Superintendent of Schools, in which capacity he set up the present system of Lawrence County High Schools. He was married to Nettie A. Dillon (1873-1955) in 1895, to them were born 9 children, Mary A.(1896-1978), John W. (1898-1977), BERKLEY F. (1901-1966), Leland S.(1903-1960), Howard K. (1905-1962), Rachel E. (1907-1994), N. Myrtle (1909-1993), Venus F. (1911-1978), Nellie G.(1913-).
Submitted by: Henry S. Dillon
August 24, 1997
Windsor Twp 1 1/2 miles NE of Scottown
Originally read and copied by: John & Isabel Jones
Located off State Route 217, off Township Road 81; T2, R16, S12/13(midway along the boundary of Sections 12 and 13 in Windsor Twp as shown on the 1882/1887 Hardesty/Lake Atlas, the southern boundary of the Vincent Dillon Sr. farm)
NAME Born Died
BAME, Elmer C. 12-13-1890 9-3-1910 (repeated on two separate stones)
Hattie N. 11-11-1869 5-13-1892 Aged 23y 6m 2d
Wife of J. F.
John F. 7-14-1860
John W. 7-21-1891
Robert Forest 2-14-1896 1-8-1896 son of John & Mary
BROWN, Anderson 12-12-1845 2-23-1904
Lucinda A. 8-22-1849 6-9-1887 wife of A.
Prudness 9-15-1908 mother and
William 2-14-1881 father
BURCHAM, H. J. 1860 1930
Juda M. 1866 1949 wife of H. J.
Lake 4-16-1887 son of H. J. & J. M.
Rebecca 3-3-1822 1-15-1894
W. F. 7-29-1820 6-24-1902
Prudence 3-24-1882 Aged 29y 7m 6d
wife of Joseph M.
dau. of W. F. & R.
DALTON, Elizabeth 1871 1920 (wife of Thomas Dalton)
(sister of Vincent F. Dillon)
(dau. of William S. Dillon)
DILLON, Hannah 6-2-1810 12-3-1889 (wife of Vincent Dillon Sr.)
Rachel 1835 1885 (wife of William S. Dillon) Vincent Sr. 1-1-1809 1-13-1892
William S. 1838 1907 (son of Vincent Dillon Sr.)
DORNON, Mary V. 1877 1973
W. Flem 1876 1947
HAGERMAN, Bennie 5-7-186_ Aged 11m 5d
(presumed grandson of
Vincent Dillon S.)
HARDESTY, C. P 1880 1943
Ollie 1883 1926
PITTENGER, Asher A.
Columbus 5-25-1880 11-14-1882 son of J. A. & C.
Martha 9-22-1826 3-22-1911
William 12-15-1852 9-27-1881
REED, Elizabeth 6-23-1871 Aged 70y 2m 11d
wife of John
(mother Rachel Dillon)
John 6-18-1866 Aged 71y 1m 11d
(father of Rachel Dillon)
SMITH, Catherine M. 9-4-1852 Aged 8y 8m 5d
dau. of T. & R.
WALL, Cyrus K. 6-24-1838 1-28-1890 (son-in-law of Vincent Dillon Sr.)
Elizabeth 6-14-1852 10-30-1885 wife of C. K.
(dau. of Vincent Dillon Sr.)
Minnie 10-20-1872 4-8-1885 Aged 13y 5m 18d
dau. of C. K. & E.
(granddaughter of Vincent Dillon Sr.)
WALLS, David 1878
Sallie 8-10-1882 Aged 79y 3m 25d
wife of D.
WELLS, Lillie Jane 1870 1910
Samuel D. 1862 1937
WHITE, Daniel 9-3-1906 Co. D, 2nd WV Cav.
Submitted by: Henry S. Dillon
(gggrandson of Vincent Dillon Sr.)