Charles Dillehay of Virginia and Leonard Brown of Caswell Co NC and Sumner Co TN Revolutionary War Patriots

by deb - March 6th, 2013.
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In my continuing research for Revolutionary War soldiers in my family tree, I have found two ancestors who are listed as Revolutionary War Patriots.  

I am descended from Charles Dillehay, born ca 1717 died after 1784, married to Elizabeth or Eliza through his son Arthur Dillehay, b. 13 July 1741.   Arthur married Sarah and my line continues through their son Edmund Dillehay b. 1767, d. 1 Dec 1827 in Smith Co TN.   Edmund married Joannah Asher and they were the first Dillehays in Smith Co after first spending time in Maury Co TN.

Edmund and Joannah Dillehay’s daughter, Elizabeth Dillehay, was born 1798 in North Carolina and married Obadiah Gregory, b.1799 NC in Person Co NC in 1817.   Their daughter, Margaret “Peggy” Gregory, married Henry Lankford.   Henry and Peggy Lankford’s oldest son Silas married, 1st, to Susan McKinnis.   Silas and Susan had daughter Mattie M. Lankford, who was the mother of my great grandmother Dellie Mae Hackett.  

According to a family history of the Dillehay Family by Nina Sutton in The History of Smith Co TN by Smith Co Homecoming ’86 Heritage Committee, Charles Dillehay was a Patriot who furnished supplies and aid in the Revolutionary War, at one time 250 pounds of beef, guns and other items.  Charles and Elizabeth (Eliza) his wife were living in Greenville Co VA in 1750 when their daughter, Hannah, was born.  

Further proof of this Patriot “service” is found in the Index to the Virginia Revolutionary Publick Claims County Booklets by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten, where Charles Dillehay is listed, Greenville Co.

I am descended from Leonard Brown on my mother’s side of the family, through my grandmother, Ellen Geneva Dorris.  Her father was John Anderson Dorris.   John Anderson Dorris’ father was Joab Dorris.   Joab Dorris was the son of William Dorris, Revolutionary War Soldier of NJ and Sumner Co TN.  William Dorris was married to Eleanor Brown, born ca 1768 and died in Fountain Head, TN.  Eleanor Brown was the daughter of Leonard Brown and his wife, Sarah Kimbrough.  

Leonard Brown also gave Patriotic Service .   On the DAR ancestor search site I found under Leonard Brown:  served NC Patriotic Service b ca 1740 d ante 11-1833 Sumner Co TN; service source:  Hofmann, NC Abstracts of State Grants Vol 2, p. 47; service description:  took oath of allegiance to make land entry 1779; residence Caswell Co NC; wife:  Sarah Kimbrough.

I looked at Hofmann’s NC Abstracts of State Grants Vol 2, 2003, p. 47:  Leonard Brown 3 March 1779 616 ac on both sides of Harts Hillsborough (Rd) and on the waters of country line creek joining William Brown, Hutson Berry, Bazil Davis, Luke Pendergist, William Rice, both sides of several branches of said creek, and John Rice.

In the first few pages of this book I found:  In Nov 1777 the Assembly (of NC) passed a law for disposing of vacant public lands to new settlers.  The law declared that anyone who took the oath of allegiance to the new state could purchase vacant public land.

Though not Revolutionary War Soldiers, Charles Dillehay and Leonard Brown, were Patriots of the Revolutionary War, and a proud addition to the research of my ancestors’ service to our country.



5 Responses to Charles Dillehay of Virginia and Leonard Brown of Caswell Co NC and Sumner Co TN Revolutionary War Patriots

  1. Gale Williams Bamman

    Very well researched and written, Deb. I’m proud to be descended from Charles Dillehay.

  2. Verifies same information I have gathered over the years. I am also a descendent and proud to bear the family name. I believe Charles to be my 7th generation grandfather back. There is an early ad in the Virginia Gazette where he was trying to sell a horse when he lived in Sussex Co. Virginia. Have been unable to locted his homeplace or gravesite.
    Jerry Dillehay
    Mesa, Arizona

  3. Charles Dillehay is my 8th generation great grandfather on my mother’s side. to my knowledge Edmund who is Charle’s grandson is buried in the dillehay family cemetery in the defeated creek area on brooks hollow in tn. hope this information helps.

  4. Hi Deb,
    I am a DAR Registrar and trying to help a prospective member trace her lineage to William Dorris, Jr., Revolutionary Soldier in NJ who died in TN, but lived in NC as well. I am actually struggling with proving the grandchildren of William – who are children of William’s son Robert A. Dorris, MD. (William Jr. was one of at least 13 children himself).

    Do you have any citations that list the children of Robert A. Dorris and his wife, who may be Jane/Jenny Rippy?


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