My D'illard History and Genealogy
of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia




D'illard Coat Of Arms

What I have below is just a brief outline of this family. Most of this Dillard info is thanks to Shawna Hall at her website. I have a bit more at my Worldconnect ID "irisheyes" or there are other much more detailed histories of the Dillard clan at Worldconnect. I am one of many direct descendants of James Dillard and Lucy Wise. There seems to be some dispute over who James Dillard's father was. According to other Dillard researchers, he was either George Dillard or John D'illard. But what is known is that our James Dillard was born 1685 in James City, Virginia and died August 2, 1757 in Middlesex County, Virginia. He married Lucy Wise about 1704. She was born about 1685. They had eleven children.

Name Origin and Meaning:

Regarding the early history of the Dillard family, the following information was sent to a member of the family by Mrs. S. Gary Dillard of Clinton, SC. She states that it came to her from Mrs. E. B. Richards, 5308 Easton Drive, Springfield, VA. It is as follows:

"The Dillard families of America came from Carbonne d'illard---that is Carbonne of the cantonment or family of Illard on the upper waters of the Rhine in France. Because of religious oppression, they accompanied William the Conqueror from France to the Isle of Man.

This family settled in Waltshire (Wiltshire), England. They had a son named John Carbonne d'illard who had two sons, one of whom was named John. This John changed his name to Dillard. His son, George Dillard, was a barrister of the British Government and was sent to James Town, Virginia, as attorney for George III. From George Dillard, who came to America in 1660, all lines of the Dillard families descend."

"According to George Dillard's will he had one son, but it is believed he had more and two daughters. This son, James Stephen, came to America at the age of two. He married Louise Page and settled in James City County, Virginia. He, with Captain Wise, was granted 25,000 acres of land known as Williamsburg Plantation."

"James Dillard, born 1698 in James City County, Virginia. His Will was dated March 13, 1790. He was married in 1724 to Lucy Wise, daughter of the above mentioned Capt. Wise. They lived in Amherst County and he was a Revolutionary patriot of Virginia. He had nine children: Thomas, George, Nicholas, Stephen, James, John, Sarah, Mary, and William Terry."

Below are excerpts taken from "The Name and Family of Dillard" compiled by the Media Research Bureau of Washington, DC:

"The name of Dillard is of uncertain origin, some writers stating that it is of French derivation and was anciently spelled D'Illard. This would clearly indicate a local origin, since the French de means "of". Possibly, too, Dillard was an early corruption of Diller, a name frequently found in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. One English writer on surnames says, "To 'dill' is a Northernism meaning to finish, and both this name (Diller) and Dillman may have been derived from some handicraft". At any rate, the name is found in ancient and early American records in the various forms of Dieler, Dillher, Dillherr, Dilherr, Dillar, Dilliard, Diller, Dillard, and others, of which the last two are the spellings most frequently used in America in modern times.
..."The Dillards and Dillers have been known, generally speaking, for their courage, determination of purpose, ingenuity, and mental capacity. Certain lines have been prominent in literary and educational fields, while others have pursued scientific lines of endeavor or practiced law."

..."James, John, George, Thomas, Peter, Nicholas, and Benjamin are among the male Christian names most frequently encountered in the annals of the Dillard family."




Some Descendants of Thomas Dillard, Jr. and Martha Webb


1  Thomas Dillard, Jr.   b: 1730 in Essex County, VA   d: September 23, 1784 in Greasy Cove, Washington County, NC (now called Erwin, Unicoi County, TN)  **Direct Lineage**
..+Martha Webb  b: Abt. 1735 in Henry County, VA   d: 1796 in Greasy Cove, Washington County, NC (now called Erwin, Unicoi County, TN)  Married: Abt. 1758 in VA Father: Meriwether Wenn WEBB Mother: Elizabeth Ann MARTIN  **Direct Lineage**
...2  Winnesophia Dillard  b: January 22, 1763 in VA   d: unknown
.......+James Love  b: March 10, 1762 in Augusta County, VA   d: 1844 in Maury County, TN   Married: June 1793 in Washington County, NC (now called Erwin, Unicoi County, TN)  Father: Samuel Love   Mother: Dorcas Bell
...2  John Dillard  b: July 12, 1765 in VA
...2  Ann Dillard  b: Abt. 1766 in VA or TN
...2  Elizabeth Dillard  b: Abt. 1766 in VA or TN
...2  Benjamin Dillard  b: September 27, 1767 in VA
...2  Mary Ann Dillard  b: 1768 in VA   d: 1842 in Haywood County, NC
.......+J. Robert Love  b: May 11, 1760 in Augusta County, VA   d: July 17, 1845 in Haywood County, NC   Married: September 11, 1783 in NC   Father: Samuel Love   Mother: Dorcas Bell
...2  Thomas Jefferson Dillard  b: Abt. 1769 in Pittsylvania County, VA   d: April 01, 1827 in Haywood County, NC   **Direct Lineage**
.......+Dorcas "Polly" Love  b: Abt. 1773 in Augusta County, NC   d: September 23, 1853 in Jackson County, NC   Married: 1790 in Sullivan County, NC   Father: Samuel Love  Mother: Dorcas Bell   **Direct Lineage**
........3 Artemesia Virginia Dillard  b: September 09, 1791 in Jackson County, NC   d: August 08, 1875 in Swain County, NC
............+Daniel Granderson Bryson  b: May 23, 1787 in Ninety-Six District, SC   d: July 27, 1880 in Swain County, NC   Married: August 03, 1810 in Haywood County, NC
........3  Easter "Ester" Dillard  b: Bet. 1795 - 1800 in Haywood County, NC   d: Bef. 1880 probably in North Carolina
............+William Wiggins  b: Abt. 1786 in Burke County, NC   d: Aft. 1875-1880 probably in NC  Married: January 10, 1814 in Haywood County, NC   Father: Abraham Wiggins   Mother: Nancy Colvard
........3  Sophia Dillard  b: Abt. 1794 in NC   d: in Paris, Lamar County, TX
............+[1] Gabriel Elkins  b: August 12, 1755 in Pittsylvania County, VA   d: June 05, 1842 in Paris, Lamar County, TX   Married: Abt. 1815 probably in Tennessee
........3  John Love Dillard  b: Bet. 1792 - 1828 in NC
........3  Samuel Dillard  b: Bet. 1792 - 1828 in NC
........3  Thomas T. Dillard  b: Abt. 1805 in NC   d: November 03, 1869 in Catoosa County, GA. *2 wives. Note: I did find "Thomas Dillard" b: c1805 NC in 1880 Fannin Co, GA.
............+*1st Wife of Thomas T. Dillard b: Abt. 1805: Martha Lynch  b: Unknown in Tennessee  d: July 24, 1829 in NC  Married: Abt. 1828 in NC or TN
.............4  Lynch M. Dillard  b: July 14, 1829 in Haywood County, NC   d: January 01, 1898 in Cashiers Valley, Jackson County, NC  Burial:Lower Zachary Cemetery, Cashiers, Jackson County, North Carolina
...............+Sarah Ann Allison  b: January 27, 1840 in Jackson County, NC  d: Aft. 1880 in Cashiers Valley, Jackson County, NC   Married: May 02, 1861 in Jackson County, NC   Father: John Baird Allison   Mother: Rebecca M. Bryson
................5 William L. Dillard  b: Abt. 1862 in Cashiers Valley, Jackson County, NC   d: Aft. 1880
................5  Martha E. Dillard  b: Abt. 1864 in Cashiers Valley, Jackson County, NC
................5  Thomas A. Dillard  b: Abt. 1868 in Cashiers Valley, Jackson County, NC
................5  Nancy L. Dillard  b: Abt. 1876 in Cashiers Valley, Jackson County, NC

........*2nd Wife of Thomas T. Dillard b: Abt. 1805 NC:
............+Elizabeth Ann "Eliza" [--?--]  b: Abt. 1812 in Tennessee  d: Bet. 1860-1910 in Catoosa County, GA   Married: Bet. 1829 - 1833 in NC, TN or GA
.............4  Elizabeth Ann Dillard  b: Abt 1832 in TN   d: April 08, 1911 in Hot House, Fannin County, GA
.................+James Withrow  b: Abt. 1825 in North Carolina   d: Bet. 1880-1925 in Hot House, Fannin County, GA   Father: James I. Withrow   Mother: Erixanna Carolina "Mary" Wells
.............4  John A. Dillard  b: August 14, 1840 in Catoosa County, GA   d: 1915 in Catoosa County, GA
.................+Levina Amanda Ward  b: Abt. 1849 in Georgia   d: Aft. 1880 in Catoosa County, GA   Married: December 07, 1865 in Catoosa County, GA
.................5  Mary M. Dillard  b: Abt. 1867 in Catoosa, Catoosa County, GA
.................5  Elizabeth E. Dillard  b: Abt. 1869 in Catoosa, Catoosa County, GA
.................5  Thomas M. Dillard  b: Abt. 1871 in Catoosa, Catoosa County, GA
.................5  James R. L. Dillard  b: Abt. 1874 in Catoosa, Catoosa County, GA
.................5  William E. Dillard  b: Abt. 1877 in Catoosa, Catoosa County, GA
.................5  Theodoria L. Dillard  b: Abt. 1879 in Catoosa, Catoosa County, GA
.............4  Robert Jasper Dillard  b: Abt. 1842 in Catoosa County, GA
.............4  William B. Dillard  b: Abt. 1844 in Catoosa County, GA
.............4  Thomas A. Dillard  b: Abt. 1845 in Catoosa County, GA
.............4  Rebecca Louisa Dillard  b: Abt. 1852 in Catoosa County, GA
.................+William Snodgrass  Married: September 29, 1870 in Catoosa County, GA
........3  David Love "D. L." Dillard  b: June 21, 1815 in Cherokee County, NC   d: July 25, 1878 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   **Direct Lineage**
............+Edith "Ealy" Harris  b: May 18, 1819 in Rutherford County, NC   d: October 08, 1898 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   Married: April 16, 1838 in Haywood County, NC   Father: Benjamin Harris   Mother: Fanny Mikell   **Direct Lineage**
.............4  William H. Thomas Dillard  b: September 20, 1840 in Haywood County, NC  d: December 29, 1908 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   Burial: Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
.................+Julia Ann Gibson  b: April 18, 1844 in NC   d: November 16, 1876 in Jackson County, NC   Married: September 27, 1865 in Jackson County, NC   Father: Samuel W. Gibson  Mother: Nancy Conley
..................5  Ella Leticia Dillard  b: Abt. 1867 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Leonikas B. Dillard  b: Abt. 1870 in Jackson County, NC   Note: Male
..................5  Samuel L. Dillard  b: Abt. 1872 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Jesse V. Dillard  b: Abt. 1873 in Jackson County, NC   Note: Male
..................5  Cashius T. Dillard  b: Abt. 1877 in Jackson County, NC   Note: Male

.............*2nd Wife of William H. Thomas Dillard:
.................+Martha Jane Henry  b: April 25, 1851 in Jackson County, NC   d: January 04, 1940 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC   Married: March 17, 1880 in Jackson County, NC   Father: Alexander Henry   Mother: Sarah Jones
..................5  William Garland Dillard  b: Bet. 1880 - 1909 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Emory Lee Dillard  b: Bet. 1880 - 1909 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Odell Stevenson Dillard  b: Bet. 1880 - 1909 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Vilas Napoleon Dillard  b: Bet. 1880 - 1909 in Jackson County, NC
.............4  Rutha Martha Dillard  b: May 10, 1842 in Haywood County, NC   d: October 25, 1918 in Oconaluftee (Oconee Lufty Township), Swain County, NC   **Direct Lineage**
.................+Jehu John Jones  b: October 01, 1837 in Macon County, NC   d: April 02, 1863 in Jackson County, NC   Married: October 27, 1859 in Jackson County, NC   Father: Richard Henry Jones   Mother: Nancy Higdon

.............*2nd Husband of Rutha Martha Dillard:
.................+John McMahan  b: 1847 in Sevier County, TN   d: 1885 in Webster, Savannah Township, Jackson County, NC   Married: April 05, 1866 in Jackson County, NC   Father: William McMahan   Mother: Nancy Allen   **Direct Lineage** I have continued my lineage at the McMahan webpages.
.............4  Dorcas Minerva Dillard  b: March 03, 1843 in Jackson County, NC   d: November 09, 1919 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
.................+William Riley Franklin  b: December 10, 1845 in Jackson County, NC   d: September 10, 1921 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC   Married: in Jackson County, NC   Father: Elias Franklin   Mother: Mary Ann Shuler
.............4  Benjamin Dillard  b: Abt. 1845 in Jackson County, NC
.............4  Frances Caroline Dillard  b: November 06, 1846 in Jackson County, NC   d: August 21, 1917 in Jackson County, NC
.................+Jacob Marion Shuler  b: November 19, 1847 in NC   d: March 17, 1924 in Jackson County, NC
.............4 Edith J. Dillard  b: February 20, 1847 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: June 29, 1919 in Jackson County, NC
.................+Joseph A. Cope  b: September 23, 1849 in NC   d: March 09, 1937 in Jackson County, NC   Married: September 03, 1874 in Jackson County, NC
.............4  Artie T. Dillard (female)  b: Abt. 1852 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: Aft. 1880 possibly in North Carolina
.............4  David Zebulon Dillard  b: May 1853 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: 1908 in Barker's Creek, Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
.................+Margaret Dona "Alsedona" Ward  b: Abt. 1863 in NC d: Bet. 1880 - January 1889 in Barker's Creek, Jackson County, NC   Married: February 10, 1878 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Sarah Belle Dillard  b: Abt. 1879 in Barker's Creek, Jackson County, NC
..................5  Victor Columbus Dillard  b: Bet. 1880 - 1889 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Robert Mont Dillard  b: Bet. 1880 - 1889 in Jackson County, NC

.............*2nd Wife of David Zebulon Dillard:
.................+Tabitha Isabelle Parker  b: February 17, 1863 in Jackson County, NC  d: February 20, 1948 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC   Married: January 29, 1889 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Jesse Lee Dillard  b: December 1889 in Jackson County, NC   d: November 01, 1958 in Unknown
..................5  Willis Edward Dillard  b: April 10, 1891 in Jackson County, NC   d: July 25, 1922 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
..................5  Samuel Lewis Dillard  b: September 15, 1894 in Jackson County, NC   d: September 05, 1937 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
..................5  Raleigh Howard Dillard  b: January 10, 1897 in Jackson County, NC   d: December 20, 1924 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
..................5  Lyndon Parker Dillard  b: June 28, 1899 in Jackson County, NC   d: September 22, 1970 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
..................5  Gerson Jack Dillard  b: January 05, 1901 in Jackson County, NC   d: December 22, 1970 in Unknown
..................5  Cora Lucy Dillard  b: November 28, 1902 in Jackson County, NC    d: August 02, 1990 in Dearborn, Wayne County, MI
......................+Clyde Sims  b: January 18, 1903 in Unknown   d: November 1976 in Dearborn, Wayne County, MI
..................5  Charles Nichols Dillard  b: October 05, 1907 in Jackson County, NC   d: December 05, 1946 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
......................+Mary M. Stephens  b: December 31, 1909 in Jackson County, NC   d: January 10, 1989 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC   Married: in Jackson County, NC
.............4   Thomas B. "T. B." Dillard  b: Abt. 1856 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: Aft. 1880 possibly in Jackson County, NC
.............4  Sarah Jane Dillard  b: May 20, 1857 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: August 26, 1921 in Jackson County, NC
.................+Rufus LaFayette Nations  b: June 05, 1854 in Jackson County, NC   d: June 29, 1931 in Jackson County, NC   Married: September 01, 1877 in Jackson County, NC
.............4  Teresa Clementine Dillard  b: August 08, 1860 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: January 03, 1937 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Big Ridge Cemetery, Glenville, Big Ridge Road, Jackson County, NC
.................+James Alexander Pruett  b: December 15, 1848 in NC   d: December 26, 1942 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Big Ridge Cemetery, Glenville, Big Ridge Road, Jackson County, NC   Married: in Jackson County, NC
.............4  John M. Dillard  b: November 09, 1861 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: June 11, 1915 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
.............4  James Robert L. Dillard  b: July 19, 1865 in Webster, Jackson County, NC   d: July 30, 1938 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
.................+Mary Martha Rigdon  b: August 01, 1871 in Pickens County, SC   d: March 31, 1946 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC   Married: March 24, 1887 in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Martha Alice Dillard  b: September 22, 1890 in Jackson County, NC   d: Unknown
......................+Fred Hyde  b: 1887 in Graham County, NC   d: Unknown
..................5  Benjamin Franklin Dillard  b: September 07, 1893 in Jackson County, NC   d: May 16, 1953 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
......................+Nora Pressley  b: January 14, 1901 in Unknown   d: June 18, 1988 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
........................6  Infant Son Dillard  b: July 08, 1920 in Jackson County, NC   d: July 08, 1920 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
........................6  Ella Maye Dillard  b: December 21, 1922 in Jackson County, NC   d: August 24, 1923 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
..................5  William Bryan Dillard  b: May 07, 1897 in Jackson County, NC   d: December 03, 1953 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
......................+Maebelle Riddley  b: September 18, 1897 in Unknown   d: December 18, 1947 in Jackson County, NC   Burial: in Dillard Cemetery, East Sylva Baptist Church, Jackson County, NC
..................5  James Thomas Dillard  b: March 10, 1903 in Jackson County, NC   d: December 18, 1968 in Jackson County, NC
......................+Ethel Bumgarner  b: November 01, 1901 in Jackson County, NC   d: August 14, 1935 in Jackson County, NC   Married: in Jackson County, NC
........................6  Rufus Coleman Dillard  b: Unknown in Jackson County, NC
..................5  Britt Jefferson Dillard  b: Bet. 1904 - 1914 in Jackson County, NC
...2  Stacy Dillard  b: 1770 in Pittsylvania County, VA   d: 1812 in Buncombe County, NC
.......+[1] Gabriel Elkins  b: August 12, 1755 in Pittsylvania County, VA   d: June 05, 1842 in Paris, Lamar County, TX   Married: Abt. 1786 in Pittsylvania County, VA
...2  Martha Patsy Dillard  b: September 27, 1774 in VA   d: in Franklin County, NC   Burial: in Unknown
.......+Thomas Love  b: November 15, 1765 in Augusta County, VA   d: in Macon County, NC    Married: January 12, 1788 in Washington County, NC (now called Erwin, Unicoi County, TN)  Father: Samuel Love   Mother: Dorcas Bell
...2  Rebecca Dillard  b: Abt. 1779 in VA or TN



My direct lineage continues on through the McMahan family. Please see that webpage for further info about the descendants of Rutha Martha Dillard and her second husband, John McMahan, s/o William McMahan and Nancy Allen.



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