Dykes Family Genealogy Forum
1. William Dykes was born between 1740 and 1750. He married Susannah
Lankford, daughter of James Lankford whose wife was Sarah (--?--) of Surry Co., North
Carolina. William died circa 1832 in Hawkins Co., Tennessee.
* On 18 Sep 1764 in Prince Edward Co., Virginia, a William Dykes appeared as a witness on
a deed from Jacob Winfree Jr. of Cumberland Co. and Elizabeth his wife, to Richard Bennett
of Prince Edward for 50L, tract of land about 250 acres on the south side of the
Appomattox River, bounded by Marvel Stone, a bottom, a point of rocks, the Long Branch.
Signed: Jacob Winfree Jr. Wit: Charles Witt (C, his mark), John May Jr. (8, his mark),
John Gibson (+, his mark), William Dykes (M, his mark). Recorded 19 Nov 1764. (Deed Bk
2:260A).1 [This could have been William Dykes who appeared in Surry Co. North Carolina.
Many of the Prince Edward surnames do appear on the 1771 and 1772 Surry County North
Carolina tax lists - including Marvel Stone.]
* In 1771 in Surry Co., North Carolina, William Dykes appeared on a tax list.2
* In 1772 in Surry Co., North Carolina, he was listed on tax list with one poll.3
* On 31 Aug 1781 in Surry Co., North Carolina, William Dykes and Susannah his wife sold 17
acres on the N. side of the Dan River in St. Jude's Parish to Benjamin Isbell.4
* On 27 Feb 1783 in North Carolina, 640 acres was surveyed for William Dykes. It was land
entered by Abraham Sheppard in 1778. The land was described as being in North Carolina on
Beech Creek above Shoats Horse Stamp and bounded vizt. Beg. at the cor of Felix Walker at
a White Oak, along Walker's line West 28 poles to a Dogwood sapling, then N 42 poles to a
white oak on the side of Bays Mtn, then along the mountain N 35 degrees east 26 poles to a
white oak then N 76 degrees E 28 poles to a Spanish oak then N 57 degrees E 300 poles to a
white oak then from the mountain E 67 poles to a stake, then S 362 poles to a stake then W
334 poles crossing said Creek to a stake then N 126 poles crossing sd Creek to the first
The process for obtaining a land grant from North Carolina consisted of the following steps:
1. Application to the Entry Taker in the county/district where land was and fee paid.
2. A Warrant was issued by the Entry Taker.
3. A survey was ordered with description and map.
4. The entry, warrant, and survey was then submitted to the Secretary of State.
5. A Grant was issued by the Secretary of State upon approval of the entry.
The Grant was then sent to the Governor's office for his signature and finally
returned to the entry taker's office. (This procedure could take quite a while.)
6. Finally the Grantee would register his grant in the county where the land was.6
* On 10 Nov 1784 in North Carolina, Grant No. 296 was issued to William Dykes for 640
acres in Sullivan County. The description of the land matches that of the 1783 survey.7
* On 22 Feb 1817 in Hawkins Co., Tennessee, William Dykes Sr. sold to Flower Mullins 206
acres for $300. The land is described as being on the headwaters of Beech Creek, corner
White Oak, side of Bays Mountain, on said Dykes old patent line ... a line between John
Dykes and said Mullins. William Dykes made his mark. The witnesses were John Vincent and
Right Mullins (his mark). (Hawkins County Deed Book 7:97).
* On 14 Oct 1825 in Hawkins Co., Tennessee, William Dykes wrote his will: " In the name of
God, Amen. I, William Dykes of the County of Hawkins and the State of Tennessee being very
weak but in perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given to God, calling on to mind the
mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and
ordain this my last will and Testament. That is to say principally and first of all, I
give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I
recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my
Executor, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive thee again by
the Mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God
to bless me in this life. First of all, I give and bequeath to Susannah Dykes, my dearly
beloved wife, my dwelling house and all the land lying and being on the South side of the
road on Beech Creek, Hawkins County and bounded on the West by the land of Jacob Light and
on the East by the land of Flower Mullins, during her natural life, and at her decease, it
is my will and desire that my son William Dykes is to have that part of my land that I
have devised to my wife, and also I give to Susannah Dykes my beloved wife all my personal
Estate, during her natural life, or as much as she sees cause to retain, and after my
wife's decease, all my personal Estate is to be sold by the Executor hereinafter appointed
and the money arising there from to be equally divided between my four daughter, that is
to say, Mary Hase, Priscilla Cooper, Sarah Mullins [should be Mullinax?] and Ann
Roseberry. I give and bequeath that part of my land that lies on the north side of Beech
Creek Road, between the land of Thomas Mullins and the land of Flower Mullins, to my son
Isum Dykes, to dispose of the same as he thinks proper. I give and bequeath two hundred
and fifty acres of land to my son, John Dykes, be the same more or less, joining the land
of Flower Mullins on the head of Beech Creek and on the waters of Walker's Fork, to do and
dispose of said land as he thinks proper. I give to David McColley a colt that my bay mare
is with foal with now, provided said David pay the season. I add nothing now to my son
James Dykes on account of the ample provision I have heretofore made him. I constitute,
make and ordain my son John Dykes the sole Executor of this my last will and testament and
do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other forever, testaments,
wills, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in anywise before mentioned, willed and
bequest other. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and
testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal, this the 14th day of
October in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and twenty five. Signed,
sealed and published, pronounced and declared by the said William Dykes."
William Dykes (his mark). In presence of us: Reuben Bernard, Wright Mullins (his mark),
Joseph Dykes (his mark).(Hawkins Co., TN, Will Book One 1797-1873, p. 148)
He and his wife appeared on the census of 1830 in Hawkins Co., Tennessee; both were in the
age group 80-90.
Susannah Lankford was born circa 1748. On 17 Oct 1772 in Surry Co., North Carolina, she
was named in the will of her father, James Lankford, and she received 17 acres on the
North side of the Dan River. She died after the1830 Hawkins County Tennessee census.
The eight known children of William1 Dykes and Susannah Lankford were as follows:
2 i. Mary Dykes, born 1760-1770; married William Hays.
3 ii. Isom Dykes, (possibly the one who married married Prudence Choat).
4 iii. James Dykes, born 1775 in North Carolina; married Mary "Polly" Robertson.
5 iv. John Dykes, born 1770-1780 in North Carolina; married Susannah Robertson.
6 v. Priscilla Dykes, born 1770-1780 in North Carolina; married Jacob Cooper.
7 vi. Ann Dykes, born 1780-1790 in Tennessee; married Absalom Roseberry.
8 vii. Sarah Dykes, born circa 1783 in Tennessee; married Eli Mullinax.
9 viii. William Dykes, born 1788 in Tennessee; married Jane "Jennie" Gallimore.
This note was in the family papers of a g-granddaughter of Ann Dykes & Absalom Roseberry:
"William Dyke lived on Beach Creek, Hawkins County, Tennessee. Absalom Roseberry married
his daughter, Anna. Sarah Dyke married Eli Mulinax, Polly Dyke married Wm. Hays, Persy
Dyke married Jacob Cooper. The above parties lived in Fentress County, Tennessee, six
miles west of Jamestown, Tennessee. Absalom Roseberry's sister, Nancy, married Wm.
Whitlock and lived in Hawkins County, Rogersville, Tennessee." (Compiled by Ethel
Roseberry McCormick, ca 1925.).
1. T.L.C. Genealogy, Prince Edward County Virginia Deed Book
(Florida, Miami: T.L.C. Genealogy, c 1990).
2. "Surry County Tax Lists, 1771-2," North Carolina Genealogy, Number 3, Volume 3
(September 1957): page 340.
3. "Surry County Tax Lists, 1771-2," North Carolina Genealogy, Number 1, Volume 4
(March 1958): page 397.
4. Mrs. W. O. Absher and Mrs. Robert K. Hayes, Surry County, North Carolina Record of
Deeds (North Carolina, North Wilkesboro,: Absher, 197_), page 40, citing Deed Bk
5. Evelyn Elaine Rowland, William Dykes of Hawkins County, Tenn. 1745-1985
(Dallas, Texas: Rowland, 1985), pages 175-184, citing File No. 417, Entry No. 447.
6. Billie R. McNamara, Hawkins County, Tennessee Grant Books 1 & 2, 1787-1819
(Knoxville, Tennessee: Author, 1996), page 11.
7. Rowland, William Dykes, pages 175-184.
In 1854 in White Co., Tennessee, Thomas Robertson died. The documents
of his estate reveal that one of his sisters was Polly, the wife of James Dykes. Her heirs
received 138 acres and 20 poles of the land of Thomas Robertson.
On 4 Nov 1854 in Hawkins Co., Tennessee John & Susannah Dykes gave a power of attorney to
their son, Isham Dykes. This power of attorney pertained to the estate of Thomas Robertson
of White County, Tennessee, who was the brother of Susannah Dykes.
(Ms. Martha Heinemann of Memphis, Tennessee did extensive research in White County and in
the Tennessee State Archives, finding numerous documents pertaining to the estate and also
papers from lawsuits pertaining to same. The documents found by Ms. Heinemann reveal that Thomas Robertson's
sister Polly married James Dykes and his sister Susannah married John Dykes.)
Prince Edward County Virginia Notes:
1764 Sep 18, Prince Edward Co., VA, Bk 2:260a
Jacob Winfree Jr. of Cumberland Co. and Elizabeth his wife, to Richard Bennett of Prince
Edward for 50L, tract of land about 250 acres on the south side of the Appomattox River,
bounded by Marvel Stone, a bottom, a point of rocks, the Long Branch.
Signed Jacob Winfree Jr.
Wit. Charles (C, his mark) Witt; John (8, his mark) May Jr.; John (+, his mark) Gibson
William (M, his mark) Dykes
Recorded 19 Nov 1764
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