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Dickson/Dixons of Bibb and Crawford Co., Georgia
Posted by: Diana (ID *****5409) Date: November 10, 2005 at 18:57:10
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I am researching the Dicksons of Bibb and Crawford County, Georgia, in particular those associated with the Dixon UMC Cemetery, and in particular the Robert Dickson buried there who was born in 1760 and died in 1837. He was granted land in Georgia in 1806, because as his gravestone states he was a Private in the NC Militia Rev. War.

Thomas Dickson, Josiah Dickson, Benjamin Dickson and my ancestor John Dickson are also associated with this Robert. These men are found in census records between 1830 and 1860, with Benjamin on the Crawford Co. side and the rest on the Bibb Co. side of the county line.

My ancestor, as I stated is John Dickson. Most researchers have him recorded as John “Barnett” Dickson, the son of Michael Dickson, Jr., but I can’t find any proof of that. I do find him living near this Robert Dickson in the 1830 census, who was a man plenty old enough to be John, Thomas and Josiah’s father, and they are all listed near him in that same census. Yet, I cannot find any data by any researcher that records who this Robert is. How could he have been so overlooked? Furthermore, there is so much in the census records that don’t add up to the information I see in the WorldConnect databases of those who claim my John Dickson to be John “Barnett” Dickson. I have not found one shred of evidence that my John Dickson is related to Michael Dickson, Jr.

I’m beginning to believe the researchers may all be in error. I believe there were other Dicksons in Hancock and Jones Counties that have been confused with those in Bibb and Crawford Counties. It’s my theory (since I have yet to prove anything) that perhaps the Thomas, Josiah, John, and possibly even Benjamin Dickson found in Bibb Co. and Crawford Co. in 1830 may be the sons of the Robert Dickson who was also found there, and they are not the sons of Michael Dickson, Jr. I would love any input on this that might help prove this one way or the other.

I am also very interested in the founding of the Dixon United Methodist Church and it’s cemetery, and with any other landmark associated with the Dicksons of that time period.


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