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Dixon / Dickson Family

William Dixon was born June 4, 1716 in Hunstel, Yorkshire, England. William sailed from London on March 1, 1749, to New York on the ship Irene and arrived on May 12, 1749. He married Christina Orchard (1733-1799) from Oldsman Creek, New Jersey in 1755. William Dixon and his wife arrived in 1760 from Bethlehem, to be the store keepers. William died March 7, 1764 and is buried in God's Acre Cemetery, Bethabara, Forsyth Co., NC. In March, 1779 Christina married Gottfried Aust, but died of small-pox in August of the same year.

First Generation

Children of William Dixon and Christina Orchard
Christina Dixon (1756-1835) m. George Bibiheus/Biwighaus (1754-1806) (minister of the Friedberg congregation for many years)
Elizabeth Dixon (1759-1805) m. John Martin Schneider
Joseph Dixon (1761-1804) m. Rosina Huber (1764-1833) (m. in Pennsylvania)
John Dixon (1762-1832) m. Anna Catharine Williard (1772)
(buried at Mt. Home Baptist Cem., Burke Co., NC.)

William Dixon and his wife ran the general store at the Moravian settlement. Their son, Joseph, returned to Pennsylvania and became a doctor. John Dixon worked first as a teacher in the Moravian school in Salem and later was a leather tanner by trade.

Second Generation

Children of John Dixon and Anna Catharine Williard
Joseph Frederick Dixon (1804-after 1880) m. 1) Elizabeth Matthews (1807); 2) Annie Temple (no children)
Charles William Dixon (1808-1888) m. 1) Elizabeth Adaline Bradshaw (1810-1844; 2) Martha M. Norton (1822-1855); 3) Lavinia Croff (unknown-1902)
George Christian Dixon (1812-after 1880) m. Elizabeth "Betsy" Patton (ca 1813-after 1880)

The brothers moved to Burke County about 1828-1830 when the gold rush began and this event is what most likely drew them to the area. The Dixie Engle notes tend to back this assumption showing all three brothers did own land and were in the gold mining business at that time in Burke County.

Third Generation

Children of Joseph Frederick Dixon and 1) Elizabeth Matthews
George C. Dixon (1828-1862) died Civil War
Charles C. Dixon (1829-1913) went to Spartanburg SC
Mary Ann Dixon (1833-1921) went to McDowell Co. NC
Judy Simeline Dixon (1835-after 1900) moved to Spartanburg SC
Joseph Grayson Dixon (1838-1912) went to Arkansas
Nancy E. Dixon (ca 1840-ca 1912) went to Cherokee Co. SC
Salina R. Dixon (1841-1937) went to Shelby NC
Sarah Elizabeth Dixon (1842-1908) went to Rutherford Co. NC
James M. Dixon (1844-1920) m. Mary Elizabeth Poteet, went to Spartanburg Co. SC
Henry Harvey Dixon (1848-1927) m. Amy Jane Poteet, went to Rutherford Co. NC
Francis Marion Dixon (1850-1935) m. Rufina Celena Poteet, went to Cherokee Co. SC
Margaret Jane Dixon (b. ca. 1852, probably d. young)
Don Lee Dixon (b. ca 1856, probably d. young)


Children of Charles William Dixon and 1) Elizabeth Adaline Bradshaw
Alanson Emerson Dixon (1831-after 1880) went to Spartanburg SC
Lensetta Analine Dixon (1832-1853) m. Franklin
John Lovanzie Dixon (1835-1856)
Alfred Webb Dixon (1836-1917) went to Marshall TX
Joseph Grayson Dixon (1839-1856)
William Graham Dixon (1842-1913) went to Jessieville AR
Charles Bradshaw Dickson (1844-1937) went to Henley TX

Children of Charles William Dixon and 2) Martha M. Norton
Martha Elizabeth Dixon (1846-1874) went to Jessieville AR
Sarah Jane Dixon (1848-after 1860)
Bailey Gamerwell Dickson (1850-1930) went to Spartanburg Co. C
Letty Pheraba Dixon (1852-1946) went to Spartanburg Co. SC

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Children of Charles William Dixon and 3) Lavinia Croff
Pernelly Lucinda Dixon (1860-after 1880)
Elfonzo Monroe Dixon (1861-1938) went to Anderson & Oconee Co. SC
Kasa Clarinda Dixon (1863-after 1880)
Tima Ann Dickson (1866-1941) went to Lancaster SC
George Washington Dixon (1868-1955) went to Spartanburg Co. SC
Immanuel Jackson Dixon (1871-1938) went to Charlotte NC
David Madison Dixon (1874-1952) went to Princeton, Greenville Co. SC


Children of George Christian Dixon and Eizabeth "Betsy" Patton
Judah Cathrine Dixon (1849-1918) went to McDowell Co. NC
Thomas Christian Dixon (1851-1918) went to McDowell Co. NC
William Webster Dixon (1854-1926) went to McDowell Co. NC

Starting with the fourth generation, various spellings were used: Dixon/ Dickson/ Dixson/Dison/Dixxon


Betty Green is a direct descendant of Henry Dixon and has researched the Dixon/Dickson family for more than 40 years. Betty would like to correspond with anyone interested in this family. She has written a two-volume book, with validation and more than 350 pictures, detailing all lines of this Dixon/Dickson family. "Dixon/ Dickson Families and their Ancestry 1627- 2005 Hunslet, England to America." Included is description of the Moravian origin of William Dixon. Betty's email address is
See her web site for much more!

We've had input for this page from other researchers as well. Please contact for referrals.

Other Sources:

Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, 11 volumes; Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission.

This page was revised on January 10, 2006, with new information from Betty Green.

©, 2001-2007 Faye Jarvis Moran

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