1787 - 1869
||Guilford County, North Carolina
||Mt. Airy, Surry County, North Carolina
- This ancestor proved to be elusive. No two family or published sources of any range in quality agreed on his birth date or parentage. The Dick family of Guilford County did not lack for men named Thomas, but none of them seemed to agree with what I knew at that point. So, I started working to find out as much as I could about ?who was Thomas Heath Dick,? and trying to learn as much as I could about his life and known family connections, neighbors, and friends.
Thomas Heath Dick was born in 1787 in North Carolina, and he died sometime during October 1869 in Surry County, North Carolina, according to various primary sources, including federal census records, Guilford court records, and family letters.
Several men named Thomas Dick were born in Guilford County in the late 1700?s and early 1800?s, and it seems that the information about them confused a number of people, leading them to mix information from different individuals.
Available sources also contradicted each other on this central question: Who was the father of Thomas Heath Dick?
The publication of Guilford court records gave me the answer, as there are three different entries in 1788 and 1789, regarding a baseborn child of Mary Heath, fathered by Thomas Dick. The most likely candidate for this father is the Thomas Dick who was a son of William Dick (1734-1810). It is not known why the couple didn't marry, as Thomas was unmarried at the time.
However, when I tested the Y-DNA of three men in Thomas Heath Dick's descendants, they all matched -- but they did not match the Y-DNA of three men descended from other sons of William Dick, two from his son James, and one from his son Obediah. While they matched each other, they did not match our group. And therefore, while the court records indicate that Thomas Dick, son of William Dick, was the father of Thomas Heath Dick, the Y-DNA testing clearly shows that another man was the father of this child.
I am now working with Y-DNA non-surname-match results and autosomal DNA testing to try to identify a list of matches to our line. This is not an easy task, and will take time.
Thomas Heath Dick grew up in Guilford County, undoubtedly raised by his mother's family. He is mentioned in his grandfather Smith Heath's 1805 will (probated 1816) as grandson Thomas Dick. It is not known if Mary Heath ever married or where or when she died.
Thomas Heath Dick married Anna Hall on or shortly after 26 August 1812, the date of the marriage bond, in Guilford County, North Carolina. The bondsman for this marriage was James Hall, and the witness was Jo. Davis, D.C. Anna was a daughter of James Hall & Rebecca Forbis. According to federal census records, Anna was born about 1794 in North Carolina, and she died between August 1850 and September 1860 in Surry County, North Carolina.
There is a marriage recorded for a Thomas R. Dick, age 65, and Manerva Trammell, age 38, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on 5 January 1854. Parents of the bride were Wm. & Elizabeth Trammell, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. Hezekiah Smith. A notation states that the groom lived in Surry County, NC. There is no other man of similar name who lived in Surry County, except Thomas H. Dick. In examining microfilm of the marriage register, it is very possible that the "R" could be an "H." The unanswered questions are how did he meet her, and is there a family connection to Pittyslvania County?
Thomas H. Dick bought land in Guilford County in 1817, purchasing 322 acres on Beaver Creek from two members of the Forbis family. He appears in the Guilford census records for 1820, 1830, and 1840. He is listed with the people who paid rent for pews in Alamance Presbyterian Church for the year 1839. He was assigned seat #45, along with James Hall, his wife's father.
A letter written by John W. Heath to his uncle Henry Heath in Charleston, Illinois, dated "Guilford county, N. C., Aug. 23, 1850," states "Cosen Thomas H. Dick has moved to Surry county, he lives one mile from Mt. Airy. There is a considerable part of his time he is not able to carry on his business." This John W. Heath mentions sister (Mrs.) Tabitha Heath Pugh, brother Wm P, and cousin Hunter.
Thomas H. Dick appears in the 1850 Surry County NC census, Household #304 in the North Division, page 289:
Thomas H. Dick, age 62
Ann, wife, age 56
Mary, daughter, age 23
Rebecca, daughter, age 17
Nancy, daughter, age 13
Thomas is shown as having real estate valued at $1600, and his occupation is listed as ?farmer.? All household members were born in NC. His son Thomas Morrison Dick and his family were living next-door.
In the 1860 census of Surry County, Thomas Heath Dick was widowed and living in the household of his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Benjamin Griffith, and he was listed as being age 72 and ?infirm.?
The 1870 Census Mortality Schedule for Surry County listed Thomas H. Dick as male, white, and widowed, and states that he died the previous October (1869) of palsy, and that he was 82 years old at the time of his death.
Thomas Heath Dick died intestate, and his estate was administered by his son Thomas Morrison Dick.
||Benbow Family and Allied Lines
||8 Jan 2010 |
||Thomas Galey, b. About 1750, Pennsylvania , d. Nov 1790-Apr 1791, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina |
||Mary Heath, b. Before 1775, d. After 1787-1788 |
||Anna Hall, b. About 1794, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 21 Aug 1850 - Jan 1854, Surry County, North Carolina |
||About 26 Aug 1812
||Guilford County, North Carolina
| ||1. Thomas Morrison Dick, b. 04 Aug 1817, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 21 Mar 1905, Surry County, North Carolina |
| ||2. James Hall Dick, b. 03 Jan 1820, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 12 Aug 1870 - 22 Sep 1874, Guilford County, North Carolina |
| ||3. Mary E. Dick, b. 1827-1828, Guilford County, North Carolina |
| ||4. Rebecca J. Dick, b. 16 Jul 1832, Guilford County, North Carolina , d. 02 Dec 1903, Surry County, North Carolina |
| ||5. Nancy Dick, b. About 1837, Guilford County, North Carolina |
||Marriage Bond for Thomas Dick (Thomas Heath Dick) and Anna Hall, dated 1812, Guilford County, NC|
||3 Jan 2010 |
||Manerva Trammell, b. About 1816, Pittsylvania County, Virginia , d. 1860-1869 |
||05 Jan 1854
||Pittsylvania County, Virginia
||3 Jan 2010 |