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Daniel H. Dillon, Sr.

Birthdate: (92)
Birthplace: New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
Death: November 22, 1805 (92)
New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Luke Dillon; Luke Dillon; Susannah Dillon and Susannah Dillon
Husband of Lydia Brewer Dillon and Lydia Brewer Dillon
Father of Daniel Dillon; Martha Blakely; Nathan Daniel Dillon; William Dillon; Peter Dillon, Sr. and 9 others
Brother of Mary Dillon; Hannah Dillon; William Dillon and Luke Jr Dillon
Half brother of Robert Dillon, 1st Baron Clonbrook; John Dillon; Honoria Lambert; Sarah Mary Ruble and Peter Dillon

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About Daniel H. Dillon, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor #: A036132

Daniel moved to Opeckon Creek where he belonged to the Hopewell Meeting (Quaker) in Frederick Co. Virginia. In 1752/53 moved to New Garden Meeting, Guilford Co. North Carolina. Daniel contributed material to the Revolutionary War effort.

Daniel and his half brother Peter, went to Virginia together and requested membership in Hopewell MM in 1752.

Some researchers say Daniel was married not to Lydia B. Hodgson, but Lydia B. Wright..


Note copied from web page: Families of Robert L. Gibbs and Joyce Lamoreux Gibbs


"In 1759, a 552 acre tract surveyed for Daniel Dillon on Reedy Fork and Beaver

Creeks and granted to him in 1759 by the Earl of Granville, on behalf of King

George II of England. Land was transferred to him for a yearly payment forever of 22 shillings and 1 penny. When England lost the Revolutionary War, no further payments were needed to be made. At this location, Daniel started a water-powered grist mill which is still in operation today (1997). It is a historical monument which has served the area for many more than 200 years. A brief chronological history of the mill ownership is in files of RLG as well as copies of the original deed and other information. Location of the mill is in Oak Ridge, NC and is located on Highway 68 between I-40 and Highway 150 - 5 miles North of the Greensboro-High Point Airport, approximately half way between Winston-Salem and Greensboro."

The Old Mill of Guilford History ________________________________________

In 1767, before the colonists decided to seek independence from England, Daniel Dillon built a small tub mill in North Carolina on Beaver Creek, and went into business grinding grain for the early settlers. The Earl of Granville had granted Dillon the tract of 552 acres on Reedy Fork and Beaver Creeks in 1755. Rowan County later granted him a license to build the mill in 1764. Rowan County court minutes from January 10, 1764 read: "Ordered that Daniel Dillin have License to Build a Publick Grist Mill on the Reedy Fork of Haw River at the mouth of Beaver Creek." The mill was located in what is now Guilford County, which was created out of Rowan County in 1771. On February 10, 1781, during the Revolutionary War, British troops under General Cornwallis marched past the mill in pursuit of General Green who was encamped at Guilford Courthouse. Legend has it that British troops seized the mill to grind grain for the soldiers prior to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781. The original tub mill and dwelling on 175 acres was sold to Joel Sanders for $900 in 1808. In 1819, Sanders moved the mill 500 feet down stream and built a new dam across the creek, which increased the millpond to 10 acres. The new mill was designed as a merchant corn and wheat mill with an overshot wheel to replace the small tub mill. In 1913, the mill was purchased by K. L. Hendrix who later converted the mill to a roller mill and replaced the water wheel with a turbine. In 1932, state highway 68 was built between the dam and the mill. To keep the mill in operation, the long overhead wooden flume, which carried water from the dam to the mill, was replaced by a 26" diameter steel pipe which ran under the new road. Clarence E. Bailes purchased the mill in 1954. Bailes removed the roller mill machinery and replaced the turbine with a 24’ x 4’ Fitz overshot water wheel which still operates today. In 1977, the mill was sold to the current owners who continue to operate the mill on a full-time basis.



Cane Creek MM Orange County, North Carolina.

1-6-1753 Daniel Dillon rocf Hopewell MM dated 9-18-1752.

1-6-1753 Peter Dillon rocf Hopewell MM dated 9-18-1752.

New Garden MM Guilford County, North Carolina.

Peter Dillon, son (of) Peter and Susannah, his wife,of Opeckan, born 3-24-1725.

LIST OF TAXABLES IN ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAOLINA, 1768. (From: North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. IX No. 4, November 1983, pg. 199).

"Daniel Dillon and his sons Nathan, William, and Peter, and HIS BROTHER PETER."

(I believe Susannah (Garrett) Dillon married Peter Dillon after the death of Luke Dillon. Peter Dillon may have come to America with Luke Dillon and his wife, and children. After the death of Luke Dillon, Susannah was left with small children. In 1725 she had a son named Peter Dillon. Peter Dillon, her husband, may have died prior to 1744 as a record in Frederick County, Virginia to lay out a road mentions

the "widow Dillon's place". It is not known when Susannah Dillon died but in 1752 her two sons, Daniel and Peter Dillon went to North Carolina. As shown above, the birth record of Peter Dillon is given and shows his parents as Peter and Susannah Dillon of Opeckan. The 1768 Tax List of Rowan County, North Carolina lists Daniel Dillon and three of his sons and HIS BROTHER PETER. Peter Dillon may have had a disability as he is living with his brother Daniel at the age of 43. When Daniel Dillon reached the age of over 70 Peter Dillon married Charity Mills in 1786 Guilford County, North Carolina. Peter Dillon was 61 years old at this time and Charity Mills was in her 40's. They had no children. Peter Dillon died in 1796.

Daniel was born on September 4, 1713, to Luke Dillon and Susanna (Garret) Dillon . He died on November 22, 1805.

He married Lydia Hodgson.

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Daniel H. Dillon, Sr.'s Timeline

September 4, 1713
New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
January 3, 1745
Age 31
Hopewell, Frederick, Virginia, United States
July 6, 1748
Age 34
Hopewell, Virginia, United States
May 9, 1750
Age 36
Hopewell, Hopewell city, Virginia, United States
February 6, 1752
Age 38
Guilford, North Carolina, United States
October 18, 1753
Age 40
New Garden, Guilford, NC, United States
March 20, 1757
Age 43
New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, United States
May 15, 1760
Age 46
October 19, 1761
Age 48
New Garden, Guilford, North Carolina, United States