Hey Carol, It was good to hear from you.My father was Tobie Wilson Dison.He was the youngest of the three children by William Tipton Dison and Otelia Gravette Morgan.He died on September 3, 1987.My Mother is still living and she can remember a lot of the family history.The children of William Tipton's first wife, Ollie Frances Norred, are not so well know by me for they were much older than my father and most lived in distant areas from us.
I have very little proven information on William Dison's family.I have them listed as from North Carolina based on information provided by the boys Eli, William, and Elijah in the Census of 1850.They all seemed to have married women from Tennessee, possibly from the same family.
Based on that bit of information, I have William's father as William Isaac Dison that was married to a Mary Long from Iredell, NC.
It is possible that the name used in NC and before was Dyson and was changed while they lived in the French influenced Sevier County, Tennessee.The Belgic, French, and Italian spell Dyson as Dison (DeSonn).The Continential Disons are possible but less likely than the Irish Dyson.I will have to just keep peaking away on this idea.
As for the other marriages, I would like to know about them.I hear that a McLendon woman was one.It may account for a couple or three children that I do not know about.Of coarse, William was quite a common name and gives rise to confusion too.I find a William H. Dison buying land in the "Cherokee Territory" at the same time Eli, William, and Elijah were here.I have very little on the supposed other brother James and nothing on possible sisters except that Elijah had two women listed in the Census of 1850 that were about the same age.I feel that one of them may have been a sister.