The Dillards of Gallatin County, Illinois
Updated June 20, 2006
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When the Illinois Territory opened in 1809, the westward migration of the descendants of Thomas Dillard of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, who had first settled in Chatham County, North Carolina and then in middle Tennessee, continued into this new territory. This research shows that between 1810 and 1818, five direct descendants of Thomas Dillard along with their families, settled in what would become Gallatin County, Illinois. These five, in the probable order of their arrival, were; Elizabeth Dillard Ewing and her husband John Ewing (1811), James Dillard and his wife Rachel Boutwell (1811-1814), Daniel Dillard and his wife and first cousin Leodicia Dillard (before 1816) and Austin Dillard (1817) and his wife Eva Crumb (1818).
Census and land sale records show that Elizabeth Dillard and John Ewing left Gallatin County to settle first in adjoing White County in 1817 and eventually in what became Logan County, Illinois by 1840. Daniel Dillard and his wife Leodicia left Gallatin County between 1815 and 1820 to return to Smith County, Tennessee probably at the time of the death of his father Osborn Dillard. The two families who remained in Illinois were those of James Dillard who died in Gallatin County in 1848 and Austin Dillard who moved on to Missouri at about that same time. Arriving in Gallatin County at about this time was the family of Stephen Boutwell, James Dillard's father in-law and the family of Robert Lamb, two of whose daughters later married sons of James Dillard. These families are the subjects of this research.
- Washington Posey Dillard ca 1855 (61 KB)
This is a scan of a tintype photo of Washington Posey Dillard taken ca 1855. "Posey", as he was known, was the oldest son of Sarah E. "Sally" Lamb and William Dillard.
- Gravestone of Dicey Ann (Harris) Dillard (79 KB)
Dicey Ann (Harris) Dillard (1844-1919), second wife of Jonathan Dillard, daughter of Matthew and Patsey (Dillard)Harris and granddaughter of Daniel Dillard of Smith county, Tenn. Contributed by Cindy Klemm
- Posey Dillard and Family ca 1876 (50 KB)
Washington Posey Dillard, his wife Mahala (Vickery) Dillard and his children are shown with his parents, Sarah E. "Sally" (Lamb) Dillard and William Dillard and Mahala's parents, Emiline (Jones) Vickery and Henry Allen Vickery.
- James R. Dillard and Family 1896 (48 KB)
James R. Dillard, son of Alexander and Lucinda (Lamb) Dillard, with five of his children shown in Saline? County, Illinois in 1896. The baby is Matilda Dillard grandmother of Cindy Klemm. Contributed by Cindy Klemm.
- The original Chatham County Court House (34 KB)
The original Chatham County Court House in Pittsboro, North Carolina, built by John Dillard in 1774, as it appeared in the 1920's before it was eventually torn down.
- Jessie and Ella Dillard with Emily Dillard Simmons (29 KB)
Emily Alice (Dillard) Simmons daughter of Mahala (Vickery) and Washington Posey Dillard with her nieces Ella and Jessie Dillard (seated). Ella and Jessie were the daughters of Bertha (Wicker) and Charles Dillard. Gallatin County, Illinois ca 1911. Contributed by George Simmons
- Map of Gallatin County, Illinois (114 KB)
A section map of Gallatin county, Illinois showing land section grid which will help locate land parcels listed in Public Land Sale Records.
- Charles and Bertha (Wicker) Dillard (24 KB)
Charles and Bertha (Wicker) Dillard in Gallatin County, Illinois ca 1903. Charles was the son of Mahala (Vickery)Dillard and Washington Posey Dillard.
- Austin Dillard, Gallatin County, Illinois (40 KB)
Austin Dillard 178? - 185? son of Elisha Grants Dillard and father of Jonathan Dillard. Served in the War of 1812 and was wounded at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Contributed by Robert McKinney
- Sale Bill of the property of James Dillard Sr. (120 KB)
From the Probate Record of the Estate of James Dillard Sr. who died in Gallatin County, Illinois in March of 1848. Mentioned within are James Dillard Jr., William Dillard, Stephen B. Dillard, Eli Dillard, Jacob Boutwell, Fredrick Sellers and others. The document is dated March 30, 1848.
- Jonathan Felix Ridley and Ida Alice Ridley (32 KB)
Jonathan Felix Ridley, husband of Arvilla (Dillard) Ridely and their daughter Ida Alice Ridley in Gallatin County, Illinois ca 1900. Ida Alice (Ridely) Goodman was the mother of Ida Pactolis (Goodman) Mills. Contributed by Pat Mills.
- The gravestone of Daniel and Leodicia Dillard (72 KB)
The gravestone of Daniel Dillard b April 15, 1788 d April 15, 1875 and his wife and first cousin Leodicia Dillard b Aug 15, 1793 d April 13, 1855. The graves are located on Chestnut Mound, Smith County, Tennessee. Both were born in Chatham County, North Carolina. Contributed by Sherry Fitzpatrick
- Notes due the Estate of James Dillard Sr. (73 KB)
From the Probate Record of the Estate of James Dillard Sr. who died in Gallatin County, Illinois in March 1848, an itemized list of money owed the estate prepared and signed by Stephen B. Dillard. Mentioned within are Absam Sauls, Simeon B. Turner, William Strater, Thomas Hanover, Ase ? Miller and William Dillard. The document is dated August 28, 1848.
- The gravestone of Frances "Fanny" Dillard (77 KB)
The gravestone of Frances "Fanny" Dillard, the second wife of Daniel Dillard of Smith County, Tennessee, b May 12, 1833. The gravestone is located on Chestnut Mound in Smith County, Tennessee. Contributed by Sherry Fitzpatrick.
- 1850 Census Logan County, IL (127 KB)
The 1850 Logan County, Illinois Census showing Stephen B. and William Dillard, sons of James Dillard of Gallatin County and their families
residing with the families of Elizabeth (Dillard) Ewing and the families of her sons James, Christopher, Sidney and Osborn Ewing. Osborn Ewing, presumed son of John and Elizabeth Ewing, is shown as being 39 years old and born in Illinois. This indicates that John and Elizabeth Ewing arrived in the Illinois Territory no later than 1811. Also implied is a relationship to the family of James Dillard Sr. of Gallatin County, Illinois.
- Roy and Jesse Dillard Gallatin County, IL, 1908 (46 KB)
Roy and Jessie Dillard, children of Charles and Bertha (Wicker) Dillard are shown in Gallatin County, Illinois, in 1908
- 1840 Census Logan County IL (109 KB)
In 1839, Logan County, Illinois was created from Sangamon County and in 1840 a portion of Tazewell County was added to Logan County. In the 1840 census for Logan County, Illinois the family of John Ewing is now shown as residing in that county. The families of Ford and Smith Ewing are also shown as residents of that county.
- The Dillard sisters, Gallatin County, IL ca 1927 (74 KB)
Three of the four daughters of Charles and Bertha (Wicker) Dillard; Bernise, Jessie and Vera are shown in Gallatin County, Illinois ca 1927.
- 1830 Census Tazewell County IL (94 KB)
The 1830 Census for Tazewell County shows John Ewing and his family now living in that county having moved there from White county. Also shown are Charles F., Samuel B., Joseph F., Reuben and Chatham Ewing and their families.
- Vera Dillard, Akron, Ohio ca 1930 (48 KB)
Vera Dillard, daughter of Charles and Bertha (Wicker) Dillard in Akron, Ohio ca 1930.
- 1820 Census White County IL (53 KB)
In 1817 John Ewing purchased land in White County and moved his family from Gallatin County. The 1820 census shows John and his family residing in Fox River Township. Also shown is John Mobley who may tie to the Mobley children shown with Elizabeth Ewing in 1850 census in Logan County.
- 1810 Census Christian County KY (55 KB)
James Dilliard (sic) and Steven Bartwell (sic) are shown as consecutive listings in the 1810 census for Christian County, Kentucky. Also shown are William Mobley, Charles Ewing, and Young Ewin (sic), Robert Ewin (sic) and Finas Ewin (sic).
- Ben and Ellen (Dillard) Cox, Roy Dillard & family (53 KB)
Ben and Ellen L. (Dillard) Cox, daughter of Posey and Mahala (Vickery) Dillard shown with Roy, Helen and Bruce Dillard (son of Charles and Bertha Dillard) in Gallatin County ca 1938.
- Charles Dillard and Family, Akron, Ohio 1939 (57 KB)
Charles Dillard, son of Washington Posey Dillard and Mahala (Vickery) Dillard shown with his family in Akron, Ohio in 1939.
- Elisha Dillard, son of Jonathan Dillard ca 1900 (34 KB)
Elisha Dillard, son of Jonathan and Roxiann (Boutwell) Dillard, grandson of Austin and gr-grandson of Elisha Grants Dillard. Contributed by Cindy Klemm
- Grave Stone of David N. Dillard (103 KB)
David N. Dillard , son of Stephen B. and Anna (Lamb) Dillard b. abt 1843 buried in Jackson Cemetery, Gallatin county, Illinois.
- Jonathan and Dicey Ann (Harris) Dillard (28 KB)
Jonathan Dillard, son of Austin Dillard and Grandson of Elisha Grants Dillard with his wife Dicey Ann (Harris) Dillard ca 1910. Contributed by Cindy Klemm
- 1790 Halifax County, NC Census (51 KB)
The 1790 census listings for Joel, Owen and William Dillard in Halifax County, North Carolina.
- The Grave Stone of Stephen Boutwell (83 KB)
Photo of the stone marking the grave of Stephen Boutwell (1752-1835) who is buried in the Old Bradley Cemetery in Gallatin County, Illinois. Stephen was the father of Rachel Boutwell, wife of James Dillard Sr. Contributed by Steve Harris
- 1790 Chatham County, NC Census (57 KB)
1790 Chatham County, North Carolina Census enumerations for Auzborn, Elisha, George, John, William, Willis and Zacharias Dillard.
- Jonathan Dillard's Grave Stone (114 KB)
Jonathan Dillard (1826-1926) son of Austin Dillard and Eva Crumb buried in Jackson Cemetery, Gallatin County, Illinois. Contributed by Cindy Klemm
- 1800 Chatham County, NC Census (54 KB)
1800 Chatham County, North Carolina Census enumerations for Ozbourn and Willis Dillard.
- The Gravestone of Roxiann (Boutwell) Dillard (92 KB)
Roxiann Boutwell (1828?-1877), first wife of Jonathan Dillard and daughter of Lona Boutwell. Contributed by Cindy Klemm
- 1820 Tennessee Census (69 KB)
The 1820 Tennessee Census showing all Dillard (and Dilliard) enumerations for all counties.
- Wesley Dillard (1808?-1883) Death Certificate (55 KB)
Wesley Dillard, Husband of (1) Julia Ann Boutwell and (2) Nancy Jane Marcum and son of Austin and Eva (Crum) Dillard died June 8, 1883, buried in Lamb Cemetery, Gallatin County, Illinois. Contributed by Don Erlenkotter
- Sarah E. (Dillard) and Limon Goforth ca 1920 (37 KB)
Sarah Emiline Dillard and Limon Goforth, Gallatin County, Illinois ca 1920 contributed by George Simmons
- Marriage License, Wesley Dillard and Nancy Marcum (111 KB)
Wesley Dillard, son of Austin and Eva (Crum) Dillard, married Nancy Jane Marcum March 10, 1882 in Gallatin County, Illinois. Contributed by Don Erlenkotter
- Marr. Cert. Polly Dillard & Isaiah W. Pettigrew (96 KB)
A copy of the Marriage Certificate of Mary "Polly" Dillard to Isaiah W. Pettigrew dated January 7, 1830 in Gallatin County, Illinois contributed by Joseph Dobbs.
- Probate Record, Estate of William Dillard (85 KB)
William Dillard, son of James and Rachel (Boutwell) Dillard and husband of Sarah E. (Sally) Lamb, Estate Record dated November 30, 1895
- Marriage Record Elizabeth Dillard to John A. Baker (49 KB)
A copy of the Marriage Record of Elizabeth Dillard, daughter of James Dillard Sr., to John A. Baker in Gallatin County, Illinois on July 29, 1824. Contributed by Joseph Dobbs
- Marr Record Sarah Langly to Stephen Boutwell Jr. (48 KB)
A copy of the marriage record of Sarah Langly to Stephen Boutwell Jr., son of Stephen Boutwell Sr., in Gallatin County, Illinois on August 30, 1824. Contributed by Joseph Dobbs.
- Marr Record Elizabeth Smith to William Boutwell (44 KB)
A copy of the marriage record of Elizabeth Smith to William Boutwell, son of Stephen Boutwell Sr., in Gallatin County, Illinois on September 9, 1824. Contributed by Joseph Dobbs
- Illinois Public Land Sales Records - Alpha sort (25 KB)
An alphabetized record of Boutwell, Dillard, Lamb and Ewing public land purchases in Gallatin, White and Logan Counties from 1814 to 1868.
- The Descendants of Thomas Dillard (62 KB)
The descendants of Thomas Dillards who migrated to North Carolina and then Tennessee and westward
- Illinois Public Land Sale Records - Chronological (21 KB)
A listing, by year of purchase, of Public Land purchased between 1814 and 1868 in Gallatin, White and Logan Counties by Boutwells, Dillards, Ewings and Lambs.
- Gallatin and White County, IL marriages-Grooms (11 KB)
An index of Boutwell, Dillard and Lamb grooms for marriages in Gallatin and White counties.
- Gallatin and White County, IL. Marriages - Brides (11 KB)
An index of Boutwell, Dillard and Lamb brides for marriages in Gallatin and White Counties.
- Jonathan Dillard of Gallatin County, Illinois (4 KB)
An article which appeared in 1901 in the publication Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley
- Halifax County, NC 1783 Taxpayers and 1786 Census (1 KB)
William and Zacharia Dillard shown on the 1783 Taxpayer list for Halifax County, North Carolina and Joel, Owen and William Dillard shown in the 1786 North Carolina State census for Halifax County.
- The Dillard Chronology (Updated October 18, 2001) (53 KB)
A Chronologically ordered collection of reference documentation derived from census data, marriage records, military records, land sale records, estate records, wills and newspaper articles documenting the Dillard migration from Virginia to North Carolina and Illinois.
- The Lamb History by John O. Lamb (26 KB)
A history of the Lamb Families of Kentucky and Illinois written by John O. Lamb of Galconda, Illinois in 1931 as transcribed and contributed by Gary Dillard.
- A History of the Lambs by George & Elbert Lamb (4 KB)
A history of the Lamb Family from ca 1600 in Scotland, originally compiled by George Lamb of Springfield, Illinois which was destroyed and subsequently re-written from memory by Elbert E. Lamb.
- Descendants of Charles Lamb of Scotland (11-09-01) (36 KB)
A Descendants Report compiled by Chuck Roberts using the Lamb Histories written by John O., George and Elbert E. Lamb (shown elsewhere on this page) and census, marriage and land records to validate those portions of the histories describing the Lamb migration from North Carolina to Indiana and then to Kentucky and Illinois.
- Stephen Boutwell's Rev. War Pension Application (6 KB)
Stephen Boutwell's Revolutionary War Pension application as transcribed by Joan Hull and posted on Genforum September 29, 1999.
- The Last Will and Testament of Daniel Dillard (3 KB)
The Last Will and Testament of Daniel Dillard was written and witnessed in Smith County, Tennessee July 19, 1869. It was not filed until shortly after his death on April 15, 1875. The filing date was September 1875 in Smith County. A copy of the will was contributed by Sherry Fitzpatrick and transcribed by Chuck Roberts.