Re: DILLARD,JAMES1760-1839 NCto Elbert Co GA
GRAVES IN DILLARD, GEORGIA CEMETERIES
By Anne Grist Dickerson
The records of the Head of Tennessee Baptist Church show that James Dillard gave the land for the cemetery and the church. This church, in the early 1820's, was a mission of the Franklin, North Carolina Baptist Church. As it was a 20 mile trip, in 1827 Dillard residents formed their own church. In later years, as the Methodist circuit riders came through this area and held revivals, some of the Dillards and their kin joined the Methodist Church. Land was given to them and they formed Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, which still exists.
Buried in Baptist Cemetery at Dillard, Georgia is John Dillard, born 12 August 1755, died 5 June 1842.
We do not know when John's wife died. They were both listed on the 1840 Census for Rabun County. Near the marker of John, given by the DAR, are the graves of James and Sarah Barnard Dillard and Obediah and Mary Dillard Dickerson. Another daughter married a Dryman. These are the three children who came into this area with John.
Mary was born in 1786 and died in August, 1873. James Dillard was born in December, 1792 and died 18 July 1861. He and Sarah Barnard Dillard had eight children, who were as follows: (1) Caroline Dillard was born 27 August 1817 and died 30 December 1842. Her burial place is unknown. She was living in Franklin, North Carolina at the time of her death. She married William M. D. Lambert; (2) Ann Marinda Dillard, born 16 July 1819, died 27 March 1899, is buried in the Baptist Cemetery. She married Andrew Jackson Martin; (3) Cynthia Arzelia Dillard, born 10 January 1822, died 25 May 1892, is buried in Penland Cemetery at Otto, North Carolina. She married Horatio Conley; (4) Albert G. Dillard, born 21 April 1824, died 14 June 1890, is buried in the Baptist Cemetery. He married Elizabeth Ann McKinney; (5) John Barnett Dillard, born 1 May 1827, died 24 October 1895, is also buried in the Baptist cemetery. He married Rachael McKinney; (6) Nancy Dillard, born 10 November 1829, date of death unknown. It is not known where she is buried. She married John Thomas and lived in North Carolina; (7) William Frank Dillard, born 20 June 1833, died 15 January 1863. He died in a hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia during the Civil War. Pictures of his grave have been made by family members. He married Jeanette Gibson; (8) Margaret Dillard, born 9 April 1836, died 3 January 1903. She is buried in the Wesley Chapel Methodist Cemetery. She married J. M. Neville. All the children of Margaret Dillard Neville and William Dillard are buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery at Dillard.
The Dillard family has always supported its churches with its presence and has given land at different times to enlarge the church property. To this day, Dillards are being buried in both cemeteries.