Person:Adam Dickinson (2)

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Adam Dickinson
d.bef. 14 February 1761 Augusta County, Virginia
m. 4 Dec 1679
  1. Adam Dickinson1701 - bef 1761
m. bef. 1729
  1. Abigail Dickinsonbef 1729 - 1760
  2. Col. John Dickinson, of the Cowpasture1731 - Bef 1799
  3. Mary Dickinsonabt 1738 -
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Name Adam Dickinson
Gender Male
Birth? 5 Feb 1701 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
Marriage bef. 1729 to Catherine Stephenson, ?
Death? bef. 14 February 1761 Augusta County, Virginia

Adam Dickinson was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Adam Dickinson received a patent for 546 acres "on Falling Spring of Jackson River, Sinking Spring", on 1 June 1750, as listed in the disposition below:
  • Adam Dickinson received a patent for 875 acres "875 acres on Meadow Creek of Jackson's River near the Indian Path", on 1 June 1750, as listed in the disposition below:
  • Adam Dickinson received a patent for 820 acres "on Jackson's River, west side of River; corner John Bordon (Bardon), the patent line", as listed in the dispositions below:


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 45.--27th November, 1751. Adam Dickinson to John Stanley and David Stanley, 546 acres on Falling Spring of Jackson River, Sinking Spring; patented to Adam, 1st June, 1750.
  • Page 451.--17th August, 1753. Adam Dickinson to James Dunlap, 875 acres on Meadow Creek of Jackson's River near the Indian Path. Patented to Adam 1st June, 1750. Teste: Charles Dunlap, John Robison.
  • Page 315.--19th Mav, 1754. Adam Dickinson to James Boreland, £75, 327 acres, part of a large tract patented to Adam 1st June, 1750, on Jackson's River, west side of River; corner John Bordon (Bardon), the patent line.
  • Page 318.--19th May, 1754. Adam Dickinson to William Dean, £75, 327 acres part of 820 acres patented to Adam as above on Jackson River; corner James Boreland on Indian Camp Creek. Teste: Archibald Boreland. Delivered to John Dean. 1765.
  • Page 321.-- 18th May, 1754. Adam Dickinson to John Bird, £25. 215 acres, part of above patent; corner Wm. Jackson. Delivered to John Dean June, 1765.
  • Page 541.--26th September, 1754. Adam Dickinson and Catherine to Alexander Craighead, clerk, £150. 310 acres in Cowpasture, part of land where Adam now lives.
  • Page 307.--20th May, 1767. John Dickenson to Benj. Estill, £100, 546 acres on a branch of Jacksons River called the Falling Spring, patented to Adam Dickenson on 1st June, 1750, and conveyed by Adam to John and David Stanley and by them conveyed to John Dickenson; also a survey adjoining above containing 250 acres. Mortgage for payment of £100. Teste: William Hugart, Wm. McClenachan, Jas. McDowell.
  • Page 48.--22d August, 1767. John Dickenson and Martha to Gabriel Jones, £250, 546 acres on Falling Spring, a branch of Jackson's river, bought by John from John and David Stanleys, who bought it from Adam Dickenson to whom it was patented 1st June, 1750.

Estate Records of Adam Dickinson

  • Page 7.--14th February, 1761. Adam Dickinson's additional appraisement, by Andw. Sitlington, John Young.
  • Page 157.--24th May, 1762. Adam Dickinson's additional appraisement, by Catherine Dickinson, administratrix, recorded.


Records of Adam Dickinson in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:


  • Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY, 1745, To MARCH, 1746. - John Coate and William King, administrators of Ann Doughaty, who died intestate and who was administratrix of Jacob Doughaty, vs. Adam Dickinson.--I, Adam Dickinson, of Hanover, in the County of Huntingdon, in New Jersey. Jacob was from Bethlehem, N. J. Bond dated 29th August, 1733. Suit brought 22d September, 1746.
  • Vol. 1 - December 9, 1745. - Page (1) County Court formed--First Justices: James Patton, John Buchanan, Peter Scholl, Robert Campbell, Robert Poage, Thomas Lewis, Robert Cunningham, Richard Woods, Robert Craven, Adam Dickinson, John Anderson, John Lewis, George Robinson, James Bell, John Brown, John Pickens, Hugh Thomson, John Finla, John Christian, James Kerr, Andrew Pickens.
  • Vol. 1 - SEPTEMBER 18, 1746. - (108) Jurymen--Daniel Holdman, John Hood, James Armstrong, John Rutledge, Adam Dickerson, James Armstrong, Ro. Gibson, Thos. Cotner.
  • Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 19, 1746/7. - (153) Adam Dickerson to build a water grist mill.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 18, 1746/7. - (168) Road ordered from lower end of cow-pasture to Carter's Mill, and Adam Dickenson, James Scot, Wm. Galespy, James Simpson, Wm. Dowerty, Andrew Maldrough, Hugh Coffey, John Donerly, Alexr. McKay, John Mitchell, John Moore, Ralph Laverty, John Cockmill, James Huy, Wm. Hugh, James Stewart, James McKay worked it.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 1747 (A). - Dickinson vs. Hunt.--Debt. Writ dated 22d February, 1746. Agreement, 22d April, 1743, between Thomas Lindley, of Pennsylvania, and Adam Dickenson, of Province of Maryland: Plaintiff agrees to secure a patent for 1,000 acres in Clover Creek, otherwise ye Cow Pasture, and settle two tenants thereon, and then convey to Lindley. Bond of Adam Dickinson, of Pennsylvania, and County of Lancaster, blacksmith, to Thomas Lindley, of same place, dated 1st January, 1741-2. This bond assigned, 19th February, 1745-6, by Hannah Lindley to Roger Hunt, of the County of Chester. Hannah was sole administrator of Thomas Lindley, deceased.
  • Page 234.--6th December, 1749. Samuel Brown's will, farmer--Brother. Henry Brown, colt that runs at Round Oak; two youngest brothers, Daniel and David; wife, Mary, mare bought of Robert Gay; two children, Adam (eldest) and Henry Brown, infants. To eldest born, Adam, house and land at Round Oake. Executors, Adam Dickinson and brother Henry Brown. Teste: Benj. Hardin, John Dickinson, Isaac Scholley. Proved, 22d May, 1750, by Hardin and Dickinson.
  • Page 493.--11th June, 1751. William Jackson's appraisement by Ralph Laverty, George Wilson, Archibald Elliott. Note of James Ewin, Charles Whitacre, Lofftus Poland. Cash recovered by James Lockridge; cash recovered by Adam Dickinson; by John Ward; by Robert Armstrong; by Thomas Thompson.
  • Vol. 1 - JUNE 11, 1751--AUGUST 27, 1751. - (176) This book begins August 1749, but there are no orders but those of suits and actions until August 27, 1751, when a new Court was organized under a commission from the Hon. Lewis Burwell, President of Virginia, dated 11th June, 1751, directed to James Patton, Peter Scholl,* Robert Cunningham, Wm. Jameson, David Stuart,* John Lynn,* Erwin Patterson,* Thos. English, Benj. Borden,* Joseph Kenady, John Denton, Wm. Christian, Robert Breckinridge, John Lewis,* Silas Hart, Andw. Lewis,* James Rutledge, Alexr. Wright, Ro. McClenahan,* Robert Campbell, John Wilson, Richd. Burton, Patr. Martin, James Lockhart, John Mills, Ro. Ramsey, Richd. Woods, John Anderson, John Ruddle, Thos. Stuart, John Lyle, John Buchanan, Thomas Lewis, Archd. Alexander, John Mathews, Adam Dickenson, Mathias Seltzer, Wm. Harbeson. (Those marked (*) qualified.)
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 28, 1751. - (208) Adam Dickinson, David Davis, Peter Wright and Joseph Carpenter, lay off a road from Wright's Mill to the Cow-pasture near Hugart's or Knox's.
  • Page 431.--18th June, 1752. John Graham's bond as guardian (appointed) to Thomas Mann, orphan of John Mann, with surety Adam Dickinson.
  • Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Pt. 1. - 19th January, 1754, Andrew Lewis entered two 400-acre tracts on Petter's Creek, a branch of James River, between Adam Dickinson's and the Indian Path; 200 on Warm Spring Mountain, joining the tract formerly Hurden's; three 400-acre branches of James River, near a survey made for William Warwick, and on some of the head branches of ye Back Creek.
  • Page 7.--19th January, 1754. Andrew Lewis enters 400 acres on Peters Creek, a branch of James River, between the upper survey of Adam Dickinson's and the Indian Patch, also 200 acres on the Warm Springs mountain joining tract formerly Harden's, etc.; three 400 surveys on head branches of James River near a survey made for Wm. Warwick and on some of the head branches of the Back Creek, and Thomas Lewis's 200 acres on the Cow Pasture where John Shaw lives and 200 acres where Harklas Wilson lives, and 200 acres in the Bull Pasture at the foot of the mountain. Robert McClenachan.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 24, 1762. - (249) On motion of John Dickinson, gent., it is ordered to be certified that he a known and commonly reputed to be the only son and heir of Adam Dickinson, late of this county, deceased.
  • Page 156.--19th August, 1766. Frederick See's bond (with Adam and John Dickinson) as administrator of John See.
  • Page 167.--19th August, 1756. John Man's bond (with Adam and Jno. Dickinson) as administrator of Moses Man.
  • Page 180.--15th December, 1756. Adam Dickinson's bond (with Wallace Estill, Danl. Harrison) as administrator of Humphrey Madison.
  • Page 191.--22d January, 1757. James Maze's appraisement, by Elijah McClenachan, Ralph Laverty, Adam Dickinson.
  • Page 190.--16th June, 1757. Adam Dickinson's bond (with John Harvie) as administrator of Henry Lawless.
  • Page 239.--19th March, 1750. Henry Lawless' estate to Adam Dickinson, administrator--Paid McAlvane, Jacob Parsinger, David Merewether, Peter Wright.
  • Page 550.--16th March, 1758. Wm. Smith to Thomas Meek, £10, 200 acres, foot of Brown Hill in line of Wm. McCutchen. Teste: Jno. Clark, Adam Dickenson. Delivered: George Wilson, August, 1758.
  • Page 248.--18th May, 1758. Felix Gilbert's bond (with Jno. Risk, Adam Dickinson) as administrator of Jno. Hutcheson.
  • Page 406.--20th August, 1760. Adam Dickinson's bond (with Andrew Sitlington, James Gilespy, John Young).
  • Page 195.--17th July, 1765. William ( ) Dean and Sarah ( ) to John Dean, £100, 327 acres, part of 820 acres patented to Adam Dickenson, 1st June, 1761 (s/b 1751), on Jackson's River; corner James Borelan, white oaks on Indian Camp Branch. Teste: John Shields, Thos. ( ) Brown, Mathew Thomson. Delivered: Jno. Dean, 16th March, 1772.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1773 (B). - Beard vs. Dickinson.--Debt, Writ dated 14th September, 1767. John Dickinson, only son and heir-at-law of Adam Dickinson, deceased.
  • Vol. 2 - William McClung and Abigail, his wife, vs. Dickinson--O. S. 61; N. S. 21--Bill, 11th March, 1803. Adam Dickinson, grandfather of Abigail, intestate, leaving his son John. Abigail was very young and residing with her grandmother. Catherine, mother of John. John died without having complied with his agreement to pay Abigail £50. Then Catherine died testate. John died testate, leaving Martha, his widow; Adam and John Dickenson; John Shrewsberry and Martha, his wife; Samuel Shrewsberry and Mary, his wife; Joseph Kinkead and Nancy, his wife. Charles Lewis and Jane, his wife (which are widow, children, heirs and devisees of John Dickenson), Abigail was daughter and sole heir of Abigail Carpenter, deceased, who was daughter of Adam Dickinson. Catherine Dickinson's original will dated 17th February, 1790 (no certificate of probate). Son John, daughter Mary, granddaughter Nancy. A statement in the papers says Adam Dickenson died intestate, leaving one son John, a daughter Mary Davis, and Mrs. McClung, the only child of Abigail Carpenter. Adam Dickinson died about 1750. It was reported that William Tate was dead, but afterwards that he was alive in North Carolina and a Justice there. (Note: the date of Adam Dickinson's death was about 1760, not in 1750 as listed in this record. This record also establishes "Mary Davis" as the daughter of Adam Dickinson, and Abigail Carpenter as the grand-daughter of Adam.).

Information on Adam Dickinson

From "Annals of Bath County, Virginia", by Oren F. Morton, pg. 38-39:


Adam Dickenson, the leading pioneer on the lower Cowpasture. was in 1733 living at Hanover, New Jersey. In 1742 he was an ironworker in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but seems to have moved in the same year to Prince George County, Maryland. It was at this date that he entered into a bond in favor of Thomas Lindsay, whereby he was to patent 1,000 acres on Clover Creek, "otherwise ye Cow Pasture"; and place two families on the tract. Four years later, he brought suit against Roger Hunt, Lindsay's assignee, for a failure to comply with the contract. He must have come to the Cowpasture himself by 1744. When Augusta was organized, at the close of 1745. he alone, of the 21 justices in the first county court, represented the portion of the county west of Shenandoah Mountain. His grist-mill was evidently the first in this region, and the church built on his homestead was undoubtedly the first house of worship among the southern Alleghanies. Dickenson acquired at least 3321 acres of choice hind. He died intestate about 1760. His persona] property was appraised by his neighbors, James Gillespie, James McCay, John Young, and Andrew Sitlington, at almost $1,000, easily the equivalent of $5,000 today. The estate included two slaves, 33 cattle, and a wagon valued at $23.33. The only book was a large Bible. Abigail, a daughter, married William McClung. Another daughter was Mary Davis. (Note: the Abigail that married William McClung was Abigail Carpehter, Adam Dickinson's grand-daughter, daughter of Adam's daughter Abigail).