NC county
Jemima Brittain

Born: About 1769
Father: Benjamin Brittain?
Married: Isaac Dillion
Our child: Mary Dillon

The information below provided courtesy of Joyce Hetrick.

ISAAC DILLION-3 married JEMIMA BRITTAIN November 23, 1787, with Nathan Armfield as the bondsman for the non-Quaker ceremony, for which ISAAC was disowned by the Quakers. [Hinshaw.]

JEMIMA BRITTAIN, [spelled several different ways] was born about 1769, probably in Guilford County, North Carolina. We are not a 100% sure who her father was, but the preponderance of evidence is that Benjamin Brittain, who was listed in Salisbury District in 1790, near the DILLON families, was her father. Benjamin Brittain was one of the early Quakers listed in the New Garden area, but apparently was not faithful to the sect. He was listed in the early minutes of the New Garden Monthly Meeting. He had moved to North Carolina in 1754, and he had been received from Hopewell Meeting in Virginia in 1755. His brother was William, whose wife was Rebecca Ballanger, and who moved there in 1758. Benjamin was disfellowshipped in 1758, only three years after the move from Virginia.

ISAAC-3 and JEMIMA “disappeared” from North Carolina. However, a reference to “Isaac Dillon, Sr.” was found on the 1816, 1817, and 1818 Sumner County Tax lists in Sumner County, Tennessee, that very well could be our ISAAC. He was also listed with 150 acres on “Long Creek.” Long Creek was a branch of the Baren River in Sumner and Smith Counties. James Donoho, the husband of SUSANNAH TURNER Donoho, also owned 150 acres of land on Long Creek in 1816, as did William Donoho, the son of James Donoho, and YANCY’s step-brother. In addition to this, our YANCY TURNER also owned 75 acres on Long Creek. No deed abstracts were found where they bought these lands in any of the deed abstract books from 1793-1805 or the 1806-1817 books. However, it appears that this “Isaac Dillon” satisfies the “first three rules of genealogy” of “Look at the Neighbors” and very well could be our ISAAC DILLON-3. Since ISAAC was born in 1766, he would have been only 52 in 1818. No record of his death in Sumner County has been found. He possibly moved on, maybe in one of the migrations of the Quaker-connected families taking place about then.

In 1822, a man named Daniel Dillon owned 50 acres in Sumner County [area not mentioned] but ISAAC was not mentioned in the county. No estate or land sales were found.

A secondary source was found for ISAAC-3 which states that the other children of ISAAC and JEMIMA are: in order listed, Isaac Dillon-4, Fanny Dillon-4, MARY DILLON-4, Nathan Dillon-4, Jesse Dillon-4, James Dillon-4, John Dillon-4, Elizabeth Dillon-4, and William Dillon-4. Tim Heath gives a birth date for MARY DILLON TURNER as October 20, 1788, and her death date as August 11, 1870, in Macon County. If this is the case, then she would have been the oldest child of ISAAC and JEMIMA, born only a little over 11 months after the marriage.

Benjamin, James, Samuel, and William Brittain, lived in Guilford about the time appropriate to be JEMIMA’s father and were apparently brothers. [Hinshaw, pg 370.] William's will there in 1794, without a probate date, does not list JEMIMA as an heir, so we can probably eliminate him as JEMIMA's father. Benjamin is the only one that lived in the same district with the DILLONS, so he has the best "odds" of being JEMIMA's father. No absolute proof has been found, however.

Joseph Brittain, who died in 1774 or 1775 in Rowan County, left a will naming his sons and his wife, Jemime. The names of his sons almost duplicate the names of the Brittains in Guilford County. However, his sons were all minors when he died in 1774, therefore precluding him being the father of our Benjamin and William, but he might be their brother. The will of Benjamin’s brother, William, in Guilford lists his sons. He had a son named Joseph, and the Brittains, in general, seemed to use and re use the names Joseph, William, Benjamin, so there is probably some connection between the families, but at this point, we are unable to pinpoint it.

Benjamin Brittain owned land along the four creeks and rivers very near the DILLON families. He had arrived only a year or two after DANIEL DILLION had come, so ISAAC and JEMIMA must have grown up close to each other. Benjamin was given a letter from Hopewell to New Garden Meeting of Friends, so we can be reasonably sure that he knew the DILLONS in Virginia.

Carolina Cradle, by Robert W. Ramsey, a history of the central-Carolina settlement, doesn't mention anything about the Brittain lines. The McCubbins Collection of abstracts on microfilm at the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, Arkansas, lists a few records for the Brittain family in Rowan County. The earliest record in the McCubbins information is:

James Brittain, a native of Wales who moved to Pennsylvania and then Virginia, and while passing through North Carolina, liked the Iooks of the country and went back to Virginia and brought his bride, Miss Witty, and her in 1aws back with him and settled in what is now Forsyth County, and was then Guilford. They had a son named Samuel [Sr.] born in 1742 in North Carolina and he married Mary Perkins and had sons: Samuel, James, Joseph, Wil1iam, John and daughters Mary and Nancy.

How valid this "tale" is remains to be researched. Some of the McCubbins [written] oral history is not documented, or is in conflict with existing documentation. Samuel, born in 1742, probably was not a brother of Benjamin , who was probably at least several years older.

Samuel Britton was living in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and migrated to Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia, where DANIEL’s family lived. This Samuel was received in 1737 in Virginia. He had a daughter, Sarah, who was disfellowshipped in 1765 in Hopewell Meeting. Jonathon Britton was disfellowshipped the same year by Hopewell. This Samuel Britton, born by 1716 or before, might be an ancestor of Benjamin.

The LDS Family Records contain the family of John Brittain, born about 1600 in England, and his wife, Eleanor Cross. Their son, William, and his wife, Maria Stillwell, emigrated to Staten Island, New York. The "repeating names" of their family make this author think that we might eventually "connect" with this family. More research is needed to document even JEMIMA's connection to Benjamin..

William Brittain, in Guilford County, had two sons, also named Joseph and William. This confuses the records somewhat by the end of the 1790s, as these two young men were adults by then. William-1's wife was Rebecca [Ballanger], as mentioned in his will in 1794. No probate date was given for his will so we aren't sure when he died, but it appears after 1809, when John Hunt made him executor of his will. It is obvious, though, that at least some of William's children were grown by then, as he mentions four married daughters in his 1794 will. One of them is surnamed Hunt. William and Joseph Brittain married two girls named Gooch in 1795 and 1796. We assume that these were the sons of William-1 rather than his. This would probably mean that William was born at least by 1750 [or before] to have grown, married children by 1794.

During the Revolution, a Benjamin Brittain served as a corporal for three years. His son, Benjamin Britain, “heir at law” of Benjamin, received a warrant for 200 acres of land for his father’s Revolutionary services.[Burgess, Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Vol 2, pg 1391.]