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James Marshall Dillard (1862 - 1913)

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Doctor James Marshall "Doc" Dillard
Born in Rabun County, Georgiamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Greenville, South Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Feb 2014
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J. D. M. Dillard left his home in Rabun County, Georgia in his early twenties about 1884 and settled in Westminster, South Carolina. He was there in the saw mill and lumber business. At one time he was in this business with his brother, William M. Dillard. He purchased timber tracts in Oconee County connected with that business. His wife, Mattie Center Foster Dillard was a daughter of Joel Foster 1812-1887, farmer, banker, industrialist (South Carolina Manufacturing Company mining iron ore and making iron products) and state senator from Spartanburg County, South Carolina and Charlotte Bookter Foster 1821-1866 of Richland County, South Carolina. He married Mattie Center Foster in Westminster in 1885 and lived there until 1892. In 1892 J. D. M. Dillard moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he went into the lumber processing and contracting business with T. C. Gower under the name of Dillard and Gower. This business constructed buildings, including textile mill villages, during the development of the textiles in the Greenville area. He was also in the business of manufacturing of doors, windows and blinds in a factory powered by steam engines using wood scrap as fuel. His first wife, Mattie, died in Athens, Georgia in 1910 where they had resided for a short period of time. He at age 51 married his second wife, Bertha McIver, age 35, of Maxton, North Carolina and lived only a few months in Athens, Georgia. His last child was born after his death. Sources: Descendants of James Dillard and Sarah Barnard Dillard of Rabun County, Georgia, John M. Dillard, Lulu Press, 2012, page145.


United States Census, 1870 image of document

July 24, 1870 - Clayton, Rabun County, Georgia

United States Census, 1880

1880 - Tennessee Valley, Rabun County, Georgia

  • Find A Grave Memorial# 9349470, James D. M. Dillard, Springwood Cemetery, Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA, Plot: Section D.[1]
  • "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 05 Dec 2014), Doctor Dillard in household of Barnet Dillard, Georgia, United States; citing p. 24, family 177, NARA microfilm publication M593, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 000545670.
  • "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 05 Dec 2014), James D M Dillard in household of John B Dillard, Tennessee Valley, Rabun, Georgia, United States, 171; citing sheet 47A, film number 0162, NARA microfilm publication T9, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1254162.
  • Dillard Family Bible

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On 29 Mar 2017 at 14:12 GMT John (Dillard) Anonymous wrote:

Dillard-1259 and Dillard-693 are not ready to be merged because: Dillard 1259 was a my grandfather. I own his family Bible. His name was "James Doctor Marshall Dillard." he was named after his maternal uncle who died from Civil War injuries who was Doctor Marshall. James Doctor Marshall Dillard, Sr. died in Athens, Georgia but is buried in Springwood Cemetery in Greenville, S. C. in a plot I personally maintain.

On 29 Mar 2017 at 06:31 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Dillard-1259 and Dillard-693 appear to represent the same person because: Same data - Parents to be merged as well

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