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James would have been about 14 in 1721 when his father, William Dimmitt II, leased "Dimmitt's Delight" in Gunpowder Manor, Baltimore Co MD, and would have helped clear and work the land and build a habitation for the family. There were not many neighbors in the area so, when his younger brother William was old enough to assist with the farming, James may have hired out as a farm hand elsewhere in the county in hopes of finding a suitable wife.
He and Barbara may have moved around considerably in the early years of their marriage, while he possibly assisted his father-in-law in the management of the various Broad properties. They evidently continued to consider "Dimmitt's Delight" as their home, and there is no record that James himself ever actually owned any land. In 1742 he leased 200 acres, which he called "Dimmitt's Repose", and in 1751 he leased 62 acres called "James' Forrest". Various land transaction records are available, detailing the terms and ends of these leases.
Between 1 Jun 1765 and 30 Jul 1765, James, Barbara, their families, and probably others, took all their movable possessions and started toward North Carolina. Although information is available on similar journeys of other families at this time, we don't know exactly their route. They probably traveled through Culpeper, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Danville, entering North Carolina through Caswell and Guildford Counties, or what is today Winston-Salem. It is believed that Barbara's father Thomas Broad, page 6a-4, accompanied the family and probably lived with them the rest of his life.
The family settled in Rowan Co NC. The county was extremely large at the time, so we cannot be certain, but think it may have been near the intersections of present Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin counties. James died between 16 Nov 1772, date of his will, and 1774 when it was probated. We don't know when Barbara died, except that it was after 1774 and before 1785.
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Source: Richard B Miller PhD of Pasadena CA researched the Dimmitt family for fifty years, but died before he finished his manuscript. Pages of the manuscript were provided to us by Richard O Johnson, who inherited it and in 1988 was hoping to complete it for future publication. Mr Johnson's address (1988) was POBox 235, Grass Valley CA 95945; e-mail <email@example.com>. Brief titles of a few resources used by Dr Miller: Chapman, Portrait and Biographical Album of Otoe and Cass Counties NE. Wiseman, Pioneer People of Fairfield Co OH (1901). Williams, History of Franklin and Pickaway Co OH (1880). As of Apr 1998, an informal group of Dimmitt researchers was collecting and combining Dimmitt information, and could be contacted via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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