Categories: Newark Monthly Meeting, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Profile protected to facilitate merges. Dickson and Dixson are other spellings used in this line, but we've been using Dixon for William and his children. If you feel strongly about another spelling, please start a G2G discussion (click "Ask question..." button at right). Thanks! Liz Shifflett
Please see this G2G discussion  for info on dubious connection to currently listed parents.
William Dixon immigrated from Ireland and joined the Newark Monthly Meeting, which recorded his marriage in Ireland:
William Dixson was born, about 1662, in County Armagh, Ireland (Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland). He is thought to be the son of Henry and Rose Dixson (as they were witnesses for his marriage to Isabelle Rea, whom he married there). Isabelle must have died in Ireland, for he was single when he came to America in 1688. On the ship with him were his mother, Rose Dixson, widow; and two sisters, Rose and Dinah. In the year 1690, these three younger Dixons were married in Newcastle County, Delaware:
William died in New Castle County, Delaware, in 1708 leaving the following children:
"Answering the call of the times to colonization, adventure, religious freedom, perhaps even fortune in the new world, William Dixon sailed from Downes' England, with Thomas Pierson on Be 14 day of July 1676, and arrived in Great Wackacommacoe River in Maryland on the 9 day of September, 1676, aboard the ship "Joseph and Benjamin'" Matthew Pain, Commander. Thomas Pierson later became the brother-in-law of William Dixon when, in 1690, he married Williams sister, Rose. Williams returned to Ireland from this first trip to the new colonies and there on the 5 mot 4, 1683, as the Lurgan Monthly Meeting Minutes state married Isabelle Rea, both of the Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland, in the house of Roger Webb, with Henry and Rose Dixon (his parents), Thomas Harlan, and Isabelle Logan as witnesses. After the death of Isabelle, he joined the Quaker emigration from Ireland and came again to America, to William Penn's Colony of Pennsylvania, in that portion which now is Delaware, in 1688. Two years later, in 1690, he married Ann Gregg, second child and only daughter of William Gregg, who was also a member of the Quaker immigration into Pennsylvania, bringing with him his daughter Ann, born 1670, in Ireland. William Dixon was a weaver by trade and settled on Red Clay Creek' in Christiana Hundred, New Castle County' Delaware. 
Ann Gregg Dixon married John Houghton of New Castle County after the death of William Dixon. She bore Houghton three daughters:
William first came to this country in the year 1676. The circumstances of his arrival are recorded in a short memoir of Thomas Pearson (Pierson) reprinted in volume 21 of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in 1897. As pertains to William, this records: “on ye 12th day of ye 8th month in ye yeare 1675 I had served my Apprenticeship “on ye 2d day of ye 12th month in ye Yeare Afores’d I went from Bristoll for London “on ye 14th day of ye 7th month in ye Yeare 1676 I sailed froom the Downes intending for mary land in company w’th: Wm Dixon “on ye 9th day of the 9th month in ye Yeare 1676 I arrived in Great Wicka Comma Coe River in ye Ship Called the Joseph and Benjamin Mathew Pain Commander of ye Same. T. P. “on or about ye 20th day of March 1682 I arrived in Kingroad “on ye 25th day of July in ye Years 1683 I set Saile from Kingroad in ye Comfort John Reed master and Arrived at Upland in Pennsylvania ye 28th of September 1683 T:P” Quaker custom prohibited calling dates by their “pagan” names, and thus they were consistently referred to by the number of the month and day. March was then considered the first month of the new year. Thus William Dixon’s ship sailed on September 14, 1676 and arrived November 9th. The “Downes” is a large natural harbor on the southeast coast of Kent in England. The Wicomico River is located on the eastern shore in southern Maryland. Thomas Pierson and William Dixon were evidently close friends, and Pierson eventually married in 1690 as his second wife, Rose Dixon, a sister of William’s. Likewise in 1708 he signed as a witness to William’s will. After having been in the colonies for several years, William then settled in northern new Castle County, about a mile southwest of the present town of Centerville, along Red Clay Creek. This presently lies in the state of Delaware, about two miles south of the Pennsylvania line. The “History of Chester County Pennsylvania” states that “about 1687 William Dixon, George and Michael Harlan, Thomas Hollingsworth, Alphonsus Kirk and William Gregg settled on the west side of Brandywine Creek in Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, near the present town of Centerville”. They became the founders of what later was known as Center Meeting.” Volume 5 of “The Literary Era”, published in 1898 states that at that time Frederick Klair owned “that portion of the tract (formerly owned by Dixon) upon which William Dixson’s children were born.” Their adjoining neighbors there included William Gregg, Henry Hollingsworth, Thomas Woolasten, George Hoge, William Hoge, and John Hussy, most of who were also Quakers. Around the year 1690 William married Ann Gregg, a daughter of his neighbor William Gregg. She is believed to have been born around the year 1670 in Armagh Ireland. Some uncertainty exists as to whether William had been previously married to a first wife who then died. Some sources point to the records of Seagoe parish of County Armagh Ireland that record a marriage on July 4, 1683 between a William Dixon and Isabel Rea, both of that parish, at which Henry and Rose Dixon signed as witnesses, in support of this claim. This does not appear to have been our ancestor William however. He is known to have first come to this country in 1676, and to have been married in Ireland in 1683 he would have had to return to that country. It was not unknown for the early settlers to sometimes return to their former homes to find a bride, but in the case of the 1683 wedding the groom was stated as being from that parish. Accordingly this was probably some relative of Henry and Rose rather than their son William. Between the years 1684 and 1686 the Newark (New Work) Monthly Meeting of the Quaker Church was established in New Castle County. In 1687 the first meetings for worship of the Center Meeting were authorized by the Newark Monthly Meeting. These were originally held in private homes, until a log meeting house was built on land donated by Valentine Hollingsworth. This was presumably the same Valentine Hollingsworth shown in the 1672 Irish wedding records, or a close relative of his. William Dixon was apparently active in the Center Meeting. McCracken’s “Welcome Claimants, vol. 2” (1970) shows that William signed a certificate dated December 18, 1688 on behalf of the Quarterly Meeting of the Friends in the area which recorded the intention of William Rodney to marry Mary Hollyman at Philadelphia. A survey was made for William of 307 acres of land in Christiana Hundred of New Castle County on March 1, 1691. This is, no doubt, the tract described in a 1729 deed involving his widow Ann, as follows:
A certain Tract or parcel of land Situate lying and being in the sd County of New Castle Beginning at a corner marked black Oak at a corner of Thomas Grace’s land, thence west north west by the same land Three hundred perches to a red Oak thence North and by East one hundred and forty five perches to a White Oak thence East South East sixty six perches to a Hickory tree thence South West to the land of Thomas Childe one hundred and fifty Eight perches to the place of beginning containing three hundred and seven acres.
When William Penn settled his Quaker colony of Pennsylvania he desired to retain for his own family some property in the event of his death, and conveyed 50,000 acres of land in trust for his wife Gulielma Penn and her children. This was finally surveyed in the year 1700, and a patent signed by William Penn at Philadelphia on October 23, 1701, was described commencing as:
Whereas, there is a certain tract of land situate on the south side of Brandywine creek, in the province of Pennsylvania: beginning at a bounded hickory tree standing by a branch of Red Clay Creek, called Burrow’s run, being a corner tree of William Dickson’s land, thence by a line of marked trees south and by west over Red Clay Creek at the fork thereof . . . “
William probably raised some crops on his land, but in his will styles himself a weaver by trade. The exact date of William’s death is unknown, but was between March 31, 1708, when he executed his will, and September 20th of that year when it was admitted to probate. The will is recorded in Book B of New Castle County Delaware wills, and appears as follows:
I William Dickson of Red Clay Creek in the County of New Castle Weaver, being sick and weak in body but in sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to the Lord for the same and calling to mind the frailty of this life have thought good to dispose of what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bestow upon me. I. Impris I give and bequeath unto my deare and well beloved wife Anne all my estate reall and personall during her age of widowhood and my Childrens Minority she paying out of my said estate all just debts by me contracted. Item I appoint authorize and ordaine my trusty & well beloved brothers Michaell Harlan and John Grigg to be trustees advisors and Guardians to my said wife and Children during her widowhood and theire minority, and if my said wife happen to marry during my said Childrens minority or ____ that ______ ___ ___ person soo marrying my said wife shall give good and sufficient securities for my ____ estate on behalf of my Children. Item I too appoint my said wife to be my sole Executrix of this my last Will and testament revoking and making null and void all former wills and testaments by me made and doe by these ratify and confirm this to be my last Will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 31st day of the first month in the year 1708.
Signed sealed and delivered In presence of Tho: Pierson John Day His mark George Gregg
Interestingly, in the will the family name is spelled “Dickson”. The recorded copy does not note that William made “his mark”, as it did for example with one of the witnesses, so apparently he was literate, and signed as shown. Elsewhere his name is spelled Dixon and Dixson. His son Henry is shown occasionally with the spelling Dickson, but after him, the name appears to have been generally spelled Dixon. After William’s death, his widow Ann married John Houghton of New Castle County. John died between March 10, 1720, the date of his will, and May 27, 1720, when the will was admitted to probate. This will names his Dixon stepchildren, and appears in the New Castle County records as follows:
In the name of God Amen the Last Will and testimony of John Houghton of the County of New Castle upon Delaware ____ being _____ ___ ____ in perfect sence and memory I give to my Daughter Martha Houghton my mare called _____. I give to my Daughter Mary one horse colt ____ to Martha’s mare. I give to my Daughter Rebekah Houghton one three year old Mare, with a bold face, and one horse colt three years old. I give to my Daughter Dina, and Ann Dixon, three pounds apiece and if either of the two aforesd happen to dye, that the other shall have the whole sum aforesd. I give to my son George Dixon, Two hundred acres of Land upon this tract I now live on the said land to be laid out joining unto Roger Kirks land & Joshua Baker’s land, the sd George Dixon paying for the land Twelve pounds per hundred and half of all charges that shall accrue concerning the sd land. I give unto my three Daughter Martha, Mary & Rebekah Houghton the Three hundred acres of Land I now live on after their Mother’s decease, the sd Land to be equally divided amongst them. I order my four sons, Henry, William, John & Thomas Dixon to Clear and pay all the by Gone Rents that did accrue upon this three hundred acres of Land, before I was married to their mother. I give all the remaining part of my estate to my Wife Ann Houghton towards the upbringing of my Children. I leave and Constitute my well beloved wife Ann Houghton to be my Executrix and also my brother in Law John Gregg to be my Executor, to whom I leave five pounds, Leaving them in full authority to act and perform all and in every cause of this my abovesaid Will, either in law or Equity. As witnesses and _______ _____ this Tenth day of the first month March, in the year one thousand seven hundred and Twenty.
John Houghton Signed sealed and delivered In the presence of Thomas Hollinsworth Joshua Baker Nathaniel Maddock
Several years later on May 15, 1727 William and Ann’s children deeded the 307 acres originally surveyed to William in 1691 back to their mother Ann. This appears in New Castle County records, and the body of the deed mentions “Whereas William Dixon the late father of Henry, William, John, George, Dinah & Thomas . . .” Ann Dixon Houghton died several years after the deed, around the year 1729, in New Castle County. William Dixon had no children by his first wife, if there was in fact a prior marriage, and all of his children were by Ann. After her marriage to John Houghton, Ann had three more children.
JULY 14, 1676, Downes' England, aboard the ship "Joseph and Benjamin'" Matthew Pain, Commander.
Note: Isabelle Rea must have died in Ireland, for he was single when he came to America in 1688. On the ship with him were his mother, Rose Dixson, widow; and two sisters, Rose and Dinah. In the year 1690, these three younger Dixons were married in Newcastle County, Delaware; William to Ann daughter of William Gregg; Dinah to Michael Harlen; and Rose to Thomas Pierson.
Dated JANUARY 31, 1708.
Probated September 20, 1708.
He was born, about 1662, in County Armagh, Ireland, & son of Henry and Rose Dixson; and married there, Isabelle Rea. She must have died in Ireland, for he was single when he came to America in 1688. On the ship with him were his mother, Rose Dixson, widow; and two sisters, Rose and Dinah. In the year 1690, these three younger Dixons were married in Newcastle County, Delaware; William to Ann daughter of William Gregg; Dinah to Michael Harlen; and Rose to Thomas Pierson. William died in 1708, leaving the following children:
Of the above family, William and John Dixon, with their wives and Thomas Hollingsworth, their father-in-law, migrated to Winchester, Va., where Mr. Hollingsworth died. Later, the two sons entered land in Anson County (then North but now South}Carolina: John, 244 acres on Fair Forest Creek, in 1753: William 300 acres on Brush Creek, below John Dixon's, May 17, 1754. Apparently, no genealogist has picked up these Dixons and traced their descendants.
Punctuation needed see Article attached. Not posted above.
The Era Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 11, pg 331
William Dixon settled on a tract of land in Christiana Hundred New Castle county about one mile southwest of the present village of Center ville Frederick KJair now owns that portion of the tract upon which William Dixson s log dwelling stood and where all the Dixson and Houghton children were born William Dixson of Read Clay Creek weaver made his will 1 mo 31 1708 and it was probated Sept 20 1708 He mentioned his wife Ann and appoints his brothers Michael Harlan and John Gregg advisors The widow Ann Dixson then married John Houghton
following information was attached to William & Ann's marriage as footnoted references:
Text for S390: Data: Text: WILLIAM, son of Henry and Rose Dixon, born in Ireland ca 1662, and died in New Castle County, Delaware, in 1708. Answering the call of the times to colonization, adventure, religious freedom, perhaps even fortune in the new world, William Dixon sailed from Downes' England, with Thomas Pierson on Be 14 day of July 1676, and arrived in Great Wackacommacoe River in Maryland on the 9 day of September, 1676, aboard the ship "Joseph and Benjamin'" Matthew Pain, Commander. Thomas Pierson later became the brother-in-law of William Dixon when, in 1690, he married Williams sister, Rose. Williams returned to Ireland from this first trip to the new colonies and there on the 5 mot 4, 1683, as the Lurgan Monthly Meeting Minutes state married Isabelle Rea, both of the Parish of Segoe, County Armagh, Ireland, in the house of Roger Webb, with Henry and Rose Dixon (his parents), Thomas Harlan, and Isabelle Logan as witnesses. After the death of Isabelle, he joined the Quaker emigration from Ireland and came again to America, to William Penn's Colony of Pennsylvania, in that portion which now is Delaware, in 1688. Two years later, in 1690, he married Ann Gregg, second child and only daughter of William Gregg, who was also a member of the Quaker immigration into Pennsylvania, bringing with him his daughter Ann, born 1670, in Ireland. William Dixon was a weaver by trade and settled on Red Clay Creek' in Christiana Hundred, New Castle County' Delaware. He made his will January 31, 1708; and it was probate September 20' 1708. He mentions his wife Ann and appoints his brothers' Mic heel Harlan and John Gregg, as advisors. (Michael Harlan, brother-in-law, had married Williams sister Dinah in 1690; and John Gregg was brother of his wife Ann.) Ann Gregg Dixon died in 1729 and she married John Houghton after the death of William Dixon. She bore Houghton three daughters: 1. Mary, who married Isaac Cooke and removed to North Carolina in 1734; 2. Martha, who married, 1730, Joseph Hollingsworth; 3. Rebecca, who married Robert Comber. John Houghton' too' was of New Castle County, Delaware. Isabelle Rea must have died in Ireland, for he was single when he came to America in 1688. On the ship with him were his mother, Rose Dixson, widow; and two sisters, Rose and Dinah. In the year 1690, these three younger Dixons were married in Newcastle County, Delaware; William to Ann daughter of William Gregg; Dinah to Michael Harlen; and Rose to Thomas Pierson.
"One of the great Quaker families in early America. Known as the "Delaware Clan."
Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
On 7 Oct 2018 at 01:20 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:
Debi ~ Quakers Project co-leader
On 8 Nov 2017 at 14:16 GMT Glenn Dixon wrote:
On 8 Feb 2016 at 16:08 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Kith and kin [electronic resource] : containing genealogical data of the following families : Dixon, Andrus, Battin, Beal, Bosworth, Chapin, Converse, Copeland, Cummins, Esterly, Hanna, Hardenberg, Holloway, James, Kendall, Mast, Nichols, Shed, Stewart, Walker, Wallbridge, and other collateral lines
On 25 Mar 2014 at 19:03 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 25 Mar 2014 at 18:19 GMT Maggie N. wrote:
William is 14 degrees from Claude Monet, 14 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.