Dixon/Dickson Families and their Ancestry

by Betty Green

What are the experts saying?

One must admire anyone who fulfills her ambitions in such a handsome set of volumes as these. The family documented in these volumes traces to the Moravian immigrant William Dixon of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and wife Christina Orchard who were sent to Bethabara in North Carolina in 1760. Tracing their descendants in NC, SC, TN, GA, MS, AR, OK, TX, etc., descendants of Joseph Frederick Dixon in Burke and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina are included. We are extremely pleased to have these extraordinary volumes in our library.

Reviewed by The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County

Gale Benfield, Genealogical Librarian of the Burke County Library System accepting
the Dixon/Dickson Families books edited and published by Betty Green

Noted author, lecturer and genealogical expert, Charles Edward Rich,
marvels over the details, research and efforts expended by Betty Green
in the publication of this 2-volume masterpiece of a Western NC family.

The families documented in this two-volume set trace their ancestry to the Moravian immigrant William Dixon born in 1716 in Hunslet, West Yorkshire, England. In 1749 he was sent by the Moravian Church to Bethlehem, PA. Next, he and his wife Christina Orchard were sent south to the Bethabara Moravian Community, now part of Winston Salem, NC, in 1760 to run the store in that new Moravian community.

William Dixon's son John/Johann Dixon, who was born in 1762, had three sons - Joseph Frederick Dixon b 1804, Charles William Dixon b 1808, and George Christian Dixon b 1812. Their descendants moved into Burke, McDowell, Cleveland, and Rutherford counties of North Carolina and Cherokee, Spartanburg, Anderson, and Greenville counties of South Carolina. John/Johann Dixon, who died in March 1832, is buried at Mount Home Baptist Church Cemetery on Hwy. 18 in Morganton, NC.

Betty Green, who has spent over 40 years researching her family, spares no expense in these two hardcover volumes of over 1400 pages that include family photographs, copies of family Bible pages, genealogy charts, family diary entries, and information on over 45,000 names indexed. Included are Dixson, Dixxon, Dixcon, Dison, Orchard, Williard, Aust, Huber, Schneider, Heckwelder, Brendle, Held, Rice, Martin, Fisher, Biwighaus, Reich, Siewers, Vance, Miksch, Benzien, Fogle, Pfhol, Mies/Mease, Anderson, Poteet/Poteat, Matthews, Kunkei, Weisner, Freeman, Fort, Biggerstaff, Humphreys, Smawley/Samalley, Wilson, Jones, Green/Greene, Bradwhat, Norton, Patton, and many other Moravian and non-Moravian connected families. This book updates the i957 Dixon/Dickson Family Book by John Sherman Dickson. Ms. Green has donated copies of these extraordinary volumes to the NC Room of the Public Library.

The Dixon/Dickson Reunion is now held every two years in Marion, NC at the Community Center downtown Marion. The next reunion will be July 24-25, 2010.

For information about the Dixon family or copies of her books, you may contact Betty Green, P. O. Box 372041, Satellite Beach, Florida 32937.

Reviewed by Mary Lou Avery Furr, BCGS


The Dixon/Dickson Families and their Ancestry 1627-2005 Hunslet, England to America
Published, 2005. Two volumes, over 1400 pages,
8 Vz x 11. Hardcover, indexed.
over 44,000 indexed names.
Included are related families, including Francis Marion and Martha Hendley Poteet and their children.
Three daughters of Francis Marion Poteet married sons of Joseph Frederick Dixon.

Price: $200.00 plus $4.00 shipping. SC residents add 5 % sales tax.

A few books remain with the author at a discounted price.

When they're gone, the books may be obtained from:

Southern Historical Press
375 West Broad Street
Greenville, SC 29602-1267