We already knew that one of our great-grandmothers was a Dixon. Here’s their marriage record. So, her father was Bryon Dixon. We find Bryan Dixon in the household of John D. Dixon in 1870 census. However, in the 1880 census, he is Edward B. Dixon. Thus, Edward Bryan Dixon son of John D. Dixon. The 1880 census also tells us that married Nancy Jane Daniels in 1844. Incidentally, it also answered the question of whether his mother was Mary or Catherine. Both: Mary Catherine Paul.
However, before we get sidetracked with Pauls and Daniels’, we weren’t done with the Dixons. The 1880 Pamlico County Census (yes, again), told us that Joseph Franklin Sumberlin married Margaret Ann Dixon, daughter of William Dixon and Margaret Scott. Here’s the marriage record.
So, what was the connection? There had to be one seeing as how all of them were living in Township 1, Pamlico County. The answer came when I stumbled over this and many other conversations over at Genforum (which, unfortunately, will be closing at the end of the month). They were brothers. Sons of Roland Chosewell Dixon and Penelope Keel. Roland fought in the War of 1812 and, briefly, in the Civil War. He died November 26, 1864. I don’t know the cause of death. His youngest son, and namesake, Roland Chosewell Dixon, Jr., died September 30, 1864 during the Yellow Fever Epidemic (scroll down a bit) that was ravaging New Bern at the time. Roland Sr. might have as well.
I want to thank Suzy Dixon Bennett, apparently my cousin many times over, for taking the time to post her research. Thanks to her research, I can now trace my Dixon ancestry back to Walter Dixon, Sr. who migrated from Virginia to Pitt County.