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Dickson County was established in 1803 from Montgomery and Robertson Counties (See earlier Davidson County, Tennessee). In 1807, Hickman County was established from Dickson.


Although one William Combs, a North Carolina Revolutionary soldier, was granted land in what would become Dickson Co by North Carolina at least as early as 1792, there is no evidence that Combs actually resided on or near Barton's Creek:

04 Jan 1792- 23 Apr 1814 (Dickson TN DBB:274) State of NC conveys land on Barton's Creek; land was granted to William Combs, private in North Carolina line and registered in Halifax County [NC]; property was assigned to Charles CAMPBELL, then to Samuel BARTON of Davidson Co, TN. Made 4 Jan 1792. Reg. 23 Apr 1814.

("Dickson Co, Tennessee Handbook," Jill Knight Garrett, SHP, 1984, Easley, SC, p. 166)


31 Oct 1798 - 19 Nov 1815 (Dickson TN DBB:464) Samuel BARTON to Charles CAMPBELL 140 A in behalf of his son John CAMPBELL, Charles CAMPBELL & Amy, his wife; land on Barton's Creek below Harpeth River; land was granted to Joseph SETGREAVE by a military warrant. Made 31 Oct 1798. Reg. 19 Nov 1815. Wits: James McCUTCHEON of Williamson County, Charles CAMPBELL.

("Dickson Co, Tennessee Handbook," Jill Knight Garrett, SHP, 1984, Easley, SC, p. 166)


26 Nov 1808 - (Dickson TN DBB:466) Charles CAMPBELL of Williamson County to James CAMPBELL of Williamson County; part of tract granted to John SEGRAVES [sic], heir of Joseph SEGRAVE [sic], assignee of William Combs, land originally granted by North Carolina; land on Barton's Creek. made 26 Nov 1808.Reg. 22 Nov 1815.

("Dickson Co, Tennessee Handbook," Jill Knight Garrett, SHP, 1984, Easley, SC, p. 166)

Notes: The above William Combs not identified; however, this land was in Davidson Co, TN in 1787, then Old Tennessee, which was later split into Montgomery and Robertson Cos in 1796, with Dickson created from these two counties in 1803. (See Also Revolutionary War Records of NC re William Combs who may have been Revolutionary Pensioner William Combs of Wilkes Co, NC, Charlotte Co, VA and Sullivan County, TN.

Also Note: Despite not locating early records for Combs in Dickson County, Tennessee, the fact that this land was on Barton's Creek may be significant due to the fact that another land owner on/near Barton's Creek was Hudson JOHNSON, close associate of Rev. Thomas MURRELL, step-father of Martin JOHNSON, h/o Sarah Combs, all earlier in Hawkins Co, TN and later in Warren Co, TN:


04 Jul 1803 Dickson County, Tennessee. John DICKSON of Cumberland Co, NC to Hudson JOHNSON of Wiliamson Co, TN, conveys land in Robertson Co both sides of upper fork creek; John NISBETT corner; orig. granted to Wm COCHRAN 11/30/1790 and deed by COCHRAN to DICKSON; recorded 6/191804; wits: John FORAN, Robert EDMONDSON, Nicholas SEALS.

(Dickson Co Deed Records, p 5 Handbook, Dickson Co, TN; Garrett)

1803 July 4: This Indenture made fourth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three between John DICKSON of the County of Cumberland and the State of North Carolina of the one part and Hudson JOHNSON of the County of Williamson and the State of Tennessee of the Other Part. Witness that the said John DICKSON for and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred silver dollars to him in hand paid by the said Hudson JOHNSON at and before sealing and signing of these presents the receipt and payment where of is hereby acknowledged he the said John DICKSON for himself and his heirs doth hereby bargain and sell alien inefafe and confirm unto him the said Hudson JOHNSON his heirs executors and signs forever a certain peice or parcel of land situated and being in ROBERTSON County and the State of Tennessee aforesaid bounded as follows on the Southside of Cumberland River and on both sides of the upper fork of Bartons Creek below Harpeth. Beginning West side of said fork at a Mulberry and Gum the second corner of the Patent and also now John NESBITS corner thence South crossing the creek at fifty poles Eighty chains to a Gum and Sassifras thence West thirty five Chains to a stake thence with TEIRS AND NICHOLS lines North eighty chains to a white oak. John NESBITS corner thence with his line East thirty five chains to the beginning and containing two hundred and eighy acres of land it being a part of the contents of a Military Grant no 1193 granted to William COCHRAN the 30th day of Nov. one thousand seven hundred and ninety and by the said COCHRAN conveyed to the foresaid John DICKSON by deed of Conveyance bearin date the twenty fourth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety one and duly recorded which said piece or parcel of land with all ways waters and woods and every other appurtenances there unto belonging or appertaining to the said John DICKSON for himself his heirs Executors and Administrators and assigns forever hath hereby sold set over conveyed released and confirmed in open market to the said Hudson JOHNSON his heirs Executors Administrators or assigns that the said John DICKSON for himself his heirs Executors and Administrators shall and will warrant and forever defend the said piec or parcel of land with all and every of its members and appurtenances free from all lawful claims of any person or person whatsoever unto the said Hudson JOHNSON his heirs and Executors and Administrators and assigns foreve.In witness whereof the said John DICKSON hath uhere unto set his hand and seal this day and year above written::: Signed in Presence of NICHOLAS SEALES::ROBERT EDMONSON AND JOHN FARRAR.

Research Notes: According to A T Outlaw's Sep 1937 article in the Duplin Times, “Col John DICKSON was a very wealthy and influential citizen of Cumberland Co, [NC]. He was one of the founders of the First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, [NC], and served as an elder for many years. He was also a legislator and militia officer.”

John's Uncle William DICKSON commented in a letter dated 28 Dec 1790, “My Brother Robert's Eldest Son John DICKSON is Just returned from the Settlement on the Cumberland & Holston Rivers where he has been near twelve month in the office of a Surveyor, he informs that the Crops of Indian Corn there will generally average 60 bushels p acre, which is more than four times the quantity that our common Land will produce here in the middle of North Carolina. The Country is Setling [sic] fast, on his way home he met near four hundred families moving to that Country, they were chiefly from Virginia and the uper [sic] parts of North Carolina. The … prinicpal Town Erected on Cumberland River is Nashville,”

Notes: 10 Jun 1779 - 10 Jun 1780: Henry County list of Surveys By John DICKSON and Assoc.

Among those who located on the waters of Barton's Creek during the nineties were Gen. James Robertson, who came from Nashville; John Nesbitt, from SC; Hudson JOHNSON, from NC; Abraham CALDWELL, from Ireland; Richard NAPIER, from VA, and Montgomery BELL from Pennsylvania. (Goodspeed's History of Dickson County, Tennessee)

Stills were owned by Hudson JOHNSON on Barton's Creek, (Goodspeed's History of Dickson County, Tennessee)

Research Note: Montgomery Bell owned the Furnace on Bartons creek in 1790's: He sold it to General James ROBERTSON (Founder of Nashville & Washuagal Assoc.)

Research Notes: 1787. March, Anderson, Mary, St. Paul's, widow, to David COCHRAN, of the town of New Castle, Hanover County, 100 a. adj. Dr. John Shore's land (which he bought of Col. Rich'd JOHNSON, wh. was formerly the land of George Taylor) John Thompson, also land bought of Luke Anthony. The above delivered to Saml Grant land per order from Wm. COCHRAN, son of David COCHRAN.

Records of Hanover Co, VA - William and Mary College Qrtly., Vol. 21, No. 3 Transcribed by Paul Schrank for the USGenWeb Archives Special Collections Project

Research Notes: Cochrills are married to the Widow Ann JOHNSON of David JOHNSON killed in Nashville she is the sister or daughter of General James Randolph Robertson a William Hatcher 1613 Descendant as are me and Peg.

Submitted by Tony Johnson


27 Apr 1827 (Dickson WB1 a.k.a. WBA:69-70, No. 37) LWT of Moses EASLEY; wife Emaline… until daughter Eliza O. (or Eliza C.) becomes of age… son James V. EASLEY to get land on little Hurricane Creek and son John H. EASLEY land on Duck River… my three children… Reuben COMES (or COMER) to see to the sale of land. s/27 Mar 1824; prvd. Jul 1824; rec. 27 Apr 1827. Wits: Joel MASSEY, Michael LIGHT; William H. NAMETT

(Extracted from "Dickson Co, Tennessee Handbook," Jill Knight Garrett, SHP, 1984, Easley, SC, p. 56)

Note: This last surname in question. NEBLETT?

Notes: Record not yet viewed, but believed probable that the above Reuben was a COMER based on other records.


15 Sep 1845 Dickson Co, Tennessee Marriages. William T. PATTERSON to Milly COMES, license issued 15 Sept. 1845.

(Extracted from "Dickson Co, Tennessee Handbook," Jill Knight Garrett, SHP, 1984, Easley, SC)

Notes: The above William T. and Milly COMES Patterson have been neither identified, nor located on the 1850 Census in TN. They are not the household of William T. PATTERSON of Wilson Co, Tennessee, and the only other William T. PATTERSONS found in the 1850 Census Index are in Barbour and Franklin Cos AL, Randolph GA and Abbeville District, SC (none researched as yet).

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