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Johannes Dick

Johannes Dick

Male Abt 1748 - Abt 1822  (~ 74 years)

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  • Name Johannes Dick  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Nickname John 
    Born Abt 1748  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    AFN VRJO-GJ 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farmer 
    Died Abt 20 Jan 1822  Wayne Cnty, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Person ID I125  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2013 

    Father Conrad Dick,   b. 1725, Monheim, Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1774, Wilkes Cnty, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Anna Caterina Unknown,   b. 1727, Frederick, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1800, Frederick, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married Y  [4, 9
    Family ID F2879  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christina Schnauffer,   b. 3 Jun 1746, Renningen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1820, Wayne Cnty, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married Bef 1 Mar 1774  [1, 4, 5, 6, 10
    Children 
     1. Maria Catharina Dick,   b. 15 Oct 1774, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George Dick,   b. Bef 1780, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, Wythe Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 15 years)
     3. John Dick, Jr.,   b. 1782, Botetourt Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1869, Pulaski Cnty, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Sarah Frances Dick,   b. 15 Feb 1784, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1846, Tateville, Pulaski Cnty, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     5. Susannah ("Suckey") Dick,   b. Abt 1785, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840, Casey Cnty, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     6. Elizabeth Dick,   b. 1788, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1843, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     7. Mary "Polly" Dick,   b. Abt 1788, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2013 21:47:34 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • An undated, 2-pg beginning of a longer document entitled A Biography of John Dick and His Desendentents [sic], by Abraham Lincoln Denney, probably written in the early 1900's, contains a flowery, romantic, but genealogically inaccurate introduction to the Dick family history. The 2-pg fragment was provided to Nora Jones Hickam, who in turn provided it to Jim Wood, and he has referenced it in his book THE SNUFFERS, p. 77 (1989). Excluding inaccurate family history, the fragment states, in part:
      "John Dick was born in Germany and of his people there we have no record; he married ... Miss Christiana Snuffer [sic] and to this union 6 children were born; four girls and two boys. *** They settled at the foot of the Alleghanies in Virginia on James River, close to the headwater that rose out of the mountains.
      "John Dick was a farmer, also engaged in fancy stock raising, and the boys were reared in an atmosphere of hunting, fishing, and working. After losing his oldest son, George, who died of pneumonia, he became dissatisfied and sold his farm, and joined the wagon train that had started on the arduous trip to Kentucky. ***
      "Winding their careful way through the mountains of Virginia they came to Kentucky, crossing the Cumberland about tow [sic] miles below Waitsboro; learning of the fertile soil of Sinking Creek, they decided to try their luck there.... Dick soon made a trade with a squatter for two hundred acres of land, most of which consisted of fine bottom soil. He and his sons erected a home. It was not long until the clear land began to yield its corn and wheat and the wife and girls attended to the fields that were to be planted in flax seeds to furnish the basis for the work of weaving flax linen. The weaving of flax was an art that the wife and mother had learned in Germany and she was an expert at her loom. [Other sources confirm that the Schnauffer family was a family of weavers.] *** "

      June B. Bork, WAYNE COUNTY, KENTUCKY, VITAL RECORDS, WILLS 1802-1909 and THE DICK FAMILY, pp. 173-174 (1983), writes:
      "Tradition tells us that the Dick's [sic] came from Germany to Pennsylvania and into Maryland and Virginia. There are numerous Dick families in America during the 1700's, however our John Dick Senior has been very elusive....
      "The first actual record that we have are the Deeds of Botetroute [sic] County, Virginia, where he is shown as buying land in 1791 and sold the same in 1795. John Dick Sr., along with his wife and children, lived on 140 acres on Back Creek, a branch of the James River[,] for a period of at least three years and three months. [See Botetourt Cnty, VA, Deed Book 4, p. 293, reproduced, Ibid, p. 175.] ***
      "John Dick I was born about 1750 to 1760, possibly in Germany, and died in Wayne County, Kentucky between January 20th to the 31st of 1822, when he wrote his Will on his death-bed.
      "He married about 1775 to 1780, Christina Snuffer [sic]. A George Snuffer appears on the 1784 Tax List of Botetourt County, Virginia, who probably is a relative of Christina's. ***
      "John and Christina Dick had the following known children:
      "George Dick, by tradition, was the eldest child. He was born about 1780 and died of pneumonia while the family was still living in Virginia.
      "John Dick Jr. (1782-1869) married twice: first to Elizabeth Chrisman and 2nd to Elizabeth Stephens.
      "Sarah Frances Dick (1784-1846) married Benjamin Sloan.
      "Susannah Dick (ca 1785/6-before 1840) married William Burdet/Burchett[.]
      "Elizabeth Dick born about 1788; married James Whitesides.
      "Mary Dick born about 1790; married Mr. Guthrie, after January 1822 when her father makes his Will and calls her Polly Dick...."

      In her pamphlet The Dick Family of Wayne County, Kentucky, p. 2 (1980), Nora Jones Hickam wrote:
      "They were born in Germany. After coming to America, they eventually bought land in Botetourt County, Virginia. On September 13, 1791, John Dick purchased from James and Margaret Townsley 140 acres located on the Back Creek, a branch of the James River. They paid 140 pounds for this property. ***
      "In 1794, John Dick was appointed the constable for Botetourt County.
      "Later, John Dick bargained for 7 acres from William McClellan....
      "On January 12, 1795, John and Christina Dick sold their 147 acres to George Rouk for 250 pounds (notice the profit they made) [See Botetourt Cnty, VA, Deed Book 5, pp. 200-201, reproduced in Bork, THE DICK FAMILY, Ibid, p. 176.]
      "Their next couple years are hard to find. John Dick purchased in 1797, property in Wythe County, Virginia.... And on Feb., 1799 [sic], John Dick was appointed overseer of the road.... ***
      "On October 12, 1802, John and Christina Dick sold their land to Charles Carter and ... they left for Kentucky then. A story has it that their son George died of pneumonia while they lived in Virginia, and when he died, they decided to move on to Kentucky. If that is true, it was probably Wythe County where he [George] died.
      "When the Dick Family arrived in Kentucky, they supposedly purchased the property in Big Sinking from a squatter and became neighbors of George Rogers and Isaac Chrisman. *** "

      According to Tim Brackney's report, the 20 Jan 1822 date of death is the date of the will that was proven in court the same month when John Dick is mentioned as "deceased." See Botetourt Cnty, VA, Old Will Book B, p. 14 (Jan. 1822), reproduced in Bork, THE DICK FAMILY, Ibid, p. 177.

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] Denney, Abraham, Abraham Lincoln Denney, A Biography of John Dick and His Desendentents [sic], (A 2-pg fragment of a report, undated, probably written in the early 1900's).

    2. [S24] Dick Family|, Nora Jones Hickam, "The Dick Family of Wayne County, Kentucky", (Nora J. Hickam, (15-page pamphlet [1980]) [Seattle, WA, Public Library # R929.2 D55H-HIS]).

    3. [S27] Pheneger, Diane|, Diane & Don Pheneger, "John Snouffer [1779-1823] Family Group" (5 Mar 1979) & Family group and lineage charts : 1979 - 2004 , (431 W. College, Granville, OH 43023; Email: dondi@windstream.net).

    4. [S26] Ancestry Tree - Robert Dick|, Robert Dick, "Robert Dick Family Tree", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/ListView.aspx?tid=6593262).

    5. [S10] Snuffers|, James L. Wood, Jr., THE SNUFFERS, (BJW Printers; Beckley, WV : 1989), 929.273Sn72., p.77.

    6. [S25] Dick Family, Wayne Cnty - 6|, June Baldwin Bork, WAYNE COUNTY, KENTUCKY, VITAL RECORDS, WILLS 1802-1909, and THE DICK FAMILY (vol. 6), (June B. Bork, Bradley, CA : 1983 ), 976.964 V2b., p. 173.

    7. [S468] Tim Brackney, Timothy Dick Brackney, "Dick Family Group Sheet", (Timothy Brackney, heart-o-brack@msn.com : Feb 2000).

    8. [S26] Ancestry Tree - Robert Dick|, Robert Dick, "Robert Dick Family Tree", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/ListView.aspx?tid=6593262), (PA Cert # 43298) (Reliability: 2).

    9. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 124154265.

    10. [S24] Dick Family|, Nora Jones Hickam, "The Dick Family of Wayne County, Kentucky", (Nora J. Hickam, (15-page pamphlet [1980]) [Seattle, WA, Public Library # R929.2 D55H-HIS]), p. 2.