Welcome to The Dishman Family of Virginia genealogy website.
Sometime between 1687 and 1693, Samuel Duchemin emigrated from France to the Colony of Virginia. He was a Huguenot (French Protestant) from the village of Tinchebray in Normandy. Along with his half-brother Isaac Duchemin, he purchased land in Westmoreland County, Virginia (located in King George County after 1778). Samuel was naturalized in Virginia under the anglicized name of Dishman. Other spellings of the name appearing in the written records between 1693 and 1726 are DECYMEE, DUCHMEIN, DUCHEMEIN, DUCEMAN, DUCHEMEN, DUCHIMINIA, and DUCHIMIN. Samuel and his wife Cornelia had at least eight children, while Isaac and his wife Martha had no known descendants. Most of the descendants of Samuel settled in the Virginia counties of Westmoreland, King George, Essex, and Loudoun, but a large number migrated to Kentucky, Missouri, and points further West.
This site presents information about the descendants of Samuel born prior to 1900, but the primary focus is on the line of descendants that include James Samuel Dishman (4th great grandson of Samuel) and his wife Betty Bell Grigsby Dishman, the grandparents of this writer. Included are transcriptions of important documents and narrative descriptions of the first seven generations of Dishmans that originally settled in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Information on the related families of Grigsby, Suttle, McGinniss, Baker, and Triplett is also included. My criteria for deciding who to include on this site can be found here.
The information presented on this site is the result of many years of research by members of the family. Much of the research was done by my uncle James Dallas Dishman of Lynchburg, Virginia, along with valuable contributions by genealogist William Anderson Hagey (1920-1999). They followed in the footsteps of Samuel Roland Dishman (1871-1946), publisher of the earliest known Dishman genealogy chart.
- Reorganized the Documents section
- Added transcript of the trial to oust Sheriff J. Samuel Dishman from office in 1954
- Revised the sections dealing with the French Origins of Samuel Dishman
- Added details of the Duchemin family in Tinchebray, France
- Added an analysis of the 1661 Act in Advance of Succession carried out by Samuel’s father Jean Duchemin
- Added photos and information about the Duchemin estate of La Madeleine
- Added a translation of Samuel and Isaac’s abjuration of heresy from 1686
- Updated the database of individuals with newly found information