Other Dishman Lines
There are other Dishman family lines in America that so far cannot be connected to Samuel Duchemin (Dishman) of Westmoreland County, Virginia. The following paragraphs provide a brief overview of the three largest lines. If you have any information that may connect these lines to the Dishman’s of Westmoreland County, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Dishman Descendants from Iredell County, North Carolina
A large number of Dishman’s can trace their ancestry to Kissiah (Kiziah, Kizey) Dishman and her three sons Jefferson, Lewis, and James who were living in Iredell County, NC at the beginning of the 19th century. Kissiah Dishman first appears in the records of Iredell County in 1798 in connection with a deed for 100 acres of land. Between 1810 and 1820 she migrated to Wayne County, Kentucky with her son Jefferson, who married Lydia Upchurch.
There are many unproven claims concerning Kissiah Dishman. One claim is that she was married to a Thomas Dishman, and that Thomas was a son of Peter Dishman and Sarah Reynolds of Westmoreland County, VA. There are no known records to substantiate that Peter had a son named Thomas. Another claim is that Kissiah was the daughter of a Cherokee Indian chief named Doublehead. Many of these claims originated in the Guion Miller Applications filed in the early 1900s by Cherokee descendants seeking a share of compensation from the Federal Government for the forced removal of Indians from eastern lands.
Descendants of James Edward Dishman and Churchwell Dishman
Another group of Dishman’s can trace their ancestry back to two brothers, James Edward Dishman (1814-1885) and Churchwell (Churchill) Dishman (b. circa 1804), who were born near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Family history states that their parents died when they were very young and that they were raised by a family named Curtis or Curry. Court records for the Superior Court of Chancery in Fredericksburg include an 1823 lawsuit brought by Ann Currie against a James M. Garnett on behalf of Churchill and James Dishman, infants (under the age of 21). In the court records, James Garnett was named as an administrator for the estate of ” _____ Dishman, deceased”. The lawsuit was dismissed in 1825 without any record of the reason. Churchwell married Mary Noe in Spotsylvania County, VA in 1832. James Edward married Mary Black in 1838. The two brothers left the Fredericksburg area before 1840 and went west. They separated in what is now West Virginia. Churchwell remained in the Wayne County, West Virginia area while James Edward went to Harrison County in southern Indiana.
Dishmans of Chesterfield County, Virginia
The name Dishman appears in the records on Chesterfield County, Virginia as early as 1756 when a Frances Dishman is named as an heir in the will of her mother, Jane Andrews. At the end of the 1700s, more Dishmans appear including Daniel, Drury, John, and Sterling Dishman. The Dishman name appears in the census records of Chesterfield County from 1810 through 1930. The origin of these Dishman’s is unknown, but they may descend from Daniel Duchemin, a French Huguenot who was part of the Manakin Town settlement of 1700 in Chesterfield County.