The Definitive Dwiggins no. 89—W.A. Dwiggins’ Ancestry, Part VI: Robert and Sarah Dwiggins

footnote 2 in The Definitive Dwiggins no. 83—W.A. Dwiggins’ Ancestry, Part I: Zimri and Phoebe Dwiggins

the text was originally written in 2003; it took a long time to figure out; revised when the blog post was being prepared and since revised twice since posting in an attempt to verify the parents of Zimri Dwiggins and thus the great-grandparents of WAD

difficulties due to Quaker records excluding non-Quakers, to inaccurate transcriptions of census records, to gaps in search engines, and above all to many people having identical names—and records that either do not exist or have yet to be digitized (e.g. where is the marriage record of Robert and Sarah?)

Robert Dwiggins 3 July 1781 Guilford County, North Carolina to 18 July 1838 Wilmington, Ohio

no marriage records—Curtis family record says 1807 [probably based on Sarah’s mou]

apparently moved to Ohio c.1807

1820 United States Census (August 7, 1820) in Union Township, Clinton County

several Dillons lived nearby; no record of Sarah

Sarah Dillon Dwiggins 19 July 1785 Guilford County, North Carolina to 30 April 1861 Wilmington, Ohio

Sarah’s death date based on Quaker memorial The American Annual Monitor for 1862; or Obituary of the Members of the Society of Friends in America, for the Year 1861 No. 5 (New York: Published for the Tract Association of Friends by William Wood, 1862), p. 53

1850 United States Census age 75 (born in North Carolina) living in Clinton County with Zimri [misread as Zimie] Dwiggens [sic] (age 23), Phebe [sic] A. Dwiggins (age 22), Charles B. Dwiggins (age 4 /12), and Robert J. Dwiggins (age 19)

all living two “doors” from Moses Frazier family; Zimri real estate worth $300 but Sarah’s worth $3000

1860 United States Census living with Nancy (daughter; age 37), Isaiah (age 14) and Rebecca M Hazard (granddaughter, age 14); next door to Robert J Dwiggins and family (Rebecca and Charles E.)

no information on Isaiah Woolery Dwiggins other than born 14 May 1846, married

1870 United States Census farmer living in Union Township with Mary Rebecca (age 24; single)

Hazard was daughter of Martha Dwiggins and Zebulon Hazard (d. 1857); married Calvin Leonard in 1867


find a grave says she was born in Guilford County; confirmed by Quaker disownment of 25 July 1807 p. 133 in New Garden [Guilford County, North Carolina] Monthly Meeting records online; book copied out in 1924–1925

1820 United States Census in Wayne County, Indiana

also a James Dwiggins located there but not listed near her


Daniel Dwiggins 1807

1820 United States Census in the army 3rd Battalion or Forks of the Yadkin, Rowan, North Carolina [Davis County]

1831 married Mary Starbuck

1850 United States Census—Grant County, Indiana with wife Mary and children Sarah, Robert, Isaiah, Susannah, Lydia, Eliza, and Zimri (b. 1848)—all named after his siblings!


Hannah Dwiggins born 1814; died 1853 in Indiana


Nancy L. Dwiggins born 1822; died 22 May 1861 in Wilmington

her will included Robert J. Dwiggins, Phoebe A. Dwiggins [Moses’ wife] and Rebecca Hazard as heirs

Record of Wills, Vols. 1–2, 1851–1883, Clinton County  in Ohio County, District and Probate Courts


Robert J. Dwiggins 1 February 1832

Quaker encyclopedia p. 619—with wife Rebecca and son Charles E. “recrq” received by request into Dover Meetinghouse 14 June 1866


Ancestral Record of the Dillon, Hodgson, Fisher and Leonard Families has children of Robert and Sarah Dwiggins as—Daniel 1807, Elizabeth 1809, Susanna 1810, Lydia 1812, Hannah 1814, Sarah 1817, Isaiah 1820, Nancy 1821, Martha 1825, Robert 1833; Curtis family tree has same children with a few dates changed—all dates iffy (death databases more reliable)