JAMES HAWKINS DILLARD

Lt., Co. G,

27th Texas Cavalry, CSA

28 Mar 1821 - 5 Jan 1869



By Anita Shaw

5105 Camino Dos Lagos

Sherman, TX 75090

James Hawkins Dillard was born 28 Mar 1821 in Tennessee, the son of Joseph Josiah Dillard (1778 - 1865) and Mary Jones Dillard (1785 - 1856). James died 5 Jan 1869 in Lamar Co., Texas. He married (1) Elizabeth Stacy in Williamson Co., IL on 14 Apr 1845. He married (2) Mary Ann Celeste Burrow before 1858. She was born 4 Apr 1836 in Mississippi, and died 25 Oct 1928 in Texas.

Family oral history says that James was killing hogs in his hog pen when his gun fell out of his holster, discharged and killed him. He is buried in Antioch Cemetery, located near Biardstown, approximately 12 - 13 miles southeast of Paris, Lamar County, Texas.

His second wife, Mary A. C. Dillard Dunham received a pension from the State of Texas for service of her first husband, James H. Dillard, in the Confederate Army #42898.

Mary A. C. Burrow Dillard Dunham is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Lamar County, Texas. (Location: 18-69-03) next to her second husband, Thomas J. Dunham.

Children of James Dillard and Elizabeth Stacy Dillard are:

+ 2 i. Newton3 Dillard, born about 1844 in Illinois.

3 ii. Lucinda Prunette Dillard, born 10 Mar 1846 in Illinois; died 3 Mar 1912 in Lamar Co., Texas. She married W. F. Martin; born about 1846 in Texas.

4 iii. Ida Dillard, born about 1848 in Texas.

Children of James Dillard and Mary Burrow are:

5 i. Joseph3 Dillard, born 19 Jun 1859 in Texas; died 28 Apr 1938 in Lamar Co., Texas. Joe Dillard is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Block 18-69-01, Paris, Lamar County, Texas. He married Hettie Hill 31 Jul 1898 in Lamar Co., Texas; born 10 Sep 1859 in South Carolina; died 31 Jan 1940 in Lamar Co., Texas, buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Block 18-69-Walk, Lamar County, Texas.

+ 6 ii. Charles Price Dillard, born 16 Nov 1862 in Lamar County, Texas; died 19 Dec 1943 in Burkburnet, Wichita County, Texas.

7 iii. James Hawkins Dillard, born 28 Mar 1865; died 18 Oct 1935 in Lamar Co., Texas. James Hawkins Dillard is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, (Blk. 18, Northwest), Lamar County, Texas.

+ 8 iv. Nancy L. Dillard, born 31 Oct 1867 in Texas; died 30 Mar 1958 in Lamar Co., Texas.

Generation No. 2

2. Newton3 Dillard (James Hawkins2, Joseph Josiah1) was born about 1844 in Illinois. He married Mary E. Wynn 6 Dec 1865 in Lamar Co., Texas. She was born about 1850 in Texas. Newton Dillard is found in Lamar County, Texas, 1870 census, page 299. Alabama State Archives. Newton Dillard was a corporal in the Civil War in the 9th Texas Infantry with Maxey's Lamar Rifles from Lamar County, Texas.

Children of Newton Dillard and Mary Wynn are:

9 i. John4 Dillard.

10 ii. Lelia A. Dillard, born about 1868.



6. Charles Price3 Dillard (James Hawkins2, Joseph Josiah1) was born 16 Nov 1862 in Lamar County, Texas, and died 19 Dec 1943 in Burkburnet, Wichita County, Texas. Burial in Burkburnet Cemetery. He married (1) Margaret McHam about 1883 in Paris, Lamar Co., Texas. He married (2) Melvonie Mae Mitchell 29 Apr 1907, daughter of Elisha Mitchell and Martha Lowder. She was born 31 Oct 1882 in Wood County, Texas, and died 24 Jul 1964 in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas, burial in Burkburnet Cemetery

Children of Charles Dillard and Margaret McHam are:

11 i. Laura (Lola?)4 Dillard.

12 ii. Joe Dillard.

13 iii. Roy Dillard.

14 iv. Annie Mae Dillard, born about 1884. She married Frank Murrell.

15 v. James Barham Dillard, born about 1886 in Paris, Lamar Co., Texas; died 1932. He married Donie Cato; died 1933 in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas. James Barham Dillard registered for the draft in Randal County, Texas in 1917/18. He is buried in Rosemont Cemetery, Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas. 16 vi. Mary Belle Dillard, born about 1887. She married (1) Denton Gentry. She married (2) Marvin Jones.

17 vii. Ruby Pearl Dillard, born about 1889. She married Charles Geron.

Children of Charles Dillard and Melvonie Mitchell are:

18 i. Neva Ruth4 Dillard, born 3 May 1908 in Lamar County, Texas. She married John Olan Hicks 26 Aug 1929; born 26 May 1906; died Oct 1975 in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas.

19 ii. Audie Kathleen Dillard, born 17 Nov 1909 in Minter, Lamar County, Texas. She married Roy Clisby Cox 13 Feb 1932 in Walters, Oklahoma; born 6 Oct 1912 in Dark Corner, Jack County, Texas; died 5 Feb 1996 in Cundiff, Jack County, Texas, burial February 8, 1996 in Highland Cemetery, Iowa Park, Texas

20 iii. Robert Hoyal Dillard, born 17 Oct 1911 in Lamar County, Texas; died 17 Apr 1955 in Texas, burial in Burkburnet Cemetery. He married Mildred Mason; born 1 May 1915 in Glen Rose, Texas; died 20 Aug 1993 in Midland, Texas, burial in Burkburnet Cemetery.

21 iv. Mozelle Dillard, born 17 Jan 1914 in Lamar County, Texas; died 28 Aug 1995 in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas, burial in Burkburnet Cemetery. She married James French.

22 v. Ross Dillard, born 4 Sep 1917 in Happy, Randle County, Texas; died about 6 Sep 1917 in Happy, Randle County, Texas.

23 vi. Dixie Faye Dillard, born 14 Nov 1918 in Hugo, Oklahoma. She married George Tuppen.

24 vii. Willie Eva Dillard, born 15 Jul 1921 in Stephens County, Texas. She married Carl Thornton; born 13 Aug 1911.

25 viii. Waynie Edith Dillard, born 15 Jul 1921 in Stephens County, Texas; died 20 Aug 1963 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. Waynie is buried in Burkburnet Cemetery, Burkburnet, Wichita Co., Texas.. She married Fay Patrick Blanscet 1938; born 23 May 1921 in Burkburnet, Wichita County, Texas; died 18 Feb 1995 in Escondido, California, burial in Greenwood Memorial Park.

26 ix. Darrell Dillard, born 3 Jan 1924 in Denison, Grayson County, Texas; died about 25 Jan 1924 in Denison, Grayson County, Texas.

8. Nancy L.3 Dillard (James Hawkins2, Joseph Josiah1) was born 31 Oct 1867 in Texas, and died 30 Mar 1958 in Lamar Co., Texas. Nancy Dillard Holt is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Lamar County, Texas. She married William C. Holt. He was born 7 Mar 1862, and died 1 Apr 1951 in Lamar Co., Texas. Will Holt is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Lamar County, Texas.

Child of Nancy Dillard and William Holt is:

27 i. Ora4 Holt. She married Jack Bell.








James Hawkins Dillard was the brother of Miles Anderson Dillard (1819 - 1911), also of Lamar County, who served with distinction in the 9th Texas Infantry from Lamar County.

Mrs. M. A. C. Dunham received a pension from the State of Texas for service of her first husband, James Hawkins Dillard, in the Confederate Army #42898. She filed for the pension on 6 Apr 1927 and was approved on 14 Apr 1927. She stated that he died on 5 Jan 1869 in Lamar Co., that she married him in 1857 in Tennessee, she was age 91, she resided in Lamar Co. for 71 years, that his full name was James Hawkins Dillard, that he served in Go. G, Whitfield's Legion in both infantry and cavalry.

Also in the file is a letter from the War Dept., Washington, D. C., which states James H. Dillard was Lt., Co. G, 27th Texas Cavalry, Whitfield's Legion, 1st Texas Legion, enlisted on 1 Mar 1862 at Paris, TX and on Muster Roll for May and June 1862. It also states: "was original 3rd Lt. of the Co. but was not re-elected and was discharged." His name appears on a List of old officers of Whitfield's Legion who were not re-elected. List dated Camp Near Pineville, Miss. 11 Jun 1862.

An affidavit from W. F. Martin, dated 4 Apr 1927 states: "James H. Dillard enlisted in Paris, TX in 1862 in Capt. George Patterson's Company. Went from Paris to Ozark, AR. Dismounted there. Went to Memphis, Tenn., and from there to Corinth, Miss. Mr. Dillard was a Lt. He was given permission to return to Texas, which he did during the year 1862 accompanied by Capt. Paterson. He afterwards enlisted in the Militia in Texas and as far as I know served until close of war."

An affidavit from W. F. Lynn, signed 4 Apr 1927 states: "I was acquainted with James H. Dillard husband of applicant. He was a member of Maxwell's Company D, Chamberlain's Battalion, Texas Militia. He joined this company in the early part of the year 1864. He was stationed at Bonham and Tyler until Oct. 8, 1864 and returned to Paris, serving until close of war. We were disbanded and returned to our homes in the early part of the year 1865."










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July 13, 2000

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