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Each Person Must Make Their Own Journey.
You will begin to notice NEW Grice & Sanders Families throughout the tree. PLEASE DO NOT USE
this information, as nothing has been confirmed as yet. I am trying to connect mainly the
Grice's, but there are Sanders intertwined with this New Grice Branch.
The Dillard Family Reunion 2017 Photos are being uploaded. Not all have been done, but check
back. You will find them in the 'Dillard Reunion 2017' photo album. Thank you for your
patience. Photos are Courtesy of Cousin Phyllis Dillard. Thank you, Phyllis!
This is a REMINDER that you all need to start preparing for our next DILLARD Family Reunion in
2020. It will be here before we know it. The Reunion will be hosted by the Detroit, Michigan
Dillard Descendants. So, Come One, Come ALL! We look forward to seeing your beautiful smiling
To ONE & ALL!
Recently, a few of us Dillard cousins,took an Excursion to Lynchburg, Virginia. We missed those
of you who didn't go. We visited cousin Howard & his lovely wife Emma, in Hurt, Virginia, which
is located near the Dillard Plantation. It was a Historical Event, in that we visited the
homestead, & saw a couple of the Slave Quarters. We then visited the cemetery, which our
Ancestor John Dillard sold the land to the New Bethel Baptist Church & where John & wife Nannie
O Hunt are buried. There were quite a few familiar names among the Headstones in the Cemetery
that are on the Family Tree. We also met cousin Eugene 'Gene' Dillard for the 1st time. Gene is
the son of Nannie 'Brownie' Dillard.
It would be wonderful to have a Family Reunion in Virginia, so that ALL of us have the
opportunity to visit the Origins of our Ancestors.
Wanted $10,000 Reward
DEAD or ALIVE
DILLARD BROTHERS ~ The Notorious Outlaws
Aliases: Hemings, Woodson, Stewart, Dillard, Eason, Grice, Huddleston, Miles, Ford, Peacock
Date of Birth: All Months, Days and Years
Place of Birth: All States in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, & any foreign soil they may have
Height: 2 feet to 6 feet
Weight: 10 to 200 pounds
Hair: Auburn, Black, Blonde, Brown, Gray, Red, etc.
Eyes: Blue, Brown, Green, Hazel
Sex: Female and Male
Remarks: The above named families and extended family are scattered throughout the United
States and on Foreign Soil. They are known to use disguises.
The above named families and their descendants are wanted for additional information regarding
their heritage, and ongoing lineage, so the Family Tree can be updated and/or finalized.
Should be Considered Armed with Kindness and Dangerously Loving
If you have any information concerning any or all family members containing these surnames, or
variations thereof; please contact one of the genealogists or nearest family member who can
possibly assist us with our documentation.
The Family Genealogists
We invite all Kinfolk to come and share in this beautiful heritage, and feel the warmth and
love of family; past and present. Come learn about this rich Legacy they have left us, and the
journeys they have taken. We have worn many shoes, that of Slave Masters, Slaves, Union and
Confederate Soldiers, and Buffalo Soldiers, rich, poor, American Indians, Blacks, Mulattos and
Hopefully, the information within these pages will give each of us a sense of when, where and
how our family evolved.
Our Ancestors have helped us realize the many sacrifices they have made during the darkest
times in American History. They have paved the way for us, and now we should always try and
remember, that BECAUSE of them, we have been able to accomplish our goals, realize our dreams,
and see a brighter future for generations to come. We have been standing on THEIR shoulders, so
what better way to honor them than to research their life history. Unfortunately, most of our
knowledge usually doesn't go further than what we actually know, and those we are close to.
This research should/will help us to better understand our history, through our ancestors, and
their descendants. Now it is up to us, to document who we are, where we lived, and the
accomplishments we have made along the way. We are a great family orchard, continually growing
and sprouting many branches that keep bearing much fruit. We have inherited a rich and
diversified legacy, through the love, guidance and nurturing of our Creator and have remained
strong along our journey of life.
The motivation for beginning this family history, came from the desire to locate my Great
Grandmother, Mary [Stewart] Eason, her American Indian heritage and investigate her life. The
objective changed somewhat when cousin Andrea Johnson and I found each other online through one
of the many genealogy sites. She then reconnected me with cousin Howard L. G. Dillard, and
between the three  of us, we began searching in earnest for the seven  brothers from
Pittsylvania County, Virginia. We've been successful in locating and documenting two  of the
brothers; Henry ; Howard's Grandfather, Thomas ; my Great Grandfather, and Lena
; Andrea's Great Grandmother, who is the daughter of Henry. The remaining brothers and
families we need to find are: Maurice, George, William, Jack and Willis. It's proving to be a
daunting task in finding the brothers. Mary Stewart has been found, along with parents,
siblings & grandparents. As many genealogists will attest, one thing leads to another; a new
mystery arises and just has to be pursued.
There is a quote: "Genealogy begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, continues as an
invocation, takes over as an obsession, and in its last stages, is an incurable disease."
It has definitely become an obsession and incurable disease for Howard and me, for with each
new family member found, the adrenalin starts anew and we keep foraging ahead with the hope of
finding someone long lost. But to use a phrase from cousin Charity, "We will be humbled by this
work of Love."
SOURCES: Contributors who have assisted in this compilation of History & Photos:
Howard L. G. Dillard, Bonnie [Berryman] Gilliam, Toni[Cook] Canfield, Victor Watson, Tanya
[Smith] Hill, Alfred Johnston,
Kelsie Imes, Esther Stewart, Sharon [Curtis] Haithcox, Tj [Jenkins] Bell, Charlotte Slude, Gwen
Sanders, Abrilla Robinson,
Vivian Johnson, Dennis Williams, Sr. and Vickie [Webb] McCain.
***Recent Photos of the Hemings-Woodson-Moore Family: Courtesy of Connye Moore-Richardson,
President & Newsletter Editor of the Woodson Family Association.
This TREE continually remains a work in progress, both in the form of additions and
We would deeply appreciate any suggestions, additions, and requests. You can do this by
personally contacting one of the genealogists. We NEED your input Family!!
Our Family Websites:
Thomas Woodson Family Association
A Daughter's Declaration
It's a Family Affair Reunion -
Website is down for some reason; even I can't access it. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Jackson Funeral Residence
Hi-da-da-tse-li[We are All Related]II
Dorsey's Family Tree
Luealfred 'Honey' Bryant McCrary
The Ormes Society
The Webb Family Tree/Private
Ancestors of Anthony D. Smith
Brooks Family Scrapbook
Webs by Thomas R. Dudley
Beverly Gray Coordinator, Southern Region Ohio
Underground Railroad Association
Henry Robert Burke Southeastern Ohio
Henry Robert Burke Jan 21, 1940 - May 5, 2012 ~ Local Historian Underground Railroad Research
Fears Family of Henry County Indiana
Systems Int'l Inc Cynthia Bailey, President
Meet Your Family Genealogist Contacts:
Skye ~ Sha'Ron Dillard Grice
I am the Daughter of Raymond A & Doris M [Dillard] Grice; Granddaughter of Maurice & Edith
[Eason] Dillard; Great Granddaughter of Thomas & Anna [Miles] Dillard; Gr. Gr. Granddaughter of
Samuel Ward & Lucy 
Howard L. G. Dillard
I am the Son of James & Doris [Gibson] Dillard; Grandson of Henry & Kate [Dabney] Dillard;
Great Grandson of Handy Ward & Fanny [Leftwich] Dillard; and Gr. Gr. Grandson of Samuel Ward &
Lucy  Dillard.
Esther P. Stewart
I am the Daughter of Frederick William & Jadwiga Harriet [Menczynska] Stewart; Granddaughter of
Charles Creasy & Pearllee [Cousins] Stewart; Gr. Granddaughter of
Gwen S Sanders
Selma, Johnston, North Carolina
I am the Daughter of Fred R & Anthony B [Kelly] Sanders; Granddaughter of George W & Lizzie A
[Allen] Sanders; Gr. Gr. Granddaughter of Larkin & Sylvia [Avery] Sanders.
Smithfield, Johnston, North Carolina
I am the Daughter of Lawrence E & Betty O [Allen] Robinson; Granddaughter of David & Bertha M
I am the Daughter of David C & Norma Y [Woodson] Moore; Granddaughter of Harry P & Fannie B
[Davis] Woodson, Sr; Gr. Gr. Granddaughter of William & Anna B [Guy] Woodson, Sr.
Raymond J Abdur-Rashied
I am the Son of Harry Harvey & Elayne [Curtain] Johnson; Grandson of Carroll & Elizabeth Kate
[Dillard] Curtain; and Gr. Gr. Grandson of Samuel Ward & Lucy  Dillard.
Andrea Johnson: email@example.com
3/27/61 ~ 8/31/09
REMINDER: The Census are now complete for the year 1940. To update all family members, YOU must
provide further information for completion.
Note: For privacy reasons only deceased persons are shown. No information of living
persons is disclosed.
[Courtesy of cousin Victor Watson]
1. Digital Library on American Slavery
2. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
'HISTORY NOT SHARED, IS HISTORY LOST'
Thank You All for your dedication and contributions to unraveling this Saga in OUR History.
May You Walk in Beauty and Know Peace Within, Along Your Many Journeys of Life.
Til We Meet Again [you and I]
Gv ge yu i [I Love You],
~ Yi-ga-quu o-sa-ni-yu a-da-nv-to a-da-do-li-gi ni-go-hi-lv-i na-squv u-tlo-ya-s-di ni-hi~
[May the Great Spirit's Blessings Always be with You]