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Dixon Family Papers(1789–1941)

  • MS 1992.3
  • 20 items

This collection includes photocopies of wills, estate appraisals, and an indenture relating to Williamsburg printer John Dixon and his family. Also included are original letters (1874–1876) of Mary R. Williamson, Williamsburg, who resided in Williamsburg’s Pitt-Dixon House, to a relative in California. The materials contain material on Dixon, Royle, and related families. Names mentioned include: John Dixon, Rosanna Dixon, John Dixon, Jr., and Henry St. John Dixon.


7 August 1789–14 April 1791 Copy of indenture for sale of printing office in Richmond between John Dixon, Sr., Rosanna Dixon, Henry Dixon, Francis Graves and Robert Means.
10 May 1792 John Dixon, Sr. estate appraisal. Inventory of goods. Photocopy of transcript.
30 August 1804 Transcript of will of John Dixon, Jr. (1768–1805).
12 July 1805 Inventory and appraisal of estate of John Dixon, Jr.
15 October 1874 Mary R. Williamson, Williamsburg, to cousin, Harry. Mention of Dixon family history.
13 December 1874 Mary R. Williamson, Williamsburg, to Harry re condition of her house (Pitt-Dixon House?) after the Civil War.
11 November 1875 Mary R. Williamson, Williamsburg, to Harry re losing her position at the Eastern State Asylum and need for financial help. Her property will only bring $1,200 to $1,500.
20 June 1876 Mary R. Williamson, Williamsburg, to Harry re family and Mr. and Mrs. Cole’s removal to San Francisco.
23 April 1883 J.W. Anderson, Richmond, to H.S. Dixon including transcript of May 1, 1781 letter from John Dixon to the governor re raising cavalry for Baron von Steuben.
7 May 1932 Harold R. Shurtleff, Williamsburg, to Mrs. A. Roy Heise, Berkeley, CA, re Dixon family records.
30 May 1941 Lawrence Dixon to Mrs. A. Roy Heise (Julia Dixon Heise, 1881–1972) re family history.
n.d. Negative photocopy of family history of the Dixon, Royle and related families. Consists of 18th and 19th-century births listed in a copy of The New Testament (Oxford: Thomas Baskett, 1760).
n.d. Transcript of above family history.
n.d. 8” x 10” photograph showing portrait of Rosanna Hunter Royle Dixon and her daughter Mary by Cosmo Alexander, 1771. Original in Valentine Museum. Some biographical information on Alexander included.
n.d. Biographical note on Henry St. John Dixon, born Williamsburg, 1773.
n.d. Notes on John Dixon (d. 1791) and Rosanna Dixon (1732–1790).
n.d. Notes on Williamsburg printing.
10 May 1988 Notes re Dixon family by E. Dixon Heise.
n.d. [ca. 1988] Memorandum: E. Dixon Heise to Susan Berg re Dixon family.
n.d. Photocopied page from Burgesses Journals re John Dixon.