WNC History Timeline

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                                                                  William Foster + Elizabeth Heath
Absalom Dillingham                      +                 Rebecca Foster       
1770  -    1837                        abt 1794            1779     -     1847
now Franklin Co Va    Big Ivy Bunc Co NC    Swannanoa Bunc Co NC   Bunc Co NC     Big Ivy Bunc Co NC
William Dillingham (Mary Burlison), 1795 - 1867
                     Elizabeth Dillingham (William Foster Cullen), 1797 - 1815
Margaret Dillingham (William Carson), 1799 - 1857
Thomas Foster Dillingham (Mary Anderson), 1802 - 1881
                     Hiram Dillingham, 1805 - died young
                     John Wilson Dillingham (Mary Jane Stevens), 1807 - 1867
                     Mary Dillingham (Joseph Swain Barnard), 1809 - 1881
                     Alfred Burton Dillingham (Delila C. Stevens, Catherine E. Stevens (Hudspeth, Carson)), 1812 - 1900

Source: Margaret Wallis Haile, "The Dillingham Family",
Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Vol I, 1981   (Doris Cline  
              Ward, Editor), p. 196.      

"Acquiring land in the Big Ivy section, Absalom and Rebecca Dillingham became the first permanent
settlers of the area, and built the house at Mountain Valley which was home to four generations of
Dillinghams. This original house was razed about 1901 when a new county road was surveyed through
the homestead. Since then several descendants of Absalom and Rebecca have built homes on the
same tract, removed only a short distance from the site of the first dwelling . . . .

"Over a thirty year period, Absalom Dillingham purchased several tracts adjoining his original property
until by the time of his death his real estate holdings were among the most extensive in the county. He
was also one of the few slave owners in the Big Ivy area . . . .

"Absalom Dillingham . . . and Rebecca (Foster) Dillingham . . . were buried on Dillingham land, a site
selected by Absalom and given to the community for a cemetery many years earlier. The Absalom
Dillingham Cemetery is located on what was formerly Round Hill Branch, no known as Williams Branch,
one and a half miles south of Barnardsville, off Dillingham Road."

- Margaret Wallis Haile, "The Dillingham Family", Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Vol. I, 1981 (Doris Cline    
           Ward, Editor), p. 196.