Saturday, October 09, 2010

Andrew Dillman

The Andrew Dillman (1790-1872) Family Bible

Don and Joye Dillman sent a letter with the booklet they gave to the Lucas County Genealogy Society.

This Bible was presented to Andrew Dillman (1790-1872) in 1848.  The Bible information is important to Lucas County genealogists research as it records the birth of an early emigrant to Lucas County, Iowa.  It is also unique and will be of interest to others due to its hand drawn elements and dedication page inscriptions.

There are three Andrew Dillmans associated with this Bible.  The owner, Andrew Dillman (b. 11 Oct. 1790, PA) was the son of Revolutionary War Patriot Andrew Dillman (DAR Ancestor A036109; b. 21 Oct 1753 PA, d. 21 May 1823, KY).  The owner of the Bible was the father of Andrew Dillman (B. 11 Oct 1827 IN, d. 6 Apr 1866 Lucas County, IA) who moved with his wife Elizabeth (Eliza) Frances Henderson and four children to Oakley, Iowa in 1856 or 1857, and was buried in Niswender Cemetery, when he died in 1866.

As described in the booklet, the Bible was discovered in a Goodwill Store in Indianapolis, IN, in 2009.  It includes unusual inscriptions as well as birth/death info that may be of interest to anyone researching the Dillman family, five generations of which have lived and owned land in Lucas County.  Andrew’s sister, Julia Dillman Finley, whose birth is recorded in the Bible and her husband David Finley purchased land in Lucas County near Andrew, but Julia returned to Indiana with her Iowa-born children after the death of her husband 9 July 1863 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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