Kit # 1409. Dicey Kendrick, b. c1790 GA + David H. Warren 1806 Franklin Co, GA > Nancy Hawkins Warren + George R. Lawson 1855 Franklin Co, TN > Mary Eliza Lawson, b.1860 Benton Co, AR + Bishop Pearse Buttram. HVR1 Haplogroup H5a1 Seeking mtDNA from Obediah Kendrick's proven daughter, Judith / Judah Kendrick + William Welch 1816 Maury Co, TN, to Lauderdale Co. AL.
HVR1 Mutations 16304C
HVR2 Mutations 263G

Copyright © December 2003, Revised 2006, 2007
Mary Fern Souder

Generation 1: Dicey Kendrick married David H. Warren on 16 July 1806 in Franklin County, GA. They remained a brief time in Franklin County, GA, before moving to Franklin County, TN, along with David's older brother and his wife, Rueben R. Warren and Elizabeth Davis.

At the time of Dicey's marriage, there was one easily documented Kendrick male residing in Franklin County, GA, who was the right age to be Dicey's father. Much effort has gone into following this man, Obediah Kendrick, born ca. 1745-1755. To date, it has not been possible to connect Dicey to Obediah Kendrick.

Records for Obediah have been found from 1782-1784 in Pittsylvania County, VA. By 1786, he had moved to Union County, SC (along with several other Kendrick men), where he received payment vouchers for his service in the Rev. War, having served in Brandon's Regiment. He sold his land in Union County, SC, in 1797, and no wife was listed on the deed, suggesting that he may have been widowed at the time. His name appears on Franklin County, GA, tax lists from 1800-1807.

Numerous records have been found in Union County, SC, and in Franklin County, GA, for a man named Palmer / Palmore Kendrick. This man was mentioned in years in which Obediah's name was not found (although 1805 was an exception when Palmer was listed with no property, and Obediah had 200 acres), leading some researchers to suspect that Obediah and Palmer Kendrick were the same person. Palmer Kendrick was sporadically enumerated in Franklin County through 1809.

Obediah moved to Maury County, TN, by 1816, and in 1820 he was enumerated in Lawrence County, TN. He was over age 45 at the time, and had a wife over age 45. Obediah has not been located in 1830. (The Obediah enumerated in McNairy County was his grandson).

According to the research of Claudine McCallay Dollar, Obediah moved to Lauderdale County, AL, in 1827, and some researchers had concluded that he died there about 1835. His proven daughter, Judith Kendrick who married William Welch, sold land which had previously belonged to Obediah, in 1841. It was assumed that he had lived with Judith, and she got all of his land because she was his caregiver. However, in 1840, Palmor Kendrick, age 95, a Rev. War pensioner, was living in the home of William Ayres, age 20-30, in Lawrence County, TN.

Dicey Kendrick and husband David Warren seemingly had no contact with the family of Obediah Kendrick. In 1838, Dicey left David, and he filed for divorce in 1850 in Franklin County, TN. The divorce was granted in 1852. For details on their lives, see the Warren DNA study here: Warren DNA Study.

After the divorce, David H. Warren married Elizabeth Ayres, when he was 66, and she was 23. There may have been a prior connection between the Ayres family and the Kendricks. In addition to Dicey's husband marrying an Ayres, Obediah was taxed in Pittsylvania County, VA, in 1872 as was Moses Ayres. Further, Palmor Kendrick lived with William Ayres in 1840.

Having proved no obvious connection between Obediah / Palmer Kendrick and Dicey, other options for her parents and siblings are listed below in hopes that future researchers will recognize the families and can offer additional information:

1. John Kendrick, along with David Warren's uncle Joseph Warren and James Sams, the future husband of David's aunt Mary Warren, and James Rowlen, were charged by John Carroll in 1764 Halifax County, VA with trespass and assault and battery. The charges were dismissed, thought to be because the boys who did the mischief were minors, around age 16 or less. This John Kendrick would be of the right age to have been the father of Dicey.

2. In 1806 in Franklin County, GA, there was a "Widow Kendrick" listed on a deed as the neighbor of John Pitman, Peter Terrell, Robert Midleton, John Adams, the land being sold to James Hartgrove. Ann Kendrick was enumerated on the 1808 Franklin County, GA, tax list. She may have been the same person as "Widow Kendrick" listed above. Sarah Kendrick was married to William Terrell, a Carnesville merchant, on 16 April 1817 in Franklin County, GA, by Rev. Samuel Pertillar. See "Marriages and Deaths from 1763 to 1820," by Mary Warren, taken from extant Georgia newspapers. Sarah was presumably related to the Widow Kendrick who lived next to Peter Terrell.

3. Obediah was born 1745-1755, but apparently had no wife in 1797. There was "time" for him to have had a family by an unknown wife who predeceased him. Perhaps Dicey was Obediah's granddaughter, born to a son who was older than Austin Kendrick, born ca. 1775, the oldest known child of Obediah.

Possible siblings of Dicey include:

1. Susan Kendrick who married Francis Gideon on 28 July 1815 in Franklin County, GA. They were in Franklin County, TN, in 1830, enumerated next to "Old" John Stamps, born 1751, who was allegedly married to Parthena Dodson. In 1840, the Gideons were in Lawrence County, TN, and in 1850, Susan and her children were in Pope County, AR, only one household away from Mary (Wiley?) Kendrick, alleged widow of Austin Kendrick (son of Obediah).

It appears that Susan Kendrick Gideon may have had a close relationship with Dicey Kendrick Warren. In 1830 Susan and Francis Gideon lived next door to "Old" John Stamps in Franklin County, TN. After her separation from David H. Warren, Dicey and eight of their children lived next door to Mrs. Rhoda Stamps (daughter-in-law of Old John Stamps), on the 1840 Franklin County, TN, census.

2. Nancy Hendricks married George Carpenter on 24 March 1814. It appears that she may have been a Kendrick (not Hendrick). Nancy and George Carpenter have not been located after their marriage. The couple on the 1840 Coffee County, TN, census appears to be too old to be Nancy and George, unless this was a late (or second) marriage for them.

3. On the 1840 census in Giles County, TN, was a widow, Elizabeth Kendric, age 50-60, born 1780-1790, with five males and five females in her home. She lived very close to David Warren's brother, Reubin R. Warren, and Rueben's son, David H. Warren (apparently a namesake of his uncle). Perhaps she had been married to Dicey's brother.

Generation 2: Nancy Hawkins (twin) Warren, born ca. 1829, daughter of David H. Warren and Dicey Kendrick, married George R. Lawson on 23 December 1855 in Franklin County, TN. They moved to Benton County, AR, in 1858. In 1864, George R. Lawson was shot and killed by bushwhackers at his home near Pea Ridge, AR, leaving Nancy Hawkins with four children under the age of six.

Generation 3: Mary Eliza Lawson, daughter of Nancy Hawkins Warren and George R. Lawson, was born in 1860 in Benton County, AR, and died in Rocky Comfort, McDonald County, MO, in 1946. She married Bishop Pearce Buttram on 4 September 1881 in Benton County, AR, and they divorced in 1908. They were the parents of one son and five daughters.

I am deeply grateful for the published research of Claudine McCallay Dollar, Box 487, Blair, OK 73526, "The Gardner, Kendrick, Forgey, Parker, Gage-McComas Families," Pioneer Publishing Company, Blair, OK, 1983; the unpublished research of the late Lawrence W. Thompson; and for the assistance of Christie A. Russell, Marsha Hoffman Rising, Dorothy M. Williams, Becky Smith, Lois Plett, Peggy Woodall Kendrick, and Allen Pendergraft.

Because the mitochondrial DNA of Dicey Kendrick's descendent is so common, it will be difficult to narrow down potential relatives without knowing that they had a maiden name of Kendrick at some point in their ancestry. This mitochondrial DNA signature had the following number of matches as of July 2007.


Last Updated on 7/10/2007
By Wallace W. Souder