The Dillon Family & Collaterals

An Irish-American Family

Early History

I have included this bit of history below only for the reading pleasure of those interested in what may have been the beginnings of the DILLON Family in Ireland.  I DO NOT have any documented Source's to support the  written passage by Rodney Dillon, although I wish to thank him for sharing with DILLON researchers and family historians his discoveries.  I too am interested in working with DILLON researchers/family historians for the purpose of dicovering documented Sources of our ancient ancestors.

I find the history of America a rather fasinating progress and hold in high esteem all the brave men and women who came to the American Colonies to begin a new life, and eventually a new country!  It is an honor belong to one of the branches of old  Dillon Family Tree.  Our ancestors who may be a collateral or a direct branch most certainly did their part at the beginning of this nation.  We, and our cildren and their children and all Dillon descendants in the future, are each an interwoven and intricate part of our American herigate and flag, we represent hundres of years of American heritagel


The American Colonies:


The first recorded Dillon member to come to the American Colonies was Garrett Dillon.  He is listed in the Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Lists of the Living and Dead in Virginian, Febr; 16th, 1623

Name:Garrett Dillon
Family Members:servants
Source Publication Code:3283
Primary Immigrant:Dillon, Garrett
Annotation:Standard work. Includes lists of ships to Bermuda, Barbados, and continental North America. Indexes family names. Names of Jews are excerpted in Adler, no. 61. Care should be taken when using Hotten. There are two versions, one with accurate text and inde
Source Bibliography:HOTTEN, JOHN CAMDEN, editor. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. With Their Ages, the Localities Where They Formerly Lived in the Mother Country, the Names of the Ships in Which They Embarked, and Other Interesting Particulars. From MSS. Preserved in the State



Source: Genforum ; RODNEY DILLON 

"No, I haven't been able to trace my ancestry back, generation by generation to Sir Herny Dillon, but have taken an interest in him as a historical figure and as the supposed "progenitor to all who bear the name of Dillon." as several accounts state I've gathered the following bits and pieces about him and contradictory of the ancient monarchs of Ireland.  He was Norman.  He was from Aquitaine.  He was from Leon in Brittany.  He was a secretary to Prince (later King) John of England and accompanied him to Ireland in 1185.  He was the first Dillon in Ireland (some accounts credit Sir Robert LeDillon with this honor, sometimes at an earlier date). He acquired large tracts of land in County Westmeath, where he built manors, castles and monastaries.  He (or a close relative) was a Crusader and three crescents on his coat of arms represent three Saracens killed in hand -to-hand combat.  He married a daughter of Sir John De Coursey, Earl of Ulster.  He died in 1244.  He was indeed the ancestor of the great majority of Dillons (again, some accounts credt Robert and at least one book states that Irish peasants, took names of the nobleman on whose land they labored.) Again, I have seen NO primary documentation to back any of this.  Is there any?  I'd be interested in hearing from anyone with a knowledge of Irish or Medieval history, as well as other Dillon researchers. RODNEY DILLON.September 06, 2001