The Civil War in North Carolina

Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

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Married Mary Glenn; had (a) Nettie, (b) Mary, (c) Thomas, (d) Douglas, (e) Elizabeth, (f) Caroline, (g) David, (h) Florida, (i) Julia.

        2. David, born 1841; elected to Legislature 1870-72. 3. Henrietta, married David Settle Reid, and had Thomas Settle Reid and Reuben David Reid. 4. Caroline, married Hugh K. Reid. 5. Fanny, married 1st to John W. Covington, and had Fanny and Nettie, 2nd to O. H. Dockery, and had Oliver and Carrie May.

        II Josiah, III Benjamin, Legislature 1831-34; IV Elizabeth, married Reuben Reid and had David Settle Reid, born 1813; in the Legislature 1835-40; Congress 1843-47; Governor 1850-64; before his second term as Governor expired was elected U. S. Senator 1854-59.

        V Mary married Robert Martin and had Martha Drenen Martin, who married Stephen A. Douglas, born 1814 in Vermont, Judge in Illinois 1841; Congress 1843; Senator 1847; died 1861. They had Robert and Stephen A; VI Lucinda, married John W. Ellington; VII Matilda, married James Patrick; VIII Frances, married John Dilworth, had Andrew Dilworth at one time comptroller of the State of Mississippi.

        John Henry Dillard, one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, is a native of Rockingham county, and not having the pleasure of an intimate acquaintance, we adopt a well-written sketch giving the dates of his life and services, from the Raleigh Observer, which is perhaps more acceptable than any sketch we could prepare.

        He was born near Leaksville in Rockingham county in 1825. He was a student at the University of North Carolina, and after completing his sophomore year went to William and Mary College, Virginia, where he graduated with high distinction. He was admitted to practice law in North Carolina at the age of 21; moved to Patrick county, Virginia, and was elected Commonwealth's Attorney, which office he filled with high credit to himself for several years. He married Anna J., daughter of the late Col. Martin, of Henry county, Virginia. After a few years he returned to the county of Rockingham, North Carolina, and devoted himself to the practice of his profession with great diligence and success. He was elected County Attorney of Rockingham, and served in that capacity for several years, and was always noted for the accuracy with which his bills of indictments were framed, so much so that his "forms," passing into the hands of other prosecuting attorneys, have been used with unvarying success by them. Having been appointed Clerk and Master in Equity, he became, at an early age, enamored of and devoted to Equity Jurisprudence, in which, in the after years of his practice he has become pre-eminently distinguished.

        At the commencement of the late war, he was elected Captain of a company of volunteers from his native county, and served the Confederacy with fidelity in the 45th Regiment of N. C. Troops. At the close of the war, he resumed the practice of his profession with the greatest zeal and diligence, and with renewed success and ability, that he attained such eminence, both at the Bar of the Circuit and Supreme Court, as to merit from the late Chief Justice Pearson the compliment of being the ablest equity lawyer in North Carolina.

        He removed from Rockingham county to Greensboro in 1868 and associated himself in the practice of law with Col. Thomas Ruffin, of Orange, then a resident of Greensboro, and Col. John A. Gilmer, of Greensboro the style of the firm being Dillard, Ruffin & Gilmer.

        Since the death of Chief Justice Pearson, in connection with Judge Dick, he has established and conducted with success a law school in the city of Greensboro, at the same time maintaining
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