James Samuel Dishman1

ID #193, (21 December 1885 - 8 April 1979)
James Samuel Dishman (c. 1945)

Parents:

Father: James William Dishman1 b. 12 Sep 1852, d. 6 Nov 1912
Mother: Anna Edwards Suttle1 b. 7 Mar 1853, d. 30 May 1929

Key Events

EventDateDescription
Birth21 Dec 1885He was born on 21 Dec 1885 in King George County, Virginia.2,3
Marriage23 Nov 1916He married Bettie Bell Grigsby, daughter of James Dallas Grigsby and Caroline Virginia McGinniss, on 23 Nov 1916 in Shiloh Baptist Church, King George County, Virginia, by Pastor W. E. Warren.4,5
Death8 Apr 1979He died intestate at the home of his son, James Dallas Dishman, on 8 Apr 1979 in Campbell County, Virginia, at age 93.6,7,8
BurialHe was buried in Round Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, King George County, Virginia.9,10

Children with Bettie Bell Grigsby:

Virginia Rae Dishman+11,40 (9 Sep 1918 - 7 Apr 2006)
Hazel Grigsby Dishman+41 (15 Sep 1920 - 26 Jun 2013)
Anna Carolyn Dishman+42 (24 May 1922 - 1 Jan 2007)
Betty 'Mae' Dishman+43 (18 May 1924 - 8 Jun 1996)

Note - Living persons are excluded from this website so not all marriages or children may be listed above.

Other Events

EventDateDescription
NicknameJames Samuel Dishman was also known as Sam Dishman.11
BiographyHe was educated in a one-room school, attending five or six months each year, and only reached seventh grade.12
Census19001 Jun 1900He was listed as James William Dishman's son on the 1900 census in King George County, Virginia.13
Census191015 Apr 1910He was listed as James William Dishman's son on the 1910 census in King George County, Virginia.14
Death6 Nov 1912He was an informant for the death of James William Dishman on 6 Nov 1912 in his home, Nindes Store, King George County, Virginia.15,16,17
WWI Draft Card12 Sep 1918During World War I, James Samuel Dishman registered for the draft on 12 Sep 1918 in King George County, Virginia.18
DescriptionHe was described as tall and of medium build, with blue eyes and light colored hair.18
Occupation1918He was a farmer in 1918.18
Residence12 Sep 1918He and Bettie Bell Grigsby resided in Alden, King George County, Virginia, on 12 Sep 1918.18
OccupationJan 1920He was a census enumerator in Jan 1920 in Shiloh District, King George County, Virginia.19
Census19201 Jan 1920He was listed as the head of household on the 1920 census in King George County, Virginia.20
Event-Miscfrom 23 Sep 1924 to 26 Sep 1924He was an exhibitor in the single farm category at the Fredericksburg Fair from 23 Sep 1924 to 26 Sep 1924 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.21
Will1 Mar 1927He was named an heir in the will of Anna Edwards Suttle dated 1 Mar 1927 in King George County, Virginia.22
Event-Misc5 Jan 1930He was appointed to the Electoral Board to fill the vacancy formed by the resignation of Ashby Frank on 5 Jan 1930 in King George County, Virginia. Unexpired term ending 28 Feb 1931.23
Census19301 Apr 1930He was listed as the head of household on the 1930 census in King George County, Virginia.24
Event-Misc10 May 1930He was appointed to the Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments on 10 May 1930 in King George County, Virginia. For the term ending 31 Dec 1930.25
OccupationApr 1940He was a census enumerator in Apr 1940 in Shiloh District, King George County, Virginia.26
Employment27 Apr 1942He was self employed on 27 Apr 1942 in King George County, Virginia.27
WWII Draft Card27 Apr 1942During World War II, James Samuel Dishman registered for the draft on 27 Apr 1942 in Nindes Store, King George County, Virginia.27
Description27 Apr 1942He was described as 6 ft tall, 176 lbs, with blue eyes, bald, and a light complexion on 27 Apr 1942.27
Employmentfrom 1 Dec 1942 to 31 Dec 1959He was Sheriff of King George County, Virginia from 1 Dec 1942 to 31 Dec 1959.12
BiographyWhile Sheriff, he used the juror room at the county courthouse as his office, which means he did not have use of the office when a jury trial was being conducted. Shortly after taking office, the state condemned the jail building and he had to make arrangements with the nearby town of Fredericksburg to house his prisoners for the remainder of the term. He initially worked alone, but was allowed to hire a part time deputy starting in 1944. He purchased a second-hand radio with $100 of his own monel and installed it in his car. During his career as Sheriff no serious crimes occurred in the county, mainly only misdemeanors and other petty crimes. He frequently pulled over speeders, and among the people he stopped were the Reverend Michaux, and famous radio evangelist from Washington, and State Senator Robert O. Lowery. He let the Reverend go with a warning, but gave the Senator a ticket.12
Event-Misc1 Dec 1942He was appointed Sheriff on 1 Dec 1942 in King George County, Virginia. The previous sheriff resigned the office and he served the unexpired term of 13 months.28
Event-Misc2 Nov 1943He was elected Sheriff on 2 Nov 1943 in King George County, Virginia. He was unopposed in the election.29
Event-Misc4 Nov 1947He was elected sheriff on 4 Nov 1947 in King George County, Virginia.30
Event-Misc6 Nov 1951He was elected Sheriff on 6 Nov 1951 in King George County, Virginia. He received 553 votes and he was opposed in the election by Frank T. Hudson (313 votes), Alfred L. Meade (69 votes), and Floyd D. Hudson (139 votes).31
Event-Misc29 May 1954He was a defendant in a trial in King George County Circuit Court on 29 May 1954 in King George, Virginia. Horace T. Morrison, the Commonwealth Attorney for the County, was attempting to oust from office, James Samuel Dishman, the Sheriff of the County. The conflict had its origin in the desire of the Commonwealth Attorney to dominate the constitutional officers of the County and thereby attempt to have political control of the activities of the local Democratic Party Committee. All of the County Officers at that time were either elected as Democrats or were appointed with the Democratic Committee approval. The trial transcript covers the actual proceedings of the all day trial and is concluded by the written opinion of Circuit Court Judge Leon M. Bazile. The opinion of Judge Bazile adequately sets forth the result and the tone of the trial:
"None of the proof of the charges made against the Sheriff here measure up to the requirements of the law. For the most part they are frivolous and emanate from the mind of a Commonwealth's Attorney, who is a bitter enemy of the Sheriff, and who attributes corrupt or unlawful motives to any one who disagrees with him. For the good of himself and those who he has to deal with it is unfortunate that he is so constituted. For the foregoing reasons Sheriff Dishman is found not guilty of the charges made against him."32,33,34,35
Event-Misc8 Nov 1955He was elected Sheriff on 8 Nov 1955 in King George County, Virginia. He received 659 votes and he was opposed in the election by Warren Purks who received 550 votes.36
Event-MiscMay 1959He announced his retirement as Sherriff of King George County, Virginia, in May 1959.37
Death5 Dec 1964He was an informant for the death of Bettie Bell Grigsby on 5 Dec 1964 in Mary Washington Hospital, Fredricksburg, Virginia.38,39

 

Other information

Relationship:
4th great-grandson of Samuel Duchemin
Last Edited: 7 Jan 2017

Citations

  1. [S3] James Wm. Dishman Family Bible.
  2. [S3] James Wm. Dishman Family Bible, "Births - James Samuel Dishman son of James and Annah Dishman was born December 21st 1885."
  3. [S318] Interview, James Samuel Dishman, 25 March 1977, "born and raised in King George and lived in King George all my life."
  4. [S3] James Wm. Dishman Family Bible, "Marriages - J. Samuel second son of James and Anna Dishman was married to Betty Grigsby Nov. 23, 1916."
  5. [S16] Certificate, J. S. Dishman and Betty Grigsby marriage of 21 Nov 1916, license issued 21 Nov 1916, marriage occurred 23 Nov 1916 at Shiloh Baptist Church, Virginia.
  6. [S887] James Samuel Dishman, Virginia Death Certificate, died 8 Apr 1979, Campbell Co., VA, born 21 Dec 1885, VA, son of James W. Dishman and Betty Dishman, informant James D. Dishman (son).
  7. [S737] The Free Lance-Star, 9 Apr 1979, p.12.
  8. [S309] King George Progress, 18 Apr 1979, states he died 8 Apr 1979 at the home of his son, James D. Dishman, in Lynchburg at age 93.
  9. [S289] King George County Historical Society, King George Co. Church Cemeteries, p. 153, Round Hill Baptist Church, James Samuel Dishman entry.
  10. [S399] Find a Grave Inc., Find a Grave, James Samuel Dishman (1885-1979) grave marker photograph,.
  11. [S3] James Wm. Dishman Family Bible, "Virginia Rae Dishman born Sept. 9, 1918, 1st daughter of Sam Dishman and Betty Grigsby."
  12. [S318] Interview, James Samuel Dishman, 25 March 1977.
  13. [S46] 1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), King George County, Virginia, James W. Dishman household, ED 41, Sheet 10A, line 1 (Online: Ancestry.com, Inc.), image 19 of 30.
  14. [S47] 1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), King George County, Virginia, ED#57, Shiloh District, Sheet 5B (Online: Ancestry.com, Inc.), image 10.
  15. [S721] The Daily Star, 9 Nov 1912, p.2, Obituary dated 7 Nov 1912.
  16. [S889] James W. Dishman, Virginia Death Certificate, died 6 Nov 1912, King George Co. VA, born 12 Sep 1852, Westmoreland Co., VA, son of John Dishman and Mary H. McDaniel, informant J. Samuel Dishman (son).
  17. [S785] The Times Dispatch, 10 Nov 1912, J.H. Dishman died at his home near Ninde's Store after illness of several months of lung trouble, age 60, survived by 4 daughters and 2 sons.
  18. [S198] WWI Draft Cards; Virginia, King George County, Local Board (Code No. 45-1-22C); Record Group 163, National Archives and Records Administration - Southeast Region, card of James Samuel Dishman, serial no. 435, order no. A406.
  19. [S48] 1920 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), King George County, Virginia, ED#60, Shiloh District, Sheet 1A (Online: Ancestry.com, Inc.).
  20. [S48] 1920 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), King George County, Virginia, James S. Dishman household, ED#60, Shiloh District, Sheet 1A (Online: Ancestry.com, Inc.), image 1 of 20.
  21. [S783] Richmond Times-Dispatch, 25 Sep 1924, single farm exhibit, J. S. Dishman of Ninde's Store.
  22. [S136] Anna E. (Suttle) Dishman will, Will Book 5, page 442.
  23. [S335] King George County Clerk's Order Book, Book 2, p. 77, 5 Jan 1930 entry.
  24. [S49] 1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), King George County, Virginia, Samuel J. Dishman household, ED 50-6, Sheet 4B, line 79 (Online: Ancestry.com, Inc.), image 8 of 29.
  25. [S335] King George County Clerk's Order Book, Book 2, p. 59, 10 May 1930 entry.
  26. [S434] 1940 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), Virginia, King George County, Shiloh District, ED 50-6, sheet 1A, household 1, James S. Dishman family (Online: Ancestry.com, Inc.), viewed 8 Apr 2012.
  27. [S326] WWII Draft Cards, 1942, (database online) http://www.Ancestry.com, SN U169, James Samuel Dishman.
  28. [S318] Interview, James Samuel Dishman, 25 March 1977, Office became vacant by the previous sheriff resigning, he was appointed to serve the unexpired term of 13 months.
  29. [S318] Interview, James Samuel Dishman, 25 March 1977, He was unopposed the first time he ran for office.
  30. [S318] Interview, James Samuel Dishman, 25 March 1977, He was opposed the second, third, and fourth times he ran for office.
  31. [S749] The King George News, 8 Nov 1951, p.1.
  32. [S103] Commonwealth of Virginia v. J. Samuel Dishman, Transcript of Trial Proceedings, King George County Circuit Court, May 29, 1954., Personal papers of Keith Dishman.
  33. [S748] The King George News, 20 May 1954.
  34. [S747] The King George News, 3 Jun 1954, p.1.
  35. [S755] The King George News, 24 Jun 1954, p.1.
  36. [S753] The King George News, 10 Nov 1955, p.1.
  37. [S752] The King George News, 2 Apr 1959.
  38. [S841] Betty Grigsby Dishman, Virginia Death Certificate, died 5 Dec 1964 at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA, born 19 Jan 1888, daughter of James D. Grigsby and Virginia C. McGinnis, informant James S. Dishman (husband).
  39. [S751] The King George News, 10 Dec 1964.
  40. [S460] Virginia Marriage Certificate, Wallace T. Duncan and Virginia Rae Dishman marriage, married 22 Nov 1939.
  41. [S3] James Wm. Dishman Family Bible, "Hazel Grigsby Dishman born Sept. 15, 1920, 2nd daughter of Sam Dishman and Betty Grigsby."
  42. [S3] James Wm. Dishman Family Bible, "Anna Carolyn Dishman born May 24, 1922, 3rd daughter of Sam Dishman and Betty Grigsby."
  43. [S3] James Wm. Dishman Family Bible, "Betty Mae Dishman 1924."
 

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