Dinwiddie County was formed May 1, 1752
from Prince George County. The county is named for Robert Dinwiddie,
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 1751-58. However the first inhabitants of
the area were in fact Paleo Indians, prior to 8000 BC. They are believed to
have been nomadic hunter-gathers following animal migrations. Early stone
tools have been discovered in various fields, within te county. The county
raised several militia units that would fight in the American Revolution.
Dinwiddie County was the birth place of Elizabeth (Burwell) Hobbs Keckly who
worked for Mrs. Jefferson Davis and later Mrs. Lincoln as a free black
dressmaker; Thomas Day, later at Milton, NC well noted there as a free black
cabinetmaker and within the state of NC and southern VA; and Dr. Thomas
Stewart, perhaps America's first free black 18th century rural physician.
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