165. Mary Purnell Dupuy
was born on 7 Feb 1786 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. She appeared
on the census on 19 Aug 1850 in Nottoway County, Virginia.
(286) She died on 26 Jun 1872 in Prince Edward County, Virginia.
Robert Dickinson was born on 25 Nov 1767. He died
on 25 Dec 1818. He was buried in Dupuy Cemetery, Poplar Grove, Nottoway County,
Virginia. From OLD HOMES AND FAMILIES IN NOTTOWAY By W. R. Turner:
INVERNESS is located half way between Crewe and Burkeville, a fine old
Colonial mansion with large white columns. The house sits in a beautiful
grove of oaks, sycamores and other trees some distance from the road. The
first owner seems to have been a man by the name of Jeter, who probably
patented the land. In 1792 Richard Broddus married Maria Jeter and
inherited the property.
In 1800 Broddus sold Inverness to Thomas Dickinson, who built the
present house and gave it to his nephew, Robert Dickinson, who married a
Miss Dupuy of Poplar Grove at Jennings Ordinary. Colonel Purnell Dickinson,
who afterwards lived at Roseland, and Judge Asa Dickinson were both born
here; also Clem Dickinson, who is now a member of Congress from Missouri,
although well over eighty years old. He was at Inverness in 1864 while the
battle of The Crater was in progress, and told Judge Walter Watson that the
firing of the guns could be distinctly heard. The distance from Inverness
to The Crater battlefield is fifty miles.
Bettie Dickinson, who married Colonel W. C. Knight of Inwood, lived here
before her marriage to Colonel Knight. In 1869 Colonel McLean bought the
plantation and named it Inverness for the house of McLean in Scotland.
Later Perkins Agnew, who married Helen McLean, bought and his son, Stuart Agnew,
who married Elizabeth Bostick, now lives here.
Mary Purnell Dupuy and Robert Dickinson had the following children:
Thomas H. Dickinson.
James Robert Dickinson.
Mary Anne Dickinson.
Col. William Purnell Dickinson.
Asa Dupuy Dickinson.
Elizabeth Guerrant Dickinson died on 1 Sep 1849.
Sarah Jane Dickinson.