In the journal Southside Virginian Volume: VI page 129 reads in part:
Orphans Docket to August Court 1764: Guardian: Jordan Knight; Orphan: Richd. Knight; Of Whom: John Knight; Aug 1764: dism.
dism. stand for? I could imagine
Dismissed but don't know what that would mean in orphan court.
In the case of Richard Knight, a later record on page 133 shows
Orphans Docket to August Court 1766: Guardian: Jerdon Knight; Orphan: Richd. Knight; Of Whom: John Knight; Aug 1766: dismt.
dism. the same as
dismt. or are there two different abbreviations here?
Then later for Richard, on page 134:
Orphans Docket to August Court 1767: Guardian: Jordan Knight; Orphan: Richard Knight; Of Whom: Jno. Knight; Aug 1768: of age.
So he appears to be aged 21 on or before August 1768. Were the earlier entries reaffirming his orphan status and that he was not 21 yet in August 1764 nor August 1766 and thus apparently born between August 1745 and August 1747 (assuming 21 years to be of age).