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John Franklin Dickinson

Male 1842 - 1914  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name John Franklin Dickinson 
    Born ca. 1842  Williamson, Pike, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The year of birth for John is approximated by consulting the dates of birth given on the headstones of siblings Elizabeth (1841) and Clark (1844). The birth order is consistent in the 1850 and 1860 census enumerations. The Dickinson homestead became a part of Spalding County upon its creation in 1851.
    Gender Male 
    Birth Aug 1844  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Birth 04 Aug 1844  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    This date corresponds with that given for the 1900 census; however, it seems doubtful if his brother Clark's headstone (also an 1844 date of birth) is to be trusted. 
    John F. Dickinson
    John F. Dickinson
    CSA Pension Questionnaire
    Military 07 May 1862  Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Enlisted Gibson's Battery, Georgia Light Infantry Artillery 
    Veterans: Confederate
    Veterans: Confederate

    We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
    Fighting for our Liberty with treasure, blood and toil;
    And when our rights were threaten'd, the cry rose near and far,
    Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!


    The Bonnie Blue Flag
    Harry Macarthy
    Military 03 Apr 1863  Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Discharged from service, disability 
    Military 16 Sept 1863  Lafayette, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hospitalized 
    Military 30 Jan 1864  Mustered out of service Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Jul 1864  Elected 1st Lt., Co. L, 5th Reg., Ga. Reserve Inf. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military Apr 1865  Charleston, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Surrendered. Rank, Captain. 
    Residence 1880  Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Dealer in buggies. 
    Residence 1900  Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Real Estate 
    Residence 1910  Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Tombstones 
    Died 14 Feb 1914  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Ballard Family Cemetery, Woolsey, Fayette, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Capt. John Franklin Dickinson Findagrave Memorial
    Capt. John Franklin Dickinson Findagrave Memorial
    Created by Maureen Keillor on 24 Jun 2008.
    Dickinson, John Frank and Mary Weldon Ballard
    Dickinson, John Frank and Mary Weldon Ballard
    Notes 
    • Captain John Franklin Dickinson's military record is collected at Logins and Porter, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, Volume 1, page 657. This set is located at the John C. Pace Library at the University of West Florida [E595.A5]

      Captain Dickinson's name appears in the muster roll of Company B, 5th Regiment of the Georiga Volunteer Infantry of the Army of Tennessee, Confederate States of America, Spalding County, Georgia, Griffin Light Guards. He enlisted as a private on May 10, 1861 and was probably involved in the Santa Rosa Island campaign beginning in March of 1862. The Fifth comprised part of the Third Battalion under Col. John J. Jackson for the night attack on Fort Pickens on October 9, 1862. See, Confederate Military History, pp. 78-81. Records show that Dickinson was discharged on April 03, 1862 at Chattanooga, shortly after the transfer of the Fifth from the Department of Alabama and West Florida that February.

      On May 07, 1862 after his stint with the Fifth, Dickinson enlisted in Gibson's Battery, Georgia Light Artillery. He was hospitalized at LaFayette, Georgia on September 16, 1863 and subsequently enlisted in Company C, 2d Regiment, Georgia State Guards. He was mustered out on January 30, 1864. During July 1864, he was elected 1st Lt. of Company L, 5th Regiment, Georia Reserve Infantry and was subsequently elevated to the rank of Captain. Dickinson surrendered at Charleston, SC during April 1865.

      Captain Dickinson is also mentioned as the brother of Clark Alexander Dickinson in the latter's biographical sketch in Confederate Miltary History Extended Edition, Volume 7, page 607, Broadfoot, Wilmington, NC (1987).

    • "At the residence of the bride at Hampton on yesterday afternoon at 6 o'clock Mr. John F. Dickerson, of this city, was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Malone of the former place. The happy couple returned to this city on the accomodation and are domiciled at the residence of A. J. Allen."

      The Griffin Weekly News and Sun, July 4, 1890, reproduced at Fred R. Hartz and Emilie K. Hartz, Marriage and Death Notices From the Griffin (Georgia) Weekly News and The Griffin Weekly News and Sun, 1882-1896 (Vidalia, Georgia: The Gwendolyn Press), 184.

    • The Pike County Journal
      Zebulon, Pike County, Georgia: April 29, 1892

      Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard Dead

      On the 21st inst., Mrs. Elizabeth Ballard of Fayette county, a sister of Capt. A.S. Allen of this county, passed from life into death after a short illness. At the time of her death she was on a visit to her
      daughter Mrs. John F. Dickinson, at Griffin. She was seized with a violent coughing spell and her daughter ran to her and while supporting her mother's head in her arms, the candle of life went out.

      Mrs. Ballard was in her 65th year and had lived a consistent member of the Methodist church for many years. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. The remains were buried at the old homestead in Fayette county on the 23rd inst.

      The Journal tenders sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

      Note:
      Elizabeth J. Allen, b. 26 April 1827, d. 21 April 1892, was the wife of Thomas Weldon Ballard. They married 4 Sept 1845 in Pike County, and lived in Pike for several years. They are both buried in the Old Ballard cemetery in Fayette County.
    Person ID I0069  Dickinson
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2016 

    Father Clark Morgan Dickinson,   b. ca. 1800, Clarke County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1863, Williamson, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth Askew,   b. 26 Feb 1802, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jul 1890, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 29 Dec 1825  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Family ID F0033  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary E Holsey,   b. Jun 1843, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1867  Pike County Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Effie Pauline Dickinson,   b. 26 Sep 1870, Pike County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1958, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F0050  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Weldon Ballard,   b. 15 Dec 1852, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1929, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 3 Jul 1890  Hampton, Henry County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Franklin Dickinson,   b. 1 May 1891, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1977, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Family ID F0049  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - ca. 1842 - Williamson, Pike, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Enlisted Gibson's Battery, Georgia Light Infantry Artillery - 07 May 1862 - Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Discharged from service, disability - 03 Apr 1863 - Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Surrendered. Rank, Captain. - Apr 1865 - Charleston, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dealer in buggies. - 1880 - Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Real Estate - 1900 - Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Tombstones - 1910 - Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ballard Family Cemetery, Woolsey, Fayette, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    Dickinson, James A., John F., and Clark A.
    Dickinson, James A., John F., and Clark A.
    History of Lamar County, 278
    Dickinson, John Franklin
    Dickinson, John Franklin
    NARA M266. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Georgia units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier
    Dickinson, John Franklin
    Dickinson, John Franklin
    NARA M266. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Georgia units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier

  • Sources 
    1. [S336383] Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 (Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution) [micofilm, 508 rolls]; imaged as U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line], (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.), Charles Bayne Dickinson SAR Membership: 72637.

    2. [S013029] 1900 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900.T623, 1854 rolls. Spalding, Georgia, ED 90, roll T623 220, page 9A.

    3. [S336288] Georgia Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960 , (Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives, RG 58-1-1), 5 April 1911.

    4. [S014080] 1880 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880.T9, 1,454 rolls. Griffin, Spalding, Georgia, ED 118, roll T9_165, page 385.2000, image 0152.

    5. [S013185] 1910 United States Census, Bureau of the Census, (Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910.T624, 1,178 rolls. Griffin Ward 3, Spalding, Georgia, ED , roll T624_209, part , page .

    6. [S007817] Georgia Marriages to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997).
      Jordan Dodd, Georgia Marriages to 1850, (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1997 [database online]). Eight of the children of this union are named in the 1850 census. Clark M. Dickerson [sic] household; 1850 U.S. Census; 68th District, Pike County, Georgia; p. 205 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration). Sarah Jane is absent; however she is married. Amanda appears in the enumeration bearing her married name (Leak) along with her infant son, Alexander. The Leaks are identified as the household adjacent to that of Clark M. Dickinson in 1860. See Clark M. Dickinson household; 1860 U.S. Census, Mt. Zion District, Spalding County, Georgia; dwelling 832, family 832, p. 278. Joel makes his only named appearance in 1850. He does not appear in the research of Willie Kate Dickinson Henderson.

    7. [S007817] Georgia Marriages to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, (Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997).
      Online publication - Dodd, Jordan. Georgia Marriages to 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997.Original data - Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Georgia.