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John Dickinson

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  • Name John Dickinson 
    Born 1700  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Feb 1748/49  Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Will

      In the name of God Amen.

      The fourth day of February in the year of our Lord God 1742.

      I JOHN DICKINSON of North Hampton County in North Carolina Gentleman Planter being in health of Body & of Perfect mind & memory Thanks be Given unto God Therefore calling unto mind the Mortaility of my body & knowing that it is apointed for all men once to dye do make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament that is to say Principally & first of all I Recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that Gave it & for my Body I Recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like & decent manner at the Discreation of my Executers nothing doubting but at the Genearl Resurrection I Shall Receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God And as touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to bless me in this life I Give devise & dispose of the Same in the following manner & form.

      Item I Give & bequeath unto my loving Wife REBECKAH DICKINSON one feather Bed & furniture & two Horses or mares & twelve Head of Cattle of her own Choosing of my ____ hole Stock of Sheep two Iron Potts & Pott Hooks & Six Pewter Basons & three Negroes Names Tone, Frank and Harry & the use of my Plantation Whereon I now live During her natural Life & after her Decease I do give devise & dispose of the aforesaid Negroes to my Son Isaac.

      Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son DANIEL DICKENSON my negro named Cofee & the plantation whereon he now lives.

      Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son JOHN DICKINSON the plantation whereon he now lives & five shillings Cash.

      Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son DAVID DICKINSON one Negro Girl named Bess & a piece of Land lying between the Reedy Branch & JOHN HORTONs line up the Reedy Branch to the Road And So allong the Road to ANDREW IRWINGs line & down the Said Line to JOHN HORTONs Line one mare & Colt & two Cows & Calves & one feather Bed & bolster & one Pair of Blankets & one old Gun.

      Item I Give and bequeath unto my Son ISAAC DICKINSON the plantation whereon I now live & three Negroes named Frank, Tony and Harry after his mothers Decease.

      Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter SARAH DANIEL one Cow and Calf.

      Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter ELIZABETH FUTREL five Shillings Virginia Currency.

      Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter REBECKAH NEWSOM three Cows & Calves.

      Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter CHARITY DICKINSON one Negro Girl named Sen.

      Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter MARY DICKINSON one Negro Girl named Dinah.

      The Rest of my Estate I Give to be Equally Divided between my wife REBECKAH DICKENSON & DAVID DICKENSON & ISAAC DICKENSON & MARY DICKENSON & CHARITY DICKENSON & of this my Last Will& Testament I make and Constitute nominate & appoint my Sons DANIEL DICKENSON & JOHN DICKENSON my hole & Sole Executors Revoking & Anuling all former wills by me heretofore made ratified & Confirming this & no other to be my Last will & Testament.

      JOHN DICKINSON (Seal)

      Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the Said Testator to be his last will & Testament in the presence of us the subscribers, viz. JOSEPH JORDAN, ROBERT PEELLE,
      ISAAC PARKER
      . Northampton County / August Court 1749

      The within written Will of JOHN DICKINSON deceased was proved in open Court by the Oath & Affirmation of ISAAC PARKER and ROBERT PEELLE two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and at same time DANIEL DICKINSON & JOHN DICKINSON were duly Qualified Executors thereof Test. L. Edwards, Clerk Proved 24th Aug. 1749 (From Secretary of State, North Carolina Wills, 1663-1789, SS 844, John Dickinson, 1749)

    • It is quite possible that John Dickinson (husband of Rebecca) did originate in Virginia because so many of the early Virginians moved into Chowan district which was just below what is now the state line. I do know that John's birth date is much later than a lot of people list.

      Fact 1. There was more than one John Dickinson in early Chowan Precinct records.

      JOHN DICKERSON, JR., patent, 26 March 1723. 230 acres on the N. side of Katawitsky Marsh, joining SAMUEL BROWN, a pond, and JOHN DICKERSON SR. Wit: WM. REED, F. FOSTER, R. SANDERSON, J. LOVICK, M. MOORE. (Patent Book Three, No. 2103, page 143). (Province of North Carolina, 1663-1729, Abstracts of Land Patents, Margaret M. Hoffman, The Roanoke News Company, Weldon, NC, 1979, p. 192).

      Samuel Brown was the son of Thomas Brown of Isle of Wight Co., VA.

      Fact 2. John and Rebecca did not appear in a deed together until 1725. JOHN DICKINSON & wife REBECCA to JOHN SUTTON. August 14, 1725. 5 pds. for 100 a. adj. FRANCIS PRIGEON, EDWARD MARSHBORNE (MASHBORN). Wit: MARY MASHBORNE, JETHRO MASHBORNE. February Court, 1725. Deed Book B, p. 83. (Colonial Bertie County North Carolina, Vol. II, Abstracts of Deed Book A & C, 1725-1730 & 1739, Mary Best Bell, Windsor, NC, 1963, p. 35).

      JOHN DICKINSON & wife REBECCA to RICHARD SUMNER. April 15, 1727. 8 pds. for 150 a. above "Oldfield" on WS Quonkey Branch. Wit: JOHN SUTTON, JETHRO MASHBORNE. August Court 1727. Deed Book B, p. 292. (Colonial Bertie County North Carolina, Vol. II, Abstracts of Deed Book A & C, 1725-1730 & 1739, Mary Best Bell, Windsor, NC, 1963, p. 57).

      This is probably close to the time they were married because spouses had to sign deeds (because of dower rights). The only PROVEN date that can be established is this date, the birth date of their youngest son, David, from
      a Bible record, which is around 1733, and their death dates. Since most men married around the age of 25, a good ESTIMATION of the birthdate of John would be about 1700. Since children were born usually within the first year of marriage or slightly after, the birth date of Daniel would be about 1726/27 with other children being born approximately every 2 years afterwards since the mothers nursed their children. They had 8 children (I think), and this is about right for their youngest child David to be born in 1737. (There is a worm hole in the Bible over the last digit of his birth date, but from his marriage date, this appears to be correct.) Men did not live much past the age of 50 and women usually less (but not always) due to
      the rigors of life during this period and repeated childbearing. The death dates of John and Rebecca fall in this category if he was born about 1700 and if she was around 18 when they married which would place her birth date
      about 1707 or thereabouts.

      DAVID DICKINSON, son of JOHN DICKINSON and REBECKAH, his wife, was born June 2nd 17_7 (third figure of date is obliterated by book-worm hole, but it may be presumed to be "3," making the date 1737, and his age at his marriage in
      1764 twenty-seven). SARAH HARE, daughter of JOHN HARE and PRISCILLA, his wife, was born December the 14th, 1748. DAVID DICKINSON and SARAH HARE were married Sept. 25th day, 1764. PRISCILLA DICKINSON, daughter of DAVID DICKINSON and SARAH, his wife, was born December 17, 1765. MARY and SARAH
      DICKINSON, daughters of DAVID DICKINSON and SARAH, his wife, were both born January 22nd day, 1770. DAVID DICKINSON, son of DAVID DICKINSON and SARAH, his wife, was born November 13th day, 1774. LUKE DICKINSON, son of DAVID
      DICKINSON and SARAH, his wife, was born December 10th day, 1776. SARAH DICKINSON departed this life February 27th, 1778. DAVID DICKINSON departed this life the 25th of November, 1783. JOHN HILLIARD is four years, four months and four days older than his wife. (Tennessee Bible Records and Marriage Bonds, Jeannette Tillotson Acklin, p. 23).

      Fact 3. There was a relationship between John Dickinson and Joseph Carter, the son of Moore Carter who originally came from Isle of Wight.

      JOHN DICKINSON to JOSEPH CARTER. February 8, 1725. 20 a. "...for love and good will and affection which I bare unto my well beloved kinsman JOSEPH CARTER ..." Land. adj. CARTER on the creek. Wit: MORE (MOORE) CARTER, JOHN SUTTON. February Court 1725. Deed Book B, p. 85. (Colonial Bertie County North Carolina, Vol. II, Abstracts of Deed Book A & C, 1725-1730 & 1739, Mary Best Bell, Windsor, NC, 1963, p. 36).

      This could have been either Sr. or Jr., but there was some relationship here, as John & Rebecca named one of their sons Isaac.

      JACOB CARTER to ISAAC CARTER. July 24, 1740. Gift. 200 a. "... JACOB CARTER heir at law to MOOR (MOORE) CARTER, dec'd ... Love, good will and affection unto my well beloved brother ISAAC CARTER ..." Land on SS Meherin River. "... An equall Devision of four hundred acres granted to my father, dec'd ... by patent Feb'y the first 1725 ..." Adj. SAMUEL BROWN. Wit: ISAAC CARTER, JOHN SUTTON, jurat, FREDERICK JONES. August Court 1740. Deed Book F, p. 132. (Colonial Bertie County North Carolina, Vol. III, Abstracts of Deed
      Book F, 1739-1744, Mary Best Bell, Windsor, NC, 1963, p. 226).


      Fact 4. There were probably 2 Daniel Dickinsons in early Chowan Precinct also.

      SAMUEL THOMAS & wife ELIZABETH to JOHN BOYD. October 24, 1734. 60 pds. for 150 a. "where said SAMUEL now lives" on SS. Yawrahaw Swamp. Part of a tract granted WILLIAM BRASSWELL "April 1, MDCCIVX (1706) on WS Quankey branch
      "above the old field". Wit: JOHN DICKINSON, jurat. DANIEL DICKINSON, JOHN CROWELL, ANDREW IRWING. May Court 1735. Deed Book D, p. 149. (Colonial Bertie County North Carolina, Vol. III, Abstracts of Deed Book D & E, 1730-1739, Mary Best Bell, Windsor, NC, 1963, p. 150).

      It is very unlikely that Daniel, the son of John and Rebecca, would have been old enough to sign the above deed.

      Other interesting Dickinson information:

      In 1675 on the death of ROBERT DICKINSON of Southampton his property was divided in two parts: Mansion House and westermost share to son FRANCIS DICKINSON and eastermost share to son JOHN DICKINSON. Notes: From Port Royal Records: JOHN son of FRANCIS DICKINSON, bapt. 4 Aug. 1688. HESTER dau. of same bapt. April 4, 1675 and JANE dau of same bapt 10 February 1699. FRANCIS DICKINSON married JANE THORLTON, a granddaughter of RICHARD & JANE LEYCRAFT
      and had ten children. Col. Records Vol. V. (A), Page 500. Sept. 19, 1675. Governor JOHN HEYDON ordered Mr. ANTHONY JENOUR, Sheriff, to repair to the Mansion House of Capt. ROBERT DICKINSON, deceased and there according to his
      will to divide the land giving the son FRANCIS one share and the son JOHN the other. Book 101, page 62. Deed for 25 acres and 2 1/2 acres Common Land belonging to JOHN DICKINSON, (Speaker of the House of Assembly (in 1704) in
      Smith's Parish purchased of NICHOLAS TROTT formerly of London but now Governor of the Bahamas Bounded east on land of JOHN GILBERT, South on Sea. West on land of said JOHN DICKINSON and north on land of tenure of THOMAS ATWOOD. May 3rd 1696. Purchase price 275. From Port Royal Records. Children of ROBERT DICKINSON. EDWARD bapt. Oct 1, 1691. JANE bapt. Jan. 13, 1693. ROBERT bapt. June 26, 1695. JOSEPH bapt. Aug. 7, 1693. Children of GEORGE DICKINSON. MARY bapt. 22 Jan. 1694. CHRISTANATIA bapt. July 1st 1697. JOSEPH bapt. 14 December 1700. Children of JOSEPH & SARAH DICKINSON. HENRY bapt. 6 July 1692. FRANCIS bapt. 20 April 1695. JOSEPH bapt. 4th Sept. 1698. JOSEPH bapt. 11 April 1702. (Bermudans of the 17th Century, Julia E. Mercer, p.
      42).

      Know all persons by these presents that I JOHN DICKINSON, SENR. of Southhampton Tribe in the Summer Islands als Burmudos In ye Carb. of America Mariner Have assigned ordained made and Doeby these presents in my sted &
      place putt & constitute my trusty & well beloved friends Col. ANTHONY LA_OSON, Esq. and Mr. THOMAS WALKE merchant of Virginia both to bee my true and Lawfull atourneys for mee in my name & stead and to my use and behoofs to acke, demand, sui for, ___, require, ___, & warrant of all manor of persons or any particular person or persons whatsoever, all & every such sum or sums of ready moneys, debts, duetors any other premises of what nature, ___, or ___ soever to ___ ___ are or heretofore way unto mee belonging or by any ways __- or appertaining, and upon ___ of any the promises above mentioned arquittaneous, rebases, or other discharges in my name & stead to make sign Sale & deliver and every other act or ack the devisor or devises in the law whatfoever ___ to bee done in and about the premises a ___ to act perform accomplish on as large ample and powerful manner to all ___ constitutions & purposes whatsoever as I myself might or could doe ___ In person present and if they shall see fitt one or more atourney or atourneys as need shall require in and about the promises to constitute & ordaine by ___ of the presents giving and by these presents granting unto my said atournys or to either of them in the in the absence of the other my whole
      power strength & authority in and about the promises abovesaid ratifying allowing & held for firm & stable whatsoever my law atourney or atourneys shall act and accomplish in witness whereof I have __ unto fixed my hand and seale this eighth & twentieth day of February in the fifth year of their majstis. reign of William & Mary of England Scotland France & Ireland King & Queen defenders of the faith anno dom. 1692/3. JOHN DICKINSON, SENR. Signed
      Sealed and Delivered in presence of us THO. DURHANS, SOLOMAN SALTUS?, RICHARD GIBBS. Proved in court in the county of Norfolk this 10th May 1693 by the oaths of SOLOMAN SALTUS RICHARD GIBBS. (Norfolk Co., VA, Deed Book 5,
      p. 194a).

      These "wills" were not always written at time of death, but sometimes when embarking on a journey.

      Third Haven Monthly Meeting, Talbot Co., MD - Marriages:
      120. JOHN DICKINSON and REBECHAH THOMAS, both of Talbot County, at the house of JOHN DICKINSON, 7/23/1692 (Quakerism On The Eastern Shore, Kenneth Carroll, The Maryland Historical Society, p. 224).

      Third Haven Monthly Meeting, Talbot Co., MD. - Births:

      Child / Parents / Date of Birth

      ANN DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...4/23/1761
      ANN GILPIN DICKINSON...JOHN & BETTY...1/27/1782
      BETTY DICKINSON...JOHN & BETTY...8/15/1792
      DANIEL DICKINSON...DANIEL & ELIZABETH...7/2/1779
      *DANIEL DICKINSON...JOHN & BETTY...7/20/1778
      DANIEL DICKINSON...JOHN & REBECCA...9/26/1726
      ELIZABETH DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...2/22/1759
      HANNAH DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...8/30/1757
      JAMES DICKINSON...DANIEL & ELIZABETH...12/22/1780
      JOHN DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...5/28/1755
      MARY DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...9/17/1751
      MARY DICKINSON...JOHN & BETTY...12/29/1783
      RACHEL DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...4/3/1765
      REBECCA DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...4/3/1749
      REBECCA DICKINSON...JOHN & BETTY...10/27/1779
      RUTH DICKINSON...JOHN & BETTY...3/3/1787
      SARAH DICKINSON...DANIEL & MARY...2/22/1763
      WALTER DICKINSON...SAMUEL & JUDITH...1/12/1712 (?)
      WILLIAM DICKINSON...SAMUEL & JUDITH...9/27/1711

      (Quakerism On The Eastern Shore, Kenneth Carroll, The Maryland Historical Society, p. 207)

      This is not OUR John and Rebecca based on the following although they did have a child named Daniel (see above):
      Third Haven Monthly Meeting, Talbot Co., MD - Deaths: (Age in years, where known, is given after the name and enclosed in parentheses).

      Name / Identification / Date of Death

      ANN GILPIN DICKINSON (14) 5/31/1796
      BETTY DICKINSON 12/2/1825
      DANIEL DICKINSON (7 days) 7/27/1778
      DANIEL DICKINSON (61) 2/14/1787
      ELIZABETH DICKINSON 1/2/1781
      HANNAH DICKINSON (9) 12/7/1766
      JOHN DICKINSON 12/7/1794
      MARY DICKINSON (wife of DANIEL)12/16/1725
      MARY DICKINSON (21 days) 1/20/1784
      RACHEL DICKINSON (1) 11/25/1766
      *REBECCA DICKINSON (30) (w/o JOHN; d/o DANIEL POWELL) 10/10/1728
      RUTH DICKINSON (8) 5/13/1795

      (Quakerism On The Eastern Shore, Kenneth Carroll, The Maryland Historical Society, p. 238).

    Person ID I0328  Dickinson
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2010 

    Family Rebeckah Dickinson,   b. Abt. 1705,   d. 1 Jul 1753, Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Dickinson,   b. Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hertford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Daniel Dickinson,   b. Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1779, Wayne County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Elizabeth Dickinson,   b. Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Rebeckah Dickinson,   d. 1750
     5. Charity Dickinson,   b. Northampton, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1774, Northampton, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mary Dickinson,   d. Oct 1763
     7. John Dickinson,   d. 12 Jun 1787, Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Isaac Dickinson,   d. 1767, Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. David Dickinson,   b. 2 Jun 1737,   d. 25 Nov 1783, Northampton County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    Family ID F0146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Documents
    Dickinson, John and Rebeckah
    Dickinson, John and Rebeckah
    Abstract of North Carolina Wills, 98
    Dickinson, David
    Dickinson, David
    Tennessee Records, 23