Henry C. Dickson1

Male, #43356, (Apr 1827 - 19 Feb 1902)
Father*James Dickson2 (c 1793 - a 1860)
Mother*Martha (?)2 (c 1792 - )
Birth*Apr 1827 Henry was born at Hancock Co., Georgia, in Apr 1827.3 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Henry was probably a free white male, age 10 and under 15, in James Dickson's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Baldwin Co., Georgia.
(Enumerated but not otherwise accounted for are 1M10-15, 1M20-30, 2F15-20 and 2 F20-30.)4 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Martha, Henry, Martha, Mary and Emily listed as a household member living with James Dickson on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Baldwin Co., Georgia.2 
Marriage*say 1852 He married Mary S. (?) at Georgia say 1852. 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 Henry was listed as the head of a family ("Henry C. Dixon, 33, M, W, Farmer, $1,600, $5,084, GA) on the 1860 Census at Talbot Co., Georgia.5 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865.6 
Birth of SonJan 1864 His son Henry L. Dickson was born in Jan 1864 at Georgia.1,7 
Birth of Soncirca 1867 His son Edgar Dickson was born circa 1867 at Talbot Co., Georgia
Birth of SonApr 1869 His son David B. Dickson was born in Apr 1869 at Georgia.7 
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Henry was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at O'Neals District, Talbot Co., Georgia. (Henry Dixon, 43, M, W, Farmer, $300, $800, GA.)8 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Henry was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Talbot Co., Georgia.9 
Death of Spousesay 1881 His wife Mary S. (?) died say 1881. 
Marriage19 Jan 1882 He married Lucy Elizabeth Giddens at Talbot Co., Georgia, on 19 Jan 1882 at age 54.10 
Biography1888 At one of our recent local fairs, nearly twenty varieties of Fall and Winter apples, and a handsome variety of peaches were on exhibition, the apples taking a special premium at the Georgia State Fair, at Macon, the same year. These were grown by Mr. H. C. Dickson, living four miles west of Talbotton.11 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Henry was listed as the head of a family (Henry C. Dickson, W, M, Apr 1827, 73, Md 48 years [sic], GA, GA, GA, Farmer) on the 1900 Census at O'Neals District, Talbot Co., Georgia.12 
Death*19 Feb 1902 He died at Talbot Co., Georgia, on 19 Feb 1902 at age 74.13 
Biography* Soon after coming to Talbot County from Hancock County (sic), Georgia, Henry C. Dickson bought Land Lot 21, Upper 17th Land District, O'Neal's GMD 894. William F. Lennard of Talbot County, sold him the whole land lot and three acres of No. 12, by indenture dated 26 Aug 1853, for a consideration of $1,300. The smaller parcel allowed him access to the public road and he built his house on it.
     People who could not afford a frame house when they came to the county to settle, and had spent most of their capital to acquire land, cut trees and built log houses, in hopes of better to come. Henry Dickson built a pioneer style house of logs, two rooms with an open dogtrot between them and stack chimneys of rock and brick at the ends. In his room, he constructed a narrow stair to the sleeping loft above. The dogtrot was later enclosed and made a hall, a front ell room and porch were added, and weatherboarding nailed over the logs.
     The 1860 census shows Henry C. Dickson (Dixon) aged 33, with $1,600 of real estate, $5,084 of personal estate. He owned a few slaves, for he had prospered with cotton and other crops. His wife, Mary S., was 27, and their children were Martha S. (Mattie), 3; Julia, one year of age. All were born in Georgia.
     It is said of Dickson after death that "no times in 50 years have been so hard that his farm was not self-sustaining." Progressive during the Reconstruction and Farmers' Granges era, experimenting and diversifying, he was also a dairyman, traditionally said to have brought the first Jersey cows to the county.
     He bought an undivided half of Land Lot 12 from E. H. Worrill, 7 Jan 1879, and swapped the west half of Land Lot No. 11, which he had acquired, to W. J. Weekes, merchant and planter of Talbotton, for 75 acres bounded on the north and west by Dickson, east by Baldwin, and south by the public road leading from Talbotton to J. H. Gilmer's place. The indenture is dated 1 Jan 1883, "lot number not recollected," but was No. 12.
     Henry C. Dickson died Wednesday, 19 Feb 1902, and then owned all of Land Lot 21, 176.5 acres of No. 12, and 101.25 acres of No. 13, total 480 acres, more or less. His obituary appeared the next day in the "Talbotton New Era.":
     "At his home five miles west of Talbotton (on what is now Dennis Creek Road), Mr. H. C. Dickson breathed his last yesterday morning at 9 o'clock. The news cast a gloom over Talbotton, as no more honorable man ever lived in the county than Mr. Dickson. He was about 75 years old, and has lived in this county over 50 years, and in that time no one can recall a harsh word that has ever been said against him.
     "He served in the war as a Confederate soldier, and there displayed the same calmness of character and fearlessness of spirit that he has shown all his life. Early in life, he joined the Baptist Church, and truly it can be said that he has kept the faith and fought the good fight. His business was never so rushing as to cause him to neglect his church duties.
     "He has always been of a retired nature, and unless one was a close friend to him he would never know how to appreciate him fully. Few men who have worked steadily have acquired more knowledge than he possessed. He was one of the best informed men in the county.
     "As a neighbor, his place is hard to fill; as a citizen, the county loses one to whom she has long looked to for wisdom; as a church member; his faith marked his footsteps; as a father, and a husband, he was loved for his tenderness of heart and wisdom of head. Truly a good man is gathered to his fathers.
     "He leaves three children and a widow: The children are Mrs. McCormick Neal, and Henry L. Dickson, of McIntosh (Marion County), Florida, and David B. Dickson of Talbotton. He was buried today in the family burying ground at his home beside his first wife and eight children who proceeded him to the grave. Our sincerest sympathies go out to the bereaved family in their sad loss."
     The Dickson Family Cemetery contained graves within a rock walled plot, marked with a side stone at head and foot. Only a child's grave, Willie Mc. Dickson (1902-1903), son of D. B. and Coral Dickson has a monument.
     David B. Dickson was administrator for his father's estate, letters testamentary being granted 6 May 1902. The farm of 480 acres, more or less, was sold by Henry L. Dickson of Marion County, Florida, by indenture dated 29 Nov 1905.6 

Family

Mary S. (?) (say 1836 - say 1881)
Marriage*say 1852 He married Mary S. (?) at Georgia say 1852. 
Children
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited18 Oct 2008

Citations

  1. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
  2. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 126B, Family 572, Exclusive of Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA (27 Aug 1850)
    James Dickson, 50, M, Farmer, RE=$1000, GA
    Martha Dickson, 52, F, GA
    Henry Dickson, 23, M, GA
    Martha Dickson, 19, F, GA
    Mary I. Dickson, 18, F, GA
    Emily Dickson, 11, F, GA.
  3. A Rckaway in Talbot and the 1880 census.
  4. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 37, Baldwin Co., GA
    James Dickson, 2M10-15, 1M15-20, 1M20-30, 1M40-50, 1F0-5, 2F15-20, 2F20-30, 1F40-50.
  5. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    894 District, page 625, Ancestry.com image 79 of 154.
  6. William H. Davidson, A Rockaway in Talbot, Travels in an Old Georgia County, West Point, GA: Hester Print, 1983.
    Vol. III, pp 231-234.
  7. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
  8. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    O'Neills District, page 117, Ancestry.com image 2.
  9. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    District 894, page 224A, LDS CD.
  10. A Rockaway in Talbot, page 257.
  11. O. D. Gorman, Handbook of Talbot Co., GA, J. W. Burke, Macon, GA, 1888.
    page 21.
  12. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    page 107, Genealogy.com image.
  13. William H. Davidson, A Rockaway in Talbot, Travels in an Old Georgia County, West Point, GA: Hester Print, 1983.