From Bob Dickens Tobin: "The John Dickens who died in Jackson/Smith County TN after 1840 was married at least twice. I do not know the name of his first wife, but his last wife was "Clarrisa" aka: "Cora" last name unknown."
Male #1. John Dickens (whom I refer to as John Jr.) and his household are documented in the 1850 Census and in his Estate records after his death. He accounts for the one male child in the John Dickens 1820  household.
Male #2. Joshua  Dickens (Sr) is well documented in the 1850 Census and in legal documents throughout his life and his death. He does not appear in the 1820 Census because he was born December 24 of 1820, after the Census was taken. 

From  Chuck Runneberg:  "My G. G. Grandfather was Edward Glover Dickens the son of John Dickens of Elmwood, Smith County, TN. Edward was born July 15, 1815."

This was great news, but where did Edward Glover Dickens fit into the 1820 Census if John (Jr.) was the male child? And Joshua (Sr.) is also accounted for? After a lot of puzzling over that, I remembered more of what Chuck had written:  "... his (Edward Glover Dickens) mother had died when he was a small child and he was raised by a friend of the family who later moved to Illinois."

Then I remembered what Bob Dickens Tobin had written earlier.

Male #3. There it is!! Edward Glover Dickens does not appear in the 1820 household of John Dickens because "his mother had died when he was a small child and he was raised by a friend of the family who later moved to Illinois." Edward Glover Dickens is not listed with John Dickens because he was living in another household in 1820. I have no written document to prove exactly that, but until a document proves otherwise, it is logical to me. Thank you Chuck and ... Welcome home, Edward!
Here's how the 1820 John Dickens household is recorded:
Below is how 1820 would look if : the census were taken between Christmas
Eve and December 31 of 1820 (Joshua was born on December 24, 1820), and
if Edward G. were still in the household.  (The Sr and Jr were added by me for clarity).
                                                   Read details below the diagram.
Male Children of John Dickens (Sr). Why is there only one male child shown in his 1820 Census? 
Below are listed some good reasons (not listed below in order of age but in order of discovery).

Dickens of Hurricane Creek

QUESTION: How could Edward Glover Dickens be a five year old son of John Dickens Sr. in 1820 and not be counted in John's household in the 1820 census while John Jr., only two years older, does appear in the 1820 census?

I was recently contacted by a man who lives in Iowa, who said that we must be kin because we share the same great-great-great-grandfather, John Dickens, who lived near Elmwood in Smith County, TN in the early 1800's and that his great-great-grandfather was a son of this John Dickens named Edward Glover Dickens, born in 1815, who moved to Iowa as a young man. 

My research had been confined mostly to my immediate family from Hurricane Creek in TN, so Edward Glover Dickens was a new name to me. I began a daily search of the Iowa branch of the Dickens family many weeks 
ago and I must say that I've learned more about the early development of Iowa than I ever expected to know.  

Not so fast! There are conflicts. The first one is that Edward Glover Dickens was in TN in 1830 because he married Sally Sullivan in Sumner County on January 18, 1830. Explain that! OK. Next page.
Note: If  Edward Glover Dickens was a son of John  Dickens Sr. and Edward Glover Dickens' mother died when he was a small child, then John Jr. and Joshua Sr. do not have the same mother.
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