"Hi Doug,

A publication on microfiche 1373 film in the Newberry Library in Chicago entitled "A History of the Van Sickle Family in the United States of America" written by John Waddell Van Sickle. On page 207, it states that Ann Drusilla Van Sickle was married in Clayton County, Iowa on May 27, 1837 to Edward G. Dickens … son of John Dickens

In the family bible of Edward Glover Dickens we find the reference to John Dickens, his father. Edward Glover Dickens was born July 15, 1815 in or about Elmwood , Tenn. ( Smith County ). His mother died when he was an infant or very young child and a neighbor or dear friend of his mother raised him. Later on, the foster parents moved to Southern Illinois taking Edward with them. Little is known of his childhood, but at age 17 he moves to Iowa .

At the time of that writing, my great aunt was in possession of Edward Glover Dickens family Bible. I don't know who has it now.

This is what I have for proof and it's good enough for me.

Edward Glover Dickens was called Ned by folks that knew him.

 
Chuck"

If Edward Glover Dickens was a son of  John Dickens (Sr.) he belongs in John's family tree and after almost two centuries, it's time to place him in whichever family he belongs if it is possible. Below is one of  the Emails that prompted my search for details about him.

I was only a few days into my search when I found that there are unanswered questions and even controversy
about his date of birth, identity of his parents, who raised him, why didn't he remain in John Dickens household, where did he spend his childhood years and when did he die? There is no apparent controversy about his being born in Tennessee.

So, Edward Glover Dickens doesn't appear in John Dickens' household in the 1820 Census. That someone can't be placed with certainty in the 1820 Census shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.  He does appear in Iowa in 1832 as a Private from Illinois during the 1832 Black Hawk War.

Thanks to Linda for sending these copies of the original Marriage License and Bond.
Sumner County, Tennessee Genealogists Companion

Note: I had to shrink these to fit and I placed the black frame around them. Other than that, they are as sent. These copies aren't easy to read but the groom's name is Dinkins not Dickens. 

Is the name Dinkins correct or do we have two government documents containing corruptions of the name Dickens? A simple search revealed that there were Dinkins people living in Sumner County at that time. Dinkins is not an error. Well, what about the coincidence that his given name is Edward G.? I don't know, but given names are not the question.

http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dobson/tn/tnsumner.htm
1850 Census District 16 Pg.299 (597),
#54,
John DINKINS 70 MD (blank occup) $0
Sally 64 MD
Matthew  25,
Martha  21, TN

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3130437&id=I3754

# ID: I3754
# Name: Edward G DINKINS
# Surname: Dinkins
# Given Name: Edward G
# Sex: M
# Birth: 1800/1810 in , , Tennessee 1
# Death: 1848/1850 in , , Tennessee 2
# _UID: 8B05EEF61DDD094EA32D9487CF3AB5037135
# Change Date: 19 Apr 2005 at 23:05:50

Father: John J DINKINS b: ABT 1780 of Sumner Co., Tennessee
Mother: Sallie WRIGHT b: ABT 1786

Marriage 1 Sarah "Sallie' SULLIVAN b: 1816 in , , Tennessee

* Married: 18 Jan 1830 in , Sumner, Tennessee 3
* Note: Marriage records extracted from locality, Sumner, Tennessee.

Children

1. Has Children Nancy Jane DINKINS b: 20 Jun 1833 in , , Kentucky
2. Has No Children William E. DINKINS b: 1837 in , , Tennessee
3. Has No Children Sarah J.R. DINKINS b: 1840 in , , Tennessee
4. Has No Children Lucy E. DINKINS b: 1842 in , , Tennessee
5. Has No Children George W. DINKINS b: 1844 in , , Tennessee
6. Has No Children John E.P. DINKINS b: 1848 in , , Tennessee
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

# ID: I199
# Name: Sarah "Sallie' SULLIVAN
# Surname: Sullivan
# Given Name: Sarah "Sallie'
# Sex: F
# Birth: 1816 in , , Tennessee 1 2
# _UID: B5DB8FE8E3AA874F925D80C2C859BF1D9869
# Change Date: 19 Apr 2005 at 23:00:15

Father: Owen SULLIVAN

Marriage 1 Edward G DINKINS b: 1800/1810 in , , Tennessee

* Married: 18 Jan 1830 in , Sumner, Tennessee 3

As I continued my search, I began looking for the father of  Edward G. Dinkins, IF such could be located.
The name John Dinkins and his wife Sally began to turn up in Sumner County, TN. At 70 years of age in 1850, he was the right age to be Edward G. Dinkins father in 1830 but I had no connection between the two.
After many hours of searching, I finally found what I needed. It is posted below.
Edward Glover Dickens did not marry Sarah Sullivan. Edward G. Dinkins did.
 
That fact negates the implication that Edward Glover Dickens was still in TN in 1830
and it is one more step toward validating the statement below:

"In the family bible of Edward Glover Dickens we find the reference to John Dickens, his father. Edward Glover Dickens was born July 15, 1815 in or about Elmwood , Tenn. ( Smith County ). His mother died when he was an infant or very young child and a neighbor or dear friend of his mother raised him. Later on, the foster parents moved to Southern Illinois taking Edward with them. Little is known of his childhood, but at age 17 he moves to Iowa."

On the next page we have an excerpt from a book written in 1880, by Dr. John W. Van Sickle. He is a first cousin of Ann Drusilla Van Sickle Dickens, wife of Edward Glover Dickens and he is in a position to know the veracity of his sources.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~iaclayto/military/1885_other.htm

US Army, Navy, Marine Corps from 1812 - 1884, living in Iowa in 1885,
served in the military from states other than Iowa.

Edward Dickens - Infantry, Illinois, Co. A, Private, Residence (1885) McGregor, Black Hawk War.

Dickens of Hurricane Creek

Page 3. EGD
Page 3. EGD

After the 1832 war, Edward remained in the Iowa area and in 1837 he married Ann Drusilla Van Sickle.

How could this be when it has been reported that he married Sarah Sullivan in Sumner County, TN in 1830? If he
was born in 1815, he would have been only 15 in 1830, then two years later he is fighting a war in  Iowa at 17. He 
remained in that area, then married Ann Drusilla. If all that is true, what happened to his first wife? How and why would he have a marriage in TN in 1830 if he had lived in Illinois since he was a small child?  
 
The source of confusion over the first marriage, is that researchers don't read the original Marriage License and Bond.
Edward G. Dinkins married Sarah Sullivan in Sumner County, TN, License issued on January 18, 1830. I found one researcher who dated this marriage as 1838 - because the zero has a little squiggle at the top.

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