REMINISCENCES BY MRS. ANN DICKENSTaken from "Memoirs of Clayton County" pp 421-424.
Ann Drusilla (Van Sickle) Dickens b.8-19-1822 d. 9-5-1909, was the wife of Edward Glover Dickens. They were early pioneers in North East Iowa and lived near the Present village of Marquette, in Clayton Co., along the banks of the Mississippi River. Ann was the first white woman in Clayton Co.. Here is her story of life as a pioneer in North East Iowa.
Van Sickle, Druezilla - Hardin, Isham
Individual Record 1880
"Lawrence Jennings has been a resident af Iowa since he was a lad of about ten years and the fact that he has now passed the psalmist's span of three score years and ten offers conclusive evidence that he is a representative of one of the pioneer families of the Hawkeye State.
He has maintained his home in Clayton caunty since 1855, has been a resourceful exponent of agricultural industry and other lines of enterprise, has achieved definite independence and material prosperity and thus is justified in the enjoyment of the peace and comfort that attend him after his retirement from active labors and when his life begins to see its golden shadows lengthening from the crimson west. He has accounted well for himself and to the world, and is now living virtually retired in the attractive little village af McGregor, where he has association with a host af friends who are tried and true and whose fealty has borne the test af many years.
Mr. Jennings was born at Welland, Province af Ontario, Canada, on the 14th of February, 1843,
Clayton County Cemetery Records:
Some contemporary researchers think Edward Glover Dickens, aka E.G., was buried in Plesant Grove Cemetery then for some reason moved to Council Hill Cemetery. There was - and is - an Edward Dickens buried in Plesant Grove Cemetery. Some think E.G. died Jan. 17, 1894, some say Jan 17, 1904. Whichever his death date, it has nothing to do with confirming his birth identity.
The difference in the date of Edward's death is probably a typho. The dates are identical except for the year which is two center figures off: Jan 17, 1894 vs. Jan 17, 1904.
Later note: old publications that people have sent to me, all list his death date as: Jan 17, 1894. It's obvious that the year of 1904 is a WPA typing error that has been carried forward since the 1930's.
If there was anything wrong, unusual, or confusing about the age or burial of Edward Glover Dickens, note that Ann
was living in the home of Larry and Sophrona Jennings, her son-in-law and daughter, when she died. An excerpt from
an account of Mr. Jenning's life is copied below.
The account was written when Mr. Jennings was past 70, which would date it to 1913. Obviously the Jennings' were completely satisfied with all aspects of the existing records at the time, regarding Mrs. Jenning's parents, 'the Dickens',
long after they were laid to rest. If there were any errors or explanations needed, they had years in which to correct
Read the complete account of Larry Jennings here :
1930's WPA Records.
Edward Glover (Ned) and Ann Drusilla Van Sickle Dickens
Early history of Clayton County, Iowa
1850 Census Clayton County, Iowa
The Black Hawk War - By James Lewis, Ph.D. -
Clayton County men in the Black Hawk War living in Clayton Co in 1885.
Ann's story appeared August 14, 1909
source: newspaper clipping, likely from a McGregor or Elkader newspaper, dated August 14, 1909
Here is a wonderful account of early Pioneer life in Iowa, by Ann Drusilla Dickens. It's worth reading.
Thanks to Sharyl Ferrall for providing this transcript. Follow the link below to read all of it.
If you read Dr. Van Sickle's 1880 book, then read the above article's complete account, you will notice that the description of Ann's arrival to Iowa is somewhat different from the book account. Dr. Van Sickle's book says Ann's mother died in Illinois in 1849 and that Ann had moved to Iowa in 1836 with her first husband, Isham Hardin, who died shortly after arriving. This article said Ann came to Iowa with her parents (mother and stepfather).
Notice that in the quote above, Ann's 12 children are mentioned. Eleven were fathered by Edward Glover Dickens. Her first child Henry, was by her first husband, Isham Hardin. The record of her first marriage which was in Illinois in 1835, is posted below:
Clayton county USGenWeb Project,
Sharyl Ferrall volunteer coordinator
This site is all about Iowa Dickens' with Tennessee roots. Follow the link below to learn about
Clayton County, Iowa, and thank you Sharyl Ferrall and all volunteers for your good work.
The first mention of Edward Glover Dickens in the Iowa area was during this war in 1832.
Here's some war history:
Below: some sites that mention Edward Glover Dickens and his family during the early history of Iowa.
Concerning the date and circumstances of Edward Glover Dickens' death and burial:
This study has been so interesting and I've gathered so many notes that it's hard to find a stopping place. I haven't even mentioned the lead mines, wild animals, hunting, trading with the Indians, and so on, which were obvious attractions to some of Ann Drusilla's brothers, plus other items of interest to both the the Van Sickle and Dickens famlies. But this isn't a book and it's time to close it the way it began, with a simple statement from Chuck:
"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 .
John Dickens was my G., G., G., Grandfather. Edward Glover Dickens was my G., G., Grandfather.
DICKENS M.E. 1845 - 1880 Council Hill Giard Twp. Clayton
* Moses Edward Dickens aka M.E., born May 28, 1845, son of Edward Glover and Ann Drusilla Dickens, named after his uncle Moses Edward Van Sickle, did indeed die at age 35. He is buried in Council Hill Cemetery along with his parents.
Received first week in April 2007.
Dickens of Hurricane Creek, TN
Clayton County, Iowa
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On the 12th of October, 1867, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Jennings to Miss Sophrona Caroline Dickens, who was born in Mendon township, this county, on the 28th of August, 1847, the seventh in order of birth of the eleven children of Edward and Anne (Van Sickle) Dickens, honored pioneers of Clayton county, where their old homestead farm is one of the fine places in the Pleasant Ridge district of Mendon township. Mr. Dickens was born in Tennessee and his wife in Ohio. He was one of the very early settlers of Clayton county, where he obtained a tract of government land in Mendon township, about the year 1835, both he and his wife having passed the remainder of their lives as honored and representative citizens of this county, where he became a prosperous farmer and was influential in community affairs.
Of the Dickens children the first two, William and Lucius, are deceased; John W. is a resident of Boise, Idaho; Edward is deceased; Clayton likewise resides in the capital city of Idaho; Robert maintains his home at Red Lake, Minnesota; Mrs. Jennings was the next in order of birth; Harriet is the wife of Clarence Luce, of Republican City, Nebraska; Josephine is the widow of Herbert Cornell and resides at McGregor, Clayton county; Mary Jane is in Yankton, South Dakota, and Lillian is the wife of Joseph Gill, of Sibley, Osceola county, Iowa.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg 196-198
* "The Edward Dickens that is buried in Plesant Grove Cemetery at McGregor is a son of William Dickens and a grandson Edward Glover Dickens." Chuck Runneberg, 3/27/08.
In closing, I will make this observation . In the past, some researchers have pointed out that some Smith
County or other TN Dickens' who are listed in the 1820 Census, have unnamed males in their homes. It has
been suggested that one of these could have been the parents of Edward Glover Dickens. But isn't it strange that after almost two centuries since his birth in 1815, no family members have come forward claiming that
Edward's father was anyone other than ... John Dickens Sr.
Much later: August 12, 2007. Little by little, more information has come in regarding Edward Glover (Ned)
Dickens and his family. I've been organizing some of the information to place on this Web site. I have added some new pages, which are next in order.