From Page 2: (Spring of 1832)
"Grandpa also came across the river during this time ... . He was a merry soul, chiefly concerned with the present. ... . A direct quote from his old age, 'It was a paradise. A man could go into it with only a
" ...autumn of 1832 ... from an old diary that Lola Quigley turned up ... . a small group of families who had built
From Page 3: "The Dickens family from which Ned Dickens descended were Carolina tobacco farmers ... .
Continuing Page 3: "Grandpa had been orphaned and adopted by a Dr. Griffith, who was the great grandfather of the Quigley girls we knew in McGregor. Dr. Griffith's young daughter, (who, in 1832, was a child of grandma's age (11) was supposed to become Ned Dickens' bride when old enough to marry. So Lola quigley told me. ... But Grandpa took off into the paradise of the Iowa hills, and when he was 20, married grandma, Ann Drusilla VanSickle, just 15.
From Page 11: "... Grandpa Dickens ... could communicate with the Indians in their own language; eat with them
From Page 11: "Ned Dickens was an upright and honored citizen, not only respected, but loved and not only by those who knew him but by many who had just heard of him. When he lay 'in state' at North McGregor, his friends had found it necessary to commandeer the 'Opera House', a large public hall used for theatricals and all large public meetings or dances. People by the hundred and of all ages --- scores of children --- came to see him. Some of them driving in from the country for miles around." (My note: Ned died in 1894 - Ann died in 1909. They are buried in Council Hill Cemetery, Giard Twp. Clayton County, Iowa.)
Remarkably Zilla mentions visiting my Grandfather, Will Dickens (William Jasper Dickens) in Springfield, TN
From Page 30: "When Wally came back from taking the boy to his Carolina-bound bus ... I asked him to inquire when he wrote the boy, if he had any kinfolks in Carolina named Dickens. The reply finally came back, 'Everybody here has kinfolks named Dickens.' These were Carolina 'mountain' folks. Their ancestors were some of those who didn't make it across the mountains to Tennessee or other points west."
My Note: Will Dickens (William Jasper Dickens) of Springfield TN, my grandfather, was a grandson of John Dickens Jr., Felix Dickens was a son of John Dickens Jr., Ned was a brother of John Dickens Jr.
Edward Glover's mother died while he was a child resulting in his being adopted, as previously mentioned.
From Page 15: In the summer of 1861 two sons of Ned and Ann went to fight in the Civil War, Lucius and Wesley.
(My note: They still were devout Methodists when I grew up in Springfield, TN in the 1930s and 1940s.)
"FOREWORD: The 11th and last child of Edward and Ann Druzilla Dickens was my grandmother, Lillian Dickens Ellyson Gill. Lillian had two daughters, Zilla and Ila. Zilla had one daughter Mary Jeane, and Ila had Ila Jean and me, Olivia.
Lillian was widowed when my mother was only 2 years old. Charles Sumner Ellyson died of "galloping consumption", now called tuberculosis, or TB. She became a mlliner, raised her girls, sent my mother to college, was a talented gardiner and an excellent cook . She married Joe Gill, Sheriff of Sibley, Iowa. Lillian was born Oct. 22, 1862 and died June 18, 1921.
In the 1960s when Ila and Zilla were in their 70s we all wanted Zilla with her retentive memory to write or dictate the family's history. Jeanne typed it all, included her mother's other works and mailed them all to us. These are the pages
Thanks to all the family, friends, and acquaintences of the descendents of these two Iowa Pioneers, Edward Glover (Ned) and Ann Drusilla Dickens, for making the current generation of Dickens' aware of their contributions toward establishing a stable civilization in what was then, an untamed land. And thanks to the historians of Clayton County Iowa who have furnished me with enough information about the settling of that area to fill a book if I were so inclined.
Page 29: "It was during those years just before and after our father and Grandfather Dickens died --- about 1893 that Grandma told us so many stories of her early days in Iowa."
(My note: These excerpts are just a little of the exploits of Ned and Ann Dickens. Several of Ann's stories are available as they were printed in Newspapers of the time. You can find them mentioned on the Clayton County Iowa Web site.)
The following is from the Manuscript.
The entire account of Ned and Ann Dickens that I have amassed into this Web site would not exist were it not for their great-great-grandson Chuck Runneberg of Iowa. Chuck wrote to me inquiring about his Smith County TN relatives, specifially about his great-great-great-grandfather John Dickens, Sr. the father of Edward Glover (Ned) Dickens. That same John Dickens, Sr. is also my great-great-great-grandfather - but I had never heard of Ned Dickens. Thus began
Dickens of Hurricane Creek, TN
Clayton County, Iowa
Edward Glover (Ned) and Ann Drusilla Van Sickle Dickens
From Pages 30 and 31: "...When quite young I posed a question to some older person ... 'Why did Grandpa stay in the hills along the river, and not go on to the more valuable land to the west?' The answer was that he didn't like the open prairie --- was really afraid of it. We can now understand that --- he was not only a frontiersman, but a mountaineer also. Although raised, not in the mountains, but in the hilly country southeast* of Nashville; nevertheless, he was still not able to face a treeless prairie."
My note: * it was actually a little northeast of Nashville in the hill country of middle Tennessee, along the banks of the Cumberland River.
From Page 17: "In the fall of 1860, Ned Dickens had gone down to Tennessee to visit his people. I vaugely
Recently Chuck sent a copy of a manuscript which is filed in the McGregor Public Library of Clayton County,
From Page 13: "Ned Dickens was very friendly with the Indians that were being displaced in their own country. There were Winnebago, Sac, and Fox. He was one of those people who quickly pick up any language with which they come in contact. So it was inevitable that he should become an interpreter, and he did in fact act as such for various Astor Fur company buyers."