Joshua Dickens (Sr.)
  b. 1820 Smith Co. TN
  d. 1904 Smith Co. TN
wife (1) Manerva Young
wife (2) Rachel Spiva
Children all born in Smith Co TN
to wife (1).
     Martha Roberts, b. 1846
     John, b. 1847
     Samuel R., b 1848
     Clarissa Shoemake, b. 1849
     William V. b. 1850
     Eliza Henry, b. 1852
     Shep, b. 1855
     Audria Haynes, b. 1860
     Fanny Bush, b. 1862

Joshua became Sr. in 1865 when he was appointed guardian for the minor Joshua, a son of John Jr who died in 1862. The elder Joshua was known as Sr for the remainder of his life - it's even inscribed on his Headstone.

I've written a lot about my search in the 1980s to prove whether these two Joshuas were father and son  - which they were not. They were uncle and nephew.

Sorry to say it, but I haven't had the good fortune to correspond with any of Joshua Sr's descendants - so this page is a short one. 

John Dickens Sr.  
 b. circa 1760 to 1780, NC.
 d. 1838 or 1839 Smith County, TN
                           Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN