Johnnie Maude Campbell Dickens was born in the hills of Putnam County, TN in 1887. ‘Poppa’ William Jasper Dickens was born in the hills of Smith County, TN in 1878. Their homes were about ten miles apart as the crow flies but it was a considerable distance by horseback or on foot, travelling up, down and around those hills.
The Brush Arbor Revival Meeting was not only a religious highlight of the time, it was also a major social event and a source of entertainment to the rural folk who lived far away from the developing big cities.
These meetings drew families from miles around. Mamma Dickens always spoke of these meetings with fondness and reverence. I could sense a bit of sadness in her countenance when she spoke of Brush Arbor that told me she missed those good old days when she and poppa lived in the hills.
Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
Page 1. Page numbers at paragraphs refer to my original hand-printed Manuscript pages.
I spent several years of my childhood living with mamma Dickens. This gave me an advantage of learning first hand about her generation. Her accounts of life in the hill country (Smith and Putnam Counties in TN) and stories of a period that began around 1880 gave me some insight that I wouldn’t have if I had been raised by someone born a generation later. From her beginnings to my present age spans more than 100 years (in this year that I’m typing my originally hand-printed manuscript it is a span of exactly 120 years).
Even with that help, many hours of study and research have been required to locate and document the information I have to this time.
Dickens of Hurricane Creek by Howard Douglas Dickens, Copyright © 1986 - 2007.
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Section 1. Finding My Dickens Forefathers.
Howard Douglas Dickens, b. 1932.
Ernest Curtis Dickens, b. 1910.
William Jasper Dickens, b. 1878.
Joshua Dickens (Jr.), b. 1845.
John Dickens Jr. 1813.
John Dickens Sr. circa 1760 - 1780.
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