Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN

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Now that I had located poppa Dickens in the 1910 Census, great grandfather Joshua, Jr. in the 1880 Census, and Joshua, Sr. in the 1900 Census and I had seen for myself the Hurricane Creek valley, I was just about finished with the search (I thought). There was just one more item I wanted: a conclusive, documented link between Joshua, Jr. and Joshua, Sr.

I began searching for that link in every book and record available. I found that our earliest Dickens settlers didn’t often appear in public records.

I knew from the tax rolls and census records that several Dickens households were located in District 11 (Smith County) and by 1840 each family had several children. But after searching Smith and surrounding counties I found a conspicuous absence of Dickens names in public records.

The deed books showed considerable Dickens activity in those early years and Joseph C. Dickens proved to be a civic minded public servant in the mid 1800’s. Other than that, my early Dickens family just didn’t seem to get involved in a variety of activities that left an easy trail to follow.

If you plan to do some middle Tennessee record searching of your own, the following list of counties and dates is important to you.

Formation dates of some Tennessee counties. Sumner, Smith, and Jackson dates are 
                         important to the Dickens families of Hurricane Creek.
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