Dickens Tax Rolls
       1917 Smith County, TN.

NAME     DISTRICT           TAX

NOTE: notice that between 1885 and 1917 the entire tax paying Dickens population had changed. Of course we are talking about a 32 year span. Many of the older generations had died and many of the younger generations had already moved away.

It was between 1880 and 1920 that the (Hurricane Creek) Dickens heritage and family identity dwindled to the point that future generations would know little or nothing about our past beyond our grandfather's name and perhaps a faint memory of someone having mentioned Smith County, North Carolina, and England.

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

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Notice also that with the passing of the older generations the given names changed from biblical and English noble names to more Americanized, modern names.

Many of the current generations will not find familiar names on either the early tax rolls or the census.

The only way to find your particular lineage is to begin with your father’s or grandfather’s name, birth date and birth place and work back using the census and county records.

At this time in my search I was still looking for a documented tie between Joshua, Jr. and Joshua, Sr. I knew that William Jasper was my grandfather and I had proven that Joshua, Jr. was my great grandfather (from the census of 1880 and a deed listing his heirs). The tax rolls had listed two Joshua’s – a junior and a senior – that was almost all the evidence I needed. (NOTE: if you don’t do a through search, an assumption like this will lead to errors.)

The 1900 Census listed Joshua, Sr. as 80 years old. I thought that would establish my lineage all the way back to 1820. His wife was listed as Rachel, 62 years old. There were no children in the household so I still had no proof that Joshua, Sr. was my great, great, grandfather. (NOTE: Rachel was his second wife. His children were not listed because they were all grown. It would turn out that Joshua Sr. was not my great, great, grandfather.)