Listed below are the Smith and Jackson Counties Dickens households listed in the 1820 Census. Other than the parents, there are seven male and twelve female children.
In the late 1700's and early 1800's, many people were moving west from eastern seaboard states. Tracking their movements with certainty can range from difficult to impossible unless family journals or other paper records are available. Early Census records for several Tennessee counties were lost. There may be some records for middle TN available now that were not available when I did my research in the 1980s. I know some Dickens men were moving into TN who were not counted in the 1820 census as TN households. For instance, Samuel Dickens, son of Col Robert Dickens, was working in west TN sometime in 1820 and there were other Dickens activities to the east as well as to the west. Many of these residences were still in North Carolina, Virginia and other eastern states. These would not be counted as Tennessee households in the 1820 Census.
Please excuse my sloppy artwork.
Here is a link to "The Maps our Ancestors Followed". These maps show the development of TN counties and the availability of Census records for those counties. At the bottom of that page there are links to other sights of interest.
Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
In 1809 Henry Dickens was late in paying his land tax, unusual for Henry. I think he was in North Carolina on family business at that time - the only explanation I can imagine. Scroll down the page to find his name.
Henry Dickens had just recently bought the 100 acres located beside the Caney Fork Creek, from Henry Maggart of Sullivan county. The Deed was written on November 3, 1808. The cost for 100 acres was $150.00. I have a copy of the Deed in my original manuscript.