Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
In my search for a documented link between Joshua , Jr. and Joshua, Sr. I looked more and more toward North Carolina in the mid-1700’s. One clue to North Carolina ties was Joseph C. Dickens and his wife Elizabeth Rachel. The census listed them both as North Carolina born. They settled near Carthage in Smith County.
Since the Court’s record of Henry Dickens’ delinquent tax on his two tracts, 100 acres and 35 acres was in 1809, we know he was in Smith County by at least 1808. Since Joseph C. was born in North Carolina in 1805, Joseph was either brought here as a baby or he moved here later. My amazing logic, huh?
So the only clues I had to North Carolina roots were the few Dickens Households in Tennessee
Section 2. Looking Toward North Carolina Dickens
Then I found another clue that opened a whole new aspect of the search. The following is a Smith County Court record from 1815. I knew it linked Samuel Dickens of North Carolina to people in Smith County, Tennessee but it was several days before I discovered its real importance.
Before the case came to trial, the court ordered that a deposition be taken of several men in North Carolina, including Samuel Dickens. If I had known my history or my geography better, perhaps I would have known what was meant by the phrase "in purson cty North Carolina."
When I inquired about the meaning of the phrase, an Archives worker reminded me that these transcripts had been typed from the original documents in 1940 and to not be surprised if sometimes they don’t make any sense.
For many days the phrase stayed on my mind. Did it mean "in person to a city or county in North Carolina?" If so, how was the officer to know where in North Carolina?