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It's interesting to note that the Dickens family was well represented in the Revolutionary War by Col. Robert Dickens, and his family had some ties to Smith County, TN.
Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
(Note in 2007: I've helped others prove that they are descendents of the Colonel and I tried to prove that our Hurricane Creek Dickens' belonged in the Col. Robert Dickens lineage but all I proved is: we are not in his lineage.)
Person County North Carolina is located within the square block near the Virginia state line.