Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
Dickens in early North Carolina Census records.
These were copied by me in 1987 from the TN State Archives. There could be records of several more households discovered by now (in 2007).
In our searches to locate our Dickens forefathers and try to figure who was the father of whom, when you look at the 1790 Census and other Dickens names from history to that time, you are seeing most of your earliest American roots. As stated before, this may not be all of them but out of a 1790 US population of less than four million men, women, and children, there couldn't have been many more.
So if you've ever wondered why the Dickens name doesn't often appear in history books, perhaps it is easier to understand when you consider that in 1790 for every one million people in this country less than fifty of them was a Dickens, Dickins, or Dicken and only a few of the less than fifty were adult males (see page 22). Of course all the regular disclaimers apply: the census wasn't complete or our people were hiding out in the woods, so forth and so on. Whatever. The fact remains: there were not many Dickens' here, before and in 1790.
But don't despair. By 1820 the US population had increased to 9,638,453 persons, a 33.1% increase and our forefathers were doing their part to 'raise the Dickens' accordingly.