John Dickens (1785 - 1851)

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John Dickens was the father of novelist Charles Dickens. Dickens was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. In 1809 he married Elizabeth Barrow with whom he had eight children. John loved to live the good life but was frequently unable to pay for it. He was imprisoned for debt in 1824 in the Marshalsea Debtor's Prison. After his release from prison he returned to the Navy Pay Office, retired, and later worked as a reporter. His money problems continued and when Charles gained fame as a writer he frequently embarrassed his son by seeking loans from Charles' friends and publishers behind his back. Charles retained a warm affection for his father while deploring his inability to manage money. John was the source of Charles' character Mr. Micawber in the autobiographical novel, David Copperfield.

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John Dickens's Timeline

1785
1785
1809
June 13, 1809
Age 24
London, United Kingdom
1810
1810
Age 25
1812
February 7, 1812
Age 27
Landport, Portsmouth, England
1814
March, 1814
Age 29
1816
1816
Age 31
1819
1819
Age 34
1820
1820
Age 35
1822
March, 1822
Age 37
1827
1827
Age 42