Joseph Dickinson (Dickenson) (1706 - 1780) MP

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Birthplace: Cumberland , England
Death: Died in Salisbury Township, Chester , Pennsylvania, United States
Managed by: Edward Malcolm King
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About Joseph Dickinson (Dickenson)

From Quakers of Chester co., PA

Joseph Dickinson (1706-aft 1780) came to New Jersey in 1725 at the age of 18 or 19 from Ireland, though he was reportedly born in Cumberland Co., England. He's got a pretty good legend attached to him:

"The ship on which he came, a passenger, having struck on a rock, causing it to leak so rapidly that it was impossible to keep the vessel afloat, and was about given up as lost, and the passengers were preparing to meet their fate, when Joseph Dickinson volunteered to go down under the water on the outside of the ship and stop the leak, which hazardous undertaking he accomplished by inserting pieces of dried beef in the crevices."

A new use for beef jerky!

From "The Dickinson Family" pg 6-9:

"He moved from Cumberland, England to Edenderry, Ireland. Edenderry was at that time in Kings County but is now in Offaly County and is located about 30 miles west of Dublin, Ireland. ..."

"He was united in marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of Gayen Miller of Kennett, Chester County, in the year 1732, when he removed and settled in Salisbury Township. He had two sons, Joseph and Gaius, and seven daughters. His son Gaius and his grandson Joseph continued to reside on the property, while his son Joseph purchased land and resided in Sadsbury. He was a man well educated and was an esteemed and valuable member of the denomination of Friends."

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Joseph Dickinson's Timeline

1706
December 27, 1706
Cumberland , England
1725
1725
Age 18
from Ireland
1732
October 25, 1732
Age 25
Kennet MM, Chester Co, PA
1733
March 9, 1733
Age 26
1734
1734
Age 27
1737
1737
Age 30
1738
1738
Age 31
Of Kennett Twp, Chester, PA
1741
October 11, 1741
Age 34
Piques Creek, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
1743
1743
Age 36
1746
1746
Age 39