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John Dickens

Death: Died
Cause of death: bladder disease
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of William Dickens and Elizabeth Ball
Husband of Elizabeth Cuilliford Dickens
Father of Frances Elizabeth Burnett; Charles Dickens; Alfred Allen Dickens; Letitia Mary Dickens; Harriet Ellen Dickens and 3 others
Brother of William Dickens

Occupation: clerk in the Royal Navy Pay Office
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About John Dickens


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  • John Dickens
  • Biographical Summaries of Notable People
  • Birth: Aug 21 1785
  • Death: Mar 31 1851
  • Parents: William Dickens, Elizabeth Ball
  • Wife: Elizabeth Dickens
  • Children: Charles Dickens, Augustus Dickens, Alfred Lamert Dickens, Frederick Dickens, Frances Dickens, Letitia Dickens, Harriet Dickens, Alfred Allen Dickens


  • 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

August 21, 1785
Age 24
February 7, 1812
Age 26
Landport, Portsmouth, England
April 22, 1814
Age 28
Age 30
August 1819
Age 33
Chatham, Kent, England
July 4, 1820
Age 34
March 1822
Age 36
London, United Kingdom
November 10, 1827
Age 42
London, Middlesex, England