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Joseph Dickinson (Dickenson)

Birthplace: Cumberland , England
Death: Died in Salisbury Township, Chester , Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Dickenson and Elizabeth Dickenson
Husband of Elizabeth Dickinson
Father of Sarah Thatcher; Margaret Smith; Gaius Dickinson; Elizabeth Moore; Mary Cope and 5 others
Brother of Daniel Dickenson

Managed by: Edward Malcolm King
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About Joseph Dickinson

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

December 27, 1706
Cumberland , England
Age 18
from Ireland
March 9, 1733
Age 26
Age 27
May 14, 1737
Age 30
Chester, PA, USA
July 13, 1739
Age 32
Of Kennett Twp, Chester, PA
October 11, 1741
Age 34
Piques Creek, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 36
Age 39