Friday, January 18, 2008

Warwickshire Dickins/Dickens

A lot of my Staffordshire Dickins will be in this section, because many of them were born in Birmingham.

Some census returns I have stumbled upon:
1841 Census
Warwickshire, St George
Address: Cecil Street
John Dickins 30 Head, Plasterer and Independent Means born Warwickshire

1861 census

1861 Shropshire, Albrighton
Address: unsure, looks like several families have been run together
Richard Dickins 57 Head Married Registrar of Birthd and Death born Birmingham Warwickshire
Anne Dickins 42 Wife born Albrighton, Shropshire
Jane Anne Dickins 23 Daughter Schoolmistress born Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Harriet Lucy Dickins 19 Daughter born Albrighton, Shropshire
William H.O. Dickins 15 Son, scholar born Albrighton
Frances Dickins 12 daughter, scholar born Albrighton
Mary Howell/Hewitt? Visitor 33 Governess? Tattershall Staffordshire
Elizabeth Haynes 21 Houseservant born Albrighton, Shropshire

1861 Chelsea, Chelsea South
Address: No 4 Vine Cottages, Queen Street? runs on from previous family the Keebles, although Samuel Keeble and Francis Dickins are shown as heads of family.
Francis C, Dickins 49 Head commission Agents born Warwick Birmingham
Matilda M Dickins 45 Wife born Middlesex London
John H Dickins 20 Son Commercial Clerk
Charles Dickins ? Son Chelsea - age unreadable
Harriet Dickins 16 Daughter born Tipton Staffs
Mary A Dickins 14 Daughter Checlsea
Caroline Dickins 10 Daughter Chelsea

1871 Chelsea, Christchurch, London
Address:18 Flood Street, Chelsea
Francis Dickins 59 Head Clerk, Blind Manutacturers born Birmingham, Warwickshire
Matilda Dickins 58 Wife Annuitant born London, City
Sarah Dickins 21 Ward in Chancery born Tipton, Staffordshire
Caroline Dickins 20 Ward in Chancery born chelsea
Charles Dickins 18 clerk in Ball factory born chelsea

The above is an odd one, because I am beginning to thing that this Francis may have been the eldest son of my four greats grandparents. He is born in the right place at the right time, and my great grandmother said that there was an inheritance which was in chancery for decades. Of course, Charles Dickens (far as I know, no relation, notwithstanding he hijacked the family crest) dealt with Chancery courts in Bleak House... I am wondering if he was aware of this family of Dickins.

There's another reason for connecting this family with mine. My five greats uncle, Robert Archibald Dickins, left bequests to his neices Sarah Elizabeth and Caroline Fanny Dickins. These are the only Caroline Fanny and Sarah Elizabeth I can find in the records. He also left the bulk of his estate to Christina Dickins, his neice, who was living with his sisters. I do not know if she was an illegitimate daughter of one of his siblings, I haven't found her birth yet.

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