Dickinson (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

As of April 9, 2020

  • Dickinson Y-DNA
  • recruitment of individuals who are Y-DNA descendants of (Capt.) John Dickinson. Folks who are Y-DNA descendants are encouraged to contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)


First Generation

John Dickarson/Dickenson/Dickinson[1] "of Barnstable," who was probably born in England around 1622, but whose parentage has not been ascertained. John possibly married first[2], perhaps in Boston, Mass., a wife named Frances[3], by whom he had one son, John[4], born 28th 5th mo. 1648, who was not a descendant of John Howland of the MAYFLOWER. John married Elizabeth Howland in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony on 10 July 1651. Capt. John Dickinson died in Oyster Bay before 12 March 1683, the date his will was proved. John and Elizabeth Dickinson lived in Barnstable, on Cape Cod, during the first few years of their marriage and their first few children must have been born there. In 1651, Capt. John Dickinson bought a plot of land in Barnstable which contained eight acres near where the courthouse now stands. By May 1658, John and his family were living in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. In February 1659 John Dickinson bought land from John Hinksman. John paid for it in part with cloth and liquor, indicating he was a merchant and trader. On 15 February 1660, the town granted John Dickinson a house and lot at the south end of Oyster Bay, with a first share of meadow land. The next year, 1 February 1661, he was granted additional land, 10 rods deep, at the end of his property. Many other grants followed. On 12 January 1665/6, John Dickinson of Oyster Bay bought five acres of land from John Finch "of Fairfield on ye Main, formerly an inhabiter" of Oyster Bay. In 1671 John Dickinson was appointed by the town to obtain a letter from the Rev. William Leverich, who had since moved to Huntington, Long Island, then to Connecticut, and then back to Newton, Long Island. He was asked to discuss the subject of the rights of the Town of Oyster Bay with the Town of Hempstead. The same year John sold his rights in Hog Island, across from the Town of Oyster Bay, to Capt. Richard Morris. John Dickinson and Richard Harcut were chosen as overseers in 1676. Capt. John Dickinson died about eight years before his wife, Elizabeth. In his will dated 26 January 1680, proved 12 March 1683, John gave his son, Joseph Dickinson, the land and meadow previously settled on him. He gave five shillings each to two of his daughters, Elizabeth and Mercy, who had already received their portions, indicating that they were both married but he did not mention their married names. His widow, Elizabeth, was given the right to divide the rest of the estate among his six youngest children, named as Lydia, Mehetable, Samuel, Hannah, James and Jabez, making special provision for Jabez, who was incapable of caring for himself. Overseers were John Underhill, Sr., John Feakes, Sr., and his own son, Joseph Dickinson. The witnesses were Thomas Townsend and Thomas Weekes.

Capt. John Dickinson and Elizabeth Howland had nine children: Elizabeth, Joseph, Mercy, Jabez, Lydia, Capt. Samuel, Mehitable, Hannah & James.

  1. Bio Source: www.findagrave.com/memorial/69535401 by Douglas Custard (permission granted)
  2. There is not adequate genealogical proof of this supposed first marriage.
  3. NOT Francis Foote
  4. This son John was not named in his father's will. If he was, in fact, a son of John Dickinson of Barnstable, then it is likely he died before his father, and probably without any children

Second Generation

Joseph Dickinson was the second child, and oldest son of John & Elizabeth. He was born at Barnstable on 24 Dec 1654. He married at Oyster Bay, Long Island to Rose Townsend and they had four children: Hannah, Joseph, Zebulon and Henry

Jabez Dickinson was the fourth child, and second son of John & Elizabeth. He was their first child to be born at Oyster Bay, Long Island on 29 Sep 1660. He apparently never married as his mother's will left Jabez the homestead during his lifetime, but stipulated that when Jabez died the house was to go to his brother.

Capt. Samuel Dickinson was the sixth child and third son of John & Elizabeth. He was born at Oyster Bay on 26 Mar 1665. His wife's name was Lydia and they had four children: Freelove, Hannah, Phebe and John.

James Dickinson was the youngest child of John & Elizabeth, born at Oyster Bay on 27 Jul 1675. He married Sarah Underhill and had two sons: James & Amos.

DNA Results BY18866

NGS/WGS testing

Several descendants of James & Joseph, sons of John Dickinson & Elizabeth Howland have undertaken Y-DNA testing and they match, thus proving both lines of descent from John. Some of these descendants have taken FTDNA's Big Y testand their results indicate where they fall under: U106 >>Z18>FGC79182>Z17>BY18864>FT91392>BY18866.[1]

Individuals who are Y-DNA descendants of John Dickinson are invited to take a Y-DNA test and join the Dickason,-er, -in, -en son, etc. surname DNA Project[2]

Lineage of some of the DNA testers

Several of the individuals tested are unable to trace their Y-DNA ancestry back to John Dickinson & Elizabeth Howland. However, their Y-DNA test results clearly indicate where they are related to this family in a "genealogically significant" timeframe. It is likely these individuals do descend from John & Elizabeth, but it is possible they may descend from a prior marriage of John (which has never been confirmed) or descend from a brother or close cousin to John.

 John Dickinson (1622-1683)
   Joseph Dickinson (1654-1721)
     Zebulon Dickinson (1680-1751)
         Townsend Dickinson (1732-1793)
           Amos Dickinson (1760-1838)
             Samuel Burling Dickinson (1804-1881)
               Samuel Abel Dickinson (1856-1935)
                 Finley Earl Dickinson (1901-1987)
   James Dickinson (1675-    )
     Amos Dickinson (1704-    )
       Amos Dickinson (II) (1735-    )
         Darius Dickinson (1764-    )
           Peter Dickinson (1788-1839)
             Matthew Phillip Dickinson (1812-    )
               Stephen Lorenzo Dickinson (1848-    )
                 Frank Leroy Dickinson (1894-    )
       Tertullus Dickinson (1745-1824)
         Reuben Chase Dickinson (1791-    )
           Obediah Dickinson (1823-    )
             Isaac A. Dickinson (1843-    )
               Miles Kenneth (1873-    )
                   two Testers (brothers)
  1. Two of the Big Y testers had been assigned a subclade of BY18866: FT16989 These two individuals must descend from the same son (and probably the same grandson) of John & Elizabeth Dickinson.
  2. This Project currently does not publicly reveal their results, but members of the project have the ability to privately access Y-DNA results

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