Family Association




April, 2017

A message from the DFA Board

Hello Cousins,


††††††††††† Plans for the 2017 reunion have been progressing well.The Friday evening events will take place at Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT.Entre choices are: Sliced Sirloin, Fresh Salmon Filet, Pork Normandy, and Pasta Primavera. Salad, vegetables, rolls, coffee or tea, and dessert are included.

The Saturday events will be at the St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Goshen, CT.We are excited to welcome our speaker, Alexander Dubois (Litchfield Historical Societyís Curator of Collections), who will tell us about the journey of Anson Dickinson, a leading 19th century Minaturist Painter from Litchfield whose work includes over 1500 portraits from South Carolina to Montreal.We will also review several Dickinson Families who had significant contributions to the development of Litchfield and its surrounding communities.

The schedule for the reunion events appears below (Saturday details are subject to change).Enclosed with this newsletter is a reservation card and return envelope.Please observe the deadline of June 14 for returning this card.Directions for getting to the venues will appear in the June newsletter as will the final schedule.We invite anyone who has something to add to our exhibit table to bring it on Saturday at 9:00am.†††††††

††††††††††† Weíre happy to report that the January newsletter has elicited interest from some possible new board members.We continue to invite any interested DFA members to contact one of the current board members and come join us at a board meeting.The next one will be on Friday, June 23 at the Black Rock Tavern at 5:30pm, before our annual dinner.That board meeting is a less formal one, and is always open to any DFA member who wishes to attend.




Friday, June 23

11am-5pm††††† Display Table @ Litchfield Historical Society and various tours (TBD)

5:30pm††††††††††† Open Informal Board Meeting

6:30pm††††††††††† Social Hour

7:30pm††††††††††† Annual Reunion Dinner

Saturday, June 24

9:00am†††††† Gathering of cousins: registration, exhibits, sales & refreshments

11:00am†††† Dickinson Families of Litchfield and Goshen Discussion

11:30pm†††† Lunch

12:30pm†††† Counting of the cousins, prizes, group photo

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1pm†††††††††††† Annual meeting

††††††††††††††††††††††† 1:30pm†††††† Main Speaker, Topic:19th century Minaturist Painter ďAnson DickinsonĒ

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2:30pm†††††† Q&A Session and Concluding Cermony ending by 3:30 pm

Ken Dickinson,Vice President


Please return your reservation card as soon as possible.































































Ansonís father was Rev. Oliver Jr. (1757-1847), a Revolutionary War Veteran, who was the master builder/architect for Miltonís Episcopal Church.Ansonís grandfather, Oliver Sr. (1724-1783), was a builder, joiner, and grist mill owner.Ansonís great-uncle, Reuben (1716-1818), a nail factory owner, was most likely the first Dickinson to settle in Milton Village, with his wife Sarah Gibbs (1727-1816). Sarahís father Benjamin Gibbs (1675-1767), was one of the first surveyors and selectmen of Litchfield.


Ansonís great-grandfather, Ebenezer (1690-1774), was a successful cordwainer (shoe & boot maker). Circa 1750, Ebenezer sold his lands in Hatfield, MA and purchased several lots in Litchfield, Goshen, and Cornwall.Ebenezerís father, Nathaniel III (1663-1751), and grandfather, Nathaniel II (1643-1710), were both selectman in Hatfield.However, they kept strong ties with those in the Hartford region, as his wife, Sarah Denslow (1694-1775), and his grandmother, Hepzibah Gibbs (1665-1713), were from Windsor.Benjamin Gibbs (1675-1767) was Hepzibahís brother and Sarah Denslowís uncle.With assistance and encouragement from the Gibbs Family, Ebenezerís family moved away from Hatfield.


The French and Indian War had a severe impact on Ebenezerís immediate family and friends.For example,Ebenezerís brother, Nathaniel IV (1698-1747), was viciously scalped and murdered in Northfield.Litchfield provided a new opportunity for his family to thrive.The Dickinson Family became well-established and well-respected in Litchfield County for several generations to follow.







Application forms are now available for the 2017 DFA scholarship.Applicants must be descendants of Nathaniel Dickinson and must be accepted to a four-year college or university.The deadline for submission is April 30, 2017. Full information on requirements and an application form may be found on our website.For additional information you may contact our scholarship chair, Jean Whitten, 9 Shepherd Rd, Manchester, NH 03104, jwhitten128@gmail.com.





Please send your births, marriages and death announcements to Dickinson Genealogist

Rebecca Passa at rlpassa99@gmail.com or 17 Pine St, Easthampton, MA 01207.





Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at























††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Addendums to the Newsletter that was mailed


The Dickinson Family Association, PO Box 2, Whately, MA 01093

Dear Cousin,

††††† We hope you will join us for the 2017 Reunion to be held Saturday June 24that St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Goshen, CT.Please complete and return this card as soon as possible.Our deadline is June 14.

††††† On Friday night June 23, we will be having dinner at the Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT.We will gather at 6:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:30 pm.†† An informal board meeting at 5:30 pm is open to all.


YES I would like to join you for dinner at the Black Rock Tavern.††††††††††† Number in party_____ @ $36 each

Number for each choice:†† ___ Sliced Sirloin;††† ___ Salmon;††† ___ Pork;††† ___ Vegetarian††††††††† Total $_____


On Saturday June 24 reunion activities will start at 9:00 am, with lunch served at 11:30 am.


YES I will be attending.___ Adults @ $30;___ Students @ $10;__ Children under 5 (free).†† Total $_____


NAME __________________________________________ †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††Total enclosed:†† $ ______

Checks should be made payable to The Dickinson Family Association and mailed to the address above.

Questions, call Virginia Allis, treasurer: (413) 665-4584



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††††††††††††† Web site:www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org

Newsletter editor:Dale Williams