November 2014 Newsletter


A message from the President

Greetings Cousins,

This year we are sending out an e-newsletter for the Fall rather than a physical “snail-mail” mailing. This reduces our workload and expenses considerably. There will be a traditional newsletter in the Winter and Spring. I thought we had a spirited and intimate Reunion this year in Agawam. Bob Magovern gave a carefully researched presentation on the Dickinson’s involvement in the French and Indian Wars in the Connecticut Valley. Many Cousins were descendants of Dickinsons killed during the generations long conflict. Bob put it all in the context of religious movements and political events in Europe. Thank you, Bob. We were also extremely lucky to have our Cousins from Australia, Wayne and Linda, visit and give a presentation on their family. It was very interesting to hear how a prospector gold hunting Dickinson followed the trail of the yellow metal all the way to Australia and settled there. Wayne is a Granby, MA descendant and I told him how there is a large Dickinson Farm operating there today. Linda is from Glasgow, Scotland and you all know how my son plays bagpipes because of my Scottish maternal side. Suffice it to say- they’re our kind of people. I was also happy to see our Cousins from Texas who were so enthusiastic.

Your Dickinson Family Association board met in October and hammered out many details of next year’s Reunion. The date is June 20, 2015 at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA where friend and curator/historian Cindy Dickinson will give a talk. I told her she can choose any subject which interests her which should make it interesting. Our Friday evening dinner, June 19, ahead of the Reunion will be at The Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst- within spitting distance of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

That’s all for now- you all take care of yourselves.

Andrew Dickinson, president

NEWSLETTER ALERT ADD YOUR PICTURES TO OUR WEBSITE DFA members who have pictures or other items that would be appropriate for our website are invited to send them digitally to our webmaster, Alan Dickinson, at  He will do his best to post them on our “Scrapbook” page. 
2015 DFA SCHOLARSHIP ALERT One of the most important functions of the Dickinson Family Association is the awarding of our annual scholarship.  The deadline for applications for this year’s DFA scholarship is end of April.  Anyone interested in applying should print out the form from our website and submit it with all other required material to the scholarship chair, Jean Whitten, 9 Shepherd Road, Manchester, NH  If you don’t have access to the internet, contact Jean and she will send you the form. 
CORRECT ENGLISH ORIGINS OF NATHANIEL DICKINSON AVAILABLE * “The Correct English Origins of Nathaniel Dickinson and William Gull, Settlers of Wethersfield and Hadley” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 152, April 1998. Copies of the article can be ordered from the publication: New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 


Many, many thanks go out to our retiring Dickinson Genealogist Adrienne Weible for a good job, well done!  Please welcome Rebecca Passa as our new Dickinson Genealogist. You may send your births, marriages and death announcements to Becky at

E-MAIL CHANGES REQUESTED We know e-mail addresses change frequently and it is easy to forget to update them.  So if you plan to change your e-mail address we would greatly appreciate your sending the new one to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at bethL0719@sbcglobal.netIf this newsletter was sent to an e-mail address that will soon be obsolete, please let us know.
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