VOLUME XV, NUMBER 1

2018 REUNION

Hello Cousins, 

The 2018 Dickinson Family Reunion will be Saturday, June 23 with a Friday night gathering of cousins on June 22. We have re-booked the Morrison Room in the Willits Hallowell Center at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. We chose this location due to its relevance to Emily Dickinson, who studied here during the 1847-1848 school year when it was formerly known as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. This is the same location as the 2013 Reunion which featured Clifford Stott as our main speaker. 

We are proud to announce that our main speaker/performer, Ginger Grace, will perform an interactive play entitled “Inside Emily Dickinson: Her Poetry & Her Life”. Based in Manhattan, Ginger Grace is an established actress and writer who has toured throughout the country with Rich Little in “The Presidents” and has been playing Emily since 2002 in the “Belle of Amherst”. Ginger will perform an interactive play which will prove to be a special, memorable performance. From her website: www.insideemilydickinson.com “This inspiring biographical portrait is based on the letters, life stories, and poems of Emily. Ms. Grace reaches out to the audience for words and ideas and weaves them into the fabric of the play.” Ginger brings2€igh level of energy and talent portraying each period of Emily’s life. She received a standing ovation at a performance which I attended last spring, so sharpen your pencil and prepare for an impressive performance! 

Friday’s dinner will be held at “The Yarde Tavern” 3 Hadley St. (at the intersection of Route 47 and Route 116), in South Hadley’s village center. Several rooms are conveniently available at the “on-campus” hotel.  There are other accommodations in South Hadley and the surrounding towns of Hadley, Amherst, Northampton, Chicopee, Ludlow, Granby and Holyoke.

We look forward to your attendance. 

Emily’s Genealogy:
Emily had a strong genealogical connection to both Amherst and Hatfield.  Her father Sen. Edward (1803-1874), grandfather Sen. Deacon Samuel Fowler (1775-1838), and great-grandfather Nathan Jr. (1735-1825) were all raised and resided in Amherst.  However, Nathan Jr. was born to Nathan Sr. & Thankful (Warner) in nearby Hatfield.  Both Nathan Sr. (1712-1796) and his father, Ebenezer (1680-1730), lived in Hatfield.  Ebenezer’s father, Samuel (1638-1711) was born in Wethersfield, CT and was a founding petitioner of Hatfield where he served in various capacities during its early settlement. 

Request for Information:
As announced in the Fall Newsletter, it was recently brought to my attention that several Dickinson families owned paper manufacturing mills in Holyoke.  If you have any info to contribute or potentially display, then please contact me at kend@ssgpools.com, as I’m exploring the possibility of a reunion focusing on this subject. Former Holyoke Mill Owners are as follows: 

George R. Dickinson Family: George R. (b. 12/15/1832 in Readsboro, VT d. 12/29/1887 in Springfield, MA) owned George R. Dickinson Paper Co. (founded 1882) , had 175 employees and in 1899 became a Division of American Writing Paper Company.  Dickinson & Clark Paper Mill (founded 1881) was sold to Albion Paper Co. Excelsior Paper Mill (founded 1873)  purchased with brother Royal C. Dickinson, had 50 workers.  George’s son = Henry S. (Smith) Dickinson (b. 2/26/1863 in Springfield, d. 6/12/1912) became V.P. of American Writing Paper Co. and Mayor of Springfield (1898).  Henry eventually purchased the Excelsior Paper Mill after George R. and Royal C. were deceased. 

Simeon Dickinson Family:  Simeon (b. 9/4/1794 in Hadley, moved to W. Springfield in 1860, d. 5/17/1890).  Simeon and his sons were owners of the Union Paper Co. (founded 1870).  Edwin (b. 7/13/1828 in Hadley d. 3/13/1903 W. Springfield) and his brother Henry Kirk White (1819 – 1892) were co-owners of the Union Paper Co. 

Ken Dickinson,  Vice President    
WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

The DFA needs a few more of our members to help out on the board.  We have an impending vacancy among elected board positions, namely the scholarship chair.  Jean Whitten has served as scholarship chair for several years and wants to step down.

We would also welcome some new committee members on scholarship and finance.  Committee members are not required to attend board meetings, so they could reside anywhere.   Elected board members are expected to attend meetings when possible (we have 3 per year), so it is helpful if they live in the general southern New England area.

Please give this some serious consideration and let us know on the enclosed form about any areas in which you can help.  If you have any questions, contact nominations chair Dale Williams daw451@verizon.net ,  vice president Ken Dickinson kend@ssgpools.com , or past president Alan Dickinson anbdickinson@charter.net.

Finally, our invitation to attend a board meeting still stands.  If you would like to be notified of the time and place of the upcoming board meeting, indicate that on the survey card.  We’d love to have you come and see what we do!
 2018 SCHOLARSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE      

Application forms are now available for the 2018 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, 2018.  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 Road, Manchester, NH 03104jwhitten128@gmail.com. If you don’t have access to the internet, contact Jean and she will send you the form.      

As always, we rely on contributions from DFA members to sustain and increase the scholarship fund.  If you are able, we would appreciate your help.  Indicate “scholarship fund” on the January Survey form if you wish to make a donation.
JANUARY SURVEY CARD 

The card enclosed with this mailing serves several purposes.  Primarily it is to give us a rough idea of how many to expect at the reunion in June.  We know that plans may change between January and June, but if you are hoping at this point to attend, please send the card back to let us know. 

The survey also gives you a chance to volunteer to help the DFA in a meaningful way.  For those of you who live within a reasonable distance of the area where we usually meet, we would like to invite you to come to a board meeting.  We usually meet in October, January and April, starting with lunch and in January and April concluding with the assembly of a mailing.  If you come, you can get a “behind-the-scenes” look at how the DFA operates, have an opportunity to participate in our discussions, and maybe even find a niche for yourself on the board.  Please consider that possibility, and let us know if you’re interested. 

Whether or not you can volunteer to work on the DFA board, all can help financially.  As you know, we do not have dues, but we depend on members who are able, to make a contribution for operating expenses and/or for the scholarship fund.  Any amount you can contribute is gratefully welcomed and will help the association. 
 ADDRESSES – POSTAL & E-MAIL      We know e-mail addresses change frequently and it is easy to forget to update them.  So if your e-mail address and/or your postal address changes we would greatly appreciate your sending the new one to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at bethland719@yahoo.com
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VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 4

Thank you to everyone for a pleasant reunion last summer in Litchfield and Goshen, CT. I sincerely appreciate all the work, volunteerism, and attendance in effort to hold a successful reunion in a new meeting location. 2017 proved to be an exciting year for the DFA, as our membership steadily increased to 547, and our website also continues to gain more visitors each month. See Alan Dickinson’s “2017 Reunion News” posting on the DFA website or use following the website link for more info: http://www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org/reunion.2017.news.htm 

2018 REUNION 

Looking forward, our plans for the 2018 reunion are evolving well. The reunion will be Saturday, June 23 with a Friday night gathering of cousins on June 22. We have re-booked the Morrison Room in the Willits Hallowell Center at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. We chose this location due to its relevance to Emily Dickinson, who studied here during the 1847-1848 school year when it was formerly known as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. This is the same location as the 2013 Reunion which featured Clifford Stott as our main speaker. 

We are proud to announce that our main speaker/performer, Ginger Grace, will perform an interactive play entitled “Inside Emily Dickinson: Her Poetry & Her Life”. Based in Manhattan, Ginger Grace is an established actress and writer who has toured throughout the country with Rich Little in “The Presidents” and has been playing Emily since 2002 in the “Belle of Amherst”. Ginger will perform an interactive play which will prove to be a special, memorable performance. From her website: www.insideemilydickinson.com “This inspiring biographical portrait is based on the letters, life stories, and poems of Emily. Ms. Grace reaches out to the audience for words and ideas and weaves them into the fabric of the play.” Ginger brings a high level of energy and talent portraying each period of Emily’s life. She received a standing ovation at a performance which I attended last spring, so sharpen your pencil and prepare for an impressive performance ! 

Friday’s dinner will most likely be held at “The Yarde Tavern” 3 Hadley St. (at the intersection of Route 47 and Route 116), in South Hadley’s village center. Several rooms are conveniently available “on-campus”. A list of other accommodations will follow with the January Newsletter. We also plan to have a display table which will feature various Dickinson families that have strong roots in South Hadley and the surrounding communities, i.e. the former George R. Dickinson Paper Factory “constructed in 1882 is located on Sargeant St. between the 1st and 2nd Level Canals” in Holyoke. A short distance downstream from the Hadley Falls / Holyoke Dam was the Dickinson-Clark Paper Co. and Excelsior Paper Co. which were co-owned by George R. and his brother Royal C. The nearby Union Paper Co. (located adjacent to the Riverside Paper Co.) was formed by Simeon Dickinson and his sons Henry & Edwin in 1870. Simeon was the son of Levi Dickinson, the first Corn Broom Manufacturer in the U.S.. There’s also the Dickinson Farm and Apple Orchard located in Granby, MA. Both Granby and South Hadley were once part of Hadley, MA. 

See other website links for more info:
https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/mount_holyoke
http://www.nonotuck.us/kens/Holyoke_Paper_Mills/Dickenson%20Paper/index.html
www.dickinsonsfarm.com (Dickinson Apple Orchard Barn is located at 134 South St. in Granby, MA) 

Ken Dickinson,Vice President 
Here is one of Emily’s shorter poems As imperceptibly as Grief
The Summer lapsed away—
Too imperceptible at last
To seem like Perfidy—
A Quietness distilled
As Twilight long begun,
Or Nature spending with herself
Sequestered Afternoon—
The Dusk drew earlier in—
The Morning foreign shone—
A courteous, yet harrowing Grace,
As Guest, that would be gone—
And thus, without a Wing
Or service of a Keel
Our Summer made her light escape
Into the Beautiful. 
                      A MESSAGE FROM OUR GENEALOGIST Rebecca Passa, our Dickinson Genealogist, requests your inputs on NathanielDickinson’s descendants.  You may send your births, marriages and deathannouncements to Becky at rlpassa99@gmail.com
 
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.
 We have received a request from Natalia Piller, secretary of the Pushkin Society in America, for information about a watercolor painting they discovered in their archives from 1930-1950. The painting is signed by Hiliun Dickinson, and she is trying to find out to whom it belongs. If anyone knows anything about the painting or whose it is, please contact Natalia at natashapiller@mail.com . Also see: www.americanpushkinsociety.com
 Be Thinking 

The Dickinson Family Association is doing well, but change is always imminent.  We ask that you think about volunteering to help out.  One office that is facing a vacancy soon is the Scholarship Chair.  We will elaborate on this and other opportunities to help in the January newsletter, but please be thinking positively about joining our operating team.
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VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 3

A message from the DFA Board

Hello Cousins,             

Plans for the 2017 reunion have been progressing well.  Friday morning there will be a Litchfield Green Tour.  In the afternoon there will be a Milton Village Walking Tour and Law School Tour.  The Friday evening events will take place at the Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT.  Entre choices are listed below on the reservation form.            

The Saturday events will be at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Goshen, CT.  We are excited to welcome a speaker, who will tell us about the 19th century Minaturist Painter “Anson Dickinson and his family”.

The schedule for the reunion events appears below.  Enclosed with this newsletter is a reservation card.

147th ANNUAL REUNION SCHEDULE 
Friday, June 23
10am-11am     Litchfield Green Tour (begins at Litchfield Historical Society) – 7 South St. This tour is $ 7.00 per person.
1pm-2:30pm    Milton Village Walking Tour (begins at Trinity Episcopal Church) – 536 Milton Rd. This tour is free. Directions are below.
3:30-4:30pm    Litchfield Law School (Tapping Reeve House) Tour – 82 South St. This tour is $ 7.00 per person.
11am-5pm       Display Table @ Litchfield Historical Society. This will include miniatures by painter “Anson Dickinson”
5:30pm            Open Informal Board Meeting (Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston, CT)
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 photo1pm                 Annual meeting
1:30pm            Main Speaker, Topic: 19th century Miniaturist Painter “Anson Dickinson”
2:15pm            Q&A Session, Follow-Up Discussion, and Concluding Ceremony ending by
3:30 pm 

Ken Dickinson,  Vice President 

Please return your reservation card as soon as possible. 

Although reservations are not required for the tours on Friday, June 23rd, please email Ken Dickinson at kmd12@comcast.net if you are planning to attend. This will help with the planning. There will also be a sign-up sheet for the 1pm and 3:30pm tours. Sign-up sheet will be in LHS Lobby (Front Desk). Museum itself opens at 11am. 10am tour meets in LHS lobby. 
 A MESSAGE FROM OUR GENEALOGIST Please send your births, marriages and death announcements to Dickinson Genealogist Rebecca Passa at rlpassa99@gmail.com or 17 Pine St, Easthampton, MA 01207. 
 MISSING COUSINS Diana Roberts Anderson, Hulett, NY; Heidi BabosLillian Campbell, South Hadley, MA; Helen Condict CaseMarion Hubbard Cook, Webster, NY; Ruth Crespi, West Hartford, CT; Lynne CresutelloShirley Daniels, Roseville, CA; Michael Dickinson, Bradenton, FL; George S. Dickinson, Fairfield CT; Kristen Dickinson, Red Wing, MN; Philip C. Dickinson, Roseville, MI; Barbara Dickinson, Roswell, NM; Betty DickinsonBrad DickinsonThomas S. DickinsonBetsy and Roy Dickinson, Clinton, CT; Philip B and Mary M Dickinson, Granville, MA; Paul Oliver Dickinson, Jr.,Vernon, FL; John A. Estes, Ocala, FL; Margaret Ann Dickinson Gaetani, Kennebunk, ME; Chuck and Linda Dickinson Gardner, Monument, CO; Mary Jane Dickinson GrahamMeredith GrayLillian Gudzunas, East Windsor CT; Tom GuettlerMarjorie Waite Hassel, Osprey, FL; George Hawksley, Bridgeport, CT; Elsie S. Hayden, Westfield, MA; Barbara Dickinson Hilton, Lumberton, NC; Cheyenne Huffor, Whittinsville, MA; Debbi Jackson, Dunnellon, FL; Sue Shepard Jaques, Skillman, NJ; Sharon Kaples, Utica, NY; Harold James Kempffer, Apple Valley, MN; William Lundin, North Canton, OH; Frank A. Mallalieu, Oro Valley, AZ; Elwin E. Mauer, Evergreen CO; Joyce Murdock, Peoria, AZ; Kathy Dickinson Nollsch, Hayward, CA; Lora L. Pallatto, San Mateo, CA; Autumn RaderKate Sanders, Old Saybrook, CT; Robie SpectorLee Steventon, Menlo Park, CA; Kim Dickinson Testa, Altamont, NY; Joyce Howe Wagner, Simsbury, CT If you have a mailing and/or email address for any of these cousins please send to Beth Landolina at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net. Thank you! 
 ADDRESS & E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGES REQUESTED Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net
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Volume XIV No. 2

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 Society’s 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.   We’re 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.

147th ANNUAL REUNION SCHEDULE

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
1:00pm      Annual meeting
1:30pm     Main Speaker, Topic:  19th century Minaturist Painter “Anson Dickinson”
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.    
WHO WERE ANSON DICKINSON’S ANCESTORS?

Anson’s father was Rev. Oliver Jr. (1757-1847), a Revolutionary War Veteran, who was the master builder/architect for Milton’s Episcopal Church.  Anson’s grandfather, Oliver Sr. (1724-1783), was a builder, joiner, and grist mill owner.  Anson’s 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). Sarah’s father Benjamin Gibbs (1675-1767), was one of the first surveyors and selectmen of Litchfield.  Anson’s 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.  Ebenezer’s 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 Hepzibah’s brother and Sarah Denslow’s uncle.  With assistance and encouragement from the Gibbs Family, Ebenezer’s family moved away from Hatfield. The French and Indian War had a severe impact on Ebenezer’s immediate family and friends.  For example,  Ebenezer’s 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.    
2017 SCHOLARSHIP – LAST CALL

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.  
A MESSAGE FROM OUR GENEALOGIST

Please send your births, marriages and death announcements to Dickinson Genealogist Rebecca Passa at rlpassa99@gmail.com or 17 Pine St, Easthampton, MA 01207.    
ADDRESS & E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGES REQUESTED

Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net.    

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Volume XIV No. 1

REUNION 2017
June 23-24
Litchfield, CT and Goshen, CT

Hello Cousins,

The DFA board had our fall 2016 meeting at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA and our January 2017 meeting at J Anthony’s in Oxford, MA.  We discussed reunion plans, publications, board member vacancies, genealogy software options, as well as other topics.  It has been confirmed that our 148th Reunion will be held in the following two towns:  Litchfield, CT on Friday, June 23rd and Goshen, CT on Saturday, June 24th.

“Reunion Preview”

Several of our ancestors were early settlers of Litchfield and its surrounding towns.  The 2017 reunion will focus on the development of the Milton Village section of Litchfield and will highlight the experience of a few illustrative individuals and their families, such as Anson Dickinson, one of the country’s most celebrated miniaturist painters of the 19th century.

We will also explore various ancestors who achieved notable success outside of Connecticut:  Andrew Dickinson, who was a writer and merchant in NYC; Daniel Dickinson, who was a miniaturist painter in Philadelphia (Anson’s brother) and several others; i.e.  Atty. Daniel S. Dickinson of Goshen, CT, who was a US Senator for several terms,  NY State Attorney General, and a political leader during the Civil War Era.

Friday, June 23rd Activities: 

From 11am – 5pm, the Litchfield Historical Society Museum, located on Capt. John Marsh’s III / Col. Ebenezer Marsh homestead lot, adjacent to Litchfield’s Green @ 7 South Street, will offer a display table of Anson Dickinson’s miniature painting collection, as well as displays of various items from their permanent collection and archives which relate to the Dickinson Family.  The display will include photos, letters, newspaper articles, account books, and a portion of an original window from the Milton Trinity Church.  The church, whose construction is attributed to Master Builder, Oliver Dickinson, Jr. (1802) and the adjacent Milton Hall (1900) whose construction was partially financed by Edwin and Ithamar Dickinson will be open for viewing.   The Milton Village Historical District, located towards the Town Line of Goshen and Cornwall (Litchfield’s northwest quadrant), is a unique rural area where several Dickinson families resided for over two centuries, and several of their 18th and 19th century homes are well restored.  A free guided walking tour of Milton Village will be tentatively held on Friday at 1pm, beginning at the Milton Trinity Church, located at 536 Milton Rd.  The Litchfield Historical Society also offers tours on Friday afternoon at a small fee of $7.00 per person.  Tour Option #1:  Litchfield’s Green (Revolutionary War Period importance) and Tour Option #2:  Litchfield Law School, where Atty. Daniel S. Dickinson attended in 1827.  Tour Option #3:  A bus tour may also be an option.  Descriptions of these tours can also be found online at:
http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/tours/adults.php.  Friday evening’s dinner / informal meeting will most likely be held at the Litchfield Inn (Tavern Off the Green Restaurant) @ 432 Bantam Road (Route 202) starting at approx. 5:30 pm.

Saturday, June 24th Activities: 

From 8:30 am – 3 pm, will be located at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, located at 71 North Street, Goshen, CT. This air-conditioned, modern, ADA accessible facility is found less than a half mile north of Route 4 (main route leading from I-84 Exit 39 in Farmington westerly through Torrington into Goshen).  Goshen, CT is also home to several wineries, a chocolate factory, Action Wildlife Foundation, and Mohawk State Forest.  Our current main speaker topic: “Anson Dickinson-Renown Miniaturist Painter” will be provided by, Alexander Dubois, LHS’s Curator of Collections. 

In addition, it is intended that a group of related family members will provide a presentation on other Dickinsons who resided in Litchfield and its surrounding towns.

We look forward to your attendance.

Ken Dickinson,  Vice President

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The DFA needs a few more of our members to help out on the board.  We have two impending vacancies among elected board positions, namely treasurer and scholarship chair.  Virginia Allis has done a superb job as treasurer for over 15 years and wishes to retire.  Jean Whitten has served as scholarship chair for several years and also wants to step down. Also the position of Publication Treasurer may be available.

We would also welcome some new committee members on scholarship and finance.   Committee members are not required to attend board meetings, so they could reside anywhere.   Elected board members are expected to attend meetings when possible (we have 3 per year), so it is helpful if they live in the general southern New England area.

Please give this some serious consideration and let us know on the enclosed form about any areas in which you can help.  If you have any questions, contact nominations chair Dale Williams daw451@verizon.net ,  vice president Ken Dickinson kend@ssgpools.com , or past president Alan Dickinson anbdickinson@charter.net.

Finally, our invitation to attend a board meeting still stands.  If you would like to be notified of the time and place of the upcoming board meeting, indicate that on the survey card.  We’d love to have you come and see what we do!

2017 SCHOLARSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE

     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 Road, Manchester, NH 03104, jwhitten128@gmail.com. If you don’t have access to the internet, contact Jean and she will send you the form.      As always, we rely on contributions from DFA members to sustain and increase the scholarship fund.  If you are able, we would appreciate your help.  Indicate “scholarship fund” on the January Survey form if you wish to make a donation.

JANUARY SURVEY CARD

The card enclosed with this mailing serves several purposes.  Primarily it is to give us a rough idea of how many to expect at the reunion in June.  We know that plans may change between January and June, but if you are hoping at this point to attend, please send the card back to let us know.

The survey also gives you a chance to volunteer to help the DFA in a meaningful way.  For those of you who live within a reasonable distance of the area where we usually meet, we would like to invite you to come to a board meeting.  We usually meet in October, January and April, starting with lunch and in January and April concluding with the assembly of a mailing.  If you come, you can get a “behind-the-scenes” look at how the DFA operates, have an opportunity to participate in our discussions, and maybe even find a niche for yourself on the board.  Please consider that possibility, and let us know if you’re interested.

Whether or not you can volunteer to work on the DFA board, all can help financially.  As you know, we do not have dues, but we depend on members who are able, to make a contribution for operating expenses and/or for the scholarship fund.  Any amount you can contribute is gratefully welcomed and will help the association.

ADDRESSES – POSTAL & E-MAIL

     We know e-mail addresses change frequently and it is easy to forget to update them.  So if your e-mail address and/or your postal address changes we would greatly appreciate your sending the new one to our membership clerk,  Beth Landolina, at bethL0719@sbcglobal.net

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A message from the DFA Board Greetings to all members of the Dickinson Family Association.   We hope that your summer has been enjoyable.   This Fall newsletter gives us the opportunity to review some of the recent activities of the association and report some upcoming ones. 

REUNION 2017
June 23-24
Litchfield, CT and Goshen, CT

Several of our ancestors were early settlers of Litchfield and its surrounding towns.  The 2017 reunion will focus on the development of the Milton Village section of Litchfield and will highlight the experience of a few illustrative individuals and their families, such as Anson Dickinson, one of the country’s most celebrated miniaturist painters of the 19th century.  We will also explore various ancestors who achieved notable success outside of Connecticut:

Andrew Dickinson, who was a writer and merchant in NYC; Daniel Dickinson, who was a miniaturist painter inPhiladelphia (Anson’s brother) and several others; i.e.  Atty. Daniel S. Dickinson of Goshen, CT, who was a US Senator for several terms, NY State Attorney General, and a political leader during the Civil War Era.

The current plans on Friday, June 23rd, are to offer tours of Litchfield’s Green (Revolutionary War Period importance) and the Litchfield Law School, where Atty. Daniel S. Dickinson attended in 1827.  The Litchfield Historical Society Museum, located on Capt. John Marsh’s III / Col. Ebenezer Marsh homestead lot adjacent Litchfield’s Green, will offer a display table of several dozen Anson Dickinson paintings, family photos, buildings, and artifacts.   Milton Village’s Trinity Church (1802) designed by Master Builder, Oliver Dickinson, will also be open for tours.  There are developing plans on Friday afternoon to hold a limited walking tour of Milton Village, where several Dickinson families resided for over two centuries, and several of their 18th and 19th century homes are well restored.  Friday’s dinner will be held at a restaurant in Litchfield, potentially at Litchfield Inn’s Tavern Off the Green”. 

The exact location and details of Saturday’s event are being developed.  Our guest speaker will be Alexander Dubois, LHS’s Curator of Collections, who will discuss Anson Dickinson’s miniature paintings, followed by a Dickinson descendant(s).  Tentative reservations have been made on Saturday, June 24th at St. Thomas of  Villanova Church in Goshen, CT which is a modern, ADA accessible building with Air Conditioning.  Further details for our 2017 reunion will be provided in our Winter Newsletter.

Ken Dickinson,

Vice President

The Old Connecticut Path The Old Connecticut Path was used by Nathaniel Dickinson, family and friends to reach their new home in Wethersfield, CT. At the 2016 reunion Jason Newton, a descendant of Connecticut settlers and researcher of the Old Connecticut Path, gave an excellent presentation of Nathaniel’s travels to his new home. 
Granddaughter of Nathaniel Dickinson kidnapped and marched to Canada while pregnantGreat Granddaughter was born in Canada and named Captivity before being rescued Hannah Jennings was the wife of Stephen Jennings, daughter of John Dickinson and granddaughter of Nathaniel Dickinson. She was kidnapped on Sept 19, 1677 during an Indian raid on Hatfield, Massachusetts. Hannah was marched to Canada with Martha Waite and others captives. Both were pregnant. While in Canada Hannah gave birth to Captivity Jennings on March 14, 1678. Martha gave birth to her daughter Canada Waite. Their husbands, Stephen Jennings and Benjamin Waite, left for Canada in October of 1677 and rescued the kidnapped colonists who returned safely to Hatfield in May, 1678. That is the story behind Captivity Jennings. She was the great granddaughter of Nathaniel Dickinson who was one of the founders of Hadley, Massachusetts. References: Descendants of Nathaniel Dickinson, 3rd ed, pages 15 & 16; Judd, Sylvester, History of Hadley, pages 175 – 179. 

                     A MESSAGE FROM OUR GENEALOGIST

Rebecca Passa, our Dickinson Genealogist, requests your inputs on Nathaniel Dickinson’s descendants.  You may send your births, marriages and death announcements to Becky at rlpassa99@gmail.com .

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.
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 
Be Thinking The Dickinson Family Association is doing well, but change is always imminent.  We ask that you think about volunteering to help out.  Two offices that are facing vacancies soon are Treasurer and Scholarship Chair.  We will elaborate on these and other opportunities to help in the January newsletter, but please be thinking positively about joining our operating team.
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VOLUME XIII, NUMBER 3

Annual reunion, 2016

Wapping Community Church

South Windsor, CT

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

            5 PM               Open Board Meeting, The Adams Mill Restaurant, Manchester, CT

            6 PM               Social Hour, Adams Mill

            7 PM               Dinner, Adams Mill

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016

            9:30 – 11:00    Gathering of the Cousins

            11:00 AM        Welcome

Presentation by Jennifer Bussa, “Libby’s Diaries; A Snapshot of

     Adna Elizabeth Dickinson Dutton”

Counting of the Cousins

            12 Noon          Group Photo/Lunch

            1:15 PM          Annual Meeting

            2:00 PM          Main Speaker, Jason Newton, “The Old Connecticut Path”

If you haven’t yet replied to our April mailing or should you need one, a duplicate response form is provided below for your convenience.

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Hello Cousins,

Plans for the 2016 reunion have been progressing well.  The Friday evening events will take place at Adams Mill Restaurant in Manchester, CT.  Entre choices are: Prime Rib of Beef with garlic mashed potatoes, Fresh Salmon Filet with rice pilaf, Pork Normandy, with apple cider cream sauce and garlic mashed potatoes, and Pasta Primavera. Salad, seasonal vegetables, rolls, coffee or tea and dessert are included.

The Saturday events will be at the Wapping Community Church in South Windsor, CT.  We are excited to welcome our speaker, Jason Newton, who will tell us about the journey of Samuel Hooker from Boston to Connecticut which followed the  “Old Connecticut Path”.  Hooker was a founder of the first three permanent settlements in Connecticut, Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor.

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 7 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 9:30am.  

We’re 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 17 at the Adams Mill Restaurant at 5pm, before our annual dinner.  That board meeting is a less formal one, and is always open to any DFA member who wishes to attend.

147th ANNUAL REUNION SCHEDULE

Friday, June 17

5pm     Open Informal Board Meeting

6pm     Social Hour

7pm     Annual Reunion Dinner

Saturday, June 18

9:30am       Gathering of cousins: registration, exhibits, sales & refreshments

11:00am     Possible pre-lunch feature

12:00pm     Lunch

1:00pm       Counting of the cousins, prizes, group photo

                                           Annual meeting

                                           Main Speaker, Jason Newton

Alan Dickinson
for the DFA Board

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A message from the DFA Board

Hello Cousins,

The DFA board had their fall meeting at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. This has become a fall tradition with us, usually very enjoyable. It was a bit more challenging this year due to the traffic and crowds from the fair going on across the street, but our lunch was delicious and the meeting went well.

We welcomed two new members to the board and both assumed positions. Meg Kribble has become our acting secretary and Ken Dickinson is acting vice president. Ken joins Dale Williams and Alan Dickinson as a “transition team” to guide the DFA through the current year leading up to the 2016 reunion. Dale was also appointed as acting publications treasurer.

We discussed possible venues for the next reunion. Our speaker, Jason Newton, will be telling us about the “Old Connecticut Path” from Boston to Hartford, which the earliest settlers followed. We thought it would be appropriate to have the reunion somewhere in Connecticut, possibly close to part of that path.

Alan agreed to follow up on suggestions made. There was also a discussion of some ideas for future reunions, and some possible new initiatives.

The board has been grappling with the question of how to proceed with the publication of our genealogy. The last remaining copies of the 3rd edition sold out at the recent reunion, so it was necessary to halt book sales. It was decided to order a reprint of 50 copies of the 3rd edition. However that will likely be the last print edition, with future publications appearing in some kind of digital format.

Alan Dickinson,

for the DFA Board

RECENT UPDATES

In November the order form for publications once again appeared on our website, but only for publications other than the 3rd edition. Once we receive more copies of the 3rd edition that will be added to the online order form.

The venues for the next reunion have been set. The Saturday activities will be on June 18th 2016 at the Wapping Community Church in South Windsor, CT. Friday’s dinner will be at The Adams Mill restaurant in Manchester. These are both close to I-84 east of Hartford, CT, and close to the path followed by Thomas Hooker.

2016 SCHOLARSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE

Application forms are now available for the 2016 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, 2016. 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 Road, Manchester, NH 03104, jeanmblackmer@gmail.com. If you don’t have access to the internet, contact Jean and she will send you the form.

As always, we rely on contributions from DFA members to sustain and increase the scholarship fund. If you are able, we would appreciate your help. Indicate “scholarship fund” on the January Survey form if you wish to make a donation.

JANUARY SURVEY CARD

The card enclosed with this mailing serves several purposes. Primarily it is to give us a rough idea of how many to expect at the reunion in June. We know that plans may change between January and June, but if you are hoping at this point to attend, please send the card back to let us know.

The survey also gives you a chance to volunteer to help the DFA in a meaningful way. For those of you who live within a reasonable distance of the area where we usually meet, we would like to invite you to come to a board meeting. We usually meet in October, January and April, starting with lunch and in January and April concluding with the assembly of a mailing. If you come, you can get a “behind-the-scenes” look at how the DFA operates, have an opportunity to participate in our discussions, and maybe even find a niche for yourself on the board. Please consider that possibility, and let us know if you’re interested.

Whether or not you can volunteer to work on the DFA board, all can help financially. As you know, we do not have dues, but we depend on members who are able, to make a contribution for operating expenses and/or for the scholarship fund. Any amount you can contribute is gratefully welcomed and will help the association.

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VOLUME XII, NUMBER 4

A Message from the DFA Board

Greetings to all members of the Dickinson Family Association.   We hope that your summer has been enjoyable.   This fall newsletter gives us the opportunity to review some of the recent activities of the association and report some upcoming ones.

The 2015 reunion, held in Amherst Massachusetts on June19 & 20 went very well and was attended by 85 DFA members.  The Friday evening dinner at the Lord Jeffery Inn was a great time for about 30 of us to see old friends, meet new ones and spend some enjoyable time in conversation.  It was more time than anticipated, due to the slow service that evening, but only a few of the officers seemed overly concerned.

On Saturday, the Emily Dickinson Museum provided several opportunities for our members to view the two houses, both inside and out.  The current major project, restoration of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom, was nearing completion and it was fascinating to see that.  The major thing missing was the wallpaper which arrived and was installed in August, and in September the project was complete and has been delighting recent visitors.

Our own activities included a power point presentation by cousin Patricia Vitale from Maryland, a delicious buffet lunch catered by Amherst College, and our main speaker, Eric Johnson, representing the group of archaeologists who had recently completed a “field school” at the museum.  It was fascinating to hear what they had done, how they operated, and the information one can derive about the lives of the Dickinson family in the days when Emily lived.   Among other results, their work will help make possible one of the next major projects the museum will undertake, that of rebuilding the conservatory once attached to the south side of the east wing, in the front of the homestead.

The business meeting was conducted by president Andrew Dickinson and included the usual “counting of the cousins” and prizes to three attendees: the oldest, the youngest and the farthest travelled.  Our scholarship recipient was present and took a few minutes to tell us a little about herself and her college plans.  When it came time for election of officers however this year we were confronted with several vacancies due to the very recent resignations of our president, publications treasurer and secretary.   The remaining officers were elected and the board began plans for an October meeting and work on filling the vacancies.  It is anticipated that at that meeting there will be some “acting” officers appointed as well as a “transition team” to lead the association through the coming year.

During the past summer, plans for next year’s reunion have started to be formed.  You can read about them elsewhere in this newsletter.  On our website you can read more details on the 2015 reunion and a listing of the current executive board.   Sales of our publications have been temporarily suspended, but when a new or acting publications treasurer is in place they will resume, hopefully soon.

Thank you all for your patience and have a wonderful autumn!

Alan Dickinson,

for the DFA Board

REUNION 2016 The Old Connecticut Path The Old Connecticut Path was used by Nathaniel Dickinson, family and friends to reach their new home in Wethersfield, CT. The current plans are for the 2016 reunion to be held on Saturday, June 18 at a location in Connecticut at or near the path, perhaps South Windsor, CT. The exact location and details are being developed. Our speaker Jason Newton, a descendant of Connecticut settlers, researched and documented the Old Connecticut Path. There will be a gathering of cousins for dinner on Friday evening, June 17. Come, meet with your cousins, share your stories and learn about  Nathaniel’s travels to his new home. 
DICKINSON EVENTS IN ESSEX, CT           The Essex Historical Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a series of events related to the renowned E.E. Dickinson of Witch Hazel fame.  Two of these have already taken place by the time you receive this newsletter, although you should all have received notification by e-mail in late summer.          
SEPTEMBER 13, 2015          A “stroll” through 5 buildings formerly owned by the E.E. Dickinson company.  The famous white-columned home of E.E. himself plus three other buildings some of which have been converted to homes, were open to visitors, as well as the former office building of the company, now occupied by Wells Fargo Advisors.  There were society members in each building to answer questions and beverages and light refreshments were served.  The 4-7pm event was a benefit for the Essex Historical Society.          
OCTOBER 18, 2015     The annual antique auto show including a tour of Dickinson business and family sites.          
JANUARY 24, 2016      A program with speaker on the topic: Creating the E.E. Dickinson National Brand.  This will be held at the former Dickinson Corporate Offices, 31 North Main Street, Essex.          
MAY 15, 2016     Dedication of the refurbished Yellow Label Building with a tour of the Dickinson Witch Hazel Plant.          Read more at the website of the historical society, www.essexhistory.org or call (860) 767-0681. 
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 

                      A MESSAGE FROM OUR GENEALOGIST

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 rlpassa99@gmail.com

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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