From Marion T. Dickens family letter "Our Dickens Heritage": "THOMAS DICKENS, under whose Revolutionary War service a number of us have been granted Membership in Son of the American Revolution and some of our Nieces have been granted Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, was the second son of the above Revolutionary Patriot, Joseph Dickens. His birth occured on 8 October 1761, Northhampton County, North Carolina. His marriage to Mollie Stevens is recorded in Anderson's "Three-hundred Marrriages in North Carolina, Halifax County". There he lived and had two sons before the 1790 census enumerator reached them. He and his family of seven moved to Chatham County, North Carolina, before 1880, and there his will was made 18 February 1850 and there he died on 23 May 1852. From his will, pension and other records, we are to reconstruct the following list of his children: Lunsford b.1789 Halifax Co., N.C. Merritt 1790 " Thomas 1791 " Gideon 1795 " Lewis 1797 " Uriah 1802 Chatham Co., N.C. Richard 1805 " Nehemiah 1806 " Joseph 1808 " Manassa 1812 " (Nioma) m. Fuquay Thomas Dickens served as a Private, Captain Bascot's Company, Tenth Regiment, North Carolina Continental Line. In his late years (1838) a pension of eight dollars a month was granted to him. Under this War service of Thomas Dickens the following are now Members of the Sons of the American Revolution: Marion Thomas Dickens Nat.No.86155 Ark.No.430 Charles Oklahoma Dickens " 86168 " 443 James Norman Dickens " 86169 " 444 George Melton Dickens " 86171 " 446 George Dewey Tarter " 86172 " 447 George Dean Dickens " 86173 " 448 Douglas Melton Dickens " 86174 " 449 Thomas V. Dickens " 86599 Ohio 5234 Also based on Thomas Dickens' service the following are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Mrs Sue Tarter Turner, Little Rock No. 496 238 Mrs Georgia Dickens Brinley, Morgan, Pa 497 557."1,1
Thomas was born on 8 October 1761 at North Carolina N. Hampton Co..
He was the son of Joseph Dickens and Elizabeth Unknown.
Thomas served in the military at North Carolina, in 1782.
A census listed Thomas as head of household at Chatham County, North Carolina, on 21 January 1786. District 5, taken by Giles Lang. Thomas Dicken: 1 WM 21-60 yrs. No women, children, or slaves..3
He married Molly Stevens at Halifax County, North Carolina, in 1786.
Thomas was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census at Chatham County, North Carolina. Pittsbon Township. Page 399..4
Thomas applied for a military pension at Chatham County, North Carolina, in 1832. "Revolutionary War Pension Application of Thomas Dickens #S41509. 13 February 1832. Pittsboro, Chatham County, North Carolina. ORIGINAL CLAIM Declaration in order to be placed on the pension list under the Act of 18 March 1828. State of North Carolina. Chatham County. On this the 13th day of February 1832 personally appeared in open Court, it being a Court of Record for the County aforesaid, Thomas Dickens resident of said County age 79, who being found duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration: In order to obtain the provisions made by the Act and complying with the 18 March 1828 and the 1st May 1820, that he Thomas Dickens states he enlisted on the ? day and ? month (not recollected) in the year 1782 in the State of N.C. in the Company Commanded by Capt. Bactes)?) in the Regiment Commanded by Colonel Little in the Line of the State of North Carolina on the Continental Establishment that continued to ?? (can't recall), the said Corps until the close of the Ware when he was discharged from the service in the State of North Carolina. That he relinquishes all claim wha so ever to a pension except the present, and that his name is not on the roll of any other State except the State of North Carolina. He further states the following reasons for not making earlier applications for a pension: The reason for not having made application earlier are fro want of information on how to make proper application and for want of some friends to do the business correctly which I was unable to do myself. In accordance of the Act of May 1820 I do solemly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States of the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift, sale, or in any manner disposed of my property or any least thing whether through charity to relinquish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress. Which was submitted an Act to provid for certain persons engaged in land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War, passed on the 18th day of March 1818, and that I have not had any pension in trust for me, any property in securities, contracts, debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in this schedule here into submitted and by me suscribed and that since the 18th of March 1818 no change have been made regarding my property. His mark (Thomas Dickens). The above duly sworn for in open court on the 13 day of February 1832. Theo Ragbane, Court Clerk. SCHEDULE OF THOMAS DICKENS PROPERTY readied and sigend both the 13th day of February 1832 in open court for Chatham Co. N.C. one hundred ninety acres land $100.00 one mare and colt $ 23.00 one logger and V Ghersin Brite $ 20.00 two sows and two shoats $ 6.00 total $149.00 The certification of this applies in farming and my old age and infirmities which make me unable to provide and no one else.... (unreadable). The remainder of my family is Samuel, my wife name is Molly, she recently gave up, Mol has been confined by her back and stiffness is disabledand has been unable to walk ...(unreadable) appearance will ....(unreadable) walk....(unreadable). My son Samuel is unable to do ...(unreadable) and is ableto do as much...(unreadable) having she is ...(readable) tires of age ... (unreadable). 27th day of present month February. Thomas Dickens (his mark). The foregoing schedule was sworn to in open court the 27th day of February 1832. Theo Ragbane, Court Clerk.".
Thomas was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census at Chatham County, North Carolina. Thomas Dickens, age 82, is shown as a Revolutionary War Pensioner. Page 178..5,6
Thomas was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census at Chatham County, North Carolina. Location: Lower Regiment. Page 448..7
Thomas died on 23 May 1852 at Chatham County, North Carolina, at age 90.