Thomas Dickinson, immigrant ancestor, came from Beverly, England, a town near Hull, in 1826, bringing with him his wife and two sons, Matthew and John. He settled in Canada, a half mile from the United States line, and a mile and a half from the village of Champlain, N.Y. He carried on a farm in England, and on coming to America purchased a tract of wild land which he cleared, and conducted a farm the remainder of his life. he married in England, Mary Maratindale.
Children, born in England:
1. Matthew, mentioned below.
(II) Matthew, son of Thomas Dickinson, was born in England, Oct. 21, 1821, died in Champlain, N.Y., Oct. 28, 1891. He lived all his life on the homestead in Champlain. He married Margaret McCarroll, born in Canada, who died Nov. 9, 1901, aged seventy-five years. They had one child, Thomas Henry, mentioned below.
(III) Thomas Henry, son of Matthew Dickinson, was born on the homestead, FEb. 4, 1853. He recieved his education in the public schools of Champlain and in the Champlain Academy, and in early life became a clerk in the grocery and feed store of Hoyle & Hitchcock, where he remained three years. During the year following he was with Adams & Company of New York City and had charge of their general store of the companya t Clinton Mills. He then returned to the town of Champlain and embarked in the hardware business in the firm of Dunning & Dickinson. After fifteen years of successful business in this relation, Mr. Dickinson bought out his partner. Afterward he admitted to partnership William Broder and the firm name became T. H. Dickinson & Company, continuing until 1906, when the senior partner sold his interests to the junior partner, who continued the business. Mr. Dickinson was appointed postmaster of Champlain by President Benjamin Harrison. He was succeeded by a Democrat during the Cleveland administration, but was again appointed to the office, May 2, 1898 by President McKinely and reappointed at the expiration of his term of office by President Roosevelt. He is at present  the postmaster and has always given satisfaction both to the government and the public he has so faithfully served. He has been a leading Republican for many years and is active and influenctial in municipal affairs. He has been president of the board of education. He is past master of Champlain Lodge No. 237, Free Masons. He is also a member of Adirondack Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Plattsburgh Commandery, Knights Templar; and Oriental Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Troy, N.Y.; of the Independent Order of Foresters. He is a prominent member and a trustee of the Presbyterian church and superintendent of the Sunday school for the past four years. He is a director and treasurer of the Champlain Telephone Company and a director of the Clinton County Agricultural Society.
He married, in 1878, Matilda Collings, who was born in Candad.
1. Carrie May, born April 13, 1880; married Franklin D. Sweet, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now of Portland, Oregon; child, Wallace Sweet.
2. Charles M., May 25, 1882; lives in Portland, Oregon.
3. Ethel M., Sept. 8, 1884.
4. Alice G., Dec. 20, 1887, died at the age of twenty years.