Dickinson, James A., was born in the town of Newfane in 1843, a son of Hosea and Johanna (Lindsay) Dickinson. His father was raised in Eastern New York and came to Niagara county in a very early day, locating in Newfane, where he bought a farm and died in 1848. His mother was born in Cayuga county in 1821 and came to Niagara county with her parents in a very early day. His grandmother was born on shipboard just outside of New York; she was of Scotch ancestry. Mr. Dickinson's mother died in 1888; there were three children in this family: George (deceased), born in 1837, and died in 1861; James A, andAdelaide (twins). His sister married S. S. Wilson of Appleton. James A. Dickinson received his education in the public schools of his county and after finishing his schooling engaged in farming. August 4, 1864, he married Harriet J. Branch, a daughter of Jefferson and Sarah (Meader) Branch. Mrs. Dickinson was born June 15, 1846, and came with her parents to Niagara county, first locating in Cambria, where they remained for about two years, then came to Newfane, and located permanently. Her father died in 1872 and her mother in 1876. There were nine children in this family: James Branch, who resides on Hess road; Viola C., died July 27, 1896; Harden, died in August, 1895; Julia. died in May, 1852; William D., resides in Newfane; Clarissa A. resides in Lockport; Calvin D., resides in Tonawanda; Andrew J., resides in Newfaue, and Mrs. Dickinson. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson have one son, Jay, who was born in 1867; he married Mary J. Frost, and they have three children: Clara, Raymond and Dorathy. Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson spent the winter of 1896-97 in California; he is engaged in fruit and grain growing and is a successful farmer, his farms in the county comprising about 180 acres. In politics he is a Democrat.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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