The Dickens name
My personal story is one of adoption. My mostly Danish American mother, who got pregnant by an African American in San Diego, who was compelled to give her child up for adoption in a time where unwed mothers and crossing color lines wasn’t so popular.
However, the story I submit is that of the woman who adopted me. Her maiden name is Dickens, and because she was the darkest of her relatives, she desperately wanted to be descended from Charles Dickens, the author.
Her father, Harry Milford Dickens, born in Ohio, as far as I can tell, was an illegitimate child. Census information, via ancestry.com, shows him living in the household, with his grandfather and his unwed mother (all last name of Dickens).
My mom, June Audrey Dickens, b 1922 in San Diego, CA, has desperately wanted to place Charles Dickens in Ohio (during one of his America tours) around the time of her father’s birth. The dates don’t match.
However, what I find much more interesting (according to ancestry.com) is the fact that her line of the Dickens name, is readily traceable to Virginia in the 1700s. Her relatives are listed as mulattos for generations. The real mystery is the Dickens line who ended up in Virginia around that time.
Most likely a plantation owner named Dickens. However, according to ancestry records, there were just a few Dickens’, indentured servants, who came on a ship during the 1700s to Virginia.
The majority of the Dickens’ who migrated from England to this coutnry, came in the 1800s to
I find her actual roots, and the fact that they can be traced back so far, much more interesting that the hoped for Charles Dickens link.
My mo is 89. (90 in July 2012). She would love any assistance you could provide.New York.