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Collection Number: 01528

Collection Title: Dickson Family Papers, 1802-1914 (bulk 1839-1877).

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 190 items)
Abstract Members of the Dickson family of Charleston, S.C., and Asheville, N.C., included John Dickson (1795-1847), a Congregational minister, teacher, and physician; his first wife, Mary Augusta Flinn Dickson; their children Mary Joanna (1823-1824), Andrew Flinn (1825-1879), John Augustus (born 1828), Samuel Howard (born 1831), Henry Robertson (born 1833), and Charles McIntyre (1835-1836); his second wife, Louisa O'Hear Dickson; and their children, James (1840-1840) and Sarah (born 1841). Other related persons include Samuel Henry Dickson (1798-1872), Henry S. Dickson, Joseph O'Hear, and John O'Hear. The collection includes correspondence, chiefly 1839-1877, of members of the Dickson family of Charleston, S.C., and Asheville, N.C. Included are letters from John Dickson (1795-1847), Congregational minister, teacher, and physician in Asheville, to his son, John A. Dickson (b. 1825) at school; letters from Samuel Henry Dickson (1798-1872) of the Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston to relatives in North Carolina; and from Joseph F. O'Hear in Charleston to his sister, Louisa O'Hear Dickson, wife of John Dickson. Papers mostly concern family matters with occasional references to national and North Carolina politics, medical education, and the estate of John Dickson.
Creator Dickson family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Dickson Family Papers, #1528, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received with some items on loan from Mrs. George K. Taylor, 1948.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Members of the Dickson family of Charleston, S.C., and Asheville, N.C., included John Dickson (1795-1847), a Congregational minister, teacher, and physician; his first wife, Mary Augusta Flinn Dickson; their children Mary Joanna (1823-1824), Andrew Flinn (1825-1879), John Augustus (born 1828), Samuel Howard (born 1831), Henry Robertson (born 1833), and Charles McIntyre (1835-1836); his second wife, Louisa O'Hear Dickson; and their children, James (1840-1840) and Sarah (born 1841). Other related persons include Samuel Henry Dickson (1798-1872), Henry S. Dickson, Joseph O'Hear, and John O'Hear.

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The collection includes correspondence, chiefly 1839-1877, of members of the Dickson family. Included are letters to John A. Dickson from his father John Dickson, his uncle Samuel Henry Dickson of the Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston, and other relatives; and from Joseph F. O'Hear in Charleston to his sister, Louisa O'Hear Dickson, wife of John Dickson. Papers mostly concern family matters with occasional references to national and North Carolina politics, medical education, and the estate of John Dickson. There are also some later papers, 1902-1914, of Mary Dickson regarding family genealogy.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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