William T. Dickson

                 Goodspeed 1890

William T. Dickson farmer, Arkadelpha, Ark. In this history of Clark County
in its development, growth and continued advance to a community of wealth
and influence, Mr. Dickson has borne a prominent part. He owes his nativity
to Pike County of this State, his birth occuring December 6, 1849 and is
he son of Leroy and Mary A. (White) Dickson. The father was born in Jackson
County, Tenn. about (1823) and was a farmer by occupation. He came to
Arkansas with his parents when about (eight) years of age and settled with
them in Pike County where he was reared to farm life. This 'has been' (was)
his chief pursuit since. By his marriage to Miss White he became the father
of eleven chldren, six sons and five daughters, all living: Alwilda (wife
of I.B.H. Wall), James W., William T., Pleasant W., Nancy A. (wife of H.
Davenport), Martha (wife of J.H. Stell), Thomas J., John F., Mary E. (wife
of Frank Wingfield), Leroy Allen and Emily (wife of Add Threlkeld). The
father was a member of the Christian Church and died June 2, 1886. The
mother now resides in Pike County, Ark. She is a member of the Christian
Church. William T. Dickson was reared principally in Pike County, Ark. and
on August 3, 1870 was married to Miss Mary S. Parsons daughter of John
and Eletha (Sewell) Parsons. This union resulted in the birth of four
children: Walter (deceased), Eletha A., Cornelia B. and Maud. Mrs. Dickson
was born in Cherokee County, Ala., April 3, 1847. Her father was a native
of Tennessee born about 1804 and died about 1842. He was a planter all his
life and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The mother was
born in 1805 and died in 1883. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Mr.
Dickson is the owner of 132 acres of good farming land three miles west of
Arkadelphia but he left this in 1889 and moved to Arkadelphia to educate
his children. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church and in
politics, he is a Democrat.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, The Goodspeed
Publishing Company: Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis, 1890, Clark County,
page 136-137.

Update 03.19.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0005.HTM