DICKINSON, PIERCY, a well known and thriving farmer in Section 6, Township 14, Range 11, near Lynnville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, January 1, 1844. He is a son of Thomas and Mary (Piercy) Dickinson. His parents left England with their family May 3, 1849, and landed in New York on June 6th next following. Then they journeyed via the Erie Canal, the Lakes, and the Illinois River, to Naples, Ill., finally arriving at Lynnville, their destination. There Thomas Dickinson bought a farm, and his older sons purchased other land adjoining, comprising altogether over 300 acres. At first Mr. Dickinson located just east of Lynnville, but on March 10, 1855, moved to the place above described, where he carried on farming until his death, August 29, 1870.
Mr. Dickinson attended the public schools near Lynnville until he was sixteen years old. On August 1, 1861, he enlisted for service in the Civil War, as a musician in Company F, Thirty-third Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and after the expiration of his term re-enlisted with the regiment, whose operations were in the Department of the Gulf. He participated in the Vicksburg campaign, being seventy-three days under fire-forty-seven of which were in front of Vicksburg. During one day's fighting he fired sixty-four rounds. He was discharged at Vicksburg, November 26, 1865, and returned home, as a consequence of his service, remaining an invalid for two years. In 1868 he made a trip to England, remaining abroad six months. In 1869 he entered the grocery business, at Murrayville, Ill., in company with R. A. Batty, the firm being Batty & Dickinson. Two years later his health failed, and he spent several years at home.
On March 26, 1873, Mr. Dickinson was united in marriage with Eliza Ann Reaugh, a native of Morgan County, and a daughter of John A. Reaugh. She died April 12, 1875, leaving one son, Oliver Reaugh Dickinson, who was born March 21, 1874, and lives on the home farm. About the time of his marriage Mr. Dickinson formed a farming partnership with his widowed mother. The latter died in 1885, and two years later he purchased the property.
Politically, Mr. Dickinson was always a firm Democrat. He has served as Road Commissioner and Fence Viewer. Religiously, he is a member of the Christian Church. Fraternally he belongs to Matt Starr Post, G.A.R. Mr. Dickinson is a man of the highest character, and a public-spirited and useful member of the community.