Wayne County West Virginia Biography of Rev. William Vincent DICKERSON


         Reverend William Vincent DICKERSON, son of Hiram C. and Rebecca (Osborn) Dickerson who were born and raised in Wayne county, was born in Stonewall district, this county, September 10, 1855. His father served eighteen months in the Confederate army. At Greenbrier, Wayne county, July 23, 1874, with Rev. Edmund Osborn as officiating clergyman, William Vincent Dickerson and Emarine Bartrum were united in marriage. Their union is blessed with two daughters and one son: Clara, born August 17, 1875; Eliza, February 2, 1881; Willie, September 13, 1883. The wife of Mr. Dickerson was born at Greenbrier, April 7, 1857, a daughter of Lewis and Eliza Frances (Walker) Bartrum. Her parents were born in this county, her father on March 10, 1818, and her mother on March 7, 1823. Edmund Osborn, great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was one of the earliest settlers at the mouth of Greenbrier in Butler district. John Osborn, his son and the father of Rebecca Osborn, was one of the first settlers in Stonewall district; he was married twice and the father of 18 children. His oldest son, Edmund, was born November 6, 1818, became a member of the Baptist Church in February 1837, was married to Sarah Walker in 1838, was licensed to preach July 6, 1840, was ordained May 6, 1854, and was a zealous minister until his death April 18, 1876. He was three times married and the father of 12 children; five are now living. The paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, whose namesake he is, was William V. Dickerson of Virginia, who emigrated to what is now West Virginia at an early period in the settlement of this county, and died in Missouri. James P. Bartrum, grandfather of Emarine, wife of Mr. Dickerson, emigrated from Tazewell county, Virginia, with his father Stephen Bartrum and settled at an early date in what is now Wayne county; he served in the 1812 war. Her father, Rev. Lewis Bartrum, united with the Bethesda Baptist Church in September 1844, was licensed to preach March 18, 1854, and ordained July 14, 1856. He has been pastor of several churches and missionary by three appointments and still continues in good health and able to discharge the duties of his calling.

         Rev. William V. Dickerson entered in the work of the ministry at the early age of 17. He also gives attention to the conduct of his farm and some time to the profession of teaching. His address is Trace Fork, Butler district, Wayne county, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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