Thomas Dickerman - Marriages and Children
While Thomas is a reasonably common name in England in the 16th and 17th Centuries, the surname Dickerman is exceptional by its absence from almost every record now in existence. Four marriage and christening entries for Thomas Dickerman are found in various repositories, two in London and one in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. In chronological order:
Marriage to Elizabeth Simms :
Thomas Dickerman m. Elizabeth Simms
Parrish: St. George the Martyr, Southwark, Surrey
Date: 14 Jun 1613
No further entries.
[Note: Searched St. George the Martyr records from 1602 (earliest known to exist) thru 1635 Marriages, Christenings and Burials finding only one entry for a DICKERMAN: the marriage of Thomas to Elizabeth Sims 14 Jun 1613. Also found no Hannah XXX christened 1620 - 1623 having an identified father; however, there were Hannahs without family name entry.]
Marriage to Marie Eustaire or Eustice :
Thomas Dickerman m. Marie Eustaire or Eustace
Parish: Saint Clement Danes, London, ENGLAND
Date: 3 Nov 1622
[note: • Spelling of the last name in the marriage record is difficult to discern even though the recording is in good condition and written in a large hand.]
Marriage to Elenor Whittington :
“marriage - Anno 1631 The 20th of October wed Thomas DICKERMAN & Elenor WHITTINGTON”
Parish: Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
Date: 20 Oct 1631
[note: Little Missendon, Buckinghamshire [was shown original ink on velum] Parish Record entry viewed at County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UA, England by DAL [15 Nov 1996] found:
• Curiously another marriage the same day (there were only about 3 marriages that year at Little Missendon) showing Nathaniel Dell and Jane Britnel.
• The original record is in poor condition and bound such that the right ends of the entries are difficult to read. A photostat of the microfilm copy is in DAL library.
Thomas Dickerman - Early Life
I have not yet verified by direct access the original documents for the following two leads:
A. web source: < http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mbfriedlander/tanner.html>
THOMAS1 DICKERMAN was christened at Mears Shelby School, Norwich, Norfolkshire, England, 11 March 1605, and died in Dorchester, Massachusetts 3 February 1658. ………”
A lead to George Dickerman, the probable father of Thomas Dickerman, and an (adopted?) brother, Abraham, is found in the work of Paul W, Prindle: Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie [hereinafter Gillespie]. The following is a reproduction of part of [Gillespie], page 108:
1. GEORGE DICKERMAN of Marston Morteyne, Bedfordshire, England, died about 1615, leaving a widow named Alice [possibly SAUNDERS] George Dickerman was called “deceased, cook” in a 1619 pleading by his widow and Thomas Dickerman, their “natural son”. At that time the term “natural son” was used in the sense of “by nature or blood” as opposed to “adopted son” (Public Records Office, Court of Requests, James I, XXXII, Part 2). George and Alice Dickerman had two known children:
i. Thomas Dickerman, eldest son. ii. Abraham Dickerman. In 1620 he was living in a section known as “Streetside west from the Axe Gate” in the parish of St. eorge, Southwark, Surrey (Public Records Office, Lay Subsidy, 186/407). Southwark is across the River Thames from London.
2. THOMAS DICKERMAN, son of George (1) Dickerman and his wife, Alice, was apprenticed to a London tailor. On 20 October 1631 Thomas Dickerman and Elinor Whittington were married, the ceremony being recorded in the parish register at Little Missendon, Buckinghamshire, the county west of and contiguous with Bedfordshire.
Two of America’s most eminent genealogists, Donald Lines Jacobus and Col. Charles E. Banks, had no doubt that the Thomas Dickerman of this 1631 marriage was the one of that name who later settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony; and Col. Banks considered Elinor to have probably been the daughter of John Whittington and Margaret Hill, who were married 12 October 1601 at Amersham, only a few miles from Little Missendon (The American Genealogist, 26:165-7). ………”
10 Banks, Charles Edward, TOPOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY of 2885 ENGLISH EMIGRANTS, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co., 1957, pg. 168; original publication much earlier
11 notes and manuscripts are held by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA
12 Saint George the Martyr, Southwark, Surrey, ENGLAND, Parish Records on microfilm at London Metropolitan Archives (formerly Greater London Record Office), 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB, viewed by DAL 20-11-1996
13 Saint Clement Danes, Westminster, London, ENGLAND; Parish Records microfilm reviewed by DAL at Westminster Archives, Address: City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DE (11-11-1996) found:
1) marriage to Marie EUSTAIRE [spelling uncertain] on 3 November 1622, and
2) christening 27 Apr 1623 of Thomas DICKERMAN son of Tho and Marie [original corrected by early hand from Susan before microfilming] his wife.
14 Little Missendon, Buckinghamshire [was shown original ink on velum] Parish Record entry viewed at County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UA, England by DAL [15 Nov 1996]
15 Paul W. Prindle, Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie, New York, New York Public Library, 1976 (copy at Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, NY – photocopy in DAL files)