DICKERMAN, Charles Heber

DICKERMAN, Charles Heber

Male 1843 - 1915  (72 years)

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  • Name DICKERMAN, Charles Heber 
    Born 3 Feb 1843  Harford, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From Bell's History of Northumberland County 1891: CHARLES HEBER DICKERMAN, manufacturer of railroad equipment, was born in Harford, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania. February 3, 1843. His father, Clark Dickerman, was a native of Guilford, Chenango county, New York, born June 12, 1803, and a son of John and Thankful Dickerman.

      The family traces its paternal ancestry back to 1635, when Thomas Dickerman came from England and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts. At his death he left two sons: Isaac and Abram. The latter married Mary Cooper, and died at New Haven, Connecticut, leaving a family of eight children; the fifth child and oldest son was also named Abram.

      He married Elizabeth Glover, who bore him four sons, the third being John Dickerman, who removed to Brattleboro, Vermont, and married Esther Sperry. Nine children wore born of this union, the fifth, also named John, being the founder of the Guilford branch of the Dickerman family.

      He married, in 1789, Thankful Smith, a native of Granby, Massachusetts, and a daughter of Seth and Thankful Smith, the former having served with the rank of colonel in the Revolution­ary war.

      John Dickerman was born in Vermont, March 17, 1764, and served in the Revolution nine months, being employed as a scout during the latter part of his service. He learned the blacksmith trade in New Haven, Con­necticut, and about the year 1800 moved with his family from Vermont to Guilford, Chenango county, New York, where he followed blacksmithing and farming. Both he and wife died in Otsego county, New York, November 6, 1848 and October 7, 1856, respectively. They were the parents of eleven children, Clark, the father of our subject, being the seventh in the family. He was twice married, first in November, 1829, to Eliza Knapp, who died November 9, 1830. He was again married, October 14, 1833 at Gibson, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, to Sarah Adelia Chandler, born June 30, 1815, who bore him the following children: James Bedell, and Eugene Durand, both deceased; Eliza Knapp, wife of Ralph H. Eaton; Charles Heber; Payson Kingsbury, and Mary Louisa, wife of Clement R. Woodin. Clark Dickerman was a physician, and died at Harford, Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, August 5, 1853. His widow is still living at Hazelton, Lu­zerne county, aged seventy-six years.

      The subject of this sketch was educated in the public schools and at Harvard University, and for several years was a teacher in the public schools of Susquehanna and Layette counties. In 1862 he was registered as a law student in the office of Daniel S. Dickinson, Binghamton, New York, but in 1863 he abandoned the law and accepted a position with Carter & Son, coal operators, at Beaver Meadow, Carbon county, Pennsylvania.

      In 1868 he removed to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and engaged in the coal commission business. In 1869 he became interested in the Chapman Slate Company, Chapman Quarries, Northampton county, Pennsylvania, miners and manufacturers of roofing slate and other slate products, and was elected secretary of that company, and in 1870 was chosen general manager.

      In 1880 he became associated with S. W. Murray in the manufacture of freight cars, and removed to Milton, where he has since resided. Mr. Dickerman is secretary and treasurer of Murray, Dougal & Company, Limited, and is a director of the First National Bank of Milton. During the past eleven years he has taken a prominent part in the social and material development of his adopted home, and is today one of the best and most favorably known citizens of Northumberland county. He has always been an unswerving, uncompromising Democrat, and a fearless, outspoken advocate of Democratic principles Three years ago he was elected chairman of the county committee, and has been twice re-elected to the same position. Under his wise and vigorous management the party has been twice successful in carrying the county, and filling the offices with stanch Democrats.

      Mr. Dickerman was married March 10, 1869, at Beaver Meadow, Carbon county, Pennsylvania, to Joy I., daughter of William and Margaret Carter, natives of Cornwall, England, where Mrs. Dickerman was born. Four children are the fruits of this union: Adelia Margaret; William Carter; Grace Beatrice, and Joy Chandler. The family are attendants of the Presbyterian church, and Mr. Dickerman is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
    Biography
    • Charles Heber Dickerman was born Feb. 3, 1843, in Harford, Susquehanna Co., Pa., and there received his early education in the public schools. He supplemented this with a course at Harvard University, being graduated from that institution in 1860. For several years afterwards he was engaged in teaching in the public schools of Susquehanna and Luzerne counties. In 1862 he was registered as a law student in the office of Hon. Daniel S. Dickinson, at Binghamton, N.Y., but in 1863 he abandoned the law and accepted a position with Carter & Son, coal operators at Beaver Meadows, Carbon Co., Pa.

      In 1868 he removed to Bethlehem, Pa., and engaged in the coal commission business. In 1869 he became interested in the Chapman Slate Company, Chapman Quarries, Northampton Co., Pa., miners and manufacturers of roofing slate and other slate products, was elected secretary of that company, and in 1870 was chosen general manager.

      In 1880 he became associated with S. W. Murray in the manufacture of freight cars, and removed to Milton, where he has since resided. The firm of Murray, Dougal & Co. Limited, with which Mr. Dickerman was associated, engaged extensively in the building of railroad freight cars, and Mr. Dickerman continued his active connection with the establishment until the entire plant was sold, in 1899, to the American Car & Foundry Company, the present owners. The firm of Murray, Dougal & Co. Limited gave employment to several hundred men, and was an important factor in the industrial welfare of the community.

      Mr. Dickerman has been interested in numerous financial institutions. He was for many years a director of the Second National Bank of Mauch Chunk, Pa., of the Lehigh Valley National Bank, of Bethlehem, Pa., of the Sunbury Trust & Safe Deposit Company, Sunbury, Pa.; and of the First National Bank of Milton, Pa., of which latter he became president in 1897, and is still serving in that capacity. He has always been an unswerving, uncompromising Democrat, and a fearless, outspoken advocate of Democratic principles. He served for three years as chairman of the county committee of Northumberland County. In 1891 he was elected a delegate to the Constitutional convention to form a new constitution for this State, and was a delegate to the National convention in 1892. In November, 1902, he was elected a member of Congress, representing the Sixteenth Congressional district, served as a member of the Fifty-eighth Congress, and declined a renomination and reelection, preferring private life. In 1905 he was appointed by President Roosevelt delegate to the Peace congress which met at Brussels, Belgium, on Aug. 14th of that year.

      Mr. Dickerman was married March 10, 1869, at Beaver Meadows, Carbon Co., Pa., to Joy Ivy, daughter of William and Margaret Carter, natives of Cornwall, England, where Mrs. Dickerman was born. Four children were the fruits of this union: Adelia Margaret (Mrs. Howard H. Williams, Plainfield N.J.), William Carter (vice president of the American Car & Foundry Company, No. 165 Broadway, New York City), Grace Beatrice (Mrs. Guido C. Vogel, Milwaukee, Wis.) and Joy Chandler (Mrs. G. W. B. Fletcher, Philadelphia, Pa.). The family are attendants of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Dickerman is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and of the Lawyers Club, of New York City.
    Census (desc) 1850  Harford, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census (desc) 1860  Harford, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (desc) 1870  Chapman, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    working as a bookkeeper 
    Census (desc) 1880  Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    working as secretary of a slate company 
    Passport App 9 Feb 1900  New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His address was listed as Milton, PA, and his occupation as banker.
    Widowed 10 Apr 1904 
    Census (desc) 1910  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    living at 541 Broadway and working as a farmer 
    _UID E36E86DB8E6BA24EAC7ACEFDA7A342A1B98D 
    Died 17 Dec 1915  Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I248  Milton Families
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2015 

    Father DICKERMAN, Dr. Clark M. D.,   b. 12 Jun 1803, Guilford, Chenango, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1853, Harford, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother CHANDLER, Sarah Adelia (2),   b. 30 Jun 1815, Gibson, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1892, Berwick, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1833  Gibson, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family CARTER, Joy Ivy,   b. 4 Dec 1844, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1904, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1869  Beaver Meadows, Carbon, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. DICKERMAN, Adele Margaret,   b. 17 May 1871, Chapmans Quarry, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. DICKERMAN, William Carter,   b. 12 Dec 1874, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1946, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     3. DICKERMAN, Grace Beatrice,   b. 22 Dec 1878, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1953, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +4. DICKERMAN, Joy Chandler,   b. 30 Apr 1884, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Gravestone.

    2. [S26] Death Certificate.

    3. [S11] Bell's History of Northumberland County PA 1891, Pages 983-985.

    4. [S14] Floyd's History of Northumberland County, PA 1911, Page 48.

    5. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 6.

    6. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 4.

    7. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 17 District 61.

    8. [S2] Census - U.S., Image 22 Ward 2.