DICKINSON, JOHN (?–?). John Dickinson, early Harris County settler and member of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a sitio of land now in Galveston and Harris counties on August 19, 1824, and in that year paid twenty pesos for a strip of land a mile wide between League City and Galveston Bay. In April 1825 he and John Sarver bought a league on the south side of Clear Creek from John K. Williams. In 1848 a John Dickinson testified as a witness at a trial to establish the rights of a free black in Harris County. The original colonist may be the John Dickinson who was a cotton factor and wholesale and retail merchant in Houston as late as 1853 and who accumulated a fortune of more than $100,000. According to some sources Dickinson's wife, whose maiden name was probably Andrews, toured England and Europe with at least three of her children after the Civil War, gave them French and dancing lessons, and visited her husband's relatives in Scotland, though she had to dip "into the principal" of her estate to do so.
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