Jonathan Dickinson of Philadelphia

1663 - 1722


Quaker slave-owner of Jamaica, owner of Barton and Pepper estates, moving to Philadelphia c. 1697 and dying there in 1722.

Son of Francis Dickinson (1630-1704) and his wife Margaret, daughter of Stephen Crooke. Francis Dickinson was apparently a naval officer under Penn and Venables in 1655.

Born in Jamaica in 1663. Married Mary Gale c. 1685. He left a shipwreck narrative from his journey between Jamaica and the US.

His children were: Jonathan junior (1695-), d.s.p.; Joseph (1698-), had a daughter Mary who married Francis J. Tyssen of Jamaica; John (1701-1729), d.s.p.; Mary (?-1733), had a son Dickinson Jones who died in 1728; Hannah, who had a son who died young.


Harrold E. Gillingham, 'Notes and Documents: The Estate of Jonathan Dickinson (1663-1722)', The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 59, No. 4 (Oct., 1935), pp. 420-429; Mikaela Perron (ed.), 'Jonathan Dickinson, God’s Protecting Providence' [accessed 03/02/2018]; Jason Daniels, 'Atlantic Contingency: Jonathan Dickinson and the Anglo-Atlantic World 1655-1725', unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Warwick (2013),

We are grateful to David Martial Alexander for his help with this entry.

Further Information

Mary Gale
Jonathan (1695-), Joseph (1698-), John (1701-1729), Mary, Hannah

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1741 [EA] - 1743 [LA] → Previous owner
1742 [EA] - 1742 [LA] → Previous owner

The deceased owner in 1741 and 1743 was given as Joseph Dickinson, either Jonathan's son or a transcription error.

Relationships (5)

Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Father → Son