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Caroline Elizabeth Kinnison Dickinson
Birth: Nov. 7, 1818
Jefferson County
Mississippi, USA
Death: May 29, 1926
DeWitt County
Texas, USA

Caroline Elizabeth KINNISON was born 07 Nov 1818 in her father's plantation home in Franklin County, Mississippi. She was the first of 12 known children born to Nathaniel "Nat" KINNISON, Jr. (1793-1866) and his wife, Lydia "Liddy" STOTTS/STAATS (1800-1867).

Nathaniel KINNISON Sr. was a prominent planter and land owner in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His plantation was located in Franklin and Jefferson Counties, Mississippi southwest of Fayette and northeast Natchez in the fertile bottom lands of the Mississippi River Delta.

The established community nearest to the KINNISON's plantation was Fayette, about 25 miles northeast of Natchez. Like his father before him, Nathaniel KINNISON, Jr. was a wealthy and prominent planter there.

Those 12 children and their approximate birth years are shown below.

1818 Caroline Elizabeth KINNISON
1820 Sarah Ann KINNISON
1822 David W. KINNISON
1825 Abner Franklin KINNISON
1827 Eliza Jane KINNISON
1830 John Littleton KINNISON
1832 Abzenith Josephine KINNISON
1833 Milton Virgil KINNISON
1835 Almarinda A. KINNISON
1838 Alice KINNISON
1840 Theresa A. KINNISON
1843 James Nathaniel KINNISON

Almost certainly the oldest sisters, Caroline and Sarah Ann, assisted their mother in the care of the younger children and thus were actively involved in their early care and attention.

Caroline attended Elizabeth Female Academy which was located near Washington, east northeast of Natchez. It was the first female institution of higher learning chartered by the Mississippi legislature. And, it was one of the first female schools of higher education in America. The school was operated by the Methodist Church. The ruins of the Elizabeth Female Academy are now maintained by the National Park Service as part of the Natchez Trace Parkway and may be visited at mile marker 5 (8 km), just before the terminus of the Trace at Natchez.

Following are excerpts from an article about Caroline that first appeared in 1923 in a commercial publication under the banner Little Cardui Journeys.. It was published by The Chattanooga Medicine Company in their special edition entitled Ladies Birthday Almanac.

On November 15, 1921, I was in Yoakum, Texas, and went to pay my second visit to Mrs. Caroline Elizabeth Dickinson, who had a week before celebrated her 103rd birthday anniversary.

Mrs. Dickinson is a remarkable woman, and has lived an eventful life, having resided in Texas under four different flags. Her husband, Dr. S. B. Dickinson, was from New York. He married her in Mississippi and they moved to Texas in 1835.

On my last visit, I was received by Mrs. Dickinson, who sat erect in a rocking chair, fanning herself with a turkey wing fan. Her eyes still sparkle, and though her hearing is impaired she can carry on most entertaining conversation.

She told me of her school days at the old academy at Natchez, Miss.,
[Elizabeth Female Academy] to which she rode in a carryall, or on horseback, every morning during the school season. She showed me a small ring which the academy awarded her for making the highest mark in arithmetic. She also showed me an exquisite brooch bearing her portrait painted in miniature for which she posed at the age of 17.

When I asked her to tell me about her wedding of eighty-seven years ago, she described her trousseau, and she told me of her beautiful wedding gown of white satin with corded stripes. Her hose were silk, she said, but "cotton ones were worn underneath to keep the skin from showing through." In moving to Texas (then a Mexican state), Mrs. Dickinson says she accepted shorter skirts, as becomes a woman who frequently must be on horseback and take long rides. Their first Texas home was at Columbia, and they traded at old Fort Lavaca.

Mrs. Dickinson had 11 children, and when I was in Yoakum in 1921, they told me that the number of her grandchildren was 67; of great grandchildren, 130; and of great great grandchildren more than 30. Since childhood, she has been a devout Methodist, and she has a son
[Samuel Abel Dickinson] in the Methodist ministry.

Mrs. Dickinson is one of the "grand old ladies of the south," and one of the very few remaining "real mothers of Texas' freedom.

Caroline Elizabeth KINNISON (1818-1926) lived under four flags in Texas and who, at the time of her death at age 107 years, 5 months and 6 days old in 1926, was believed to have been the oldest living resident of Texas at that time.
Family links: 
  Nathaniel Kinnison (1793 - 1866)
  Lydia Stotts/Staats Kinnison (1800 - 1867)
  Samuel Burling Dickinson (1804 - 1881)*
  Infant Boy Dickinson*
  Preston Augustus Dickinson (1836 - 1868)*
  Sarah Ann Dickinson Power (1839 - 1917)*
  Elizabeth Jane Dickinson Darden (1841 - 1906)*
  Mary Leona Dickinson Cameron (1844 - 1929)*
  George Franklin Dickinson (1846 - 1945)*
  David Milton Dickinson (1849 - 1943)*
  Louisa Catherine Dickinson Simpson (1851 - 1932)*
  John James Dickinson (1853 - 1936)*
  Samuel Abel Dickinson (1856 - 1935)*
  Charles Wesley Thomas Dickinson (1860 - 1910)*
  Caroline Elizabeth Kinnison Dickinson (1818 - 1926)
  Milton Virgil Kinnison (1833 - 1911)*
*Calculated relationship

Born Jefferson County, Miss.
NOV. 7, 1818
Died MAY 29, 1926

County Line Cemetery
DeWitt County
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