John Dickinson was the son of Nathaniel Dickinson and Anna _____ Gull Dickinson and the husband of Frances Foote. About 1637 John emigrated with his family from England to Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 1648 in Wethersfield he married Frances Foote. He served as surveyor of highways in 1651. In 1659 John Dickinson moved to Hadley, Massachusetts in the Connecticut river valley. With the beginning of King Philip's war John most certainly manned the Hadley palisades against numerous attacks by King Philip's forces. As a volunteer he very briefly served under Capt. William Turner in one famous battle that ended in John's death. John Dickinson was killed by Indians during the retreat in Turner's Falls Fight (Battle of Peskeompskut). A memorial plaque near Nash's Mill, Greenfield Twp, Franklin Co, MA, commemorates the event as follows:
"Captain William Turner of Boston a soldier in King Philip's War was mortally wounded while crossing the Pukcommeacon (Green) River and fell on the west bank May 19, 1676 on the retreat after the 'Falls Fight' at Peskeompskut (Turner's Falls) Forty men of his command fell that day Captain Samuel Holyoke with the survivors fought their way back to Hatfield." For more detailed information about the battle see William Turner's memorial. John Dickinson does not have an individual grave marker.
The manager of this memorial is a direct descendant of John Dickinson and will not transfer.
Frances Foote Dickinson Barnard
1629 – unknown (m. 1648)
Hannah Dickinson Clary