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     From records of the Adjutant General's Office, compiled by the West Virginia State Archives:

     John H. Dickey - Age 55; mustered in 12 Nov 1861. Discharged by order of Secretary of War, 05 Mar 1863.

History of the Upper Ohio Valley,
Vol. I, pages 693-694. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

     ROBERT DICKEY was born in Marshall county, June 28, 1836. His parents were John H. and Mary (McBroom) Dickey. The father was born in the county Antrim, Ireland, and with his father, William, came to this country in 1818, settling in September of that year in Washington county, Penn. In 1836 he moved to Marshall county, locating on the farm now owned by Robert. For several years he was county surveyor; was deputy sheriff in 1856, and when the south seceded, he organized Company L, of the Sixth West Virginia infantry, serving as captain of that company for eighteen months. Returning home he was elected justice of the peace, in which capacity he served for eight years. He then filled the office of judge of the county court for four years with great credit, after which he sought to retire from the active duties of life, but found it impossible to do so, as his valuable services were continually called into requisition as a notary public and surveyor until his health entirely failed him. He was a Master Mason, an old time whig, and in later times an ardent republican, as well as an influential and useful member of the Presbyterian church. February 26, 1829, he was married, and his wife, Mary, still survives him at the age of ninety years. They were parents of Thomas William, Nancy, John H., David, Sarah J., James and Robert. Robert Dickey was raised on the paternal farm, where he remained until he enlisted in the fall of 1861, in Company L, Sixth West Virginia infantry, with which he fought for over three years. This regiment was raised to guard the B. & O. R.R. property, and most of the time was engaged in guarding that road, and scouting in its vicinity. The regiment did much hard and effective service. Mr. Dickey was wounded August 4, 1864, at New Creek, the ball taking effect in the left arm and side, thus incapacitating him for further service. He married Sarah Mellon, December 22, 1864, the ceremony being solemnized by the Rev. Job Rossel. Mrs. Dickey is a daughter of Mark and Rebecca Ann (Bane) Mellon. Her grandfather, Samuel Mellon, married Betty, daughter of Billie and Peggy (McGonigal) McMinimi. These great-grandparents died in Ireland, their native land. The grandparents, Samuel and Betty, came to this country in 1780, the passage over consuming six weeks; they landed with only sufficient money to purchase a tin bucket, yet, at the time of their death, they were in affluent circumstances. Mr. and Mrs. Dickey's marriage has been blessed by the birth of three children: George W., Clara and John H. Clara is now Mrs. John C. Burley. The others are away from home sursuing their education. George W. is at present attending the state Normal school at West Liberty, W.Va. Mr. Dickey lives, as it becomes all good citizens to live, at peace with his neighbors, and all with whom he comes in contact, never having been involved in any legal controversy, or dispute with any man. He follows the political faith of his father, being an earnest republican. Mrs. Dickey has been for over thirty years a consistent, useful member of the Baptist church.

1850 Census Marshall County, W.Va.
DICKEY (952)
John H...$3000...Farmer...48-M...Ire.
John H...12-M...VA
Sarah Jane...5-F...VA

1860 Census Marshall County, W.Va.
DICKEY (1248)
John H...53-wm...farmer...Ireland
David...19-wm...farm laborer...VA
Sarah J...15-wf...VA