Livingston Thomas Dickason is also my relative; he was a half-brother to my great-grandfather, Isaac Dickason.
L. T. Dickason was born in Montgomery Township, Marion County, Ohio, on November 25, 1843, to Joseph M. Dickason and his first wife, Catherine Adair. L. T. died on March 22, 1913, in Naples, Italy, while he was on a world tour.
Pvt. Livingston Dickason served in the American Civil War with the 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company H, which organized on April 25, 1861. He is listed in the Marion County History of 1883 as Pvt. Livingston Dickinson but rose to the rank of Colonel before the end of the conflict. His two brothers, John and Wesley, were killed in the Civil War with the 96th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E. His cousin, Samuel Dickason, died of typhoid during the Civil War. Livingston first enlisted on August 6, 1862, and when that term was up, he re-enlisted.
The following excerpt comes from the HISTORY OF VERMILLION COUNTY, ILLINOIS, written by the early Illinois historian, H. W. Beckwith, and printed in 1879:
"L. T. Dickason, the present mayor of the city of Danville, is a native of Marion County, Ohio, where most of his early life was spent. In 1861 he entered the Federal Army. In the war of 1861-1865, enlisting in Company H, 4th Ohio, three months service. He participated in many of the heavy battles, being engaged at Shiloh, Perryville, Stone River, the siege of Corinth, and Battle of Chickamauga, being severely wounded in this last named engagement; on account of which he was discharged from further service, though he had served nearly his full term of enlistment. In 1867 he came to Vermillion County, where he has since resided, being one among the most active business men of the county. For a time he was engaged in buying and shipping grain, being located at Fairmont. Moving from there to Danville, he soon became very popular politically and is now enjoying his "third term" of Mayorship. He is also very extensively engaged in the coal and timber trade, in company with Charles L. English. They give in employment to about four hundred men, their timber contracts with the different railroad companies amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and extending over several states . . . ."
Among some of the other and specific accomplisments of Livingston T. Dickason was to organize the "Danville Guards" in February, 1876, and of which he was captain.
In 1882 during one of his terms as mayor, he founded the Danville Public Library, and in 1895 he was one of the three trustrees of the Soldiers and Sailors Home at Quincy, Illinois. One of his principal ventures was the building of a large amount of the mileage of the Monon Route Railroad.
In his declining years Livingston T. Dickason moved from Danville to a new and quite pretentious home that he built in the then newly developed suburban area in South Chicago. The home is no longer standing.
DIES IN NAPLES
Born and Raised Over in the Village
of La Rue
Colonel L. T. Dickason, of Chi-
cago, a former resident of LaRue,
died a week ago Saturday in Naples,
Italy. The dying wish of the aged
Civil war veteran was that he might
see Italy before he died, and, al-
though paralyzed from head to foot
his wish was gratified, and he was
taken to Europe last February by
his family. A cablegram announc-
ing the death of the millionaire real
estate owner and mine operator was
received in Chicago a week ago
today. The widow and two of her
three children, Dorothy and Livings-
ton, were at the bedside when death
came. The other daughter, Mrs. M.
L. Gould, of Indianapolis, is in this
Colonel Dickason was born at La
Rue, November 25, 1943. After
the outbreak of the war he enlisted
as a private in H Company, Fourth
O. V. I. and was discharged as a
private, August 18, 1861. He rein-
listed as a private in B company,
Sixty-First O. V. I. in November
1861, and was discharged with the
rank of sergeant, July 24, 1864.
After the war, Colonel Dickason
went to Danville, Illinois, where he
was prominent for many years in
business and public life. He engag-
ed in the railroad contracting busi-
ness and served ten years as mayor
of Danville. The funeral will be
held in Chicago.
A message was received at LaRue
last night for Mrs. Joseph Dickason
from Mr. Dickason's private secre-
tary notifying her of her step-son's
death, the secretary not being aware
that Mrs. Dickason had died a month
ago, the day Mr. Dickason called
from New York. The deceased was
a son of the late Joseph Dickason
and left this place in 1868. He
leaves a brother, Jasper Dickason,
and a number of other relatives in
Source: Marion Daily Star (Marion, Ohio),
Tuesday, April 1, 1913, Page Five,
Image 8 of 12
Source: Wills of Saint Joseph County, Indiana
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DICKASON, LIVINGSTON T., 1913, 052, 0
Source: The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), June 8, 1913
DICKASON'S WILL, DIVIDING
$2,000,000, FILED IN INDIANA
Capitalist Owning Much Property in
State, Who Died in Chicago, Gives
Widow Third of Estate.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., June 7. ----A
copy of the will of the late L. T. Dickason,
who died in Chicago recently and who
still has considerable property interests
in this county, was filed in the recorder's
office here today. Mr. Dickason was part
owner in a stone quarry in the Blooming-
ton district controlled by the late John B.
Crafton, the only Indiana man who
perished in the Titanic steamship dis-
aster. Mr. Dickason also owned the Old
Fair Grounds just west of the city, which
the widow recently sold to H. B. Gentry.
the circus man. Among the other hold-
ings of Mr. Dickason was the building
in which the Wells Hotel at French Lick
The estate is worth $2,000,000 and the
trusteees, Mrs. Elizabeth Dickason, the
widow; Morton L. Gould, a son-in-law,
and Joseph H. Geraghty, a friend, quali-
fied by giving bond in the sum of
The widow is given all the household
goods and one-third of the entire estate.
John Dickason Gould, a grandson, is to
have $25,000 when he becomes of age;
Ida M. Gibson gets a bequest of $5,000;
the children, Ada, Dorothy and Liv-
inston Dickason, share alike in the dis-
tribution of the remainder of the estate.
The date of the will is Aug. 22, 1910, and
a codicil added Feb. 15, 1913, permits
the trustees to defer making payment of
the legacies for five years from the date
of Mr. Dickason's death.
Mr. Dickason was the builder of the
Indiana Stone Railroad ten years ago
from Clear Creek to the stone fields of
southern Monroe County.
His first wife was Syble "Sibbie" Mary Tinkham (1849-1891), whom he married in Montgomery Township, Marion County, Ohio, on May 29, 1866. L. T. and Syble Dickason were the parents of Clara Belle Dickason (1867-1894; married Morton Lange Gould); Clinton Dewitt Dickason (1868-1868);
Katie E. Dickason (died in infancy); and Ada Dell Dickason
(1876-1947; married Morton Lange Gould after her sister Clara's death).
L. T. Dickason's second wife was Elizabeth Gilbert Barber; they married in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on September 14, 1892, and had two children: Dorothy Dickason (b. 1894 in Chicago) and Livingston T. Dickason, Jr.,
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