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Dickson, Robert, was born in Antwerp, N. Y., March 28, 1846, a son of James, and grandson of John Dickson, a native of Scotland, and spent his last days in Antwerp. His wife was Jenette Smith, a native of Scotland and died in Antwerp; they had a family of six children. James Dickson was born in Roxburghshire, Scotland, August 22, 1809. In 1831 he located in Brockville, Canada, and in 1836 came to St. Lawrence county, N.Y., and that same year married Betsey A. Laidlaw, Rossie, born in Scotland, December 15, 1815, and they had seven children: Euphemia M., John 2d, Alexander L., Robert, James C., Jennie S. and Betsey H. Mr. Dickson was a joiner by trade and commenced business life with but little capital and at the time of his death, September 8, 1868, was one of the largest land owners in the town of Antwerp and one of its most prominent men. In politics he was a Republican, and was active in the Presbyterian church. His wife died September 9, 1888. Robert Dickson was educated in the common schools and Ives Seminary. He began life as a farmer, which he still follows. He is one of the representative farmers of his town, owning 400 acres of land and has a dairy of seventy cows. In politics he is a Democrat; he is a member of Antwerp Lodge No. 226, F. & A. M.; of Gouverneur Chapter No. 283, R. A. M. and of the Indian River Grange. November 6, 1867, he married Adelia E. Lynde, born in Rossie, N. Y., in 1849, a daughter of James C. and Roana (Crowner) Lynde, he born in Antwerp, May 15. 1815, and she born in Champion. August 17, 1810. James C. Lynde was a son of Elliott Lynde, one of the first settlers of Antwerp and justice for many years. James C. had six children: James H., Sarah A, Emogene, Charles H., Adelia E. and Ella A. James C. died January 22, 1879, and his wife March 14, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dickson had three children: James Robert, born July 23, 1868; Annie E., born November 5, 1870; and Milton L., born January 27, 1882. Annie married Eugene Kitts of Antwerp, and died April 12, 1894.

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