Dickens family

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The Dickens family (and friends) in 1864 - (l-r) Charles Dickens, Jr., Kate Dickens, Charles Dickens, Miss Hogarth, Mary Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Georgina Hogarth

The Dickens family are the descendants of John Dickens, the father of the English novelist Charles Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Royal Navy Pay Office and had eight children from his marriage to Elizabeth Barrow. Two were from previous wives, having had ten children overall.

John Dickens was according to his son Charles "a jovial opportunist with no money sense" and was the inspiration for Mr Micawber in David Copperfield.

The family members include:

married Elizabeth Barrow (1789–1863); 8 children
  • Frances Elizabeth Dickens (1810–1848)
  • Charles Dickens (1812–1870), English novelist of the Victorian era
married Catherine Hogarth (1815–1879); 10 children
1. Charles Culliford Boz Dickens (1837–1896), editor and writer, married Elizabeth Matilda Moule Evans; 8 children, including
  • Mary Angela Dickens (1862–1948), journalist and novelist and writer of Children's Stories from Dickens[1]
  • Sydney Margaret Dickens, married Thomas Whinney
  • Humphrey Whinney
2. Mary "Mamie" Dickens (1838–1896)
3. Catherine Elizabeth Macready Dickens (1839–1929), artist, married (i) Charles Allston Collins (1828–1872), (ii) Charles Edward Perugini (1839–1918); 1 child by (ii), died in infancy.
4. Walter Savage Landor Dickens (1841–1863), officer in the British Indian Army
5. Francis Jeffrey Dickens (1844–1886), member of the North-West Mounted Police
6. Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens (1845–1912), emigrated to Australia; lecturer on his father's life; 2 daughters
7. Sydney Smith Haldimand Dickens (1847–1872), a Royal Navy officer
8. Henry Fielding Dickens (1849–1933), King's Counsel and barrister; married Marie Roche (1852–1940); 7 children
  • Enid Henrietta Dickens (1877–1950) married Ernest Bouchier Hawksley (1876–1931)
  • Jennifer Downing (1932–1993), actress, married Peter Forster (1920–1982)
  • Cyril Dickens Bouchier Hawksley (1909–1976)
  • Henry Dickens Bouchier Hawksley
  • Joanna Mary Dickens Baldwin, great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens
  • Virginia (Ginny) Jane Dickens Hawksley-Lennard, great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens
  • Lucinda Anne Dickens Hawksley, author, great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens
  • Henry Charles Dickens (1878–1966)
  • Mark Dickens, Royal Navy officer[4]
  • Marion Evelyn Dickens
  • Harry Lloyd, actor, great-great-great grandson of Charles Dickens
  • David Charles Dickens (1925–2005), editor of medical books, great-grandson of Charles Dickens
  • Cameron Thomas Charles Dickens
  • Philip Charles Dickens (1887–1964)
  • Cedric Charles Dickens (1889–1916), died in World War I
9. Dora Annie Dickens (1850–1851)
10. Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens (1852–1902), emigrated to Australia
  • Alfred Charles Dickens (1847–1878), Edmund Henry Dickens (1849–1910), Florence Helen Dickens (1850–1941), Katherine Louisa Dickens (1853/54–1921), Augusta Maud Colls (1857–1941)


  1. ^ "1891 Census".
  2. ^ Descendants of Archibald Kenrick,
  3. ^ C'MonGetHappy.com: An Interview With Brian Forster, Pt 1
  4. ^ Mark Dickens, Dickens Fellowship. Archived January 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Peter Ackroyd 'Dickens' Published by Sinclair-Stevenson (1990) pg 266
  6. ^ 'Eulogy for Augustus Dickens and Bertha Phillips', the Chicago Dickens Fellowship
  7. ^ 'THE STORY OF MRS AUGUSTUS DICKENS' Timaru Herald, Rōrahi X, Putanga 414, 15 Haratua 1869, Page 4