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Jesse M. Dickey was born in Macon county, Illinois, October 7, 1841, and was reared and educated in the same county. In 1855 he came to Daviess county this State, and located in Lincoln township, engaging in farming till the spring of 1871, when he came to Jamesport and embarked in the general merchandise business, and is still engaged hi the same line. When the war began in 1861 Mr. Dickey enlisted in Company D; of the Fifty-first Missouri Volunteers, with the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the commissary department. He served till the war was closed and was honorably discharged.
Mr. Dickey was married, in this county, on the 20th of April, 1862, to Miss Caroline Hamilton, a native of Daviess county, born September 12, 1845. They are the parents of three children: Martha A. and Mary F., still living, and an infant, deceased. Mr. Dickey is one of the solid business men of Jamesport, and his obliging disposition and general fair dealing have built him up a good trade in his line.