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George Dicey (1836-1898)
Born in Bath, N.Y., was foreman of boiler for Industrial Works in Bay City.

1892 Biography. (Added May, 2010)

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan -1892.


George Dicey, a fine boiler-maker and iron worker is one of the members of the John and Jane (Dow) Dicey, natives of Canada and Allegheny County, N. Y., respectively. Grandfather Dicey, whose name was Richard P., served in the War of 1812 on the English side, and was a trader in Canada, where he died. John Dicey, who was an early settler in Bath, N. Y., came thither from Canada, where he was born in 1808. From the Empire State in 1852 he removed Westward to Michigan, settling in Grass Lake, Jackson County, and there purchased a farm, which was his home until his early career was ended in 1866.

On the maternal side, our subject is the grandson of Felkert Dow, who belonged to an old Eastern family, and was born in New York. He served in the War of 1812, and followed his trade of a weaver until his death, which occurred in Franklin, Pa. Mrs. Jane Dicey accompanied her husband to Michigan, where at a good age she passed away. Of her six children three still survive, our subject being the second in order of birth. His older brother, E. C., served throughout the Civil War as Captain of Company B, First Michigan Sharpshooters and was taken prisoner at Petersburgh, Va., and was confined nine months at Columbia, S. C. He now resides in Chicago, Joseph, who was a member of the Seventeenth Michigan Regiment, served until his honorable career as a soldier was terminated by his death at the battle of South Mountain. Level was also a faithful defender of our country, and served in the Twenty-sixth Michigan Infantry during the last days of the Civil War.

The boyhood days of our subject were passed in Bath, N. Y., where he received good common-school advantages. At the age of sixteen years he came West to Michigan in company with the other members of his family and remained with his father until he was twenty years old; then going to Grand Haven, he worked in the woods in lumbering for one year, until on account of having his leg broken he was compelled to seek a different occupation. He then served an apprenticeship at the boiler trade for two years under Thomas for a few years and then spent a short time in Ferrysburg, Wyandotte, Muskegon, and Montague, successively.

In the last named city Mr. Dicey started a boiler shop which he sold in July, 1872, and went to Kansas with a view of locating in that State. However, he was not satisfied with the prospects offered him there and after a short sojourn removed to Missouri, where he worked for one and one-half years in Brookfield, in the railroad shops of the Hannibal & St. Jose Railroad. From the latter city he returned to Jackson, this State, and for almost a year was employed in the boiler shop of the Jackson Foundry & Machine Co., after which for three years he was in the Michigan Central Railroad shops. It was during the year 1878 that he came to Bay City, and was for ten years connected with the boiler shop of the Industrial Works as foreman. He afterwards, in company with John Carey, established the shop which they still manage and which consists of a main building 30x60 feet in dimensions on the corner of Main and Fitzhugh Streets, West Bay City, and has steam power and first-class machinery.

Mr. Dicey owns a dwelling at No. 119 Monroe Street besides the residence which he occupies at No. 610 Eleventh Street. He was married July 4, 1862, in Waterloo, Jackson County, to Miss Sarah A. Woodward, who was born in the same township where she was afterwards married. The father of Mrs. Dicey, Daniel Woodard, was born and reared in New York, whence he removed to Canada and later came to Waterloo in 1840, settling on a farm and remaining there until his death in 1876, at the age of seventy-two years. In his political affiliations he was a Democrat; and religiously, he held membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Dicey's mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Fraer, was a native of the Empire State, and the daughter of Michael Fraer, a soldier in the War of 1812, and a farmer in New York State. Her grandfather served in the Revolutionary War. Mrs. Woodward still survives (1892) at the age of eighty-two years, and resides in Rives Township, Jackson County.

In a family numbering eight children, Mrs. Dice was next to the youngest, and was born at Waterloo, Mich., November 29, 1843. Her union with Mr. Dicey has brought them eight children, as follows: Charles E., who is assisting his father in the boiler shop; Daniel W., a carpenter of West Bay City; Frank L., who is Assistant Cashier of the Barnet Produce Company, of Chicago, Angie, Amy F., George and Anna M., who still remain at home. The various social organizations of Bay City Receive the hearty support of Mr. Dicey, and he is a member of the Mason fraternity, Royal Arch Masons, the Ancient Order United Workmen, and the Order of Chosen Friends. In the two latter orders he has held the prominent chairs. Since the Civil War he has been a staunch Republican, believing the principles of that party conducive to the best welfare of the Government, and supports its candidates by his influence and ballot.

Additional Notes.

    1850 Census: Bath, Steuben, NY

  • Dicey, John, age 40, pot ash boiler, Canada
  • Jane, age 40, NY
  • Eleanor, 20, cooper, NY
  • George, age 14, NY
  • Charlotte, age 11, NY
  • Joseph, age 9, NY
  • Catharine, age 6, NY
  • Level, age 3, NY

    1861 Michigan Marriages: Jackson Co., Mich.

  • Date: July 4, 1861.
  • Groom: George Dicky (s/b Dicey), b. 1837
  • Bride: Sarah Ann Woodward, b. 1844

    1880 Census, Bay City, Mich.

  • Dicey, George, age 44 (1836), NY, boiler maker
  • Sarah A., wife, age 36 (1844), MI keeps house
  • Sarah J., dau, age 18 (1862), MI, at home
  • Charles E., son, age 16 (1864), MI, at home
  • Daniel W., son, age 12 (1868), MI, at home
  • Frank, son, age 10 (1870), MI, at home
  • Angie, dau, age 6 (1874), MO, at home
  • Amy, dau, age 2 (1878), MI at home

    1889 Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Carey, George, boilermkr Dicey & Carey, bds John Carey.
  • Carey, John (Dicey & Carey), res 208 James Bay City.
  • Carey, Robert, boilermkr Dicey & Carey, bds John Carey.
  • Dicey, Charles E., boiler mkr Dicey & Carey, res Van Buren, Bay City.
  • Dicey, George (Dicey & Carey), res 610 11th Bay City.
  • Dicey & Carey (George Dicey, John Carey), props West Bay City Boiler Works Main n e cor Washington, 5th Ward

    1896 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Dicey, Charles E, laborer Industrial Works, res 610 11th
  • Dicey, George, foreman Industrial Works, res 610 11th
  • George Dicey, member of the A.O.U.W., Center Lodge, No. 120, which was organized in February, 1882.

View Contributions:
    Aug. 1, 2010 -
    From Bonnie Bowden Scheddel, g.g.granddauther of George Dicey.
  • George Dicey died September 24, 1898, at Meridan, Miss.
  • Provided is a close up image of George Dicey and the following picture photo:

Related Pages/Notes

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Industrial Works
People Referenced
Carey, George
Carey, John
Carey, Robert
Dicey, Amy F. (dau)
Dicey, Angie (dau)
Dicey, Anna M. (dau)
Dicey, Catharine (sis)
Dicey, Charles E. (son)
Dicey, Charlotte (sis)
Diecy, Daniel W. (son)
Dicey, E.C. (bro)
Dicey, Frank L. (son)
Dicey, George (subject)
Dicey, Geroge Jr. (son)
Dicey, John (father)
Dicey, Joseph (bro)
Dicey, Level (bro)
Dicey, Richard P (g-father)
Dicey, Sarah J. (dau)
Dow, Felkert (g-father)
Dow, Jane (mother)
Fraer, Michael
Fraer, Sarah A. (m-inlaw)
Woodward, Daniel (f-inlaw)
Woodward, Sarah A (wife)
Subjects Referenced
1st MI S.shooters, Co B
17th MI Reg.
26th MI Inf.
Allegheny Co., NY
Barnet Produce Co.
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Brookfield, MO
Chicago, IL
Civil War
Columbia, SC
Dicey & Cary Co.
Ferrysburg, MI
Franklin, PA
Grand Haven, MI
Grass Lake, MI
Hannibal & ST. Jose RR
Industrial Works
Jackson Co., MI
Jacksopn Foundry & Mach.
Methodist Epis. Ch.
Michigan Central RR
Montague, MI
Muskegon, MI
Petersburg, VA
Revolutionary War
Rives twp. Jackson, MI
War of 1812
Waterloo, MI
West Bay City, MI
Wyondotte, MI
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