In memory of Delaphina Decker, my Maternal Great-Grandmother on the DECKER branch.


  • U.S. Social Security Death Index, SSN 205-38-4347

  • Dickinson Family Bible [Link]

  • 1900 U.S. Federal Census Warwick, Orange, New York

  • 1910 U.S. Federal Census Warwick, Orange, New York

  • 1915 New York State Census Warwick, Orange, New York

  • 1930 U.S. Federal Census Oakland, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania

  • 1940 U.S. Federal Census Asbury Park, Monmouth, New Jersey

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Delaphina Decker

Maps & Research Links:


1897 Jan 19

Port Jervis, Orange, New York


1925 Oct 8

Newark, Essex, New Jersey



1982 Feb 6

East Stroudsburg, Monroe, Pennsylvania

Sherburne West Hill Cemetery

Sherburne, Chenango, NY



Delaphina Decker, better known as "Mary", was a daughter of Charles Gilbert Decker and Lydia (Mayo) Decker. Delaphina was born on the 19th of January, 1897, in Port Jervis, Orange County, New York. She is known to have attended school in nearby Warwick, where her family was found when the 1900 census was taken. Her father died when she was 12 years old and the following year she was counted on the 1910 census living in the home of Dr. Charles W. Many in Warwick as a "Servant". Her mother was still living in Warwick with Delephina's younger brothers in 1910 and 1920. She attended Bethel Bible Institute, in Newark, New Jersey, where she met her future husband and lifelong partner, William Henry Dickinson, the first-born son of Harry Dickinson and Annie Robinson.

She married William Henry Dickinson on October 8, 1925, in Newark, New Jersey and together they established and pastored many churches in the tri-state area including Assembly of God churches in Oakland, PA, Moravia, NY, Lansingville, NY, Ludlowville, NY, Glens Falls, NY, Asbury Park, NJ, Bethpage, NY, Fredonia, NY, Carthage, NY, Middletown, NY, Woodburne, NY, and Bangor, PA. They were both licensed ministers. William and Mary had the following children: William ("Ben"), James, Elizabeth ("Betty"), Margaret, Robert, Ruth, and Jonathan Dickinson. 

Mary was a devout Christian women, serving the ministry with her husband on a full-time basis all her life. William died at the age of 79 on the 9th of December, 1978, and Mary died four years later, on the 6th of February, 1982, in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 85. Together, she and William are buried in West Hill Cemetery in Sherburne, Chenango County, New York. A complete genealogy of the couple is provided in "The Family of Rev. William H. Dickinson".


Delaphina Decker & William Henry Dickinson were the parents of my ancestor,

Other known children:

  1. Della Agnes Decker

  2. William Benjamin Dickinson

  3. James I. Dickinson

  4. Mary Elizabeth Dickinson

  5. Margaret Annie Dickinson (1930-1954)

  6. Robert Dickinson

  7. Ruth Dickinson

  8. Jonathan Dickinson

Records, photos, and memorabilia pertaining to the life of Delaphina Decker:

DNA Notes:

Confirmed by match with Rick Elrod, Benjamin Stevens, Lennie Vilches, and Lena Wheeler, descendants of William H Dickinson and Delaphine Decker.

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