See my other message.The problem with genealogy is that the longer an error has existed in publication, the harder it is to get rid of it.What you find online is full of errors.
Philemon Dickinson was definitely the son of Christopher and not the son of Noah.Here is the history:
1.The Mormon leader Orson Pratt took notes on his mother's family in 1846, direct from his mother, Charity (Dickinson) Pratt (1776-1849).She was the daughter of Samuel and Huldah (Griffith) Dickinson and the granddaughter of Christopher Dickinson.As she was born in 1776, she personally knew Philemon.In this sketch, she wrote that Philemon's wife was named Martha.This sketch appears in the book "Finding Your Forefathers in America" by Archibald Bennett (1950s).
2.Christopher Dickinson's son Samuel is known to have gone to Bolton, Warren County, New York (same source).The 1800 and 1810 censuses show Samuel there.Philemon is there in all the censuses from 1800 to 1850, and John from 1800 to 1840.
3.A genealogy of some descendants of Philemon Dickinson appears in William Richard Cutter, Genealogical and Family History of Western New York (New York:Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1912), 2: 653-655.As was typical with Cutter, people submitted their own genealogical information and he would tack it on to something he found that was already published.In this case, everything from Philemon downward is good, but everything backward from him is not.He made Philemon out to be the son of a Noah Dickinson.
4.Cutter writes that Philemon Dickinson was born Aug. 20, 1761, in Dutchess County, New York.This is an example of accurate information (provided by family) mixed with falsehoods, because then he makes Philemon out to be the son of Noah, b. 1729, d. Mar. 28, 1815, who married, Apr. 28, 1757, Mary Dickinson.Noah was a member of the Massachusetts Dickinson family.Noah lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1790-1800-1810, NOT in New York.His Revolutionary service was in Massachusetts.Apparently no children of his were recorded, but one book, Genealogies of Hadley Families, by Boltwood, gives him a daughter Mary, who married Ebenezer Mattoon.
So, unless a will of Noah Dickkinson can be located, it doesn't look as if it would be easy to disprove Cutter's placement of Philemon as Noah's son.
However, we know that Charity (b. 1776) said her uncle Philemon married Martha, that Philemon was born in Dutchess County, that Philemon's brother went to Cherry Valley, NY (from Cutter; this was James, son of Christopher), that Philemon went to Bolton, NY, just like his brothers Samuel and John, that Denslow lived next to Bolton in Caldwell (with no connections to any Dickinsons in Amherst, Mass.)....So there is no question that Philemon was the son of Christopher and Mary Dickinson, who lived in Dutchess County in 1761 and later were in Canaan, Columbia County, NY.
I thought I would detail this out, in order to help correct this error----although knowing how these errors get perpetuated, I doubt that it will!