Son of Hon. Samuel Dickins and Jane Vaughan. Major player in the Bolton/Dickins feud lasting from 1857 to 1870 during which eight (or as many as twelve) people died. Partner in one of the largest cotton/slave trading firms in the South. A dispute arose when the firm bought and sold a 23 year old slave who was later proved to be an indentured and free. A shooting incident involving Isaac Bolton, resulted in an expensive trial at which Ike was acquitted. An argument arose as to whether the expenses should be borne by the four partners (Wade, Isaac, an unrelated Washington Bolton and Dickins) or the brothers alone. Numerous court battles followed, before and after the war, pitting Dickins and Sarah Bolton (wife of the deceased Wash Bolton) against Wade. There were family intricacies as Wash's sister, Cinderella, was Isaac Bolton's widow and Josephine Bolton, Isaac's daughter, married Samuel Dickins, Tom's son. Wade Hampton Boltonwas shot by Dickins in July of 1869 and died shortly thereafter. Thomas Dickins, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds after being acquitted of Bolton's murder in 1870. Dr. Samuel Dickins died of a gunshot wound shortly thereafter.