Timothy Dickinson was born on June 25, 1761 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson joined the Continental Army in 1777 after an order from the General Court of Massachusetts produced an order "to raise men to go to Ticonderoga". Dickinson continued to serve in the Continental Army until November, 1779, when his regiment was discharged in Albany. Timothy Dickinson graduated from Dartmouth in 1785 and later studied theology under Rev. Tappan of Newbury. He was ordained as minister at Holliston, Massachusetts on February 18, 1789. He remained minister at that place until his death. Timothy Dickinson died on July 6, 1813.