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Arthur Clifford Dingle (1891-1989) was born in Manning, South Carolina to Edward Dingle and Susan Emma Dingle. One of nine children, he attended public school until the age of 17, when his father died. Dingle then left South Carolina in search of work to support his mother and siblings, beginning his migration towards the North. In 1918 he settled in Philadelphia, where he resided until his death in 1989.
In 1925 Fletcher (1895-1992) and Utensie (1902-2006) Hillian joined the Great Migration north, moving to Philadelphia in 1925 from South Carolina. They chose Philadelphia not just for the economic opportunities they believed they would find there, but also because of the opportunities for home ownership. Over the course of their lives, they made new lives in the city, helped family members make their own move to Philadelphia, and there raised a daughter in the home that they owned.