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Pursuing the Dixons of Ryedale - Part 2

It's amazing what you can find in a day or two. I've been making good use of the parish registers in Ryedale and have been able to find answers to things i was looking. As a genealogist, anything that corroborates the date you have - or the assumptions - is much sought after. I answered one question but potentially opened up another. I knew that there were definitw connections to Lastingham, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley.

Thomas Dixon, marriage and movements. 

I knew that Thomas Dixon (born about 1804) was a stone mason - and that he had lived in Lastingham. He had also given his birth location as Lastingham in the 1841 census.

However, a careful search of the Lastingham parish registers, generated nothing to confirm this. He actually belonged (according to the Lastingham parish registers) to the kirkbymoorside parish though when he married his wife - Mary Cook. This marriage took place in 1824. It suggests that he moved around a bit. The reason i say this is because i could not find a record for his birth in Kirkbymoorside parish registers also. Nor in Helmsley. In fact i struggled to find it almost anywhere.

Thomas with the parish listed as Kirkbymoorside and not Lastingham

I also learned something else unusual. Mary appears to have remarried (the surname Keech with a Bedfordshire connection crops up) though this needs validation. Thomas seems to never appear in the 1851 census - nor does his family as we see them in 1841. It is highly probable he died in his mid to perhaps late 30's. His son John Dixon (my 3rd great-grandfather) would have been quite young - at best a teenager - when that happened. He was fortunately old enough to have been apprenticed in to the trade that his father was doing - stone masonry.

I am still looking so i cannot take this at face value. More to come.


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