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Pursuing the Dixons of Ryedale - Part 4

Now that i know the father of Thomas Dixon was Francis Dixon i can begin to further flesh out the family tree. Whether Francis was born in Helmsley remains up for research. However, of a certainty, he died there and was certainly living there for some time. Let's look at the established facts.

I remain confident this is when he died
I obtained a copy of a very important document only in the last day or two. This was a "population study" of around six towns within the Ryedale. Contained within was a survey of the town undertaken in 1823.

1823 survey front page
Ad hoc and impromptu surveys such as this are absolutely priceless to family historians and genealogical researchers such as myself and they help corrobate anecdotal evidence or surmisings and assumptions. This was no exception. Within its pages i came across a set of data that has already been sent to me by my cousin who has conducted this research. At least i know now where he got it from.

John and Francis Dixon
Now, i have been told that these are two brothers. Whether this is true or not is hard to gauge but, given he died in Helmsley just seven years later, and that his son Thomas was born here we can be at least sure of this [Francis] individual. A search of John's of a similar age can hopefully help us confirm a father and mother to Francis. We shall see.

We know that Francis was certainly living in Helmsley at the turn of the century by virtue of the birth of his son. Intriguingly i came across other Dixon children born to Francis with the mother's name being given as Mary Proud (or Prowde). If you look back at the image above - you will see several houses down a house owned by John Proud. He had a daughter called Mary. The times work.

Mary Proud, born 1783
See where i am going with this? However this is not backed up with much other than circumstantial evidence at best.


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