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Pursuing the Dixons of Ryedale

I am just putting some notes down as I rework this part of the tree. A (biological) cousin of mine has done some extensive work on this already and I wanted to encapsulate some of what he has written so I have a definitive point in time reference of some of what he has gathered. However all of the data needs to be very carefully verified to ensure all the research begins at the right point. Initial notes are:

Thomas Dixon (Born 1804) lived in Lastingham. A mason.
Francis Dixon (Born 1761) from Lastingham but lived in Kirkbymoorside, and Helmsley. Francis would have been one of the last hand weaver's on the Moor. It is believed that he had a brother called John and that they lived next door to each other in Helmsley.

Thomas and Mary in 1841 - Lastingham

Thomas Dixon - Mason in 1841

It is worth noting some supplementary information surrounding extremely serious flooding in Ryedale. In 1754, it was particularly devastating (Helmsley actually saw fatalities). There were other floods subsequent to that too that could have driven some people away.

5th of October 2017
Initial downloads of monument inscriptions and parish magazines do not identify any of the individuals above. They may have certainly lived there but perhaps it was not likely a particularly long term arrangement. There are certainly Dixons in Helmsley and the likelihood of a connection is valid but there is no way to confirm this… yet.

5th of October
Awaiting parish registers specific to this location to begin a name search.

5th of October
To follow – and is probably more important given that Francis is alleged to be “from there”. It can wait, for now.


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