DIXON OF WORTLEY

 

The account below presents the Dixon family in accordance with the documentary evidence. However, in light of DNA test results, there is some reason to doubt that Mark Dixon (1859-1942) was a biological son of James Dixon (1825-1892). Further information is given in the account of the Earnshaw family.

 

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DIXON

 

1      JAMES DIXON of Bacup, Lancashire, Wyke, Yorkshire and Wortley, Yorkshire, coal miner, was born ca 1792 at Halifax,[1] and died on 27 October 1866 at Lower Wortley.[2] He married on 20 August 1815 at Rochdale, ELLEN EASTWOOD,[3] who was born ca 1794 at Bacup[4] and died on 27 October 1870 at Farnley, Leeds.[5]

 

                  Children of James and Ellen (Eastwood) Dixon:

                           i        BETTY DIXON, bap 29 May 1816, Bacup.[6]

                         ii       MARY ANNE DIXON, bap 6 Aug 1817, Bacup.[7]

                           iii     BETTY DIXON, bap 7 Dec 1819, Bacup.[8]

                           iv      WILLIAM DIXON of Farnley, coal miner, b Bacup, bap 24 Jun 1821, Bacup;[9] m(1) 2 Aug 1841, Halifax, ELIZABETH GREEN;[10] m(2) 8 Mar 1885, St Peter, Leeds, BRIDGET (HOYLE) GREENWOOD.[11]

                       v       JAMES DIXON (1825-1892); m(1) SARAH PEARSON; m(2) HANNAH WATERHOUSE.

                           vi     ELLEN DIXON, bap 7 Apr 1828, Bacup.[12]

                           vii    ELIZABETH DIXON, bap 4 Oct 1830, Bacup.[13]

                           viii   SARAH DIXON, b Tong, Lancashire, bap 10 Apr 1833, Bacup;[14] m 2 Aug 1852, St Peter, Leeds, BENJAMIN THEWLIS.[15]

                           ix     JOHN DIXON of The Mount, Low Wortley, Leeds, coal miner, b Wyke, bap 15 Apr 1838, Halifax;[16] m SARAH.[17]

                           x       ROBERT DIXON, b 5 Aug 1838, Upper Wyke.[18]

 

2      JAMES DIXON of Lower Wortley, coal miner and broker, was born at Bacup, baptised on 24 July 1825 at Bacup[19] and died on 19 March 1892 at Lower Wortley.[20] He married first, on 5 November 1847 at Birstall, SARAH PEARSON,[21] daughter of Joseph and Mary (Wilkinson) Pearson (see here). Sarah was born at Wyke, baptised on 20 July 1823 at Wibsey,[22] and died on 28 October 1867 at Lower Wortley.[23] James Dixon married second, on 15 November 1874 at Birstall, HANNAH WATERHOUSE,[24] daughter of Joseph and Mary Waterhouse. Hannah was born on 1 October 1838 at East Bierley[25] and died on 18 April 1902 at Wortley.[26]

 

                   Child of Sarah Pearson:[27]

                          i        MARY PEARSON, b ca 1846, Wyke,[28] d 19 May 1870, Farnley;[29] m 27 Sep 1868, St Peter, Leeds, JOSEPH WOOD.[30]

 

                  Children of James and Sarah (Pearson) Dixon:

                          ii       ELLEN DIXON, b ca 1851, Wyke;[31] m 6 Aug 1870, St Peter, Leeds, JOHN RHODES.[32]

                          iii    ELIZABETH DIXON, b ca 1853, Northowram, Yorkshire;[33] m 24 Jul 1870, St Philip, Leeds, THOMAS BROOKE.[34]

                          iv      SARAH ANN DIXON, b ca 1855, Wortley;[35] m 8 Aug 1874, St Peter, Leeds, THOMAS NORMAN.[36]

                          v       TOM DIXON of Lower Wortley, miner, b ca 1857, Wortley,[37] d 3 Dec 1919;[38] m 28 Aug 1882, St Peter, Leeds, ELIZABETH ELLEN MAUDSLEY.[39]

                  3       vi      MARK DIXON (1859-1942); m POLLY BALDWIN.

                          vii    HANNAH DIXON, b ca 1861, d 20 Feb 1866, bur 24 Feb 1866, Wortley.[40]

                          viii   WILLIE DIXON, b ca 1863, d 30 Apr 1866, bur 2 May 1866, Wortley.[41]

                          ix     SARAH DIXON, b 28 Oct 1867, Wortley, d 13 Dec 1960, Leeds;[42] m 22 Feb 1885, St Peter, Leeds, GEORGE HENRY NORWOOD.[43]

 

                  Children of James and Hannah (Waterhouse) Dixon:

                          x       JOSEPH WATERHOUSE DIXON of Lower Wortley, millhand, b 21 Nov 1874, East Bierley, Yorkshire;[44] m(1) 14 Apr 1895, St Peter, Leeds, CLARA JAGGER;[45] m(2) 22 May 1915, St Peter, Leeds, ANN ELIZABETH (CLIFFORD) RUDKIN.[46]

                          xi     ARTHUR DIXON, b ca 1879, East Bierley;[47] m 27 Mar 1909, St Peter, Leeds, GRACE STOCKDALE.[48]

 

3      MARK DIXON of Wortley, butcher, was born on 28 June 1859 at Lower Wortley[49] and died on 14 December 1942 at Wortley.[50] He married on 29 August 1881 at Wortley, POLLY BALDWIN,[51] daughter of Samuel and Mary Jane (Lawrence) Baldwin (see here). Polly was born on 18 March 1861 at Leeds, and died on 6 November 1935 at Wortley.

  

                  Children of Mark and Polly (Baldwin) Dixon:

                          i        WILLIAM ROBERTS DIXON, butcher, b ca 1883, Leeds,[52] d 17 Apr 1935;[53] m 1 Sep 1907, All Saints, Leeds, ANNIE JANE FAWCETT.[54]

                          ii       JAMES DIXON of Armley and Wortley, butcher, b 9 Aug 1885, Lower Wortley,[55] d 23 Mar 1938, Bramley;[56] m 23 Apr 1911, Holbeck Register Office, NELLIE ATKINSON, alias WILLIAMSON[57] (see here).

                          iii      LOUIS DIXON, b ca 1889, Leeds,[58] d 17 Feb 1908, New Wortley.[59]

                          iv     ALBERT DIXON of Leeds, printer, b ca 1892, Leeds;[60] m 13 Sep 1919, St Mary, Quarry Hill, Leeds, ALICE DOYLE.[61]



[1] 1851 census returns, Iveston (National Archives, HO 107/2389, fol. 415); 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 45).

[2] Death certificate.

[3] St Chad, Rochdale, parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 1014-16)

[4] 1851 census returns, Iveston (National Archives, HO 107/2389, fol. 415); 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 45). There was a Nelly, daughter of Ann Eastwood of Grime Bridge, baptised at Bacup on 17 Feb 1793. However, Nelly, daughter of Ann Eastwood of Hugh Edge, was buried at Newchurch in Rossendale on 9 Jun 1793.

[5] Death certificate.

[6] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124).

[7] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124).

[8] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124).

[9] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124); 1861 census returns. Farnley (National Archives, RG 9/3352, fol. 71).

[10] Halifax parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); 1861 census returns, Farnley (National Archives, RG 9/3352, fol. 71).

[11] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (Leeds Central Library).

[12] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124).

[13] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124).

[14] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124); 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 39).

[15] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[16] Halifax parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP53/1/19); 1871 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 10/4530, fol. 43).

[17] 1871 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 10/4530, fol. 43). They were probably the John Dixon and Sarah Murgatroyd married at St Peter, Leeds, on 11 Apr 1857, but the register gives that John’s father as John Dixon, a miner, rather than James. The witnesses were William Dixon and Elizabeth Dixon (St Peter, Leeds, parish registers, West Yorkshire Archive Service, RDP68/5/52).

[18] Birth certificate.

[19] Bacup parish registers (Manchester Central Library, MFPR 124); 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76).

[20] Death certificate. Will dated 18 Feb 1892, proved 12 Apr 1892.

[21] Birstall parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service).

[22] Wibsey parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, BDP66/1/2/1); 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76).

[23] Death certificate.

[24] Marriage certificate.

[25] Birstall parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WDP5/1/2/6); 1881 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 11/4503, fol. 54).

[26] Death certificate.

[27] Mary was evidently illegitimate and no father is named in the parish register entry for her marriage. However, she is described as a daughter of James Dixon in the census returns: 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76); 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61).

[28] 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76); 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61).

[29] Death certificate.

[30] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). Ellen Dixon was a witness.

[31] 1851 census returns, Wyke (National Archives, HO 107/2303, fol. 76; 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61).

[32] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (Leeds Central Library).

[33] 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61).

[34] St Philip, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). The entry gives Elizabeth’s father as James Dixon, “Mariner”, but this seems to be an error for miner. The surname of Elizabeth is crossed out and rewritten in the entry so there seems to have been some confusion in the details. The census returns give some support to the marriage relating to the correct Elizabeth Dixon. In 1861, when living with her parents, Elizabeth’s place of birth is given as Northowram (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61). In 1871, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Brooke, is stated to have been born at Halifax (National Archives, RG 10/4530, fol. 40), and Northowram was in the parish of Halifax. In 1881, she was said to have been born at Wyke (National Archives, RG 11/4503, fol. 64) which, although a different place, is near Northowram, and indeed Wyke is where James and Sarah (Pearson) Dixon had lived in the early 1850s.

[35] 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61).

[36] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (Leeds Central Library).

[37] 1861 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 9/3349, fol. 61).

[38] Monumental inscription at Upper and Lower Wortley Cemetery (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/204186424/elizabeth-ellen-dixon).

[39] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[40] Wortley parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); monumental inscription at Wortley (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201035593/james-dixon).

[41] Wortley parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); monumental inscription at Wortley (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201035593/james-dixon).

[42] 1871 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 10/4530, fol. 63); information from Barbara Butler, a granddaughter of Sarah (Dixon) Norwood.

[43] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (Leeds Central Library).

[44] Birth certificate.

[45] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (Leeds Central Library).

[46] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[47] 1881 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 11/4503, fol. 54).

[48] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[49] Birth certificate.

[50] Death certificate.

[51] Marriage certificate.

[52] National Archives, 1901 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 13/4209, fol. 22).

[53] The Yorkshire Evening Post, 18 Apr 1935.

[54] All Saints, Leeds, parish registers (Leeds Central Library).

[55] Birth certificate.

[56] Yorkshire Evening Post, 24 Mar 1938.

[57] Marriage certificate.

[58] National Archives, 1901 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 13/4209, fol. 22).

[59] Armley and Wortley News, 21 Feb 1908.

[60] National Archives, 1901 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, RG 13/4209, fol. 22).

[61] St Mary, Quarry Hill, parish registers (Leeds Central Library).