Mary Wilson, who married George Dixon at Crosthwaite in 1838, is described on her marriage certificate as a daughter of Isaac Wilson, a woodman. Census returns show that Mary was born at Keswick about 1816. The Crosthwaite parish registers record her baptism that year, giving her parents as Isaac Wilson of Keswick, labourer, and his late wife Mary, late Wilson.


A search of the Crosthwaite registers up to 1886 for the burial of Isaac Wilson did not locate any possible entry, suggesting that he may have moved away from the parish. The 1841 census returns for Wythop show an Isaac Wilson, aged fifty (perhaps rounded down slightly as is common in that census), living at Routenbeck in the township of Wythop and described as a woodman. Given that this is the occupation ascribed to Mary (Wilson) Dixon’s father in 1838 and also for the bridegroom’s father on the certificate for her brother Isaac’s marriage in 1842, Isaac Wilson of Wythop would seem to be the same person as Mary’s father.


The death of Isaac Wilson has not been found in the civil registration indexes.[1] However, a record of an inquest into the death of Isaac Wilson of Routenbeck in 1849 survives. It describes him as aged sixty-one or thereabouts and concludes that he died a sudden but natural death on his bed. One of the men signing the inquest document was a George Dixon. A newspaper report stated that Isaac’s wife had died earlier the same week.


The parentage of Isaac Wilson is uncertain but one possibility is that he was the Isaac, son of John Wilson of Upper Lorton, who was baptised at Lorton on 16 June 1789.[2]


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ISAAC WILSON of Keswick and of Wythop, Cumberland, woodman, was born about 1788 and died on 16 May 1849 at Wythop.[3] He married first, on 4 November 1809 at Crosthwaite, MARY WILSON,[4] daughter of Edward and Mary (Allason) Wilson (see here). Mary was baptised on 29 January 1788 at Borrowdale and buried on 5 February 1816 at Crosthwaite. Isaac married second, on 3 October 1820 at Isel, MARY IRVIN.[5] She was born about 1789 and died on 14 May 1849 at Wythop.[6]


Children of Isaac and Mary (Wilson) Wilson:

                i               JOHN WILSON, bap 2 Dec 1810, Crosthwaite, bur 8 Jan 1815, Crosthwaite.[7]

                ii              EDWARD WILSON, bap 23 Aug 1812, Crosthwaite, bur 29 Jun 1813, Crosthwaite.[8]

                iii             ISAAC WILSON of Keswick, shoemaker, b Keswick, bap 18 Sep 1814, Crosthwaite,[9] d 10 Mar 1874, Keswick;[10] m 4 Aug 1842, Crosthwaite, SARAH GRISDALE.[11]

                iv             MARY WILSON, b Keswick, bap 5 Feb 1816, Crosthwaite,[12] d 25 Feb 1879, Ireby;[13] m 16 Apr 1838, Crosthwaite, GEORGE DIXON[14] (see here).


Children of Isaac and Mary (Irvin) Wilson:

                v              JANE WILSON, b ca 1820, bap 15 Oct 1826, Wythop.[15]

                vi             HANNAH WILSON, b Wythop, bap 15 Oct 1826, Wythop.[16]

[1] There was an Isaac Wilson who died on 25 September 1846 at Cockermouth workhouse, aged 58, but he is described on the death certificate as a blacksmith.

[2] Lorton parish registers (Cumbria Archive Service).

[3] Inquest into the death of Isaac Wilson (Cumbria Archive Service, DLEC/CR/I/189/7).

[4] Crosthwaite parish registers.

[5] Isel parish registers (Cumbria Archive Service).

[6] The Cumberland Pacquet, 22 May 1849.

[7] Crosthwaite parish registers.

[8] Crosthwaite parish registers.

[9] Crosthwaite parish registers (Cumbria Archive Service); 1851 census returns, Keswick (National Archives, HO 107/2434, fol. 118).

[10] Cumberland & Westmorland Advertiser, 17 Mar 1874; monumental inscription at Crosthwaite.

[11] Marriage certificate.

[12] Crosthwaite parish registers; 1851 census returns, Keswick (HO 107/2434, fol. 59).

[13] Death certificate.

[14] Marriage certificate.

[15] Wythop bishops’ transcripts (Cumbria Archive Service); 1841 census returns, Wythop (National Archives, HO 107/156/28, fol. 5).

[16] Wythop bishops’ transcripts (Cumbria Archive Service); 1851 census returns, Cockermouth (National Archives, HO 107/2434, fol. 505).