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The baptism of John & Elizabeth Dickinson's two oldest children

Updated: Jul 16, 2022

John Dickinson was my 3rd great-grandfather, who was born in Masbro (Kimberworth), Yorkshire, England. He married Elizabeth Reynolds, daughter of Thomas Reynolds, on Feb. 10, 1856, at Sheffield, England.

Their first known child, Mary Ann Dickinson, was born May 22, 1857, in Wadsley Bridge, Yorkshire, England. She was my 2nd great-grandaunt or great-great-aunt.

Their first known son was William Henry Dickinson. He was born January 7, 1859, in Sheffield. William was the name of John's father, but I've found no evidence of the full name match as he never used a middle name or initial in any of the records I've found, but the name "Henry" may be found in distant generations.

William Henry and Mary Ann were baptized on the same day, seven months after William was born. The baptism took place on August 17, 1859, at the parish church in Sheffield England, called The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul, Sheffield. It is more commonly known as Sheffield Cathedral., which dates back to around the year 1200 and it wasn't the first time the Dickinsons had been there. (More details to follow).

Following is a record of the baptisms, listed consecutively on the same page in the Baptismal register. The record provides their birth dates and we can be confident this is the right John Dickinson because his occupation is listed as "Forgeman". It is further corroborated with the 1861 census.

Baptisms of John & Elizabeth Dickinson's children

In 1861, the two children were counted on the census with their parents, living on Portland Street in Nether Hallam, Yorkshire, England. Mary Ann was reported as 3 years old and William was counted as 2. (See that census here). Their brother, Harry, was born in 1863 and in 1871, the family was counted on the census on Langsett Road in Nether Hallam. Mary Ann was 17 years old and William was 12. (See that census here).

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