Harry Dickinson was my maternal 2nd great-grandfather. He was born in June of 1863 in Sheffield, England, a son of John Dickinson and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Dickinson.
When the 1871 census was taken, Harry was four years old, and was living with his parents in Nether Hallam, in the borough of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. His father, John Dickinson, was 39 years old and worked as a "Steel Forge Man".
The family lived at 319 Langsett Road, which I believe was somewhere in the vicinity shown here in this interactive Google map, perhaps in this row of buildings straight ahead:
Nine years later, the family was living 3,600 miles away, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When the 1880 census was taken, they lived on Denny Street in Pittsburgh, a place that bears many similarities to the industrial town of Sheffield.
Shown here are the entries for John and his brother Joe, on the same page of the 1880 census of Pittsburgh. Joe was a Steel Worker, and was married with six children in the home. John was an Ironworker, living with his wife and two sons: William Henry Dickinson, age 21, and Harry Dickinson, age 17. John's daughter, Mary Ann, also emigrated to America. She arrived in October, after the census was taken.
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