The Dimsdale's 1

There are three pages for the Dimsdales because I have not connected all the branches.


First Generation  


1. Isaac Dimsdale died in 1736.

Isaac married Barbara.

Children from this marriage were:

   2 F    i. Ann Dimsdale was born in 1712 in St Andrew, Holborn, London, England.

Ann married Thomas Beaumont in 1734 in St Anne & St Agnes, Aldersgate.

+ 3 M    ii. Isaac Dimsdale was born on 13 Sep 1714 in St Andrew, Holborn, London, England and died in 1789 aged 75.

   4 F    iii. Mary Dimsdale was born in 1716 in St Botolphs, Aldersgate, England and died on 1 May 1759 aged 43.

Mary married James Dimsdale in 1734 in St Anne & St Agnes, Aldersgate. James died in 1788.

  Second Generation  



3. Isaac Dimsdale was born on 13 Sep 1714 in St Andrew, Holborn, London, England and died in 1789 aged 75.

Noted events in his life were:

Lived: Wilderness Row, St Johns, Clerkenwell.

Isaac married Sibella Clements on 19 Oct 1735 in Saint Anne And Saint Agnes Aldersgate, London, England. Sibella died in 1746 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 5 F    i. Sibella Dimsdale was christened on 7 Jan 1736 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   6 F    ii. Frances Dimsdale was christened on 1 Feb 1737 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Frances married William Sudell.

   7 F    iii. Barbara Dimsdale was christened on 18 Nov 1739 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

+ 8 M    iv. Isaac Dimsdale was christened on 21 Feb 1740 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England and died in Jan 1829 aged 88.

   9 M    v. James Dimsdale was christened on 8 Jul 1742 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

+ 10 M    vi. John Dimsdale was christened on 23 Feb 1743.

Isaac next married Jane Paskell on 19 Oct 1748 in St Anne & St Agnes, Aldersgate. Jane died in 1791.

Children from this marriage were:

   11 M    i. William Dimsdale was christened on 27 Aug 1749 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   12 M    ii. Thomas Dimsdale was buried on 13 Apr 1754 in St Botolphs, Aldersgate, England.

  Third Generation  



5. Sibella Dimsdale was christened on 7 Jan 1736 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Sibella married Anthony Collambell on 10 Jul 1770 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 13 M    i. Charles Dimsdale Collambell was christened on 14 Nov 1771 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   14 M    ii. Thomas Dimsdale Collambell was christened on 3 Mar 1774 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   15 M    iii. Thomas Sudell Collambell was christened on 1 Jan 1777 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Thomas married Hester Foster in 1826.

   16 F    iv. Sibella Jane Collambell was christened on 7 Oct 1778 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Sibella married William Radnor in 1838.

8. Isaac Dimsdale was christened on 21 Feb 1740 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England and died in Jan 1829 aged 88.

Death Notes: Isaac's will was proved 17 Jan 1829

Isaac married Sarah Harris, daughter of George Harris and Sarah, on 24 Oct 1770 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 17 F    i. Mary Dimsdale was christened on 13 Oct 1771 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   18 F    ii. Rebecca Dimsdale was christened on 13 Jun 1773 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   19 M    iii. William Dimsdale was christened on 5 Mar 1775.

William married Ann.

+ 20 M    iv. Thomas Dimsdale was christened on 7 Jul 1776 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England and died in Jun 1841 aged 64.

   21 M    v. Josiah Dimsdale was born in 1784.

Josiah married Mary.

Isaac next married Sarah Palmer on 16 Sep 1762 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England. Sarah was buried on 30 Aug 1769.

Children from this marriage were:

   22 F    i. Sarah Dimsdale was christened on 9 Apr 1764 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   23 M    ii. Isaac Dimsdale was christened on 16 May 1766 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

   24 F    iii. Elizabeth Dimsdale was christened on 14 Feb 1769 in Finsbury St Luke Old Street.

10. John Dimsdale was christened on 23 Feb 1743.

General Notes: John's children were provided with apprenticeships in their grandfather's will.

John married Elizabeth.

Children from this marriage were:

   25 F    i. Anne Dimsdale was born on 11 Apr 1773 and was christened on 2 May 1773 in St Giles, Cripplegate.

   26 F    ii. Sophia Dimsdale was born on 4 Oct 1775 and was christened on 29 Oct 1775 in St Luke, Old Street.

   27 F    iii. Elizabeth Jane Dimsdale was born on 4 Jun 1779 and was christened on 28 Jun 1779 in St Giles, Cripplegate.

   28 F    iv. Elizabeth Dimsdale was born on 29 Nov 1780 and was christened on 31 Dec 1780 in St Giles, Cripplegate.

   29 F    v. Jane Dimsdale was born on 3 Nov 1784 and was christened on 12 Dec 1784 in St Giles, Cripplegate.

   30 M    vi. John Dimsdale was born on 24 Aug 1787 and was christened on 30 Sep 1787 in St Giles, Cripplegate.

   31 M    vii. John Henry Dimsdale was born on 15 Aug 1790 and was christened on 10 Oct 1790 in St Giles, Cripplegate.

  Fourth Generation  



13. Charles Dimsdale Collambell was christened on 14 Nov 1771 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

General Notes: The Times Newspapers:-

1826 Feb 18 CT - Columbell, Chas. Dimsdale & Eliz.
For an assault p.3, col.d

The nannie at the house of Mr Charles Dimsdale Collambell was giving his children some cake in the nursery, and unable to believe any child would refuse such a delicacy, remonstrated with the son over his refusal to take a piece, calling him Charles. Mr Collambell overheard, and rushed in calling her names and waving his fist in her face as she had not addressed her charge correctly as Master Charles, which brought him down to the level of common people. The nannie was so frightened that she ran down to the kitchen and promptly fainted. Mrs Elizabeth Collambell came into the kitchen and threw a pail of water over her, which resulted in her having a fever. Evidence was given at the Surrey Sessions by another servant who had been in the kitchen, but could not testify to the waving of the fist in her face. The doctor also gave evidence about the resultant fever. The Collambells were found guilty and fined a very small amount.

Charles married Elizabeth Barnard.

Children from this marriage were:

   32 M    i. Charles Collambell .

   33 F    ii. Harriet Jane Collambell .

Harriet married Lawrence De Neumann on 6 Aug 1845 in Parish Church, St George, Hanover Square, London.

17. Mary Dimsdale was christened on 13 Oct 1771 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England.

Mary married Stephen Child, son of Child and Unknown. Stephen was christened in 1760 and died in 1825 aged 65.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: wine merchant.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 34 M    i. John Bonus Child was born in 1795 and died in 1860 aged 65.

   35 M    ii. Daniel Spencer Child .

   36 F    iii. Sarah Child was born in 1797.

   37 M    iv. George Child was born in 1799.

   38 M    v. Isaac Dimsdale Child was born in 1800 and died in 1873 aged 73.

   39 F    vi. Rebecca Child was born in 1802.

   40 F    vii. Sarah Elizabeth Child was born in 1804.

   41 F    viii. Elizabeth Child was born in 1805.

   42 M    ix. William Dimsdale Child was born in 1808 and died in 1879 aged 71.

   43 M    x. George Harris Child was born in 1810 and died in 1879 aged 69.

   44 F    xi. Mary Ann Child .

20. Thomas Dimsdale was christened on 7 Jul 1776 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England and died in Jun 1841 aged 64.

Death Notes: Thomas's will was proved 10 June 1841

General Notes: Thomas inherited partial ownership of varios properties in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, and two properties in Hadley, Middlesex, which included Hadley Manor from John Child.

Thomas married Charlotte Larrance, daughter of Joseph Larrance and Unknown.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 45 M    i. Thomas Isaac Dimsdale was christened on 12 Jan 1800 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England and died in 1855 aged 55.

   46 M    ii. Isaac Dimsdale was born in 1806 and was christened on 8 Jan 1807 in Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England.

   47 M    iii. William Emerson Dimsdale was born on 9 Jun 1813 in Monken, Hadley, Middlesex, England.

   48 M    iv. Edmund Money Dimsdale was born on 9 Jun 1813 in Monken, Hadley, Middlesex, England.

   49 M    v. Lawrence Sheppard Dimsdale was born on 7 May 1815 in Monken, Hadley, Middlesex, England.

   50 M    vi. Meville Dimsdale was christened in 1816 in Monken, Hadley, Middlesex, England.

   51 F    vii. Charlotte Dimsdale was born on 22 Sep 1818 in Monken, Hadley, Middlesex, England.

Charlotte married Richard Henry Gray in 1842.

+ 52 M    viii. Fredrick Dimsdale was born on 27 Nov 1823 in Monken, Hadley, Middlesex, England and died in 1886 in Medway, Kent, England aged 63.

  Fifth Generation  



34. John Bonus Child was born in 1795 and died in 1860 aged 65.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a distiller.

John married Louise Hodd. Louise was born in 1798 and died in 1857 aged 59.

The child from this marriage was:

   53 M    i. John Bonus Child was born in 1830 and died in 1874 aged 44.

John married Emma Sarah.

45. Thomas Isaac Dimsdale was christened on 12 Jan 1800 in Saint Botolph Without Aldersgate, London, England and died in 1855 aged 55.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a corn merchant, 30 Oct 1837.

Thomas married Elizabeth Nancy Widnell Taylor, daughter of William Taylor and Elizabeth Mary, on 22 Jan 1823 in Kidderminster, Worcester, England. Elizabeth was christened on 13 Apr 1800 in Saint Andrew, Holborn, London, England and died in 1850 aged 50.

Noted events in their marriage were:

Lived: 30 Oct 1837, 7 Hanley Road.

Children from this marriage were:

   54 F    i. Elizabeth Widnell Dimsdale was christened on 9 Sep 1824 in Finsbury Circus Scotch Church, London, England.

   55 M    ii. Thomas Isaac Dimsdale was christened on 9 Sep 1824 in Finsbury Circus Scotch Church, London, England.

   56 M    iii. Thomas Josiah Dimsdale was christened on 29 Dec 1825 in Finsbury Circus Scotch Church, London, England and died on 22 Sep 1866 in Virginia City, Montana aged 40.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a school teacher, 1857, Cavanville, Durham, Ontario.

Induction: The Montana Newspaper Hall of Fame, 20 Oct 1962. Thomas Josiah Dimsdale was a versatile reporter. During his career in Virginia City he wrote calmly of shootings in dance halls, a hanging in Idaho, scalpings near Helena and the activities of the vigilantes. He gave a wonderfully detailed report of a prize fight 185 rounds to a draw between Con Orem and Hugh ONeil.
As the first permanent editor of Montanas first newspaper, the Montana Post, in Virginia City, from 1864 to 1866, he compiled a remarkable record in both his professional and civic activities.

more on Thomas

Thomas married Annette Lyons on 1 May 1866 in Virginia City, Montana. Annette was born in 1836 in Brooksville, Pennsylvania and died on 17 Aug 1874 in Virginia City, Montana aged 38.

more on Nettie

   57 M    iv. Fredrick Edward Dimsdale was christened on 25 Dec 1826 in Finsbury Circus Scotch Church, London, England and died in 1896 in Steyning, England aged 70.

General Notes: Frank went to Australia in 1850 and established the Dimsdale bank?

   58 F    v. Margaret Dimsdale was christened on 25 Dec 1828 in Finsbury Circus Scotch Church, London, England.

+ 59 M    vi. Alfred Widnell Dimsdale was born on 23 Apr 1830 in London, England and died in 1916 in Fishburn, Alberta, Near Pincher Creek aged 86.

+ 60 M    vii. Lewis William Dimsdale was born on 6 Oct 1837 in Islington East, Middlesex.

   61 F    viii. Charlotte Sarah Dimsdale was born in 1839.

General Notes: Not sure this person is the child of Thomas.

52. Fredrick Dimsdale was born on 27 Nov 1823 in Monken, Hadley, Middlesex, England and died in 1886 in Medway, Kent, England aged 63.

General Notes: The Times Newspapers

1878 17 Jan Criminal Trials - Dimsdale, Fred., and others for forgery page 11 col.C.

Frederick was indicted with Mr Charles Burrell Moor, formerly an official in the Civil Service for forgery of a deed of lease which was used to obtain loans from a long list of people, building societies, assurance and other corporations totalling 300,000. Frederick's son Clarence, who was articled to his father, was named and a Harriet Meredith, who came from Clifton near Bristol. Frederick had been admitted into the legal profession in 1846, he had offices in the City, latterly in Lombard Street, residing in Curzon Street, Mayfair. Harriet Meredith had been a parlour maid in a house in Croydon and Frederick was said to have enjoyed an illicit relationship with her. Sentencing was postponed.

Forged Leases: Frederick Dimsdale, solicitor, Chas. Burrell Moore, clerk, and others; forged leases, and borrowed money on them (above 300,000) ;many lenders did not appear; pleaded guilty; sentence, Dimsdale, penal servitude for life; Moore, 7 years ; others less 16, 17 Jan , 1878

Fredrick was an inmate of Carisbrooke Prison, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England in 1881

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a Solictor, 1851.

Lived: 1851, 60 Doughty Street, St Marylebone, Pancras, London, England.

Fredrick married Mary J Spooner Manning, daughter of William Manning and Unknown, on 3 Aug 1847 in Chapel Of Hallow, County Of Worcestershire.

Children from this marriage were:

   62 M    i. Clarence William Dimsdale was born in 1848 in St Pancras.

   63 F    ii. Annie Martha Dimsdale was born in 1850 in St Pancras.

   64 F    iii. Jessie Lily Dimsdale was born in 1852 in St Pancras.

   65 F    iv. Marion Elizabeth Dimsdale was born in 1853 in St Pancras.

   66 F    v. Caroline Roseline Dimsdale was born in 1855 in St Pancras and died in 1912 in Paris, France aged 57. Another name for Caroline was Roselma Blackie Dimsdale.

General Notes: Died a spinster in Paris, France

Fredrick next married Jane Cassandra Wilks in 1860.

Children from this marriage were:

   67 F    i. Alicia Frederica Vane Dimsdale .

Noted events in her life were:

Baptism: 1862, St George's Chapel, Hanover Square, London.

   68 M    ii. Greville Henry Fredrick Dimsdale .

Noted events in his life were:

Baptism: 1863, St George's Chapel, Hanover Square, London.

  Sixth Generation  



59. Alfred Widnell Dimsdale was born on 23 Apr 1830 in London, England and died in 1916 in Fishburn, Alberta, Near Pincher Creek aged 86.

General Notes: Alfred Widnell Dimsdale homesteaded the NE I/4 36-1-21-W4th and had the NW 1/4 36-1-21-W4th as a pre-emption. He lived in the Fishburn district, and made arrangements for Mr. Guthrie to do the necessary work on his homestead and pre-emption. He died in 1916 at the age of eighty-five years, and is buried at Fishburn. His land at Shanks Lake was assigned to his son Lawrence E. Dimsdale.

Noted events in his life were:

Immigration: 1854, Canada.

Occupation: a baker, 1881, Ontario, Canada.

Occupation: a Methodist Preacher.

Alfred married Hannah Henry, daughter of Micheal Henry and Nancy Hill. Hannah was born on 1 Mar 1836 in United States and died in 1905 in Bell Ewart, Ontario aged 69.

Noted events in her life were:

Immigration: 1842, Canada.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 69 F    i. Emily Margaret Adeleine Dimsdale was born in 1860 in Ontario, Canada.

   70 F    ii. Elizabeth H Dimsdale was born in 1862 in Ontario, Canada.

Elizabeth married J R Aikenhead on 23 Jun 1891 in Bell Ewart, Ontario.

   71 F    iii. Florence Dimsdale was born in 1865 in Ontario, Canada.

Florence married William R Jamieson.

   72 F    iv. Alice Gertrude Dimsdale was born in 1867 in Ontario, Canada.

+ 73 F    v. Luella Deborah Dimsdale was born in 1868 in Ontario, Canada and died in 1984 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan aged 116.

   74 M    vi. Lawrence Ebenezer Dimsdale was born on 1 Jul 1873 in Barrie, Ontario and died on 18 Aug 1948 in Fishburn, Alberta, Near Pincher Creek aged 75. He never married and had no children.

Birth Notes: May have been living at Belle Ewart at the time of his birth.

General Notes:
FROM: History of Pincher Creek and District L.E. Dimsdale - Fishburn

Mr. Lawrence Ebenezer (Dimmie) Dimsdale was born July 1, 1873 near Barrie, Ontario.
Mr. Dimsdale took up teaching and headed west. After visiting several districts he came to teach in Pincher Creek about 1895. After looking over homestead land in several districts, noticeably Trochu, he took out homestead rights on S.W. 1/4 of section 16, T5, R28, W4th in the Fishburn district about 1901. He taught at the Fishburn school in 1902 and 1903, starting at the salary of $40.00 per month.
About 1905 or 1906 he bought out A. W. Fish acquiring the S.E.1/4 of 28 and all of section 21, Tp.5, R28, W4th. The S.E. 1/4 of 28 became his home, taking over the Fish buildings. Later he disposed of his homestead to Harvey McLelland. His father A. W. Dimsdale and his brother Harry were associated with him on the land. Harry was listed as the owner of the S1/4 of section 21 for a time, but did not live there or farm it to any extent, as he was a civil engineer, working on railroad location and construction. This half section was sold to J. J. McFarland about 1919.
Mr. Dimsdale was associated with the Fishburn school as trustee and Secretary Treasurer at various times.
About 1913 he took up a second homestead, which became available at this time, near Shanks Lake in what is now Del Bonita district. He finally sold this land in the 1930's when troubles with renters made its retention more bother than it was worth. In 1919 hay was very scarce in southern Alberta and Dimsdale sent most of his horses down to Shanks Lake for the winter. The land was very close to the "Medicine Line" and the horses disappeared south of the Canadian-USA boundary. Evidently not all the horse thieves had been cleaned out by the early ranchers!
"Dimmie" seemed to have an affinity for fires. In 1914 his house, the original Fish dwelling, was burned down in a fire caused by gasoline being used to fill one of the early pressure lamps, ( Ella started the fire when lighting the lamp. Beth and Marj were upstairs in bed and Ella threw them out the window to willing arms. Harry built the present house before "joining up". 1994 the house is still standing). People who came to help fight the fire had a lively bombardment due to the large supply of rifle and shotgun ammunition kept on hand! Later years saw the hay barn and stable, as well as a garage, burn to the ground. The only original buildings left are a stone built ice house and a big stone, bank-side, granary.
Harry Dimsdale joined the Canadian Army about this time and his family left for Edmonton. Some of his boys farmed near McLennan in the Peace River district, but Harry lived at Victoria, B.C.
"Dimmie's" father, A.W. Dimsdale, died in 1916, at the age of 85 years. He was buried at the Fishburn church. ( Marj recalls him as being the minister of this church)
Mr. L.E. Dimsdale was always a keen sportsman. Noted as a fine skater and hockey player when a young man, he enjoyed the play of the local hockey teams at Fishburn. His real interest in sports was hunting; big game in earlier years, but later specializing in game birds, both ducks and upland game birds. In this interest he was associated with L. Hogan who ranched on Pincher Creek below the town. They went to any amount of trouble to obtain good shooting. Dimsdale's land venture at Shank's Lake was partly due to the fact that the lake was on the goose "fly way" at that time. As a point of interest, when Mr. Hogan died, he ordered his body cremated, the ashes loaded in a shot gun shell, and fired over one of his favorite hunting lakes!
Mr. Dimsdale owned one of the first cars in the Fishburn district, a "Metz" run-about. He always had a car after this first venture, but never took to a tractor for farm work.
Mr. Dimsdale never married. He died August 18, 1946 apparently in his sleep, and was buried beside his father at the Fishburn church. Cannon J. E, Ward of Toronto, who as a boy lived on adjacent land, conducted the funeral service. Mr. Dimsdale was survived by two sisters, Mrs. Adamson and Mrs. Aikenhead, as well as by his brother Harry. The land was left to a nephew, Dr. (Morris) Adamson whose son, P. N. Adamson, of Edmonton still owns the place.

Lawrence never married and had no children.

+ 75 M    vii. Henry George Wadsworth Dimsdale was born on 8 Feb 1876 in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada and died on 23 Oct 1963 in 1385 Rockland Ave, Victoria, British Columbia aged 87.

60. Lewis William Dimsdale was born on 6 Oct 1837 in Islington East, Middlesex.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a music seller, 24 May 1872.

Lewis married Susannah Curtis on 12 Nov 1871 in Saint Pancras, Old Church, London County, England. Susannah was born on 21 Jul 1838 in Somersetshire, Wincanton..

General Notes: The house on 2 St Petersburgh Place on the 1871 census had listed a Susan Curtis age 33 who let apartments.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 76 F    i. Lily Gertrude Child Dimsdale was born on 1 Mar 1872 in 2 St. Petersburgh Place, Kensington, Sub-District Of Saint John Paddington, Middlesex. and died on 21 Aug 1953 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands aged 81.

   77 M    ii. William Dimsdale .

  Seventh Generation  



69. Emily Margaret Adeleine Dimsdale was born in 1860 in Ontario, Canada.

Noted events in her life were:

Occupation: a music teacher, 1881, Ontario, Canada.

Emily married Wallace John Knott in Barrie, Ontario. Wallace was born in Saltash, Cornwall, Ontario.

Noted events in their marriage were:

Moved: Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Reverend.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 78 M    i. Wallace Widnell Dimsdale Knott was born in 1893 and died in 1989 aged 96.

+ 79 M    ii. Ebeneezer Laverne Knott was born in 1895.

   80 M    iii. Harold Knott was born in 1899.

73. Luella Deborah Dimsdale was born in 1868 in Ontario, Canada and died in 1984 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan aged 116.

Luella married William W Adamson on 12 Jul 1883 in Barrie, Ontario.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 81 M    i. Morris Clayhurst Adamson .

75. Henry George Wadsworth Dimsdale was born on 8 Feb 1876 in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada and died on 23 Oct 1963 in 1385 Rockland Ave, Victoria, British Columbia aged 87.

Birth Notes: The research I have done would indicate Harry was born in Cavan, Ont. (Jerry)

General Notes: The following geographical areas were named after Harry.

Dimsdale, Alberta (Locality): Located on map 83 M/2, the coordinates are 55 08 - 118 59. The name was adopted in Place Names of Alberta, 1928 and confirmed 4 September 1947. Named in honour of Mr. H.G. Dimsdale who was the construction engineer on the extension of the Edmonton and British Columbia Railroad.

Dimsdale Creek, British Columbia (Creek): Located on map 93 I/1, the coordinates are 54 11 - 120 26. The name was adopted 17 August 1965. See Mount Dimsdale for origin of Dimsdale Creek.

Dimsdale Lake, Alberta (Lake): Located on map 83 M/3, the coordinates are 55 09 - 119 00. The name was adopted 1 November 1951.

Dimsdale Lake, British Columbia (Lake): Located on map 93 I/1, the coordinates are 54 09 - 120 28. The name was adopted 17 August 1965. See Mount Dimsdale for name origin.

Dimsdale Mount, British Columbia (Mount): Located on map 92 I/2, the coordinates are 54 01 - 120 34. The name was adopted 17 August 1965. Named 12 April 1933 by Geographic Branch (BC), after H.G. Dimsdale, CE, MEIC, who had accompanied Prentiss Gray on his 1928 explorations in this area. Mr. Dimsdale, a Canadian civil engineer, was chief engineer for the E.D.B.C.Railway and the A.G.W. - 600 miles of these lines being now in operation on his selected and located routes. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1906; a divisional and locating engineer CPR; divisional and locating engineer in Tennesee; divisional and locating engineer for GNR, CMStPR, GTPR, and CNRs terminal engineer for construction at Prince Rupert. Served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces for 3 years in France as company commander in infantry, and later in railway troops. First commissioner of highways, Alberta, 1922. In 1928 Dimsdale and Prentiss Gray carried through a traverse of their exploratory route by transit from the Wapiti River at the Alberta boundary to timber lands north of Bend, BC. Drainage was recorded and mountains, valleys and lakes were mapped. A low pass through the Rockies [since named Gray Pass] on a direct line from Beaverlodge (Alberta) to Bend (BC) was discovered at an elevation of 4250 feet, strategically located for a railway line; this was Dimsdale's selection as the best route for transporting Peace River grains to Vancouver: easy grades, shortest route and low construction costs. ("A New Low Pass of the Rockies" by Prentiss Gray, published in Geographical Journal vol LXXX No.2, August 1932).

The following two mountains were first mapped and named by H G Dimsdale and Prentiss Gray.

Moonias Mountain British Columbia . Value: 7
Height: 2270 m (7448 ft)
Prominence: 185 m
Line Parent: Hanington W4 (3 km away, at bearing 117 degrees) Lineage
Location: N 5407.4' W 12015.2' (5407' 22"-12015' 14") (54.123-120.254) 10U 679454 6000670 NAD27 10U 679460 6000454
Ranges: Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Hart Ranges
Regions: Athabasca-Peace / Kakwa Park / Hanington
Radius Search (66 km NE of Dome Creek). (6 km W of Mount Hanington).
History: Moonias Mountain was adopted 17 August 1965 on 93I/1, as labelled on 1928 map produced by Prentiss Gray and H.Dimsdale, CE, and as identified in "A New Low Pass of the Rockies" a paper presented to the Royal Geographical Society by Prentiss Gray, and published in Geographical Journal, vol LXXX no.2, August 1932. A Chipewayan word meaning white man. "The Indian names [on our map] were selected for their descriptive significance and beauty, or the names of animals which are plentiful in the vicinity." (May 1929 letter from H.G. Dimsdale, file P.1.47) Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC http://srmwww.gov.bc.ca (Name status: Official)

Kisano Mountain Designated British Columbia . Value: 17
Height: 2856 m (9370 ft)
Prominence: 1071 m above Kitchi-South Jarvis Pass
Line Parent: Mount Ida (14 km away, at bearing 78 degrees) Lineage
Location: N 5401.9' W 12032.3' (5401' 54"-12032' 19") (54.032-120.539) 10U 661206 5989852 NAD27 10U 661211 5989636
Regions: Athabasca-Peace / Kakwa Park / Sir Alexander
Radius Search (45 km NE of Dome Creek). (14 km W of Mount Ida).
Kisano Mountain, Mount Dimsdale and Cheguin Mountain form an impressive and distinct glaciated massif. This group is linked by an alpine ridge to the Mount Ida Massif to the E.
History: The name Kisano was adopted int 1965, as labelled on 1928 map produced by Prentiss Gray and H.Dimsdale, CE, and as identified in "A New Low Pass of the Rockies" a paper presented to the Royal Geographical Society by Prentiss Gray, and published in Geographical Journal, vol LXXX no.2, August 1932. Kisano is a Chipewayan word meaning "old man". (Name status: Designated)

Noted events in his life were:

Military Service: 20 Mar 1916, Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada. Army
As a private in the 192nd Crowsnest Pass Battalion, regimental number 898295. Trained at Sarcee Camp in Calgary. He was appointed Lieutenant 13 May 1916. Shipped overseas from Halifax 1 Nov 1916 and arrived at Liverpool 11 Nov 1916. Transferred to 102nd battalion 29 Nov 1916. Admitted to #14 General Hospital 16 Apr 1917. Returned to France 7 May 1917. Awarded The Military Cross for gallantry and devotion to duty in the line of fire on 4 Jun 1917. Promoted to Captain 22 Dec 1917 Granted 14 days leave to the UK on 18 Feb 1918 and 12 Oct 1918. Sailed for Canada 1 Mar 1919. General demobilization 19 Mar 1919.
Other metals received, British War Medal 1914 - 1920 and the Victory Medal 1914 - 1919

Henry married Ella Mabel Eckholdt, daughter of Haften Adolph Eckholdt and Adeline V Lane, on 29 May 1900 in Owatonna, Minnesota. Ella was born on 11 Sep 1880 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA and died on 20 Oct 1961 in 1385 Rockland Ave, Victoria, British Columbia aged 81.

Marriage Notes: Married by Rev. W.M. Jamieson. You will note that only the first child, Alfred has a second name. It was Harry's contention that the rest of the childern's names were distinct and therefore did not require a second given name.

General Notes: Ella took all of her schooling in Rochester and was a graduate in piano music. She was a excellent seamstress, but never learned to cook as she had maids to do the household chores.
She meet Harry Dimsdale, a young civil engineer, while working in her father's law office. Harry and Ella's father were working for the same railroad company at the time.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 82 M    i. Alfred Lane Dimsdale was born on 5 Apr 1901 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA and died on 31 Dec 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 83.

+ 83 F    ii. Alice Dimsdale was born on 25 Jul 1902 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA and died on 22 Oct 1992 in San Diego, California aged 90.

   84 M    iii. Norman Dimsdale was born in 1903 and died in 1903.

+ 85 M    iv. Harold Dimsdale was born on 19 Jan 1904 in Ontario, Canada, died on 25 Aug 1986 aged 82, and was buried in McLennan, Alberta.

+ 86 F    v. Kathleen Dimsdale was born on 17 Sep 1908 in Twin Bute, Alberta, Canada and died on 21 Aug 1983 aged 74.

+ 87 F    vi. Elizabeth Dimsdale was born on 7 Apr 1911 in Fort Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada and died on 5 Sep 1974 aged 63.

+ 88 F    vii. Marjorie Dimsdale was born on 19 May 1912 in Fort Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada and died on 2 May 2009 aged 96.

76. Lily Gertrude Child Dimsdale was born on 1 Mar 1872 in 2 St. Petersburgh Place, Kensington, Sub-District Of Saint John Paddington, Middlesex. and died on 21 Aug 1953 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands aged 81.

Birth Notes: Registered 24 May 1872

Lily married David Israel Ricardo, son of Moses Isreal Ricardo and Sarah, in Jun 1895 in Islington, London, England. David was born on 1 Jan 1863 in White Chapel, London, England and died on 14 Mar 1933 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands aged 70.

Children from this marriage were:

   89 F    i. Sarah Ruby Ricardo was born in 1896 and died in 1981 aged 85.

   90 M    ii. Cecil David Ricardo died in 1963.

   91 M    iii. Harold Leslie Ricardo was born in 1900 and died in 1959 aged 59.

   92 M    iv. Daniel Lewis Ricardo .

+ 93 F    v. Kitty Rachel Ricardo was born on 19 Nov 1901 in London, England and died on 17 Apr 1992 in Leusden, The Netherlands aged 90.

  Eighth Generation  



78. Wallace Widnell Dimsdale Knott was born in 1893 and died in 1989 aged 96.

General Notes: Wallace moved to BC and then died in a plane crash in Rochester, NY during World War II while working for the US government.

Wallace married Living

The child from this marriage was:

+ 94 M    i. Widnell Wallace N Dimsdale Knott .

79. Ebeneezer Laverne Knott was born in 1895.

General Notes: Ben moved to BC, then Seattle.

Ebeneezer married someone.

His child was:

+ 95 M    i. Verne Knott .

81. Morris Clayhurst Adamson .

Morris married Minnie Nason.

Children from this marriage were:

   96 M    i. Living

   97 M    ii. Living

82. Alfred Lane Dimsdale was born on 5 Apr 1901 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA and died on 31 Dec 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia aged 83.

Birth Notes: Al lived at 708 Dubuque Street at the time of his birth.

General Notes: Al may have taken the name Lane later in life.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Farmer, Donnelly Heights, Alberta. Then a hotel owner at Vancouver, BC and the Monty Cristo Hotel at Everett, Washington.

Marrage: 8 Dec 1925, Donnelly Heights, Alberta.

Alfred married Sybil Marion Etherington, daughter of James Henry Etherington and Sybil Gertrude Sinclair, on 8 Dec 1925. Sybil was born on 28 May 1907 in Milton, County Of Halton, Ontario and died on 11 May 1993 in White Rock, British Columbia aged 85.

Noted events in her life were:

Marrage: 8 Dec 1925, Donnelly Heights, Alberta.

Cremation: Surrey, British Columbia. Valley View Funeral Home
In remembrance of Sybil Marion Dimsdale a Matthews bronze memorial has been placed at Valleyview Memorial Gardens serving as an everlasting tribute to commemorate an earthly mission that began in 1907 and was completed 1993. Location of the 9" X 5" memorial plaque is in the Garden of the last supper - Space: A - Lot: 190 a chestnut tree was also planted at the same location.

Children from this marriage were:

   98 F    i. Alice Anne Dimsdale was born on 9 Jan 1930 in McLennan, Alberta and died on 1 Jun 1990 in Budapest, Hungary aged 60.

Death Notes: Anne was on a tour of Europe when she suffered a heart attack.

Noted events in her life were:

School Attendance: 15 Jul 1945, Donnelly Heights School. this was the end of Anne's grade 8 year. Her attendance from Mar. to Jul. was 87 days attended.

Occupation: a clerk for 38 years at Safeway.

Cremation: 15 Jun 1990, Valley View Funeral Home Surrey, British Columbia.

   99 M    ii. Norman Alfred Dimsdale was born on 15 Feb 1932 in McLennan, Alberta, died on 2 Nov 1938 in McLennan, Alberta aged 6, and was buried in Donnelly Heights Cemetery.

Death Notes: Spinal Meningitis

+ 100 F    iii. Living

+ 101 F    iv. Living

+ 102 F    v. Marion Lane Dimsdale was born on 2 Aug 1938 in McLennan, Alberta and died on 10 Oct 1992 in White Rock, British Columbia aged 54.

+ 103 M    vi. Living

+ 104 M    vii. Living

+ 105 F    viii. Living

83. Alice Dimsdale was born on 25 Jul 1902 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA and died on 22 Oct 1992 in San Diego, California aged 90.

Noted events in her life were:

Occupation: a Nurse.

Alice married Art Franzwa in San Diego, California.

Children from this marriage were:

   106 M    i. Living

   107 M    ii. Living

Living married Living

85. Harold Dimsdale was born on 19 Jan 1904 in Ontario, Canada, died on 25 Aug 1986 aged 82, and was buried in McLennan, Alberta.

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: a farmer, Donnelly Heights, Alberta.

Harold married Mabel Herta Kohler in 1942 in Toronto, Ontario. Mabel was born in Sep 1915 and died on 7 Dec 2003 aged 88.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 108 M    i. Living

+ 109 F    ii. Living

+ 110 M    iii. Living

+ 111 M    iv. Living

86. Kathleen Dimsdale was born on 17 Sep 1908 in Twin Bute, Alberta, Canada and died on 21 Aug 1983 aged 74.

General Notes:
Fun On The Farm

In the summer on the farm we three girls were amused by things we made for ourselves. We became very good at manufacturing our own doll carts from small wooden boxes and wheels sawen from round poles. Considering bent nails, sore teeth when the hammer made an unexpected upward swing and sore hands when it was dropped, our carts were perhaps not too cheap other than in money, but they were sturdy enough to take the bumps and stumps on the rough ground and the dolls were perfectly satisfied.
Sometimes we worked for days making houses in the bush from small brush and trees set tepee fashion. Boxes were chairs and old oilcloth covers were fashionable. We always found time for these projects though we had regular chores to do first. we often found pieces of bone games which the Indians had used many years ago during there playtime. We made up our own stories of those days, charging out of the brush once with such a whoop and holler that older sister walking home was scared into a panic.
We had a wonderful creek and an old wooden boat to shove around. This old boat served as an alter for me at times when I was in a mood to preach, and wonderful and load were the sermons as I floated downstream. But my preaching didn't do all it should for me. One day I drifted in sight of my sister who was sitting on a log bridge which spanned the creek. She was sitting on one of the sharp cross poles which jutted a little beyond the bridge and was idly dangling her feet in the water. Guiding the boat up to and under her, I debated on whether to allow her to get into it. However, when she was half in and half out I change my mind and poled the boat away. Unfortunately, she was to far off of the bridge to get back on and caught her slacks on the point of the log. As I watched curiously, her trousers gave way and she went face first into the creek. I poled away hastily.
In the winter, the creek served as a skating rink and a swimming hole combined. We always insisted against mother's orders that the ice was firm enough, and naturally, it wasn't. We fell in and dragged ourselves out, wet and muddy. The first one in, however, was protected by the other two as we made our way swiftly to the barn to hide away until her clothes were exchanged and the wet ones hung out to dry without mother's knowledge or so we thought.
We would clear the snow from quite a good patch of the creek where it was the widest. We kept the snow off for a long time each winter. we did not have hills near our home but were often lucky enough to hitch the sled behind a calf and go for a merry and speedy ride that ended usually on or in the wood pile.
The wood for burning and tubs of snow were loaded on the toboggan and drawn to the house. The tubs of snow had to be packed firmly and unloaded into the big tanks kept in the house which were full of snow water for both home use and in case of fire. These were just part of our chores.
We did have skis and a unpredictable horse. The length and ease of a run the skier would have depended on what scores the rider had to settle with the horse. Sometimes the ride was very short and merry with a long trek home on foot. When we had the toboggan instead of skis the journey would start happily enough with the rider lying flat on his stomach. The picture was apt to change as snow was kicked, by the horse, into the face of the rider who became blinded. Gradually the snow piled up in a choking pyramid until all that could be seen was a huge snow ball covering a small girl, desperately hanging on, blinded, choked and quite furious. But it was all in a day's sport.
Our hay stacks used to be also covered in snow and one time my sister took the skis to the top of the gradual incline where the hay had been taken for feed, and commenced to ski down. The hill was not as easy as it looked, however, and she landed in a tangle of skis and feet, much the worse for wear but still in one piece. She also attempted once to take an old cow hide up onto the roof of a low machine shop, sit on the hide and slide down the roof. Though the building was low, the drop was not and somehow the hide took off in one direction and she in the other, and it was a little while before she knew what had happened though wasn't really hurt. These little incidents however didn't put a stop to any fun. In an attempt to amuse a small nephew staying with us I climbed on a low roof when the snow was melting and freezing. Great icicles hung off the roof and melted in the huge drift of snow under it, but I managed to crawl quite a ways up and then slid down, gaining more and more speed until I hit the end of the roof and out into space and onto the drift. However the drift was very hard with ice and scarcely broke when I landed, for a minute it was a question of who would break first. However, I got through and kept going until there was one great hole and one little me in the middle.
So our days past happily and we were never bored although we had neither radio, electricity or running water in the house.

Kay

Twelve kilometers east of McLennan there is a small community named after Kay. It is called Kathleen, Alberta.

Noted events in her life were:

Occupation: a Stenographer.

Kathleen married Ron Jenkins.

The child from this marriage was:

   112 M    i. Living

Living married Living

Kathleen next married John McPherson.

87. Elizabeth Dimsdale was born on 7 Apr 1911 in Fort Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada and died on 5 Sep 1974 aged 63.

Noted events in her life were:

Occupation: a Store Clerk.

Elizabeth married Arthur Daniel Paul. Arthur died in 1979.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 113 M    i. Glen Dimsdale Paul was born on 26 Oct 1934 in Edmonton, Alberta and died on 26 May 2005 in Helena, Montana, USA aged 70.

   114 F    ii. Laureen Paul was born in 1936 and died in 1954 aged 18.

General Notes: Laureen died in a car accident during a hurricane in Ontario while Attending Carlton Collage. She was 18 years old.

88. Marjorie Dimsdale was born on 19 May 1912 in Fort Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada and died on 2 May 2009 aged 96.

Birth Notes: - 625 East 24th Ave. Marge was born in the front bedroom of the family home.

General Notes:
Memories by Marjorie

The family lived on the farm at Fishburn near Pincher Creek, Alberta for several years, off and on, as Kay was born there and I was a little girl there. The house on the farm caught fire from a gas lamp, being light by mother. Mother ran upstairs and threw Beth and I out the window. All were saved. Later Dad built a lovely large house for uncle Eb, which we all lived in. It is still there ( David Dimsdale visited the house in 1994) and almost exactly as the old house on the McLennan farm.
In 1919, early spring, Dad, Al and Harold went north from Calgary to McLennan and on to Roxanna to the creek that Dad had noticed while surveying before the war. There he had a soldier settlement grant of the land. He and the boys built a log house suitable for the family to live in while the big house was built. Mother and girls arrived and lived in the "tool house" which was it's latter use. They then built barns and the house. A beautiful home was built, practically the same as the present house. The porches were larger.
The first winter of 1919 on the farm at McLennan was cold and lots of snow. We all had to help drive the stock out nearly a mile on the lake to the water hole. Tubs of snow had to be melted on the stove and the large water barrels kept filled. We had to bring in sleigh loads of wood. In the summer we all helped to put up hay, Kay driving a team with a rake, Beth and I making hay cocks. The three of us would ride Bright, the ox, up to the railway to pick strawberries, or down the lake shore a mile or two to pick saskatoons. Then we would all dress up and sail the catamaran, which Dad built, to McLennan to shop. We were all taught how to sail. Other boats he built were, Poise a round bottom boat which I was scared of and a ice boat for winter which was very speedy on good ice.
The first three years on the farm we were taught by mother, who did a very good job. Regular hours too. Alice was there two years then trained as a nurse in the Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary. We moved with father to Fort McMurray where huskies roamed the streets. Other places we lived, Lacombe, Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Calgary and McLennan one year in a rented house. Mother went to the farm weekends to cook for Al and Harold. Mother had a tough life.
While on the farm, the first years, we had a row boat of sorts, and had so much fun rolling it over with us in it. Then singing at the tops of our voices, Yanky Doodle or I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, as we paddled along. Winter time for skating and riding skiis behind a horse.
Around 1930, on a bitter cold night in January, the house caught fire, it started in the (stove) pipes upstairs. Mother, Dad, Kay and Harold were there. Harold woke first and gave the alarm. All got out safely. Harold, badly burned, harnessed the horses and mother and Kay drove seven miles to Al's for help, he also broke the downstairs bedroom window and saved mother's glasses. The burning house was seen from McLennan and help arrived the next day. We all had to move back to the "tool house". Later the present house was built, almost the same plan.
We use to slide, on dried cow hides, down the roof of the big machine shed, until a hide caught on a nail and Beth tumbled head over heels off the roof. Or walking the top rails of the corrals. Once Beth and I killed a skunk, with sticks, near the barn. Mother nearly ended us for doing that trick. One day, on a dare, Kay jumped from one rear wagon wheel to the other and to the ground. She made it but broke her arm. Dad set the arm and on train day he and mother hauled Kay by sleigh to Roxanna to catch the train for Peace River to see a doctor. Oh yes, we had fun on the farm.
Al had taken a beautiful horse to the farm from Calgary. At first no one could ride her but Al. Mother insisted and one day got on her, Girlie became so docile with mother only that she would ride her often.When Kay was older she got on once and Girlie bolted down the lake shore to Roxanna then she got turned around and Kay flew all the way back. Dad had the gate and the barn door opened so Kay arrived safely but scared. Later she would ride her all the time. That horse would get to a mile from McLennan and then "dance" the rest of the way. She was a famous horse.
Beth was always the fearless one and use to torment me endlessly with spiders and crawly things. Once she found a nest of baby mice, lined a match box for them and kept them nice and warm in kitchen stove warming oven. Mother was not impressed. Oh yes we had a dog named Archie who would chase the cattle and hang onto their tails until it came off.
Alice was married and living in San Diego when the depression hit. Her hubby lost his job and Alice asked to come home to the farm with her baby, Dale. Dad sent her the money to come home. She was there two or three years then Art came and took her back to California again.
After we left the farm Al and Harold were there alone. Al would invite his friends to skate across the lake from town then they would party in the house. Harold was always the cook. He was a quite shy man and didn't really appreciate cooking for Al's friends.
We all went back to the farm to visit. It was always a welcome haven for us. I suppose that is why we all loved it so much.

Noted events in her life were:

Occupation: a Teacher.

Marjorie married Cedric Sargent on 15 Dec 1935. Cedric was born on 6 Jan 1906 and died in Sep 1974 aged 68.

Noted events in their marriage were:

Divorced: 1960.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 115 F    i. Living

   116 M    ii. Lynn Sargent was born on 16 Feb 1939 and died on 2 Apr 2005 in Okanogan Falls, British Columbia aged 66.

+ 117 F    iii. Judi Sargent was born on 16 Aug 1944 and died on 13 Oct 2005 in Langley, British Columbia aged 61.

Marjorie next married Harold Johnson in 1962 in Kelowna, British Columbia.

93. Kitty Rachel Ricardo was born on 19 Nov 1901 in London, England and died on 17 Apr 1992 in Leusden, The Netherlands aged 90.

Kitty married Pieter Julius Dekant, son of Hendericus Dekant and Margaretha Ruitenschild, on 15 Sep 1921. Pieter was born on 23 Dec 1897 in Enschede, The Netherlands and died on 16 Nov 1976 in Soest, The Netherlands aged 78.

Marriage Notes: by Proxy

Children from this marriage were:

+ 118 F    i. Living

   119 F    ii. Living

   120 M    iii. Hendericus David Dekant was born in 1929 and died in 1990 aged 61.

 

Three generations not listed.

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