The Dimsdale's 2

 

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

The surname DYMINGDALE changed to DIMSDALE some where in the first or second generation


First Generation  


1. Peter Dymingdale Dimsdale .

Noted events in his life were:

• Address: Tenant of Baas Manor, 1576, Cheshunt, Hertsfordshire, England.

Peter married someone.

His children were:

+ 2 M    i. Joseph Dimsdale .

   3 M    ii. Henry Dimsdale .

   4 F    iii. Elizabeth Dimsdale was born in 1575 in Great Amwell, England.

Elizabeth married George Nettelfowlde on 22 Jun 1596.


  Second Generation  



2. Joseph Dimsdale .

Noted events in his life were:

• Address: Tenant of Geddings.

Joseph married someone.

His child was:

+ 5 M    i. Robert Dimsdale died in 1678.



  Third Generation  



5. Robert Dimsdale died in 1678.

General Notes: Active for Parlimentary Party

Noted events in his life were:

• Address: Tenant of Le Motes, Hoddesdon.

Robert married Sarah.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 6 M    i. John Dimsdale was buried on 18 Jul 1725 in All Saints, Hertford.

+ 7 M    ii. Robert Dimsdale was born in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 25 Oct 1713.



  Fourth Generation  



6. John Dimsdale was buried on 18 Jul 1725 in All Saints, Hertford.

General Notes: Succeede his father at Le Motes. Was Mayor of Hertford 1675, 1683, 1697-1700.

Noted events in his life were:

• Baptism: 17 May 1635, Broxbowne, Hertsfordshire.

John married Martha.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 8 M    i. Robert Dimsdale was born in 1659 in All Saints, Hertford and died on 7 Jan 1724 in Hertford, England aged 65.

   9 M    ii. John Dimsdale was born in 1665 and died on 27 Sep 1726 in All Saints, Hertford aged 61.

General Notes: In 1726 John was knighted by King George 1.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: surgeon.

• Religion: Anglican.

John married Mary Fountain on 17 Nov 1703. Mary died in 1708 and was buried in 1708 in Broxbourne Churchyard.

Marriage Notes: Great Amwell Church

General Notes: Mary had lived in Hoddesdon

John next married Martha Lucas on 2 Aug 1709.

Marriage Notes: at the parish church.

General Notes: Martha was from Hitchin

John next married Susanna.

   10 M    iii. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 26 Jun 1666 and was buried on 26 Aug 1666 in All Saints, Hertford.

Noted events in his life were:

• Baptism: 16 Aug 1666.

+ 11 F    iv. Margret Dimsdale .

7. Robert Dimsdale was born in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 25 Oct 1713.

General Notes: He was the first Stortford Dimsdale. His family came from the Lea Valley. His father came from Hoddesdon and had supported Parliament in the Civil War. Robert himself had moved to Theydon Garnon in Essex, which is near the junction of the M11 and the M25. His Quaker faith got him into serious trouble and he was imprisoned for years at Hertford. In 1683 he went with his family, including his sons John and William, to New Jersey. William Penn knew him. In a letter, the original of which has now disappeared, to the father of a would be emigrant from Berkhamsted, a Miss Woodhouse, Penn advised that she go as a boarder, "and Robert Dimsdale is a solid and good man ingenious and sufficient, whose wife and children may be assistant to (you)". The girl shortly after fell in love, married, and did not emigrate. The Dimsdales lived on the Rancocas creek in West New Jersey, and the stream which ran through Robert's farm is still called "Bobby's Run" after him. He also owned parts of the new settlement of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. His great grandson, Thomas Dimsdale the Collector wrote in 1813 "large tracts of land were granted to him upon part of which nearly one third of Philadelphia now is built, and much land in New Jersey. Part of the latter was sold some years after, to I believe Mr Burr a cousin; but the Pennsylvania part has been, from repeated neglect, entirely lost".

The family returned in 1689.

In two letters which I found in Philadelphia we can see that Robert was living at Bishops Stortford in 1702 and get some idea of his concerns.

"Bishops Stortford the 27th of the fifth month 1702.

Friend John Scott,

Thine of the 20th of the third month last past came to hand a week or more since. I was very glad to hear of thy and thy wife's health. The like mercy I hope my wife children and self enjoy. My wife being at present at St Albans with our son Joseph for he is set in there and is married. My son John's wife hath had a fine girl and it is dead, that William lives with me, his love is to thee and wife. We are all very glad to hear of you ... I have writ some letter the which I suppose thou hath not received and I think I might write by the ship .. thine came to England by. I would have been glad to have heard of our old friends and acquaintance.. I hope John Shinn and the rest of our old friends are in health. I did not hear of one letter for me in this ship but thine, the which I am very glad of. I formerly writ thee word that our friend Matthew Day is dead. I am very well pleased thou hath taken up the land. I would have been glad to have heard how my tenant goes on at my plantation. Thee gives me an account that thee hath received some money of ER but not how much. Also that thee hath put some out to interest but thee doth not mention to whom - I thought I might have been over before this time but there is two or three things that hinders at present but am not out of hopes of getting over if please God to continued life and health for I could be very glad once more, if God find it good, to find my old friend an acquaintance in those parts. For I now count that my sons are all fathers the which is a great satisfaction to me. With our dear love to you all and friends and acquaintance.

Robert Dimsdale."

A sad reply was received from John Scott's wife Hannah the next year.

"To friend Robert Dimsdale. I received thine of the first month and that of the 25th of the fifth month in the year 1702. I hope as to the business thou will receive an account from the rest concerned. I have nothing pleasant to acquaint you of. In the fourth month last it pleased God to visit us with the Small Pox in which general calamity it God to remove from me my dear companion and husband, also his brother Martin in four days after him was taken away with the same distemper. The rest of our relations of both side have had it my brother Thomas Lambert lost a child near the same time. It hath been a general distemper in this country and have proved fatal to some families but it is pretty well over in mercy in many places. So having not much else at present to acquaint you with shall be glad to receive a line from thee as opportunity presents and remain with kind love to thee thy wife and family and all our friends and acquaintance as opportunity offers; thy very loving friend".

Thomas the Collector wrote, "He (Robert) again fixed himself at Theydon Garnon; and his eldest son John succeeded to him there in the practice of physic, to which profession he had been educated: his second son William was established in the same line at Bishop Stortford Herts". However, apart from the evidence of his letter to New Jersey in 1702, Robert is also shown as owning property in the town worth 10 in 1699. And the first licenced meeting place for the Friends was registered here in 1691, so I suspect that he spent at least some time here with William before removing later to Theydon Garnon again.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: surgeon, Bishops Stortford And Epping.

Robert married Lucy Robinson on 15 Nov 1650 in Little Berkhampstead, Hertford. Lucy died on 16 Apr 1705.

Children from this marriage were:

   12 F    i. Lucy Dimsdale was born in 1651.

   13 M    ii. Robert Dimsdale was born in 1662.

   14 F    iii. Mary Dimsdale was born in 1664.

   15 M    iv. Daniel Dimsdale was born in 1668.

   16 M    v. Nathaniel Dimsdale was born in 1670.

+ 17 M    vi. John Dimsdale was born in 1675 in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 9 Jul 1730 aged 55.

+ 18 M    vii. William Dimsdale was born in 1681 in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 19 May 1733 aged 52.

Robert next married Sarah Collins, daughter of Francis Collins and Sarah Mayham, in 1713 in Northampton, Burlington Co., NJ. Sarah was born on 16 Dec 1665 in Ratcliff, Stepney, Middlesex, England and died on 23 May 1739 in Haddenfield, Co. Gloucester, New Jersey, America aged 73.

Death Notes: This was the stated date of the will.

General Notes: Sarah had a brother named Joseph.


  Fifth Generation  



8. Robert Dimsdale was born in 1659 in All Saints, Hertford and died on 7 Jan 1724 in Hertford, England aged 65.

Death Notes: Buried at All Saints, Hertford

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: medical doctor of Hertford.

Robert married Elizabeth Clarke. Elizabeth was born in 1678 and was buried on 29 Apr 1748 in All Saints, Hertford.

Children from this marriage were:

   19 F    i. Elizabeth Dimsdale was born on 31 Jan 1703, was christened on 15 Feb 1704 in All Saints, Hertford, died on 14 Nov 1737 aged 34, and was buried on 18 Nov 1737 in All Saints, Hertford.

General Notes: Never married

   20 M    ii. John Dimsdale was born on 17 Oct 1703 in Hertford, England and was buried on 9 Aug 1710 in All Saints, Hertford.

   21 F    iii. Bridget Dimsdale .

Death Notes: Bridget died at a young age.

   22 M    iv. Bringfield Dimsdale was born in 1707.

   23 F    v. Martha Dimsdale was buried on 11 Sep 1710 in All Saints, Hertford.

Noted events in her life were:

• Baptism: 27 Jul 1710.

Robert next married Elizabeth Bigg on 24 Aug 1699 in St Mary Le Bow, London.

General Notes: Elizabeth was from Kimpton in Hertfordshire

11. Margret Dimsdale .

Noted events in her life were:

• Baptism: 29 Mar 1668, All Saints, Hertford.

Margret married Thomas Clarke. Thomas died on 8 Mar 1724.

General Notes: Thomas lived at Bailey Hall, Hertford.


The child from this marriage was:

+ 24 M    i. Thomas Clarke .

17. John Dimsdale was born in 1675 in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 9 Jul 1730 aged 55.

General Notes: John had the title of Sir

Noted events in his life were:

• Lived: Epping In 1726.

• Occupation: surgeon.

John married Susannah Bowyer, daughter of Thomas Bowyer and Calvert, on 25 Jun 1700. Susannah was born on 14 Nov 1682 and died in 1754 aged 72.

General Notes: Susannah Dimsdale wrote, "My Mother Dimsdale died about the 16th or 17th of the 4th month 1705. My Father Dimsdale died the 25th of the 10th month 1713. They both had a pretty long declining illness".

Susannah wrote, "My sister Eliz: Bowyers marriage to my brother Wm. Dimsdale was the 12th of the 4th month 1706 and (she) departed this life on the 29th of the 3rd month 1707 and left one son thirteen days old being born the 16th of the aforesaid month and named Joseph".. Brother Wm. Dimsdale died at our house 19 May 1733 of a short illness". At his death he was described as a surgeon.

Susannah Dimsdale wrote, "My dear child Susannah Pond departed this life 20 February 1732 of the small pox and lying in coming before her expected time and her son died in a few days after her and was buried in her grave at Bishops Stortford."

The Bowyers were Quakers, and so left quite a mark on their descendants. Susannah wrote to her sons on 22 November 1751.
"My dear children Thomas & Joseph Dimsdale. I have that confidence and belief of you both that you will perform what I desire of you as followeth. I thought it might be best to make my will short and I desire you both to live in true love and affection one towards another, and to live in the practice of what you know to be right in your own hearts and to shun all manner of evil, so that you may be good examples to your children. And I can't be easy without reminding you to take a very particular care that they are religiously educated, which most certainly is your duty to do, and to take care that you don't let a coldness and indifferency take any place in you in respect of keeping to meetings of the profession you have been educated in," (by which she means the Society of Friends - the Quakers) "and I hope you will take the same care of your offspring; pray consider I have nothing but love my heart, and all the pleasures and profits in this world will soon have an end. I pray God bless and preserve and keep you and yours in his fear, that you may die in his favour, is the earnest desire of your loving mother."


Children from this marriage were:

   25 F    i. Mary Dimsdale was born on 23 Jun 1701 and died on 27 Jun 1702 aged 1.

   26 M    ii. John Dimsdale was born on 6 Jan 1703 and died on 26 Nov 1719 aged 16.

   27 M    iii. Robert Dimsdale was born on 2 Nov 1705.

Noted events in his life were:

• Lived: Theydon Gernon, Essex, England.

• Occupation: surgeon.

Robert married Burr, daughter of John Burr and Unknown.

General Notes: Died before Feb. 1765.

+ 28 F    iv. Susannah Dimsdale was born on 13 Dec 1707, died on 20 Feb 1732 aged 24, and was buried in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

   29 M    v. William Dimsdale was born on 25 Jun 1710 and was buried on 28 Jul 1710.

+ 30 M    vi. Thomas Dimsdale was born on 29 May 1712 in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 30 Dec 1800 aged 88.

+ 31 M    vii. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 13 Aug 1716 and died on 26 Jan 1779 aged 62.

   32 M    viii. Calvert Dimsdale was born on 6 Mar 1718 and died on 16 May 1718.

18. William Dimsdale was born in 1681 in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 19 May 1733 aged 52.

General Notes: William and John married sisters.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: surgeon, Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

William married Elizabeth Bowyer, daughter of Thomas Bowyer and Calvert, on 12 Apr 1706. Elizabeth was born on 17 Oct 1685 and died on 29 Mar 1707 aged 21.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 33 M    i. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 16 May 1707, died on 27 Jan 1744 aged 36, and was buried in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.



  Sixth Generation  



24. Thomas Clarke .

Thomas married Susanna Proby in 1726.

General Notes: Daughter of the Rector of Tewin.


Children from this marriage were:

   34 F    i. Mary Clarke .

   35 M    ii. George Clarke .

   36 M    iii. Edward Clarke .

   37 F    iv. Jane Clarke .

28. Susannah Dimsdale was born on 13 Dec 1707, died on 20 Feb 1732 aged 24, and was buried in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

Death Notes: Smallpox

Susannah married John Pond on 29 Dec 1730 in St.Catherine Cree London.

The child from this marriage was:

   38 M    i. Pond died on 22 Jan 1732.

30. Thomas Dimsdale was born on 29 May 1712 in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 30 Dec 1800 aged 88.

Death Notes: My father died at Hertford on 30th December 1800 between 9 and 10 o'clock at night and was buried on the 6th of January 1801 in the Quaker burial ground at Bishops Stortford Herts, in which society he had been educated, and where his ancestors were buried. Written by his youngest son Thomas.

General Notes: 1st Baron of the Russian Empire 1769

Just before he died Thomas wrote to his children:-

"My dear Children

The experience of a very long Life has shewn me that the last Will of a Testator who hath many Claimants on his Property has usually been subject to the Censures and Dissatisfaction of those who have Pretensions to share in the distribution of his Property.

I have taken the above into consideration and in the Distribution of my Property have resolved to be determined by my own serious and deliberate consideration on this interesting Subject, and shall only add that as all of you my dear Children have lived to middle Life the Expenses of Education and other pecuniary assistances have been considerably different to each of you and known to Myself only. These and other circumstances I have taken into Serious & conscientious consideration and under these impressions have made my last Will and with the greatest Affection to you all I recommend an Affectionate regard to one another.

I must also add that I earnestly recommend you all to pay the most Affectionate regard to my dear Wife whose prudent and loving concern for mine and your happiness has contributed to my own & your happiness and as I believe also to the improvement of my property.

These are the deliberate reflections & opinion of your affectionate Father "

Thomas married Mary Brassey, daughter of Nathaniel Brassey and Unknown.

Thomas next married Anne Iles on 17 Jun 1746. Anne died on 9 Mar 1779.

Death Notes: Thomas the Collector wrote, "My mother, whose maiden name was Iles, died ninth March 1779 about 10.00 on Tuesday night and was buried the Monday following 15th March at Bishops Stortford".

General Notes: Thomas 1st Baron Dimsdale, her husband, wrote of her:-

"My Dear Wife Ann Dimsdale died March 9th 1779 ..Upon recovering from one of the very alarming Attacks which I believe might be about two Months before her Death, She told me that it was her earnest desire to be buried in the Quaker burying Ground at Bishop Stortford where my Family lye & as near to where it should be expected I might be buried as possible she at this time expressed herself not desirous of life as her pains & sufferings had long deprived her of any Comfort & added that her Life had been so spent that she had no doubt of going to a State of happiness & concluded with saying that she had wrote her Mind in a paper in her Escritoire least (sic) her Death should happen unexpectedly & she should have had no opportunity of speaking her Mind.

On the 9th of March in the Morning it was evident that she was dying by the laborious breathing universal Coldness & scarce any pulse to be discovered she was however perfectly sensible & able to speak Her mind was perfectly at ease & she could reflect with Comfort that she had lived so as to have no doubt of going to a happy State adding my only earnest desire is to (be) buried at Stortford as near to where you are to lye as possible but I remember to have mentioned this to you before & you will find a Paper in My Escritoire - she hoped our Children would live in love & be always dutifull (sic) to me .".

The paper alluded to was found & contained the request above mentioned & also desiring that the burial might be as private as possible. She was buried at Stortford on March 15 accompanied to the Grave by myself & her Sons John Joseph & Robt & Thomas

March 20. 79 Dimsdale, "


Children from this marriage were:

   39 M    i. John Dimsdale was born on 11 Mar 1747, died on 21 Feb 1820 in Hempstead aged 72, and was buried in Saint Andrews, Hertford.

Burial Notes: in the family vault, a plaque in his memory is in the church.

General Notes: Succeeded as 2nd Baron of the Russian Empire by Royal licence 29 July 1813. He did not marry.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: banker.

   40 M    ii. Nathaniel Dimsdale was born on 11 Apr 1748, died on 3 Jul 1811 aged 63, and was buried in St. Andrews, Hertford..

General Notes: Created a Baron of the Russian Empire as was his father on 13 Feb 1769. Not married. Returned to Russia in 1781 to inoculate Alexander and Constantine. He was elected to parliament in 1790 for the borough of Hertford.

   41 F    iii. Susanna Dimsdale was born on 16 Jun 1749.

   42 M    iv. Thomas Dimsdale was born on 1 Jun 1750 in Priory Of Hertford, Hertford.

+ 43 M    v. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 10 Jun 1751 and died on 16 Jun 1784 in Hertford, England aged 33.

   44 M    vi. Richard Iles Dimsdale was born on 7 Mar 1753 and died on 25 Aug 1812 aged 59.

Noted events in his life were:

• Lived: Middle Temple.

Richard married Mary Heylett on 31 Jul 1810 in Lambeth St Mary, London.

   45 M    vii. Thomas Dimsdale was born on 9 Jan 1756.

+ 46 M    viii. Robert Dimsdale was born on 26 Dec 1756 and died on 15 Sep 1825 aged 68.

   47 F    ix. Anne Dimsdale was born on 17 Feb 1757 and died in Jun 1832 aged 75.

   48 M    x. Thomas Dimsdale was born on 9 Jan 1758, died on 18 Apr 1823 aged 65, and was buried in Quakers Burying Ground, Bishops, Stortford.

General Notes: With John's children, banking replaced medicine as the profession of choice. Thomas the Collector, who himself worked in the bank which his father had founded at Cornhill, described what happened. "William Pitts Dimsdale and John Dimsdale, sons of Mr John Dimsdale of Hitchin surgeon, who had retired and left Hitchin to reside in Hertford.. were introduced to the concern, and continue there as partners, William first and some time after John. Mr William P Dimsdale was educated for the practice of physic at Edinburgh and settled in London, and was physician to the Public Dispensary Cary Street Infirmary and Fever Institution. Mr John Dimsdale received his education as Surgeon at the London hospital. Both practised a few years - the latter was Surgeon to the Surrey Dispensary but they gave up their practise upon having the opportunity given them by our family to enter into the banking line in Cornhill." The third son Joseph however went into a business related to medicine. The Collector writes, " Their brother Joseph resided with me some years, the latter part of which he entered into the Wholesale Drug line with the old house of Mr Hankey and Mr Williams in St John's street under the firm of Hankey, Williams and Dimsdale and then married (Sarah) the only daughter of Mr Cockfield of Upton, a Quaker, a most respectable and worthy man, who had an only son, Henry - unmarried at that time."

Thomas the Collector, who has so often been quoted. He sounds very dry, but his collecting became a passion. "It was not until late in life that he began to collect his best drawings, the finest being obtained for him by a dealer named Woodburn. When Woodburn bought the whole of the important Paignon-Dijonval collection, he sold to Dimsdale the best items from it including St Cecilia and several other drawings by Raphael. Not long after, in 1820, Woodburn returned from Paris with 138 drawings from the collection of the Marquis de Lagoy, among which were several Raphaels from the Crozat collection. Dimsdale bought them the day he landed. In 1823, on a visit to Italy Woodburn bought Wicar's superb collection. and at Pesaro.. a collection of fine Raphaels from Marchese Antaldo Antaldi, a descendant of Timoteo della Vite, the master's brother. When Woodburn got back to England with this rich haul he found his client dangerously ill. But Dimsdale, in spite of his condition, was determined to get his hands on Michelangelo's and Raphael's masterpieces, and wrote a cheque for 3,000. Several days later he died. All these transactions had been observed with envy by the painter, Sir Thomas Lawrence, himself an ardent collector of drawings, who saw Dimsdale as his greatest rival. He kept pressing Woodburn, their mutual friend, to get him at any price some of Dimsdale's drawings which he most coveted. Woodburn always refused on the ground that it was not worth trying. One evening however, after a careful preamble, he explained how exceedingly obliged Sir Thomas would be if Dimsdale would give up three Raphaels and two Michelangelos and as he finished his proposition, Dimsdale's servant brought in a basket of pheasants with a letter from Lawrence inquiring politely after his rival's health and begging him to accept the pheasants. Dimsdale, though in a very bad way, pulled himself together and having asked for his thanks to be conveyed to Sir Thomas, turned to Woodburn and said 'There are some pheasants which smell strongly of Raphael and Michelangelo.' "

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: Jan 1776, Dimsdale Bank.

• Will: County Record Office, County Hall, Hertford.

Thomas next married Elizabeth Dimsdale, daughter of Joseph Dimsdale and Elizabeth Appleby. Elizabeth was born on 29 Apr 1732 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford and died on 16 Oct 1812 aged 80.

Marriage Notes:
Thomas, 1st Baron, writes to John on the occasion of his marriage to John's eldest sister Elizabeth.

"I must now address you by a new Name that of Dear Brother & just say that we are got to Hertford & should be glad to see you & Sister when it may suit you to spend a Day with us not as a matter of form but when quite convenient. The desire I had to make sure of a Companion for Life of the Person I esteemed the most of any one in the World & the certainty of its being agreeable to my whole Family were my inducements & I hope as reasonable as a Man at my Time of Life can give - The reason for its being precipitated I dare say your Sister has informed you & I have now the additional satisfaction of assuring you that, as expected, every one of your Cousins have assured me that they are perfectly well pleased with the Event./ The Spare Rib you was so kind to send was eat twice by the Dr his Wife & we two & agreed to be some of the finest meat of the kind we ever tasted.

Our kind Loves wait on you Sister & William & if it should be agreable (sic) to Dine with us on Saturday or Sunday we expect to be at Home but desire you would not put yourselves to any inconvenience

Yr Affectionate Bro, Dimsdale"

Death Notes: "Died in Fore Street Hertford on the 16th October 1812 and was buried at the Quaker burial ground close to the end of her husband's grave, above 7 ft deep on purpose on Monday 26th October in a leaden coffin. It is supposed that the depth was made to allow of her relations being placed above her coffin." Written by Thomas, the youngest son of the 1st Baron.

General Notes: We find her( Elizabeth ) writing to her second cousin, Thomas, 1st Baron Dimsdale, the small pox inoculator, in 1776 on paper rather like greaseproof paper with a fancy blue border. She shows herself to be an observant traveller and was later to keep a journal of a journey to Russia in 1781.

"Paris 31.th July 1776

Dear Cousin

You have my best thanks for your kind Letter received at Deal & the intelligence was very kindly taken. I am extremely glad to find my Cousin (Ann Dimsdale, Thomas Dimsdale's second wife and mother of all his hildren) continues mending & hope the next account will be that she is got down stairs & likewise that you are all well which will give me great pleasure. We arrived here yesterday about two o clock & have had a very pleasant Journey our first Days Journey from Calais was to St Omers where we lay, I saw Major Mrs & Miss Hare? & went to the English College where Master Turton is & he is very well, the next day we got to Lille a very fine Town & so to Valenciennes which is nothing extraordinary & Saturday night lay at St Quintins saw Mr & Mrs Demostier who were extremely polite & civil & invited me very much to lay at their House, St Quintins is a small Place we did not admire it much, but our Journey to Compiegne was very delightful the Country (is) exceeding fine, but Compiegne is a poor place, & nothing extraordinary in it, but the King's hunting Palace which we saw & rode about the Forest where the King hunts which is twenty Miles long, but what I admired the most is a little village near Compiegne called Verberie, The beauties of that valley are inexpressible & the vineyards on the left on the slope of the Hill, indeed alltogether it was the most pleasing prospect I ever saw

In regard to Paris I am rather disappointed, tho I have not seen much of it at present Miss Sharpe has hired a Coach as her own Coach will not do here & it is like the Lord Chancellrs Coach with the sides glass I have been out with her in it to the Mercers & the Coachman has a fine large bag wig, really it surprises me not a little to see how everybody is dresst & powderd, Miss Sharpe brought a Hairdresser from England therefore we all are powderd

We did not come by Chantilly as the Colonel says he thinks we had better get settled here & rested after our Journey & then go, as it will take us up two Days to see, & it is the finest Place in the World, we are likewise to go to Marlow (Marly), & see the King dine in publick indeed we are to see every thing that is worth notice, & we are at the Hotel de Treville, Tournon Street, Faubourg St Germain I believe the Servants are tired of France for William has made great complaints to me & told me this morning his bed he was sure is straw & never in so bad a bed in his life, dinner is ready which obliges me (to) conclude & am very much afraid this Letter cannot be read, my next shall be wrote on English paper to make it more legible, & must beg you would give my Duty to my Mother & kind love to my Cousin & all Relations

& believe me your Affect
Cousin
E Dimsdale"

Thomas replied:-

"Augst 11. 76

Dear Cousin

I must be obliged to answer your fine french Letter on plain English paper. We were all extremely glad to hear a good Acct of the health of your whole Party & entertained with the amusements that you have already met with, tho I expect they are only the the prelude to far greater of which we expect a full acct on your return I wish it was possible to have a view of you just when you are dressed to wait on the King the Headdress & Rouge which I hope you now wear to appear like other Mortals would be matter of entertainment. I have a good Acct to give of your Cousins health which has mended fast of late insomuch as to spare me to take a journey to Leeds which will occasion an absence of at least 10 Days. All the rest of us very well But you will be sorry to hear that your old favorite Jack has been shot for Madness. He was by all accts most dangerously & violently seized & we think it a great happiness that none of the Children or family were bit & I think it was well that neither you or I who have been foolishly fond of him were in the Way. In respect to home news I can only say that my Br.o has taken Miss Marlbrough(s) House & is about to commence Housekeeper again.

I can truly assure you that we shall be all very glad to see you again which we hope will be early in Sep.br at farthest. At present we can only wish you well & drink your health for neither of which you will be one farthing the better. I beg my respectfull Compts to Miss Sharpe & also to the Colonel tho I have not the honor to know him

I am Dear Sr
Yrs affectionately
Dimsdale

I saw the Hitchin Family lately I think Yr Brother better the rest well - but there has been & indeed still is a bad fever in Hitchin for which Yr Nephew & his Nurse are now living at Rocksley"

After the death of his second wife, Thomas and Elizabeth were married. Thomas the Collector wrote, "He then married his third wife, Elizabeth Dimsdale, who had resided in the family most of her life, at an advanced time of life, of course had not any children by her". She was a good housekeeper and her Commonplace Book survives, containing everything from puddings to practical matters like how to keep vermin from hen houses. There is a mischievous hint of her character in a book called "Paramythia" by the engraver James Walker, who worked in Russia.

"There are some folks not to be drilled, persuaded, advised, or even thumpt into good breeding, and the observance of the common received forms of society. I think such had better be treated as I have sometimes seen a country fellow treat an obstinate calf or pig, drive him the wrong way, that he may go the right. Tell any loquacious person you have reason to fear will commit himself, to talk and chatter away, for he is very amusing and clever, and ten to one you keep him silent.. such is the perverseness of human nature, and more particularly the error of women than men. Oh! that some I have seen, who were virtuous wives, kind and good mothers, prudent and careful house keepers, had but had the good sense to have held their tongues, when lifted, by the success of their husbands, into situations their early expectations in life never could lead them to expect. How many domestic broils would they have avoided, and how much they would have been esteemed by their husbands, children, and all around them. Pardon me, ye sweet partners of social life; ye, whose soft endearments form the solace, comfort, and happiness, of labouring, afflicted, troubled man, in this best of all possible worlds; pardon this single twig of birch; it shall be tied up with any coloured riband you choose to select, so that ye promise it need never more be used.

When Baron Dimsdale was about to leave Russia, after having, with so much success, introduced the blessing of inoculation throughout that extensive empire, Her Majesty, the Empress Catherine so nobly setting the glorious example in her own person, by daring to undergo the operation, which was successfully performed by the Baron, who, for that, acquired his title and an ample fortune. His wife, grateful for the flavours bestowed on him by the empress, naturally became desirous to see Her Majesty, and pour out her acknowledgements before her. This (as I have heard) was somewhat opposed by the baron, he knowing the baroness was more to be admired for the warmth of her honest feelings, than her knowledge of the graces, etiquette, and forms of a court. She was not, however, to be denied; and the Empress, being apprised of her wishes, appointed a day to receive her ladyship. The lady went; the baron, in fear and trembling, accompanied her; and as he feared, so it fell out. The gratitude of his honoured spouse so far got the better of her good breeding, that when Her Majesty entered the saloon, instead of half kneeling to kiss the hand held out with so much grace, she flew towards her like a tiger, and almost smothered the poor empress with hugging and kissing. As soon as the suffering sovereign could disengage herself, and shake her feathers, after so rude and boisterous an embrace, she walked on smiling, and told the baron that madame son epouse was tres aimable; and to her attendants she very coolly said Ces choses arrivent quelque fois. Your wife is truly amiable; and to her attendants, such things will occasionally happen."

Elizabeth herself wrote a somewhat different account of this event.

31. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 13 Aug 1716 and died on 26 Jan 1779 aged 62.

Noted events in his life were:

• Lived: Hertford, England.

Joseph married Mary Clarke, daughter of Henry Clarke and Unknown.

Joseph next married Elizabeth Bell, daughter of Daniel Bell and Unknown, on 4 Jan 1744 in Cheshunt. Elizabeth died on 1 May 1780.

The child from this marriage was:

   49 F    i. Susanna Dimsdale was born on 7 Dec 1745.

Susanna married George Champion, son of Unknown and Unknown, on 9 Jul 1767 in Hoddesdon.

Noted events in his life were:

• Lived: Bristol, Gloucester, England.

33. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 16 May 1707, died on 27 Jan 1744 aged 36, and was buried in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

Death Notes: 1744 may be the date of the will.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: surgeon.

Joseph married Elizabeth Appleby, daughter of Antony Appleby and Unknown. Elizabeth died on 2 Jan 1780.

Children from this marriage were:

   50 F    i. Elizabeth Dimsdale was born on 29 Apr 1732 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford and died on 16 Oct 1812 aged 80.

Death Notes: "Died in Fore Street Hertford on the 16th October 1812 and was buried at the Quaker burial ground close to the end of her husband's grave, above 7 ft deep on purpose on Monday 26th October in a leaden coffin. It is supposed that the depth was made to allow of her relations being placed above her coffin." Written by Thomas, the youngest son of the 1st Baron.

General Notes: We find her( Elizabeth ) writing to her second cousin, Thomas, 1st Baron Dimsdale, the small pox inoculator, in 1776 on paper rather like greaseproof paper with a fancy blue border. She shows herself to be an observant traveller and was later to keep a journal of a journey to Russia in 1781.

"Paris 31.th July 1776

Dear Cousin

You have my best thanks for your kind Letter received at Deal & the intelligence was very kindly taken. I am extremely glad to find my Cousin (Ann Dimsdale, Thomas Dimsdale's second wife and mother of all his hildren) continues mending & hope the next account will be that she is got down stairs & likewise that you are all well which will give me great pleasure. We arrived here yesterday about two o clock & have had a very pleasant Journey our first Days Journey from Calais was to St Omers where we lay, I saw Major Mrs & Miss Hare? & went to the English College where Master Turton is & he is very well, the next day we got to Lille a very fine Town & so to Valenciennes which is nothing extraordinary & Saturday night lay at St Quintins saw Mr & Mrs Demostier who were extremely polite & civil & invited me very much to lay at their House, St Quintins is a small Place we did not admire it much, but our Journey to Compiegne was very delightful the Country (is) exceeding fine, but Compiegne is a poor place, & nothing extraordinary in it, but the King's hunting Palace which we saw & rode about the Forest where the King hunts which is twenty Miles long, but what I admired the most is a little village near Compiegne called Verberie, The beauties of that valley are inexpressible & the vineyards on the left on the slope of the Hill, indeed alltogether it was the most pleasing prospect I ever saw

In regard to Paris I am rather disappointed, tho I have not seen much of it at present Miss Sharpe has hired a Coach as her own Coach will not do here & it is like the Lord Chancellrs Coach with the sides glass I have been out with her in it to the Mercers & the Coachman has a fine large bag wig, really it surprises me not a little to see how everybody is dresst & powderd, Miss Sharpe brought a Hairdresser from England therefore we all are powderd

We did not come by Chantilly as the Colonel says he thinks we had better get settled here & rested after our Journey & then go, as it will take us up two Days to see, & it is the finest Place in the World, we are likewise to go to Marlow (Marly), & see the King dine in publick indeed we are to see every thing that is worth notice, & we are at the Hotel de Treville, Tournon Street, Faubourg St Germain I believe the Servants are tired of France for William has made great complaints to me & told me this morning his bed he was sure is straw & never in so bad a bed in his life, dinner is ready which obliges me (to) conclude & am very much afraid this Letter cannot be read, my next shall be wrote on English paper to make it more legible, & must beg you would give my Duty to my Mother & kind love to my Cousin & all Relations

& believe me your Affect
Cousin
E Dimsdale"

Thomas replied:-

"Augst 11. 76

Dear Cousin

I must be obliged to answer your fine french Letter on plain English paper. We were all extremely glad to hear a good Acct of the health of your whole Party & entertained with the amusements that you have already met with, tho I expect they are only the the prelude to far greater of which we expect a full acct on your return I wish it was possible to have a view of you just when you are dressed to wait on the King the Headdress & Rouge which I hope you now wear to appear like other Mortals would be matter of entertainment. I have a good Acct to give of your Cousins health which has mended fast of late insomuch as to spare me to take a journey to Leeds which will occasion an absence of at least 10 Days. All the rest of us very well But you will be sorry to hear that your old favorite Jack has been shot for Madness. He was by all accts most dangerously & violently seized & we think it a great happiness that none of the Children or family were bit & I think it was well that neither you or I who have been foolishly fond of him were in the Way. In respect to home news I can only say that my Br.o has taken Miss Marlbrough(s) House & is about to commence Housekeeper again.

I can truly assure you that we shall be all very glad to see you again which we hope will be early in Sep.br at farthest. At present we can only wish you well & drink your health for neither of which you will be one farthing the better. I beg my respectfull Compts to Miss Sharpe & also to the Colonel tho I have not the honor to know him

I am Dear Sr
Yrs affectionately
Dimsdale

I saw the Hitchin Family lately I think Yr Brother better the rest well - but there has been & indeed still is a bad fever in Hitchin for which Yr Nephew & his Nurse are now living at Rocksley"

After the death of his second wife, Thomas and Elizabeth were married. Thomas the Collector wrote, "He then married his third wife, Elizabeth Dimsdale, who had resided in the family most of her life, at an advanced time of life, of course had not any children by her". She was a good housekeeper and her Commonplace Book survives, containing everything from puddings to practical matters like how to keep vermin from hen houses. There is a mischievous hint of her character in a book called "Paramythia" by the engraver James Walker, who worked in Russia.

"There are some folks not to be drilled, persuaded, advised, or even thumpt into good breeding, and the observance of the common received forms of society. I think such had better be treated as I have sometimes seen a country fellow treat an obstinate calf or pig, drive him the wrong way, that he may go the right. Tell any loquacious person you have reason to fear will commit himself, to talk and chatter away, for he is very amusing and clever, and ten to one you keep him silent.. such is the perverseness of human nature, and more particularly the error of women than men. Oh! that some I have seen, who were virtuous wives, kind and good mothers, prudent and careful house keepers, had but had the good sense to have held their tongues, when lifted, by the success of their husbands, into situations their early expectations in life never could lead them to expect. How many domestic broils would they have avoided, and how much they would have been esteemed by their husbands, children, and all around them. Pardon me, ye sweet partners of social life; ye, whose soft endearments form the solace, comfort, and happiness, of labouring, afflicted, troubled man, in this best of all possible worlds; pardon this single twig of birch; it shall be tied up with any coloured riband you choose to select, so that ye promise it need never more be used.

When Baron Dimsdale was about to leave Russia, after having, with so much success, introduced the blessing of inoculation throughout that extensive empire, Her Majesty, the Empress Catherine so nobly setting the glorious example in her own person, by daring to undergo the operation, which was successfully performed by the Baron, who, for that, acquired his title and an ample fortune. His wife, grateful for the flavours bestowed on him by the empress, naturally became desirous to see Her Majesty, and pour out her acknowledgements before her. This (as I have heard) was somewhat opposed by the baron, he knowing the baroness was more to be admired for the warmth of her honest feelings, than her knowledge of the graces, etiquette, and forms of a court. She was not, however, to be denied; and the Empress, being apprised of her wishes, appointed a day to receive her ladyship. The lady went; the baron, in fear and trembling, accompanied her; and as he feared, so it fell out. The gratitude of his honoured spouse so far got the better of her good breeding, that when Her Majesty entered the saloon, instead of half kneeling to kiss the hand held out with so much grace, she flew towards her like a tiger, and almost smothered the poor empress with hugging and kissing. As soon as the suffering sovereign could disengage herself, and shake her feathers, after so rude and boisterous an embrace, she walked on smiling, and told the baron that madame son epouse was tres aimable; and to her attendants she very coolly said Ces choses arrivent quelque fois. Your wife is truly amiable; and to her attendants, such things will occasionally happen."

Elizabeth herself wrote a somewhat different account of this event.

Elizabeth married Thomas Dimsdale, son of John Dimsdale and Susannah Bowyer. Thomas was born on 29 May 1712 in Theydon Gernon, Essex, England and died on 30 Dec 1800 aged 88.

(Duplicate Line. See Person 30)

+ 51 M    ii. Robert Dimsdale was born in 1733 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford, died on 29 Dec 1814 in Stansted Mountfitchet aged 81, and was buried in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

   52 M    iii. William Dimsdale was born in 1738 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

Death Notes: Some place in America.

   53 F    iv. Mary Dimsdale was born in 1740 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

Mary married John Day. John was born in Stansted Mountfitchet.

+ 54 M    v. John Dimsdale was born on 5 Jan 1740 in Hertford, England.

+ 55 F    vi. Susanna Dimsdale was born in 1742 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford and died on 12 Dec 1765 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford aged 23.



  Seventh Generation  



43. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 10 Jun 1751 and died on 16 Jun 1784 in Hertford, England aged 33.

General Notes: "In 1779 Joseph Dimsdale. went from Hertford, where he lived on his fortune, to Bristol on a visit (to) his daughter but was there taken ill, and died in a few days on 26 April 1779 and was buried in the Quaker burial ground on the 4th of May at Bishops Stortford Herts". Written by his brother Thomas.

Noted events in his life were:

• Lived: Bloomsbury Square, London.

• Occupation: doctor.

Joseph married Mary Champion, daughter of Nehemiah Champion and Unknown, on 27 Mar 1776 in Bristol, Gloucester, England. Mary died on 16 Oct 1825 in Bristol, Gloucester, England.

The child from this marriage was:

   56 F    i. Anne Dimsdale died in 1837.

46. Robert Dimsdale was born on 26 Dec 1756 and died on 15 Sep 1825 aged 68.

General Notes: 3rd Baron of the Russian Empire.

Robert married Finnetta Pye, daughter of Charles Pye and Anne Mainwaring, on 10 Jul 1794 in Bath. Finnetta was born about 1751 and died on 16 Jan 1848 aged about 97.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 57 M    i. Thomas Robert Dimsdale was born on 12 Aug 1796 in Hertford, England, was christened on 10 Sep 1796 in Saint Andrews, Hertford, and died on 21 Nov 1865 aged 69.

+ 58 M    ii. Charles John Dimsdale was born on 12 Feb 1801 in Hertford, England, was christened on 11 Mar 1801 in Saint Andrews, Hertford, and died on 26 Nov 1872 aged 71.

51. Robert Dimsdale was born in 1733 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford, died on 29 Dec 1814 in Stansted Mountfitchet aged 81, and was buried in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

General Notes: Dr Robert was concerned with the foundation of the Benevolent Medical Society for the United Counties of Essex and Hertford. The first meeting took place in 1786. "Dr Dimsdale the senior physician present was unanimously requested to take the chair." There were two doctors among the 29 persons present at the meeting, the rest being surgeons. A fund was set up for the relief and benefit of widows and orphans of physicians, surgeons and apothecaries in Essex and Herts. These persons were "exposed to numerous sources of infection and suffer(ed) premature death frequently thereby and the fair prospects of a family suddenly blasted and a painful reverse presented to persons well brought up, but thus cut off from future resources." Dr Robert chaired four subsequent meetings and also District Courts at Hatfield, Kelvedon, Hockerill and Brentwood. Baron Dimsdale was treasurer. The 1787 accounts show a loss item of 1/1/5d on forty-three light guineas.

Dr Robert and his wife both died in 1814. Thomas the collector wrote, "Died at Bishop Stortford, Herts Mrs Dimsdale in the 74th year of her age, wife of Dr Robert Dimsdale of that place on Sunday 18 September 1814 and was buried the Saturday following 24 September in the churchyard. Died at Stansted in Essex , from two to three miles from Bishops Stortford Herts, Dr Robert Dimsdale above mentioned on the 29th day of December 1814 at 8 o'clock at night, aged about 82 - born about 1733. He had a few weeks before sold his house and furniture at Bishops Stortford and retired from practise to Stansted in Essex. His son William and only child accompanied him. He lies buried near his wife in Stortford churchyard. WPD (William Pitts Dimsdale, Dr Robert's nephew) from London attended his funeral."

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: medical doctor.

Robert married Elizabeth Ravenhill in 1765. Elizabeth was born in 1740, died on 18 Sep 1814 aged 74, and was buried in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

Children from this marriage were:

   59 M    i. Edward Dimsdale .

General Notes: Edward and Mary, neither of whom lived long, were baptised at neighbouring Farnham.

   60 F    ii. Mary Dimsdale .

General Notes: Died very young

   61 M    iii. William Dimsdale was born on 5 Feb 1771 in Saint Michaels, Bishops Stortford, Hertford and was christened on 1 Jan 1772.

General Notes: One child, William, survived. Thomas the collector wrote, "Dr Robert Dimsdale resides at Stortford - he married Miss Ravenhill of near Bromley, Kent and had a daughter who died to his extreme grief and also one son William who resides with them who was never brought up to any occupation."

I have no record of the second son, William, except a note that he died in America.

54. John Dimsdale was born on 5 Jan 1740 in Hertford, England.

Birth Notes: also lived in Hitchin

John married Priscilla Pitts, daughter of William Pitts and Unknown, on 10 Aug 1773. Priscilla was born in Nov 1749.

Children from this marriage were:

   62 M    i. William Pitts Dimsdale was born on 17 Jun 1775 in Hitchin and died on 25 Jan 1837 aged 61.

Noted events in his life were:

• Address: Grenville St., Brunswick Sq, London.

   63 F    ii. Mary Dimsdale was born on 5 Jul 1778 and died on 28 Aug 1778.

   64 F    iii. Priscilla Dimsdale was born on 18 Sep 1779.

General Notes: Living and unmarried in 1814

   65 M    iv. John Dimsdale was born on 4 Sep 1780 and died on 17 Feb 1851 in Greenham Lodge, Newbury aged 70.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: banker, Cornhill.

+ 66 M    v. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 5 Sep 1781.

55. Susanna Dimsdale was born in 1742 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford and died on 12 Dec 1765 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford aged 23.

Susanna married Stephen Hagger, son of Stephen Hagger and Hanna. Stephen was born on 23 Mar 1733 in Hertford, England, died on 25 Dec 1813 aged 80, and was buried on 2 Jan 1814 in Bishops Stortford, Hertford.

Burial Notes: in Friends Burial Ground

General Notes: Stephen Hagger of Hertford - a Quaker miller at Sele Mill, which he rented from Thomas, 1st Baron Dimsdale. There were several of their children concerned with milling at Hertford, one of whom had to flee to Pennsylvania, who is described in an 1809 flyer from Bow St. offering 50 guineas reward as follows, "The said Thomas Hagger is about 47 years of age, about 5 ft 10 inches high, stout made, stoops in his walk, speaks low, and generally dresses as a Quaker; has been frequently in the neighbourhood of Edmonton." In spite of this, the Haggers were generally very successful in their chosen trade.


The child from this marriage was:

   67 M    i. Thomas Hagger was born in 1762.



  Eighth Generation  



57. Thomas Robert Dimsdale was born on 12 Aug 1796 in Hertford, England, was christened on 10 Sep 1796 in Saint Andrews, Hertford, and died on 21 Nov 1865 aged 69.

General Notes: 4th Baron of the Russian Empire.

Thomas married Lucinda Manning, daughter of Henry Manning and Unknown, on 23 Dec 1819. Lucinda died on 7 Jun 1874.

Children from this marriage were:

   68 F    i. Lucinda Dimsdale was christened on 11 Feb 1822 in Essendon, Hertford, England and died on 24 Dec 1893 aged 71.

Lucinda married G.Darby Griffith on 30 Jun 1840. G.Darby died on 15 Apr 1846.

General Notes: Darby was a Major.

   69 F    ii. Anne Dimsdale died on 22 Apr 1902.

Anne married Henry Dawson, son of George Robert Dawson and Unknown, on 21 Sep 1848. Henry died on 10 Jan 1863.

General Notes: Henry was a Reverend.

   70 F    iii. Finetta Esther Dimsdale was born in 1824 in Tonbridge Wells, England and died on 21 Dec 1886 aged 62.

Finetta married John Walker Tarleton, son of Thomas Tarleton and Unknown, on 27 Aug 1861 in Essendon, Hertford, England. John died on 25 Sep 1880.

General Notes: John was a Admiral and had the title of Sir.

   71 F    iv. Caroline Dimsdale was born in 1824 in Tonbridge Wells, England and died on 11 Jul 1910 aged 86.

Caroline married Daniel Henry Mackinnon, son of Daniel Mackinnon and Unknown, on 12 Oct 1847 in Essendon, Hertford, England. Daniel died in 1884.

   72 M    v. Thomas Robert Charles Dimsdale was born on 3 Aug 1826, was christened on 19 Sep 1826 in Essendon, Hertford, England, and died on 17 Jun 1858 aged 31.

Thomas married Jemina Anne Limond on 7 Sep 1852. Jemina died on 15 Dec 1909.

   73 M    vi. Henry Fraser Dimsdale was born on 21 Oct 1828, was christened on 23 Apr 1829 in Essendon, Hertford, England, and died on 16 Jan 1857 aged 28.

58. Charles John Dimsdale was born on 12 Feb 1801 in Hertford, England, was christened on 11 Mar 1801 in Saint Andrews, Hertford, and died on 26 Nov 1872 aged 71.

General Notes: 5th Baron of the Russian Empire.

Charles married Jemima Pye, daughter of Anthony Henry Pye and Unknown, on 12 Nov 1826. Jemima died on 4 Nov 1881.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 74 M    i. Robert Dimsdale was born on 4 Jul 1828 in Hatfield, England and died on 2 May 1898 aged 69.

66. Joseph Dimsdale was born on 5 Sep 1781.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: merchant, Upton, Essex.

Joseph married Sarah Cockfield, daughter of Joseph Cockfield and Elizabeth Gurney, on 5 Dec 1811. Sarah was born on 9 Jun 1776.

General Notes: Sarah worked for some time as Thomas Clarkson's assistant in his fight against the slave trade. She was a hunchback and passed this condition on to her grandson, the Rev'd Henry Dimsdale, who was the respected evangelical vicar of an East End parish


Children from this marriage were:

+ 75 M    i. Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale was born on 2 Apr 1813 in London, England and died on 2 Mar 1879 in Bayswater aged 65.

   76 F    ii. Pricilla Pitts Dimsdale was born on 18 Aug 1814.

   77 F    iii. Elizabeth Dimsdale was born in 1822 and died on 24 May 1912 aged 90.

Elizabeth married Gurney.


  Ninth Generation  



74. Robert Dimsdale was born on 4 Jul 1828 in Hatfield, England and died on 2 May 1898 aged 69.

General Notes: 6th Baron of the Russian Empire.

Robert married Cecilia Jane Southwell, daughter of Richard Southwell and Unknown. Cecilia was born in Oxford, England and died on 17 Mar 1910.

Children from this marriage were:

   78 F    i. Cecilia Annie Jemima Dimsdale was christened on 12 Sep 1854 in Essendon, Hertford, England and died on 2 Sep 1939 aged 84.

General Notes: Never married.

+ 79 M    ii. Charles Robert Southwell Dimsdale was born on 4 Jun 1856 and died on 6 Dec 1928 aged 72.

   80 F    iii. Amy Ursula Dimsdale was born on 1 Jan 1858 in Essendon, Hertford, England and died on 7 Sep 1917 aged 59.

Amy married Neville Brown, son of Thomas Parr and Unknown.

   81 M    iv. Edward Dimsdale was born in 1859 and died on 5 Jul 1874 aged 15.

+ 82 M    v. Marcus Southwell Dimsdale was born on 18 Jul 1860 and died on 28 Jul 1919 aged 59.

   83 M    vi. James Dimsdale was christened on 26 Mar 1862 in Saint Stephens, Saint Albans.

General Notes: Died an infant.

   84 F    vii. Mary Dimsdale was born in 1863.

General Notes: Died unmarried.

+ 85 M    viii. Robert Dimsdale was born in 1865 and died on 23 Sep 1950 aged 85.

   86 M    ix. Wilfred Philip Dimsdale was born on 4 Apr 1870 and died on 9 Apr 1900 aged 30.

General Notes: 2/Royal Irish Rifles, Wounded in the Boer War at Reddersberg, 3rd April 1900.

75. Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale was born on 2 Apr 1813 in London, England and died on 2 Mar 1879 in Bayswater aged 65.

Noted events in his life were:

• Address: 52 Cleveland Square.

Joseph married Catherine Sarah Stephenson, daughter of Thomas Stephenson and Marianne Cattley, on 24 Jun 1846 in Clapham. Catherine was born in 1822 and died on 18 Oct 1898 aged 76.

Children from this marriage were:

   87 F    i. Charlotte Frances Dimsdale was born in 1847 and died in 1887 aged 40.

Charlotte married John Sherwood Stocker on 7 Apr 1875. John was born in 1850.

Noted events in his life were:

• Occupation: doctor.

+ 88 M    ii. Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale was born on 12 Jan 1849 in London, England and died on 10 Aug 1912 aged 63.

   89 M    iii. John Dimsdale was born on 11 Feb 1851 in London, England and died on 23 Feb 1922 aged 71.

John married Mary Wall, daughter of William Henry Wall and Unknown, on 11 Oct 1877. Mary was born in 1855 and died on 4 Sep 1930 aged 75.

Noted events in their marriage were:

• Address: 2 Nevill Park, Tunbridge Wells.

   90 F    iv. Catherine Sarah Dimsdale was born in 1853 and died in 1915 aged 62.

General Notes: Cathrine never married.

+ 91 M    v. Henry Cockfield Dimsdale was born on 26 Jul 1856 in Kensington, England and died on 30 Nov 1918 aged 62.

   92 M    vi. William Stephenson Dimsdale was born on 17 Jun 1858 and died on 8 Dec 1878 aged 20.

   93 F    vii. Beatrice Dimsdale .



  Tenth Generation  



79. Charles Robert Southwell Dimsdale was born on 4 Jun 1856 and died on 6 Dec 1928 aged 72.

General Notes: 7th Baron of the Russian Empire.

Charles married Alice Monk, daughter of Charles James Monk and Unknown. Alice died on 1 Jan 1886.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 94 M    i. Edward Charles Dimsdale was born on 20 Dec 1883 and died on 8 Apr 1915 in France aged 31.

   95 M    ii. Reginald Dimsdale was born on 25 Dec 1885 and died on 28 Apr 1916 aged 30.

Noted events in his life were:

• Military: Royal Navy Lieutenant, S/M "E22".

Charles next married Mabel. Mabel died on 13 Dec 1942.

General Notes: Mabel was the widow of Col. Edward Hastings.


Children from this marriage were:

   96 F    i. Ursula Neville Brown Dimsdale .

   97 F    ii. Cecilia Dimsdale .

82. Marcus Southwell Dimsdale was born on 18 Jul 1860 and died on 28 Jul 1919 aged 59.

Marcus married Elsbeth Phillips, daughter of James Phillips and Unknown. Elsbeth died on 3 Oct 1949.

Children from this marriage were:

   98 F    i. Diana Dimsdale was born on 23 May 1905.

+ 99 M    ii. Wilfred Dimsdale was born on 13 Aug 1906.

   100 F    iii. Rosemary Dimsdale was born on 8 Dec 1908.

Rosemary married Arthur Marshall.

   101 F    iv. Elsbeth Southwell Dimsdale was born on 8 Dec 1908.

Elsbeth married Stephen Selwyn.

   102 M    v. Erasmus Dimsdale was born on 25 May 1912 and died on 23 Aug 1912.

85. Robert Dimsdale was born in 1865 and died on 23 Sep 1950 aged 85.

Robert married Lucy Bazley.

Children from this marriage were:

   103 M    i. Peter Dimsdale was born on 16 Oct 1899.

   104 F    ii. Priscilla Dimsdale was born on 24 Dec 1902.

88. Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale was born on 12 Jan 1849 in London, England and died on 10 Aug 1912 aged 63.

General Notes: 1st Baronet 1902. Lord Mayor of London 1901-2.

Noted events in his life were:

• Education: Eton.

• Lived: Sussex Square, London.

Joseph married Beatrice Eliza Bower Holdsworth, daughter of Robert Hunt Holdsworth and Unknown, on 11 Feb 1873. Beatrice was born in 1850 and died on 15 Mar 1948 aged 98.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 105 M    i. John Holdsworth Dimsdale was born on 10 Feb 1874 and died on 10 Apr 1923 aged 49.

   106 M    ii. Bower Holdsworth Dimsdale was born on 22 Aug 1875 and died on 2 Sep 1875.

   107 M    iii. Reginald Dimsdale was born on 2 Oct 1876 and died on 12 Dec 1876.

   108 F    iv. Beatrice Holsworth Dimsdale was born on 19 Jul 1878 in Islington, London, England.

Beatrice married Lancelot Wilkinson Dent on 11 Feb 1899. Lancelot died on 18 Oct 1944.

   109 F    v. Ethel Dimsdale was born on 28 Oct 1880 and died in 1880.

   110 F    vi. Charlotte May Dimsdale was born on 19 May 1893 and died on 24 Nov 1945 aged 52.

91. Henry Cockfield Dimsdale was born on 26 Jul 1856 in Kensington, England and died on 30 Nov 1918 aged 62.

General Notes: Rev'd Henry Dimsdale, who was the respected evangelical vicar of an East End parish.

Henry married Esther Florence Powell, daughter of Maurice Powell and Unknown, on 4 Feb 1909. Esther was born in 1885 and died on 19 Jan 1943 aged 58.

The child from this marriage was:

   111 M    i. Henry Cockfield Luke Dimsdale was born on 18 Oct 1911.

General Notes: Commissioned in the Welsh Guards.

Henry married Marigold Avril Whitaker, daughter of G.C. Whitaker and Unknown, on 3 Aug 1950. Marigold was born on 16 Oct 1921.


  11th Generation  



94. Edward Charles Dimsdale was born on 20 Dec 1883 and died on 8 Apr 1915 in France aged 31.

Noted events in his life were:

• Military: Captain, Rifle Brigade.

Edward married Katherine Joan Barclay, daughter of Edward Exton Barclay and Elizabeth Mary Fowler. Katherine was born in 1884 in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

General Notes: The family is that of Barclays Bank, a UK clearing bank.


Children from this marriage were:

+ 112 M    i. Thomas Edward Dimsdale was born on 11 Oct 1911

+ 113 M    ii. John Robert Dimsdale was born on 16 Oct 1913 and died on 14 May 1951 aged 37.

99. Wilfred Dimsdale was born on 13 Aug 1906.

Wilfred married Helen Brown, daughter of Harold Brown and Unknown.

The child from this marriage was:

   114 M    i. Nicholas Dimsdale was born on 26 Dec 1935.

105. John Holdsworth Dimsdale was born on 10 Feb 1874 and died on 10 Apr 1923 aged 49.

General Notes: 2nd Baronet

John married Edith Katherine Connacher, daughter of John Connacher and Unknown, on 31 Jan 1901. Edith was born in 1880 and died on 28 Apr 1911 aged 31.

Children from this marriage were:

   115 M    i. John Holdsworth Dimsdale was born on 31 Dec 1901.

General Notes: 3rd Baronet

John married Gisela Panova in 1949.

   116 M    ii. Robert Henry Dimsdale was born on 29 Aug 1904.

   117 F    iii. Edith Mary Dimsdale was born on 1 Nov 1906 and died on 2 Sep 1907.

   118 M    iv. Joseph Reginald Henry Dimsdale was born on 18 Aug 1908 and died on 27 Feb 1955 aged 46.

John next married Elizabeth Grace Harling, daughter of William Harling and Unknown, on 18 Jun 1912 in Parish Church, Croxley- Green. Elizabeth was born in 1880 and died on 8 Oct 1926 aged 46.

Marriage Notes: by Rev. H.C. Dimsdale, uncle


 

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