Nov 19, 2009

Connecting Some ''Dixon'' Dots

Before I delve any further into the family of my gg grandparents, Edward Manley and Margaret Dixon, I would like to connect some Dixon dots that I have found along the way.

1846 - My gg grandparents were at Grosse Ile, Quebec in August where they bore and lost a son they named Roger. Roger's godparents were Michael Crean and Anne Dixon. The day before Roger died, a little girl named Bridget Dixon died. Her parents were Roger and Bridget Dixon and the witnesses for her burial were Roger and Anthony Dixon.

1850 - My gg grandparents were in the 1850 census in Portage, Livingston Co, NY. In the same census I found two Dixon families; (1) Roger & Bridget Dixon with children Sarah and Margaret and (2) Frank & Bridget with children Anthony, Patrick, Mary, Bridget and Catherine

1861 - My gg grandparents were in the 1861 census in Grantham Twp, ON. In the same census I found two Dixon families; (1) Roger (widowed) with child Sarah and (2) Frank & Bridget with children Anthony, Patrick, Mary, Bridget, Catherine and Anne

After 1861 I lost track of Roger Dixon and his daughter Sarah but Frank Dixon and his family settled in Port Dalhousie, ON while my gg grandparents settled in Thorold, ON. Over the next several decades I have found many references that would indicate a connection between these two families; i.e. marriage witnesses, business partnerships, etc...

Based on these dots I have concluded that my gg grandparents made their way from Ireland to Canada, accompanied by several members of Margaret's Dixon family and that they traveled together for several years before finally settling down in one place. I could guess that Roger and Frank might have been Margaret's brothers but at this point it would just be a guess. Another brick wall that hopefully will come down soon.

I would love to hear from anybody connected to the Dixon family of Port Dalhousie, ON. I'm sure we are related ;-)