James Dyson
(Abt 1747-1819)
Sarah Dyer
William Seabrooke
(Abt 1769-1820)
Thomas Dyson
Elizabeth Seabrook
(Abt 1796-1879)

Thomas Dyson


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Emily Sarah Henty

Thomas Dyson 63,64,305,306,307,308,309,310,311,312,313,314,315,316,317,318,319,320

  • Born: 5 Mar 1838, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England 309,315,319,321,322,323
  • Marriage: Emily Sarah Henty on 4 Feb 1862 in Fort William, Calcutta, Bengal, India 305,306,307
  • Died: 27 Mar 1897, Wrington, Somersetshire, England aged 59 309,319,321,324,325
  • Buried: Wrington, Somersetshire 319

bullet   Cause of his death was heart disease.309


bullet  General Notes:

1841 Census [ FRC 11/98], London

14 Calthorp St, Lincoln's Inn:
Thomas Dyson 60 solicitor b. in the county
Elizabeth Dyson 42 do.
Rebecca Gregory , 25 Independent do.
Elizabeth Dyson 18 do.
Adelaide Dyson 7 do.
Rosaline Dyson - do.
Arthur Dyson 10 do.
John Dyson 5 do.
Thomas Dyson 3 do.
2 female servants 25 & 30
1891 census, London, Lewisham, Sydenham, page 24

No. of schedule: 164
Name of house: Andros
Thomas Dyson, Head, married, age 53, male, Retired Bank Agent- Acct., born Islington, Middlesex
Emily S. ", Wife, married, age 45, female, born Calcutta, E. Indies
Nina, daughter, single, age 16, female, born Patna?, Oudh?
Amy F. E., daughter, single, age 4, female, born Dulwich, Surrey
Ellen Alexander, visitor, Widow, age 63, female, born Calcutta, E. Indies
Rosina M. Adams, servant, single, age 22, domestic, born Marylebone, London

bullet  Research Notes:

October, 2004

Probate Registry,
Castle Chambers, Clifford Street, York,

In the Estate of Thomas Dyson, search reference: 04/10/1027

A search has been made in the estate of the above-named from the beginning of 1897 to the end of 1900, and on the information given we can report that no record has been found.

War with Britain and the fall of Burma
As the century wore on, the British began to covet the natural resources of Myanmar and wanted to secure their supply route to Singapore. As a result, they provoked the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852, annexing Pegu province and renaming it Lower Burma.
The British, declared war once again in 1885, conquering the remainder of the country.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar/History for further details of the history of Burma and the role of the British Empire.
Calgary Herald Weekly , April 22, 1897

Dyson - On 27th ult. at Wrington, Somersetshire,

England. Thos. Dyson, late of Bankipore , Oudh, East Indies, of heart desease, aged 60 years, father of A. and G.H. Dyson of Calgary.

(Bankipore is in northern India.)
( a further check for newspaper articles in Somertshire, found an additional bit of information: Thomas Dyson was in the employ of the Bank of Bengal in India.)

1841 census, Clerkenwell contained on LDS films 438776, 438777, 438778, 438779
1851 census, Clerkenwell contained on LDS films 87850, 87851 , 87852, 87853,


The two files shown below at Canada Archives might solve this puzzle.. jca

Soldiers of the South African War (1899 - 1902)
Canada Archives, Land Applications

Name: DYSON, Gerald Hope
Application number: 6934
Reference: RG 38, volume 132
Database Name: Land applications

Name: DYSON, Arthur
Application number: 6293
Reference: RG 38, volume 131
Database Name: Land applications

Land Grant Applications
Under the Volunteer Bounty Act of 1908, veterans of the South African War were entitled to 320 acres of Dominion Land. Library and Archives Canada holds the land grant applications (Record Group 38, volumes 117 to 136, numbers 1 to 7370). These applications are two-page forms that include the name of the applicant, place of residence and service summary. References to those applications are included in this research tool, but the actual documents have not been digitized.

Most veterans opted to receive scrip in the amount of $60 rather than a land grant, or sold their land grant entitlement to a “substitute”.


Feb 25/2004, ordered a copy of the Thomas Dyson death reg, March 1897, Wrington, Somerset.. jca
Received same : March 21, 2004

Certifed Copy of an Entry of Death , Registration District : Axbridge
1897 Death in the Sub-district of Blagdon in the County of Somerset

No. 19
Died: Twenty seventh March 1897, Wrington, M.D.
Name: Thomas Dyson, Male, Age 59 years
Occupation: Bank Manager, (Retired)
Cause of Death: Locomotor Ataxia, 12 years, Mitral Incompellanic? 2 years, Haemorrhoids sporatia, 9 days , -----? 2 hours
certified by Herbert W Wristowe?, M.D.

Informant: Mina Dyson, daughter, residence: Wrington
Registered: Thirty first March, 1897
Registrar: Annie J Chapman, Registrar
Note: a thorough search of the 1881 census records in England does not turn up anyone who appears to be this Thomas Dyson connected with a bank. This would indicate that this Thomas Dyson could be our Thomas Arthur Dyson since the eldest children of our Thomas have been located in 1881 as being in a boarding school. Perhaps our Thomas A. Dyson and his wife Emily are in India in 1881 as we suspect. jca
The Mina Dyson , daughter as the informant in the 1897 death reg. could easily be Nina Dyson, which would fit perfectly.. Also, although the 1881 census returns do show two Mina Dyson records, neither one has a father of Thomas Dyson, further supporting that the 1897 death reg should be our "Nina Dyson". jca
The two newspapers of the area near Wrington ( Weston Mercury and the Weston Gazette) both mention the passing of Thomas Dyson, in 1897 and further mention that he was previously of the "Bank of Bengal" which fits perfectly with the christening locations of most of his children as well as his marriage record to Emily Henty in 1862 when he was a clerk for the Bank of Bengal..

"The Bank of Bengal was established in 1809 and was incorporated in 1876. It is now part of the State Bank of India. The genesis of the State Bank occurred in the early 19th century, when the three Presidency banks -- Bank of Bengal, Bank of Bombay, and Bank of Madras -- were set up. These three banks were merged in 1921 to form the Imperial Bank of India, which became the State Bank of India in 1955."

"1806 Bank of Bengal founded
For hundreds of years before the creation of the first formal, western-style banks, financial services have been provided in India by castes such as the Multanis, Marwari and Pathans who provide credit, collect deposits and arrange trading deals through bills of exchange or hundi. The Bank of Bengal is the first of the so-called presidential banks to be established during British rule to supplement the internal money supply of India."


Hi Alan:

Florence and Don forwarded your e-mail with the website to search the Wrington All Saints' Church Cemetery, so I thought I'd have a go at it and think I hit it lucky.


I read the instructions on their home page and followed them:

1. Click on Alphabetical Listing of Names
1a. Click on "D" - only one Dyson shown in location/plot #877

2. Click on Churchyard Plan
2a. Clicked (2nd one I tried) West-East Centre and on the left row under a "red" #871 at the top of the row, count down to 877 and in small print is the name "Dyson"

I think this is the burial location of our Thomas Dyson.

Thanks for that great tip!

(note by jca. also note item 877 (Dyson) refers to Register of Burial #'s 235 and 677, and plot contains a tomb, not a headstone..)
(very appropriate for our Thomas Dyson... jca)


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Residence: 14 Calthorpe Street, 1841, London, England. 315

• Education: Christ's Church, 1851, Newgate, London, England. 315

• Residence: Christ's Church, 1851, Newgate, London, England. 318

• Occupation: Clerk, Bank of Bengal, Feb 1862, Calcutta, Bengal, India. 306

• Occupation: Bank of Bengal, 1862, Bengal, India. 326

• Occupation: Banker, Dec 1862, Patna, Bihar, India. 327

• Residence, 1866, Uckfield, Sussex. 310

• Residence, 1868, Cawnpore, India. 60

• Occupation: Banker, 1870, Moulmein, Lower Burma. 314

• Occupation: Bank Agent, 1877, Paddington, London. 316

• Residence: 12 Aldridge Road Villas, 1877, Paddington, London. 316

• Residence: 25 Park Road, 1886, West Dulwich, Surrey, England. 311

• Residence: Carberry House, Dec 1887, Norwood, London, England. 64

• Residence: Andros House, 1891, Lewisham, London, England. 322

• Residence: Bankipore, Bihar, India. 309

• Occupation: Bank Manager: Bengal, India. 321,325


Thomas married Emily Sarah Henty, daughter of Charles Henty and Emily Hunt, on 4 Feb 1862 in Fort William, Calcutta, Bengal, India 305,306.,307 (Emily Sarah Henty was born on 6 Jul 1845 in Calcutta, Bengal, India 63,322,324,328,329,330,331,332, christened on 21 Sep 1845 in St. James Church, Calcutta, Bengal, India 329 and died on 25 Oct 1934 in Kensington South, London, England 140,317.) The cause of her death was (a) Cardiac Syncope (b) Myocardial Degeneration.309

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