James Dyson
(Abt 1747-1819)
Sarah Dyer

Thomas Dyson


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Elizabeth Seabrook

Thomas Dyson 234,306,315,323,336,337,338,339,340,341,342,343,344,345,346,347

  • Born: 13 Mar 1781, London, England 315,336,341
  • Christened: 8 Apr 1781, St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, London 336,341
  • Marriage: Elizabeth Seabrook on 26 Sep 1819 in Parish Church of St George, Hanover Square, London 336,337
  • Died: 2 Feb 1846, Grays Inn Lane, London aged 64 330,336,348,349,350
  • Buried: 7 Feb 1846, Abney Park Cemetery, Hackney, London 336,350,351

bullet   Cause of his death was Paralysis of upper and lower extremities.349


bullet  General Notes:

Thomas DYSON (1781-1846).
researched by Mr. Alan Hughes of Somersetshire, England ca 2004

Bapt. 8 April 1781 at St Leonards, Shoreditch (aet 60 1841) son of James Dyson of Hoxton, brassfounder and Sarah Dyer. Possibly brother of Revd. F. Dyson of Denne Hill, Kent.
His marriage to Elizabeth Seabrook took place at St George's Hanover Square, a very fashionable church for marriages at that time and hundreds are recorded. Unfortunately only the bride's name is listed in the printed transcript, which I have consulted and I have not so far been able to see a microfilm of the original in case there is further information. I am also looking for the marriage license.

m. at St George's Hanover Square 26th Sept 1819, Elizabeth (b. Mdx c.1799: aet 42 1841; aet 74 1871) dau. William Seabrook.

As well as the children you list I have found:
Elizabeth b.c.1823 (not in IGI but listed in the 1841 census as a daughter aged 18)
Rosaline b.c.1841(not in IGI but listed in the 1841 census as a daughter aged under 1)

Kelly's Directory under 'John Dyson' lists him as the 6th son of Thomas, which from what we know is not correct unless there are boys we have not found.

Thomas's will was witnessed by Rebecca Gregory Dyson, spinster. The 1841 census includes 'Rebecca Gregory 25 Independent, born in the county (ie Mdx)' after his wife's entry and before the children so both her name and her status are unresolved. It would not be impossible that she was the child of a first marriage as her given birth date is 3 years before Thomas's marriage to Elizabeth and he would have been 38 at that time but I have found no evidence for that.

d.* 2nd Feb. 1846 (ref 1/234 Mar Qtr) aet 64. Bur. Abney Pk. Cemetary 7 Feb.

His will 'of Calthorpe Street, Grays Inn Road' was dated 8 June 1840 and proved 27 March 1846 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. He left everything to his wife, Elizabeth, who was made executor and proved the will.

Solicitor of 14 Calthorpe Str. Clerkenwell. Described as "of Lincoln's Inn". Later of 22 Myddelton Square, Clerkenwell (1834-38)
Possibly the Thomas Dyson of Dyson & Favell of 21 Bedford Row listed in the law list 1840-47.

Parish records , 1558- 1901, Church of England, Saint Leonard's, Shoreditch, Middlesex


Birth: 13 MAR 1781
Christening: 08 APR 1781 Saint Leonards, Shoreditch, London, England
Father: James Dyson, Mother: Sarah

Batch: C040811, LDS FHL film : 0396230, Parish Registers, St. Leonards Church, (Shoreditch, Middlesex)
The death registration index for Thomas Dyson, 1846 which could be ordered from the GRO.

Name: DYSON, Thomas
Record Type: Deaths
Quarter: March
Year: 1846
District: Pancras
County: London Middlesex
Volume: 1 Page: 234

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 Dyson , 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

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Lincoln's Inn is one of London's four Inns of Court, the other three are Gray's Inn, the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple.
The four Inns, or Honourable Societies of Barristers, fulfill the same functions, but has separate traditions. According to ancient custom anyone training to be a barrister in Britain must join one of the Inns of Court and dine there 24 times, as well as passing their examinations, before being officially qualified.
The quiet alleys and open spaces of the Inns of Court are a haven from the noisy traffic and fumes of London, like stepping back in time. Here, lawyers, dressed in gowns and wigs, pass against the backdrop of medieval buildings and well-manicured lawns.
Lincoln's Inn, next to one of London's finest residential squares, is the most beautiful and least altered of the Inns. Its buildings date from the late-15th century.
Above the arch of the Chancery Lane gatehouse is the coat of arms of Henry VIII and heavy oak door dates from the same period. Ben Jonson, a contemporary of Shakespeare, is thought to have laid some of the bricks of Lincoln's Inn during the reign of Elizabeth I.
Lincoln's Inn's lawns were used for executions during the Reformation.
The Gothic chapel dates from the early-17th century, and it was not until 1839 that women were allowed to be buried here, when the grieving Lord Brougham petitioned to have the rule altered so that his daughter could be interred in the chapel.
Famous alumni of Lincoln's Inn include Oliver Cromwell, John Donne, the 17th century poet and William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania.
When the Court of Chancery sat here in Old Hall from 1835 - 58, one of the best-known judges was Sir John Taylor Coleridge.
At Lincoln's Inn it is still possible to remember scenes from 'Bleak House', Dickens' savage attack on the legal system, as hardly anything has changed.

bullet  Research Notes:

Oct 14, 2004, purchased and downloaded an 1857 will for one Thomas Dyson, of 10 Walton Place, Brompton, Middlesex hoping that it might be for our Thomas Dyson who died prior to 1871 in England .

A review of this will indicated that this Thomas Dyson had a cousin William Dyson (executor), another cousin George William of Stoke, a son of George William Dyson being Arthur Dyson, two brothers of Thomas Dyson being Francis and Charles ,a cousin Jeramiah Dyson of Cambridge who had a son Harry Dyson. He gave to these relatives substantial amounts (like 50- 200 pounds) and gave the remainder of his estate and personal effects to his cousin William Dyson. So this would not appear to be the husband of Elizabeth (Seabrook) Dyson. jca
1841 census, Shoreditch contained on LDS films 438816, 438817, 438818, 438819,
Shoreditch parish contains the sub-districts of Holywell, St Leonard, Hoxton-New Town, Hoxton-Old Town, Haggerstone-West and Haggerstone-East

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Jo Hutchings
Sent: 02 September 2010 12:45
To: 'Maureen Lussier'
Subject: RE: Thomas Dyson

Dear Ms Lussier

Thank you for your enquiry. Thomas Dyson was admitted as a
member here on 3rd February 1818 and is described in the Inn's
Admissions Register as, "of London, gent. (aged 36), son of James Dyson of
Hoxton, brass founder." He was not called to the bar here and does not
appear in Whishaw's A Synopsis of the Members of the English Bar (a
sort of mini-biographical snapshot of the bar published in 1835). I
would check the Law List for you for but I am unable to access our set
at the moment since our Library is closed for building works until
However, given that you describe Dyson as a partner in a
law firm, he was most probably a solicitor rather than a barrister and
at this period solicitors working from premises within Lincoln's Inn were
required to become members.

The Law Society is the professional body for solicitors in
England and Wales but unfortunately their Library no longer deals with
historical enquiries from non-members. However, their website does
include a research guide which, together with a very good research
guide on attorneys and solicitors available on The National Archives
website, may be of interest. The section on Past Members on our website
will give you the links to both sites.

Once our Library reopens I can check the Law List and let
you know any results.


Jo Hutchings

Josephine Hutchings
Lincoln's Inn Library
London WC2A 3TN
Tel: 020 7242 4371 Fax: 020 7404 1864
--- On Mon, 13/9/10, Jo Hutchings <jo.hutchings@lincolnsinn.org.uk> wrote:

From: Jo Hutchings <jo.hutchings@lincolnsinn.org.uk >
Subject: FW: Thomas Dyson
To: "Maureen Lussier" maureenlussier1@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, 13 September, 2010, 18:16
Dear Ms Lussier

As promised, I have now checked the Law List for Thomas
Dyson. Although he was a member of Lincoln's Inn, according to the Law List
Thomas Dyson does not seem to have had a business address here.

Dyson was a certified conveyancer so not called to the bar.
In 1818 he is listed at Paul Street, Finsbury Square, and by 1825 had
moved to 5, Bache's Row, City Road. In the 1840 Law List he appears in
the section for London attornies with the business address you mention
of 21 Bedford Row and his firm is indeed Dyson and Flavell (his partner
being Thomas William Flavell). They were still at that address in 1845.


Jo Hutchings


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Residence: Calthorpe Street, 22 Aug 1831, St. Pancras, London, England. 352

Residence: 22 Myddleton Square, 1834, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England. 340

Residence: 22 Myddelton Square, 1836, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England. 340

Residence: 22 Myddelton Square, 1838, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England. 323

Occupation: Solicitor, 1838, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England. 323

Residence: 14 Calthorpe Street, 1839, Grays Inn Lane, London. 346

Residence: 14 Calthorpe Street, 1841, Grays Inn Lane, London. 315

Residence: 14 Calthorpe Street, 1843, Grays Inn Lane, London. 344

Occupation: Attorney, Dyson and Flavell, 1843, London, England. 353

Occupation: Solicitor, 1846, London, England. 349

Residence: 14 Calthorpe Street, 1846, London, England. 349


Thomas married Elizabeth Seabrook, daughter of William Seabrooke and Unknown, on 26 Sep 1819 in Parish Church of St George, Hanover Square, London 336.,337 (Elizabeth Seabrook was born about 1796 in Stepney, London, England,315,330,342,354 died on 23 Jun 1879 in Herne Bay, Kent, England 342 and was buried on 26 Jun 1879 in Abney Park Cemetery, Hackney, London 350,351.) The cause of her death was Chronic Bronchitis, Dyspepsia, 6 months.349

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Thie christenings of the six earliest known children of Thomas Dyson and Elizabeth Seabrook which occured between 1824 and 1832 all took place at St. Leonards , Shoreditch, London.

A further look at what the LDS has on their IGI file for marriages of that period from St. Leonards is veryimpressive.. It would appear that our Thomas Dyson and Elizabeth Seabrook were not married at St. Leonards, Shoreditch.

It looks like they were married at St Georges, Hanover, Square, London.
Two films which may cover this marriage are LDS 845231 (Marriages, parish of St. George, Hanover Square) and LDS 845233 (Baptisms and marriages St. George's , Mayfair)

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