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William Dimmock [d.4]

William Dimmock was the fourth child of David Dimmock & Mary Halsey born Oct-December, 1843 at Sandridge, Herts.

William’s mother had died prior to 1848 when his father married Mary Adams.
In 1851 the family was still living in Sandridge & William now had 2 older brothers, Alfred & George & a younger half-sister, Emma (1) as well as a step-sister, Susanna Adams.

William married Mary Ann Peacock in October 11th, 1864 at St Albans, Herts. Witnesses at the wedding were John Atkins & Ann Peacock.    Mary was christened September 6th, 1846 at the Abbey, St Albans, the daughter of Rebecca & Thomas Peacock, an agricultural labourer.  Mary was recorded as working as a trimming weaver when she was living with her parents at Christopher Yard, St Albans.

In 1871 William & Mary were living in St Albans where William worked as a gardener & Mary was a hat maker.  They had 3 children – Alfred (4), Ellen (3) & Kate (7 months).

William & Mary were living at New England St, St Albans in 1881 & William continued to be a domestic gardener.  Son Alfred was also a gardener & daughter Ellen was a dressmaker.  Daughter Kate was also still at home.  Mary’s widowed father, Thomas Peacock, was living with the family at the time of the census.

William & Mary were still living at New England St in 1891 & Mary was now a laundress & William still a gardener.  Daughter Nellie (Ellen) was still at home & working as a dressmaker.

Mary died in April-June 1894, aged 50, her death being registered at St Albans.

In 1901 widowed William was still working as a domestic gardener & living at 43 New England St.  His sister, Lizzie, was living with him as his house keeper. The Herts Advertiser of August 24th, 1901 reports that while working for Mr T A Martin, Fishpool St, St Albans, William climbed a tree to gather apples.  Unfortunately the tree split in two throwing him violently to the ground.  William sustained a broken arm & extensive bruising for which he was treated at hospital.

By 1911 William had retired & his sister Lizzie was still living with him at 43 New England St.  They had a 27 year old boarder, Edmund Thorn, who was a shop assistant for a fruiterer & fish monger.

William died in Jan-March 1918, aged 73, his death being registered at St Albans.

The children of William Dimmock & Mary Ann Peacock were:

d.4.1  Alfred Dimmock born April 22nd, 1866 & christened May 27th, 1866 at the Abbey, St Albans, Herts; died November 14th,1952 at St Albans City Hospital, St Albans
d.4.2  Ellen Dimmock born April 10th & christened May 31st, 1868 at the Abbey, St Albans, Herts; died March 25th, 1952 at The Napsbury Hospital, St Albans.
d.4.3  Kate Dimmock born August 26th, 1870 & christened October 30th, 1870 at the Abbey, St Albans, Herts; died March 17th, 1953 at Osterhills Hospital, St Albans


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