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Charles Dixon, of Duke of York[1]

Male 1730 - 1817  (86 years)

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  • Name Charles Dixon  [2, 3
    Suffix of Duke of York 
    Born 8 Mar 1730  Kirleavington, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1817  Sackville, Westmorland, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Old Methodist Burying Ground, Sackville, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5092  Main
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2005 

    Family Susannah Coates,   b. 1738,   d. 1826, Sackville, Westmorland, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 24 Jun 1763 
     1. Mary Dixon,   b. 1764,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Charles Dixon,   b. 1766,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Susannah Dixon,   b. 1767,   d. 1838  (Age 71 years)
     4. Elizabeth Dixon,   b. 1770,   d. 1851  (Age 81 years)
     5. Ruth Dixon,   b. 1772,   d. 1810  (Age 38 years)
    +6. Martha Dixon,   b. 1774,   d. 1849  (Age 75 years)
     7. Edwin Dixon,   b. 1776,   d. 1861  (Age 85 years)
     8. William Dixon,   b. 1779,   d. 1865  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2005 
    Family ID F2005  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Mar 1730 - Kirleavington, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1817 - Sackville, Westmorland, New Brunswick Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From the introduction of "History of Charles Dixon" :

      "Charles Dixon came from Yorkshire, England, to Nova Scotia in the year 1772, and settled at Sackville, New Brunswick. Mr. Dixon was among the first of the English immigrants to what was then called Cumberland, Nova Scotia, (which included not only the present County of Cumberland, but also a large portion of the Province of New Brunswick, notably the counties of Westmoreland and Albert) who settled at Sackville, and believing that he had done wisely himself, he encouraged others of his Yorkshire acquaintance to follow his example.

      From "History of Sackville"

      "The Yorkshire immigrants 1772-73-74 who settled in Sackville were Dixon, Bowser, Atkinson, Anderson, Bulmer, Harper, Patterson, Fawcett, Richardson, Humphrey, Carnforth and Wry. "

      "The Graveyards... The Middle Sackville one is on the site of the first Methodist Church in the parish, erected by Yorkshire settlers in the early days of Methodism. It was the second Methodist Church built in Canada. The graveyard has been badly kept, or rather not kept at all, old tombstones have fallen down and in some cases broken. There is an air of neglect about the place."
      "This graveyard was badly neglected, undergrowth with weeds and briers. Owing to the efforts of Dr. Fred A. Dixon in 1933, the land has been cleared and the rubbish carted away, making the place of the dead much more presentable."
      "Another one is of Charles Dixon, died 1817, age 88, and Susannah Coates, died in 1826, also 88 years of age. "

      More from "History of Sackville" (note the riff-raff reference to Puritans!):


      Over forty years ago (1891) Mr. James D. Dixon, grandson of Charles Dixon, compiled a table of the posterity of Charles Dixon and his wife Susannah Coates, down to the eighth generation. He had this printed in book form. They numbered 2805 persons of whom 740 had passed to their long home, leaving 2065 living. At the ordinary rate of increase they number today over three thousand persons -- so great a multitude could only have been produced by obeying the natural laws implied in the Scriptural injunction to increase and multiply.

      Mr. James D. Dixon undertook a most laborious job, involving an immense amount of research and correspondence -- a work that has been faithfully performed for which he has earned the gratitude of the Dixon fraternity. The writer of these notes on Sackville has been greatly indebted to Mr. Dixon's labors, for many facts, otherwise not obtainable.

      The power of the press was exhibited a hundred and fifty years ago. Mr. Charles Dixon in a letter to Mr. Sproule of the Crown Land Department, said when the General in command visited Westmorland, he expressed a wonder how all the English people came to be settled there. I told him that after my arrival, I wrote to a friend in England, giving an account of Nova Scotia. He had it published in a newspaper. The next spring seven vessels arrived from England, chiefly loaded with settlers.

      The Yorkshire immigrants of whom Mr. Dixon was a sample were a vigorous and moral people possessing respect for the law and high ideals of duty. Their descendants became the backbone, the sinews and strength of the country.

      Of another and different class were the Puritans, who composed largely of the riff raff of Britain, landed at Salem in 1629, established their autocratic government, and an infallible church -- with home made doctrines which were enforced by brutal persecution. All who would not subscribe to their tenets were their victims. The brutality of the Puritan government almost exceeds belief. It is recorded that two women Mary Fisher and Anne Austin arrived from Barabados in July, 1656. They were arrested, stripped stark naked, ostensibly to find evidences of witch craft, imprisoned for five weeks, were refused communication with anyone and then shipped back to Barbadoes. Three citizens of Rhode Island arrived at Lymm to pay a brief visit to an aged and infirm man. They were Baptists and therefore systematics to the Puritans. One of them, John Clark, was arrested and fined twenty pounds or in default, to be whipped. He refused to pay but a friend of his paid it, without his consent. Another one, Obediah Holmes, was fined thirty pounds. He would not pay or allow others to pay. He received thirty strikes with a three quartered whip. In 1691-92, nineteen were convicted and hanged for witch craft, including Rev. Mr. Burroughs, who had the temerity to declare "There neither are or were witches". Puritanism was the seed bed of the American Revolution. The studied vilification of Britain and her institutions, year after year was a virus which envenomed the people. The result was the creation of a volunteer force to repel any attempted enforcement of British law. It was in evidence sixteen years after the fall of Quebec, at Lexington."

      And yet more from History of Sackville:

      "Mr. Nelson Bulmer made this statement when he was eighty- three years of age: "My father came out from England as an apprentice with Mr. Freeze who came out to do mason work on Fort Cumberland. They landed at Fort Cumberland on the 16th day of May, 1772. Thirty or forty families came out at the same time; the Blacks, Bowsers, Dixons, Chapmans and others. They were the first English immigrants after the French War."

      From the "Sackville Tribune Post":

      "The first shipload of Yorkshire immigrants to arrive was in 1772 on board the Duke of Yorke which left Liverpool on 16 March with 62 passengers on board, arriving at Fort Cumberland on 21 May 1772. On board were Charles Dixon, Thomas Anderson, George Bulmer, John Trenholm and others. During the period 1773-1775 additional vessels arrived with the largest number coming in 1774 when 9 passenger vessels carried settlers from old England to Nova Scotia. Undoubtedly the immigration would have been larger had it not been for the uprising in the American colonies in 1776. Nonetheless, the entry of 1000+ Yorkshiremen into Nova Scotia, at a time when the entire population of the province (which included all of present day New Brunswick) was just 17,000, had a major impact on the early settlement history of the region. " [5, 6, 7]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [S1143] History of Charles Dixon, Compiled by James D. Dixon, a grandson, (History of Charles Dixon, One of the Early English Settlers of Sackville, N.B., (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), (Orig. Pub., Sackville, N.B., privately printed). James D. Dixon, History of Charles Dixon, One of the Early English Settlers of Sackville, N.B., 1891.)), "I, Charles Dixon, was born March 8, old style, in the year 1730, at Kirleavington, near Yarm, in the East Riding of Yorkshire in Old England".

    3. [S1203] Azor Smith, Azor Smith, (Courtesy of Hollis Azor Smith,

    4. [S1145] Lorne W. Smith,

    5. [S1143] History of Charles Dixon, Compiled by James D. Dixon, a grandson, (History of Charles Dixon, One of the Early English Settlers of Sackville, N.B., (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004), (Orig. Pub., Sackville, N.B., privately printed). James D. Dixon, History of Charles Dixon, One of the Early English Settlers of Sackville, N.B., 1891.)).

    6. [S1170] History of Sackville, New Brunswick, Dr. William Cochran Milner, Historian, and Former Dominion Archivist (1846-1939), (Originally published in 1934 by The Tribune Press, Ltd., Printers & Publishers, Sackville, New Brunswick (transcribed version on the web at: Editor and Transcriber: Carol Lee Dobson; Additional Editing and Proofing: Penelope Chisholm. September 1998 Published by The Chignecto Project volunteers (

    7. [S1171] Sackville Tribune Post,