Dyment, Edward Earle

Birth Name Dyment, Edward Earle 1 2a 3a 4a
Gender male
Age at Death 74 years, 6 months, 9 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth October 3, 1897 Northam, Lot 13, Prince Edward Island bap. Richmond Bay Pastoral Charge West Presbyterian Church 1 2b 3b 4b
Death April 12, 1972 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island age 75; PEI Archives Master Name Index  
Residence 1901 Lot 13, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada   1
Residence 1911 Prince, Prince Edward Island   2c
Arrival October 27, 1915 Vanceboro, Maine, United States working in the woods in Maine in the fall and winter 3c
Residence 1916 Northam, Lot 13, Prince Edward Island WW1 draft enlistment form 4c

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dyment, JamesFebruary 14, 1862November 25, 1956
Mother McArthur, Laura BelleNovember 26, 1871August 7, 1945
    Brother     Dyment, Albert Hatfield June 13, 1891 June 26, 1964
    Brother     Dyment, Wilfred James July 28, 1893 May 8, 1955
    Brother     Dyment, Eli Herman July 26, 1895 October 1, 1972
         Dyment, Edward Earle October 3, 1897 April 12, 1972
    Sister     Dyment, Mary Eleanor March 5, 1899 November 15, 1984
    Brother     Dyment, Henry Williams Bill March 2, 1900 May 15, 1987
    Brother     Dyment, Alexander Clifford December 19, 1903 June 1, 1982
    Sister     Dyment, Laura Belle November 15, 1905 September 9, 1991
    Brother     Dyment, Cecil Roy May 21, 1908 May 31, 1998
    Sister     Dyment, Annie Minerva September 30, 1908 November 2, 1978
    Brother     Dyment, Arthur Spurgeon August 31, 1910 April 27, 1994
    Sister     Dyment, Clara Ethel April 24, 1912 March 19, 1925
    Brother     Dyment, George Russel December 5, 1914 August 6, 1991

Families

    Family of Dyment, Edward Earle and Birch, Bertha Jane
Married Wife Birch, Bertha Jane ( * December 8, 1891 + May 10, 1989 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage November 3, 1920 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince Edward Island newspaper report  
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Dyment, Annie BellDecember 1921December 12, 1921

Media

Narrative

"Ned" or Ed Dyment was born in Northam, PEI in October 1897, the fourth son of James Dyment and Laura Belle McArthur.

By 1911, the family had grown to 11 children. Ed was 13 years old, and both he and his brother Herm had attended the local school in Northam for 5 months that year. Unlike his older brothers Hat, Wilf and Herm and his younger sisters, Ed didn't go on for further education.

As a young man, he worked in the woods in Maine, around Skowhegan, during the winter. One border crossing form was found for November 1915, when he was 18. He was 5'8", with brown hair and hazel eyes, and had $35 dollars in his pocket. He may have been travelling with another young man from Northam, Major Rodd.

Many years later, when driving through Skowhegan he was amazed at how much had changed since he had worked there.

When his brothers Wilf and Herman signed up to go overseas in the first World War, Ned wanted to go too, but was needed on the family farm by his parents. By the time of conscription, he was drafted into the army but it was too late to see active service.

In 1920, he married Bertha Jane Birch from nearby Port Hill, the youngest daughter of Edmund Birch and Elizabeth Maynard. One of their wedding gifts was a gold coin, from Senator Yeo. They were practical people, and it is possible they used the coin to help purchase their first farm on the Northam Road. There were no photographs of the wedding - Bertha thought that was an unnecessary extravagance.

Bertha and Ed had two sons and two daughters. Their first child, a daughter, died at birth.

In 1933 they sold their farm to Ed's younger brother Spurgeon and purchased the William Mann farm in Margate, PEI. Ed wanted a larger farm, but it was a lot of work to get the farm in Margate up to the productivity of the smaller farm in Northam. Some crops, like alfalfa, wouldn't grow at all in the new location. However, the mixed farm allowed them to survive comfortably through the great depression.

Although the family continued to call him Ned, in Margate Edward became known as Ed.

Ed kept his woodlot in Lot 13, and every year he would travel "Up West" and bring his load of wood back to Kensington on the train. In the 1940s, he and his son Earle had a few silver foxes, which fetched about $100 a pelt. Ed also raised a horse or two every year. These would be sold, through a dealer, to local horse dealers or lumbermen who came up from the New England States. It would be frustrating for his sons, who would just get a horse working well with their team when it would be sold. Ed could also draw a horse, free-hand.

He and his wife Bertha worked on fixing up their house and yard, and in the 1960s they won a beautification award for their property. They were very proud of this achievement, and this time there was a photograph to mark the occasion.

In the 1970s they sold the farm and moved to the town of Kensington.

Ed and Bertha were both staunch Conservatives.

From a note in the Charlottetown Guardian, Ed suffered from rheumatic fever in 1928; this may have contributed to his somewhat early death from a heart attack in 1972 at the age of 74. He drove himself to the hospital in Charlottetown on that day, in spite of what must have been incredible pain.

Pedigree

  1. Dyment, James
    1. McArthur, Laura Belle
      1. Dyment, Albert Hatfield
      2. Dyment, Wilfred James
      3. Dyment, Eli Herman
      4. Dyment, Edward Earle
        1. Birch, Bertha Jane
          1. Dyment, Annie Bell
      5. Dyment, Mary Eleanor
      6. Dyment, Henry Williams Bill
      7. Dyment, Alexander Clifford
      8. Dyment, Laura Belle
      9. Dyment, Cecil Roy
      10. Dyment, Annie Minerva
      11. Dyment, Arthur Spurgeon
      12. Dyment, Clara Ethel
      13. Dyment, George Russel

Ancestors

Source References

  1. 1901 Census of Canada
  2. 1911 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: October 1897 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: October 1897 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: October 1897 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  3. Ancestry.com: Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954
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        Birth date: abt 1897 Birth place: Northum Pe Arrival date: 27 Oct 1915 Arrival place: Vanceboro, Maine, United States

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        Birth date: abt 1897 Birth place: Northum Pe Arrival date: 27 Oct 1915 Arrival place: Vanceboro, Maine, United States

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        Birth date: abt 1897 Birth place: Northum Pe Arrival date: 27 Oct 1915 Arrival place: Vanceboro, Maine, United States

  4. Ancestry.com: Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
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        Birth date: 3 Oct 1897 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Residence date: Residence place: Northam, Prince Edward Island

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        Birth date: 3 Oct 1897 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Residence date: Residence place: Northam, Prince Edward Island

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        Birth date: 3 Oct 1897 Birth place: Northam, Prince Edward Island Residence date: Residence place: Northam, Prince Edward Island