Dyment, Robert 1a 2a 3a

Birth Name Dyment, Robert 4a 5a
Gender male
Age at Death 60 years, 7 months, 19 days

Narrative

Robert was born 10 Aug 1855 in Prince Edward Island to Moses Dyment and Maria Ellen Bryant, according to the PEI Baptismal Index, and baptized in O'Leary on 9 December 1855. He appears in the 1861 New Brunswick census as their eldest son, and in the 1881 census was living in Lot 13, P.E.I with his family, giving his occupation as farmer. In the 1880 Meacham's Atlas, Moses' farm was on the Western Road in Lot 13. From the PEI Marriage Bond Index, Robert was married in 1885, to Margaret Jane Murray, who was born 5 Oct 1865, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The bond was taken out by Robert Dyment, Lot 13, and James Murray, Lot 15, and was dated 19 November 1885. They may have been married by the Rev. E. C. Turner.

Groom's Name Robert Dyment
Groom's Residence Lot 13
Groom's Status Bachelor
Bride's Name Margaret Jane Murray
Bride's Residence Lot 13
Bride's Status Spinster
Source RG19/s3/ss5: Marriage bonds, 1885

Robert and Margaret can be found in the 1891 census in Lot 13, next to the farm of Margaret's brother Alexander Murray, who was providing a home to his widowed mother. Robert and Margaret have three children: Charles E. (4), Howard (2) and Arthur (1). They were living in a wooden house, one and a half stories, with two rooms. The census record also includes the entire eleven-member Ramsay family, but this seems to be an error by the census taker. In 1892, Robert Dyment purchased 50 acres in Lot 13 from Lawrence Yeo.

There is only one entry for Robert as a father in the PEI Baptismal Index, and that is for an Alex M. Dyment, born 1887 and baptized in Bideford. However, it becomes clearer when looking at the original church record that two Dyment brothers had children baptized on the same day and the fathers' names were reversed. This should be the entry for their son Charles E. Dyment; Alex was the son of his brother John.

In the 1900 US census, Margaret reported that she had had 8 children, all living.

The family emigrated in 1892, first to Maine and then Massachusetts, and finally New Hampshire. In 1900, the family was living in Lancaster Town, Worcester, Massachusetts, with Charles E (13), Howard (11), Jabez (10), Catherine B (9), Robert (6), Margaret (4), Willis S. (2), Ray (1). Margaret and Robert had been married fourteen years. The older children had been born in PEI; Robert Jr. in Maine; and the rest in Massachusetts. The family moved to New Hampshire in 1905, and in 1910 Robert and Margaret could be found in Concord in the census of that year. Charles and Catherine were no longer at home, and the family now included Albert (9 ), Elizabeth (7), and Hazel (2). Robert had found work as a labourer, mainly for railroad companies.

The family was profiled, with a photograph, in the Boston Daily Globe (July 21 1907) in an article entitled CONCORD'S ANTIRACE SUICIDE FAMILY. It seems President Roosevelt had made a comment about how the white race had to increase its birth rate, and the article outlined how this family was doing its part. The article has some racist overtones, but here is most of it:

"The assembled progeny of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dyment of 106 South Street, Concord NH make up a blissful antirace suicide family after President Roosevelt's own heart. Ten handsome healthy and popular children have blessed their union. There are seven boys and three girls . All are bright and strong, both physically and mentally, and are highly esteemed by their many friends. Mr. and Mrs. Dyment are both firm believers in the great value of an education and to those of their children who are old enough they have accorded every possible educational advantage. The children's names and ages are as follows: Charles E, the eldest is 20 years of age; Howard J. is 18, Jabez W. is ...Catherine 16, Robert 14; Margaret J. 11, Willis, 9; Ray A. 7; Albert Y, 6; Elizabeth A. 5.

Mr. Dyment is 51 years of age. he is an expert bridge builder and is employed by the Boston & Maine railroad. He was born in Prince Edward Island...He himself is the eldest of a family of 11 children, all of whom are now living. Mrs. Dyment has been accorded considerable fame locally because of her beauty. She is 41 years of age. She was born in Nova Scotia, and was the daughter of Alexander and Susan (Logan) Murray. She was herself the seventh of 10 children, and her eldest sister has reared 11 children, of whom nine are living.

The first years of Mr. and Mrs. Dyment's wedded life were spent in district 13, Prince Edward Island. Here four of their 10 children first saw the light of day... For business reasons they removed from the province to Stillwater, Me, where one of the children was born. From there they journeyed to South Lancaster, Mass, at which place...The remaining five of the half score children came into the world. The family has resided in Concord for the past three years." Boston Daily Globe - Jul 21, 1907

Although the photograph isn't the best qualify in the reproduction of the original article, you can definitely see the resemblance between Robert Dyment and his brother Humphrey. Ten years after the article, Robert had died and Margaret remarried. Daughter Catherine and sons Robert and Ray died young - Robert in an accident, and Ray in a mining disaster. Catherine had died of pneumonia, possibly associated with the Spanish flu.

Robert died in New Hampshire in 1916.

 

 

Narrative

Name: Robert Dyment
Death Date (Original): 29 Mar 1916
Death Place: Concord, , New Hampshire
Father: Moses Dyment
Mother: Mariah Bryant

Source Citation: "New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FSFL-PCM : accessed 04 Aug 2012), Robert Dyment, 29 Mar 1916.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth August 10, 1855 New Brunswick, Canada or PEI? 4b 5b
Death March 29, 1916 Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States died of paralysis, unknown cause; from NH Death Records on familysearch.org  
Residence 1861 Weldford, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada   4c
Ordination 1896 Massachusetts, United States railway employee  
Occupation   New Hampshire, United States labourer/teamster  

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dyment, Mosesabout 1830August 20, 1893
Mother Bryant, Maria EllenAugust 27, 1831May 5, 1917
         Dyment, Robert August 10, 1855 March 29, 1916
    Sister     Dyment, Mary October 9, 1857 December 18, 1941
    Brother     Dyment, John December 12, 1858 June 18, 1917
    Sister     Dyment, Sophia Jane Jennie December 22, 1860 April 27, 1954
    Brother     Dyment, David March 29, 1863 February 16, 1958
    Brother     Dyment, Humphrey April 2, 1865 April 30, 1921
    Sister     Dyment, Maria Eleanor July 7, 1867 January 9, 1957
    Sister     Dyment, Elizabeth Ann Annie February 25, 1869 March 31, 1926
    Brother     Dyment, Charles William December 25, 1870 May 9, 1952
    Sister     Dyment, Martha Johanna Mattie March 19, 1873 March 27, 1965
    Sister     Dyment, Jessie Melvina February 5, 1875 April 11, 1914

Families

Family of Dyment, Robert and Murray, Margaret Jane

Married Wife Murray, Margaret Jane ( * October 4, 1865 + March 20, 1921 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1886 Prince Edward Island, Canada married 14 years in the 1900 census; marriage bond signed 19/11/1885  
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Dyment, Charles ElwoodNovember 13, 1887March 27, 1959
Dyment, Howard JamesSeptember 30, 1889July 1955
Dyment, Jabez WilliamMarch 30, 1890April 6, 1948
Dyment, Catherine BelleSeptember 1891October 7, 1918
Dyment, Robert P.June 15, 1893April 25, 1915
Dyment, Margaret JaneDecember 13, 1895February 1972
Dyment, Willis SargentMarch 9, 1898August 12, 1958
Dyment, Ray AlexanderNovember 23, 1899March 1928
Dyment, Albert YeoNovember 24, 1900November 24, 1985
Dyment, Elizabeth Alice BessieJune 21, 1902July 1, 1962
Dyment, Hazel G.November 6, 19071986

Source References

  1. Prince Edward Island Marriage Bonds
      • Date: November 1885
      • Page: Jan 1884-April 1888 RG 19 Reel no 7
  2. Boston Globe Archives
      • Date: July 21, 1907
  3. Library and Archives Canada: 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.
      • Date: 1891
      • Page: Prince County, Lot 13, page 28, Item Number: 3168965
  4. 1861 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Residence date: 1861 Residence place: Weldford, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Residence date: 1861 Residence place: Weldford, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Residence date: 1861 Residence place: Weldford, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada

  5. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1855 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada