Dyment, Thomas E. 1 2a 3a 4a 5a 6a 7a 8a

Birth Name Dyment, Thomas E. 3b
Gender male
Age at Death 71 years, 9 months, 13 days


Thomas E. Dyment was born on 17 June 1844 in Lot 13 PEI, the eldest son of Humphrey Dyment Jr. and his first wife, Barbara McArthur. On one census form, Thomas indicated that his mother had been born in New Brunswick. This could be true - there was a New Brunswick connection with the McArthur family of Prince County.

On October 18, 1863, at the age of 19, Thomas married Mary Matilda Moore, the 15 year old daughter of John Moore and Mary Robins, with their fathers, Humphrey Dyment and John Moore, as witnesses - possibly because of the young age of the couple. Rev. Swabey, from the Anglican church in Port Hill/Bideford, was the minister.

They were married at the residence of the bride's father in Egmont Bay, Lot 13. Matilda was the 6th daughter of Mr. John Moore, formerly of Lot 49. (the Examiner, Nov. 7 1864, p. 3; PEI Marriages). There is a record in the PEI Baptismal Index for Matilda Moore, daughter of John and Mary, born in Pownal, Lot 49 in 1848.

On the Lakes Map of 1862, Thomas Dyment's farm was marked on the Northam Road. According to the research done by the author of the book There to Here, Thomas took on the farm on the Northam Road on March 20, 1863, later transferring it to Richard Gorrill. On maps from the 1870s and 1880s, Thomas' farm was located on the Western Road.

In the 1881 census the household consisted of Thomas age 36, farmer, Matilda age 31, Mary Matilda age 15, George age 14, Jane age 9, John age 8, Alice Ann age 6, Edward age 2. It was noted that their daughter Mary Matilda was deaf and dumb and of unsound mind. Ten years later, in 1891, the children living at home were George, John, Alice, Edward, Thomas, Arthur, Ethel and Herman. Thomas' daughter Alice Ann is often incorrectly attached to the family of Humphrey Dyment Jr. and Barbara McArthur.

The family arrived in the United States around 1891. Thomas Dyment was not listed in the Census of 1900 for Malden, Massachusetts with his wife Matilda, although Matilda indicated that she was married, not widowed. Matilda was the "Head of Household"; she gave her date of birth as November 1841, her age as 58 (in her 59th year); married 33 years, with 12 children, nine living. The six children listed were: John (1874, age 25), Edward (April 1879, age 21), Thomas (June 1882, age 18), William E. (William Herman, May 1890, age 10), Ethel M. (May 1887, Age 13), and Alice (August 1876, age 23). Jane (Jennie) and George were married and Arthur later appeared in Massachusetts city directories and in Washington State, which leaves Mary Matilda and two other children as the ones who had died before 1900 - perhaps a daughter named Barbara, or a son named Henry or Humphrey, for Thomas' parents. Thomas, a ship calker, and John were living at 280 Eastern Avenue in Malden in 1902, and that was the last listing for Thomas in the Massachusetts directories.

On his Declaration of Intention form for US citizenship, filled out by Thomas in February 1908, he supplied the following information: he gave his date and place of birth; he was 5'4", 145 lbs, with gray hair and brown eyes; his address was 5002 Asotin in Tacoma. His occupation had been ship caulker. He arrived in the States by train, the Cumberland of Boston & Maine. He had arrived in Perth Amboy New Jersey, not far from where his brother George had been living. He gave the date as 9 March 1889, but his sons Arthur and John said Fall 1891, which fits with census records. A descendant said in a posting that the family moved from the Boston area to Washington State in 1904, and this fits with information found in directories for Massachusetts and Washington State. Of the children, John, Alice, Edward, Thomas, William Herman , Ethel and Arthur went with their parents to Washington State. George stayed in Massachusetts. Jane went out later. Daughter Mary Matilda had been living in Maine, where she died at a young age.

Edward (blacksmith), Ethel (seamstress) Henry (labourer), Henry D. (carpenter), John and Thomas can be found in the 1906 Tacoma City Directory.

Matilda died at home on Asotin Street in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington on 16 April 1909 at the age of 61. Her obituary stated that she was survived by 6 sons and three daughters. Thomas died in Tacoma, at the home of his daughter, Mrs Jennie Hosmer, on South Sheridan Street, on 30 March 1916. (His parent's names on the death certificate were Humphrey Dyment and Barbara McArthur). He was survived by nine children: George of Prince Edward Island, Mrs Hosmer, John Dyment, William Dyment, Mrs Alice Williams, and Mrs Ethel Parker, all of Tacoma; Edward Dyment of Shelton, Thomas Dyment of Boston and Arthur Dyment of Idaho. He was also survived by 17 grand-children and one great-grandchild.

In his father's obituary (1912) Thomas' address was given as Oregon, and his son Edward was living in Oregon around that time. There were listings in city directories in both Washington State and Oregon for a Thomas Dyment - but another Thomas Dyment can also be placed in Oregon in 1920. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find Thomas in census records for 1910.

from find-a-grave:
Birth: 1844
Death: 1916
Inscription: FATHER
Burial: Tacoma Cemetery
Tacoma Pierce County Washington, USA
Plot: Section 8, Lot 1, Block C

compiled by Jane Dyment from a number of sources


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth June 17, 1844 Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada find-a-grave, census, death & Declaration of Intention records 3c
Death March 30, 1916 Tacoma, Pierce, Washington newspaper clipping of obit; parents names on death record were Humphrey Dyment and Barbara McArthur  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dyment, Humphrey Jr.March 4, 1820May 17, 1912
Mother McArthur, Barbaraabout 1815before 1860
         Dyment, Thomas E. June 17, 1844 March 30, 1916
    Brother     Dyment, George Locke August 20, 1848 February 4, 1911


Family of Dyment, Thomas E. and Moore, Mary Matilda

Married Wife Moore, Mary Matilda ( * July 3, 1848 + April 16, 1909 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage October 18, 1864 Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Marriages  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Dyment, Mary Matilda1866September 21, 1896
Dyment, GeorgeMay 5, 1867April 2, 1925
Dyment, Jane JennieMarch 1872July 22, 1954
Dyment, JohnJune 26, 1875July 6, 1936
Dyment, Alice AnnAugust 1876June 26, 1950
Dyment, Edward AlexanderApril 4, 1879September 8, 1958
Dyment, Thomas C.June 7, 1881April 30, 1943
Dyment, ArthurSeptember 16, 18831956
Dyment, Ethel MaeMay 17, 1887May 1968
Dyment, William HermanMay 13, 1890October 13, 1966

Source References

  1. Newcombe, Roy: There to Here, A History of Northam Prince Edward Island
  2. Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.: Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888
      • Date: October 18, 1864
      • Page: Marriages 1862-1867, image 158
  3. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Date: 1881
      • Page: Prince County, Lot 13 Item Number: 15374
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1846 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1846 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  4. 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 51-52, Item Number: 3169516
  5. Examiner
      • Date: November 7, 1864
      • Page: page 3
  6. US Department of Commerce and Labor: Declaration of Intention
      • Date: February 1908
  7. Washington State: Washington State Digital Archives
      • Date: 1916
      • Page: Death Records
  8. Tacoma Times
      • Date: March 31, 1916
      • Page: page 5