Dyment, William Thomas 1a

Birth Name Dyment, William Thomas 1b
Gender male
Age at Death less than about 100 years

Narrative

Son of John Dyment and Harriet Cotton.

According to the book The Dyments, Tom went to the United States and was never heard from again. William Thomas was probably named after an uncle on both sides of his family, William Dyment and Thomas Cotton.

On the 1881 census record in PEI, Tom was a railway employee. However, his name is not in the database of Railway Employees, the Employees Provident Fund.

He was left 25 cents in his father's will in 1886. Unlike his brothers Samuel, John Clarke, and Watson he was not given a share of the two properties in his father's hands at the time of his death.

But he doesn't appear in any Canadian census records after 1891. There is no Tom or William Dyment in the 1901 Canadian census of anyone close to the right age, and although there were men named Thomas Diamond in US census records, none fit him closely enough. Most of the marriage records for Thomas Diamond either rule him out, or don't provide enough information.

Perhaps as a railway employee he was never in any one place long enough to be recorded; it is also possible that he died before the US census of 1900 or 1910.

At the time, the population was not very literate, and mailing letters could be considered a luxury; however word often got back to families through the large PEI population in the New England states at that time. Since I've been able to track almost every other Dyment who went to the States, I have to conclude that Thomas either changed his name, or he died young.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1857 Canada Road, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada in PEI Baptismal Index, but exact date not recordednamed in father's will 1c
Death before 1957   William Thomas went to the United States and was never heard from again.  
Occupation 1881   railway employee  

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dyment, Johnabout 1822May 26, 1886
Mother Cotton, HarrietDecember 8, 1828before 1928
    Brother     Dyment, Samuel July 22, 1852 March 1, 1923
    Sister     Dyment, Mary Jane November 9, 1855 September 21, 1919
         Dyment, William Thomas about 1857 before 1957
    Sister     Dyment, Laura Annie April 28, 1859 1929
    Brother     Dyment, John Clark September 13, 1861 November 19, 1935
    Sister     Dyment, Margaret Alice March 27, 1864 January 28, 1937
    Sister     Dyment, Eleanor Gorrill February 3, 1867 September 16, 1933
    Sister     Dyment, Harriet Maud July 1, 1867 April 25, 1940
    Brother     Dyment, Watson Edward August 3, 1869 December 14, 1942

Source References

  1. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Date: 1881
      • Page: Prince County, Lot 13, top of page 51
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1856 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada