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Birth Name Dyment, Mary Eleanor
Gender female
Age at Death 23 years, 4 months, 25 days


Mary Eleanor Dyment was not in the PEI Baptismal Index, as a child or after her marriage. There was, however, a Mary Elener, age 13 (b. 1868) in the household of Humphrey and Nancy Dyment in the 1881 census. She was described as being from Northam in the news item about her marriage, and her obituary stated she was the daughter of Humphrey Dyment. She was buried with her parents.

Mary Eleanor married John Archibald Barlow on September 4 1885, at the age of 17, with John A. McDougald and her sister Elizabeth A. Dyment as witnesses. "At the home of the bride's father on the 10 inst. by Rev. D. G. McDonald Mr. John A. Barlow of Wellington to Miss Mary E. Dyment of Northam." Daily Examiner 1 September 1885 page 3.

Nellie and Archie had two sons, William Spurgeon and Henry J. Williams, the latter named after her sister Elizabeth's husband. "Williams" has continued to be used as a name in the Dyment family.

Nellie died 26 May 1890, and was buried United Church Cemetery, Bideford, P.E.I: inscription Mary E. Dyment, beloved wife of Archibald Barlow, died at age 23. This inscription was on the Humphrey Dyment/Nancy McDougald gravestone. The local paper carried her death notice "At Wellington, on the 26th ult, Mrs. John A. Barlow, beloved daughter of Humphrey Dyment, Northam. In full assurance of faith." ( Daily Examiner, June 1, 1890, death of Mrs. John Barlow - from the Master Name Index).

Okay, this is a long shot - but what if Mary Eleanor was Mary Elizabeth McDougall, the missing daughter of Sarah Dyment and James McDougall? There is a slight difference in age, but it would account for the missing baptism record. If Sarah's daughter was alive at the time of her death, I can't see Nancy and Humphrey not taking her in!
On the other hand, Humphrey became a Baptist sometime after 1861, so he may have decided not to have his youngest daughter baptized.




Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1867 Northam, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Death May 26, 1890 Wellington, Lot 16, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada buried in Bideford United Church cemetery; dates from gravestone  


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 McDougall, NancyMarch 25, 1822January 6, 1889
    Brother     Dyment, Eli January 18, 1861 March 4, 1929
    Brother     Dyment, James February 14, 1862 November 25, 1956
    Sister     Dyment, Elizabeth Ann November 5, 1863 May 28, 1925
         Dyment, Mary Eleanor 1867 May 26, 1890


Family of Barlow, John Archibald and Dyment, Mary Eleanor

Married Husband Barlow, John Archibald ( * May 24, 1863 + August 4, 1940 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage September 4, 1885 Prince Edward Island, Canada bond dated 31 August 1885  
Name Birth Date Death Date
Barlow, William SpurgeonJanuary 13, 1886February 1967
Barlow, Henry James WilliamsMay 17, 1888February 25, 1963

Source References

  1. Bideford United Church Cemetery Lot 12 Gravestone
  2. Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.: Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888
      • Date: September 4, 1885
      • Page: Marriages 1878-1888, image 407
  3. Daily Examiner
      • Date: June 1, 1890
  4. Prince Edward Island Marriage Bonds
      • Date: August 31, 1885
      • Page: RG19, Series3, Subseries4: Marriage Licenses, 1885
  5. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Date: 1881
      • Page: Prince County, Lot 13, Page 52, entry for Aunfry Dyment