Dyment, Susan Ann Annie 1a

Birth Name Dyment, Susan Ann Annie 1b
Gender female
Age at Death 84 years, 4 months, 20 days


Susan Ann Dymont, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth, was born on 26 September 1864, and baptized in O'Leary in the Bible Christian chapel on 8 October 1864. She was possibly named for her aunt, Susanna Ashton Dyment. Susan was in the household headed by Levi Dyment and her mother Elizabeth Dyment, a widow, in the 1881 census in Lot 13.

She attended the local school, and completed two years of elementary school.

She married John Shea, son of Michael and Julia, in Cambridge, Massachusetts 13 Dec 1889, when she said she was 22 (born 1867).

After this date, Susan's life was a mystery. Her mother's obituary said she was survived by two sons and four daughters - was the family only counting the 4 daughters living on the Island?

There was a Susan Ann Dyment, age 36, who married Charles Hodgdon, age 26, in Maine in 1910. The bride was born in PEI, and her father was Charles J. Dyment, born in England and deceased, mother Elizabeth McLane, born on PEI and also deceased. Both bride and groom claimed that it was their first marriage. I wasn't able to find another Susan Dyment or Diamond, father Charles, in the PEI Baptismal Index or in the 1881 census. If this is her, then she shaved 10 years off her age as well as a previous marriage, and mixed up her mother's maiden name with her grandmother's.

The more I look at this record, the more I am convinced that it was her.

This could be Susan Annie in the 1910 US census, although not everything fits. She was 10 years older than her husband, and they had been married one year, but instead of Canada her birthplace was Maine:

Name: Charles Hodgedon
Event Place: Saco Ward 6, York, Maine
Birthplace: Maine
Father's Birthplace: Maine
Mother's Birthplace: Maine
SELF Charles Hodgedon M 26y Maine
WIFE Annie Hodgedon F 38y Maine
Citing this Record "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MR3G-PJZ : accessed 18 Jul 2013), Charles Hodgedon, 1910.

I couldn't find another record for Charles or Annie Hodgedon after this one. Given his age, I might have expected to see Charles Hodgdon in either the WW1 or WW2 registration records.

There were three different versions of the obituary for her sister Eleanor Dyment Reeves. There are always four sisters: in one they are Mrs. Rodman, Mrs. Cudmore, Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Campbell; in another the first three are the same and the last one was updated from Campbell to Mrs. Farwell; in the third obituary the first sister is Mrs. (Dr) George Rodman of Boston. It is possible that the newspaper obituaries got the name wrong - Rodman/Hodgdon. However, Charles Hodgdon was not a doctor or a dentist. I was unable to find a Dr. George Rodman in Massachusetts in the 1921 American Medical Directory, and none of the Susan or Ann Rodmans found in Massachusetts census records or directories match her.

There was a Susanna A. Dyment, a widow with adopted son Paul Williams, age 12, in the 1930 New Hampshire census. This Susan emigrated in 1890, and said that both of her parents were born on the Island. Paul Henry William was born in Everett, Mass, the son of Charles Williams and Effie Hammond. Charles and Effie don't seem to have a link to the Dyments or PEI. However, although the date of birth is off, I think this Eli Dyment's widow.

In the 1940 US census, Annie L. Johnson was living in Cambridge Mass with her niece Eleanor B. Bennett, her younger sister Jennie's daughter. Annie indicated that she had been in Cambridge in 1935. Annie was not the Annie married to Harry S. Johnson, or Annie, the widow of Edward, or Annie the widow of Joseph E. Johnson, all in Cambridge Mass in the 1930s.

Annie L. Johnson, daughter of Charles Diamond and Elizabeth McDougle died in Cambridge on February 16 1949 at the age of 80.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth September 26, 1864 Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Baptismal Index 1c
Death February 16, 1949 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dyment, Charlesabout 1834before 1878
Mother McDougall, ElizabethApril 29, 1828April 17, 1900
    Brother     Dyment, Levi March 24, 1855 July 23, 1945
    Sister     Dyment, Eleanor Penrose August 16, 1856 October 17, 1928
    Brother     Dyment, John Butcher September 7, 1858 September 27, 1885
    Brother     Dyment, Charles James July 21, 1861 July 29, 1939
    Sister     Dyment, Mary Ashton May 30, 1862 November 24, 1942
         Dyment, Susan Ann Annie September 26, 1864 February 16, 1949
    Sister     Dyment, Sarah Louisa August 22, 1865 February 4, 1947
    Sister     Dyment, Elizabeth Jane Jennie July 10, 1870 December 21, 1938


Family of Shea, John and Dyment, Susan Ann Annie

Married Husband Shea, John ( * 1867 + ... )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage December 13, 1889 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States    

Family of Dyment, Susan Ann Annie

Family of Rodman, George and Dyment, Susan Ann Annie

Married Husband Rodman, George ( * + ... )

Family of Johnson and Dyment, Susan Ann Annie

Married Husband Johnson ( * + ... )

Source References

  1. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Date: 1881
      • Page: Prince County, Lot 13, page 19 household of Levi Dyment
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1865 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1865 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada