Name: James "Jimmy" DIXON
Birth: ABT 1776 in Sheffield, Yorkshire,
Death: 1852 in Page Hall, Sheffield.
ADDR: 42 Silver Street, Sheffield. Page Hall, Sheffield.
Occupation: Cutler, Foreman and later (1805) - Cutlery Manufacturer - "Dixon"
Change Date: 23 JUN 2011
James Dixon was born in Sheffield in a metal working family to a father of the same name in 1776.
In 1790 he was apprenticed to Samuel Broadhead.
James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, Yorkshire
The company, founded about 1806, was one of the pioneers of the new electroplating process (silver-plating on base metal). In 1811 became a partnership Dixon & Smith. In 1822 the company moved to Cornish Place and became Dixon & Son. In 1829 he registered in Sheffield as a silversmith, acquired a plating business and registered his plate mark in 1835 and became James Dixon & Sons. The firm continued to be a family run enterprise until 1976.
The famous trumpet and banner trade mark was granted in 1879
James Dixon of Page Hall, Sheffield. Ann was his second wife, and they eloped because her parents did not approve of the marriage. I have a copy of the letter they wrote to her parents after they were married.
In the letter addressed to Mr. Nowill, Meadow Street, of Sheffield and dated November 23 1806, James Dixon and Ann Dixon informed her father that "they had been married that morning and hoped that he would pardon the Liberty that they had taken... in choosing for themselves whom they should spend their lives with, as they saw little hope of getting Mrs. N. to be agreeable to their meeting. They asked for his blessing and invited him to come that day to take dinner with them at their home at 42 Silver Street. It is unknown whether Thomas Nowill III, founder of Thomas Nowill and Co., accepted the invitation.
1841 Census: Page Hall, Ecclesfield
DIXON, James M 60 1781 Yorkshire
DIXON, Ann F 55 1786 Yorkshire
DIXON, Sarah F 15 1826 Yorkshire
PARKER, Elizabeth F 35 1806
TURTON, Mary F 55 1786 Yorkshire
MASON, Mary F 20 1821 Yorkshire
ROBINSON, Elizabeth F 15 1826
1851 Census: Page Hall, Yorkshire (West riding)
DIXON, James Head Married M 75 1776 Proprietor Of Land & Houses & Owner & Occupier Of 450 Acres Employing 20 Men Sheffield Yorkshire
DIXON, Ann Wife Married F 68 1783 Sheffield Yorkshire
SIGNSTON, Martha Companion Married F 40 1811 Sheffield Yorkshire
GLEADHILL, Hannah Servant Unmarried F 42 1809 House Sev Eaton No? Cheshire
TURNER, Elizabeth Servant Unmarried F 28 1823 House Sev Thurnscoe Yorkshire
Father: James DIXON
Mother: Hannah ETHERLEY
25 DEC 1797
in Cathedral Saint Peter, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
- William Frederick DIXON b: ABT 1802 in Sheffield, Yorkshire
Ann NOWILL b: ABT 1783 in Sheffield. c: 28 MAR 1783 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
23 NOV 1806
- Ann Nowill DIXON b: ABT 1808 in Page Hall, Ecclesfield, Sheffield.
- James Willis DIXON b: ABT 1814 in Page Hall, Ecclesfield, Sheffield. c: 21 SEP 1814 in Cathedral Saint Peter, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
- Henry Isaac DIXON b: ABT 1820 in Page Hall, Ecclesfield, Sheffield,
- Sarah DIXON b: ABT 1826 in Page Hall, Ecclesfield, Sheffield.