Dawson Parsons (1869 - 1941) - Sheffield - Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1

The first record I have is from the 1881 Census with Dawson being the 12 year old son of a Spirit Merchant living in Birkenhead Merseyside

Source Information:
Dwelling 12 Orton Rd Census Place Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
Family History Library Film 1341857 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 3581 / 57 Page Number 30

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Edward PARSONS Head M Male 49 Ireland Spirit Merchant
Mary Ann PARSONS Wife M Female 45 Ireland
Eliza J. PARSONS Daughter U Female 23 Brikend, Lancashire, England
E.C.W. PARSONS Son U Male 18 Brikend, Lancashire, England Apprentice
Jo. W.M.K. PARSONS Son U Male 16 Brikend, Lancashire, England Clerk
Dawson PARSONS Son U Male 12 Brikend, Lancashire, England School
Stewart C. PARSONS Son Male 8 Brikend, Lancashire, England School
Nora PARSONS Daur Female 6 m Brikend, Lancashire, England
Ann JONES Serv U Female 26 Holyhead, Wales Gen Serv Dom

Ten years later Dawson must have trained as a minister and was living in Eckington Derbyshire. The term "Minister To The Narvies" is misleading, it should be "Minister To The Narvvies". (the people who built the C19th rail networks)     

1891 Census
Name Dawson Parsons
Age 22 Estimated Year of Birth 1869
Relationship to Head of Household Boarder
Church Of England Minister To The Narvies
Address 84, Queen Street District Chesterfield, Eckington Parish Eckington Administrative County Derbyshire
Birth Place Birkenhead Birth County Cheshire

In fact there is an article in the Nottinghamshire Guardian, Saturday, August 01, 1896; pg. v.*-:; Issue 2672. which gives a good indication of Dawson's activities at the time


I have not be able to trace Dawson in the 1901 Census but the 1911 Census has the following information 
Name Dawson Parsons
Relationship to Head of Household Head Condition
Married Gender Male
Age 45 Estimated Year of Birth 1866
Occupation Clerk In Holy Orders
Employed Yes Working at Home No
Industry Church Of England
Place of Birth Cheshire Tranmere
Enumerator Information Address 177 Abbeyfield Road Sheffield Parish Sheffield Town Sheffield
Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms House 8 Rooms Inhabited Yes Reference RG14PN27936 RG78PN1598 RD510 SD5 ED13 SN68
Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding) Registration District Sheffield Registration Sub District West Brightside Enumeration District 13

Judging from the entries Dawson made on the census form it seems that Dawson moved around the country for a number of years. His two eldest children were born in Nottinghamshire, but the third eldest was born in Spinkhill, Derbyshire circa 1898. A year later his daughter Lily was born in Wetherby Yorkshire. Her sister Robina was born in Netherton Cumberland circa 1902. The youngest four were all born in Sheffield and so it seems that Dawson must have made a decision to settle down. The move to Sheffield came between 1902 - 1905.

The next information is from The Times dated 2nd May 1922 and is a stark reflection of the situation that existed in Sheffield at the time

Eight years later there was another entry in The Times. Dated 29th August it details the marriage of his daughter ELIZABETH DORA to a Mr GEORGE TAYLOR. It must have been a marvellous family affair. It may also partly explain why Dawson took the destruction of his church by the German bomb so hard. The church must have held many treasured memories for him - it was an integral part of his life

Dawson died 6th July 1941 and the local newspaper the Telegraph and Star gave a fulsome tribute to his life and works in the following days edition


Telegraph and Star dated 7th July 1941

and three days later there was this detailed and moving report of his funeral which was held at Sheffield Cathedral

Telegraph and Star dated 10th July 1941

There is also an interesting post-script. The Times dated 5th July 1972 carried a notice of the death of FLORENCE MARY the eldest daughter of DAWSON. She obviously did not like the name she was christened with FANNY MAUD

A day later a full obituary was paced in the same paper - an interesting life to say the least



Nottinghamshire Guardian, Saturday, August 01, 1896; pg. v.*-:; Issue 2672

The Times dated 2nd May 1922 - 29th August 1930

The Times dated 5th July 1972 - The Times dated 6th July 1972

Telegraph and Star dated 7th July 1941

Telegraph and Star dated 10th July 1941

UK Census

Sheffield Indexers


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