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Sunday, 1 July 2018

The Second Marriage of Thomas Dutton

The search for Thomas Dutton (part 2)


According to their daughter’s, Kate, birth certificate her parents, Thomas Dutton and Mary Ann Dillon, were married in 1856 in London, England.

Annotated excerpt from the birth certificate of Kate Dutton born in 1858, Geelong Vitoria, Australia 2541/1858

A search for the couple’s marriage in 1856 was unfruitful; however, one was located for them in 1848, eight years earlier. 

Why was there such an error? The information for their daughter Kate’s birth certificate was supplied to the Registrar by a friend to the family and as a consequence may not be correct, such as has been established for Thomas’ occupation as a soldier (see here for more details).  The reason for the error is not clear.

Confirming if this the correct couple?
Thomas Henry Dutton, was a widower working as a “Drover” of “Full Age”, the son of William, a White Smith, when he married Mary.  Mary was also of “Full Age”, the daughter of John Dillon, a sugar baker.

Mary like Thomas married twice, I have not been able to locate Thomas’ first marriage but I have been able to find Mary’s second marriage to John Edwards.  On both of Mary’s marriage certificates, Mary Ann lists her father as John Dillon, sugar Baker. Thus the marriage in 1848 seems to be the correct marriage for Mary Ann Dillon and therefore the correct one for Thomas Henry Dutton.

Finding the family of Thomas Dutton & Mary Dillon
Mary Ann’s death certificate recorded that she had a total of 1 living and 3 deceased at the time of death.  We cannot assume that all of Mary Ann’s children were fathered by Thomas, but so far I have managed to identify the following children, with the parents of Mary (nee Dillon) & Thomas Dutton

Name of child
Birthdate
Place of Birth
Bapt dates
Mother’s name
Father’s name
residential address of mother
Father’s occupation
Thomas Dutton[i]
24 Sep 1848.
House of Correction Clerkenwell
?
Mary Dutton formerly Dillon
Thomas Dutton
House of Correction Clerkenwell
Butcher
Catherine Elizabeth Dutton[ii],[iii]
16 Nov 1851.
4 Brook Hill
16 Dec. 1851.
Mary Dutton formerly Dillon
Thomas Henry Dutton
4 Brook Hill Clerkenwell
Drover
Kate Dutton[iv]

21 Dec 1857.
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
 ?
Mary Dutton m name Dillon
Thomas Dutton
Geelong [inferred]
Soldier
39th Ref Infy

What became of Kate Dutton’s siblings is not yet known, nor do we know if she had any older half-siblings from her father’s first marriage.

Thomas’ Occupation
Research has shown that it is unlikely that Thomas was ever a soldier [for discussion click here], however when Mary Ann & Thomas got married he was a drover an occupation that reappears in his daughter Catherine Elizabeth’s records.[v],[vi],[vii]

The move to Australia
It has always been generally accepted by later generations of the family that Mary came out to Australia with her husband and after Kate was born he died, however to date we have no specific evidence to substantiate this.
The family would have immigrated after Catharine’s birthday and before their daughter, Kate was born, therefore between 1851 & 1858.  Efforts to locate the couple’s third child who is also purported to have died have so far been unsuccessful but if found could help to reduce the window of when the couple migrated to Australia.

Evidence that Thomas returned to/or never left England
I have discovered a Thomas Dutton, a widower, in the 1881 census, occupation listed as Master Drover, living with his 13-year-old daughter Emily (said to have been born in Islington), living in Caledonian Road, London.[viii]

Emily is marrying on 19 May 1888 to Robert Charles Melbourn, her father is listed as Thomas Henry Hanley Dutton, a drover.[ix]

 Is this Thomas who has returned to England and to his profession as a drover? Or did he never leave, England?

Next step is to close the loop for Thomas Henry Hanley Dutton, drover, to see if he could possibly be the same person Thomas Henry Dutton, Drover.

And so the search continues ...  Although it is looking now that Thomas although at some stage the husband of Mary Ann Dillon is probably not the father of Kate Dutton daughter of Mary Ann Dutton nee Dillon.




[i] England, birth certificate for Thomas Dutton, born 24 September 1848; citing 3/87/407(?), December quarter 1848, St James Clerkenwell registration district, Amwell Clerkenwell sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.
[ii] England, birth certificate for Catharine Elizabeth Dutton, born 16 November 1851; citing 3/142/407?, December quarter 1851, St James Clerkenwell registration district, St James Clerkenwell sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.
[iii] Board of Guardian Records and Church of England Parish Registers., "London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917," database, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 1 Jul 2018), Baptism of Catherine Elizabeth Dutton baptised 16 December 1851, St James Clerkenwell., page 229, entry 1526; citing Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917, St James, Clerkenwell 1839-1866 parish register Reference Number: p76/js1/019.
[iv] Victoria  Australia Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, Birth certificate  2541 (1858), Kate Dutton born 21 December 1857.
[v] England, marriage certificate for Thomas Henry Dutton and Mary Ann Dillon, married 1848; citing 2/2/475, Jan-Feb-Mar  quarter 1848, East London registration district, St Giles with Cripplegate sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.
[vi] England, birth certificate for Catharine Elizabeth Dutton, born 16 November 1851; citing 3/142/407?, December quarter 1851, St James Clerkenwell registration district, St James Clerkenwell sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.
[vii] Board of Guardian Records and Church of England Parish Registers., "London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917," database, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 1 Jul 2018), Baptism of Catherine Elizabeth Dutton baptised 16 December 1851, St James Clerkenwell., page 229, entry 1526; citing Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917, St James, Clerkenwell 1839-1866 parish register Reference Number: p76/js1/019.
[viii] Ancestry.com, 1881 England, Wales & Scotland Census, Islington Class: RG11; Piece: 240; Folio: 27; Page: 48 Household of Thomas Dutton
[ix] Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Church of England Parish Registers. London Metropolitan Archives, London. London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: p83/mry1/1254 marriage of Emily Dutton & Robert Charles Melbourn on 19 May 1888, St Mary, Islington Parish register: 1801-1910. Year 1888, Page 28, entry 56

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