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John Dixon (1796-1865)

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John Dixon (1796-1865) M. Inst. C.E. of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the Liverpool and Manchester Railway

1796 November 25th. Born at Staindrop, Durham, the son of John Dixon and his wife Elizabeth Waynman, and brother to Edward Dixon (1809-1877) and Jeremiah Dixon.

Started work for Edmund Backhouse, a relative

1821 Joined the Stockton and Darlington Railway

1825 Surveyed the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway

1826 Company officer of the S&DR

One of the three resident engineers during the construction of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and chief assistant to George Stephenson

1837 Married Tace Yarrow, daughter of Thomas Yarrow in London

1840s Superintendent of the locomotive works of the Stockton and Darlington Railway at Shildon

Worked on the Manchester and Leeds Railway and the North Midland Railway

Worked on the construction of the Chester and Birkenhead Railway with his nephew Thomas Alfred Yarrow. On the completion of these works, Mr. Dixon moved to Birmingham[1].

1845 Returned to the Liverpool and Manchester Railway

1846 Accompanied Edward Pease to the funeral of George Stephenson at Chesterfield [2]


1851 Living at Belle Vue, Darlington (age 54 born Cockfield, Durham), a Railway Engineer. With his wife Tace (age 50 born London). Also his sister Jane (age 40 born Cockfield). Plus two visitors and three servants. [3]

1861 Living at Mount Pleasant, Belvue, Darlington (age 64 born Cockfield), a Civil Engineer. With his wife Jace (age 60 born London). Also his niece Albina Garrow (age 40 born London), Unmarried. Plus three servants. [4]

1865 Engineer in chief of the Stockton and Darlington Railway[5]

1865 October 10th. Died aged 68/69 at Belle-vue, Darlington. [6] [7] [8]

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Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of Thomas Alfred Yarrow
  2. Edward Pease, diary entry (16th August, 1846)
  3. 1851 Census
  4. 1861 Census
  5. The Engineer
  6. The Leeds Mercury, Monday, October 16, 1865
  7. The York Herald, Saturday, October 14, 1865
  8. The Engineer 1865/10/13