Edward Dix, born in 1828, worked as a framesmith, a role that must have evolved naturally from the work of the blacksmith in a local community which was heavily dominated by lace making factories needing engineering support. In 1854 he married Emma, the eldest daughter of William and Mary Markham who operated the nearby Commercial Inn. This was another relatively short marriage of some twelve years which ended with Edward's death at the early age of 37 and Emma left with seven children to raise - but, she did have the wider family to call on. Apart from the immediate support that would have been available from her parents, Emma was the oldest of five sisters whose marriages had added further strength to the family's evident, strong mutual support network:
He worked as a Frame Smith in 1851. 9
Edward married Emma Markham, daughter of William Markham and Mary Ball, on 4 Apr 1854 in Basford, Notts.1 2 (Emma Markham was born Cal 1830 in Lenton, Notts 10, christened on 31 Jan 1830 in Lenton 11 and died after Apr 1881 12.)
1 David Hallam (Specialist in 19th Century Beeston and District), http://www.beeston-notts.co.uk.
FreeBMD Online Index of BMD, England & Wales, www.freebmd.org.uk, Marriages Jun 1854
Dix Edward Basford 7b 141.
3 JP (researchng Cox) 2004, 1861 Census. Edward Dix, H, M, 32, Lace Machine Smith Emma, W, M, 31, Lenton Harriet, D, 6 William, S, 4 Selina, D, 2.
4 The Church of Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index, www.familysearch.org/, EDWARD DIX Male Event(s): Birth: 04 APR 1828 Christening: 06 JUL 1828 Beeston, Nottingham, England Death: Burial: Parents: Father: WILLIAM DIX Mother: ISABELLA.
5 The Church of Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index, www.familysearch.org/.
6 Nottingham Family History Society (NFHS), www.nottsfhs.org.uk, BEE6/07/182804 04 1828EdwardWilliamIsabellaDIXBlacksmith etc.
7 JP (researchng Cox) 2004.
8 David Hallam (Specialist in 19th Century Beeston and District), http://www.beeston-notts.co.uk, http://www.beeston-notts.co.uk/dix.shtml.
9 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~bewickgenealogy/census/bees.htm (1851).
David Hallam (Specialist in 19th Century Beeston and District), http://www.beeston-notts.co.uk, Emma MARKHAM was born circa 1830 in Lenton, Notts.
General Notes: 61C Butcher Lane, Beeston 16/049/2 51C Top/Butchers Lane, Beeston 1C/135/3
Emma married Edward DIX, son of William DIX and Esther *UNKNOWN, on 4 Apr 1854 in Beeston Parish Church, Notts. Edward was born circa 1827 in Beeston, Notts. They had three children: Harriett, William, and Selina.
General Notes: 61C Butcher Lane, Beeston 16/049/1 - Lace machine Smith - b. c1829 51C Top/Butchers Lane, Beeston 1C/158/4 - Framesmith - b. c1829 41C Butchers Lane, Beeston 13/099/3
Harriett DIX was born circa 1855 in Beeston, Notts.
General Notes: 61C Butcher Lane, Beeston 16/049/3
William DIX was born circa 1857 in Beeston, Notts.
General Notes: 61C Butcher Lane, Beeston 16/049/4
Selina DIX was born circa 1859 in Beeston, Notts.
General Notes: 71C Butcher Lane - Commercial Inn 16/001/4 61C Butcher Lane, Beeston 16/049/5 81C School House, Ansterby, Lincoln 3249/28/8 - Certified Teacher.
Nottingham Family History Society (NFHS), www.nottsfhs.org.uk, LEN 31/01/1830Emma William Mary MARKHAM Lacemaker
12 JP (researchng Cox) 2004, Notes for EMMA MARKHAM: In the 1881 census, the widowed Emma is living with her husband's relatives at 5 Toll Street, Nottingham St. Mary.