My 2nd great grandfather Charlie Dixon (bottom row, left) with my great grandmother Etta on his knee. These guys manned the Manomet Point Life Saving Station in Plymouth. Charlie was also a lobsterman. circa 1898

The farthest back that I have gotten with the Dixon family is to Voluntown, Connecticut, where Thomas and Lydia Dixon were some of the founding residents. Among their children was Charles Dixon, born 2 November 1770 and married to Lucy Cummins. They had a son, who had at least one brother (John), named Timothy Grim Dixon (b. 4 July 1792) in Danbury. He married Emeline Hunt in Vermont on 2 July 1827, and they lived in several towns in western Massachusetts, including Greenfield and Hampshire, before arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Among Timothy and Emeline’s at least 10 children was Comfort Dixon (b. 1832), who with his wife Mary Jane (Valler), raised their two sons in Plymouth. Comfort was a fisherman and lobsterman, a profession he passed on to his son Charles Abbott (b. Sep 1863), my 2nd great grandfather. Charlie would also serve the mariners in the area as a member of the Manomet Point Lifesaving Station. Charlie would mary Emma Mayhew, a descendant of the settlers of Martha’s Vineyard, in Plymouth on 10 January 1891, and would have two daughters, Clara and Etta. Etta Dixon (b.  19 July 1894) is my great grandmother, having married Wilbur Fletcher Lewis.

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