George Dinnis was my great-grandfather. He was born in Brighton in 1853, and died in 1906.
He had a twin sister, Cora Dinnis. She died in 1856, aged 3 at the Old Ship Hotel, where the family lived and their father, John Dinnis worked as a cook and publican. By 1861 the family had moved a short distance to Steine Street where they lived and worked at the Queens Head.
Ten years later, in 1871 George was 17 years old, working as a Cook, living with his parents John (also working as a Cook) Charlotte and his two sisters, Fanny aged 23, a Milliner and Charlotte Harriet, 20 a Telegraph Clerk. They had moved away from Brighton and were now living in Parkfield Street, Islington, London.
The next information comes in the form of the Marriage details of George Dinnis to Catherine Taylor.
From here we can see the wedding took place at St John the Evangelist Church, in the county of York. This church is still standing and it is possible to visit.
George and Catherine had a son in 1877 and they named him John Taylor Dinnis. Sadly he died aged one. They then had another son, George John in 1879, followed by Henry Leonard Percy a year later. By the time of the 1881 England Census they were living at 44 Ossory Road, Camberwell, London, and George is listed as a Confectioner.
Two daughters were born before the next England Census; Cora Annie Amelia in 1886 and Elsie Lilian Julia in 1889. In 1891 the family were living at 131 Gordon Road, Camberwell. George worked as a Professional Cook, the two boys were scholars and the two girls aged 5 and 1. The following year 1892 saw the birth of my grandfather, Joseph Taylor Dinnis, followed in 1895 by the last of the children – John Albert Harold Walter Dinnis.
From the London Electoral Registers we can see the family moved to 124 Kimberley Road, Southwark, Peckham, Camberwell in 1898 and were still living there in 1901 when the England Census places them still at number 124. At this time George was 47, Catherine 46, George John no longer lived with them, Harry L.P. was 20 and working as a Wharf Clerk, Cora A.A. was 15, Elsie L.J. was 11, Joseph Taylor was 8 and John A.H.W. was 6.
Just five years later, in 1906 George Dinnis died, aged 53. The children were still young and it must have been such a difficult time for them.
The cause of his death seems to have been some type of TB, described as a rattling or hollow cough, with suffocation, a throat full of phlegm, sweat on forehead and vomiting of food.