Having DIX ancestors in my paternal family tree from Dunwich in Suffolk I was intrigued to recently find a super old photo postcard with writing on the back which read:
Mr & Mrs George DIX my God Mother Mrs RINGROSE Mum & Dad
Was this George DIX a possible connection to my own Suffolk Dix relatives!!
However on further investigation I firstly looked for a marriage record for a DIX to a RINGROSE and found that Florence E DIX married Frank RINGROSE in the December quarter of 1922 in the Walsall Registration District.
Florence Emily RINGROSE nee DIX died on 22nd March 1986 aged 91, again in the Walsall Registration District and her date of birth is shown as 16th August 1894.
Using her year of birth of 1894 I found Florence DIX on the 1911 census aged 16, occupation Milliner living with:
Father George DIX aged 53 an Engine Drive on the Railways born in Stowe in Staffordshire
Mother Mary DIX aged 52 and three brothers George aged 22, Arthur aged 20 and Frederick aged 13 – their address was 26 William Street in Walsall Staffordshire.
I also found a passenger list to Canada in 1957 which shows Florence E and Frank RINGROSE and confirms Frank’s date of birth as 11th January 1890 and their address was 273 West Bromwich Road in Walsall in Staffordshire – their occupations are shown as Retired and Housewife.
I have also found one child for Florence and Frank a son Randolph F RINGROSE born in the September quarter of 1923 again in the Walsall Registration District.
As far I am know there is no link to my own Suffolk DIX family and on a quick scan of family trees on the Ancestry website I have found an amazing family tree for the RINGROSE family which has lots of photos, but none of Florence Emily DIX and Frank H RINGROSE, so I will be sending a message to see if they would like a copy if my old photo postcard to add to their family tree research – it would be great if they know who the mystery God Child is and where the photo may have originated from!!
I will keep you updated on developments……….