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JAMES [ Jim ] DABBS

By John Doxey


Mr Dabs Artist and ex miner viewing the demolition photo copyright Jonathan Dabs

 

At a quiet ceremony at the Rotherham Crematorium on a Tuesday afternoon in June 2007 the family and friends of  Jim Dabbs

 [ Pictured left at Silverwood ] ex Silverwood miner gathered to say farewell, and pay their final respects. Jim had lived on Vale road at Thrybergh for many years where he and his wife raised their family.

His son Jonathan is the man who in recent years produced many of the fine photos on this site, and also for other local sites. Jonathan it seems had inherited a keen interest in local heritage from his father.

From the recollections of Jonathan we perceive that Jim was very much a family man who made the effort to spend valuable time being involved with his son.

 

Jonathan writes:

Re my dad, I have many memories, one of the funniest was when he purchased a metal detector and went out looking for treasure. We kept getting signals all over the place but could never find anything when we started digging. We must have looked like a pair of frustrated moles, there were small holes all over the place, until it dawned on us that my dad was still wearing his steel toe capped boots.

 

Another amusing tale was that we used to mend cars in the back garden and for some reason we used to call each other Sam. I don't know to this day how or when this started but it became second nature and we didn't even realise that we were doing it. Any way our next door neighbour was talking to my mother and asked who was the Sam that was working with Dad & I as they had only seen the two of us. She was convinced that Sam was a third person.

 

 

 

 

The family of Jim Dabs originated in Dudley Worcester where in 1859 Robert Dabs was born the great grandfather of Jonathan our site cameraman. Robert married at an early age to Ellen also of Dudley, and in 1879 Robert and Ellen with two children moved to Jump in South Yorkshire [ West Riding ] where their third child was born as can be seen on the 1881 census records.
Robert Dabbs Head M Male 22 Dudley, Worcester, England Coalminer
Ellen Dabbs Wife M Female 22 Dudley, Worcester, England
Robert Dabbs   Son      Male   6   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar     
Sarah Ann Dabbs  Son ( Daur )      Female   4   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar     
Rose Dabbs  Daur      Female   2   Jump, York, England       
  Dwelling   23 Milton Sq
Census Place Wombwell, York, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   4607 / 92 Page Number   54

 

Back in Dudley in 1881 the following Dabbs are found, the first household of Michael Dabbs listed below who was possibly the great great grandfather or uncle of Jonathan.

Michael Dabbs  Head   M   Male   70   Wellington, Shropshire, England   Groom (N D)    
Hannah Dabbs Wife   M   Female   57   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Ellen Williams  Daur   M   Female   28   Dudley, Worcester, England   Laborer (Gen)    
Willm. Williams  Son In Law   M   Male   30   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Edwd. Williams   Grand Son      Male   3   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Dwelling   40A Salop Street
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2875 / 57 Page Number   37
 

The second household of James Dabbs listed below who also was possibly the great great grandfather or uncle of Jonathan.


James Dabbs  Head   M   Male   64   Kengate, Shropshire, England   Iron Pipe Moulder    
Rebecca Dabbs   Wife   M   Female   60   Dudley, Worcester, England       
John Dabbs   Son   U   Male   24   Dudley, Worcester, England   Engineer (Staty) (Dr)    
Joseph Davis  Lodger   U   Male   22   Dudley, Worcester, England   Roller Iron Wks    
Dwelling   45 Chapel St
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England

Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2878 / 133 Page Number   14


 Other households in Dudley at the time with people of the name Dabbs [ All possible relations to Jim and Jonathan ] were found listed as below.

 

James Dabbs   Head   M   Male   31   Dudley, Worcester, England   Lime Stone Miner (N M S)     
Eliza Dabbs  Wife   M   Female   30   Dudley, Worcester, England   Tailoress     
Margaret Dabbs  Daur      Female   10   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar     
Willm. Dabbs  Son      Male   7   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar     
Thos. Dabbs  Son      Male   4   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar     
Eliza Dabbs  Daur      Female   1   Dudley, Worcester, England        
Geo. Dabbs   Son      Male   2 m   Dudley, Worcester, England        
Dwelling   18A Salop Street
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2875 / 54 Page Number   32

 
John Dabbs  Head   M   Male   30   Dudley, Worcester, England   Stone Miner (Iron)    
Rebecca Dabbs   Wife   M   Female   27   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Stephen Dabbs   Son Male   5   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar    
Michael J. Dabbs   Son      Male   2   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Anna Dabbs   Daur      Female   1   Dudley, Worcester, England       

Dwelling   Porters Field Court 2 House 11
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2879 / 127  Page Number   32

Elisabeth Marston  Head   W   Female   55   Dudley, Worcester, England   Mangler    
Sarah Marston   Daur   U   Female   31   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Mary A. Garner   Daur   M   Female   23   Dudley, Worcester, England   Dressmaker    
Daniel Marston   Son   U   Male   20   Dudley, Worcester, England   Bedstead Maker (Iron)    
Charles Marston  Son      Male   17   Dudley, Worcester, England   Wheelwrights Apprentice    
Ernest A. Garner   Grandson      Male   4   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Priscilla Dabbs   Boarder   W   Female   80   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Dwelling   68 Springsmire
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2878 / 96 Page Number   12

William Dabbs  Head   M   Male   57   Dudley, Worcester, England   Limestone Miner    
Emma Dabs  Wife   M   Female   59   Dudley, Worcester, England       
John Dabs   Son   U   Male   20   Dudley, Worcester, England   Limestone Miner    
Dwelling   6 Walters Row
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2875 / 141 Page Number   56

Joseph Dabbs   Head   M   Male   26   Dudley, Worcester, England   Limestone Miner (Or)    
Letica Dabbs  Wife   M   Female   21   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Mary Wilden   Boarder   M   Female   62   Princes End, Stafford, England       
John Whorton  Boarder   U   Male   27   Dudley, Worcester, England   Coal Labourer    
Dwelling   17 Walters Row
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2875 / 143 Page Number   59

Joseph Edwards  Head   M   Male   51   Dudley, Worcester, England   Victualler    
Lydia Edwards   Wife   M   Female   50   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Sarah Edwards   Dau   U   Female   20   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Walter Edwards   Son   U   Male   16   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Annie Edwards   Dau   U   Female   14   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar    
Kate Edwards   Dau   U   Female   11   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar    
Elizabeth Edwards   Dau   U   Female   9   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar    
Joseph Edwards   Son   U   Male   6   Dudley, Worcester, England   Scholar    
Hannah Dabbs  Servt   U   Female   28   Dudley, Worcester, England   Dom Serv    
Dwelling   12 Stone Street
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2876 / 46 Page Number   20

Henry Dabbs   Head   M   Male   31   Dudley, Worcester, England   Engineer Stationary    
Sarah A. Dabbs  Wife   M   Female   24   Sedgley, Worcester, England       
James Dabbs  Son      Male   7   Kingswinford, Stafford, England   Scholar    
Rebecca Dabbs  Daur      Female   4   Dudley, Worcester, England       
William Dabbs   Son      Male   7 m   Dudley, Worcester, England       
Dwelling   35 Chapel St
Census Place Dudley, Worcester, England
Public Records Office Reference   RG11 Piece / Folio   2878 / 129 Page Number   5

In 1901 the family of Robert Dabbs is listed as.

Robert  Dabbs 44 Worcesters Yorks Wombwell Coal Miner Hewer Below Ground

Ellen  Dabbs 44 Worcesters Yorks Wombwell  

Robert  Dabbs 26 Worcesters Yorks Wombwell Coal Below Trammer Below Ground

Nellie  Dabbs 19 Yorks Wombwell Yorks Wombwell  

Oliver  Dabbs 16 Yorks Wombwell Yorks Wombwell Trammer C Below Ground

Milly  Dabbs 11 Yorks Wombwell Yorks Wombwell  
Janey  Dabbs 9 Yorks Wombwell Yorks Wombwell  
Thomas  Dabbs 6 Yorks Wombwell Yorks Wombwell  

 

 

Oliver Dabs the father of Jim Dabbs came over to Thrybergh from the village of Jump near Elsecar to work at Silverwood in 1905. Following this there are records of the Dabbs family signing on at Silverwood

 

Robert Dabbs age 59 of  75 Whinney Hill  signed on as a  Dayman in September 1919 he had been previously off ill.

R. Dabbs age 44 of 34   Whinney hill signed on as a Collier  in August 1919
C. Dabbs age 35 of 32   Doncaster Rd Whinney hill signed on as a Collier in August 1919

Robert Dabbs  age 59  of 75 Whinney Hill  signed on as a Dayman in June 1920 previously off  lame.
Oliver Dabbs age 38 of 32 Doncaster Rd signed on as a Collier in September 1921 previously worked on the Braithwell district. 
R. Dabbs age 45 of 74 Whinney Hill signed on as a Collier in September 1921 previously worked at Whiston district.
O. Dabs age 19 of 30 Whinney Hill signed on as a Driver in October 1925 previously worked on Surface.

 

Jim Dabbs coal miner and artist continued the family tradition of coal mining and worked at Silverwood until his retirement.

Jim joined the Thrybergh Heritage Group on his retirement taking a great interest in particular in his workplace of many years, Silverwood Colliery, and spent many an hour watching the final demolition of the mine often accompanied by Jonathan. So while Jonathan snapped away on his camera Jim revealed a talent, painting  and he produced what I consider a valuable and historic memory of the final days of Silverwood. [ Shown below ]

 

2007 John Doxey

 

Family relationship of the above need verifying.

 

2008 A family reunited!

 

Eric HARRISON, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire writes:

My wife and I have been doing our family history for the past twelve years or so and I notice that you have details of the late Jim DABBS and his son Jonathan. My wife is related to this DABBS family through her 3xGreat grandmother Rebecca DABBS (born 1781 Wellington, Shropshire) and her first husband James CRUXTON she then married John Jarvis DABBS in 1818 and it is their son who went to Dudley (Robert DABBS - born 1824 Wellington) - father of the Robert you have in your article.

 I have recently been in touch with a branch of the DABBS family in America, they are also related to Jonathan via John Jarvis DABBS and his family who emigrated in the 1880's their daughter Rosannah is the connection to Jonathan.

 

Many thanks to Eric Harrison and his wife for sharing their research here.

 

 

 

For the family of Jim Dabbs

 

 

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