The Yorkshire Years

George Parvin was born in 1800 in North Otterington, near Northallerton, and was a joiner (later a builder) and a licensed victualler. He married, on 17th March 1830, Martha Dyson, the daughter of the founder of the Dyson brickworks factory (shown below). In his will, George Parvin left, for equal division between his surviving children.

  • a house or houses in Matthew Street Sheffield (where he was himself living)
  • a public house called the Victoria Vaults in Langsett Rd, Sheffieldand the income from seven cottages.

Martha brought most of that property to the marriage.

Pictured here is the Dyson brick factory, at Stannington, outside Sheffield. The Dysons moved from farming into making bricks. Unfortunately they didn’t also make vacuum cleaners. Martha Dyson married George Parvin in about 1830. All the photos on this page, and others in this Parvin section, were taken by Helen Fosbrook. Many thanks, Helen. Our thanks also to Carol McAndrew, a descedant of the Dysons, for her very-helpful Dyson Family History.

George Parvin, the eldest son of George and Martha, was born on April 1st 1833. and like his father was a joiner. He married Fanny Naylor in 1856 at St George in Sheffield. In the four years they were together, they had two children, Sarah born in 1858, and George born in 1860. George (the one born in 1833) died young at the age of 27 in 1860 in Sheffield. The Naylors were butchers by trade, and the trade passed down from Fanny’s father to her brother John.

In the 1861 Census the young widow Fanny Parvin was living with her mother and father, Harriet and James Naylor. With them were her brother Henry, and the young George Parvin age 10 months. They are in Eccleshall Bierlow.

Fanny remarried, to John Jas Miles, painter, plumber and glazier. In the 1871 Census they are resident in Darnall, with children George G Miles (11), Emma N Miles, John Miles (4) and William J Miles (2). Henry Naylor, Fanny’s brother, is also recorded. Sarah Parvin is living with John and Emma Naylor. John is Fanny’s brother.

Although there is no record of a George Parvin of 1860, it is very likely that the boy shown as George Miles born 1860, living with Fanny and John Miles, is the young George Parvin, and not the son of John Miles, whose male firstborn is likely to be the John Miles, age 4. John Jas Miles died in 1893 in Eccleshall.

In the 1881 Census George Parvin (inaccurately transcribed in that Census as “Parren”) is resident with his mother, Fanny, and the Miles family. He is a railway wagon builder. There are suggestions in family accounts that he and his wife were estranged from her family, but the clear evidence here is to the contrary. 

Sarah Parvin married John Ashmore in 1878 and is within the 1881 Census. John Ashmore is a forgeman in the iron works.

George Parvin the father died about 14 years before his own father, so there would be no inheritance to Fanny except to support the Parvin children. In 1893 John Miles died. In 1895 Fanny went to America with a son, either John Miles (1867) or William (1869).

George Parvin the son, born in 1860, is shown in the 1881 Census as a railway wagon builder. He left Yorkshire in 1891 or 1992, for employment with the railways in Motherwell, again as a carriage builder. With him went his wife Jane nee Morton, and their children George (10) Mark (7), Fanny (6), John (4) and Emma (1). In Motherwell they had another three children Rose, Richard and Tom. 

Interestingly, in Motherwell at that time there were two “immigrant” Parvin families. The Yorkshire line through George, described here, has no link so far as can be discovered with the Hampshire line, which descends from Joseph Parvin, a Hampshire policeman.

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