|What really intrigues
me is the picture of that distinguished-looking old man, Charles
Dillon, who worked continuously for Smyth & Co. for 76 years!!
I wonder if he was my great great grandfather? I think my great
grandmother, Catherine Dillon, may have been Charles Dillon's daughter.
Catherine Dillon was married to my great grandfather, John Stretton,
who came over to Balbriggan from Nottinghamshire around (I'm guessing)
1880. I think my great grandfather, John Stretton, probably worked
for Smyth & Co. from the early 1880s to around 1894, when he
and my great grandmother, Catherine (Dillon), returned to Hucknall,
Notts. My grandmother, Elizabeth, was born in Balbriggan in 1883
and her eldest brother, Charles, was born in 1884.
I was curious to know, if you have a list of Smyth & Co. employees
over the years? I wonder if my great grandmother, Catherine, also
worked for them? The time range that Charles Dillon worked for Smyth
& Co. was 1844 to 1920, which is truly amazing. Catherine was
born around 1854, which I feel points to a strong possibility Charles
was her father, even though Dillon is a fairly common name, and
I'm sure that quite a few Dillons have worked at Smyth & Co.
over the years, as evidenced by your article that mentions Dillon
as one of the surnames well-known in Balbriggan. Anyhow, it's all
very intrigueing to me.
I myself was born in Doncaster, England, but enjoyed hearing stories
from my Balbriggan-born grandmother about her father, John Stretton,
making stockings for Queen Victoria!! I will be 65 next month and
live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most of my family still lives
in the Doncaster area, except for one sister and her family who
live in Australia.
I love to travel -- my daughter and family live in Maui, Hawaii
-- but I have never been to Ireland. I'm about to change that, and
I'm thinking of coming to Ireland next year, and a visit to Balbriggan
to look up my Dillon ancestors will be at the top of my list.
I'd appreciate hearing from you and any information you may have
on Charles Dillon and his family. Thanks again for your wonderful
Catherine Busse (I was named after my great grandmother Catherine