This is a post to tie up the loose ends of the life and times of John Dinnis.
In 1881 the England Census shows John to be 65 years of age and living in Lugard Road, London with his wife Charlotte (72), his daughter Charlotte Harriet (29) and his daughter-in-law Jane (30). John is listed as a Cook in a hotel, Charlotte is a Telegraph clerk and Jane is listed as a widow and barmaid. Jane was married to John’s son John Henry, who had died not long after their marriage in 1877. I don’t have so much information about their lives, because they have moved from Brighton. Brighton is where I live, and there is lots of information about life in Victorian times in books and at the local libraries.
Moving on to 1891 and John Dinnis is now 75, a Retired Cook, living with his daughter Fanny, her husband John and young daughter Edith in Camberwell. Sadly his wife Charlotte died in 1886, aged 79 and it looks like Fanny and her family took her father to live with them. John Dinnis died in 1894.
I have really enjoyed researching and writing about John Dinnis, I feel I’ve got to know him a lot more than I knew before when I only had birth and death dates. Every time I’ve opened the files I felt something was so familiar, looking at the notes for J. Dinnis. Then of course I realised that is my name too! J. Dinnis. In getting to know that he was a Cook it has re-ignited my interest in cooking, and I would like to thank him for that. Knowing that he lived and worked in the centre of Brighton has also lit something inside of me, a renewed love for my home city. A lot of the places are still here, and I look forward to making a journey revisiting some of the places that John Dinnis lived and worked in.