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Dyson, John B.
1815-1904; e.m. 1839

A much respected WM minister, born at Newsome, near Huddersfield, he was the author of substantial histories of Methodism in the Leek and Congleton Circuits (1853, 1856) and the Isle of Wight (1865). He died on 9 February 1904.

His son George Dyson (1858-1928) was accepted for the ministry in 1880, but left under a cloud after being implicated in the Adelaide Bartlett murder case (1886). He emigrated to America, where he adopted the name of John Bernard Walker. After a period of considerable hardship, he later gained a wide reputation as a journalist in scientific and engineering topics and became the editor of Scientific American.

Sources

  • Methodist Recorder, Winter Number, 1904, pp.61-2
  • Sir John Hall, The Trial of Adelaide Bartlett (1927)
  • Yseult Bridges Poison and Adelaide Bartlett (1962)
  • John A. Vickers, 'George Dyson alias John Bernard Walker' in Methodist History, 41 (October 2002) pp.309-15 (also WHS Proceedings, 55 pp.198-200)
  • Kate Clarke, In the Interests of Scoence: Adelaide Bartlett & the Pimlico Poisoning (1990; 3rd edition, revised, 2015)

Entry written by: JAV
Category: Person

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