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Esther (Minor) Dillon



Esther and Patrick Dillon
Esther Belle (Minor) Dillon
was born on Feb. 13, 1882 in Robinsville, Tuscarawas County, OH, the daughter of John and Emma (Howell) Minor.

Esther married Patrick Thomas Dillon Sr. (1875-1963), a native of Syracuse, PA, and the son of Scottish immigrant John and Elizabeth Dillon. She was age 18, and he 24, at the time of marriage, circa 1901. He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes.

They were the parents of six children -- John Dillon, Patrick Thomas Dillon Jr., Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fisher, Marie Turrin, Margaret Vasbinder and Esther Ren. 

During the first decade of their marriage, Esther gave birth to three of the children in Ohio, and the other two in Pennsylvania, but in a mixed order. The Pennsylvania births were Patrick (1904) and Margaret (1907).

The 1910 census shows the Dillons making their home next to Esther's parents in Orange Township, Carroll County, OH, along the Phillipsburg Road. In addition to their five children, Patrick's widowed father, John Dillon, lived under their roof. As with his father in law, Patrick was employed that year as a coal miner. 

Patrick was required to register for the U.S. military draft during World War I, at the age of 43. At the time, he was a coal miner in the New Philadelphia area.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1920, the Dillons made their home in Fairfield Township, Tuscarawas County. Patrick continued his longtime occupation as coal miner.


Patrick and Esther (front, center) and their children, ca. 1950, L-R: John, Margaret, Patrick Jr., Lizzie, Marie and Esther


The Dillons are said to have lived in New England [Stark County, OH?] in 1930, but the census shows them residing in Roswell, Tuscarawas County, that year. Patrick worked as a coal miner, and daughter Margaret, age 23, held a job as a laborer in an enameling works. In all, they spent 35 years living in Roswell. While there, they were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

In 1961, they moved again to R.D. 3, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, OH, where they spent the final year or so of their lives.

Esther passed away at age 80 in New Philadelphia on July 10, 1962. 

Patrick only lived another six months, and died on Jan. 19, 1963. They are buried in Calvary Cemetery in New Philadelphia. Both of their obituaries were published in the New Philadelphia Daily Times.

At the time of their deaths, the Dillons had 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.


~ Daughter Elizabeth (Dillon) Fisher ~

Daughter Elizabeth Dillon (1902 - ? ) was born in 1902.

She married (?) Fisher. 


~ Daughter Marie (Dillon) Turrin ~

Daughter Marie Dillon (1903- ? ) was born in 1903.

She wed (?) Turrin.


~ Son Patrick J. Dillon Jr. ~

Son Patrick J. Dillon Jr. (1904- ? ) 


~ Son John Dillon ~

Son John Dillon (1906- ? ) 


~ Daughter Margaret (Dillon) Vasbinder ~

Daughter Margaret Dillon (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908.

She was united in wedlock with (?) Vasbinder.


~ Daughter Esther (Dillon) Ren ~

Daughter Esther Dillon (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912.

She was joined in matrimony with (?) Ren. 


Copyright 2004, 2009 Mark A. Miner