My husband Nigel Dyer’s family come from Cornwall and can trace their ancestry back to Digory Isbell of Trewint, who accommodated John Wesley in his cottage when John was travelling to and from Cornwall. It goes like this: Digory Isbell had a daughter called Elizabeth, who married Thomas Jago. Their great-granddaughter, Emlyn Martha Jago, married Charles Barrett Dyer in 1893, and they became my husband’s great grandparents.
Charles Barrett Dyer (pictured) was the father of a large family, some of whom are shown here. He had been married before and his first wife had given birth to 15 children. With Emlyn he had another six. One of their children was Lewis Dyer (my husband’s grandfather), who lived in Perranwell between Truro and Falmouth, and was an active Local Preacher for more than 60 years. He died at the age of 102. One of his sons, Gordon, followed him as a Local Preacher. Another son, John (my husband’s father), was a Circuit Steward.
As I write, we are looking forward to the ordination next month of our daughter, Naomi Oates. She is a 6g granddaughter of Digory Isbell.