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(IW Observer - 15 Mar 1856)

Two orphans cast upon the sympathies of a humane and generous Public, under circumstances of truly painful interest, of which the following is a brief outline:-
Friday, the 7th inst., Robert JACOBS, a servant in the employ of Messrs Oakley and Co., Agents of the South-Western Railway Company, was engaged in removing some household furniture in a van from the residence of a lady at Niton. He was in the act of attaching a rope, which bound the entire load together, when the horse made a sudden movement; the unfortunate man lost his hold and fell backward on his head to the earth with such violence that his scull was fractured in the most frightful manner. He never spoke after the accident, but lingered till the day following, when death put his seal on this sad catastrophe in the Ryde Infirmary.

Robert Jacobs (about 28 years old) was a married man, of unblemished reputation, of sober and industrious habits, and had been four years in the employ of Messrs. Oakley and Co. He lost his wife only three weeks prior to the accident, who left behind her an infant to which she had just given birth and an only son of about three years old.

By this awful visitation two helpless Orphans are deprived of both Parents in the short space of three weeks.

To whom shall they now appeal? Will not the sympathies of christian beneficience, ever active and conspicuous as they are in Ryde and the Isle of Wight in general, rise in a case like this? Will not an Orphan's cry find an echo in the breast of many a parent.

The smallest contribution for the benefit of these destitute children may be forwarded to Thos. ELDRIDGE, Esq., National Provincial Bank, Ryde; P.T.HELLYER, Esq., Hampshire Bank, Ryde; Messrs. SMITH & JACOBS. Union-street, Ryde; or to Mr George OAKLEY, 61 Union-street, Ryde.

It is proposed that the amount collected should be deposited in the Savings Bank at Newport, and a small weekly allowance made for the support of the Children, until the amount be exhausted.

A SAD STORY (IW Advertiser, Ryde Times - 10 May 1884)

The late Mr DYER was interred in the Ryde cemetery on Wednesday, his three sons the youngest 11 and the eldest 15 years of age - leaving in the grave their only known relative, not however, their only friend. Mr MILLER took them home direct, and there, after plentiful refreshment, the kind plan that had been arranged, was completed. Directly the father had died, Mrs JOHNSON wrote to Miss MACPHERSON and placed the case of the three boys before her and the response was a telegram that she would take the boys if they could join the party of forty she was about to start with. Dr JOHNSON at once set to work, and with his wife, procured the necessary outfit, and made, with the help of Mr MILLER, the arrangements - and on Thursday morning, after a good breakfast with Mr MILLER, the three boys left Ryde Pier (with all their worldly goods in a box, which two boys carried to the pier for them) in charge of Mr MURPHY the Secretary of the Y.M.C.A., who will deliver them over to the care of Miss MACPHERSON, who, with her numerous charges of fatherless and homeless children, will set sail for Canada, we understand, on Saturday; thus, in five days from the death of the parent, they will have been committed to the care of this lady - and placed on the road, as we trust, for future usefulness and happiness. All the boys have attended the Board School, and the Master and the School Inspector, testify to the cardinal virtue, truthfulness, as characteristic of them; in this we believe, and not without opportunity of judging, following their father's principle, even down to his days of struggling adversity. While the father was in the Infirmary after his accident, these boys lived alone, as best they could - and here is an item of conversation held on Wednesday with Dr JOHNSON, "Do you owe any rent?" "No Sir." "What was your rent?" "Three shillings a week, Sir." "Who did your washing?" "Mrs - - (a poor woman living next door)." "What had you to pay her?" "Nothing, Sir." - Again, the week before the accident, the father bought a pair of boots price 7/6, paid 5/- on account. Incidentally it became known that since the accident the boys had paid another shilling and while going to the boat one of the boys remembered, and told his friends that he owed Mr - - 1/6. We venture to say, that a great many rich people may find a great many actual, as well as incidental lessons if they will analyse this short history. While every right-minded person will follow with ardent wishes for their future welfare, these three boys who through Christian kindness and care, have been rescued from hidden lodgings in a court, and a struggle for bread, unheeded and unknown, except to others of a like position, and of character, it may be, that would have taught them to make their necessities a road on which to pursue a life of evil , and even crime. We may say that some £20 has been expended in this effort. We have no authority for doing so, yet we venture the suggestion that there may be kind hearts who would like to have a small share; if so, we should be glad to hand any such expression that may be left at our office to Mr MILLER.

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Family information:-
William DYER & Lucy STANNARD
DEATHS: c1874
Lucy DYER age 31.
James DYER age 19 days.

1881 Census: RG11/1178. folio 81. page 52. High-street, 7 Jeffreys Passage, Ryde, IOW

William DYER. head. wdr. 62. Tailor. Ryde, Isle of Wight.
William R. DYER. son. 12. Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Ernest E. DYER. son. 10. Ryde, Isle of Wight.
John H. DYER. son. 8. Ryde, Isle of Wight.