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.