has taken on many variations through centuries
alternate spellings: Dibell, Dibel Dibbel, Dibbell, Dible, Dibol
Deeble is the old English spelling
for a dibble
or beansetter and does not seem to
be of French origin, as so often stated. The arms are not recorded by the College of Heraldry, but are given on page 58 of
the Visitations of Cornwall, by Vivian, 1887, as: Deeble
purple shield with three dibbles or beansetters
gold dibble. These arms are pictured in Jewer’s
Church Notes, page 53, quartered with the Wolsden
arms, and show the Dibbles to be of the stirrup variety. The Deeble arms also appear on the tombstone of Rev. Samuel Dibble who died in
1750 an was buried in Charles Church Yard, Plymouth, England.
Source: Dibble family, Lamb, VanBuren, New York:
ROBERT DIBBLE & his wife came from England in 1634 on the “Recovery of London & settled in Dorchester, Mass. He was followed the next year by his son Thomas
Dibble, & daughter Frances, who came with Rev. Joseph Hull’s group to Weymouth. Robert was appointed bayliff (tax collector)
for Dorchester & was among the early
settlers. His son, Thomas, went to Windsor & became one
of the early settlers there.
John Dibble of Taughkanic Mountain
(Mount Washington), Berkshire County, Commonwealth
of Massachusetts, was born 1702 in Bedford, New York in Westchester County. He was the middle child and only
son of John Dibble and his wife Mary Severance.
John’s great-great grandfather Robert
Dibble was the immigrant ancestor of his family arriving to New England about
1634 from Weymouth, England
a native of Somersetshire, England. The following year
Robert’s son Thomas Dibble born 1613 in England
in came to New England with his sister and landed at Boston. Robert and his son Thomas received a
grant of land December 17, 1635 in Dorchester,
Robert Dibble died before 1640 and his
son Thomas moved to Windsor,
CT where he spent the remainder
of his life. Thomas’ son Ebenezer Dibble was baptized September 26, 1641 and
married Mary Wakefield in 1663 in Windsor, CT. Ebenezer Dibble was the father
of six children when he was killed in the Pequot War in the Swamp fight,
December 19, 1675 at the age of thirty-four.
Ebenezer and Mary’s youngest son John
Dibble was born February 9, 1673 in Windsor,
CT and was the age of three at
the time of his father’s death. John married Mary Severance November 26, 1697
in Deerfield, MA a daughter of John Severance Jr and his wife Mary.
Mary (Severance) Dibble’s father John
Severance Jr was born November 27, 1647 in Salisbury,
MA, a son of John Severance and with his father kept an inn. John Severance Jr moved to Boston,
MA where he married his wife Mary
on August 15, 1672. In 1680 he moved to Suffield,
MA and in 1689 moved upriver to Deerfield, MA.
He settled on Lot No. 1 and became a large landowner in Deerfield.
The ease of travel provided to the settlers by the Connecticut
River worked to their disadvantage as hostile Indians used it as
well. Settlements such as Deerfield were extremely vulnerable to attack and on
September 15, 1694 John Severance Jr’s sixteen year
old son Daniel was killed by Indians in Deerfield.
Mary (Dibble) Lee the oldest child of
John & Mary (Severance) Dibble was born January 16, 1699 in Deerfield, MA.
November 14, 1701 John Dibble was accepted as an inhabitant of the town of Bedford, New York in Westchester County and was granted 25 acres.
February 4, 1702 the town of Bedford
sold to John Dibble Crosses vineyard purchase for 18 pounds. The following
month John Dibble sold 100 acres of the same tract of land to Jacobus Van Courtland & c.
In 1702 John Dibble registered his
cattle earmarks with the town of Bedford.
The same year his son John Dibble was born in Bedford, NY.
On January 4, 1703 native Indians Ketonah Sagamore & Wackemane, “chief proprietors of the lands about
Bedford,” sold to John Dibble of Bedford & c. “a certain tract of upland & meadow & c., all within ye bounds
hereafter named and bounded by marked trees, from one branch of Beaver dam
River southward of Stone Hills, then to rise westward of Stone hills, northward
by ye marked trees until it meets with a brook coming out of Stone hills, and
so to be bounded by ye said brook until it meets the Cross River, and bounded
by the said Cross River until it meets a small brook, and then bounded westward
by Bedford's cross vineyard purchase, and then bounded by Bedford's first
purchase, southerly and eastwardly until it meets ye aforesaid branch, which
tract of land thus bounded we Catonah and Wackemane for us our heirs & c., have sold to above
said John Dibble & c."
The same year in 1703 John Dibble and
his wife conveyed to Jacobus Van Courtland, “700 acres of land lying in Bedford, called
the vineyard purchase, besides a certain parcel of meadow and upland in ye bounds
of said Bedford, first purchased, with marked trees northerly, eastwardly by a
small brook which runneth into the Cross River, and
northerly by the Cross River, containing about 400 acres.”
John Dibble’s father-in-law John
Severance Jr moved to Bedford, NY
about 1703. In 1705 John & Mary (Severance) Dibble’s youngest daughter
Abigail was born in Bedford.
On the 12th of October 1705 John Dibble, by a bill of sale conveyed all his
right, title and interest in the town of Bedford
to Jacobus Van Cortland.
John Dibble was heavily involved in
church affairs with his older brother Wakefield Dibble. At a town meeting in
Bedford, NY on May 6, 1706 the town desired “
to hire a minister for 20 pounds for a half year… and to make use of John Dibles brother Wackfeld…” to
John Dibble’s last land transaction in Bedford was dated April
30, 1708 and he died there before October 30, 1709. In the Census for Bedford taken in 1710, his widow Mary resided with her
parents in Bedford, NY. On August 8, 1713 “Mary Dibble of Bedford, Westchester, New
York, widow of John Dibble dec’d”
sold to her father John Severance Jr for 20 pounds
all of her belongings, household goods, cattle horse, sheep, swine, beds,
bedding and all of her clothes. This was done presumably due to her expectant
death to be used for the benefit of her soon to be orphaned children.
After Mary (Severance) Dibble died, her
father returned to Deerfield,
MA. On November 3, 1715 her
father entered a transaction in Bedford with
Hezekiah Roberts of Bedford
for one shilling. Hezekiah was to have use of a house and home lot and all of
John Severance’s lands in Bedford
to be for the use of his grandson, John Dibble born in 1702, when he came of
twenty-one years or married. If John died before becoming of age, the land was
to be divided between his sisters Mary and Abigail. Until then Hezekiah Roberts
had the use of the properties.
Mary Dibble born 1699, the oldest
daughter of John & Mary (Severance) Dibble, married Joseph Lee 1717 in Norwalk, CT. Joseph and
Mary (Dibble) Lee were the parents of eight children born between 1718 &
1739. In 1747 they moved to Salisbury, CT, the most
northwestern corner of the state bordering NY and MA state lines, where they
were accepted into the church from Redding
The next child of John & Mary
(Severance) Dibble, John Dibble born in 1702, married his wife Mary born 1711
about 1730 and they were the parents of at least five children born between
1731 & 1754. John Dibble lived in Bedford, NY, Ridgefield and Salisbury,
CT. He was, perhaps an agent, for
Jacobus Van Cortlandt in Bedford as he sold a large
portion of “The Dibble Purchase” of 1703 to Cortlandt.
On August 22, 1755 John Dibble “of the
Manor of Courtland in Westchester County, New York,” sold for 55 pounds, 19 ½ acres of land to
Nathan Hawley of Ridgefield,
CT. In 1757 John Dibble was one
of the original purchasers of a large tract of land from Stockbridge Indians in
Taughkanic Mountain, Berkshire County,
Mass., the most extreme southwestern corner of
the state bordering Columbia County in NY and the town of Salisbury in CT.
Mary (Dibble) Lee and her husband
Joseph lived the remainder of their lives in Salisbury, CT
where they died in 1764 & 1769. Her brother John Dibble and his wife Mary
lived the rest of their lives on Taughkanic
Mountain (Mount Washington) in Berkshire County, Massachusetts,
neighboring Salisbury, CT. What became of Mary & John’s sister
Abigail born in 1705 is not known.
(Dibble) Lee 1699-1769 of Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Mary Dibble born January 16, 1699 in Deerfield, MA
was the oldest child of John & Mary (Severance) Dibble of Bedford, NY. She
married about 1717 Joseph Lee in Norwalk, CT.
Joseph Lee was born April 1690 in Norwalk
and was a son of William & Mehitable (Rusco) Lee. Joseph
and Mary (Dibble) Lee were the parents of two sons and six daughters. All of
their children were born in Ridgefield, CT with
the exception of the youngest, Hannah, who was born in
Their children are:
Joseph Lee Jr
born 22 Jun 1718
Mary Lee born 19 Sep 1720
Rebecca Lee born 21 Feb 1723
John Lee born 30 Apr 1726
Lidia Lee born 09 Mar 1729
Abigail Lee born 08 May 1732
Sarah Lee 24 Dec 1736
Hannah Lee born 15 Jul 1739
The oldest child Joseph Jr married Mary Holley on February 12, 1736. Their marriage
was recorded both in Bedford, NY and Ridgefield, CT. Daughter Mary married John Whitlock January 12, 1738.
On February 21, 1740 their son John died at the age of fourteen in Redding, CT.
Later that year on July 2, 1740 daughter Rebecca married Edmund Sherman in Redding, CT. About 1743 daughter Lidia
married David Lord in Ridgefield,
In December 1747 Joseph and Mary
(Dibble) Lee moved to Salisbury,
CT with their three youngest
daughters at home; Abigail, Sarah and Hannah. Joseph Jr
and his wife Mary (Holley) Lee followed his parents to Salisbury,
CT and on the same day the Lee families were
admitted to the church of Rev. Jonathan Lee in Salisbury
by letter from Redding.
The first three children of David &
Lidia (Lee) Lord were born in Ridgefield, CT.
About 1750 David & Lidia moved to Salisbury, CT
where their fourth child Daniel Lord was born Mar 4, 1751 as well as the
remainder of their children.
On May 26, 1754 daughter Abigail
married Peter Cogswell in Salisbury, CT.
In August 1757 during the French Indian War, Salisbury
men marched to the relief of Fort Henry on Lake George.
Lieutenant Joseph Lee Jr was in active military
service as well as a third of the male population of Salisbury. The youngest daughter Hannah
married Nathaniel Buell April 23, 1761 in Salisbury, CT.
Joseph & Mary (Dibble) Lee lived
the remainder of their lives in Salisbury, CT.
Joseph died in Salisbury
August 14, 1764 as did Mary on February 1, 1769. Their oldest son Joseph Jr and third daughter also remained in Salisbury, CT
where they both died along with their spouses in the late 1700’s.
Dibble 1702-1773 of Taughkanic
Mountain (Mount Washington), Berkshire County, Massachusetts
John Dibble born 1702 in Bedford, NY
was the only son of John & Mary (Severance) Dibble of Bedford, NY. By the
age of eleven both of John’s parents had died in Bedford. In 1715 his maternal grandfather
John Severance Jr entered a transaction with Hezekiah
Roberts of Bedford who was to have use of a house and home lot and all of John
Severance’s lands in Bedford
that was to be for the use of his grandson John Dibble when he came of age or
married. Hezekiah Roberts seems to have been a sort of guardian to orphaned
John and possibly his sisters.
About 1730 John Dibble married Mary.
Mary was born 1711 however the location of her birth and her maiden name is not
known. John & Mary Dibble were the parents of at least five children. Their
Mary Dibble born October 15, 1731 in Ridgefield, CT
Samuel Dibble born about 1737 likely in
Bedford, NY or Ridgefield, CT
John Dibble Jr
born August 16, 1739 likely in Bedford, NY or Ridgefield,
Abigail Dibble born March 30, 1741
likely in Bedford, NY
or Ridgefield, CT
Daniel Dibble born May 18, 1754 likely
in Cortland Manor, NY
The birth of Mary the oldest child is
recorded in the Records of Vital Statistics for the town of Ridgefield, CT along with the children of
John’s older sister Mary (Dibble) Lee. Any further information regarding
daughter Mary is not known. The remaining children are listed as being born in Mount Washington, MA
by historians and genealogists. On August 22, 1755 John Dibble “of the Manor of Courtland in Westchester
Co., New York” sold 19 ½ acres of land in Bedford to Nathan Hawley (Holley) of Ridgefield. On March 15, 1757 John Dibble was
one of 70 original purchasers of a large tract of land from the Stockbridge
Indians on Taughkanic
Mountain in Berkshire County, MA.
Between the years of 1755 & 1757 John may have resided in Salisbury, CT
near or with his older sister Mary (Dibble) Lee. It is likely John & Mary
Dibble’s remaining children were in fact born either in Bedford,
NY or Ridgefield,
CT. The youngest Daniel Dibble
born in 1754 was likely born in “the
Manor of Courtland” in Westchester
County. Taughkanic Mountain in Berkshire
County in the state of Massachusetts was not incorporated as the town of Mount Washington until
1779, five years after John’s death.
January 20, 1761 John & Mary Dibble’s
only daughter Abigail married Nathan Benjamin on Taughkanic Mountain, MA. Nathan & Abigail (Dibble) Benjamin
were the parents of five children born on Taughkanic Mountain between 1762 & 1770. In
October 1763 John Dibble Jr married Olive Henry or
Joyce and they were the parents of twelve children born on Taughkanic Mountain between 1764 & 1784. Samuel
Dibble married Lydia
about 1771. The lot of land owned by John Dibble in what is now the town of
Mount Washington in the most southwestern corner of the state of Massachusetts
included the Old Burial Ground known as the oldest cemetery of white settlers
in the county. John & Mary Dibble’s only daughter Abigail (Dibble) Benjamin
died September 7, 1772 on Taughkanic Mountain
leaving five small children and was buried on her father’s farm in the Old
Burial Ground. Her headstone is the oldest within the cemetery that survives
into modern day. John Dibble died August 1, 1773 on Taughkanic Mountain and was buried next to his
daughter in the Old Burial Ground on his farm.
The youngest son Daniel Dibble married
Sarah Patterson on Taughkanic Mountain
February 3, 1774. Sarah’s sister, Abigail Patterson married Daniel Lord, a
grandson of Mary (Dibble) Lee. It is possible that cousins Daniel Dibble and
Daniel Lord married their brides, who were sisters, on the same day. The
Patterson girls were sisters of Charles Patterson who purchased his first tract
of land on Taughkanic
Mountain from Samuel
Dibble in 1772.
All three sons of John & Mary
Dibble along with their widowed son-in-law served in the Revolutionary War from
Mount Washington. All were original town proprietors and
were heavily involved with the incorporation of the town.
In 1787 the northern part of John
Dibble’s farm in Mount Washington including
the Old Burial Ground was sold by the youngest son Daniel Dibble to his
brother-in-law Charles Patterson. John Dibble’s widow Mary died April 24, 1799
presumably in Mount Washington however a
headstone is not found for her in the Old Burial Ground. The burial location of
son Samuel Dibble is not known. John Dibble Jr and
his wife Olive were buried with his father John Dibble and sister Abigail
(Dibble) Benjamin in the Old Burial Ground. The youngest son Daniel Dibble
moved to Meredith, NY before the birth of his twelfth child in
1800 where his wife Sarah died in 1829 and him in 1842.
DIBBLE FAMILY TREE