This surname has taken on many variations through centuries

Example 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 of silver.

Crest a 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: unknown, 1900



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. 


Source: http://home.everestkc.net/4dbteague/passengersofthemaryandjohn.html



 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, MA.


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 find one.


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 in 1747.


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.



Mary (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 Redding, CT. 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, CT.


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.



John 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 children are:

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, CT

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.