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Robert Dibble

Robert Dibble (1) was a Puritan who is believed to have immigrated to America on the ship Recovery and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts, founded by the Massachusetts Bay Company. On March 31, 1633/4, a Robert Dible appeared on the list of passengers on the Recovery of London, who were preparing to depart for New England from Weymouth. (2) Not all of the passengers arrived in Massachusetts Bay, some may have decided not to sail. In the following year, on March 20, 1634/5, Robert’s son and daughter, Thomas Dible, husbandman [farmer], aged 22, and Francis Dible, soror [sister], aged 24, appeared on the passenger list of the ship Marygould preparing to depart for New England from Weymouth. (3)

Most, if not all, of the twenty-six passengers on the Recovery appear to have originated in the “West Country,” England’s contiguous counties of Dorsetshire, Somerset, and Devonshire. In fact, references to them are concentrated at the point where the three counties meet – as well as around the ports of Weymouth (from which they sailed) and Dorchester (eight miles inland from Weymouth). Robert Dibble is believed to have been from Weymouth in Dorsetshire. (4) This area also had a concentration of Puritan ministers with connections to Massachusetts. Among these was the Reverend John Warham, a vicar in Crewkerne, Somerset, just nine miles from the Devonshire border. (5)

Dorchester, now part of Boston, is the place that most, perhaps all, of the Recovery passengers first resided in America. The town records of new Dorchester offer the earliest documentation of colonial residence for many of the Recovery passengers. (7) Jonathan Gillette appears under April 17, 1635 (8) and Robert Dibble, under December 17, 1635. (9) Robert Dibell, early settler of the Massachusetts Bay Commonwealth, became a freeman at the General Court, May 6th, 1635. (10) He would have had to be admitted to the Dorchester church before he could become a freeman. He is said to have been fourth in the five Dorchester men to become a freeman. (11)

On December 17, 1635, the town of Dorchester “ordered that Robert Deeble shall have enlargement of two goad in length from his house upward, and that his son T[homas] Deeble shall have six goad next him, to go with a right line up from the pale before his house on condition for Thommas Deeble to build a house within one year or else to lose that goad granted him.” (12) “Robert Deeble and his son” to have thirty acres in the “great lots at the bounds betwixt Roxbury and Dorchester at the great hill,” 4 January 1635/6. (13) In the March 18, 1637 division of land, “Robert Deeble” received two acres and three-quarters and twenty-two rods in the neck and two acres and three-quarters and twenty rods in the Cow’s Pasture. (14)

On March 18, 1637, “Robert Deeble is chosen bailiff for half a year or till another be chosen and it is ordered that he shall levy all fines, rates and amercements for the plantation.” (15) “Good[man] Deeble shall be bailiff for this year,” February 13, 1638. (16) “It is ordered that Robert Deeble is to be continued bailiff for the year following with the same power according to the order of the former year,” October 31, 1639. (17) “There is granted to Robert Deeble 1 acre of land joining to his own home lot and next to Mr. Adderton’s towards the Dead Swamp,” October 31, 1639. (18) On February 7, 1641, Robert Deeble signed a Dorchester petition with regard to the establishment of a free school. (19) In an undated account of the constables, possibly from 1646, a Robert Deeble was paid £1. (20)

Robert was born circa 1586 (based on estimated date of marriage). He died after February 7, 1641 (21) (and possibly after the 1646 account of constables). Savage claimed that Robert Dibble “was living there [Dorchester] in 1652,” (22) but no evidence for this has been found. Savage’s entry for Robert: (23) “Robert, Dorchester 1634, writ. his name Deeble, freem. 6 May 1635, was liv. there in 1652.” Pope claims that Robert Dibble moved to Windsor, as did his son Thomas, but no record of Robert Dibble is found in Windsor, or elsewhere in Connecticut. Robert married circa 1611, his wife was not found in any New England record.

Robin Bush, former archivist of Somerset County record office, found the baptisms of three children of a Robert Dibble at St John’s, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, including a daughter “Frauncisca” baptized on June 17, 1609. (24) This entry, which may be Robert’s daughter Frances, is not sufficient to make the identification. These baptisms as published seem to contain some inaccuracies. In New Ancestral Discoveries, the baptism of a “Frauncisca, daughter of Robert Dibble,” June 17, 1605 at St. John’s, Glastonbury, Somerset is confirmed. (25) This Robert Dibble was of Dorchester, Massachusetts and was perhaps a passenger on the ship Mary & John. He is listed among those coming to New England before 1644 from the English Counties of Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall in English Ancestries of West Country “Planters” 1620-1643. (26)

Most of the information on the Dibble family comes from the work of VanBuren Lamb, Jr. (27) Lamb stated that Robert Deble and his son Thomas are mentioned in a land deed in Dorchester, Massachusetts December 17, 1635, in which Thomas is ordered to build a house within a year. This he probably did not do, for Thomas went to Windsor, Conn. with Mr. Warham who followed Thomas Hooker with the majority of his congregation. In Hotten’s “Original Lists” Thomas Deble age 22, husbandman, and Frances Deble age 24, sister, leave England in 1635 for Virginia. Pope reads “sister” as “soror,” and Bank’s reads “husbandman and sister” and says they left Weymouth in Dorset in March 1635 under Rev. Joseph Hull, and arrived May 5th at Wessaguscus, Massachusetts. This name was changed in May 1635 to Weymouth, Massachusetts. Robert Deeble’s signature as of 1641 appears on the frontspiece of Blake’s Annals of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1846.

Origins of the Dibble Family in England (28)

Positive Evidence: Robert Dibble [Deeble] lived at Glastonbury, Somerset, at least between 1605 and February 1610, when his son John (1605), and daughters Joanna (April 1609) and Francis (February 1610) were baptized at the church of St. John Baptist. It is likely that he moved shortly after the last event because there is no record of his son Thomas’ baptism anywhere, and Thomas (calculating from his age at emigration) must have been born in 1612 or 1613. The fact that we have the right family is proved because Francis’ age at emigration tallies with her baptismal date. The probability is that Thomas was baptized elsewhere after the family moved, but the record has not survived. It would have been likely to have survived at Glastonbury, where the records were carefully kept, unless his father, perhaps for religious reasons, avoided having him baptized. Most parents started their families shortly after marriage but as neither Robert’s marriage nor the baptism of earlier children is recorded at Glastonbury, it is fair guess he moved there shortly before 1605. There is no evidence of the family elsewhere in England before or after this until, Robert, probably with some of his family, emigrated from Weymouth, Dorset, to New England in the “Recovery of London” (Master, Gabriel Cornish) on 31st, March 1633 to be followed by Thomas and Francis from the same port on 20th March 1635.

History of the Dibble Family
By VanBuren Lamb, Jr., Summit, New York

“Robert Deeble was the first of this name in New England. He and his wife were early settlers of Dorchester, Mass. The first records of this town have been lost, but it is recorded that he was made freeman 6 May 1635. Robert and his wife (known only as goody deeble) evidently became members of the Dorchester Congregation which was formed in 1629 at the New Hospital in Plymouth, Eng. Some members of this congregation sailed from Plymouth and some from Weymouth, Eng. The ship in which Robert and his wife came to these shores is not known, but possibly they arrived 24 June 1633 with 78 other members of this Congregation, for the names of these passengers are not recorded. His son Thomas Deble age 22 with Frances Debel age 24 sorer (sister) did sail from Weymouth, Eng. on 20 Mar.1635. A Robert Dabyn age 28 arrived in New England the same year and was listed as a servant to Joseph Hall. There were probably other brothers and sisters during the Indian uprisings and massacres Abraham Dibol (of Haddam and later of Simsbury, Conn.), John Deble’s family of Springfield, Mass., and an Ebenezer Deble appear in Windsor, Conn. In close association with Thomas Deble.

“One record says Robert Deeble was a native of Somersetshire, Eng. but I can find no proof of this statement. However he is definitely from the West Counties of England where there are thousands of references to the family (with many variations of spelling) in the church records of Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and Cornwall. There were hundreds of Dibble wills preserved in the Bishop of Exeters files before War II, which I feel sure would have given our ancestry in England back to 1400, but they were all destroyed in the “Blitz”.

“We have few records of Robert and Thomas Deeble in Mass. The First Land record is for 4 Jan. 1635 when Thomas Deeble was to receive 30 acres of land in the divisions of the hill between Roxbury and Dorchester. In Mar. 1638 Robert was appointed baliff (tax collector) for Dorchester Church and continued in that post until 1641. The records for the Dorchester Church for 28 Feb. 1642 list Robert Deeble and goody deeble as original members. I have found no further record of them in New England, so it may be possible that they returned to England with other dissatisfied members of the Congregation, after their leader and many of their friends had removed to Windsor, Conn. Robert Deeble’s signature appears on the flyleaf of the History of Dorchestor, Mass. in a list of original proprietors. This and the fact that he was appointed bailiff is fair proof that he was a little better educated than some of the early colonists.”

According to Anderson, Robert’s children were:

Undocumented research lists these children of Robert:

Lamb listed the following proposed children of Robert of Dorchester:

Thomas Dibble

Thomas Dibble (Robert1) was among the first settlers of Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut in 1635. (39) He married Miriam/Mary Grant in 1635. (40) Thomas Dibble, Sen. was named in the 1675 probate inventory of Bygod Eggleston (Thomas’ granddaughter married Bygod’s grandson, Benjamin Eggleston). (41)

Another researcher gives this information on Thomas: (42) Thomas Dibble was born about 1613 in Weymouth, Somerset. He came to New England with his father in March, 1635. He was in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and on December 17, 1635 he was ordered to build with in a year. On November 10, 1635, at Windsor, Connecticut, he married Miriam or Mary Grant, who was born circa 1614 and died May 14, 1681 at Windsor. He married second June 25, 1683, in Windsor, the widow Elizabeth Hawke Hensdale, ca 1629-1689. He died in Windsor October 17, 1700.

Savage gave the following information: (43) Thomas, Dorchester, perhaps s. of Robert, freem. 17 May 1637, rem. early to Windsor, and in Apr. 1640 was adm. freem. of Conn. had Israel, b. 29 Aug. 1637; Samuel, wh. d. 31 May 1641; Ebenezer, bapt. 26 Sept. 1641; Hepzibah, 25 Dec. 1642; Samuel, again, 24 Mar. 1644; Miriam, 7 Dec. 1645; Thomas, b. 3 Sept. 1647; and Joanna, 1 Feb. 1650, d. soon; and his w. d. 14 May 1681. He m. 25 June 1683, Elizabeth the wid. of Robert Hinsdale, wh. d. 25 Sept. 1689. All the s. had fams.; And he d. at great age, 17 Oct. 1700. Hepzibah m. 15 Apr. 1664, Samuel Gibbs; and Miriam m. 14 Dec. 1676, the sec. Jonathan Gillet, as his sec. w.

The first settlers of Windsor were, Mr. John Warham, who laid the foundation of the church there, in 1635; . . . Matthew Grant, Thomas Dibble, . . . Nathan Gillett, Jonathan Gillett, . . . Bigget Egglestone, . . . Others arrived at different times until 1639, when the Rev. Ephraim Huit came from England, and was settled as a colleague with Mr. Warham, at Windsor, in 1639. . . . On his way to Windsor he was joined in Massachusetts by others, who accompanied him, viz: . . . Richard Aldage (Oldage?), . . . (44)

Dibble, Thomas, Windsor had children, Israel, born in 1637; Ebenezer in ‘41; Hepzibah in ‘42; Samuel, baptized, in ‘43; Miriam, baptized, in ‘45; Thomas, born in ‘47. One of the sons married Elizabeth Hull, in ‘61; Ebenezer married Mary Wakefield, in ‘63, and had Mary, Wakefield, John, and Ebenezer; Samuel married Hepzibah Bartlett, and had (Abigail by a former wife in ‘66,) Hepzibah in ‘69; Joanna in ‘72; Samuel in ‘75, (died) and a 2d Samuel in ‘80. Thomas, married Mary Tucker, and had Mary, born in ‘63, Thomas in ‘77, and Mary in ‘80.

A few Families of Windsor, from Record. Thomas Dibble m. in 1635, and had four sons, and two daughters. Ebenezer, son of Thomas, m. Mary Wakefield, Oct. 27, 1663, and had three sons and two daughters; Samuel, son of Thomas, m. Hepzibah Bartlett, Jan. 29, 1665, and had three daughters, and two sons, Samuel and another.

The will of Thomas Dibble. (45) Invt. œ60-14-01. Taken 1st November, 1700, by Samuel Cross, Nathaniel Gaylord and Alexander Allen. Will dated 17 February, 1699-1700: I, Thomas Dibble, Sen., of Windsor, doe make this my last will and testament: Imprimis: To my son Samuel and his wife I give the north half part of my orchard whereon he liveth, during his natural life, and the remainder to his son Samuel. To my son Thomas Dibble and his wife I give the other half of my orchard during life, and the remainder to his son Abram. Item. I give to my daughter Miriam Gillett that two acres of meadow she now possesseth. Item. To my said daughter Miriam I give, for the use of her son, my best broadcloth coat, hatt and breeches. All the rest of my apparrel to be divided, two parts to my sons Samuel and Thomas, the other part to be to my grandsons Josiah Dibble and Wakefield Dibble. I appoint Mr. John Elliot and son-in-law Samuel Gibbs to be executors. Thomas X Dibble, Senior. Witness: John Eliot, Alexander Allin.

A schedule, expressing the form and manner how I would have my household stuffe and other moveables disposed and divided, is as follows: To my daughter Miriam 2 pewter basons, 1 platter, 1 quart pot, two porringers, one saucer, one dram cup, a chafendish, a choping knife, 2 old skilletts, a settle, and the cest (chest) that use to stand by my bedside, five yards of tow cloth and 40 shillings in pay, to be paid by my son-in-law Samuel Gibbs out of that he oweth me. To my grand daughter, Eliza: Gibbs, the bedstead, feather bed, and all thereto appertaining, which is in the parlour, 1 iron pot and crooks, best table, and box with lock and key, 3 chairs, best brush, 1 square basket, one pressing iron, best shears, one bodkin, pair stillyards. To Experience Gibbs, 1 iron kettle, 2 chairs, an old chest, the trundle bedstead, bed and green rug, best and worst pillows, 1 little table and a gridiron. To Mirriam Gibbs, the worst of ye beds and bedstead, 1 blue rug, one of the best pillows, the bolster, 2 blankets, the worst table and a little basket. To Hepzibah Dickson, a brass candlestick. To Palidence Denslow, a half pint cup and a corn bowl. To Joanna Loomis, 2 smoothing irons and a pair of pot hooks. To the Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather, Senior, my gun and sword and my andirons, tongs and spit. Thomas X Dibble, Senior. Witness: John Eliott, Alexander Allin. Court Record, Page 3 - 13 November, 1700: Will proven.

Thomas did not name his wife in the will, presumably she had died. He did name:

Son Samuel and wife and Samuel’s son, Samuel
Son Thomas and wife and Thomas’ son Abram (Abraham?)
Daughter Miriam Gillett and her son
Grandsons Josiah Dibble and Wakefield Dibble (Wakefield was a son of Ebenezer Dibble, unsure about Josiah)
Grand daughter Eliza (Gibbs? possibly child of Samuel Gibbs and Hepisbah Dibble)
Son-in-law Samuel Gibbs (married daughter Hepisbah Dibble)
Experience Gibbs (child of Samuel Gibbs and Hepisbah Dibble)
Miriam Gibbs (child of Samuel Gibbs and Hepisbah Dibble)
Hepzibah Dickson (child of Samuel Gibbs and Hepisbah Dibble)
Palidence Denslow (child of Samuel Gibbs and Hepisbah Dibble)
Joanna Loomis (child of Samuel Gibbs and Hepisbah Dibble)
Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather (third ordained minister of Windsor).

Lamb gave the following information on Thomas Sr. Thomas Deble, son of Robert of Dorchester was born circa 1613 and died on October 17, 1700, Windsor, Connecticut. He married (1) Mary or Miriam who died on May 14, 1681, Windsor, Connecticut. [Note: her maiden name might be Ford or she may be Frances Grant] There may be a connection between his wife and Thomas Ford whose daughters were Hepsibah, Joanna and Miriam, but no proof has yet been found. He married (2) Elizabeth, widow of John Hawke and Robert Hensdale, on June 25, 1683 (see below). Elizabeth died on September 25, 1689, Windsor, Connecticut.

Lamb noted that the Windsor, Connecticut records and Matthew Grant’s Diary contain many reference to Thomas Deble. In the latter for 1677 is a list of “those that came here with us from Dorchester and are still with us, - Thos. Deble Sen., sister Deble . . . “ Town Votes 2-7 “Those of the Dragones that have received pouches of Thomas Deble which he got made and is to be paid by yet town.” MGD, p. 88 “Persons who gave to the poor of other colonies - Thomas Deble Sen. and Abram Deble.” p. 146 Ratable List of 1686 - “house and land 3 acs yt was John Dibles 13:00.”

Lamb stated that in 1640 Thomas was granted land of the Plantation on which he built a house which he sold to Robert Watson. In 1670 he bought the William Hubbard house on the Palisade between Matthew Grant and _?_ Phillips. Bygod Eggleston’s house was nearby.

Lamb related information on Thomas’ second wife, Elizabeth Hawke Hinsdale: (46) “Deacon Robert Hinsdale and his three sons, Samuel, Barnabas and John, were slain in the ever memorable fight with the Indians at Muddy (afterwards called Bloody) Brook, near Deerfield, where from ambush, some seven hundred Indians, under King Phillip, attacked and killed nearly everyone of the little band of whites, led by Captain Thomas Lathrop, about one hundred in number, September 18, 1675. By this slaughter, eight women of Deerfield were made widows, one, the wife of the Captain, and four, the wives of Robert and his three sons. All the slain were “buried in one dreadful grave.” A corner-stone of a marble monument, twenty-six feet in height, was laid in memory of the slain, September 30, 1835, on which occasion the Hon. Edward Everett delivered an impressive discourse, found among his published orations. The monument was completed in August, 1838. The following is the inscription upon the tablet of the Monument: ‘On this ground, Capt. Thomas Lathrop and eighty men under his command, including eighteen teamsters from Deerfield, conveying stores from that town to Hadley, were ambushed by about seven hundred Indians and the Captain and seventy-six men slain, September 18th, 1675.&rsqup; (Old style.)

“The inventory of Robert Hinsdale’s estate was taken October 22, 1676. His son, Ephraim, was surety for the widow Elizabeth. Deacon Robert Hinsdale married as his first wife, probably in England, Ann Woodward, daughter or Petter Woodward of Dedham, By whom he had six sons and two daughters, probably all born in Dedham. She was a sensitive and timid woman, and fainted away on making profession of her faith before the church at Dedham June 2, 1639. The Puritan method of admission to church membership was by public profession of faith and confession of sin before the congregation, an ordeal trying to the timid and now fortunately obsolete. The church records relate: ‘The wife of our brother Hinsdale being fearful and not able to speak in publike, but fainting awayhere, coming to church in private gave good satisfaction; which being publickly testified and declared, and she confirming the same relation to be so, was received.’ She died June 4, 1666, and he married, second, about 1668, Elizabeth, widow of John Haeks of Hadley, by whom he had no issue, She was a woman of different mold from Ann. The union did not prove a happy one and they soon parted. At the court held March 30, 1674, they were ‘presented for living asunder contrary to law,’ also charged ‘with lascivious and wanton carrage;’ on the examination, she refused to answer and appears to have got off clear; he said the ‘did it as being her head and having the rule of her in the Pointe and that he did it for her correction or her disorder towards him.’ The court held he had ‘broken the Perfect rule of divine law Mal. 2:16; Matt. 19:6; and 1 Peter 3: 7 & the law of the Colony in the intent if not in the letter in the first living asunder,’ and ordered him ‘whipped ten stripes on the naked body’ and imposed a fine for which his sons became responsible and which the court refused to remit after his tragic death. On June 25, 1683, his [Robert Hensdale] widow Elizabeth married Thomas Dibble of Windsor, Conn., and died September 25, 1689.”

The children of Thomas and Mary/Miriam were:

Perry says the children went to Easthampton, Long Island but Connecticut Hartford County Court Records 17-146 says Josiah Dibble late of Windsor now of Saybrook, September 5, 1700. Savage gives the following information: (47) Israel [Dible-JG], Windsor, eldest s. of Thomas, m. 28 Nov. 1661, Elizabeth d. of Josiah Hull, had Josiah, b. 15 May 1667; Thomas, 16 Sept. 1670; Elizabeth 27 Mar. 1673; George, 26 Jan. 1676; John, 18 Apr. 1678, d. in six mos. and the f. d. 12 Dec. 1697.

Samuel Dibble was called of Long Island before 1683 when his daughter Abigail married George Hayes. When his daughter Mindwell married Thomas Barnes in 1702 she was called of East Hampton. Savage’s entry for Samuel: (51) Samuel, Stamford 1667, S. of John. Samuel, Simsbury, br. of Israel, by first w. had Abigail, b. 19 Jan. 1666; and he m. 21 Jan. 1669, sec. w. Hepzibah, d. of John Bartlett, had Hepzibah, b. 19 Dec. 1669; Joanna, 14 Oct. 1672; Samuel, 13 Apr. 1675, d. soon; Samuel, again, 4 May 1677; Mindwell, 17 Feb. 1681; Thankful, 19 June 1685; and Patience, 25 Oct. 1687. In Geneal. Reg. V. 66, two of the ch. have dif. names from these. His w. d. Dec. 1701.

Family of Miriam Grant (54)

The father of Miriam is said to have been John Grant, born on May 6, 1573 in Roxby, Yorkshire, England. John married Alice Turberville on July 7, 1600 in Roxby. Alice was born in 1577 in Woolbridge, Dorsetshire, England, and died on May 31, 1640 in England. Their daughter was Miriam Grant, born in 1614, buried on May 14, 1681. Her name may have been Mary or Frances.

The son of John and Alice is said to have been Matthew Grant, born on October 27, 1601 at Woolbridge and died on December 16, 1681 at Windsor, Connecticut. Matthew married Priscilla Grey, on November 16, 1625. Priscilla died in 1644 in Windsor, and Matthew then married Susannah Capen on May 29, 1645 in Windsor. The will of Matthew does mention Thomas Dibble, who also witnessed his will and provides support for the relationship between Miriam and Matthew Grant: (55) Will of Matthew Grant of Windsor, Connecticut, December 9, 1681. I Matthew Grant of Windsor, beinge aged and under present weakness, yet of Competency of understandinge, doe by this declare my Last Will concerning the dispose of my Estate as followeth: 1st, I doe declare that my son Samuel, my eldest son, is already satisfied with the portion I made over to him in Lands already recorded to him, and that is my will concerning him. 2dly, Concerninge my son Tahan, my will is that he shall have as a legassy, payd to hime in Country paye by my son John, the full some of five pounds, and this to bee payd two yeers after my decease. Alsoe I doe appoynt hime to gather upp all the debts oweinge to me in this towne or elsewhere, and my will is hee my son Tahan shall have them for his owne. 3dly, my will is that my son John, with whome I have lived some time, I doe give to hime all my meadow land in the great meadow; also I give to hime my pasture land lyeinge belowe the hill agaynst Thomas Dibles home lott and my owne. Alsoe, I doe give hime, the sayd John, my home lott and orchard with the ould houseinge which I built before hee came to dwell in itt. Alsoe I doe give to hime my wood lott lyeing in the quarter lotts. Alsoe I give to my son John all the rest of my estate exceptinge my wearinge cloathes. My son John shall paye to my son Tahan five pounds as is already expressed in my will concerninge hime, at the time and manner afforesayd, and alsoe unto my Daughter Humphreys five pounds in Country pay, two yeers after my decease. Alsoe my will is and I doe give my Daughter Humphrey as a Legassy five pownds, to bee payde in country paye two yeers after my decease. Alsoe I doe make my son John sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament. As Witness my Hand: Matthew Grant. Ls. Witness: John Loomys senr, Thomas X Dibble. Invt. 118-18-06. Taken 10 January, 1681-2, by Thomas Dible sen., John Loomis. Court Record, Page 51 - 2 March, 1681-2: Will proven.

Matthew Grant was one of the original company who came to Dorchester in 1630 in the Mary and John. He was admitted a freeman on May 18, 1631 in Dorchester. His name appeared on the Dorchester records as late as November 2, 1635, though he was among those who went, in 1635, to prepare their new homes at Windsor, it is not likely that his wife and children left Dorchester before 18 April 1636. He was the second town clerk in Windsor, also the first and for many years the principal surveyor, a prominent man in the church. In 1654 he compiled A Book of Records of Town Ways in Windsor. He was also the compiler of the Old Church Record, which has furnished the basis for the histories of most of the families of ancient Windsor. His children were: Priscilla, Matthew, Samuel (ancestor of Ulysses S. Grant), Tahan, and John.

Ebenezer Dibble

Ebenezer Dibble (Thomas2, Robert1) was born on September 26, 1641, Windsor and died on December 19, 1675 in the Swamp Fight. He married Mary Wakefield on October 27, 1663, possibly at Windsor. Mary was the daughter of John and Ann Wakefield, born August 24, 1645, New Haven and died September 24, 1705, possibly at Windsor. After Ebenezer died, she married James Hiller, possibly on June 15, 1667.

Another researcher provided more information on Ebenezer: (56) Ebenezer Dibble (1641-1675) was killed December 19, 1675 in the Great Swamp Fight in King Phillip’s War. Both New Haven and Windsor arranged for the care of the widow and small children. His inventory of estate and bond were filed February 11, 1676.

“. . . he [Ebenezer] was killed in the Great Swamp Fight by the Narragansett Indians during King Philip’s War, dying 19 Dec 1675, 34 years. The battle in which Ebenezer was killed was especially bloody. Forces from Plymouth and Massachusetts were present with the Connecticut Volunteers. Ebenezer died insolvent, with debts exceeding his estate. The inventory of his estate is preserved at the Connecticut State Library at Hartford; it mentions widow Mary, and gives the names and ages of their seven children. The inventory was taken 11 Feb. 1676. The following letter from a Mr. Jones to Governor Lute is indicative of the plight of Ebenezer’s widow: ‘Sir, I pray be pleased what you can to favor and further the bearer, the Widow Dibble, that her husband’s estate may be settled. He was killed at the Swamp Fight, died in debt more than his estate. ‘Twere a work of mercy to consider the poor widow and fatherless children.’ ” (57)

The children of Ebenezer and Mary were:

Savage confirms the information above with a few differences: (58) Ebenezer [Dibble], Windsor, s. of Thomas, m. 27 Oct. 1663, Mary Wakefield, d. of John, had Mary, b. 27 Dec. 1664; Wakefield, 15 Sept. 1667; Martha, 10 Mar. 1670, d. young; Ebenezer, 18 Aug. 1671; and John, 9 Feb. 1674; was k. by the Ind. in Philip’s war at the gr. swamp fight 19 Dec. 1675. His wid. m. 1677, James Hillier; and d. Mary m. 10 May 1681, John Enno.

Parsons gives the following information: (59) Deble, Ebenezer [Simsbury], m. Mary Wakefield 27 Oct 1663; children: Mary, b. 24 Dec 1664; Wakefield, b. 15 Sep 1667; Martha, b. 10 Mar 1669; John, b. 9 Feb 1673; Ebenezer, b. 18 Aug 1671.

Wakefield, son of Ebenezer

A newspaper article on Ebenezer’s son, Wakefield, gives family information. (60)

“Lieut. John Dibble and his wife Sarah are listed among the 71 families which made up the First Ecclesiastical society of Bethel . . . First members of the Dibble family to come to America are said to have been two brothers, Thomas and Robert Dibble of Dorchester, England. . . . Thomas Dibble migrated to the Windsor colony in Connecticut about 1635. Wakefield Dibble, a grandson of Thomas moved from Windsor colony to Danbury about 1703. He was the father of Lieut. John Dibble, born 1709, who died in 1790. The original will of Wakefield is filed in the state library at Hartford, and in this will he mentions his son John who has property at Pocono between Danbury and Newtown.

“These towns both extended into what is now Brookfield center. The Pocono section was the domain of the Indian sachem Pocono and included both sides of the Still River in the southwest part of Brookfield, later known as Bound Swamp, and continued through to Stony Hill. Brookfield was originally named Newbury, which was made up from syllable taken from each of the towns, Newtown and Danbury. It was incorporated in 1788 when land was ceded by Newtown, New Milford and Danbury. The land ceded by Danbury included part of the Pocono area and a number of Dibble families lived there and appeared often in Brookfield history.

“Both Lieut. John Dibble and his wife Sarah are buried in the Congregational churchyard in Bethel. John was named a deacon of the church in 1771. He signed his name “John Dibel.” This couple were the parents of nine children, one of whom was Samuel Dibble, born in 1743, who died in 1821. Samuel Dibble was the father of ten or 11 children, although the record is not clear on this. His son, Samuel who was born in 1769 and died in 1860, was the father of five sons and two daughters. Two of the sons, Andrew and Philander, moved to South Carolina . . . Horace, another son, died in his youth from a fall from a horse.”

Wakefield Dibble married Jane Flyer/Filer. Their children may have been: Ebenezer (in will), Ezra (in will), Nehemiah (in will), John (in will), Ezra (possible), May (possible), Sarah (possible), Abigail (possible), Experience (possible), Elizabeth (possible), Ebenezer (possible), Daniel (possible), Joseph (possible).

“The will of Wakefield Dibble , of Danbury , dated in Stratfield , January 31st, 1733-34 , mentions “sons Ebenezer , Ezra (oldest son), Nehemiah (he is very lame), John (has property at Pocono , between Danbury and Newtown ).” His will was probated on May 2, 1734. (61) The abstract of his will names his wife and children: (62) “Dibble, Wakefield, late of Danbury, will dated Jan. 31, 1733/4, probated may 2, 1734, mentioned his wife Jane, and children Ebenezer, Elizabeth Star, Sarah Hurd, Abigail Star, Experience Dibble, Ezra, Nehemiah, John and Mary Hiccock, a deceased daughter. Executors his sons Ezra, John, and Nehemiah. Witnesses David Sherman, Jr., Samuel Cooke, and Abigail Cooke.”

Wakefield 1667 - 1733?
... Nehemiah 1706 - 1774
...... Nehemiah 1741 -
......... Ezra married Clarissa Weed 1808 (63)
............William H. 1811 -

“William H. Dibble, son of Ezra and Clarissa (Weed) Dibble, was born in Stamford, Jan. 4, 1811. His paternal grandfather, Nehemiah, lived in Danbury, where also resided his two brothers, Daniel and Joseph. All were noted for longevity, Nehemiah dying aged about ninety, Daniel about ninety-five, and Joseph in his one hundred and first year. During the Revolution, Gen. Tryon, in command of British troops, visited Danbury and burned the entire village with the exception of Nehemiah’s house, which he made his headquarters. This house was taken down about 1870, and many people came to secure pieces as relics of the olden time. Ezra, son of Nehemiah, was born in Danbury, and, after learning the hatter’s trade there, came to Stamford and established a hat-manufactory, marrying, Dec. 25, 1808, Clarissa daughter of Benjamin Weed, of an old Stamford family. Her father was an officer in the Revolution, where he received three bullets, which he carried during life.” (64)

Dible, Ezra, late of Danbury, Mch. 5, 1739/40, Rebecca Dibble, a daughter of decedent, made choice of John Benedict of Danbury to be her guardian; Comfort Starr of Danbury appointed guardian of Freelove, another daughter of decedent; Wakefield, a son of decedent, made choice of Josiah Starr of Danbury to be his guardian; and Samuel Starr of Danbury appointed guardian of Elisha, another son of decedent, pages 214 and 216. Feb. 2, 1747/8, estate distributed by James Beebe, John Gregory and Thomas Barnum according to his will, to his widow her part, and children Weakfield, Elisha, John, Rebecca Taylor and Freelove Noble; Elizabeth the youngest daughter an infant, died soon after her father, page 392. (65)

Dibble - P. T. Barnum Connection(66)

Wakefield Dibble
... John (Lt. John), b. 1708 Danbury
...... Samuel b. December 8, 1742, m. Trowbridge
......... Salome, b. June 5, 1767

Ephraim Barnum born 1710 in Danbury married Mehetabel Starr, born 1712 in Danbury.
... Matthew Barnum, born 1736, married Jane Dibble 1744 - 1820, daughter of Lieut. John Dibble, married on November 27, 1760. (67)
...... Ephraim Barnum, born in 1733 in Danbury, married (1) Keziah Covell in 1753, (2) Rachel Starr in 1776.
......... Philo Barnum, born in 1778 (mother Rachel Starr).
............ Phineas T. Barnum
......... Joseph Barnum (68) born 1761 (mother Keziah Covell) m. (1) Salome Dibble, (2) Miriam Dibble

Jane Fyler, wife of Wakefield Dibble (69)

Jane Fyler was the granddaughter of another founder of Windsor, Connecticut. Her father was Walter Fyler who is believed to have come to New England on the Mary and John in 1630 with the group led by Rev. Warham. He was accompanied by his wife, Jane Irving, a sister, Anne Fyler, a brother Samuel Fyler and a nephew, George Fyler. They first settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where Walter Fyler became a freeman May 14, 1634. (Some believe that he was probably indentured to pay for his passage) He joined the Dorchester group that went with Rev. John Warham to found Windsor, Connecticut. Walter served in the Pequot war for which he was later granted land. In 1640 he was granted lots at the south end of the green where he built a home. The original part of his house, built around 1640 inside the Palisado at Windsor, is still standing. The home has been restored and is now a museum and the Windsor Historical Society’s headquarters.

By 1641 he owned 241 acres of land and when he died he owned 633 acres. He was the original customs officer to check over the manifests of the few ships that sailed up as far as Windsor. He represented Windsor as a Deputy in the General Court from 1647, 1661-63. In 1654 he charged Rev Stone of Hartford with breach of fundamental law and the elders of Hartford with general sin and wickedness. He could not prove his case in court and it was dismissed. In 1662 he helped to acquit Elizabeth Seager (wife or Richard Seager) of the charge of witchcraft. In 1675 he recommended to the government, the use of dogs, in fighting Indians. He wrote, “If an Indian, worthy to die, were baited by our fiercest dogs, and fed with their flesh and so kept, it would be a terror.”

A story about Walter’s wife, Jane, illustrates life in early Windsor: (70) “Three women, vis. , the wives of Lt. Filer, and of John Drake, and Nathaniel Lomas, having crossed the Connecticut river upon a necessary and neighborly account and undoubtedly to attend a woman in labor – [H. R. S.] and having done the work they went for, were desiring to return to their own families, the river, being at that time partly shut up with ice, old and new, and partly open. There being some pains taken a forehand to cut away through the ice, the three women above the said then got into a canoe, with whom also there was Nathaniel Bissell and an Indian. There was likewise an other canoe with two men in it, that went before them to help them, in case they should meet with any distress, which indeed quickly came upon them, for just as they were getting out of the narrow passage between the ice, being near the middle of the river, a greater part of the upper ice came down upon them, and struck the end of the canoe and broke it into pieces so that it quickly sunk under them. The Indian speedily got upon the ice, but Nathaniel Bissell and the above said women were left floating in the middle of the river, being cut off from all manner of human help besides what did arise of from themselves, and the two men in the little canoe, which was so small that three persons durst seldom, if ever, venture in it. They were indeed discerned from one shore, but the danger ice would not admit from either short one to come to them. All things thus circumstanced ahead, the suddeness of the stroke and distress which is apt to amaze men especially when no less than life is concerned, the extreme coldness of the weather, it being a sharp season, that persons out of the water were in danger of freezing, the inaptness of person to help themselves, being mostly women, one big with child, and near the time of her travail (who also was carried away under the ice), the other as unskilled and inactive to do anything for self-preservation as almost any could be, the waters deep, that there was no hope of footing, no passage to either shore in any eye of reason, neither with their little canoes, by reason of the ice, nor with out it, the ice being thin and rotten, and full of holes. Now that all should be brought off safely without the loss life, or wrong to health, was counted in the day of it a Remarkable Providence. To say how was done is difficult, yet, something of the manner of the deliverance maybe mentioned. The above said Nathaniel Bissell, perceiving their danger and been active in swimming, endeavored what might be the preservation of himself and some others; he strove to have swam to the upper ice, but the stream being too hard, he was forced downward to the lower ice, where by reason of slipperyness the ice, and the disadvantage of the stream, he found it difficult getting up; at length, by the good hand of Providence, being gotten upon the ice, he saw one of the women swimming down under the ice, and perceiving a whole or open place some few rods below there, he watched and took her up as she swam in long. The other two women were in the river tell the two men in the little canoe came for their release. At length all of them got their heads above water, and had a little time to pause, though a long and difficult way to any shore, but by getting their little canoe upon the ice, and carrying one at a time over hazardous places they did (though in a long while) get all safe to the short from whence they came.”

Walter Fyler had two sons, John and Zeruable. John had no children, but Zeruable’s daughter was Jane Fyler, born June 11, 1671, who married Wakefield Dibble. Jane was mentioned in John Fyler’s will. (71) John died October 9, 1723 leaving no widow and no children. His large estate was to be divided among his brother’s children. An agreement between the heirs was signed April 23, 1726: Thomas Filer, Stephen Filer, Zerubable Filer to Wakefield Dibble’s wife Jane; to Abigail, wife of Jonathan Deming, Experience Filer, Elizabeth, wife of Joshiah Willard and to heirs of Samuel, dec’d, dividing lands in Torrington, that heirs of Thomas Filer to have 2/9 and Stephen Filer to have 1/7 T’ 1/2 and the remainder to be equally divided between Zerubable Filer and the heirs of Jane Dibble, dec’d and the heirs of Abigail Deming, dec’d, and the heirs of Samuel, dec’d. In confirmation we set our hand whereas Silas Filer doth represent (by purchase) Thomas Filer. Stephen Filer and Zerubable Filer dated in Windsor Sep 21, 1759. Silas Filer, Johnathan Hoit Jr, Samuel Filer, Johnathan Sackett, Nathaniel Higley, Charles Deming, Abigail Deming and Ebenezer Goodrich.

Thomas Dibble

Thomas Dibble (Thomas2, Robert1) was born on September 3, 1647 in Windsor, Connecticut. Thomas married Mary Tucker on October 10, 1676 in Windsor, Connecticut. (72) Mary was born on October 4, 1653 in England. Mary may have been born on October 14, 1653 in Clifton Reynes, Buckinghamshire, England or October 4, 1653 in Warwickshire, England. Mary married (2) _?_ Pryor before 1719. Savage gives the following for Thomas Jr.: (73) Thomas, Windsor, s. of the preced. [Thomas] m. 10 Oct. 1676, Mary Tucker, wh. was b. 4 Oct. 1653, in Eng. says the fam. rec. had Thomas, b. 21 Aug. 1677; a ch. 30 July 1679, d. bef. b.; and Mary, 9 Aug. 1680, d. young; Abraham, 1684; George, 1687; and Mary, 1689.

Thomas may have first married a Mary Drake. He would have been twenty-nine when he married Mary Tucker. Lamb also stated that Thomas Jr. may have married a Drake for he is bequeathed land by Jacob Drake in 1699 at which time he is called a cooper. (74) An undocumented source states that Mary Drake was born circa 1660 and died after 1719. She was the daughter of Jacob Drake who, in 1699, bequeathed land to Thomas Dibble. After Thomas’ death, she remarried a Mr. Pryor in 1719. (75)

Page 22-3-4 Name: Jacob Drake. Location: Windsor. Invt. œ551-14-09. Taken 25 September, 1689, by Daniel Clarke sen., John Moore. Will dated 2 August, 1689. The last Will & Testament of Jacob Drake: I give to Mary my wife the Use of all my Real and Personal Estate during her natural life, and at her death to dispose of œ100 of my Personal Estate to whom she pleaseth. I give unto Nathaniel Gaylord’s two Children, Hezekiah & Nathaniel, my Lott beyond Rocky Hill, about 26 acres; & unto Nathaniel Gaylord I give 2 acres of Land next adjoining to his Meadow Land on the South side. I give unto Jacob Drake, son of Job Drake, all my Houseing and Homested, with Land that was my Father Drake’s and that which was purchased of Mr. Saint Niccolases Overseers. I give to John Elderkin the Lott over the Great River that is commonly called Fellows Lott, he paying his sister Bashua œ10, and Abigail Due’s 3 Children, Israel, Mary & Joseph, œ10 apeice. I give to my Cousin John Gaylord, son of Sargt Gaylord, a Lott on the East side of the River called Hoskins Lott, bounded North by John Birge, south by Land of Thomas Bissell. I give to my Brother Job Drake half the Lott that was my Father Drake’s lying above Namerick, the other half I give to Nathaniel Gaylord. I give to Thomas Deble the Lott that I purchased of Prior, at the age of 21 years. I give to Joseph Elderkin 3 1/2 acres in the Great Meadow, bounded south by Nicholas Buckland, North by Abram Phelps. I give to Joseph Drake, son of John Drake, 2 acres of Land in the Great Meadow, South Samuel Marshall’s, North Nathaniel Winchell’s. I give to Nathaniel Gaylord 15 acres upon the Pine Meadow Playne, which I bought of Humphrey Pinney. I appoint my wife and Cousin Job Drake Jr. to be Adms. on the Estate, and desire my Brother Drake, Abraham Phelps, Nathaniel Gaylord, and my Cousin Job Drake to be Overseers. Jacob Drake. Witness: Abraham Phelps, Job Drake sen. Court Record, Page 6 - 11 November, 1689: Will Proven. Page 26 - 5 March, 1690-1: A Report to this Court that the Estate will not hold out to pay all the debts and Legacies, the Court orders to first pay the debts and distribute to the Legatees (Pro Rata.)

Lamb listed the following children for Thomas Jr. and Mary Tucker:


“Hotten’s Lists.” The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600-1700. From Mss. Preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty’s Public Record Office, England. Edited by John Camden Hotten. Chatto and Windus, Publishers, London, England, 1874. (Also reprinted by G.A. Baker & Co., Inc., New York, 1931.) Notes: This book provides a transcription from a wide variety of original source lists. Some are lists of those having taken the required oath of conformity and allegiance to the Church and Crown. These lists are for those embarking on specific ships, with dates of embarkation given (often well ahead of the actual date of sailing, which is rarely specified). Other lists provide other information regarding emigrants and matters of general interest, but also do provide some scattered information about ship voyages for people listed. That portion of Hotten’s lists “... During One Whole Year, Ending Christmas, 1635” is an accurate transcription of Public Record Office, Class E 157/20, ff.7v-8v, 2 January 1634/5. Note: At least one commercial CD version is known to contain significant errors and differences from the original records.

GMN - Great Migration Newsletter

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Editor, Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686, Boston: W. White, 1853-1854. Hereinafter cited as MBCR.

Records of the governor and company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England.

Boston, W. White, printer to the Commonwealth. 1853-54, Vols. 1-5; Printed by order of the legislature. Ed. by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff...; 5 vols. in 6.

DTR - Fourth Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston. 1880. Dorchester Town Records. (Boston 1883 DORCHESTER TOWN RECORDS (MASSACHUSETTS) - The Record Commissioners of the City of Boston (1883) Comprises the first volume of public records for the town of Dorchester, dated as early as the 1630’s and extending to the end of the 17th century. Dorchester Town Records [1632-1686]: Fourth Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston - (1880, 1883), The town of Dorchester, Massachusetts, is now part of the city of Boston. In 1880 the city fathers authorized the publication of some of the oldest records of the old town of Dorchester, spanning the period 1632-1686. Entries list the towns freemen with an indication of their acreage and livestock.


1 Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. Hereinafter cited as Anderson.

2 National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 71:171, 77:250. Hereinafter cited as NGSQ. Cited in Anderson. Passengers of the Recovery, Master Gabriel Cornish, Voyage of 1633 (information was transcribed in the 19th century by James Savage, and later by Michael Tepper from records found in London, the Public Rolls Office, PRO:E190/875/8). Online at, accessed May 2004. On this list were Thomas Newbery, Thomas Long, David Phippen, Jonathan Gillet, Elizabeth Parkman, Mary Coggen, Thomas Wakeley, Daniel Norchat, Joseph Androes, Robert Dible, John Pope, Stephen Terrey, Robert Elwell, John Wotts, William Bowne, John Hardy, Sarah Hill, John Woolcocke, Thomas Shawe, Antony Eames, Thomas Swift, George Pl___, Thomas Biscomb, Ezechia Hore, John Elderman, and John Pinny.

3 John Camden Hotten, Editor, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, London, England: Chatto and Windus, 1874, 285. Hereinafter referred to as Hotten. Cited in Anderson. Great Migration Newsletter, 7:9 (published by the Great Migration Study Project). Hereinafter referred to as GMN. [Hotten 285; GMN 7:9]. The Marygould - 1635 has been published in “West Country Ships and Passengers, 1620-1643,” Passengers of the Mary and John 1630, Vol. 20, Toledo, OH: Mary and John Clearing House.

4 Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts (1900, reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1981), 138; Meredith B. Colket, Jr., F.A.S.G., Founders of Early American Families (rev. ed.; Cleveland, Ohio: The General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1985), 239.

5 Burton W. Spear, Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630, 11 vols. (Toledo, Ohio: The compiler, 1895), 1:2.

6 Duplicate of endnote no. 4, deleted in text. Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts

7 John Plummer, Settlement Patterns of the Recovery Passengers, online at, accessed May 2004.

8 Dorchester Town Records, 11.

9 Dorchester Town Records, 13.

10 The Freemen of Massachusetts Bay 1630 - 1636, Winthrop Society. Online at, accessed May 2004.

11 Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Editor, Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686, Boston: W. White, 1853-1854, 1:371. Cited in Anderson. Hereinafter cited as MBCR.

12 Dorchester Town Records [1632-1686]: Fourth Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, 1880, 1883, 13. Cited in Anderson. Hereinafter cited as DTR (Anderson), e.g., DTR 13.

13 DTR (Anderson) 14.

14 DTR (Anderson) 31.

15 DTR (Anderson) 32.

16 DTR (Anderson) 38.

17 DTR (Anderson) 42.

18 DTR (Anderson) 40.

19 DTR (Anderson) 106.

20 DTR (Anderson) 286.

21 DTR (Anderson) 106.

22 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, 2:46. Hereinafter cited as Savage, e.g., Savage (Anderson) 2:46.

23 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

24 Mary & John Clearing House, 25:31. Cited in Anderson. Hereinafter cited as M&JCH, e.g., M&JCH 25:31.

25 New Ancestral Discoveries, Part 1, Vol. 25.

26 English Ancestries of West Country “Planters” 1620-1643, Vol. 22, Part 4.

27 Van Buren Lamb, “Dibble Family, ca 1548 - ca 1943”, Your Ancestors Vol. 3 (Nov/Dec 1949). hereinafter referred to as Lamb.

28 Transcript of letter sent to VanBuren Lamb, Jr. by Ceilia & John Dibblee, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

29 John Camden Hotten, Original Lists of Persons of Quality, London, England: Chatto and Windus, 1874, 285. Cited in Anderson. Hereinafter cited as Hotten, e.g., Hotten (Anderson) 285.

30 Hotten (Anderson) 285.

31 Grant 31, cited in Anderson. This may be the Matthew Grant Record Usually Called the Old Church Record 1639-1681 with Additions 1685-1696 1717-1740, The Matthew Grant “Old Church Record “ of Windsor.

32 CTVR 52, cited in Anderson. This is probably Connecticut Vital Records.

33 Hinsdale Gen 62, cited in Anderson. This may be Hinsdale Genealogy.

34 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

35 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

36 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

37 Savage (Anderson) 2:46.

38 Lineage from Thomas Dibble 1635 - Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Online at

39 Connecticut Puritan Settlers, 1633-1845 The First Puritan Settlers of Windsor and First Settlers of the Colony.

40 Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut, A few Families of Windsor, from Record.

41 Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1635-50, a Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, 1663 to 1677), Page 136, Name: Bygatt Eglestone Location: Windsor. Invt. œ116-03-00. Taken 24 October, 1674, by Old William Trall, Thomas Dibble sen., Matthew Grant. Will dated 13 November, 1673.

42 Thomas Dibble. Online at, accessed May 2004.

43 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

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45 Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1700-1729 [database online]. Provo, UT:, Inc., 2000. Original data: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1700-1729, Vol. II. n.p., 1906. Page 6-7-8, Name: Thomas Dibble, Sen. Location: Windsor

46 Dibble Family of Conn., by V. Lamb. 124p. 1949.

47 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

48 Gibbs Family of Colonial Connecticut, online at

49 Loomis family. Online at

50 Record of Marriages & Births Copied from the 1st Book of Records under the date 18 May 1674; transcribed by Samuel H. Parsons; New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol 5, January 1851, p. 63 & subsequent. Online at, accessed May 2004. [Comments in brackets [ ] are those of Mr. Parsons unless my intitals [-jd] are added; dates are transcribed as they were in the original copy and appear to be Old Style.

51 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

52 Hartford County, Connecticut: Memorial History 1633-1884, Volume I-II. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2002. Original data: Edit: J. Hammond Trumbull. The Memorial History of Hartford County Connecticut 1633-1884 Volume I-II. Boston, MA: Edward L. Osgood Publisher, 1886. Windsor, Early Windsor Families, p. 551.

53 Record of Marriages & Births Copied from the 1st Book of Records under the date 18 May 1674; transcribed by Samuel H. Parsons; New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol 5, January 1851, p. 63 & subsequent. Online at, accessed May 2004.

54 Henry R. Stiles History of Ancient Windsor II, Vol. II: p. 302-4; Gary Boyd Roberts, Presidents, p. 38. item 128; Arthur Hastings Grant, Matthew Grant;;;

55 A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records: 1677 to 1687, p. 88.

56 Ancestors of Mary (Mason) Spilman (1813-1903). Online at, accessed May 2004. New London County CTGenWeb.

57 Dibble-Perry and Allied Families, CSL Sutro Library CS71.D544.1983.

58 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Volume #2 vol. 2, p. 46. Online at

59 Record of Marriages & Births Copied from the 1st Book of Records under the date 18 May 1674; transcribed by Samuel H. Parsons. New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol 5, January 1851, p. 63 & subsequent. Online at, accessed May 2004.

60 Bridgeport Post, June 15, 1955.

61 Danbury, Connecticut: Town History, 1684-1896. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2001. Original data: Susan B. Hill. History of Danbury, Connecticut., 1684-1896. CT: Burr Printing House, 1896.

62 Abstract of Probate Records at Fairfield, County of Fairfield, and State of Connecticut. By Spencer P. Mead, L.L.B. Volume 6, 1717 - 1735. Page 252.

63 Reverend Elijah B. Huntington, Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Stamford Families Compiled Stamford, April 6, 1797. Online at, accessed May 2004. Ezra Dibble and Clarissa Weed were married on Dec. 25, 1808. William Henry Dibble, born Jan. 4, 1811. Samuel Benjamin Dibble, born Sept. 1, 1813.


65 Abstract of Probate Records at Fairfield, County of Fairfield, and State of Connecticut. By Spencer P. Mead, L.L.B. Vol. 7, 1721-1750, Page 31.

66 Handwritten descendants of Wakefield Dibble of Windsor, CT, including Ferry, Barnum, Beebe, Hoyt, and Smith families; DAR application by Mary Hawley Clark, des. of Capt. Ezra Dibble; translated Bible record of Samuel and Sarah (Trowbridge) Dibble; Van Buren Lamb, History of the Dibble Family. C. H Booth Library, Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.

67 Danbury, Fairfield Co., Ct Vital Records from Barbour 1685 – 1847.

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69 The History & Genealogy of Fyler Family, Lt. Walter Fyler, by Wadsworth Fyler, 1967; The Pynchon Court Record, edited by Joseph H Smith of the New York Bar; pp. 290-291. Information online at, accessed 2007.

70 History Windsor, p. 186.

71 Filer/Fyler family history.

72 American Marriage Records before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ: Biblio Co., 1926. compiled by William Montgomery Clemens.

73 Savage, James. A Genalogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, - Vol. I-IV (4). Boston, 1860-1862, Volume 2, p.46. “Thomas [note: Thomas Dibble], Windsor, s. of the preced. m. 10 Oct. 1676, Mary Tucker, wh. was b. 4 Oct. 1653, in Eng. says the fam. rec. had Thomas, b. 21 Aug. 1677; a ch. 30 July 1679, d. bef. b.; and Mary, 9 Aug. 1680, d. young; Abraham, 1684; George, 1687; and Mary, 1689.”

74 Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1700-1729 [database online]. Provo, UT:, Inc., 2000. Original data: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1700-1729, Vol. II. n.p., 1906.

75 Lennette Horton, Our Family Tree, August 26, 2001. Rootsweb family tree, accessed May 2004.

76 East Hampton Marriages 1699 - 1709, An account of person married by me, Nathl. Huntting.

77 Mary Louisa Sutliff, A Record of the Ancestors and Descendants of Betsy Mulford Sutliff. Originally printed by Fort Orange Press, Brandow Printing Co., Albany, N.Y. 1897. With additions in 1975 by Marian Nevada Hicks Totten. Reproduced and printed for private distribution only with additions in 2001 by David George Thompson. Online at, accessed May 2004.

78 History of Torrington, Connecticut, Its first settlement in 1737, with Biographies and Genealogies, by Rev. Samuel Orcutt, 1878.

79 Suffield Vital Records Roll # 1317067, Page; Barbour Collections - Connecticut; The Descendants of Richard and Hannah Huggins Woolworth, compiled by Charlotte R. Woolworth, assisted by her daughter, Josephine L. Kimpton, New Haven, Conn., 1893, pp. 30, 31. History of Torrington, Connecticut, Its first settlement in 1737, with Biographies and Genealogies, by Rev. Samuel Orcutt, 1878.

80 Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1700-1729 [database online]. Provo, UT:, Inc., 2000. Original data: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1700-1729, Vol. II. n.p., 1906.