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Re: Deffle -Dibble
Posted by: Frank Dibbell (ID *****1125) Date: February 11, 2006 at 15:29:48
In Reply to: Re: Deffle -Dibble by Martyn Hall of 1137

Hi Martyn,

I agree that there is most likely more than one source for DIBBLE in America, I apologize for not being too clear on that. "Dibble" itself is an English name, having come from England to this country in 1635 through Robert Deeble of Somersetshire (Puritans escaping religious persecution) to Windsor CT. Now, that doesn't mean that ALL Dibble's are English or came from England; no doubt during the 18th and 19th centuries some immigrants from Germany may have "Anglicized" their German name into "Dibble". It would certainly explain why I have so many "Dibbles" in my database who can't be linked into my main tree!

The Dibblee's are a particular branch I am interested in, as the first Dibblee's I have found were all sons of Ebenezer Dibble (1715-1797): Fyler Dibblee (1741-1799), Ebenezer Jr (1745-1826), and Frederick (1753-1826). According to Lamb (and some others) Ebenezer was a loyalist, and his family was imprisoned until after the Rev. War. The family relocated to Nova Scotia and changed their name, with some returning to England. (This is the part of Genealogy that fascinates me... going beyond the mere statistics and imagining what it must have been like in those days... assuming the above is true, can you imagine the dinnertime conversations?).

In my specific case, my g-g-g-grandfather changed Dibble to Dibbell to be phonetic, as the community he lived in had many Dutch and German immigrants, who mispronounced "Dibble" as "Dibb-leh". Local histories claimed my g-g-g-grandfather himself was from Holland, which of course was wrong. He was born in Delaware County, NY.

I love discussing the legends and stories behind the name changes. My email address is if you would like to communicate directly. I would also be willing to share what I might have on your particular line!

Best Regards
Frank Dibbell

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