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Emily Dibblee (née Binney)

Father: Stephen Binney (1805-1872)
Mother: Emily Pryor(1808-1890)

Dates: 1837-1899

Married: 1864 - Frederick Lewis Dibblee

Children:  David Lewis Dibblee, Susan Dibblee and Bertha Grace Dibblee all died young of cholera in 1871.
The other children were George Binney Dibblee, Jane Emily Dibblee, Frederick Lewis Dibblee (Junior), Bessie Maud Dibblee and Tom Arnold Dibblee.
Frederick Lewis Dibblee (Junior) was my grandfather.

Emily Dibblee (née Binney) was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Her father was the first mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He disapproved of her marrying Frederick Dibblee, so she had to wait until Frederick got a decent job in India. Then she left Canada and they married in London. She went out to India with her husband. Their three oldest children were born in Trichinopoly in Southern India. She must have returned to England from time to time, as the next two were born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England. Then in 1871, three children died of cholera. Emily decided to keep all her children in England, partly to educate them, and partly for health reasons, but she decided to leave them there and return to her husband in India. There are letters from her mother and brother in Canada, discussing this. The youngest three children were all born in Madras, India. There is also an amusing account of an incident while Frederick Dibblee was working in 1881, and she is obviously accompanying him then, without any children around. But when her husband died in 1881, she was in Bedford, in England. Her mother wrote to her then. The 1891 census gives her address as Bedford, with her household including her children Bessie, Jane, Frederick and Tom. She stayed in England until she died in 1899.

Emily Dibblee
Family photo
Dated on back September 1885

Emily Dibblee must have been a brave woman. Fredrick Dibblee's sister wrote to him about Emily and him getting married, saying We all are so pleased at her brave spirit in starting off without any warning to go after you. The amusing incident describes her scaring off a bear by shouting at it. People were fond of her. Her sister-in-law's letter also says of a local child, Master Boyce says "Well I am glad Miss Emily is going to Mr Dibblee, but I am sorry I shall not see her again." Her father writes to her about my former illness, when you used to nurse me so kindly and patiently, indeed Dear Emily, I miss you very much.