These references are taken from Dorchester Town Records. Dorchester was one of the original settlements which became Boston, Mass. I have used the book published in 1880. In the introduction it says 'In February last the following order was passed by the City Council:- "Ordered, That the Record Commissioners be authorized to have transcribed and indexed the land records of the town of Dorchester, and to have the same printed and distributed in the same manner as their previous reports, at an expense not exceeding $1,000; to be charged to the appropriation for printing..."' The records start in 1632. See original texts for the full book (and to check my transcription!)
The dates given in the records can be confusing. I have given the modern version of the date in the page index below. Please read the discussion on dates for an explanation. Also, read discussion on area for more on land measurement, for the land grants. The page numbers below are of the Victorian book, not the original Dorchester Records, nor the scanned version. I have put the entries in their date order, rather than the order of the book.
These records seem to prefer the spelling Deeble. They refer to Robert Deeble and his son Thomas Deeble.
|17 Dec 1635||Dorchester land grant to Robert and Thomas Deeble|
|4 Jan 1636||Second land grant to Robert and Thomas Deeble|
|18 Mar 1638||Third land grant to Robert Deeble|
|18 Mar 1638||Robert Deeble made bailiff|
|13 Feb 1639||Robert Deeble reappointed bailiff|
|Jan 1640||Fourth land grant to Robert Deeble|
|Jan - 1 Apr 1640||Robert Deeble reappointed bailiff|
|7 Feb 1642||Setting up maintenance for a new free school|
|unknown||Payment to Robert Deeble|
|Page 13||The 17th day of December 1635. It is ordered that Robert Deeble shall have inlardgment of Two goad in length from his house vpward, and that, and that his sonne T[hommas] Deeble shall have six goad next him, to goe with a right lyne vp from the pale before his house on condition for Thommas Deeble to build a house there within one yeere or else to loose that goad graunted him.|
The 4th of January |
It is ordered that the p'tyes here vnder written shall have great lotts at the bounds betwixt Roxbury and Dorchester at the great hill betwixt the sayd bounds and above the marsh as foll. not to inclose medowe.
|Page 29||March 18th. 
It is ordered that all the hoame lotts and great lotts shalbe sufficiently fenced agaynst swine and great cattle p' the 25th of this mounth. on payne of thre shillings for euy
goad found defectiue, to be leuied p'distresse, besides damedg.
|Page 32||March 18  ...|
Robert Deeble is chosen Baylif for half a yeere or till an other be chosen and it is ordered that he shall levy all fines rates and amercements for the Plantation by impounding the offenders Goods, and then to deteyne them till satisfaction be made and if the owners of the goods shall not make satisfaction within 9 dayes it shall be lawfull for him to sell the goods and to returne the overplus to the p'ty offending and to be alowed 12d for euery distresse and 2d for every impounding of Cow horse or hogg and for euery goate a penny and if said Baylif shall be negligent in discharging his office and delay the takeing distresse he shall be loyable to a fyne as shall be thought fit by the 20 men. It shall be lawfull for the said Baylif to recouer any rates or amercements by way of distresse on any goods.
|Page 38|| February 13th.  ...|
It is ordered that Good. Deeble shall be baylif for this yeere to execute and have pay for his labour according to the order of the last yeare.
|Page 40|| It is ordered at a Generall meeteing in January  ...|
There is graunted to Robert Deeble 1 akre of Land joyning to his owne hoame lott and next Mr. Addertons towards the dead swampe in leaueing the wood to the Towne.
|Page 42||[Jan - April 1st 1640] It is ordered that Robert Deeble is to be Continued Baylif for the yeere foll with the same power according to the order of the former yeere.|
|Page 104|| [7 Feb 1642]
Wheras the Inhabitants of Dorchester haue formerly ordered Consented and agreed that a Rate of Twentie pound p ann shall issue and be payd by the sayd Inhabitants and there heires from and out of a Certaine porcon of land in Dorchester Called Tomsons Hand for and towards the maintenance of a schoole in Dorchester aforsayd. And that vppon experience it is found to be a matter of great labour and difficultie to collect the sayd rent from soe many severall p'sones as ought to paye the same accordinge there seuerall p'portions the p'sones that haue title to land in the sayd Iland and who therfore ought to pay the sayd rent, beinge noe lesse in number than six score or theraboute, And inasmuch as the sayd rent of Twentie pound when it is duly collected and payd is not of it selfe suffitient maintenance, for a schoole without some addicon thervnto for the augmentinge therfor of the sayd rent and to the intent that the same may heneforth be more readily collected and payd It is heerhy ordered and all the prsent Inhabitants of dorchester aforsayd Whose names are heervnto subscribed doe for themselues and there heires heerby Covenant consent and agree that from henceforth the said Iland and all the benefitt and prfitts therof and all there right and Intrest in the same shallbe wholy and for euer bequeathed and given away from themselues and their heires vnto the Town of Dorchester aforesayd for and Towards the maintenance of a free schoole in Dorchester aforesayd for the instructinge and Techinge of Children and youth in good literature and Learninge. And to the intent that the better maintenance for a free schoole as is heerby intended may arise from and out of the sayd Iland It is therefore the mynd of the prseut donoures that the sayd Iland shall from tyme to tyme be lett, assigned and set ouer by the Inhabitants of Dorchester for the time beinge or theire agents for such yearlie rent or rents as shall in Comon Estimation amount to the full value of the sayd Iland.|
And to the intent that the godly intentions of the prsent donoures may not be frustrated or disapoynted nor the free schoole heerby intended suffer any pruidice or damage by insuffitient tenante or Tenants to the sayd Iland, or through none payment of the rent that ought to be payd for the same It is heerby ordered and the prseut donoures doe hearby declare that it is there mynd that the sayd Iland shalbe lett assigned and sett Ouer only to such Tenant or Tenants as shall by land or otherwise suffitiently secure the payment of the rent therof for the vse and behoofe of the schoole as aforsayd in such manner and forme and at such time and tymes of payment as shalbe agreed vpon by and betweene the inhabitants of Dorchester or there agents, one the one prtie and the sayd Tenant or Tenannts one the other prtye.
and for avoydinge the Trouble that myght arise in collectinge and gatheringe the same Rent by to great a Multitude of Tenants that ought to pay the same, and to the intent that the rents which shalbecome due for the sayde Iland may be the better and the more redylie collected and payd, it is heerby ordered and declared that the sayd Iland shall neuer be lett out to soe many tenannts as shalbe aboue tenn in number at once.
In witness wherof the prsent Inhabitants have heervnto subscribed ther names the Seaventh day of the Twelfth moneth in the yeare 1641.
Memorand. that before the subscribinge of these prsents the donoures aforsayd did further agree and declare that it was and is there mynd and true intencons that if at any tyme ther shall happen and fall out a vacancie and want of a schoolmaster by meanes of death or otherwise, yet the rents and prfitts ishuinge and arisinge of the sayd Iland shalbe converted and applied only to and for the maintenance and vse of the schoole either by augmentinge the stipend for a schoolemaster or otherwise but not for any other vse.
[This is not the first reference to the school. The Record says:
It is ordered that the 20th of May 1639, that there shalbe a rent of 20ls yeerely foreur imposed vpon Tomsons Iland to bee payd p euy p'son that hath p'prtie in the said Iland according to the p'portion that any such p'son shall fro tyme to tyme inioy and posesse there, and this towards the mayntenance of a schoole in Dorchestr this rent of 20ls yeerly to bee payd to such a schoolemaster as shall undertake to teach english latin and other tongues, and also writing the sayd schoolmaste to bee chosen fro tyme to tyme p the freemen and that is left to the discretion of elders and the 7 men for the tyme beeing whether maydes shalbe taught with the boyes or not. For the levying this 20ls yeerely fro the p'ticuler p'sons tliat ought to pay that according to this order. It is farther ordered that somme man shalbe apoynted p the 7 men for the tyme beeing to Receiue that and refusall to levye that p distresse, and not fvnding distresse such p'son as so refuseth payment shall forfeit the land he hath in p'prietie in the sayd Island.
This method of funding the school was obviously going to lead to problems. There were six score (120) people on the Island and they were paying in proportion to their land holdings, so were all paying different amounts. This led to the town meeting on 7 Feb 1642, given above. Since Robert Deebel was bailiff for part of the time between 1639 and 1641, responsible for levying "all fines rates and amercements for the Plantation", I wonder if he had to deal with this mess, and was one of the speakers at the meeting! This school still exists although not in its original location. It is the Mather Elementary School, Boston.]
|Page 32|| [The dating of this entry is tricky. Some entries nearby are as late as 1687, but the next account is dated 1641. It seems likely that it is a payment for his job as Bailiff, so some time from 1639-1641.]|
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