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Dibble Freemen in Massachusetts and Connecticut


The dates are modern dates (see discussion on dates).

Dates when Dibbles were made Freemen

WhenWhoWhereEvidence
6 May 1635Robert DibellMassachusettsList of freemen
17 May 1637Thomas DibbleMassachusettsList of freemen
9 Apr 1640Thomas DibbleConnecticutConnecticut records 1636-1665 page 46
13 Oct 1670Ebenez DibleConnecticutConnecticut records 1665-1678 page 139


From the List of freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 to 1691:

Robert Dibell was made Freeman on 6 May 1635.

Thomas Dibble was made Freeman on 17 May 1637.


From Public Records of Connecticut Vol 1 1636-1665 page 46:

Aprill the IXth. 1640.[9 Apr 1640] The Court of Election.

Mr. Hopkins Esqr. Gouerr.
Mr. Haynes, Deputy,
Mr. Wyllis,
Mr. Ludlow, absent
Mr. Welles,
Mr. Phelps,
Mr. Webster,
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These elected Magestrats.

Deputyes : Mr. Steele, Mr. Talcott, Mr. Spenser, Ed: Stebbing, Willm. Gaylard, Tho: Ford, Mr. Stoughton, Mr. Hull, Thurston Rayner, James Boosy, George Hubberd. Rich : Crabbe.

These were made Free :-
These inhabitants of Wyndsor: Mr. Ephra: Huytte, Mr. Arther Willms, Michaell Tray, Richard Parsons, Tho: More, John More, Tho: Dyblie, Henry Clarke, Willin: Gylbert, Tho: Bassette, Elias Parkma.
Hartford : Daniell Garrette, Robert Wade, Tho : Seldon.
Mr. Parke at Wethersfyeld.


From Public Records of Connecticut Vol 3 1665-1678 page 139

A Court of Election held at Hartford, May 12th, 1670...
These were nominated for freemen:
— Stonington; John Frink, Mr. Amos Richardson:
— Windsor; John Woolcott, Zerubabell Fyler, Ebenez: Dible, Jos: Gaylor, Josep: Griswould:
— Guilford; Mr. John Leet, Wm. Leet Junr, and Joseph Clay:
— Stratford; Jonath: Curtice, John Peckit, Samll Hawly, Thorn: Curtice:
— Standford; Jeremy Jagger, Daniel Newman.


The Freemen were the only people entitled to vote. At a general town meeting, they voted on the important town affairs and appointed the Selectmen, who ran the town the rest of the time.

The Oath of a Freeman in Massachusetts:

I ... being by God's providence, an Inhabitant, and Freeman, within the Jurisdiction of this Commonwealth; do freely acknowledge my self to be subject to the Government thereof: And do therefore do here swear by the great and dreadful Name of the Ever-living God, that I will be true and faithfull to the same, and will accordingly yield assistance & support thereunto, with my person and estate, as in equity I am bound; and will also truly endeavor to maintain and preserve all the liberties and priveliges thereof, submitting my self to the wholesome Lawes & Orders made and established by the same. And further, that I will not plot or practice any evill against it, or consent to any that shall so do; but will timely discover and reveal the same to lawful Authority now here established, for the speedy prevention thereof.

Moreover, I doe solemnly bind my self in the sight of God, that when I shall be called to give my voyce touching any such matter to this State, in which Freemen are to deal, I will give my vote and suffrage as I shall judge in mine own conscience may best conduce and tend to the public weal of the body. So help me God in the Lord Jesus Christ.

[This is the 'new' oath, dating from May 14, 1634, and replacing the old one which required people to "faithfully promise to be from time to time obedient and conformable thereunto, and to the authority of the said Governor and Assistants, and their successors."]

The Oath of a Freeman in Connecticut

I,... being by the Pruidence of God an Inhabitant wthin the Jurisdiction of Conectecott, doe acknowledge myselfe to be subiecte to the Gouerment thereof, and doe sweare by the great and fearefull name of the euerliueing God, to be true and faythfull vnto the same, and doe submitt boath my prson and estate thereunto, according to all the holsome lawes and orders that there are, or hereafter shall be there made, and established by lawfull authority, and that I will nether plott nor practice any euell agt the same, nor consent to any that shall so doe, but will tymely discouer the same to lawfull authority there established ; and that I will, as I am in duty bownd, mayntayne the honner of the same and of the lawfull magestratts thereof, prmoting the publike good of yt, whilst I shall soe continue an Inhabitant there; and whensoeur I shall giue my voate or suffrage touching any matter wch conserns this Comon welth being cauled thereunto, will give yt as in my conscience I shall judge, may conduce to the best good of the same, wthout respect of prsons or favor of any man. Soe helpe me God in or Lord Jesus Christe.

Aprill the xth, 1640.


From Henry Stiles' Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Vol I (history) page 83:

At the first session of the [Connecticut] General Assembly under the charter, Oct. 9, 1662, it was ordered that those who desired to be admitted freemen should obtain a certificate from a majority of the Townsmen, certifying that they are persons "of civil, peacable and honest conversation, & that they have attained to the age of 21 years, and have £20 estate (beside their rent Poll), in the list of Estate," and such certificate should be presented to the court authorized to admit freemen. Provision was made at the same time for the disfranchisement of such as were convicted of scandalous offenses.