These maps show Thomas Dibble's land in Windsor. There are references to rods, a unit of land measurement. See Discussion on area.
Plan of Windsor Palisado (palisade) 1654|
Map of Windsor, 1635-1650
From Henry Stiles' Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Vol I (history) page 137:
The following Plan of the Palisado was drawn in 1654 by Matthew Grant, who was at the time recorder. [It was in "A Book of Town Wayes".] He thus discourses concerning it:
"And seeing I am entered in the palisado, I will speak a little of the original of it: about 1637 years, when the English had war with the Pequot Indians, our inhabitants on Sandy Bank gathered themselves nearer together from their remote dwellings, to provide for their safety, set up fortifying, and with palizado, which [land] some particular men resigned up out of their properties for that end, and [it] was laid out into small parcels, to build upon; some four rods in breadth, and some, six, seven, some eight - it was set up after this manner:"
"These building places were at first laid out of one length, that was sisteen rods, but differ [in breadth] as aforesd. Also on all sides within the outmost fence, there was left two rods in breadth for a common way, to go round within side the Palizado," to the rear of the building lots. This left an open space in the center (marked W in the plan) nearly 20 rods wide and 30 rods long.
When peace was again restored, "divers men left their places [in the Palizado] and returned to their lots [outside] for their conveniences. Some that staid (by consent of the town) enlarged their gardens. Some had 2, some 3, some 4 plats t their propriety, with the use of 2 rods in breadth round the outside, every one according to his breadth, only with this reserve. Concerning the two rods, that in future time there be need of fortification, to be repaired, that then each man should resign up the afresd two rods for a way only for common use. Note, that in the west corner of the aforesd plat there is reserved a common Burying ground, one particular parcel that is six rods in breadth, all the length on one side, and on end take it together, it is eight rods in breadth,and eighteen in length."
One of the plots on this diagram is marked Dible. Since it is dated 1654, this would be Thomas Dibble senior.
From Henry Stiles' Ancient Windsor, Connecticut Vol I (history) page 148:
We here present a list of early Windsor Settlers and the location of their home-lots, by Jabez H. Hayden, [from] the article of this subject which he prepared for the Hartford County Memorial History (1883).
I have outlined the Palisado in red. The script underlined says "This portion of the meadow was allotted to settlers living in the Palisado, on Backer Row and South and West of the Rivulet." I have put an asterisk by a plot marked Winchell Dibble. I think this is two different surnames, Winchell and Dibble.
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