NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
This surname is variously spelled in the early records Diman, Dimon, Demon, Dement, Deming, Dymond, Diamond, Dyamont, Dimond, Diaman, Dimiond, and doubtless in the score of other ways that suggested themselves to the keepers of records and makers of deeds.
John Diman, one of the immigrants, settled in Lynn, Mass., before 1647, and removed to Kittery, Maine. Thomas Diman, sucessor of most of the Connecticut line, spelled his name usually with a final "D." John Demon or Diman, was a settler at Wethersfield, Conn., brother of Thomas, mentioned below, before 1635, and was one of the chief settlers; was representative very often from 1649 to 1661; was named in the charter of 1662; married Honor, daughter of Richard Treat, and has a numerous posterity in New England.
(I) Thomas Dimond, immigrant ancestor, settled in this county first at Wethersfield, Conn., with his brother John, removed to Farmington, thence to Southampton, Long Island, and thence to Easthampton, N.Y., where he died. He was in Southampton in 1655 and 1658, appearing in court for assault and threatening divers persons. He was in Easthampton before Nov. 12, 1663, when he bought all the lands of John Hand of that town. He was then called "senior" in the records. His home lot in Easthampton contained thirteen acres, adjoining Stephen Hand's lot on the south and the common on the west and on the north a highway made of land bought of the said John Hand. He owned divers other parcels of land also. His name in this record is spelled Diamon and Diament, also Dyament.
He died in 1683, and the court of sessions, sitting at Southampton, Long Island, on the seventh, eighth and ninth days of March, 1683, accepted as his will four deeds of gift disposing of his estate. The first, dated Aug. 21, 1677, recites a proposed marriage between his son James and Hannah, daughter of Minister James, and the grantor binds himself to the Minister James to convey certain lands to the son to be enjoyed by him after the death of the grantor and his wife. The second, dated Dec. 27, 1682, recites the death of youngest son John and gives James additional real estate, charging him and grantor's wife Mary to pay small legacies to daughter Sarah Headley, of New Jersey, Abigail, Hannah Bird, Ruth Dayton and Elizabeth Miller.
The fourth instrument, also dated July 28, 1682, calls the grantor Thomas Dyment Sr., and recites that having given the house and land at Georgia to his youngest son Thomas at marriage, this deed conveys other land to take effect at the death of the grantor and wife. After his death the estate was settled by agreement signed by the widow, Minister James and Edward Howell.
He married, July 24, 1645, Mary Sheafe.
1. James, mentioned below.
2. John, died before his father.
(II) James, son of Thomas Dimond, wsa born about 1650. He settled with his father at Southampton and received land as stated above. He married, 1677, Hannah, daughter of Rev. Thomas James. Both are mentioned in the will of his father dated June 5, 1696. He removed to Easthampton with his father, lived and died there. His will was dated Aug. 24, 1721, bequeathing to second wife Elizabeth, eldest son Thomas, sons John and Nathaniel; daughters Hannah Moore and Abigail Lubtan; granddaughter Hannah Hopping; sons John and Nathaniel executors; proved March 9, 1722.
1. Thomas, born 1680, mentioned below.
3. Hannah, married ____ Moore.
4. Abigail, married ____ Lubtan.
5. Daughter, married ____ Hopping.
6. John, died 1765, leaving will.
(III) Thomas (2) son of James Dimond, was born in Easthampton, N.Y., 1680. He married Jan. 14, 1706-07, Hannah, born Jan. 14, 16887-88, daughter of Jeremiah and Esther Finney. Her mother was daughter of Thomas and Mary Lewis, of Bristol, then Massachusetts. Her father, Jeremiah, born Aug. 15, 1662, in Barnstable, Mass., married Jan. 7, 1684; was a freeman of Bristol in 1680; shipmaster; died at Bristol, Feb. 18, 1748. John Finney, father of Jeremiah Finney, married (first) Christina ____, who died at Plymouth, Sept. 9, 1649; (second) June 10, 1650, Abigail (Bishop) Coggin, daughter of Thomas Bishop and widow of Henry Coggin; (third) June 26, 1654, Elizabeth Bailey, who died at Bristol, Feb. 9, 1683-94. The Finney family came from England before 1639; it then consisted of a mother, daughter Catherine, and two sons, Robert and John Finney. (See N. E. Gen Reg., 1906, page 67).
Thomas Dimond removed from Long Island to Bristol in 1712. His wife died in Bristol, Dec. 22, 1744.
Children, of whom the first four were born in Long Island:
1. Rev. James, born Nov., 1707; mentioned below.
2. John, born about 1709.
4. Jeremiah, born 1710.
5. Jonathan, born 1713; died Feb. 25, 1797.
6. Phebe, born 1717; died Sept. 14, 1790.
7. Lucretia, born 1719; died Jan. 31, 1797.
8. Daniel, died Dec. 16, 1797.
(IV) Rev. James (2) Dimond, son of Thomas (2) Dimond, was born in Easthampton, Long Island, Nov., 1707. He removed to Bristol, Mass., now Rhode Island, in 1712 and was educated there and at Harvard College, where he graduated in 1730. He was settled as pastor of East Church, Salem, May 11, 1737, and held this parish until his death, Oct. 8, 1781, aged eighty-one. He was an enthusiastic indorser of the great revival work of Whitefield in 1743. He preached the sermon at the execution of Bryan Sheehan, the first hanging since the time of the Witchcraft Delusion, with two exceptions. He preached at ordination of Rev. Enos Hitchcock in Beverly in 1771. Among his children were:
James Jr., born 1750.
John, mentioned below.
(V) John, son of Rev. James (2) Dimond, was a soldier in the revolution from New Hampshire.
(VI) Thomas (3), believed to be the son or nephew of John Dimond, was born in New Hampshire, 1785, died at Fort Covington, New York, Feb. 7, 1862. He was a resident of Bristol, New Hampshire, in 1820. He lived in district No. 8, and the bridge at the outlet of the lake, near his house, was called Dimond's bridge. He lived on the west bank of the river. About 1820 he removed to Swanton, Vermont, and in 1835 or soon afterward to Fort Covington.
He was a cooper by trade, and also followed farming.
He married in 1808, Sally, born April 19, 1787, died Jan. 9, 1804, daughter of Samuel Sleeper, of New Chester, N.H. (now Hill, N.H.) He was born in 1761 and died Feb. 2, 1827; married Phebe Eastman, born April 6, 1763.
Children of Thomas and Sally Dimond:
1. Elvira, born Aug. 27, 1809.
2. Frederick P., mentioned below.
3. John, March 5, 1814, died in infancy.
4. Phebe S., March 21, 1815.
5. Abigail E., April 27, 1818.
6. Moses S., Feb. 13, 1820.
7. Sarah Ann, March 15, 1822.
8. Samuel S., Jan. 9, 1824.
9. Thomas E., Dec. 8, 1825.
10. Quinland, Oct. 13, 1829, living at Republic, Washington. [in 1910].
(VII) Frederick Parker, son of Thomas (3) Dimond, was born Dec. 10, 1811, in Grafton county, N.H., in the town of Grafton or Bristol; died at Fort Covington Nov. 6, 1891. He was educated in the public schools. He removed to New York with his parents when about nine years old from Swanton, Vermont. He was clerk in a store in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1835-36. He went to Chicago, Illinois in 1837, and engaged in business as a general merchant in partnership with a Mr. Winchell under the firm name of Dimond & Winchell. He returned to New York state in 1842 and located at Brasher Falls, where he was superintendent of the Brasher Iron Works until about 1850. He assisted his father in paying for the homestead while he was at Brasher. After 1850 he devoted himself to farming and was very successful, and was active to the time of his death.
In religion he was a Universalist.
He married, June 24, 1863, Ellen Kelley, born at Londonderry, Ireland, Feb. 13, 1832. She is living with her son at the present time (1910) in Fort Covington.
1. Phebe, born March 25, 1864; died Dec. 6, 1871.
2. Frederick J., mentioned below.
3. Quinland, March 1, 1870; died Oct. 29, 1871.
4. Mary Ellen, lives in Fort Covington.
5. Benjamin Thomas, April 4, 1876; died Aug. 6, 1876.
(VIII) Frederick J., son of Frederick Parker Dimond, was born in Fort Covington, July 2, 1866. He was educated in the public schools and at the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York. He worked for a year as bookkeeper in the general store of J. H. Fay at Fort Covington, where he remained from 1889 to 1895. He was then bookkeeper for the firm of J. R. & J. H. Lockwood, dealers in harness and carraiges, at Burlington, Vermont, for two and a half years. He returned to the employ of J. H. Fay at Fort Covington for a short time. From 1898 to 1906 he conducted the home farm, which he now owns.
Since February, 1906, he has been cashier of the Fort Covington Banking Company, of which he was one of the organizers. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and of the local grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He attends the Presbyterian church.
He married, June 25, 1896, Adelaide E., born at Loon Lake, town of Franklin, New York, daughter of James W. and Helen Littlejohn. His wife died March 24, 1898. They had one son, James Frederick, born April 26, 1897.
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