AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 830
DIMOCK, M.D., late of Coventry, Tolland county, where his lifetime of three
quarters of a century was passed, closing on April 29, 1874, was a man of
prominence and a citizen of great usefulness, not only to his immediate
community but out and beyond town limits.
Dimock was born April 7, 1800, in Coventry, the second youngest child and only
son of the eight children of Capt. Daniel Dimock, a respected farmer and a
descendant of Elder Thomas Dimmock, an early emigrant to the American Colonies.
Elder Thomas was of Dorchester, had, in 1639, a grant of land in
Barnstable, and was admitted a freeman of the Colony in the same year.
The same Dimmock is an old one in England, variously spelled, probably
originally the same as Dymocke, the hereditary champion of England, an office
now abolished, who at coronation owed the service of challenge to all
competitors for the Crown. In this
country the name is written Dymocke, Dimmock, Dimock, etc.
This branch of the family usually write the name Dimmock, but many Dimock.
It is probably a Welsh or West of
England name, and some facts stated by Burke in his genealogy of the family
favor the family tradition that Elder Thomas Dimmock’s father was Edward
Thomas Dimmock became the leading man of Barnstable, and in one way or another
was connected with all the acts of the first settlers.
He was townsman in 1643-44; was deputy to Plymouth in 1640, 1641, 1642,
1643, 1648, 1649 and 1650; was appointed magistrate or judge in 1640, and was
reappointed in 1644; was one of the Council of War in 1644, and later a
lieutenant in the militia. He was
ordained an elder in the Barnstable church, of which society he had been a
member from its organization. Before
his removal to Barnstable he had married Ann Hammond, and their children were:
Timothy, Mehitabel and Shubael. Elder
Dimmock died in 1658 or 1659. His
widow Ann died probably in or before 1686. From
this Elder Dimmock the late Dr. Timothy Dimock, of Coventry, was descended
through Ensign Shubael, John, Timothy, Timothy (2), and Capt. Daniel Dimock.
Ensign Shubael Dimock, baptized Sept. 15, 1644, married in April, 1663,
Joanna Bursley, daughter of John. He
lived to a great age, and sustained the character and reputation of his father.
He was much employed in town affairs; was selectman in 1685 and 1686;
deputy to the General Court in 1685, 1686 and 1689, and ensign in the militia.
About 1693 he removed to Mansfield, Conn., where he was known as Deacon
Dimock. His death occurred in
Mansfield, Oct. 29, 1732, when he was in the ninety-first year of his age.
His wife, Joanna, lived to be eighty-three years of age, dying May 8,
1827 (***see footnote). Their
children were: Thomas, born in
April, 1664; John, January 1666;
Timothy, March, 1668; Shubael,
February, 1673; Joseph, September,
1675; Mehetabel, 1677;
Benjamin, 1680; Joanna,
March, 1682; and Thankful, Nov. 16,
Dimock, born in January, 1666, married in November, 1689, Elizabeth Lumbert, and
in 1709 removed from Barnstable to Falmouth.
Their nine children were as follows:
Sarah, Ann, Mary, Theophilus, Timothy, Ebenezer, Thankful, Elizabeth and
Dimock, born July 16, 1698, in Barnstable, married, Aug. 15, 1723, Ann Bradford,
a descendant of Gov. Bradford (record of marriage in Mansfield), and removed to
Mansfield, Conn. Their children
were: Ann, born May 23, 1724;
Timothy, April 8, 1726; John,
March 24, 1727-28; Joanna, Aug. 28,
1730; Josiah, March 2, 1732-33;
Simeon, Sept. 19, 1735; Sylvanus,
June 18, 1738; Oliver, Dec. 31,
1740; and Dan, May 13, 1743.
Timothy Dimock (2), born April 8, 1726, married March 11, 1749-50,
Desire Dimock (marriage and births of children of record in Coventry), and lived
in the town of Coventry, Conn. The
children of this marriage were: Desire,
born Feb. 22, 1751; Eunice, Feb. 9,
1753; Anne, Sept. 15, 1754;
Lois, May 12, 1756; Sibil,
March 18, 1758; Lucy, March 22,
1760; Timothy, Aug. 22, 1762;
Daniel, Feb. 20, 1765; Mason,
June 22, 1767; Rhoda, Aug. 10, 1770;
and Rogger, Aug. 5, 1772. The
mother of this family was also a lineal descendant of Elder Thomas Dimock, of
Barnstable, the American ancestor of the family, her line being through Ensign
Shubael, Capt. Thomas and Thomas Dimock (2).
Daniel Dimock, born Feb. 20, 1765, was a farmer of Coventry.
He married Nov. 16, 1786, Anna Wright, and their children were:
Anna C., born Aug. 18, 1787; Parthena,
April 9, 1789; Lucinda, March 18,
1791; Sallie, June 23, 1793;
Harty, Dec. 24, 1794; Clara
Maria, Sept. 14, 1796; Timothy, Jr.,
April 7, 1800, and Desiah, March 31, 1802.
life Dr. Timothy Dimock, besides attending the district school, studied the
higher English branches and Greek and Latin with Rev. Chauncey Booth, then
pastor of the First Congregational Church in Coventry, and afterward continued
his studied at Bacon Academy, in Colchester, Conn., until he was fitted to enter
Yale College. We next find him a
medical student in the office of Dr. Chauncey Burgess, of Coventry, and
subsequently for more than a year, a “good student,” as his instructor
called him, under the tuition of Professor Jonathan Knight, M.D., of New Haven.
He attended two courses of lectures at the Medical Institution of Yale
College, where he was graduated in 1823. Later
he practiced his profession a few years at Granby, Mass., and in the spring of
1827 he settled in his native town, where he was a very successful practitioner
for nearly forty-five years.
Dimock was a man of superior mental endowments, which had been well improved by
years of study and observation. He
stood high as a man of ability and integrity.
As a practitioner he was intelligent, judicious and self-reliant,
attending faithfully to his own patients, and answering many calls as consulting
physician. His field of practice was
extensive, and the number of his patients always large.
His good judgement, abundant common sense, and large fund of information,
made him an able counselor, and, together with his uprightness of character and
gentlemanly bearing, secured the confidence of his medical brethren and the
community. He took a deep interest
in public affairs, and his numerous friends manifested their confidence in him
by placing him in several positions of trust, the duties of which he discharged
in a manner creditable to himself and constituents.
For some years he was surgeon of a regiment of Connecticut militia.
He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1838, and was a
senator for the Twenty-first District in 1846.
He was a member of the Connecticut Medical Society, and in 1858 was
elected a member of the standing committee for Examination of Degrees.
Doctor was endowed with a sound constitution.
In person he was tall, symmetrical in form, and prepossessing in
appearance. His pleasing address and
cordial greeting gladdened many a heart, and whether in the sick room or social
gathering, as one of his intelligent neighbors said, ‘Dr. Dimock was a man who
carried a great deal of light with him.’
Dimock was twice married, first, to Miss Mary Ann Moody, of Granby, Mass., and
last to Miss Laura F. Booth, daughter of Rev. Chauncey Booth, a lady of
excellent ability and good sense. He
was the father, by each marriage, of a son and two daughters.
His last wife, died Jan. 15, 1872; none
of the daughters survived. The elder
son, Daniel W., during the last two years of the Civil war, was a volunteer in
the Union service. After the close
of the war he studied medicine and is now a practicing physician.
The younger son, Henry F., graduated honorably at Yale College in 1863,
studied law and was admitted to the Bar, and has since resided in the city of
New York, where besides attaining
success in his profession, he has acceptably filled important positions of trust
Dimock was a Christian. For more
than forty years he was a consistent member of the Congregational Church, and
one of its most efficient supporters. During
the last two years of his life, though confined to his home by increasing
infirmities, he was usually cheerful, retaining his public spirit, and often
participating in conversation upon matters of general interest.
Sustained by the Christian’s faith, he calmly anticipated the time of
his departure. The ennobling
influence of his example will long continue.
He was a Freemason of high degree.”
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
printed “1827” but must be 1727.
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