Elizabeth Secord, daughter of William and Ruth (Hunt) Secord

I have a copy of a transcription of William's will. It lists his daughters, including one named Elizabeth:

"To my Daughter Elizabeth the Sum of Four Pounds."

According to the Kings County, New Brunswick Genweb at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~cannb/Church%20Records/Kings%20County/Westfield/west-m-grom-a.html, there is a marriage record for Elizabeth "Seacord" and Ebenezer Dibble listed in a Church file of Greenwich and Westfield Anglican Church records. Ebenezer, a bachelor, married Elizabeth, a spinster, on Aug. 8, 1802.

I haven't been able to find Ebenezer and Elizabeth Dibblee in the 1851 Canadian census. They may have been living in Queens County, NB at that point, and it appears that most of that census for Queens has not survived.

The Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspaper Series, http://archives.gnb.ca/APPS/NewspaperVitalStats/?culture=en-CA, has an entry for a marriage of a daughter of this couple:

Date: December 28 1849
County: Saint John
Place: Saint John
Newspaper: Weekly Chronicle

m. Petersville (Queens Co.) Tuesday eve., 18th inst., by Elder Abner Mersereau, James E. SMITH, Blissville (Sunbury Co.) / Jane DIBBLEE sixth d/o Ebenezer DIBBLE, former place.

The same source has the notice of the death of Elizabeth (Secord) Dibble:

Date: May 4 1860
County: Saint John
Place: Saint John
Newspaper: Religious Intelligencer

d. Keswick (York Co.) 1st April, Mrs. Elizabeth DIBBLE, age 77.

Elizabeth was buried with her daughter Jane Smith in Burtts Corner Community Cemetery in York County:


DIBBLE Elizabeth  d. 1 Apr 1861 ae 77 yrs [* w/o Ebenezer]

SMITH Jane  d. 17 Aug 1864 ae 41 yrs [* w/o James E.]

The newspaper says the year of her death was 1860 but the cemetery index says 1861. Both agree that she was age 77 when she died. Robbie Gilmore of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) very kindly found the answer for me. He checked the newspaper and found this entry in the May 4, 1860 issue:

Religious Intelligencer – May 4, 1860 “At Keswick, York County, on the 1st April, 1860, after an illness of six days, Mrs. Elizabeth Dibble, aged 77 years, her end was peace”.   

Either Elizabeth's stone has the incorrect year on it, or there was an error in the cemetery transcription. A date of death of April 1, 1860 at age 77 indicates a birth in 1783 if her birthday was in the early part of the year, or 1782 otherwise. Either way, she would have been born in New York before the family arrived in what is now New Brunswick in July, 1783. William F. Dibble is a son of this couple. In the 1891 census he was living in Woodstock, Carleton County, NB. His age was given as 80. Place of birth of father was listed as US, but unfortunately place of birth of mother was left blank, with a line drawn through it.

The PANB website, at http://archives.gnb.ca/APPS/NBCemeteries/?culture=en-CA, has the following cemetery records for Elizabeth and Ebenezer:

Name DIBBLE, Elizabeth
Born --
Died Apr 1861
Age 77 Years
Place of Birth --
Place of Death --
Relationship w/o Ebenezer Dibble
Cemetery Burtts Corner Community, York County


Name DIBBLEE, Ebenezer
Born 1778
Died 1858
Age --
Place of Birth --
Place of Death --
Relationship --
Cemetery Lyon, Queens County