About Aholiab (John) Dimond
Aholiab Dimond was an outlandish, implausible character whose incomprehensible accomplishments gave our forefathers the creeps. This strange, old recluse who lived down in Barnegat near the Old Burial Hill was a real wizard, according to those who knew him. A warlock active in a era alive with witches, sorcerers, demons, ghosts and conjurers. A wonder-worker who oddly enough never cast a spell or bedeviled any human being. Unlike the mystics who used their black arts for mischievous purposes, Old Dimond used his singular gifts to aid his fellow man, and used his eerie skills for their advantage.
They knew that if there was anyone on earth to whom they could turn for help, that person was Old Dimond. And to his everlasting credit, he never failed them. The moment he was informed that a friend or a neighbor was in danger, he would rush to the top of Old Burial Hill and there -- braced against the wind and rain -- he would peer out over the ocean. It did not make any difference whether it was pitch dark, snowing or thick-a-fog. Old Dimond could see through the murk and spot any vessel in distress, in peril of sinking or about to be cast upon a jagged reef. And instantly, this wizard would know exactly what to do.
The means he employed to rescue those whose lives were in peril were amazingly simple and much more effective than today's radio, telephones, radar screens and navigational instruments. Old Dimond just shouted his instructions. And if the vessel was in nearby waters, the winds would carry his orders to the sailors and tell them what they had to do to save their lives. But if a vessel were out of the range of his voice, he summoned his trusty phantoms -- Redcap and Bluecap -- and sent them winging through the tempest to the beleaguered ship.
Everyone in Marblehead looked upon Old Dimond with considerable awe and deepest respect. For not only did he safeguard the lives of the deepwater sailors, but on many occasions he made certain that the town's fishing schooners returned home laden with fish. If a ship was becalmed far from port, he could whistle up a wind; and if by chance the vessels that were combing the Grand Banks found that the fishing was poor and that they were about to sail home with their bins empty, those troubled fishermen turned to Old Dimond for help. In response, Old Dimond would summon a gang of kelpies from the deep and lo and behold, when the fishermen clambered on deck at daybreak the next morning, they would find the deck knee-deep with cod and haddock, fish plucked from the ocean's floor by Old Dimond's kelpies from the nether world!
Now, one may wonder how the fish miraculously wound up on deck. But Marblehead fishermen out on the fishing grounds were neither perplexed nor mystified. They knew that the fish had been caught by Old Dimond's kelpies, who in obedience to his orders, had hand-lined all night! Although every man, woman and child in town knew Old Dimond was a wizard of extraordinary powers, they nevertheless secretly harbored the idea that he was in league with the Devil.
Today, such notions may sound childish and even ridiculous. But seriously, we should not scoff at our ancestors for placing their faith in the likes of this kindly old wizard. Born on March 16, 1679, in Barnegat, Aholiab Dimond was indeed a remarkable master of the great unknown--a warlock who served the townspeople well. A Marbleheader who sired a son, who in turn fathered a daughter--none other than Lynn's renowned fortune-teller, Moll Pitcher!
- from Edward and Aholiab Dimond of Marblehead, Massachusetts Colony
- parents: Edward Dimond & Rebecca Norman
Aholiab3, March 10, 1679 m. Lucie Bond married Aug. 14, 1701
- Rebecca 4 b. 1-13-1703
- Mary 4 b. 5-29-1705
- Richard 4 b. 1-27-1709 (went to Duchess Co., NY)
- Aholiab4 b. 11-29-1710
- Thomas 4 b. 2-22-1718
- Joseph 4 b. 2-21-1724
- Stacey 4 b. 9-21-1729
- Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Sarah Stone: Wife of James Patten, (Portland, ME; Southworth Press, 1930). Pg. 52.
- Massachusetts Vital Records for Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Pg. 144, pg 120
- Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Page 218