Moses Dimon (1672 - 1748) MP

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Birthplace: Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
Death: Died in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
Occupation: Planter, trader, JP, militia captain, deacon
Managed by: Phillip C. Hoag
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About Moses Dimon

Capt. Moses Dimon was October 7, 1672 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut and died August 7, 1748 at age (75) in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut. He is buried in the Old Burying Ground.

Biography

MOSES DIMON, the eldest son of MOSES DIMON and ABIGAIL WARD, was born Oct. 7, 1672, in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT. Under his father's will the younger MOSES inherited all of the Dimon family land in Fairfield when he came of age in 1693. MOSES apparently used his inheritance wisely, for within several decades he became one of Fairfield's wealthiest and most influential citizens. He probably earned most of his profits from planting and trading, but these occupations were not his only pursuit.

MOSES served as an officer in the Fairfield militia. Town records refer to him in 1709 as a lieutenant in the East Company, and by 1712 he had risen to the rank of captain. MOSES also held several civilian posts during his life. In 1722, he served as deputy in Fairfield, and between 1723 and 1736 he served his town as a justice. Also, in 1733 he was elected a deacon in the Fairfield Congregational Church.

The name MOSES DIMON appears frequently in the records of early Fairfield land transactions. In 1688, when only 16, he was included in a division and apportionment of town common lands. Then on Feb. 25, 1695, he sold land to John Osborn; on Nov. 30, 1705, he bought land from John Ward; on Apr. 23, 1705, he exchanged land with Thomas Williams; and on Oct. 27, 1707, he bought more land from John Ward. After 1707, the buying and selling did not stop but rather increased until MOSES became one of the largest owners of Fairfield lands.

MOSES married three times. His first wife and the mother of all of his children was JANE PINCKNEY. MOSES' and JANES' marriage took place about 1696, but the exact date does not appear in Fairfield records. In fact the marriage may have taken place in Eastchester, NY, where JANE's father, PHILIP PINCKNEY, had resided at his death.

MOSES and JANE had a relatively short married life. JANE died sometime after 1714, and MOSES then married Mrs. Jane Dirck Gilbert. The second Jane Dimon died prior to 1738, for on March 7, 1737/38, MOSES entered into a marriage contract with Jane, the widow of John Hill, of Fairfield. MOSES died in Fairfield on Aug. 7, 1748. His slate tombstone still stands in the Old Fairfield Burying Ground, and its inscription remains quite legible:

  • Here Lyes Buried
  • Ye Body of Capt
  • MOSES DIMON
  • Who Departed this Life
  • Augst 7th Anno Domi 1748 in ye
  • 77th Year of His Age

Samuel Rowland, Jr., and Andrew Burr proved the will of MOSES DIMON in the Fairfield Court on Aug. 26, 1748. The subsequent appraisement of Moses' property revealed that he left an estate valued at more than £15,000. However, Moses had deeded most of this property to his three sons, Moses, John, and Ebenezer prior to his death. Consequently, when Samuel Burr, James Dennie, and Lathrop Lewis distributed the estate on Apr. 28, 1749, only £2,115 remained to be divided among the heirs.

After MOSES' death, Jane Hill Dimon remained a widow only briefly. On Aug 3, 1749, she married her third husband, Lieutenant Gideon Allen, in Fairfield. Allen died in 1751, but Jane lived until July 22, 1774. She died in Redding, Connecticut at the age of 98.

Sources

  1. Dimon Genealogy - Second Generation Page 10. # 9. Son of Moses Dimon d 1684 & Abigail Ward.
  2. Dimon Genealogy - Third Generation Page 15. #9. Married 1st Jane Pinckney 2nd Abigail Gilbert 3rd Jane Hill.
  3. yDNA of Colonial American D*mon(d) Families PDF document
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Capt. Moses Dimon's Timeline

1672
October 7, 1672
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
1675
1675
Age 2
Eastchester, New York
1698
April 4, 1698
Age 25
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
1700
March, 1700
Age 27
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
1704
1704
Age 31
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1737
March 7, 1737
Age 64
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
1748
August 7, 1748
Age 75
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut
1748
Age 75
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States