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Edward Diamond

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: 1732 (91)
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Diamond and Johanna Diamond
Husband of Rebecca Diamond
Father of Mary Elizabeth Tucker; Aholiah (John) Dimond; Edward Dimond, Jr.; Rebecca Wormstall; Thomas Dimond and 7 others
Brother of William Dimond

Occupation: Fisherman
Managed by: Richard Alan Reed
Last Updated:

About Edward Diamond

John, or Edward, Dimond, grandfather of Moll Pitcher, was a benevolent wizard. When vessels were trying to enter the port of Marblehead in a heavy gale or at night, their crews were startled to hear a trumpet voice pealing from the skies, plainly audible above the howling and hissing of any tempest, telling them how to lay their course so as to reach smooth water. This was the voice of Dimond, speaking from his station, miles away in the village cemetery. He always repaired to this place in troublous weather and shouted orders to the ships that were made visible to him by mystic power as he strode to and fro among the graves. When thieves came to him for advice he charmed them and made them take back their plunder or caused them to tramp helplessly about the streets bearing heavy burdens.

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Judith Lalley, in her Dimond of Marblehead genealogy [mentioned in the Beekman Patent volume], speculated about a link between the Marblehead family and the Edward Dimond family of Beekman Patent, New York Province. The Edward Dimond family of Marblehead was most certainly European, arriving in Marblehead in the 1640s. They were not among the founders but arrived not long after. There is no evidence or reason to believe that they were in any way American Indian. A close look at the Marblehead town records indicates that the Beekman Dimond family was descended from the Marblehead family. Edward Dimond, the first recorded patriarch, was recorded in 1641. Later Edward Dimond members of the family were: Edward1687, Edward1707, Edward1712, and  Edward1725.

Marblehead - A Fishing Plantation

Marblehead was settled as a fishing village in the first half of the 1600s.

The local society consisted of two groups: the men who managed the fishing industry, and those who performed the labor at sea. Marblehead’s early settlers were seafaring immigrants. The village in 1650 had about 100 inhabitants; by 1680, it had 600.

By the 1670s, Marblehead’s original 44 householders had grown to just over 100.

The people of Marblehead showed no commitment to the values and institutions of Puritan Massachusetts. Closer counter parts to Marblehead were the settlements of the Isle of Shoals and other centers of the fishing industry.  [D*mond's are recorded at Isle of Shoals]

These were fishing camps for West Country men rather than experiments for devout East Anglicans. The two decades of war [Queen Anne’s War] before 1713 brought hard times to the Marblehead fishery. With peace in 1713 this reversed and local control began to develop.


  1. Dymond of Hudson's River DNA Project
  2. Dimond in Marblehead
  3. Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Sarah Stone: Wife of James Patten, (Portland, ME; Southworth Press, 1930). Pg. 52.
  4. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Torrey. Page 218.


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Edward Diamond's Timeline

Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
May 9, 1671
Age 30
Marblehead, Essex Co., MA
October 7, 1672
Age 31
Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
March 10, 1679
Age 38
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 46
Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
October 28, 1694
Age 53
September 16, 1695
Age 54
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 91
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts