The Brush Cemetery
Stamford, CT

The Brush Cemetery is notable for Dibble genealogists because it is where Lt. Jonathan Dibble (1711 - 1760) and his son George (1740 - 1813) are buried. As best we can determine, it was originally on land owned by Jonathan which was later owned by John H. Brush of Stanwich, CT.

It is a very small family cemetery (only 13 graves according to Find-a-Grave) located on private land.

The Stamford Advocate published a very interesting article about the cemetery in 2004.

Jolene Grabill, a descendant of these two Dibbles, visited the cemetery in the fall of 2015 and brought back the information and pictures found on this page.

Exact address: 246 E. Middle Patent Road, Greenwich, CT (huge yellow house). Although the property is actually located in Stamford, CT, confusingly, the mailing address is Greenwich, CT. This is true even though the homes are in a Stamford school district. The Connecticut stretch of E. Middle Patent Road is only a couple miles long, but the cemetery is nearly impossible to see from the road. A word of caution: Middle Patent Road continues for quite a way into Bedford, New York after crossing the state line. There is a 246 Middle Patent Road with a Bedford, NY address which, though not far away, should not be confused with the Connecticut location of the Brush Cemetery.

Exact location of the cemetery: To reach the cemetery, you must enter the actual property at 246 E. Middle Patent Road, cross the circle drive toward the north, go up the short hill and back west to see the cemetery. The cemetery is located on a raised section of wooded land to the north of the house. The cemetery is marked by a short stone wall and entrance is through a black metal arbor with gate on the east front of the cemetery.

Current owner of the property: Fairfield County Appraiser records indicate that the property is owned by the “Quick Joint Revocable Trust”, most likely Ingram Thomas Quick and Bessie Quick. They purchased the property in 2014. An official at the Stamford historical society said that the current owners were not fond of strangers coming on to their property. The same official also said that all cemeteries in Connecticut, both public and private ones, were open to the public by law.

Satellite View of Brush Cemetery and Dibble land in 1760: The Dibble property ran along the west side of E. Middle Patent Road all the way north to the New York Border (and beyond; Jonathan's purchase in the area straddled the border and included land in the Town of Bedford). We don't know where the southern property line was. The Piping Brook runs behind the house and cemetery in a heavily wooded area that doesn’t appear to have changed much since the 1700s.

Color photo of Lt. Jonathan Dibble's headstone taken October 2015


Photo of a dibble, a gardening tool for making holes
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