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DIBBLE, Sheldon. missionary, born in Skaneatelee, New York, 26 January 1809; died in Lahainaluna, IIawaiian islands, 22 January 1845. He was graduated at IIamilton College in 1827, and at Auburn theological seminary in 1830; was ordained at Utica, New York, 6 October 1830, and sailed from New Bedford for Honolulu. 28 December 1830, arriving on 9 June 1831, with the fourth company of missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands. He was stationed at ttilo until 1836; but, his health not being good, he was assigned to the seminary at Lahainaluna, on the Island of Maul. There his wife, Maria M. Tomlinson, of Troy, New York, born in April 1808, died 20 February 1837. On 20 November of that year Mr. Dibble sailed for the United States, where he made an extended tour, delivering lectures upon the islands and the missionary work. An abstract of these was published under the title " Hawaiian History " (New York, 1838). He married Antoinette Tomlinson, of Manlius, New York, and returned with her to his station, sailing from New York, 9 October 1839. Mr. Dibble was among the foremost of the mission educators. He translated a part of the Old Testament, prepared eight Textbooks on grammar, natural history, and scripture history, in the Hawaiian language, and wrote a "History of the Sandwich Islands Mission" (New York, 1839), and a "History of the Sandwich Islands" (Lahainahma, 1843), which have peculiar value as authentic history.
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