Joseph ALDEN

Male Aft 1627 - 1697  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name Joseph ALDEN  [1, 2, 3
    • He married, perhaps about 1660, Mary Simmons, daughter of Moses and Sarah (?) Simmons/Simonson, born say about 1641 (her children born in the 1660's and 1670's); died after 10 March 1696/7, when named co-executor of Joseph's estate; sister of John Simmons who married Mercy Pabodie and of Rebecca Simmons who married John Soule, son of Mayflower passenger George Soule. Moses Simmons, in his will dated 17 June 1689 and proved 15 September 1691, bequeathed to "my daughter Mary, the wife of Joseph Alden L4". Moses Simmons came to Plymouth on the Fortune, 9 November 1621.

      By a deed dated 1 April 1679, acknowledged 14 April 1679, but not recorded until 10 April 1700, his father "in consideration of love and natural affection: conveyed to Joseph Alden my true & natural son all that my share of land...within the township of Bridgewater" (Plymouth Co LR, 3:194). Joseph and Mary Alden sold land near the Gurnet's nose to Jonathan Alden, 2 September 1684 (Plymouth Col LR, 6:52).

      Joseph Alden was on the list of men from Duxbury between 16 and 60 able to bear arms August 1643, but his name is interlined and may have been added a few years after the fact (PCR, 8:189). Joseph, with his brother Jonathan, was admitted a freeman of Plymouth Colony on 3 June 1657. He served on Grand Juries in 1660, 1666, and 1685; and on a jury to "lay out all ways in Bridgewater" in 1667. he was a surveyor of highways in Bridgewater, in 1669, 1679 and 1685.

      At the Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas held in September 1686, Joseph Alden of Plymouth was freed from military training "for bodily infirmity".

      The will of Joseph Alden, Sr., of the town of Bridgewater, dated 14 December 1696, proved 10 March 1696/7, was witnessed by Pallatiah Smith, Thomas Delano, and Joseph hayward. It mentions his son Isaac (50 acres which he lives upon; 10 acres of swamp, out of which he was to allow Joseph 3 acres; 2 acres of upland "which he hath taken up in liew of the upland belonging to Coasters kitchen meadows"; 1 acre of meadow at Byrams Hole "which he hath hitherto Enjoyed"; half meadow lot in Byrams Hole; and half of 60 acres between Byrams Hole and the sawmill); son Joseph (land where he lives "of which have already given him Assurance by written Deed"; and 20 acres lying on the Great River below Goodman Bayleys land); sons Joseph and John together (10 acres to be equally divided between them); wife Mary (homestead plus 10 acres on the Plaine; 2 acre woodlots on the left hand of the way to Thomas Washbourn's; and all moveables to dispose of as she saw fit); son John (use and improvement of the homestead "for his and my wife's Comfort during her life time" then to entirely to to John; 60 acres near the sawmill; and half the lot of meadow at Byrams Hole); and three sons Isaac, Joseph and John (all his right in the Majors Purchase and the undivided lands to be equally divided among them). Executors were his wife Mary and son John. The inventory of the moveable estate, amounting to L76, was taken 3 march 1696/7 by John Leonard, Joseph Snow and Samuel Allin, Jr., and it stated that he died 8 February 1696/7. It was presented to John Alden on 10 March 1696/7. (Plymouth Co PR, #138, 1:256-57' MD, 671-74).

      A "Genealogical Letter" written by John Alden at Middleborough on 14 April 1801 states: My grandfather whose name he thought was John) had three sons and three daughters who were married . . . The daughter's names I cannot relate. . . Two of the daughters married into the family of Snow of Bridgewater . . .the other married a Burrill of Weymouth" (MD, 6:110-11).

      Joseph Snow, Jr., of Bridgewater sold on 28 May 1726 to Capt. John Field, 2/3 purchase right in the seven great shares in Bridgewater and 1/3 of the 32nd lot on the Buckhil (Brickiln) Plain which fell to Joseph Alden deceased and nine acres in Snells Meadow part of the lot of Joseph Edson deceased; acknowledged 20 March 1726 (Plymouth Co LR, 21:199)/ [1]
    Birth 1624  Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Born Aft 22 May 1627  Plymouth or Duxbury, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Fact 1659  Admitted a Freeman Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Will 14 Dec 1696  [4
    Died 08 Feb 1696/7  Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Will Proved 10 Mar 1697  [4
    Person ID I01644  Main Tree
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2019 

    Father John ALDEN,   b. Bef 1598, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 12 Sep 1686 and 1687, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 88 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Priscilla MULLINS,   b. Abt 1602,   d. Between 01 Dec 1680 and 12 Sep 1687, Duxbury Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1621  [4
    Married 1623  Plymouth Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F07398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary SIMMONS,   b. Abt 1641,   d. Aft 10 Mar 1696/7  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married Abt 1665  [2
    Children 
    +1. Joseph ALDEN,   b. Abt 1668, Bridgewater, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1747, Bridgewater, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Elizabeth ALDEN,   b. Abt 1673, Bridgewater, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1705, Bridgewater, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
    +3. John ALDEN,   b. 1674/5, Middleboro, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1730, Middleboro, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F07413  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S4885] Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations Vol. 16 John Alden Part 1 .

    2. [S02658] Mayflower Increasings 2nd Edition by Susan E. Roser.

    3. [S9349] History of Plymouth, New Hampshire: Vol. 1 Narrative--Vol. II Genealogies, Ezra Scollay Stearns, Moses Thurston Runnels, Plymouth NH Town History Committee.

    4. [S01988] Connecticut, 1600s-1800s Local Families and Histories: New England Families, Vol. III, Genealogies and Memorials.