The early Weld family of Roxbury, Massachusetts/England are in a twist!

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In clearing up some records I found myself tracking back over the Weld family, particularly the branch descended from Joseph Weld (1599 - 1646). Possibly because of the repeated use of the same Christian names, the Weld family line is in a bit of a mess. I have access to the text of Joseph Weld's will and other documents that can straighten this out, but it involves quite a few mergers. I'm happy to do it if I'm made profile manager for the several Welds involved (I've suggested mergers for most of them). I'm also happy to discuss my evidence (wills, marriages, and property sales) with anyone who is interested in the Welds and in straightening out this family. Currently the situation is such that one Weld is father both to himself and his sister born the next year!
in The Tree House by Laurie Keller G2G6 (6.9k points)

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It looks like neither Joseph Weld or his wife did not live to old age, but they did have a good number of children.

Capt Joseph Weld

Birth:  Apr. 7, 1599
Death:  Oct. 7, 1646
Captain Joseph Weld (1599–1646), the youngest of the three Weld immigrants, is the ancestor from whom the richest and most famous Welds descend. As an award for his participation in the Pequot War of 1637 and subsequent negotiations, the colonial legislature granted Weld 278 acre in the town of Roxbury, Massachusetts. 

Captain Weld's land is now much of present day Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. With the wealth generated from this grant, Joseph Weld became one of the first donors to Harvard and a founder of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Wise Weld (1600 - 1638)*
*Calculated relationship
First Church in Jamaica Plain Cemetery 
Jamaica Plain
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Deebie
Record added: Apr 19, 2012 
Find A Grave Memorial# 88776512
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)

Elizabeth Wise Weld

Birth:  1600
Suffolk, England
Death:  Oct. 16, 1638
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
(Obtained from Linda Mac's memorial #79703541 ~ Thank you Linda!)

ELIZABETH WISE was born say 1600 to Elizabeth Wise, who was a widow by 1635. She married JOSEPH WELD {1635, Roxbury} as his 1st wife at All Saints Sudbury, Suffolk, 11 Oct 1620, Elizabeth Wise, daughter of Elizabeth Wise {1635, Roxbury}.

They all came from Sudbury, Suffolk, to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 & settled in Roxbury (based on admission to the Roxbury church in 1635).

They had 8 known children:

1. JOSEPH: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 16 Aug 1621; no further record.
2. JOHN: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 2 Nov 1623; m. Roxbury, 24 Dec 1647, Margaret Bowen, daughter of Griffith Bowen {1638, Boston}.
3. ELIZABETH: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 22 Feb 1626; m. Roxbury, 30 Mar 1641, Edward Denison, son of William Denison {1631, Roxbury}
-. MARY: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 4 Jul 1628; d. soon.
4. MARY: bp. All Saints Sudbury, 1 Jul 1629; m. by 1651, Daniel Harris, son 5. f Thomas Harris {1630, Rowley}
6. HANNAH: b. say 1631; named in 1646 will; no further record.
7. THOMAS: b. abt. 1632; d. Roxbury, 9 Sep 1649.
8. EDMUND: b. Roxbury, 14 Jul 1636; living 18 Jul 1657, apparently unmarried.

"Elizabeth the wife of Joseph Weld" was buried at Roxbury on __ Oct 1638.

Elizabeth (Wise) Weld, 1st wife of Joseph Weld was sister of Mary (Wise) Mason, wife of Robert Mason {1636, Roxbury}.

I have already started applying the information contained in both Joseph's will and the information contained in the Great Migration Project on the profiles of members of his family. I believe there also needs to be some merges made for duplicated children, and for dealing with the slightly vexed question of his "daughter Denison", who I believe based on marriages and the evidence of his will and the legal custom of the time to have been his eldest daughter Elizabeth (Weld) Dennison. I did not go backwards from Joseph, limiting myself to him, his wives, his children and their spouses. I'm trying to limit what I do to what I can find substantial documentation for, such as the will.

Can someone steer me to the PGM profile? I assume that means something like "project: Great Migration".

Laurie, if you're already using Anderson, you're practically IN the Puritan Great Migration project! Thank you for helping improve these early profiles.

And the will and Anderson are far stronger sources than FindAGrave. (Sorry Frank, I know you mean well.)

You don't need to be a profile manager to propose merges. Just be sure to find the lowest number Weld and propose metes into that number.
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Good find Laurie! Joseph Weld is a PGM profile - I just added him to the PGM project.

Are there merges required for his immediate family i.e. himself, his two spouses, his children or parents? If so can you post the URLs for the profiles that need to be merged?

We need to re-write his biography with footnotes. He’s in Anderson and TAG so we can get started with that.
by R B G2G6 Mach 3 (40.0k points)
What Roland said! (I didn't scroll down far enough before I responded.)

Laurie Keller I added a list of children w/sources of Joseph Weld per TAG and Anderson last night:

But the biography still needs to get sourced.

It sounds like you have a copy of Anderson VII p 280 - 288 already?

If you haven't see this source you need to: Douglas Richardson The American Genealogist New England Weld Family Vol 55 p 145 - 150 Jan 1979. There are two articles in a row - the second about the identity of his wife. If you have troubles finding them send me a private message. Douglas Richardson always does a superlative job.


Thanks Jillaine! :)


Nice job! Thank you! It's getting much better and yes, adding citations to the bio would be great.

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