This particular Joseph Friend was born in the 1770s, quite possibly. There is a discrepancy as to just where he was born. He apparently died in Elkton, Washington, Illinois in 1843, where a grave is found. However, that grave suggests he was born in 1775 in Ireland. That search got me nowhere. Other trees (many in fact) over at Ancestry.com, some by relatives I never knew, all state that this Friend family is a branch from the infamous Israel Frande Friend family, of Maryland. I did find a private tree with other information that suggests this Joseph Friend was born in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts.
I was able to search this line and gained records, from which I pulled the date of birth. I can find no marriage records of this Joseph in MA to the bride he's supposed to have had, nor can I find a death record in same. Records of a Joseph Friend marriage to an Elon "Elender" Mattison are available all over the place. They got married in North Carolina, U.S. according to International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. There is also a bond record available and several North Carolina index records. None of the plenteous records show the year of birth for either bride or groom. So, it's up for grabs. However, this is my line. Elon has to be the bride or it's the wrong Joseph. They had several children, among whom are Anna Friend, Ludicia Friend and Strangerman Friend. This is my family. Ludicia went on to marry the father-in-law of her niece by Anna Friend. Peyton Herring. If there is no connection, it's the wrong Joseph Friend.
I do hope there is a kind, generous, better-at-research, soul out there able to pull me out of this thicket and set me back upon the right course. Any and all help is appreciated. Please, and thank you, in advance.