Joseph Alden, the son of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, was born after 22 May 1627 (cattle division) at Plymouth Colony. He died February 8, 1696/7 at Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Joseph was a farmer and one of the early settlers of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
About 1657 Joseph Alden married Mary Simmons, the daughter of Moses Simmons at Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. The children of this marriage were Sarah, Isaac, Joseph, Mercy, Hopestill, Elizabeth, and John. Some sources assign an eighth child to this family, Mary Alden. So far, no contemporary seventeenth or eighteenth century sources have been cited for this child.
Will, Death & Probate
A statement in the inventory record of Joseph Alden declares he died 8 Feb 1696/7. His will was dated 14 Dec 1696 and proved 10 Mar 1696/7. The inventory of the movable estate was taken 8 Feb 1696/7 and was valued at #76. 1s.
The will of Joseph Alden senr of Bridgewater, County of "Plimouth", New England. He made bequests to son Isaac, including a sawmill; son Joseph; son John; wife, Mary. He named no daughters.
Mary? It has been claimed that Joseph had also a daughter Mary, who married Samuel Allen as his second wife in 1700. No proof has been found.
The 2002 edition of the Alden Silver Book specifically addresses the addition of a daughter named "Mary." The claim is that she was the wife of Samuel Allen, but Samuel's wife has been proven to be a different woman, named "Mary Pratt."
↑ 3.03.1 Alden, Frank Wesley, Compiler. John Alden of Ashfield and Chautauqua County, New York – His Alden Descendants and Ancestors. Printed for Private Circulation, 1909. Page 14.
↑ Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford and Williams, Alicia Crane, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol 16 Part 1 of 3, John Alden, Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2002
↑ Roser, Susan E. "Mayflower Births and Deaths." Vol 1,& 2 Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995 p. 33
↑ A Genealogical Letter From John Alden. Mayflower Descendant: A Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899- . (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010) https://www.americanancestors.org/DB407/i/12205/110/24033430 6:110 (1904)
↑ 8.08.1 Family of John Alden. Mayflower Families through Five Generation. Vol 16 part 1. (General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999) p. 39
↑ Esther Littleford Woodsworth-Barnes, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol 16, Part 1, The Descendants of John Alden, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2002. "The Silver Book" Page 39
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