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Joseph Bolles (bef. 1608 - bef. 1678)

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Joseph Bolles
Born before in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Wells, York, Mainemap
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Died before in Wells, York County, Mainemap
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Younger son of his father Thomas' first marriage to Elizabeth Perkins. He was baptized 19 Feb 1608 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. He immigrated to New England circa 1640, settling in Winter Harbor, Maine. He later removed himself to Welles, Maine.[1][2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

He married Mary Howell with whom he had three sons and five daughters:

  • Thomas
  • Samuel
  • Joseph
  • Mary, wife of Col. Charles Frost
  • Hannah, wife of Caleb Becke & Nathaniel Wright
  • Elizabeth, wife of Philip Locke & William Pitman
  • Sarah, wife of Humphrey Chadbourne
  • Mercy

Joseph died just before 29 Nov 1678 (date of inventory).


  1. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd edition 2011, Vol I, pg 249.
  2. Joseph Bolles, in Cutter, William Richard, and William Frederick Adams. Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the state of Massachusetts. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1910), v 3 p 1543, 1544: "The following family record is written in Mr. Bolles' own hand-writing in the Wells town records: "The ages of Mr. Joseph Bolles, born February 1608, and Mary Bolles, his wife, in March, 1642..."
  3. Walter Lee Sheppart, FASG, Royal Ancestry of Joseph Bowles, in The American Genealogist. (Demorest, Habersham, Georgia, United States: D.L. Jacobus), 37:114, 38:180, 1961: Thomas Bolles of Osberton son of Ann Goodrick and Benjamin Bolles of Osberton, Nottinhamshire, m Elizabeth dau of Thomas Perkins of Fishlate, Yorkshire. Thomas Bolles and Elizabeth Perkins had Joseph Bolles (or Bowles) bp 19 Feb 1608 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. Joseph was at Winter Harbor by 1640 and died at Wells in 1678.
  4. JOSEPH Bolles, in Noyes, Sybil; Charles Thornton Libby; and Walter Goodwin Davis. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. (Portland, Maine: Southworth Press, 1928-1939), 101: Gentleman Joseph Bolles was bp. 19 Feb. 1608 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, son of Thomas Bolles and Elizabeth (Perkins) Bolles of Osberton Manor. He was apprentice at Kingston-on-Hull. Will dated 18 Sep 1678 probate 29 Nov 1678 names his widow Mary and 3 sons and 5 daus. etc.
  5. Underhill, Lora Altine Woodbury. Descendants of Edward Small of New England: and the Allied Families with Tracings of English (Revised Edition). (Cambridge, Mass.: The Riverside Press, 1934), 3:1186.
  6. Douglas Richardson, FASG. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, ed Kimball G Everingham. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Douglas Richardson, 2013), 1:428-430@430: Thomas Bolles of Osberton son of Ann Goodrick and Benjamin Bolles of Osberton, Nottinhamshire, m Elizabeth dau of Thomas Perkins (Steward of Hatfield) of Fishlate, Yorkshire and 2nd wife Tomasine Besacle (dau and hieress of Edward Basacle) on 20 Apr 1596 at Fishlake. Thomas Bolles of Osberton was born Osberton 22 Dec 1576 and died 19 Mar 1634/5 at Worksop and was buried the following 17 Apr at Worksop. His wife Elizabeth was buried 16 Oct 1610 at Worksop, Nottingshamshire. Edward m/2 1611 Mary Witham/Wytham. Children include Joseph Bowles bp 19 Feb 1656 at Worksop, Nottinghamshire who arrived in New England 1640 settled at Winter Harbor, Maine. He was apprentice at Kingston-upon-Hull. Joseph Bolles married Mary Howell. Children: Thomas, Samuel, Joseph, Mary (m Charles Frost), Hannah (m Caleb Becke and Nathaniel Wright), Elizabeth (m Philip Locke and William Pitman), Sarah (m Humphrey Chadbourne) and Mercy. Returned twice to England. He was legatee in 1665 in the will of his brother John Bolles of St. James, Clekenwell in 1665. Will dated 18 Sep 1678 at Wells. Widow mary living 25 Feb 1690/1 at Portsmouth.
  7. Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640 (Boston, Massachusetts. New England Historic and Genealogical Society. 2015): Bolles, Joseph: Worksop, Nottinghamshire; 1639; Saco [MPCR 1:49, 51; Trelawny 210; GDMNH 101; TAG 37:114-16, 38:180; Small Gen 3: 1186]

See Also:

  • Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson Vol. I page 430
  • Genealogy of the Bolles Family in America, By John Augustus Bolles
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700, By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley
  • Founders and Patriots of America Index, By National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
  • Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660. n.p., 1908.
  • Documented in "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Bolles of Wells, Maine" by George E. Williams - Member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.

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