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Joseph Booth (1659 - bef. 1733)

Joseph Booth
Born in Scituate, Bristol Co., Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1686 (to before 1687) in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married 28 Nov 1690 in Sussex Co., Delawaremap
Husband of — married Aug 1716 in Duck Creek MM, Kent, Delawaremap
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died before in Mispillion, Kent Co., Delawaremap
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Biography

Joseph was a Friend (Quaker)

Joseph Booth was born 27 Mar 1659 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, the son of John Booth [1] and Elizabeth (Granger) Booth. [2] [3]

About 1686 Joseph had a relationship with or married [4] Mary Sutton. Together they had a child whose name is not known about 1687. [3] The child may have died young. In any event, Joseph was taken to court in 1686-87, where he was fined and sentenced to pay child support to Mary Sutton. [2]

Joseph moved shortly thereafter to Sussex County, Delaware, where he was well established by 1690. He married Frances (Cowdry) Spencer, (she was the daughter of Benjamin Cowdry and widow of Capt. William Spencer) on 28 Nov 1690 in a Quaker service in Sussex Co., Delaware. [3] Together they had at least one child:

  • Joseph Booth Jr, b abt 1695; d bef 8 Jan 1736

Joseph was active in community affairs in Sussex Co., Delaware, where he served on juries 1690 - 92; was a surveyor and overseer of highways; Justice of the Peace 1693 - 99, 1706 - 07, and 1714; and was a four-term member of the Pennsylvania Assembly for Sussex Co. and later for Kent Co. He had extensive land holdings on both sides of the Sussex - Kent border. He was styled a "Quaker carpenter" and by 1706 had become a Quaker minister, remaining so for the rest of his life.

Joseph's wife, [[Cowdry-43|Frances], died about 1708. Joseph married again on 20 Aug 1716 to Elinor (Heathered) Robinson, daughter of Thomas Heathered and widow of John Robinson, in Mispillion, Kent County, Delaware. She died before Joseph wrote his will on 10 Dec 1732.

Joseph died after 19 Mar 1733 when he was recorded as "sick and weak" in the Quaker Duck Creek Monthly Meeting in Kent Co., but before 28 Nov 1733, when his will was probated in Mispillion, Kent Co., Delaware. His will named a son, Joseph, and a grandson, Thomas. His death was reported at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting of Friends, which called him a minister of Duck Creek MM.

Will

Joseph left most of his estate to his son, Joseph Booth, Junior, and his grandson, Thomas. He makes no provision for a wife -- it appears that Eleanor (Heathred) Robinson Booth predeceased her husband.

The will names two enslaved people: a boy named Simon and a girl named Theny. Both of these people were left to Joseph's grandson, Thomas.

Sources

  1. Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook). - Birth Record of Joseph Booth b 27 Mar 1659 in Scituate, Massachusetts, son of John Booth
  2. 2.0 2.1 New England Historic Genealogical Society. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston: The New England Historic Genealogical Society. - Volume 159; Page 230 - Birth Record of Joseph Booth - b 27 Mar 1659 son of John Booth and Elizabeth Granger Booth
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Ancestry and Family History of Samuel Herbert Booth of Grand Forks ND - (on AncestryRegister.com) - Some Descendants of John Booth Sr. - See Person No. 3.ii. Joseph Booth - Mulitple Sources
  4. Some sources (see #Torrey) say Joseph married Mary Sutton, others (see #Reg) say they just had a child out of wedlock; Mary later married Joseph's brother, Benjamin.
  • Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook). - Birth Record of Joseph Booth b 27 Mar 1659 in Scituate, Massachusetts, son of John Booth
  • Young, Malcolm A., "John Booth of Marshfield and Scituate Massachusetts: Servant and Planter," Article in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register - Vol. 159; Pages 220 - 234. Boston, Massachusetts (July 2005): The New England Historic Genealogical Society. - Volume 159; Page 230-231 - Bio of Joseph Booth - b 27 Mar 1659 son of John Booth and Elizabeth Granger Booth; m1. Frances (Cowdry Spencer; m2. Elinor (Hethard) Robinson
  • The Ancestry and Family History of Samuel Herbert Booth of Grand Forks ND - (on AncestryRegister.com) - Some Descendants of John Booth Sr. - See Person No. 3.ii. Joseph Booth - Mulitple Sources
  • Land Sale Record, 6 May 1707
40 acres sold by Joseph Booth to Samuel Spencer,property on Mispillion Creek
in Deed Records of Sussex County, Delaware, 1693-1886: Deeds, book C3-D4, 1698-1721. Image 187. FamilySearch.org. Accessed 23 Oct 2019. [1]]
  • Delaware, U.S., Land Records, 1677-1947: Kent: 778. Database and images at Ancestry.com Image accessed 20 May 2021.
20 August 1729
Three part indenture between Benjamin Shurmer & Richard Richardson(?) (first part); Waitman Sipple and Joseph Booth Junior (second part); Joseph Booth Senior, Gentl. & Elinor his wife (third part)
for £2 paid by Joseph Booth Senior & Mary {sic} his wife, Shurmer & Richardson did sell two lots to Waitman Sipple and Joseph Booth Junior … [adjoining?] property called by the name Elinor’s Dowry. Property to be lived on by Joseph Booth the Elder and Elinor his wife during his and her lifetime, then to pass to the said Waitman Sipple and Joseph Booth, Jr.
  • Will of JOSEPH BOOTH in Delaware, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1676-1971: Kent: Register of wills, book H-I, 1730-1749; image 80. Database and images at Ancestry.com Image accessed 20 May 2021
Joseph Booth of the county of Kent on Delaware
Signed the –seventh day of Dec 1732
Heirs: son Joseph Booth; grandson Thomas Booth;
Executor: son, Joseph Booth
Enslaved people named in will: boy named Simon, girl named Theny (left to grandson Thomas Booth)
witnesses: -- Manlove, Jane Mason
Testified at Register of wills June 1734
  • U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935:Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Minutes, 1734-1765. Database and images at Ancestry.com Image accessed 20 May 2021.
JOSEPH BOOTH, a Minister, who deceased about the year 1732 (from Duck Creek MM)


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