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Joseph Miller, traveling with the Isaac Heath family on the Hopewellarrived in Roxbury in November 1635. He was aged 15, so that would put his birth year at 1616. From depositions of age in 1668 and 1682, he is believed to have been from Bishop's Stortford, co. Hertfordshire, England. The baptism record for Joseph Miller from Bishop's Stortford is December 30, 1616.
The "Town Records of Cambridge, Mass." show that Joseph Miller worked there in 1635/36. Clapp's "History of Dorchester" records, "Joseph Miller of Dorchester" who settled in Newton.
Nathaniel Sparhawk, who died June 27, 1647 at the settlement of his estate showed that Joseph Miller owed the estate 2s 11d.
June 4, 1652 he was called "proprietor of Cambridge" when granted Lot No. 25, with 15 acres in Shawshine (Billerica). The exact marriage date of Joseph to Mary Pope is not known, but it was probably about 1652 when this land was granted for his home lot. His wife, Mary Pope was born as early as 1631; the daughter of Walter Pope and his wife Eleanor of Charlestown,
Joseph deposed to a Middlesex Court on September 7, 1668 that he was about 48 years old. In 1682 he also made a deposition and called his aged "about 64."
Joseph, along with his wife and family, moved to Charlestown in 1674 and settled in "Cambridge Village," now Newton. See Jackson's History of Newton. At Newton in 1676 he was chosen surveyor of highways. He signed a petition on May 10, 1678 that Cambridge Village be made a separate town.
In 1679 he went to Roxbury and took the oath of allegiance with Roxbury men.
Joseph Miller died on November 28, 1697 at Newton. His wife Mary died at Newton on March 14, 1710.
Joseph's mother-in-law went on to marry Richard Miller who died about 1648. She then married Henry Harbard who died in Charlestown on October 22, 1677.
Before Henry Harbard's will was probated, the following agreement was made: "Articles of Agreement between Elizabeth Herbert (2nd wife of Henry Harbard) and James Miller executors of the last will of Henry Herbert deceased on the one part and Joseph Miller, husband to Walter Pope's only daughter Mary, on the other part was made 7th day of Nov, 1677." "It is agreed that Joseph Miller have present possession of the house of the aforesaid Henry Herbert built and lived in till his decease, with all the land thereunto adjoyneing bounded with the land of Mr. Joseph Lindes on the newest and the Creeke on the southwest for all which the aforesaide executors paye Joseph Miller five shillings rent until March next. "2dly It is agreed that the aforesaid James Miller shall have and injoy a peece of land about two accres lying next Charlestown Comon which was bought by the aforesaid Henry Herbert of William Kileny and possession given by the said Herbert to James Miller since the making of his will as appears by the testimony of _____Bralier [Edw. Brasier or Brazier] and Jno Greene and severall others on which James Miller began to build and fence before the said Henry Herbert's death. "In witness of the premises the above mentioned partyes have hereunto set their hands dated as above.
This biography is based on NEHGR "Some Descendants of Joseph Miller of Newton, Massachusetts" unless otherwise cited.
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