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Joseph Need (bef. 1649 - 1741)

Joseph Need
Born before in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, Englandmap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Darby, Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Apr 2014
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Joseph was a Friend (Quaker)

Joseph was born before 1648. Joseph was the child of Nathaniel Need and Ann Unknown. Yeoman, Quaker and eldest son, Joseph was baptized at Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England, on 14 February 1648/9.[1]

Joseph and his wife Rebecca had two daughters, Rebecca (who married John Davis), and Anne (who married Nicholas Fred).[1]

Joseph and his wife Rebecca immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1686 where they were living in Darby, Chester county, Pennsylvania in 1718.[1] He purchased land from Samuel Levis and Thomas Brassey, settling next door to Samuel on his southern boundary in Springfield, PA. Joseph was known as a quiet husbandman (farmer) for almost 50 years.[2] He died in Pennsylvania on 15 Jun 1741.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol IV, page 206, Joseph Need.
  2. Carter, Jane Levis. The Paper Makers, early Pennsylvanians and their water mills. 1982. pg 36.
  3. Richardson, Douglas. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 3 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition (volume II, page 603 NEED 19)
See also:
  • Walker, Michael L: History of the Family of Need of Arnold, Nottinghamshire (London, 1963). Not seen. (Google)


Magna Carta Project

Joseph Need is listed in Magna Carta Ancestry as a Gateway Ancestor (vol. I, pages xxiii-xxix) in a Richardson-documented trail to Magna Carta Surety Barons Hugh le Bigod and Roger le Bigod (vol. II, pages 221-223 NEED). Joseph is also the Gateway in trails identified by the Magna Carta Project to surety barons Saher de Quincy, John de Lacy, Gilbert de Clare, Richard de Clare and John Fitz Robert. These trails were developed as part of the Levis trail by John Sigh, were badged in February 2020 by Michael Cayley, and are set out in the Magna Carta Trails section of his sister's profile.
  • Needs Development: This profile and the profile of his father need development against the project's checklist and then need review/approval by the Project to badge Joseph's trails. ~ Thiessen-117 23:05, 15 August 2020 (UTC)
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".
See also Samuel Levis trail.

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I will soon be developing this profile for the Magna Carta Project.
posted by Traci Thiessen