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Joseph Pell (1598 - 1650)

Joseph Pell
Born in Great Hale, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 5 Nov 1619 (to before 5 Oct 1637) in Great Hale, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married about 1648 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jun 2011
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Joseph Pell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Joseph Pell was baptized in Great Hale, Lincolnshire, England, in October 1598, son of William and Susan (Tipler) Pell. He was a brother of William Pell, also an immigrant to Boston. Joseph Pell's first marriage was in Great Hale, Lincolnshire, England on November 5, 1619, to Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of Robert Taylor. She was baptized in Great Hale, December 14, 1600. He married second Johanna Cocket (sic), in Boston, Lincolnshire, October 5, 1637, and almost immediately emigrated to New England, where he received 10 acres of land in Lynn in 1638.[1]

Joseph Pell married first Elizabeth Taylor, and had two children baptized at Great Hale, Lincolnshire, England:[2][1]

  1. Eleanor, baptized November 12, 1620
  2. Elizabeth, baptized September 7, 1623

Joseph came to New England with a second wife, Johanna Crocket about 1638. He married third, between 1648 and 1650, Elizabeth (Wight) Heaton, widow of Nathaniel.[2]

Joseph's known children were the first two mentioned previously, and a third, Hannah/Anna, whose birth date is unknown, but was thought to be the daughter of Joseph's second wife.[3] In his will of December 10, 1646, Francis Lightfoot of Lynn made bequests to "my brother Pell" and to "Hannah Pell", who were clearly related through Joseph Pell's second wife, Joanna Cocket. Both Hannah/Annas, mother and daughter, went on to marry two Daniel Thurstons in Newbury.[4] (Note in source: "Hannah could be synonymous with Joanna in this instance and not a child at all."[5]

Joseph died in 1650, leaving only a personal estate.[2]

Research Notes

  • Register, v. 3:96; 7:234; 16:365.

Disputed Information

Some have named Elizabeth James as wife to Joseph.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Smith, Dean Crawford; Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, published 1996 Reference Part 4, page 380
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Williams, Alicia Crane, Early New England Families, 1641-1700. (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013 Reference Daniel Warner volume, page 7. Subscription
  3. Williams, citing Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn in Eva Belle Kempton, part IV
  4. Smith, citing Essex Probate 1:55-56
  5. Smith, page 381, footnote 46
  • "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Josephi Pell in entry for Elianor Pell, 12 Nov 1620); citing GREAT AND LITTLE HALE,LINCOLN,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 504,232.

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marked 3rd marriage "about" based on sources
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Removed identified spouse Elizabeth James for whom no sources could be found
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Changed marriage with Wight to match source added; no other sources showed marriage in 1630 in Lynn
posted by S (Hill) Willson
What is the source for wife Elizabeth (James)?
posted by S (Hill) Willson
[Joseph Pell] married first in Great Hale, Lincs, 5 November 1619 Elizabeth Taylor, bp in Great Hale 14 December 1600, daughter of Robert Taylor. With his first wife, Joseph Pell had daughters Eleanor, b[ Great Hale 12 Nov 1620 and Elizabeth bp Great Hale 7 Sep 1623

m/2 Johanna Cocket: "With his second wife, we believe he had a daughter Hannah (or Anna)"

m/3 Elizabeth Wight

Source: Smith, Dean Crawford, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2008), 4:380

posted by [Living Baker]
How can this Joseph Pell be the father of Eleanor "Ellen" Pell who married John Boynton when Ellen Pell was born around 1612 / 1614, but Joseph did not marry Ellen's mother, Elizabeth James until 1628?
posted by M (Boynton) B

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