Joseph Priestley

Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804)

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Rev. Joseph Priestley
Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Warrington, Lancashire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Mar 2016
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Joseph Priestley migrated from England to America.
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Joseph is best known for discovering oxygen. He also identified carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and 6 other gases. He was also a preacher and founded the Unitarian Church.

Joseph was born in 1733 in Yorkshire, England, the son of Jonas Priestley and Mary Swift.

He married Mary Wilkinson on June 23, 1762. Their children included:[1]

  1. Sarah Priestley (1763-1831) - m. William Finch
  2. Joseph Priestley, Jr. (1768-?) - m. (1) Elizabeth Ryland, (2) Lucinda Barton
  3. William Priestley (1771-?) - m. Margaret Foulke, moved to St. James Parish, Louisiana
  4. Henry Priestley (1777-1795)

Joseph and Mary departed in 1794 for America, arriving in New York, living briefly in Philadelphia, and finally settling in Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. They were reunited with their three sons, who had emigrated in 1793. The Priestley’s daughter, Sarah, who was married, remained in England.

Joseph died in 1804 at age 70 and was buried in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA.[2] Image of death notice att [3]

His home in Northumberland is now a museum dedicated to his life and works.[4]


  1. Priestley Family Collection Pamphlet, description of the collection donated by Mrs. Temple Fay in 1965 to Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, Ancestry on pages 14-19.
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 7041: Maintained by Find A Grave; Record added Nov 22, 1999.
  3. Vol. 14: Newspapers: Marriages, Deaths
  4. Joseph Priestley House (museum), 472 Priestley Avenue, Northumberland, PA


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