According to Sewall's History of Woburn, Joseph Wright, the son of Deacon John and Priscilla Wright, was born before 1641, prior to the settlement of Woburn, Massachusetts, either in Charlestown, Massachusetts, or in England before his parents left for New England. Gard, In Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa, states that "The pioneer 'Deacon John,' with his sons John and Joseph, came to America in 1630, if not earlier."
In December 1671, "Joseph Wright, Senr.," along with his brother John and six others, was presented to the Grand Jury of the Charlestown court for "withdrawing from communion of the church of Woburn," and for favoring the Baptists. He subsequently reconciled with the church, becoming a deacon as early as 1698, a position he held until his death. He was the third subscriber to the Declaration of the Church in 1703. He was also one of the Selectmen of Woburn in 1670, 1673 and 1692.
Richard Hassell of Dunstable, in a deed of gift to his "loving son Joseph Wright of Woburn", gave all his right in the land given to him by the town of Dunstable plus the Second Division parcel also granted to him by the town, to Wright in exchange for Wright taking care of him and his wife. The deed was not recorded before Hassell's death, but found among his papers. On 19 October and 2 December 1681 affidavits were made by Hassell's son Joseph Hassell and son-in-law Obadiah Parry, both calling Joseph Wright their brother. They confirmed that they recognized Richard's writing and acknowledged Hassell's gift to Wright. The deed was finally recorded on 25 July 1724 when Jabez Fox and Mary Cutter, witnesses to Obadiah Parry's deposition, made their own deposition as witnesses.
Deacon Joseph Wright died in Woburn on March 31, 1724.
Hugh Miller is said to have notes that "Joseph" Wright was born at West Peckham, Kent, England.
↑ 1.01.11.21.3Sewall: Page 175. Citing: "John Wright ... his wife, Priscilla ... Joseph Wright, Senr. was born before the settlement of Woburn in 1641, either at Charlestown, or possibly before his father, Deacon John Wright, had emigrated from England ... married Elizabeth Hassell, November 1, 1661 ... 'Elizabeth, wife of Dea. Joseph Wright, died June 28, 1713.' ... 'Deacon Joseph Wright died 31 March 1724'. ... [information about civil activities]"
↑Gard: Part IV-Page 69. Citing: "The pioneer 'Deacon John,' with his sons John and Joseph, came to America in 1630, if not earlier."
↑ 6.006.016.026.036.046.056.066.076.086.096.106.11Sewall: Page 651.
Citing: "By his wife Elizabeth, he had issue as follows: (1) Elizabeth, born 2 July, 1664; married Eleazar Bateman, 2 Nov. 1686. (2) Joseph, b. 14 March, 1667; md. Elizabeth Bateman, 7 July, 1692. (3) Sarah, b. 25 Feb. 1669-70. (4) John, b. 2 Oct. 1672. (5) Joanna, b. 18 April, 1675; died 17 Feb. 1690-91. (6) James, b. 10 March, 1677. (7) Timothy, b. 3 Apr. 1679 (8) Stephen, b. 22 Jan. 1680-81. (9) Jacob, b. 22 June, 1683. (10) Ruth, b. 10 Oct. 1685. (11) Benjamin, b. 14 March, 1688. Elizabeth, wife of Dea. Joseph Wright, died 28 June, 1713. Deacon Joseph Wright, died 31 March, 1724."
↑"Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch (22 May 2014), Middlesex > Deeds 1719-1724 vol 21 > image 547 of 573; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts. Middlesex Co., Mass., Deeds, Vol. 21:501.
↑Early New England Families, 1641-1700, Richard Hassell (m. 1643) Page 3
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