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Joseph Churchill

Male 1647 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Joseph Churchill 
    Born 1647  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • Joseph Churchill was born in Plymouth in 1647. He lived on the farm first owned by his father. He married at Plymouth June 3rd, 1672, Sarah Hicks, daughter of Samuel and Lydia (Doane) Hicks, and granddaughter of Robert Hicks, first settler of the name.

      About 1670, he built the house which is still standing on the easterly side of the curve in the road opposite the "Sandy Cutter Road" (now 250 Sandwich Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts). "Att a meeting held att Plymouth for the Towne of Plymouth the 30th of August 1671... The bounds of the land layed out to Joseph Churchill and Eliezer Churchill att the Great south pond is as followeth The Northwest end abuteth on the said pond and is bounded att the Northerly Corner with a Red coke tree Marked end see Runeth southwest ten acrees breadth ; and there bounded with a Pyne tree marked; and soe Runeth eight score pole southeast and there bounded with it Pyne tree marked close by a smale Rocke ; and the easterly corner bounded with a Pyne tree marked [107.] The bounds of ill addition of land formerly Graunted unto Gyles Rickard Seni: lying adjoyning unto his old feild att Wellingsley allies the little Towne lately layed out by Leiftenant Morton is as followeth..." (PLYMOUTH RECORDS, Vol. 1, 123-124).

      Joseph Churchill bounds were set forth in the Town Records of Plymouth which record: "The bounds of the 6 acrees of Meadow of Joseph Churchill & the 6 acres of George Mortons & the 6 acres yt was John Tilsons at the South meadows was Renewed & settled on the 19th of July 1704 & bounded as followeth (viz) Joseph Churchels East bounds is a white oake stake stuck in ye Ground on the southeast of the meadows & from sd stake to Extend Nere North Northwest half a pint Westerly to a white oake tree Marked on 4 sides standing by Watsons Cove which is the Raing between Ransoms and the aforsd Churchels Meadow &- from sd white oak tree to Extend southwesterly by the upland 20 pole to ail other white oak tree Marked on 4 sides & from thence to Extend Neere Southeast and by south 3 degrees southerly across the Meadow to a stake stuck in the ground standing on the west side of a little Cove about 14 poole from the bounds first mentioned all betwen the bounds first Mentioned is Joseph Churchils" (PLYMOUTH RECORDS, Vol. 1, 324).

      Joseph was a kind and loving brother, father and husband. As the oldest of his sister Mary's brothers, together with brother-in-law John Drewe, he posted bond 'in the sume of ten pounds' until Mary's judgement date in June 1671 for her sexual encounters with Thomas Dotey. (Elizabeth Snell, THE CHURCHILLS: PIONEERS AND POLITICIANS, pp. 46).

      "Husbandman Joseph would go to his grave referring to 'my loving wife Sarah Churchill,' and with kindly and affectionate references in his will to his three sons and surviving daughter.

      " His affairs were somewhat more complicated at his death than his father's had been, indicating that the property of the New World Churchill family was multiplying, and ttheir prosperitygrowing. Legal documents include an original will, a later ssettlement and individual bequests to each of his three sons. Joseph was scrupulous in the division of his property amongst them. including leaving a firearm to each: a musket, to John; a little Gunn to Barnabas; a gun of y3 Queen Armes lately bought, to Joseph.

      "The final settlement, 5 March, 1719/20, departed somewhat from the will, and saw John [3] the first born, inherit 25 acres of land at South Pond, with a small 'slip of meadow all in partnership,' the piece of property upon which his house stood, the part of the homestead 'that lyes to ye North East of the High Way where the dwelling house & barn is,' and part of a lot at Green Hill.

      "Barnabas [3], 'the loving son' and seafaring man (?) who had bought 250 Sandwich Street from his father in 1715, received: the remainder of the homestead on both sides of the roadway, with all buildings, fences and trees thereon; the remainder of the land at Green Hill; the whole interest called Warrens Well; the whole interest in Cedar Swamp.

      "Joseph [3] was to have his share in the last divisions of the Common Land. Three months previous to the settlement, however, Barnabas, for the sum of 120 purchased from his brother Joseph, 'all those lands that were given to mee by my father Joseph Churchell.' Presuming each of the three portions to have been evaluated equally, Joseph's estate thus would appear to have been worth well over 300 sterling.

      "The Widow Sarah Churchill was awarded '2 rooms in the dwelling house of her sd. husband,' the profit and advantage of one-third portion of the orchard; all her husband's moveable estate and whatever 'sd. Widow shall stand in need of during Life to comfortable substance shall be provided by her sons John Churchell, Joseph Churchell and Barnabas Churchell in equal parts'" (Snell, pp. 46-47).
    Person ID I595638  7_families
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2005 

    Father John Churchill,   b. Abt 1620, Muston, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1662, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Mother Hannah Pontus,   b. 1614, Leyden, Zuid, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1690, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1644  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F214963  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah Hicks,   b. Abt 1651, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 3 Jun 1672  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F215950  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S407] Massachusetts, Plymouth, Plymouth - Vital Records to 1850, Lee Douglas van Antwerp (Main Author), Ruth Wilder Sherman (Added Author), (Camden, Me. : Picton Press, c1993), 655 (Reliability: 3).