Joseph Fordham

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Joseph Fordham, son of Joseph Fordham and Mary Maltby, was born 19 September 16931 and baptised at Southampton, Suffolk Co., New York, 29 October 1693.1 He died before 19 November 1726, when his will was proved.2,1

Joseph married Martha Cook, daughter of John Cook and Elizabeth Rogers.3,2,1

Joseph left a will dated 19 November 1725, and proved 19 November 1726 specifying:
In the name of God, Amen. I, JOSEPH FORDHAM, JR., of the town of Southampton, in Suffolk County, being very sick.
I leave to my wife, Martha, the use of all my houses, and lands, and Commonage, until my son Joseph shall come of age, and for the maintenance of my father according to agreement and bonds I am now under.
My executors are to sell lands to pay debts.
I leave to my son Joseph and to his male heirs, all my buildings, lands, and Commonage, that were late in the possession of my father, Joseph Fordham, and he is to pay to my son Abraham when of age £20.
I leave all the rest of my lands to my two sons, Joseph and Abraham. I leave to my wife, a negro woman named " Abigail."
Directs that 3 negro children be sold to pay debts.
I make my wife Martha and my beloved kinsman, Hugh Gelston, and my friend, Richard Wood, overseers of this will.
Witnesses, John Mackie, Samuel Pierson, Thomas Reed.

[NOTE.—Joseph Fordham was son of Major Joseph Fordham, and was born September 19, 1693. His mother was Mary (daughter of John Maltbie, Sr.), who married Major Joseph Fordham, December 5 1689. She died March 10, 1719. John Maltbie, Jr., had two children, Sarah, who died unmarried, and Mary, wife of Hugh Gelston, who was for twenty-one years Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Suffolk County.—W. S. P.]4


Martha Cook b. say 1681
This person was last edited on15 Aug 2015


  1. [S985] Herbert Furman Seversmith, Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut: Being the Ancestry and Kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith, 5 vols (Washington D.C.: p.p., 1939-1958), 959, further cited as Seversmith, Colonial Families of Long Island.
  2. [S171] George Rogers Howell, The Early History of Southampton L.I., New York with Genealogies. Revised, Corrected and Enlarged. Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 2nd ed., 1887, 245 #13. CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of the Town of Southampton, New York (, 2007), further cited as History of Southampton.
  3. [S136] New York Co., New York, Record of will libers, New York City, 1662-1927; index, 1665-1870, Original wills, Box 421-620 (1662-1761), 560, FHL microfilm 501144, further cited as New York City Wills.
  4. [S1590] William S. Pelletreau, editor, Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogates Office, City of New York, 1665-1801 (17 vols., New York: New-York Historical Society, 1892-1908), 2:373 (liber 10:361), further cited as Pelletreau, New York Will Abstracts.