Joseph Washburn

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Joseph Washburn, son of John Washburn and Elizabeth Mitchell, was born at Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, 7 July 1653.1 He died at Bridgewater, 20 April 1733.2,1

Joseph married Hannah Latham, daughter of Robert Latham and Susanna Winslow, at Marshfield, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, about 1677.1,2,3

In 1685 Joseph Washburn and the town agreed he would care for his uncle Philip.
The towne of bridgwater being met together by order of the govers warant upon the :8th of may 1685 " did agree that the select men decon willis Samuel edson senior lieuftenant hayward should agree with Joseph washbourn about his uncle philip washborn and take bond of him for the secureing of the towne from any charge about him for his maintainenance and he was willing to give bond as he said

However, by his father's will, Joseph's brother John was given charge of Philip. Perhaps Joseph had reneged on the agreement and this was the cause of some of the father's seeming displeasure when he wrote his will in late 1686 stating, ". . . I have otherwise Done for him according to my ability And my will is that he therewith Rest Contented." Such a statement is not made in any of the other bequests, and Joseph's share seems small when compared to that of his siblings.

Joseph Washburn sold or gave much of his land to his sons, and left no will, nor is there any administration on file in Plymouth Colony records.

In a deed of 13 January 1706/7 (acknowledged 24 January 1706/7 and recorded 12 February 1713), "Joseph Washburn of theTown of Bridgewater. . . love and. . . affection towards my natural Son Jonathan Washburn of the Same town. . . " gave to son Jonathan land in Bridgewater. Among the bounds of this land is a reference to ". . . an Ancient Bounds between Father Lathams Lot & Deacon Willis's Lot &. . . ."

On 3 August 1714 Joseph Washburn of Bridgewater, "for love and affection," transferred land to his son Joseph Washburn, naming ". . . my father-in-law Robert Lathums Decd. . . ."

On 17 Apr 1717, Joseph Washburn of Bridgewater, with wife Hannah releasing her dower rights, sold his home there to Isaac Lazell. The deed was later confirmed on 14 June 1720 by Joseph Washburn, blacksmith, of Plympton, formerly of Bridgewater, and Hannah again released her dower rights. Joseph Washburn and wife Hannah acknowledged this deed, 1 July 1725, and this is their last appearance in the records.

In 1718 and 1721, Joseph Washburn of Plympton, blacksmith, transferred Bridgewater land to son Jonathan.

Still of Plympton, in 1719/20, he conveyed land to son Joseph of Bridgewater, to son Ebenezer Washburn of Bridgewater in 1720, and to son Miles Washburn of Plympton in 1723.

The sons Ephraim and Benjamin were named by a grandson, Seth Washburn.

In 1738 Miles and Edward Washburn of Plympton sold a meadow bought by their father Joseph Washburn.4,1,5,6


Hannah Latham d. aft. 1 Jul 1725
  • Miles Washburn2,1 b. bef. 21 Mar 1677/78
  • Hepzibah Washburn2,1 b. say 1680
  • Jonathan Washburn2,1 b. say 1683
  • Joseph Washburn2,1 b. say 1687
  • Ebenezer Washburn2,1 b. say 1693
  • Ephraim Washburn2,1 b. say 1695
  • Edward Washburn+2,1 b. say 1698, d. bef. 15 Dec 1758
  • Benjamin Washburn2,1 b. say 1700
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  1. [S40] Ralph V. Wood Jr., Francis Cooke of the Mayflower: The First Five Generations, Revised edition edition (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1999), further cited as Wood, MF 12.
  2. [S38] Robert Moody Sherman, Verle Delano Vincent, Robert S. Wakefield and Lydia Dow Finlay, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620: Volume Fifteen: Family of James Chilton and Family of Richard More (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997), 32, further cited as Sherman, Vincent, Delano, Wakefield, and Finlay, MF 15.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1603, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S38] Sherman, Vincent, Delano, Wakefield, and Finlay, MF 15, 32-3.
  5. [S1897] George Ernest Bowman, "Latham-Washburn," Mayflower Descendant 21 (Jan 1919): 40-42, further cited as Bowman, "Latham-Washburn."
  6. [S1898] Mary Washburn Parkinson, "Col. Seth Washburn's Justice of the Peace Book," Mayflower Descendant 2 (Apr 1900): 65-70, at 66, further cited as Parkinson, "Col. Seth Washburn's Justice of the Peace Book."