Joseph Grafton

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Joseph Grafton, son of (…) Grafton and Katheryn (…), was born say 1598.1 He died at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, about 24 June 1682.2

Joseph married an unknown first wife, say 1621;1,3,4,5 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Mary Moore, daughter of Thomas Moore and Ann (…), at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, August 1631;6,7 he married (3), as her 2nd husband, Bethia Rea, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), before 1680.3

Joseph Grafton was named in a deposition as part owner (along with Ralph Henfield and William Andrews of Cambridge) of the Diligence which was taken by the French off Cape Cod in 1645 and the ship's company were set ashore on an uninhabited island. The deposition was made by:
Ralph Henfield 28, of Boston, mariner
Roland Bevan 26, of Boston, mariner
Nicholas Trewergy 25, of Piscataqua, sailor
Henry Parke (age not given), formerly of Boston, but now of St. Matthew, Friday Street, London.8

Family 1

Mary Moore d. Nov 1674
  • Elizabeth Grafton+3 b. abt. 1622, d. 3 Mar 1678/79
  • Abigail Grafton6 b. Jun 1632
  • Priscilla Grafton+3 b. abt. 1635, d. bef. 24 Apr 1717
  • Joseph Grafton9 b. 24 Jan 1636/37, d. Feb 1670
  • Nathaniel Grafton9 b. 24 Apr 1639, d. 11 Feb 1670/71
  • John Grafton9 b. 28 Apr 1642, d. 24 Nov 1715

Family 2

Bethia Rea d. 6 Dec 1686
This person was last edited on29 Dec 2017


  1. [S1330] Estimated from birth date of first child (c. 1622).
  2. [S108] Henry Wyckoff Belknap, "The Grafton Family of Salem," The Essex Institute Historical Collections 64 (1928): 49-51, at 57, further cited as Belknap, "Grafton Family."
  3. [S108] Belknap, "Grafton Family," 49.
  4. [S35] Alexander Starbuck, The History of Nantucket (Boston, Massachusetts: C.E. Goodspeed, 1924), 756-7, further cited as Starbuck, History of Nantucket.
  5. [S60] Lydia S. Hinchman, Early Settlers of Nantucket (1934; reprint, Rutland, Vermont: C. E. Tuttle, 1980), 83-5, further cited as Hinchman, Early Settlers of Nantucket.
  6. [S1384] Barbara MacAllan, "The Great Yarmouth Company of Migrant Families," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 154 (Apr 2000): 215-217, at 215-217, further cited as MacAllan, "Great Yarmouth Migrant Families."
  7. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 643, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  8. [S1492] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 252, further cited as Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660.
  9. [S108] Belknap, "Grafton Family," 60.