Joseph Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony

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Joseph Dunham

Birthplace: Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. John Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony and Abigail Dunham
Husband of Mercy Dunham and Hester or Esther Dunham
Father of Eleazar Dunham; Nathaniel Dunham; Mercy Abigail King; Joseph Dunham; Micajah Dunham and 6 others
Brother of Samuel Dunham, of Plymouth; Rev. Jonathan Dunham; Abigail Atwood; Hannah Rickard; Persis Shaw and 2 others
Half brother of John Dunham, Jr.; Humility Dunham and Rev. Thomas Dunham

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About Joseph Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony

Joseph Dunham was born about 1631 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Dunham (1907) gives his birth date as 18 November 1637, but I cannot find where he found this date.1,2 He was the son of Deacon John Dunham and Abigail Balliou.3,2. His estate was probated on 16 June 1703 in Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Alternate birth date: Nov. 18, 1637.

Admitted a Freeman on June 1, 1658. On June 7, 1665 granted 30 acres at Major's Purchase (Middleboro, MA.). He had 8 children between his two wives. Joseph was among those dismissed from the Plymouth Church to the new Plympton Church due to boundary line changes.


  • Savage, J. 'Genealogical Dictionary....' vol. III, p. 244.
  • Allen, J.K. 'George Morton of Plymouth Colony & Some of his Descendants', p. 11.
  • Records from the Plymouth Colony
  • Info from Isaac Watson Dunham


  1. Nov. 18, 1657, Mercy, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia (Cooper) Morton. She died Feb. 19, 1667 in Plymouth.
  2. Aug. 20, 1669, Hester Wormall, of Rowley, daughter of Joseph Rowley, who lived in Rowley, where the first child was born in 1642. In 1649 she moved to Boston and later to Scituate.


Jonathan Dunham, brother of Joseph, deeded to him for twenty-five pounds land near that bought of Churchill, which his father John had owned. This was sold to Joseph on June 3, 1780. (sic)

Joseph made his will March, 1703, and left one-third of rents and household goods to Esther, his wife. He died at Plymouth. His will was probated June 16, 1703. He bequeathed to children and wife.


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Joseph Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony's Timeline

April 18, 1631
Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
November 18, 1657
Age 26
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 27
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
July 25, 1662
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Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
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Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
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Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
August 20, 1669
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Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
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