Joseph Lord (1704 - 1788)

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Birthplace: Dorchester, SC, USA
Death: Died
Occupation: Doctor
Managed by: Walter G. Ashworth
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He took title to much of his father's lands in Athol; he served in the Revolution ------------History of Athol, Massachusetts, William G. Lord Page 633

Was a physician, settled in Sunderland about 1728, and the town made him some grants of land. He was a Justice of the Peace in the new town; married April 22,. 1728, Sarah Rand, perhaps to Brookfield (Sunderland, 1899, Smith, page 487 &489) Darling Papers page 16B

"Following his graduation from Harvard College in 1726, Joseph Lord practiced medicine for a time in Sunderland, Mass., being the first resident physician in that town. He was one of the first five settlers of Athol, coming here on September 17, 1735, and locating on the east side of Pleasant Street just north of Ellinwood Country Club. For more than a score of years he was the leading and dominating individual in this outpost of civilization, being the first doctor, preacher, magistrate, treasurer, tax collector, and surveyor. Not only did he as a physician minister to his neighbors' physical needs but as Proprietors Clerk he was in charge of the records showing the various allotments of land, and it was he who penned the various petitions and complaints filed with the Great and General Court.

     "After the organization of the First Church, of which he does not appear ever to have been a member, and the Rev. Mr. Humphrey was settled her, Dr. Lord was for some years the supply pastor in Templeton, journeying there on horseback whenever the call came for his services. 
     "In 1758 he summarily left Pequoig, following a disagreement with the Proprietors, going to Putney, Vermont where he lived for about 30 years, holding high and responsible positions. Although in 1772 he desired to retire from public office, he was prevailed upon to continue in limited service, which he did until the Crown of Great Britain was no longer recognized as having authority. In that momentous upheaval Dr. Lord, like most men who held positions of honor under the Colonial Government, remained loyal to the King, but no records exist of his ever having been molested or persecuted in any way because of his loyalty. 
     "Coincident with the close of the War for Independence, Dr. Lord removed to Westmoreland, New Hampshire, where he died at the age of eighty four years, his wife surviving him by ten years." 
     ------------History of Athol, Massachusetts, William G. Lord Pages 632-633 

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Joseph Lord's Timeline

1704
September 27, 1704
Dorchester, SC, USA
1733
May 2, 1733
Age 28
Sunderland, MA, USA
1788
December 7, 1788
Age 84
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Westmoreland, NH, USA