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Joseph Underwood

Birthdate:
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Uknown father of Joseph Underwood and Unknown mother of Joseph Underwood
Husband of Mary Underwood and Mary Underwood
Father of Mary Ong; Elizabeth Underwood; Joseph Underwood; Martha Underwood; Hannah Gibson and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Underwood of Watertown

Occupation: Grocer
Managed by: Ned Reynolds
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About Joseph Underwood of Watertown

Joseph Underwood (1614-Feb 17, 1677)

Joseph probably emigrated from London to Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635. Joseph Underwood removed from Hingham to Watertown was admitted a freeman May 16, 1645. He married first Mary and second Mary How of Dorchester April 29, 1665. The names of children are found in the record of the settlement of estate. He died February 16, 1676/77 aged about sixty two years.

Children

  1. Thomas
  2. Elizabeth married September 13 1693 William Bull
  3. Mary married August 18 1670 Isaac Ong
  4. Martha
  5. Sarah
  6. Joseph born 1650
  7. Hannah married October 14 1680 John Gibson

Joseph Underwood's brother Thomas moved to Hingham, MA in 1637, and he probably went with him to Watertown; in any event he was admitted freeman at Watertown, MA in 1645. Thomas died in 1668, apparently childless, as he left his estate first to his widow Magdalen and after her death to his nephew Thomas (Joseph's son) who was living with them. It is possible that the younger Thomas actually married the widow afterward.

Married

  1. Mary Wilder c. 1640 (c. 1614-1658)
  2. Mary Howe April 29, 1665

Children of Joseph Underwood and Mary Wilder (order unknown)

  • Thomas
  • Elizabeth married Sep 13, 1693 William Bull (his second marriage)
  • Mary 1645-c. 1739
  • Martha
  • Sarah
  • Joseph 1650-
  • Hannah married Oct 14, 1680 John Gibson

Sources

-------------------- b. Abt. 1614, d. 16 Dec 1676) Joseph Underwood was born Abt. 1614 in England, and died 16 Dec 1676 in Watertown, Mass.He married Mary Wilder on Abt. 1644 in Hingham, Mass, daughter of Thomas Wilder and Martha Keene.


Records do not show the exact birthplace of Joseph and Thomas Underwood. Joseph came from England in 1637,( he might have come from Hingham, county of Norfolk, Eng. along with many of the 206 settlers in Hingham, Mass in 1639) and settled in Hingham, MA. His brother, Thomas, came to Hingham the year before.

Later Joseph went to Watertown, with brother Thomas,where he was admitted as a freeman, May 1645 and considered to be a founder. In this Puritan community, joining the Anglican Church was a prerequisite to being a freeman. Joseph remained in Watertown the rest of his life. Thomas married Magdalen, last name unknown, but had no children.In his Will, Thomas generously left much of what he owned to Joseph and family.

Watertown records show Joseph's age at death was 62, so Joseph must have been born about 1614. He came to Massachusetts at the age of 23. On the files of the court is a paper relating to the settlement of his estate, which names his children as Joseph, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Martha--though they are evidently not mentioned in their birth order. The inventory of his estate included a house and about 90 acres of land. Including the household goods, the estate was valued at about 110 pounds. Joseph had married again4/29/1665, 7 years after his first wife's death, a Mary How of Dorchester.She died in 1667. Inventory and Estate of Joseph Underwood A true Inventory of the housing land and Catell and other goods of Joseph Underwood who deceased the 16 day of Feb. 1676, appraised by us whose names are underwritten the 3 of March 1676/7. L S. D. Housing and home stall of 20 ace.............................................................. 40 - - A divident of thirty-three ace...................................................................... 33 - - fifteen ace, more of a divident land............................................................ 2 10 - Twenty acres of Township land.................................................................. 3 - - An acre and halfe of meadow land inpatch meadow.................................. 6 - - Two cows and a steer..................................................................... ........... 9 10 - fforteen sheep and six lambs.................................................................... 3 12 - Swine to the valew of........................................................................ ......... 1 07 - Twenty two bushells of Indian Corne......................................................... 3 06 - ffour bushels of Barley and four bushells of rye....................................... 1 12 - one bushell of Indian meal...................................................................... ... - 03 - Pork and Bacon..................................................................... ..................... 1 15 - Bedding, bedstead and curtains................................................................ 1 15 - A Trundlebed and bedstead.................................................................. ..... 1 05 - A pr of old sheets and some other old linen.............................................. - 15 - His wearing apparrell................................................................. ................ 1 15 - Brass and pewter.................................................................... ................... 2 11 - Iron ware in house for houskeeping.......................................................... - 09 - One barrill of Cyder..................................................................... ............... - 12 - Lumber.................................................................... ................................... - 14 - A Spinning Wheel..................................................................... ................. - 04 - Two Chests and a Cubbard................................................................... .... - 14 - Two old Chests 2 a Sack 3........................................................................ - 05 - An old Matchlock, muskett, & old sword, powder & bulletts..................... - 10 - A plow and plow Chayne & severell pr cells of Iron ware........................ 1 19 - Earthen and a small pr-cell of Tobacco.................................................... - 02 - A prcell of books..................................................................... .................. - 06 - Ten pound of Sheeps wool...................................................................... . - 06 - Dishes and spoons & an old chayr & an old Table.................................. - 03 - W. A. Servant Boy....................................................................... ............. 9 - - Henry Spring Samuel Sternes Thomas Loverane More About Joseph Underwood and Mary Wilder: Marriage: Abt. 1644, Hingham, Mass. Children of Joseph Underwood and Mary Wilder are: +Mary Underwood, b. 13 Apr 1645, Hingham, Plymouth, Mass, d. date unknown, Burlingtn Co. NJ.

Joseph was also a member of a well known Puritan family in England, who were members of the Dorchester company: Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century

By David Underdown

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Joseph Underwood of Watertown's Timeline

1614
1614
London, Middlesex, England
1619
1619
Age 5
Hardingham, Norfolk, England
1637
1637
Age 23
1637
Age 23
From England
1644
1644
Age 30
1644
Age 30
Watertown, MA, USA
1645
April 13, 1645
Age 31
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1649
1649
Age 35
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1656
1656
Age 42
Watertown, Massachuttes
1658
October 11, 1658
Age 44
Watertown, Massachuttes