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Capt Joseph Weld, I

Also Known As: "NOT a husband of Elizabeth Shatswell. Do not add her as a partner."
Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 07, 1646 (47)
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: All Saints Church, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Weld and Amy Weld
Husband of Elizabeth Weld; Barbara Weld-Stoddard and Barbara Weld-Stoddard (Clapp)
Father of Mary Harris; Sarah Weld; Dr. Daniel Weld; Joseph Weld, Jr. and Marah Starr (Weld)
Brother of Daniel Welde; John Weld; Rev. Thomas Weld; Captain Benjamin Weld; Elizabeth Weld and 3 others

Occupation: Arr in Us in 1636
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About Capt. Joseph Weld

See the profile of Elizabeth (Wise) Weld, his first wife, for sources and a discussion of the surname of his first wife. Married (1) Elizabeth Wise (NOT Elizabeth Shatswell, that has been disproven) and (2) Barbara Clapp. Barbara Clapp, after his death, married Anthony Stoddard.

Some of the notes below cite the incorrect surname of his first wife.



10 children

Captain Joseph Weld (1599–1646), the youngest of the three Weld immigrants, is the ancestor from whom the richest and most famous Welds descend.[2] As an award for his participation in the Pequot War of 1637 and subsequent negotiations, the colonial legislature granted Weld 278 acres (1.13 km2) in the town of Roxbury.

Captain Weld's land is now much of present day Jamaica Plain. With the wealth generated from this grant, Joseph Weld became one of the first donors to Harvard and founded the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

Thomas Weld's involvement with Harvard was the beginning of almost 400 years of association between that institution and the Weld Family.

Surprisingly, the first Weld to attend ended his Harvard career in disgrace. John Weld (born in 1625) and a classmate stole money and gunpowder from two houses and were caught. Henry Dunster (Harvard’s first president) personally whipped them and expelled them from the school. Weld returned to England and became a minister in Durham.

Edmund Weld (1631–1668)(son of Thomas, the first Weld to graduate Harvard (class of 1650) left Massachusetts Bay Colony as well. He became a minister in Ireland At least eighteen more Weld family members have graduated Harvard since then and two prominent buildings at Harvard University are named for the family.

(Source: Wikipedia: Weld Family)


  • Descendants of Edmund Weld of Sudbury, England
  • Pg.4
  • No. 1. EDMUND [1] WELD, b in Sudbury, Suffolk County England in 1559; made his will in Sudbury 5 Dec. 1605, which was probated 5 May 1608; m before 1585 AMY BREWSTER (some say DERESLEYE). He was evidently a very prosperous cloth merchant in Sudbury, into which town weavers had been introduced by Edward III. The town was on its way to becoming the center of the cloth industry in Suffolk County, a prominence it attained completely after the Restoration. Edmund Weld invested the savings from his business in lands, as his will shows. He was prominent in the councils of the Borough, of which we find him "Bailiff" 5 Sept. 1597, (Calendar of the Muniments of the Borough of Sudbury, printed in the Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archeology, Vol. 13, Town Book). He was a son of Thomas Weld, a draper in Sudbury.
  • Children:
    • + 2 i. DANIEL[2] b in Sudbury ca 1585 or 1586. (See No. 2)
    • + 3 ii. JOHN [2] b in Sudbury ca 1591. (See No. 3).
    • iii. EDMUND [2] of whom we know from his brother John't will only that he had a son Edmund [3] living in 1660 to whom John willed twenty shillings; so much less than the other nephews that one infers he was well off.
    • + 4 iv. THOMAS [2] bapt. at St Peter's Sudbury, 15 July 1595. (See No. 4)
    • v. BENJAMIN [2] b about 1597; perhaps that one who m at Acton, 10 Nov. 1619 ELIZABETH BOWEN.
    • + 5 vi. JOSEPH [2] b about 1598. (See No. 5).
    • vii. JAMES [2]
    • Daughters: Eldest, MARY, bequeathed 50 pounds in her father's will. Youngest, ELIZABETH, given certain tenements by her father's will.
    • Perhaps also AMY, wife of William Lewis, in Roxbury, Mass. before 1644 to whom Thwing says was born Weld.
    • Possibly also MARGERY, wife of John Johnson, in Roxbury 1630.
  • Pg.7
    • SECOND GENERATION (Continued)
  • No. 5. CAPT. JOSEPH {2} WELD (Edmund [1]) b in Sudbury Suffolk County, England about 1598; d 7 Oct. 1646; buried in Eustice Street Burial Ground, Roxbury, Mass., m (1) at All Saints Church in Sudbury, ELIZABETH WYSE; she was buried in Oct. 1638 in Roxbury. Joseph m (2) BARBARA CLAPP 20 Apr. 1639 in Roxbury, niece of Edward and Prudence Clappe of Dorchester, Mass. and probably dau. of Nicholas; she was b in England and d 15 Aug. 1655 in Boston; she m (2) Anthony Stoddard of Boston about or soon after 24 Aug. 1647.
  • Capt. Joseph arrived in America in 1635 accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth, and children: his oldest son John [3] did not come until 1638.
  • Capt. Joseph settled at Roxbury upon arrival and became householder and proprietor of the town; he was a man of high reputation, very conspicuous in the early history of the colony and reputed to have been the wealthiest merchant of his day in New England. He kept a store on Roxbury Street and lived opposite his brother, Rev. Thomas. Capt Joseph Weld was freeman 3 Mar. 1636.
  • He was deputy to the General Court, 1636-44; Selectman of Roxbury prior to 1641, and Representative, 1635-45; he was very prominent in military affairs. He became a member and was chosen first Ensign of the Artillery Company of Boston at it organization in 1633, the first Monday in June, his name stands third on the roll. He was the first Captain of the Rosbury Military Company in 1636; it was included in the regiment of which John Winthrop was Colonel. Capt Joseph was a valuable aid to Gov. Winthrop and served in numerous fights with the Indians, as well as being one of the Commissioners to make a treaty of peace with the Pequot.
  • Capt. Joseph made many trips to England on business and prospered. He was one of the first donors to Harvard College.
  • Joseph Weld and his brother, Rev. Thomas, were in sympathy with the opponents of the celebrated Mrs. Ann Hutchinson, the first mentioned was ordered by the Court to keep her in custody previous to her exile. It is said that she remarked, that she could not have been treated with more respect and kindness had she been a guest in his home. The Apostle Eliot, his particular friend says that the Captain died of cancer of the throat and jaws.
  • Children (by 1st wife):
    • + 9 i. JOHN [3] b 28 Oct. 1623. (See No. 9).
    • ii. ELIZABETH, b about 1625 in England; d 5 Feb. 1716 in Roxbury, aged 91; m 30 Mar. 1641 in Roxbury, EDWARD DENISON, son of William and Margaret (Chandler) (Monck) Denison of Stratford, Co. Herts, Eng. and Roxbury, Mass.; bp. 3 Nov. 1616 in Stratford; d 26 Apr. 1668 in Roxbury.
    • Pg.8
    • Children (surname Denison): .... etc.
    • iii. MARY, b about 1627 in England; d 5 Sept. 1711 in Middletown, CT; m DANIEL HARRIS of Rowley, Mass, in about 1646, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Harris of Charlestown, Mass.; b about 1619 in England; d 30 Nov. 1701 in Middletown, CT.
    • iv. HANNAH, b about 1629 in England; living 2 June 1646 by her father's will; probably a member of the Rev. Thomas Hooker's household in Cambridge, Mass. He d 7 July 1647, aged 61, leaving a widow, Susannah (his 2nd wife) by his will. The names of Hannah and Susannah have been often interchanged in the old records, therefore as the widow, Susannah Hooker has not been identified she might well have been Hannah Weld.
    • v. THOMAS [3] b about 1632 in England; d 9 Sept. 1649 in Roxbury "aged about 17 years" (First Church Records, Roxbury).
    • vi. EDMUND [3] b 14 July 1636 in Roxbury; d after 1657, probably unmarried when he sold his share of his father's estate to William Lyon and John Polley.
    • vii. SARAH bp. 21 Dec. 1640 in Roxbury; d in 1694 in Boston; m 23 July 1663 in Roxbury JOHN FRANK.
    • + 10 viii. DANIEL [3] b 18 Sept. 1642 in Roxbury. (See No. 10)
    • ix. JOSEPH [3] b 8 Feb. 1644/5 in Roxbury; d 7 Dec. 1645 in Roxbury.
    • x. MARAH, b 2 Sug. 1645 in Roxbury; d in 1688 in Middletown, CT; m COMFORT STARR b about 1644 in Scituate, Mass.; d 18 Oct. 1693 at Middletown, CT. Children (surname Starr) .... etc.


  • The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents (1900)
  • Pg.436
  • Anthony, linen draper, Boston, adm. chh. 28 (7) 1639, frm. May 13, 1640. Deputy 1650; town officer. He m. 1, Mary, whom the Stoddard Genealogy states to have been the dau. of Mr. Emanuel Downing; (she may be the person, "kinswoman to Gov. John Winthrop, who was adm. chh. Boston (9) 1633.) He m. 2, about 24 (6) 1647, (date of marriage contract,) Barbara, dau. of Nicholas Clap of Venn Ottery, Eng., widow of Joseph Weld of Rox.; she was recd, to chh. of Bo. from that of Rox. 25 (10) 1647; she d. 15 (2) 1655, and he m. Christian — . Ch. Benjamin bapt. 23 (6) 1640, ae. about 11 days, Solomon bapt. 1 (8) 1643, ae. about 4 days, Samson b. 3 (10) 1645, Grace bapt. 16 (5) 1648, ae. about 2 days, Samuel bapt. 20 (11) 1649, ae. about 6 days, Simeon bapt. 25 (3) 1651, Sarah b. Oct. 21, 1652, Stephen bapt. 8 (11) 1653, Anthony b. June 16, 1656, Christian b. March 22, 1658, Lydia b. March 27, 1660, Joseph b. and d. Dec. 1661, John b. April 22, 1663, Ebenezer b. July 1, 1664, Dorothy b. Nov. 24, 1665, Mary b. March 25, 1668, Jane b. July 29, 1669.
  • He d. March 16, 1686-7. [S.] Will dated 29 Dec. 1684, prob. 19 May, 1687, beq. to wife what is due according to contract before marriage; to dau. Grace; rest to other eight children, Solomon, Samson, Anthony, Christion, Lydia, Dorothy, Mary and Jane.
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  • Joseph, Roxbury, captain, householder, propr., town officer, deputy. Wife Elizabeth d. Oct. 1638. He m. April 30, 1639, Barbara, dau. of Nicholas Clap of Venn Ottery, Eng. Ch. Edmund b. July 14, 1636, Sarah bapt. Dec. 21 1640, Daniel b. Sept. 18, 1642, Joseph bapt. 9 (12) 1644, d. 7 (10) 1645, Marah b. Aug. 2, 1646.
  • He was bur. Oct. 7, 1646. See accounts in A. Will dated at Ipsqich, 2 (4) 1646, prob. 10 (8) 1646, beq. to wife Barbara and her children Daniel, Sarah and Mara: to his ch. by first wife, John, Thomas, Edmund, Mary and Hannah; to dau. Dennison; to the college at Cambridge; annuity to Mr. Cuddington; to the poor of the church; referes to Mr. Hooker. [Reb. VII, 33.] Mary m. Daniel Harris; Sarah m. John Franck; Marah m. Comfort Starr. Mortg. discharged 4 July, 1666. The widow m. 2. Anthony Stoddard.



  • Capt. Joseph Weld
  • M, #34624, b. 7 April 1599, d. 7 October 1646
  • Father Edmund Weld b. c 1563
  • Mother Amye (Anne) Brewster b. c 1568
  • Capt. Joseph Weld was born on 7 April 1599 at Terling, Essex, England. He married Elizabeth Shatswell, daughter of John Shatswell and Judith Dillingham, on 11 October 1620 at All Saints Church, Sudbury, Suffolk, England. Capt. Joseph Weld died on 7 October 1646 at Roxbury, Suffolk, MA, at age 47.
  • Family Elizabeth Shatswell b. c 1600, d. 16 Oct 1638
  • Children
    • Elizabeth Weld+ b. 9 May 1625, d. 5 Feb 1716
    • Mary Weld+ b. 11 Nov 1627, d. 15 Sep 1711
  • From:


  • CLAPP, Barbara
  • b. ABT 1614 England
  • d. 15 APR 1655 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 20 APR 1639 Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass.
  • Spouse: WELD, Joseph
  • b. ABT 1598 England
  • d. 7 OCT 1646 Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass.
  • Children:
    • WELD, Sarah
    • WELD, Daniel
    • WELD, Joseph b. 6 FEB 1643/4 Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. d. 7 DEC 1645 Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass.
    • WELD, Marah
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT AUG 1647 Boston, Suffolk, Mass.
  • Spouse:STODDARD, Anthony
  • Children:
    • STODDARD, Grace
    • STODDARD, Samuel
    • STODDARD, Simeon
    • STODDARD, Sarah
    • STODDARD, Stephen
  • From:


  • History of the Weld family, from 1632 to 1878 (1879) by Mrs. Charlotte Weld Fowler
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  • .... However, I will give an accurate account as far back as my knowledge extends, and all I can gather from others.
  • Rev. Thomas Weld was the first Weld that ever crossed the water to the shores of America. He came from England on board the ship William Francis, June 5th, 1632, and landed at Boston, Mass. Joseph Weld, his brother, came the following year. They settled in Roxbury, Mass.
  • Rev. Thomas Weld was settled over the church in Roxbury the same year he came from England. In 1648 Joseph Weld's daughter Mary married Daniel Harris of Middletown, Conn.
  • My next information is that my great grandfather, Daniel Weld, married Miss Mary Warren, sister to Gen. Joseph Warren, who fell in battle at Bunker Hill. .... etc.


Death: 7 Oct 1646 in Roxbury MA of cancer "Captain Joseph Weld, immigrant ancestor, was born in England about 1600. He came to New England with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth, aged ten; Mary, aged eight, Hannah, aged six, and Thomas, leaving in England an elder son John, who came later. He was admitted a freeman March 3, 1636. He settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and became a house-holder, proprietor of the town, and captain of the military company. He was selectman for a number of years and deputy to the general court in 1637 and afterward. He was of good estate and high repute, we are told."26

Joseph settled in Roxbury, MA in 1635. He was representative to the General Court 1637 to 1645.

[This has been disproven. He married Elizabeth Wise/Wyse] On 11 Oct 1620 Joseph first married Elizabeth Shatswell, daughter of John Shatswell & Judith [Shatswell], in Sudbury, Suffolk, Eng. Born ca 1600. Elizabeth died in Oct 1638. Buried on 16 Oct 1638 in Roxbury, MA.25

Lambert mentions the first Weld to attend Harvard and the first to graduate, but neither was the first with significant Harvard ties. Captain Joseph Weld, reputedly the richest person in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was among the first donors to the College.

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Capt. Joseph Weld's Timeline

August 1, 1585
Nayland, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
April 7, 1599
Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
July 1, 1629
Age 30
Sudbury, Suffolk, England
December 31, 1640
Age 41
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
September 18, 1642
Age 43
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
December 4, 1645
Age 46
Roxbury, Norfolk, MA
August 2, 1646
Age 47
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 7, 1646
Age 47
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA