Deacon Joseph Bridgham

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Deacon Joseph Bridgham

Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: January 05, 1709 (56)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Colony of Massachusetts, (present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Bridgham and Elizabeth Bridgham
Husband of Sarah Bridgham; Susanna Cook Bridgham and Mercy Bridgham
Father of Henry Joseph Bridgham; Dr. Joseph Bridgham; Elizabeth Holyoke; Mercy Smith; James Bridgham and 2 others
Brother of Dr. John Bridgham; Joseph Bridgham; Jonathan Bridgham; Benjamin Bridgham; Hopestill Bridgham and 4 others

Managed by: Glen Woodford Balzer
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About Deacon Joseph Bridgham

Joseph Bridgman married thrice. First to Sarah, with whom he had one son, Henry Joseph Bridgman.. Second to Susana (Upshall) Cook. Third to Mercy Wensley.

Joseph Bridgman married Mercy Wensley, his third wife, on April 17, 1701 in Boston, Suffolk County, Colony of Massachusetts.

The Inscription oh Henry Joseph Bridgham's grave marker reads: "RULEING ELDER OF YE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST IN BOSTON"


George Little writes,

Joseph, the fourth son of Henry and Elizabeth (Harding) Bridgham. In 1674 was a member of the artillery company, in 1678 was made freeman, was representative in 1697, also for Northampton in 1690. He was deacon and ruling elder in the First Church of Christ, was often moderator of the Boston town meetings, and often on various town committees. His will was probated in Suffolk county, and provided a sum of twenty pounds to be spent by the deacons of the church for plate for the communion table. He was a tanner, probably carrying on his business in the same location as his father before him. His first wife was Sarah, and he married (second) April 17, 1700, Mercy Wensley, who survived him and married Thomas Cushman, between whom and the heirs of Joseph Bridgham there arose a dispute as to the settlement of the estate. She died October 3, 1740. His children, mentioned in his will and the Boston town records, were: By first wife: Henry, born December 16, 1676, married Abigail Walker, February 6, 1700, died April 14, 1720, and his widow married John Dixwell. By second wife: Joseph; Elizabeth, born September 27, 1702, baptized October, 1702, married Samuel Holyoke; Mercy, born November 11, 1704, married John Smith, December 5, 1728; John born February 28, 1705, died young; James, June 11, 1706, died young.[3]

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Deacon Joseph Bridgham's Timeline

January 17, 1652
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
April 16, 1701
September 27, 1702
Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 1703
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
February 28, 1705
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
February 28, 1705
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States