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Joane Hempstead / Lester (Unknown)

Also Known As: "Joanna"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Steeple, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: New London, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Unknown Father and Unknown Father
Wife of Robert Hempstead and Andrew Lester
Mother of Mary Douglas; Joshua Hempstead; Hannah Waller and Daniel Lester

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Joane Hempstead

Wife of Robert Hempstead, mother of children: Mary (Robert Douglass)...first child born in the new town of Pequot, later New London...Joshua (Elizabeth Larrabee) and Hannah (Abel Moore, Samuel Waller).

Many have mistakenly given her the maiden name WILLEY, or WILLIE; there is no foundation for this claim, and THE DIARY OF JOSHUA HEMPSTEAD offers no substantial encouragement for such conjecture. The 1999 version (published by the New London County Historical Society) correctly lists her as "Joane" (introduction). It's also noteworthy that Joshua (1678-1758), the Diarist, never refers to any Willey (Willie) as "Uncle, Aunt or Cousin;" or any other relational capacity.

It's noteworthy that in THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Donald Lines Jacobus states:

"There is not the slightest shred of evidence that his [Robert Hempstead's] wife's name was Joanna Willie, or Willey. Miss Caulkins, in her account of Robert Hempstead, pg. 272, History of New London, says nothing about who his wife was, merely gives the names of his three children Mary, Joshua and Hannah; it is only on page 310, in her sketch of the family if Isaac Willey, that she says 'inferential testimony leads us to enroll among the members of this family Joanna, wife of Robert Hempstead...' Where the 'inferential testimony' comes in it does not appear.

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Joane Hempstead's Timeline

Steeple, Essex, England, United Kingdom
March 26, 1647
Age 23
New London, New London, CT, USA
June 16, 1649
Age 25
New London, New London County, Connecticut
April 11, 1652
Age 28
New London, New London, Connecticut, USA
June 7, 1669
Age 45
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Age 45
January 15, 1924
Age 45
January 15, 1924
Age 45