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Joseph Chaffee

Also Known As: "Chaffe"
Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Nantasket (Present Hull), (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: Died in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Chaffee and Dorothea Chaffee
Husband of Agnes Chaffee (Martin)
Father of Mary Chaffee; John Chaffee; Mary Whitaker (Chaffee); Joseph Chaffee; Annis Allen (Chaffe) and 4 others
Brother of Nathaniel Chaffee

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
Last Updated:

About Joseph Chaffee

From the Chaffee Genealogy:

Joseph 2 Chaffe (Thomas i)

  • was probably born in Nantasket, Mass. (later called Hull), some time between 1639 and 1646, and
  • died in Swansea, Mass., October 28, 1694.
  • He married there, December 8, 1670, Annis, daughter of Richard Martin of Rehoboth, Mass. She died in Barrington, Mass. (formerly Swansea), probably early in March, 1729-30.

Joseph Chaffe probably moved with his parents and brother from Hull to Rehoboth between 1657 and 1660. In 1667 that part of Rehoboth where they lived, called Wannamoisett, was formed into a separate town and called Swansea. So it is in the Swansea records that we find the first mention of Joseph Chaffe, about 1670:

"Joseph Chafy his ear mark for all sorts of cattell is a slit in the upper side of the left ear and a slit in the imder side of the right ear."

February 5, 1672, an agreement made in regard to the building of a fence was signed by "Joseph Chafy" and his brother Nathaniel among others. [Ibid.]

January 22, 1673, it was agreed by the Proprietors, of whom "Joseph Chafey" and his brother were two, that "all Moable grase aJoyning to any of our Medows Belongs to the said Meadow." [Ibid.]

"At a town meeting lawfully warned on ye 12th of May 1673, . . . Joseph Chafy"and two other men were chosen "surveyors of ye highways" [76 id.] their duty being to view and repair the highways as directed by the town.

"At a Town meeting Lawfully warned May ye 22d 1674 In obedience to a warrant sent from Our Hond Govr for ye clausing of officers. . . . These Persons underwritten being Inhabitants of this Town ye day & year above written took ye oath of Fidelity before Mr. James Brown, Assistant."

"Joseph Chafy" was one of the twenty-five who signed this. [Ibid.] About 1675-6 he contributed £1, 8s. for the carrying on of King Philip's War, the brunt of which fell on Swansea, "the most exposed and the greatest sufferer by Philip's War of any of the New England settlements." [Bickney's History of Barrington.]

April 11, 1679, the Proprietors agreed on laying out "the home lots butting upon the river," "the great lots extending from the large beach that buts upon the bay or great river," and run to a highway through the Dead Swamp, also, "that lower part of the neck at the front of the said great lots that shall but upon the said lyne from the long beach, together with the little neck of land lying upon the river near Mr. Allen's meadow shall at present remain in Common." [Ibid.]

"At a Town meeting being mett upon Legal warning May ye 24th 1681 for ye choice of officers . . . Joseph Chafy" was chosen as one of three Surveyors of Highways. [Ibid.] October 3, 1682, seventeen of the Proprietors signed an agreement in confirmation of the action of the committee, "Joseph Chaffey " being one. [Ibid.] "Sixt of March Anno Dominie 1683 [1682-3] Joseph Chaffe," as executor of his father's will presented that document, made July 25, 1680, for probate. The inventory, taken May 15, 1683, was sworn to by him, "on ye oath of Joseph Chaffey." His brother Nathaniel received 39 acres of land and Joseph all the rest of his father's "lands, meadows orchards, gardens, dwelling house, barn, outhouses, living stock, neat cattle, sheep, horse kine, swine, poltery and 35 acres of land lately purchased upon the neck commonly called Phebes Neck" also all money due his father. He also became the owner of the family Bible [see Appendix A], probably taking it as part of his share in the division of the personal estate. In book two of the Rehoboth Land Records we find, that March 17, 1683-4, Richard Martin acknowledged having given to his son-in-law, Joseph Chaffee, "ffourteen pounds estate in commonage," in Rehoboth, which was given him by the will of his brother, Robert Martin. April 9, 1685, in a division of lands ordered by the town of Rehoboth, Richard and John Martin and Joseph Chaffee drew lot number 45, being 114 pounds commonage estate, and they were allowed twenty acres to the hundred pounds.

"At a Town Meeting Legally warned & ye Town being mett together Septemr 9th, 1685. . . . After this a vote passed by some particular Persons was voted that y place of all Publick meetings should be between Mr. Myles' house & y great Bridge, & a house be there built for that end by a free Contribution." Against this protested fifteen men of whom " Joseph Chafy " was one. [Swansea Records.]

"At a Town Meeting May ye 24: 1687 The Town being mett together made choice of officers for ye year ensuing as followeth . . . Joseph Chaffie " and one other were chosen Constables, [Ibid.] their duty being to assist in keeping the peace and to make arrests of disorderly persons. September 12, 1688, "Joseph Chaffee" sold to Thomas Barnes an acre of salt meadow, the original deed being in possession of the author :

"TO ALL PEOPLE TO WHOME theise prsents shall come Joseph Chaffe of the Towue of Swansye, in the Countye of Bristoll in his Majestys Teritorry and dommion of New England yeoman. Sendeth greet KNOWE YEE that I the said Joseph Chaffe have for the full sume of Five pounds in currant Silver of New England in hand Receaved and paid by Thomas Barnes of the same Towne Wwaver: wherewith the said Joseph Chaffe accknowledgeth him self satisfied contented and full paid and thereof and every part and prsell thereof exonereth and dischargeth the said Thomas Barnes his heires excecutors administrators and asignes. HAVE FREELY and absollutly given granted Bargained Sould and in Feoffed and confirmed and doe by thies presents give grant Bargan Sell in Feoff and confirme from me the said Joseph Chaffe and my heires to him the said Thomas Barnes his heires excecutors administrators and asignes. All that one acer of Salt meadow be it more or less situate in Swansye. Being Bounded to the west of Joseph Chaffes meadow from a rocke by the river side straight to a white oake stump upon the upland Southerly: and westerly the upland of the said Thomas Barnes: Northerly and Easterly the River, unto the said Thomas Barnes his heires excecutors administratrs an asignes [TO HAVE AND TO HOLD] the aforesaid acer of Salt meadow be it more or lese with all And Singullar the right, members, privilledges proffits grase feedings rents herediments immunities and apurtenances bellonging or appertaining unto the said acer of meadow with the reversion and reversions Remainder and Remainders unto the said Thomas Barnes as a good sure absollut indefezable in heritance To the onely proper use and Behouffe of the said Thomas Barnes his heires excecutors administratrs and assignes for ever AND I the said Joseph Chaffe doth by theise prsents for my Selfe and my heires with the said Thomas Barnes his heires and asignes Covenant promise and grant to and with him that I the said Joseph Chaffe is the true and onely owner of the above barganed premisses at the time of this Bargan and hath full power good Right and Lawfull authoritye to give grant Bargan sell infeoffe confirme and asure the same unto the said Thomas Barnes his heires and assigns for ever as a good sure and absolute estate of inheritance in ffee Simplle according to the free tenure of his Majestys maner of East Grenwich in the County of Kent within the Realme of England in free and common soccage and not in Capity and Knight Servise. but without any maner of Condition or Reversion Titill of Dower or limettation of usses soe as to after chang or defeate or make voide the same AND that the said Thomas Barnes his heires and asignes shall and may by force and vertue of theise prsents from time to time and at all times, hereafter Lawefully peaceablye quietly hould use occupy in joy and possess the afore said prmisses without any Let Suite trouble deneyall in teruption and contradiction of the said Joseph Chaffe or any of his heires AND free and cleare and clearly aquitted and fully discharged of and from all and all maner of former gifts grantes Bargans sales leases morgayes Jointers dowers thirds Judgments executions exstents and of and from all maner of in cumbrance whatsoever had made don commited or sefferd to be don by the said Joseph Chaffe or by his privity or procurement. In Witness hereof the said Joseph Chaffe hath hereunto set his Hand and Seale this twelth day of September. In the yeare of or Lord one thousand six Hundred eighty and eight. And in the ffourth yeare of the Reigne of or Soveraigne Lord James the Second of England Scotland France and Ireland King : ec.

"Signed Sealed and dellivered [seal]

" in the prsence of vs.

  • "Jethniel Peck. "The day and yeer aboue written then person-
  • " William Carpenter J. ally appeered Joseph Chafee whose hand and seal

is heerunto sett & affixed; and owned and acknowleged this Instrament to be his volluntary act & deed Before one of the Council of his Majesties Territory and Dominion of New England. "Daniel Smith."


"At a Town Meeting Warned and mett together according to ye order of ye Counsel at Plymouth May 28th 1689 . . . Viewers of fences Tho: Barnes, Joseph Chafy for Wannamoset," [Swansea Records] their duty being to adjust all matters of difference between contiguous owners, as to proper fences, location of boundary lines, and other matters of like nature. This year he is on record as a Proprietor, though not an inhabitant of Rehoboth. March 28, 1693, and March 27, 1694, he was again chosen for the ofhce of Fence Viewer, the last which he held. [Ibid.] He made his will, "being Sick & weake in Body" September 22, 1694, five weeks before his death. It was filed with his inventory, November 13, 1694, by his widow and two sons, and the same day they gave bond for the faithful performance of their duties in administrating the estate, their sureties being Nathaniel Chaffee, Joseph's brother, and John Ormsby, probably Annis Chaffe's brother-in-law, husband of her sister Eleanor (or El vara) or else his son John.


"In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Chaffee of the town of Swanzey in the County of Bristol in the Province of the Masachusetts in New England being Sick & weake in Body But of sound & perfect mind & memory Prased be god Doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament In manner & forme following:

"First and principally I commend my sowle into the Hands of Almighty God And Unto Jesus Christ my Dear Redeemer and my Body I commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executrix.

"And as Touching the Disposission of all such temporall Estate as God Hath been pleased to bestow Upon me I give & bestow as followeth:

"Imps. My Will is that all my Just & lawfull Debts be Discharged.

"Item — I give and Bequeath to my Beloved Wife all my House hold goods for her to Dispose of them too her selfe or to her Children at her Discretion.

" I give & bequeath Unto my said Wiffe my Dwelling House and one halph of my Upland and meadow ground L)'eing & being in Swanzey to Have the whole Benifitt & Improvement During her Naturall Life. And she shall have her halfe of ye house lot on ye North Side of the lott, and her half of the meadow ground to be that which is Cald the Swamp Meadow and at my wifes decease it is my will that my two sons John and Joseph Chaffee shall have it to be equally divided between them (that is to say all the upland and meadow ground that I have in Swansey and Joseph shall have the North side of the Home lott as his part after my wifes decease

" Ittem— I give and Bequeath Unto my Wife all my Rights of lands and Commonage in Rehoboth to be Wholly at her Dispose.

"Ittem — I give and bequeath Unto my sons John & Joseph Chaffee the other halfe of my Upland & Meadow Ground in Swanzey when they come to the age of Twenty-one Years to them their heirs and Assigns for Ever to be Equally and Alike Divided between them — Likewise I give Unto my two Sons all my Tooles & my gun —

" Ittem — I give Unto my Son [John] a Heyfor of three year old

"Ittem — I give unto my Son Joseph the Great Bible that was my fathers & my Sword & [illegible] & a heifer that I had of Joseph

"Ittem — It is my will after my wifes Decease when my two Sons Come to posess the Upland and Meadow ground that I have given to my wife Dureing her Life Shall pay or Cause to be paid three pounds a peice to my Daughters as a Legan [legacy] which I give to them

"Ittem — It is my will yt all my other Estate as Stock & Debts Due to me I give to my wife for her Use & Improvements; and for her to give to my Daughter according as She Shall in her Descretion See

"Ittem — I Doe ordane & Constitute my beloved wife my Executrix & my two Sons John & Joseph Chaft'ee to be Executs of this my last will & Testament

"And I Doe hereby Disannull & make Voyde all former Wills & Testaments heretofore made

"In wittness whereof I the said Joseph Chaifee to this my Last Will and Testament Have Sett my hand & Seale this Twenty second Day of September In the year of our Lord one Thousand Six Hundred Ninety four

"Signed, Sealed & Declared by Joseph Chaffee Joseph Chaffee [Seale]

  • "yt this was his Last will & Testament in the Presence of Us
  • "John Martin
  • "Bamfield Capron
  • " Nathaell Chaffee

"Memorandum that on the thirteenth Day of Novembr 1694 att Bristoll then Did John Martin Bamfield Capron & Nathll Chaffee above named make oath they Did see Joseph Chaffee late of Swansey Deceased Sign Seale and Declare this Instrument to be his last will & testament and that he was of a Sound Disposing mind when he so Did, to the best of their apprehension.

" Coram me Jno Sapfin ProbaE

"Thiss Entered & Engrossed Novembr thirteenth 1694 by Jno Carey Registr "

[Bristol County, Mass., Registry of Wills, at Taujiton, Vol. VII, p. 105.J

" Know all men by these presents that wee Ann Chaffee & Jno & Joseph Chaffee all of Swansey in their majesties province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England and Nathaniel Chaffee & Jno Almsbee of Rehoboth in ye County aforesaid Doe Stand & are firmly bound and obliged Unto John Saffin Esq in the Sum of 270 pounds Currant money of New England payd to him the said John Saffin [illegible] in the office of Probaite of wills & [illegible] well & truly to be made wee bind ourselves & either of us by himself Joyntly & Severally for and in the whole Our & Every and Either of our heires Executors and Administrators and every of them firmly by these presents — Sealed with our seals

"Dated in Bristoll aforesaid the thirteenth day of November Annoqu Domini 1694 in the Sixth year of their Majesties reign

"The condition of this obligation is Such that whereas the above bound Ann Chaffee is made Executrix & Jno. & Joseph Chaffee is made Executors of the Last Will & Testament of Joseph Chaffee Late of Swansey deceased Being the date the twenty second day of September 1694 and hath now proved the same Iff therefore the said Executors shall with all convenient Speed bring into the Registrys Office for the County of Bristol A true and perfect Inventory of the estate of the said Deed. And shall well & truly administer upon & Duly [illegible] all & Singular the Goods Chattells, Creditts & Estate Left by Him According to the Tenor & true meaning of his said will as the Law directs. And shall render & exhibit a true & Just account of their said Administration & of their Doings therein to this Office att or before the thirteenth Day of November 1695 without ffraud or farther Delay. Then this obligation to be Voyde & of none Effect or Els. to Stand & Remain in full force Standing and Virtue.

"Sealed & Delivered Signum Ann Chafe y [seal]

  • " in presence of John Chafe [seal]
  • " Banfield Capron Joseph Chaffee [seal]
  • "Thomas Sanford Nathaniel Chaffee [seal]
  • John Ormsbee [seal]"


An Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Chaffee Deceased of Swanzey in the County of Bristoll Taken the 9th of Novembr 1694 By the subscribers hereof —

£ s d

  • Imprs his wearing apparell Linen & woollen at 07-03-00
  • one Bed with furniture att 07-00-00
  • one Bed with appurtenances belonging theretoo 04-00-00
  • two Beds on the Chamber at " 08-10-00
  • In wooll & Smale Spinning wheel 00-16-00
  • In Salt Beans & tallow at 00-07-00
  • In Sheets & Pillow Bears 02-00-00
  • In three Chests & a Box at 01-00-00
  • In Puter Potts, Platters Stone Juges glass bottles at 02-14-00
  • two Iron Kettles & three Iron Potts at 01-10-00
  • A Spit pot hooks tramills frying pan Gridjron 00-14-00
  • warming Pan Skillett at 00-10-00
  • wooden Dishes Strainers Spoones 00-14-00
  • In a Bible [see Appendix A] & other Bookes 01-00-00
  • Chairs & Table 00-08-00
  • In meat with the tubb that its in 01-00-00
  • Pailes & other things 00-12-00
  • In Sider, Keleers and old Barrills 02-00-00
  • one Gun Sword Ammunision with other Implements thereto belonging 01-16-00
  • two oxen at 06-00-00
  • Six Cowes — five young cattle & three Calves 18-00-00
  • Fifteen Swine at'Opd 18 2 Steers at 4pd 10-18-00
  • two Horses one mare & one coalt at 05-00-00
  • In Rye & flax , 03-05-00
  • In Indian Corn at 07-00-00
  • In hay at 06-00-00
  • In a Carte Yoaks & Chaines 03-00-00
  • In a Thwart Saw tooles & other Utensils 01-19-00
  • the sum totall 105-01-00
  • The House housing with all the lands & meadow belonging theretoo at 101-00-00
  • moreover a Certaine Tract of Land Lyeing between Decon John Butterworth & the land yt. was Jno mead berys A highway on the East & West end at 30-00-00
  • more fourteen pounds Common at Rehoboth 01-00-00
  • (Total) £237-01-00


  • "John Peck
  • "Israel Peck
  • "John Ormsby

"Novembr the 13th 1694 the Executrix to the last & Testament of Joseph Chaffee Deceased made oath to the truth of this Inventory according to ye Ussuall fforme

"Corame me

  • "Jno Saffin Proba:e
  • "John Carev Registem
  • "This Entered Novembr 13th 1694 By John Carey Registem."

[Bristol County, Mass., Registry of Wills, at Taunton, Vol. VII, p. 106.]

Annis Chaffee had no sooner recovered from the shock of her husband's death than she was called upon to bear another of a like nature, the death of her father. He died in the Spring of 1695, the signature to his will being sworn to by the witnesses thereto May 7th. By this instrument, made June 2, 1686, he left to daughter Annis one-fourth of his household goods, and after his debts had been discharged, one-third of his cattle.

"June 16th 1697. The towne [Rehoboth] met being lawfully warned and drew lots for the division of lands before agreed upon and they are drawn up as followeth. . . . John & Widow Chaffee" drawing lot number one hundred and twenty. [Rehoboth Records.] "Mar. 29th 1703. . . . Drew lots for the divisions of lands before agreed upon and Lotts drawn are as followeth. , . . Widow and John Chaffee." [Ibid.] December 27, 1703, Annis Chaffee sold to John Whitaker two lots of land in Rehoboth, as is evidenced by the following deed :

"To all Christian People to whom these presents shall Come Annis Chaffe of the Town of Swansey in the County of Bristol in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in Newengland Spinster Sendeth Greeting Know ye that I said Annis Chaffe have for a good & valluable Consideration by me in hand Received and paid by John Whiteker of the Town of Rehoboth in the County and province aforesaid wherewith I the said Annis Chaffe acknowledge my self satisfyed contented and fully paid and thereof and every part and parcell thereof exonerateth acquitteth and fully dischargeth the said John Whitaker his heirs execrs adminisrs and assigns forever Have freely and absolutely given granted bargained & sold and do by these presents bargain sell enfeoffe and Confirm from me the sd Annis Chaffe & my heirs to him the said John Whitaker his heirs execrs adminisrs and assigns forever Two Certain Lotts of Land in Rehoboth dew to me to be surveyed and laid forth by virtue of 14 pounds of Estate of Commonage in Rehoboth given to me by my father Richard Martin deceased which two Lottments was ordered by the Town of Rehoboth the nineteenth of May anno 1697 to be surveyed and laid fourth the whole of both allotments amounting to four acres and a quarter of Land hereby giving the said John Whitaker his heirs and assigns full power & good and Lawfull authority to Chuse the said Lotts according to the priviledge ordered by the sd Town and survey and lay them out or Cause them to be layed and surveyed by the surveyor & Committe appointed by the said Town thereunto and that the sd John Whitaker or his assigns shall have full power to Record or Cause the sd Lotts to be Recorded to himself his heirs and assigns forever when surveyed & laid out To have and to Hold the said four acres and a quarter of Land be it more or less when it is laid forth with all and singular the Timber Tree underwood mines moneralls waters grass feedings rents profits priviledges Immunities and appurtenances thereunto belonging or appertaining to the sd Lands to the only proper use & Behoof of the said John Whitaker his heirs execrs admrs & assigns forever so that neither I the said Annis Chaffe nor my heirs nor any person from me or them or any of us shall Challenge any right Title or Interest In said Lands but shall be forever by these presents be barred and I the said Annis Chaffe do hereby Promise and Ingage to the sd John Whitaker that I have of my self good right and LawfuU authority to bargain sell & make over the said Lottments aforementioned as the true and only owner of the same In Witness hereof I the said Annis Chaffe hath hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty Seven day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and three and in the second year of the Reign of our sovereign Lady Anne of England Scotland France & Ireland Queen Defender of the faith &c.

"Signed Sealed & Delivered "] the mark of Anies Chafee [seal]

  • "In the presence of us
  • Daniel Allen
  • " Witnesses < Nathaniel Peck
  • John Pain


" that Anies Chafee personally appeared before me ye subscriber one of her majesties of ye peace for ye County of Bristol on ye 21th Day of march 1703 or 4 and acknowledged this Instrument to be her free & Voluntary act and Deed

  • Nicolas Peck
  • "Reed Septer 15, 1731
  • "Recorded by Samel Howland, Register."

[Bristol County, Mass., Registry of Deeds, Northern District, at Taunton, Vol. XXI, p. 51.]

"At a Town Meeting Lawfully warned and met together by adjournment from the 29th of December 1707, until the 9th day of February 1708 [1707-8.] Then met and the town proceeded to draw lotts which are as followeth . . . Wid. & John Chaffee" drawing lot number 58. [Rehoboth Records.]

"At a Propriators meeting lawfully warned and continued by adjournment from the 8th day of January 1712 [13] to the 12th day of Feb. 1712, Then met together and the propriators of lands in Rehoboth cast lotts for their farms & each propriator's lott fell as followeth . . . Widow Ann Chaffee Estate 14s " drawing lot number 19. [Ibid.]

April 25, 1721, Annis Chaffe made her will, which was offered for probate March 17, 1729-30, probably soon after her death.


" In the Name of God Amen I Annis Chaffee Relict Widdow mr Joseph Chaffee Late of Swansey now Barrington in the Country of Bristol in his majesties Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England Deceased being aged and Crasey of Body But of Sound and perfect memory praised be God Therefore Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in form and manner and following

"First and Principally I Recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter Named Nothing Doubting but that I shall Receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching Such Temporall things as is left me by my late husband in his last will and which God has other wise bestowed upon me I give devise and disjjose of them in the following manner

"Imp. my will is that my Lawful Debtes and funeral charges be first paid & Discharged

Item — I Give and bequeath unto my daughter mary Whittaker as an Addition to what I have given her Eighteen Pounds to be paid to her or to her Legall Representatives.

"Item — I give and bequeath to my Daughter Anne Chaffee Seventy Pounds.

" Item — I Give and Bequeath unto my daughter Elisabeth Paine Twenty Pounds

"Item — I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Abigail Chaffee Eaighteen Pounds and half my wearing Apairel of all sorts and my Red broadcloath Blanket

"Item — I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Luther fifteen Pounds to be paid to her or to her legal Representatives and the other half of my said appairel I give to her the said Sarah Luther my aforesaid daughter

"Item — My will further is that if Either or both of my two daughters that are unmarried Dye before they receive their Proportion that then the rest of my Daughters surviving to have it equally divided amongst them they leaving no issue behind them

"Item — all the Rest and Residue of my Estate I give and Bequeath unto my two sons Equelly viz John Chaffee & Joseph Chaffee whome I make the Executors of this my last Will and Testament to Paying my Debts and Legacies and Receive What is due hereby Revocking all other wills by me heretofore made in word or writing Raty fieng'& Confirming thiss and no other to be my last will and Testament in Wittnes whereof I have heareunto Set my hand and Seal this Twenty fifth Day of April in the seventh year of his majesties Reign Annoque Dom 1721

  • " Annis Chafee
  • " Signed Sealed Pronounced Published and Declared in
  • " Presence of us
  • "Nathaniel Carpenter
  • "Daniel Smith
  • "Abiel Smith

" Bristol march ye 17th 1729-30

"Then Before the Honod Nathaniell Blagrove, Esq. Judge of the Probate of Wills & within the County of Bristol Came Nathaniell Carpenter the only surviving Wittness to the Last Will & Testament of Annis Chaffee Late of Swansey now Barrington Deceased: and made oath that he saw the said Deceased Signe Seal publish and Declare the same to be her last will and Testament and that she was of a sound Disposing mind when she So did and that Daniel Smith and Abiel Smith Signed as a wittness at the same time and that they all Signed in the presence of ye Testator

"Stephen Paine Regist Coram Nathaniel Blagrove

  • "Bristol march ye 19 1729-30
  • " Entered per Stephen Paine Registr."

"Bond of John Chaffe and Joseph Chaffe Executors of the Will of their Mother Annis Chaffe

"Bound unto Nathl Blagrove Esq. Judge of Probate in his Majesties Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England in the sum of Three Hundred Pounds Current Money in New England

  • " Sureties Samuel Mason
  • " Jabez Bosworth
  • "Signed March 17th 1729-30
  • John Chaffe [seal]
  • " John Chaffe Woodstock Suffolk Co. Joseph Chaffe [seal]
  • "Joseph Chaffe Barrington Samuel Mason [seal]
  • "Annis Chaffe Swansey." Jabez Bosworth [seal]



" A True Inventory of the Estate of Mrs. Annis Chaffee Widow Late of Barinton Deceased Taken by us the subscribers The 18th Day of this Instant march 1730 as foUoweth £ s. d.

  • money Due upon Bond 37-18-08
  • silver money att 15 penney weight 01-05-00
  • Bills or paper money 03-06-09
  • Books 01-04-00
  • Best Bed and furniture 14-07-00
  • one bed more 2 Blancets sheets and coverlid 13-03-00
  • Ticking and feathers 02-10-00
  • Two Blankets Coverlids with sundry old cloathes 02-05-01
  • pillion wheel and sundry old lumber 00-15-00
  • sheetts 04-15-00
  • pillobears and table linnen 03-13-00
  • Glasse Bottles and Juggs 00-07-00
  • warming pan Skillet and scimmer 01-04-00
  • Tramels scales gridiron Boxiron and heaters 01-08-00
  • Iron potts kitles and frying pan 03-06-00
  • puter and earthern ware 01-17-06
  • pails and Trays 01-03-00
  • four chairs Table Chest and Reel 01-03-00
  • meat tub sive and earthern potts 00-10-00
  • three Bags Churn and several other things 01-01-06
  • Chest and 2 Boxes 01-16-00
  • Two cowes 14-00-00
  • (Total) 112-18-5


  • "Samuel Mason
  • " Samuel Carns
  • "Jabez Bozworth
  • "The apprasers were sworn Coram
  • "N. Blagrove."

"The Accompt of John Chaffe & Joseph Chaffee Executors to the Last Will and Testament of their Mother Annis Chaffee Late of Barrington Deceased

"The Accomptants Charge themselves with the Inventory Amounting to the Sum of £ 112-18-05

"The Accomptants Prays allowance for the payment of severall Debtes & Legacies as followeth


  • Imp — To funerall Charges 4-02-0
  • Item — To a Legacy Paid Mary Whiterker the Wife of Daniel Whitiker as per will 8_00-0
  • Item — To a Legacy Paid Anne Chaffee as per will 20-00-0
  • To a Legacy Paid Elisabeth Paine the wife of Josiah Paine as per will 15-00-0
  • To a Legacy Paid Sarah Luther the wife of Samuel Luther as per will 15-00-0
  • To a Legacy Paid Abigail Chaffe as per will 18-00-0
  • the wittness coming to prove the will 00-08-0
  • To a Letter Administration 00-10-0
  • proving ye will 6-6 Recording ye will 4 00-10-6
  • allowing and Recording the Inventory 00-06-0
  • To the Appriasers for appraising ye Estate 01-07-0
  • To Allowing and Registering this Account 00-10-0
  • To Drawing the Act 00-01-0
  • (Total) 83-14-0


  • "John Chaffe
  • "Joseph Chaffe."

Joseph and Annis Chaffe are thought to be buried in the Ancient Chaffee Burying Ground, which lies on what was once their own farm, but no memorials to them of any kind remain.

Children, born in Swansea:

  • 15 i Mary 3 Chaffe (Chafe), born February 21, 1671-2; died in Swansea, May 7, 1674.
  • + 16 ii John Chaffe, born December 16, 1673; married (1) Sarah Hills; (2) Elizabeth Hayward.
  • + 17 iii Mary Chaffe, born October 23, 1675; married Daniel Whitaker.
  • + 18 iv Joseph Chaffe, born February 6, 1677; married (1) Abigail Hills; (2) Jemima Chadwick.
  • 19 V Annis (Ann, Anne, Anna) Chaffe, died; married in Barrington, October 15, 1743, Daniel Allen of that place; mentioned in her mother's will, April 7, 1721, and on her mother's death received the legacy in 1730; baptized in and united with the First Congregational Church of Rehoboth, June 6, 1736; January 31, 1744, was dismissed from that church to the one in Barrington.
  • 20 vi Dorothv Chaffe (Chafey) , born September 4, 1682 ; died August 27, 1698.
  • 21 vii Elizabeth Chaffe (Chafee), born March 18, 1685 ; married Josiah (Joseph) Paine.
  • 22 viii Sarah Chaffe (Chafey), born March 18, 1687; married in Swansea, March 26, 1713, Samuel, son of Samuel Luther, Jr., and grandson of Elder Luther; mentioned in her mother's will, April 7, 1721, and on her mother's death received the legacy in 1730.
  • 23 ix Abigail Chaffe, probably married in Providence, R. L, April 28, 1737, Thomas Field; mentioned in her mother's will, April 7, 1721, and on her mother's death received the legacy in 1730, being then unmarried.


'Joseph Chaffee, Sr

Birth: 1642 Hull Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA

Death: Oct. 28, 1694 Swansea Bristol County Massachusetts, USA

Born in 1642 in Hull to Thomas & Hannah Chaffee.

Family links:

 Thomas Chaffee (1600 - 1683)
 Hannah Chaffee

 Annis Martin Chaffee (1649 - 1729)*

 John Chaffee (1673 - 1715)*
 Mary Chaffee Whitaker (1675 - 1748)*
 Joseph Chaffe (1677 - 1759)*
 Dorothy Chaffee (1682 - 1698)*

 Nathaniel Chaffee (____ - 1721)*
 Joseph Chaffee (1642 - 1694)
  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Unknown

Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Feb 13, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 33800427

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Joseph Chaffee's Timeline

Nantasket (Present Hull), (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
February 21, 1672
Age 27
Swansea, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
December 16, 1673
Age 28
Swansea, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
October 23, 1675
Age 30
Swansea, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present USA), (Present USA)
February 6, 1677
Age 32
Swansea, Plymouth Colony
Age 35
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
September 4, 1682
Age 37
Swansea, Plymouth Colony
March 18, 1685
Age 40
Swansea, Plymouth Colony
March 18, 1687
Age 42
Swansea, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)