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Joseph Batchelder

Also Known As: "Joseph Batcheller"
Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England
Death: March 1647 (37-45)
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Batchelder and Wife of John Batchelder
Husband of Elizabeth Batchelder
Father of Mark Batchelder; John Batchelder; Elizabeth Davis and Hannah Warner
Brother of Henry Batchelder; John Batchelder and Joshua Batchelder

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About Joseph Batchelder

  • Batchelder, Batcheller genealogy. Descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, of England ... who settled the town of New Hampton, N.H., and Joseph, Henry, Joshua and John Batcheller of Essex Co., Mass by Pierce, Frederick Clifton
  • .... etc.
  • 1. ——— BATCHELLER, b. in England; m. ——— ——— ; they both died in England, res. near Canterbury, Eng.
    • 2. i. JOSEPH, b. England; m. Elizabeth ——— .
    • 3. ii. HENRY, b. England; m. Martha ——— .
    • 4. iii. JOSHUA, b. England; m. ——— .
    • 5. iv. JOHN, b. England, about 1610; m. Mary ——— and Elizabeth Herrick.


  • b. Canterbury, England;
  • m. in England, Elizabeth .

He was born in England and emigrated to America in 1636, coming from Canterbury. He came with his wife, Elizabeth, one child and three servants, and brothers Henry and John. He settled first in Salem and later in Wenham.

He was made a freeman in 1637, was deputy to the General Court in Boston in 1644, being the first representative from the town of Wenham. The inventory of his estate taken March 31, 1657, is on file in the Salem probate office in a very mutilated condition. Inalist headed "A true roll or list of names, surnames, and qualities of all such persous who have taken passage from the town and port of Sandwich for the American plantations, since the last certificate of such passengers returned into the office of Dover castle. Henry Bachelor of Dover, brewer, and Martha, his wife, 4 servants. Joseph Bachelor of .Canterbury, taylor, and Elizabeth, his wife, 1 child, 3 servants. John Bachelor, of Canterbury, taylor."

The church at Wenham was organized Oct. 8, 1644, and Joseph Batcheller was one of the members. His wife, Elizabeth, was admitted to membership on the 17th of November, 1644. His brother, John Bachelor, from Canterbury, Kent Co., came to Salem in the same vessel at the same time. In the record of a case of church discipline in the Wenham church, occurs this: "In ye mesne space it pleased God to take to himself brother Batchel. , a man wise, moderate, and very able to be helpful in such cases." — Church record, pp. 84. "He was a prominent and useful man in the plantation." — History of Wenham, pp. 28 and 29.

"Goodman Batcheller he was often called. This was a common appellation among the men, about 1640 and thereabouts, excepting when they addressed their minister, magistrate or any militia officer of higher grade than lieutenant, to whom they applied the title of "Mister." "Goodwife" or "Goody" were the terms applied to women excepting when they addressed the wives of those before mentioned, whom they called "Madam." and the appelation, Mrs., was placed before names of both married and unmarried women when it was written.

On the inventory it is written that he died ten years ago, which would make it that he died in 1647. His son, Mark, settled his estate. Mark Batcheller was appointed administrator of the estate of his father. Referred to Salem Court to take further order thereon, March, 1657, Ipswich County Court. Mark Batcheller, who setled the estate of his father and mother is to pay his brother John /15 when he shall accomplish the age of 21 years; to his sister Elizabeth ,£15, when she shall accomplish the age of 18 years or marry; and to his sister Hannah ,£15, when she shall accomplish the age of 18 years or marry.

Wenham, Mass., where he resided, was the last of the seven towns in Essex Co. that was set off from Salem, and is situated about 22 miles northeast of Boston. The general surface of the country is level, the soil fruitful, well watered and productive. In olden times the village of Wenham was recorded as remarkable for its quiet Arcadian beauty, and its principal lake has obtained celebrity for the purity of its waters. The town was incorporated in 1643. Its settlers and principal inhabitants, like those of most of the older towns, were Puritans, taken from the great middle class of Englishmen, who have always been the backbone of the nation. Intelligent, religious, hardy and industrious, they were undoubtedly the best as to character of any emigrants ever brought to this country. Their influence in shaping the destiny of the nation is apparent in the high rank Massachusetts has always taken among her sister states.

He d. March, 1647; res. Salem and Wenham, Mass.

Children listed:

  • 1. Mark (b. Wenham, d. Dec. 19, 1675 in the Great Swamp Fight of King Philip's War)
  • 2. John (m. Mary Dennis and Sarah Goodale)
  • 3. Elizabeth (m. Oct. 16, 1666 James Davis of Salem)
  • 4. Hannah (bap. June 23, 1644, m. Apr. 20, 1665 John Warner, d. Mar. 10, 1688)


  • Joseph Batchelder
  • Birth: 1611 Canterbury, Kent, England
  • Death: unknown Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Father: [Name?] Batchelder, b.????, d.????.
  • Mother: [Name?] [Surname?], b.????, d.????.
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  • b. ~1611 (estimated)
  • d. unknown (after 1682, estimated)
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  • m. ~1635, to: Elizabeth [Surname?], b.????, d.????.
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  • The first of the name, Batchelder (AKA Batcheller) in this country, seems to have been Rev. Stephen Batchelder (AKA Batcheller), who sailed from London, March 9, 1632, and arrived at Boston, June 5th. He is referred to as "having in his company six persons his relatives and friends". He settled in Lynn.
  • The next of the name, of whom there is any record, was Joseph of Canterbury, England, who embarked for New England, in 1636, with his wife Elizabeth, one child, and three servants. He settled first in Salem - that part afterwards Wenham; was made freeman in 1637; was deputy in the General Court at Boston in 1644; and the first representative from Wenham. Whether he was related to Rev. Stephen cannot be ascertained. Mr. John A. Boutell, the antiquarian and student of family histories, says the Batchellers in this country are not connected with each other. Joseph Batcheller is the ancestor of the Sutton families bearing the name. His children were, Mark, John, Elizabeth, and Hannah. His descendants have remained in Wenham until the present time.
  • Mark, probably his son, was killed in the assault made upon the stronghold of the Narragansctts, Dec. ??, 1675.
  • The church in Wenham was organized October 8, 1644, and Joseph Batcheller was one of the members. His wife Elizabeth was admitted to membership on the seventeenth of November of the same year. He died about 1699.
  • SOURCE (Google Books): "History of the town of Sutton, Massachusetts, from 1704 to 1876", page 587-588, by: W.A ..., by: W Charles Benedict, Hiram Averill Tracy.
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  • The town of Wenham, originally called Enon, was part of the first settlement in Essex County in 1628. Wenham, Beverly, Manchester, Marblehead, Danvers, Topsfield, and part of Lynn - were originally part of Salem. It is about 20 miles north of Boston. It is bounded by Hamilton, Beverly, Danvers, and Topsfield.
  • First Church in Wenham was organized in 1644. There is some history on the church website at [link]:
  • The Wenham Cemetery is located on Route 1A, about half a mile from the center of town, next to the Wenham Golf Course. There are many very old gravestones in the front part of the cemetery, some recording deaths in the early 1700's.
  • Source [link]:
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  • "BATCHELLER [sic] {Batchelder}, Joseph-1, came from Canterbury, Eng. in 1636, with wife Elizabeth, 1 child, 3 servants, and settled in Wenham; little is known of him except he was deputy to General Court 1644, and one of a committee to examine "ye booke deliued in by Mr Bellingham & compare it with y booke of records & returne their objections & thaughts thereof to this howse in writing". He was admitted to First Church Salem, Feb. 12, 1637-38. His brothers, Henry and John came with him, with their families, the former settled in Ipswich, the Inventory of his estate 209 Pounds 08 Schillings 6 Pence, was taken by Abraham Foster and Thomas Metcalf, and returned to Court, Sept. 30, 1679, by John Warner of Ipswich, and John Bacheller of Wenham. Joseph, d. about 1647. Children: Mark, slain by the Indians Dec. 15, 1675; John-2, baptized, Salem, Jan. 20, 1638-39; Elizabeth, m. Dec. 1666 James Davis; Hannah, baptized June 23, 1644, m. Apr. 1665 John Warner of Ipswich.
  • 2. John, son of Joseph-1, baptized First Church Salem, Jan. 20, 1638-39, settled in Wenham, and d. Nov. 17, 1698, m1. July, 1661 Mary Dennis, who d. June 26, 1665, m2. May 4, 1666 Sarah, daughter of Robert Goodale, of Salem, d. Mar 22, 1729; Sept. 20, 1665, Robert Goodale of Salem deeds to his daughter, Sarah w. of John Bacheller of Wenham, 32 acres upland, and 8 acres meadow, being part of 1,100 acres granted by the town of Salem, to several proprietors. Children: Joseph, b. 1662, d. June 26, 1720 m. Sarah, who d. June 1720; John, b. Jan. 13, 1666-67 d. Jan. 10, 1754, m. Hannah Tarbox; Mark, b. May, 1678, d.infancy; Elizabeth, m. Thomas Willett; Ebenezer, m. Sarah Tarbox; Hannah; Mary; Sarah; David-3.
  • 3. David, son of John-2, m. Susannah Whipple, who d. June 13, 1764. He lived in Wenham and, d. Jan. 29, 1766. Children: David, b. Apr. 5, 1710, m. Thankful Perham; Susannah, b. July 1712, d. infancy; Joseph, b. Sept. 17, 1713, m. Mary, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Perley, of Boxford, b. June 7, 1714; Nehemiah, b. May, 1716, m. Experience Perham; Abraham, b. June 5, 1722; Amos, b. Apr. 6, 1727, m. Dec. 18, 1752 Lydia, daughter of Edmund and Lydia Gilbert-Kimball, of Wenham, b. June 3, 1734, he d. May 4, 1809, aged 82; Susanna, b. Sept. 1, 1731, m. Oct. 29, 1749 William Fiske.
  • 4 Abraham, son of David-3, b. June 5, 1722, removed to Westboro, and m. Sarah Newton, thence to Sutton where he d. Children (Sutton): Abraham, b. Mar. 1752 m, Rebecca Dwight; Abner, b. Sept. 1, 1755 m. Prudence Leland; Vashti, b. Jan. 1757 m. Nehemiah Chase; Joseph, b. Nov. 1759; Benjamin, b. Nov. 7, 1762 m. Betsey Carroll; Ezra, b. July 20, 1764; Sarah, b. Nov. 26, 1766 m. Benjamin Caldwell; Amos, b. Oct. 12, 1768.
  • SOURCE (Google Books): "A Genealogical Register of North Brookfield {MASS.} Families: Including the Records ...", page 515, 1887 by J. H. Temple, printed by Rand Avery Co., 117 Franklin Street, Boston, MA.
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  • Spouse:
  • Elizabeth Dickinson Batchelder (1614 - 1675)
  • Children:
    • John Batchelder (1636 - 1698)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 109584537
  • From:


  • DICKINSON, Elizabeth
  • b. 10 APR 1614 England
  • d. 10 SEP 1675 Wenham, Essex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Spouse: BATCHELDER, John
  • b. ABT 1603 England
  • d. 10 SEP 1675 Wenham, Essex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • BATCHELDER, John
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Joseph Batchelder's Timeline

Canterbury, Kent, England
Age 29
January 20, 1637
Age 31
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 33
Salem, (Present Essex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 38
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
March 1647
Age 41
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony