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Joseph Calef

Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: December 28, 1707 (46)
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Calef 1648-1719 and Maria / Mary Calef
Husband of Mary Ayer Calef Choate
Father of Robert Calef; Joseph Caleff / Calef; Samuel Calef, Twin; Ebenezer Calef, Twin; Peter Calef and 1 other
Brother of Robert Calef d. 1722; John Calef 1675-1748 NH; Martha Hewes; Jeremiah Calef; Mary Calef Stevens and 2 others

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About Joseph Calef

Buried at Old North Burying Ground, Ipswich, Mass.: FindAGrave.

Joseph Calef added the profession of physician to that of clothier. Mary Ayer's father was a merchant in Boston, and a large landowner in Haverhill. In 1691-2 in Ipswich, "Mr. Joseph Calef had a grant of land with Liberty to set up a Fulling Mill in any Convenient place not allready given or granted to another . . . provided it be done and finished within twelve months after this day upon these conditions that he full cloth for ye Inhabitants for their pay sooner than for other townsmen." A fulling mill and saw mill on Mill River were finished just in time for the wedding, and the young people set up housekeeping with an uncommonly good start in life for those pioneer days.

In 1699 he is one of the subscribers for the bell of the New Meeting House and his seat in the church is one of position. In Ipswich the woman of the leading families sat against the wall and "ye fifth pew on ye south east side of ye great door" was Mary's. Joseph sat with the men in the fourth seat, one occupied only by those bearing titles of respect. His stone in the First Parish graveyard reads:

Here Lyes What Was Mortal of Mr. Joseph Calef who Died December ye 28, 1707 in ye 36 year of His age.

Mary Ayer was an able woman and brought up the six children and a grandson well. Not until all her children were grown up did she marry Thomas Choate and so happy were the relations with this stepfather that he left a legacy to her daughter Mary Calef White, while his son by a former marriage, Col. John Choate, was the guardian of her orphan grandson, John Calef, and left him a legacy. Her grave is in the old Essex yard which once was a part of Ipswich, then called Chebacco, where was Thomas Choate's home.

"Joseph, the oldest son, was a clothier and physician and settled in Ipswich Mass. He was born about 1671 and died December 28, 1707, aged thirty-six. He married May 2, 1693. Mary Ayer. Of their six children. Ebenezer was a judge in Nantucket; Peter was a physician in Charlestown. Mass; Joseph, the executor of his grandfather's will, was a tanner in Boston, his tan-yards being on the site of the present post-office; and Robert, a clothier in Ipswich, who married Margaret Staniford, was the father of Dr. John Calef, the famous Tory in the Revolution, who became surgeon-general and chaplain in the British army, and died in St. Andrews, N. B., in 1812." --From The Granite Monthly: A New Hampshire Magazine Devoted to History, Volume 39, online.

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Joseph Calef's Timeline

United Kingdom
December 12, 1693
Age 32
May 20, 1695
Age 34
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
January 25, 1697
Age 36
January 25, 1697
Age 36
October 27, 1699
Age 38
December 28, 1707
Age 46
Ipswich, Essex, MA, USA
June 12, 1708
Age 46
Essex, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States