Joseph Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony

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Joseph Dunham

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Death: between March 9, 1703 and June 16, 1703 (67-76)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. John Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony and Abigail Dunham
Husband of Mercy Dunham and Hester Wormall Dunham
Father of Eleazar Dunham; Nathaniel Dunham; Mercy Abigail King; Joseph Dunham; Mercy Dunham and 7 others
Brother of Samuel Dunham, of Plymouth; Rev. Jonathan Dunham; Abigail Atwood; Hannah Rickard; Persis Shaw and 2 others
Half brother of John Dunham, Jr.; Humility Dunham and Rev. Thomas Dunham

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About Joseph Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony

'Robinson-Yochem Genealogy

Joseph Dunham

      Sex: M

Individual Information

         Birth: 18 Nov 1637 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
         Death: 16 Jun 1703 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States


        Father: Deacon John Dunham (1588-1668) 1
        Mother: Abigail Balliou (1600-After 1668)

Spouses and Children 1. *Mercy Morton (1637 - 19 Feb 1666-19 Feb 1667)

      Marriage: 18 Nov 1657 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
               1. Eleazar Dunham (1658-1682)
               2. Mercy Dunham (1660-After 1715)
               3. Nathaniel Dunham (1665-1730)

2. Esther Wormall (1642 - After 1715)

      Marriage: 20 Aug 1669 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
               1. Micaiah Dunham (Abt 1673-1756)
               2. Joseph Dunham (1682-After 1753)
               3. Benajah Dunham (1683-1766)
               4. Daniel Dunham (1686-1758)
               5. Esther Dunham (1690-      )

Notes General: There are more children than the five listed here Is wife #2 Lydia Cooper the same as his mother-in-law, wife #1 Mercy Morton's mother??

One source has his birthdate as 18 Nov 1637 in Plymouth, but no proof ofthis date exists. Good sourceof information is "The Great MigrationBegins" by Robert Charles Anderson, vol 1, page 599-603 (John Dunham).

Joseph Dunham was born about 1631 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Dunham (1907) gives his birth date as 18 November 1637, but I cannot find where he found this date.1,2 He was the son of Deacon John Dunham and Abigail Balliou.3,2. His estate was probated on 16 June 1703 in Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Alternate birth date: Nov. 18, 1637.

Admitted a Freeman on June 1, 1658. On June 7, 1665 granted 30 acres at Major's Purchase (Middleboro, MA.). He had 8 children between his two wives. Joseph was among those dismissed from the Plymouth Church to the new Plympton Church due to boundary line changes.


  • Savage, J. 'Genealogical Dictionary....' vol. III, p. 244.
  • Allen, J.K. 'George Morton of Plymouth Colony & Some of his Descendants', p. 11.
  • Records from the Plymouth Colony
  • Info from Isaac Watson Dunham


  1. Nov. 18, 1657, Mercy, daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia (Cooper) Morton. She died Feb. 19, 1667 in Plymouth.
  2. Aug. 20, 1669, Hester Wormall, of Rowley, daughter of Joseph Rowley, who lived in Rowley, where the first child was born in 1642. In 1649 she moved to Boston and later to Scituate.


Jonathan Dunham, brother of Joseph, deeded to him for twenty-five pounds land near that bought of Churchill, which his father John had owned. This was sold to Joseph on June 3, 1780. (sic)

Joseph made his will March, 1703, and left one-third of rents and household goods to Esther, his wife. He died at Plymouth. His will was probated June 16, 1703. He bequeathed to children and wife.

Source: Joseph Dunham Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 903,134 Family Trees Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA on 1631 to John Dunham and Abigail Barlow. Joseph married Hester Wormall and had 6 children.

Joseph married Mercy Morton and had 3 children. He passed away on 1709 in Plymton. Family Members Parents John Dunham 1587-1669 Abigail Barlow 1605-1668

Spouse(s) Hester Wormall 1650-1715

Mercy Morton 1636-1666


Benajah Dunham 1686-1766

Joseph Dunham 1686-1731

Mercy Dunham 1684-1715

Micajah Dunham 1663-1756

Daniel Dunham 1688-1734

Esther Dunham 1690-1690

Eleazar Dunham 1671-1720

Mercy Dunham 1675-1745

Nathaniel Dunham 1671-1751

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Joseph Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony's Timeline

April 18, 1631
Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
November 18, 1658
Age 27
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
July 25, 1662
Age 31
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 30
Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 32
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Age 43
Age 47
Age 48