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Joseph Rotch

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Death: November 24, 1784 (80)
New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Rotch and Private
Husband of Love Rotch
Father of Francis Rotch; Sen. William Rotch and Joseph Rotch, Jr.
Brother of William Rotch; Hannah Rotch; Elizabeth Rotch; Mary Rotch and Benjamin Rotch

Occupation: Merchant
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About Joseph Rotch

Joseph Rotch had been one of the early settlers in New Bedford when the town began to grow in the 1760s. He had realized, along with Joseph Russell, a major area landowner, that the town was well-positioned to become a whaling center, potentially surpassing even Nantucket, then the center of the industry in the colonies. Unlike the island, it had a deep harbor where ocean-going vessels could come directly to port and unload their harvest.

His house was burned by the British during the invasion of 1778.

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Joseph Rotch's Timeline

May 6, 1704
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
October 4, 1734
Age 30
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 38
Age 45
November 24, 1784
Age 80
New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
Age 79
Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States