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Joseph Willard

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Charlestown, Province of New Hampshire
Death: December 9, 1837 (76)
Langdon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Willard, II and Huldah Willard
Husband of Rhoda Willard and Rebecca Perrin
Father of Oliver H. Willard; Ambrose Willard; Alpheus Willard; Joseph E. Willard; Rhoda Cooke and 5 others
Brother of Francis Willoughby Willard; Susanna Willard, infant; William Willard; Susanna Willard; James Willard and 5 others

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About Joseph Willard

Joseph Willard

Born: 22 Nov 1761

Charlestown, Sullivan, New Hampshire, USA

Died: abt 1837

Langdon, [county], New Hampshire, USA

Spouse 1

Rhoda Prouty

Born: Langdon, [county], New Hampshire, USA

Died: 6 Feb 1801

Marriage: 1784 View Info

Children Sex Birth

Ambrose Willard M 30 Oct 1786 in Langdon, [county], New Hampshire, USA


Spouse 2

Rebecca Perrin



Marriage: 1801 View Info

Children Sex Birth

Joseph Willard m. Huldah, dau of Lieut. Moses and Susanna (Hastings)

Willard and settled in Charlestown. Their children were:

1. Francis Willoughby Willard b. July 14, 1751; m. Deborah Blood in

1772. Their children were:

1. Elias Willard

2. James Willard

3. Roswell Willard

4. Philena Willard

Francis Willoughby Willard died in Charlestown or on the edge of


2. Susanna Willard b. Feb 5, 1753; died 16th same month.

3. William Willard b. March 13, 1754 died April 1, 1825 aged 71 yrs.

He m. Elizabeth Shepley of Groton, MA b. June 5, 1759; d. 1851.

Their children were:

1. Minda Willard b. 1782; d. aged 31 yrs.

2. Edi Willard, a daughter, b. 1784.

3. Isabella Willard b. Mar 31, 1787 m. Joel Lawrence of Groton


4. Betsy Willard b. Jan 21, 1791 m. Levi Albee

5. Mary Willard b. 1796.

6. Hannah Willard b. June 25, 1801 m. Jan 25, 1820 Luther

Locke b. Dec 6, 1796. Their children:

1. Luther F. Locke b. Nov 3, 1820 grad at Middlebury

College 1845 and at Medical College, Cambridge 1849,

physician & dentist in Nashua, NH.

2. Dean Jewett Locke b. Dec 6, 1796, grad Med. College

at Cambridge, became a physician in CA.

3. Elmer Hall Locke b. Dec 24, 1825 educ. at Rensselaer

Inst. in N.Y. and went to CA in 1851.

4. George Shepley Locke b. Oct 30, 1830 went to CA 1852.

4. Susanna Willard b. April 15, 1756.

5. James Willard b. Mar 8, 1758; d. Sept 29, 1760.

6. Samuel Willard b. April 16, 1760; killed by the Indians June 8th

1760 (see p. 88 end of report).

7. Joseph Willard b. Nov 22, 1763 m. a Mrs. Pierce and had 6 children,

lived and died at Langdon.

8. Samuel Willard 2nd b. Nov 28, 1763 (town records)

Samuel & Joseph were probably twins, a mistake having been made in

the setting down the day of the birth of one of them.

Samuel Willard m. (1) Abigail _____who had two children and died.

1. Samuel Willard Jr. b. Jan 15, 1784

2. Jotham Willard b. Oct 23, 1785

Samuel Willard after Abigail died, m. (2) Joanna Putnam b. 1763.

3. Antonio Willard b. Oct 8, 1787 m. Betsey____and had:

1. Alpha Gardner Willard b. 1808

2. Mary Ann Willard b. 1810

4. Abigail Willard b. 1789 m. 1809 Benjamin Huestis of West-


5. Alvarez Willard b. 1791 m. Lydia Albee 1816.

1. Frederick Willard b. 1819

6. Laura Willard b. 1793

7. Polly Willard b. 1795

8. Ephraim Willard b. 1797 m. Nov 30, 1825 Sophronia Boutell

9. Cynthia Willard b. 1800 m. 1823 Samuel Smith of Putney, VT

9. Waitstill Willard son of Joseph & Hulda (Willard) Willard; m.

Susan Minard.

Waistill Willard was a very religious man and though not an ordained minister

often used to preach in private houses and school houses, in

places and districts where they would not otherwise have had the mini-

strations of the gospel. He was born in Charlestown but lived many

years in Langdon. The children of Waitstill & Susan (Minard) Willard


1. Susan Willard died early.

2. Joseph Willard

3. George Willard b. Sept 1, 1805 m. Oct 25, 1827 Orinda

Young Wolfe b. 1807, of Rockingham, VT dau of John & Lucy

(Baker) Wolfe. Their children were:

1. Eleanor O. Willard b. 1829 m. 1860 Henry W. Sabin and

settled in Westminster, VT.

1. Emily Orinda Sabin

2. Susan A. Sabin d. 1872

3. Willard C. Sabin

2. Sarah Ann Willard b. 1832 m. 1850 Lemuel Rogers.

3. Hugh Henry Willard b. 1834 d. 1855.

4. Lucia Willard b. 1836 d. 1848

5. Abel Wolfe Willard b. 1839 d. 1844

6. George F. Willard b. 1843 m. 1867 Sarah C. Parks

dau of Darius & Elizabeth (Shurtleff) Parks.

1. Eva L. Willard b. 1871 d. 1873

2. Harry W. Willard b. 1874

7. Susan Arabella Willard b. 1845; d. 1850.

8. Abel Willard b. 1848 d. 1862

9. Haskell Willard b. 1853.

The family with the exception of Mrs. Sabine and Mrs. Rogers

were all in Colorado in the vicinity of Denver in 1875.

4. Betsy Willard, died in Canada

5. Charlotte Willard

6. Belinda Willard

7. Frank Willard

8. Eleanor Willard

9. Susan Willard

Joseph Willard the progenitor of the above families, with his wife and

children were taken by the Indians on June 7th 1760 and carried to

Canada. The place is still shown on the hill to the east of where his

cottage stood, where the party who took them prisoners halted, while a

portion of them returned to the house for provisions to sustain them

on their way. They were conducted by the old route up Black River to

the Green Mountains and thence to Otter Creed and Lake Champlain. They

returned to Charlestown after the surrender of Montreal. Mr. Willard

died in Charlestown after a brief illness in 1799 and was buried on the

12th of September of that year.


Joseph Willard was under Col. Josiah Willard at Fort Dummer from Feb.

12th to July 1st, 1748. He was also a member of Capt. Phineas Steven's

company at Fort No. 4, in 1750

p.88 History of Charlestown, NH

During the time Goffe had his headquarters at Charlestown, N.H., and

his regiment was employed in clearing the road between Charlestown and

the mountains, the trails of the Indians were occasionally seen in the

adjacent woods, but they were too few to make, under the circumstances,

any general attack.

Before this regiment, however, had reached Charlestown they had made an

incursion and carried off Mr. Joseph Willard and his wife and five

children. They were taken at their homestead on the edge of the Great

Meadow, a short distance from the present (1876) residence of Mr. Peter

A. Evans, on the 7th of June 1760.

Considering Samuel, the youngest, who was an infant, somewhat burden-

some to them, the Indians took him aside the next day and beat out his

brains against a tree. The family was taken to Canada, their journey

through the wilderness occupying fourteen days. They remained in

captivity till the surrender of Montreal, into which city they had

been taken a few days previous to its capitulation, when, with other

prisoners they were of course released. This was the last incursion

of the Indians on the frontiers of New England, and the bloody scene which

has so long been opened is now closed. The eastern Indians soon

agreed on articles of peace and acknowledged themselves subjects of the

Crown of England. Notwithstanding, the war still continued in Europe,

and a few provincial troops were raised in 1761/62, New England was still

exempted from further hostilities and, on the tenth of February,

1763, a general peace was signed in Paris, and soon after ratified by the

belligerent powers of Europe, by which Canada and all other northern French

settlements passed quietly under the jurisdiction of the British Crown.


Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth

ID: I23730

Name: Joseph Willard

Sex: M

Birth: 22 NOV 1761

Baptism: 10 JAN 1762 Charlestown, NH








Digital Edition © 2001 by Richard Bingham

Oceanport, New Jersey

ISBN 1-930968-20-5

Copyright, 1915


Murray and Emery Company

Kendall Square


Father: Joseph Willard b: NOV 1723 in Rutland

Mother: Huldah Willard b: 27 MAY 1732

Marriage 1 Rhoda b: in Langdon, NH

Married: BEF. 1784


Oliver Willard b: 3 NOV 1784
Ambrose Willard b: 30 OCT 1786 in Langdon, NH
Alpheus Willard b: 25 NOV 1788 in Langdon, NH
Orlando Willard b: 16 DEC 1791
Joseph Willard b: 5 FEB 1794 in Langdon, NH
Rhoda Willard b: 5 FEB 1797

Marriage 2 Rebecca (Kingsbury) Perrin

Married: AFT. 1801


Perrin Willard
Betsey Willard b: 25 SEP 1803
Daniel Willard b: 24 FEB 1805
Susan (Susannah) Willard b: 1 NOV 1808
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Joseph Willard's Timeline

November 22, 1761
Charlestown, Province of New Hampshire
November 8, 1784
Age 22
Langdon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States
October 30, 1786
Age 24
Langdon, New Hampshire, United States
November 25, 1788
Age 27
Langdon, New Hampshire, United States
December 16, 1791
Age 30
Langdon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States
February 5, 1794
Age 32
Langdon, New Hampshire, United States
February 6, 1797
Age 35
Langdon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States
September 25, 1803
Age 41