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Rev Joseph Emerson

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Bishop's, Staffordshire, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Emerson, Sr. and Elizabeth Emerson
Husband of Lydia Durde Emerson; Martha Emerson; Elizabeth Emerson and Elizabeth Brown
Father of Peter Emerson; James Emerson; Joseph Emerson; Lucy Ann Damon; Edward Emerson, Deacon and 2 others
Brother of Robert Emerson, of Rowley; Benjamin Emerson; James Emerson; Elizabeth Perrin; Rev. John Emerson and 1 other
Half brother of Ralph Emerson; Reverend John Emerson; Thomas Emerson; Michael Emerson; Susan Emerson and 1 other

Occupation: first minister of Mendon, Reverend
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About Rev Joseph Emerson

"Rev. Joseph Emerson, of Mendon, was admitted a freeman of Ipswich, Dec., 1648. He married Elizabeth Woodmansy, a daughter of Mr. Robt. and Margaret Woodmansy, of Boston and Ipswich. Mr. Woodmansv was a schoolmaster at Boston and held land at Ipswich. It is probable he was one of the ninety University men who emigrated to Massachusetts Colony between 1620 and 1640. The Rev. Joseph had two children by this marriage, Joseph, Junr., and James. In 1662 Elizabeth, his wife, had inherited Land from her father, Mr. Robt. Woodmansy, and the Rev. Joseph (who is known to have been a minister as early as 1648) sold the land to his father, Mr. Thomas Emerson, the deed being dated Sept. 14th, 1652. In 1653 he was called as a minister to Wells, Maine, and took the freeman's oath there in July. 1653. It is not known exactly when he left Ipswich for Wells, Maine, where his income was £65 per annum in cash, together with a subscription from York, Maine, and the parishioners were to give sundry help. But dissension arose in the Church between the Massachusetts and Maine party and the Rev. Joseph left, being a strong adherent of the Massachusetts party. So bitter was the fight that the Massachusetts government soon afterwards disbanded the Church, The Rev. Joseph's two sons, Joseph (mentioned in his grandfather's will dated 1653) and James, -were probably born at Wells, Maine, but not certainly as Professor B. K. Emerson says, and since the early Ipswich records are lost, the Wells records have no record of such births and the York records were burnt, the matter will probably never be cleared up. It is possible the Rev. Joseph still held some property in Maine after he left, for his grandson Joseph held some land at Falmouth, Maine—Falmouth having been formerly Wells. Professor B. K. Emerson says that after leaving Wells (1664) he went as first minister to Milton, Massachusetts, and was dismissed for asking for an increase of salary in view of his approaching second marriage, which would lead us to conclude his first wife died in Maine. Professor B. K. Emerson says he had a daughter born at Milton called Lucy Ann, b. on 2nd Oct., 1667, by his first wife, Elizabeth Woodmansy, but he offers no proof whatever of his statement, and since he says he was dismissed for asking for an increase of salary in view of his second marriage and since we know that he married his second wife, Elizabeth Bulkeley, daughter of Rev. Edw. Bulkeley, of Concord, and granddaughter of Rev. Peter Bulkeley, first minister of Concord, on Dec. 7th, 1665, at Concord, Professor B. K. Emerson is obviously at sea. The fact is Lucy Ann, if his daughter and born at Milton, Massachusetts, was the first child of his second marriage with Elizabeth Bulkrley, and that he was not dismissed at all for asking for an increase of salary in view of his approaching marriage. On Dec. 1st, 1669, he "settled, through the interest of the Bulkeleys," as minister of Mendon, at a salary of £45 (bettering Dr. Primrose by £5) and various contributions. Dr. Canfield sent me the agreement which is printed in Professor B. K. Emerson's book. The Rev. Joseph Emerson remained minister at Mendon until the town was partially destroyed by Indians, when he retired to Concord, where he died the 3rd of Nov., 1679, and not the 3rd of Jan., 1680, as stated by Professor B. K. Emerson. He was buried at Concord, but no gravestone remains. He died intestate and the inventory of his goods is dated Oct., 1680. The inventory includes several parcels of land in Mendon, books to the value of £18, plate £10, etc., and making a total, after paying debts, of £129 78. — £646 15s. of our money, not bad for a parson passing rich on £45 per annum. His widow married Captain John Browne."

--- The English Emersons: a genealogical historical sketch of the family.. By Peter Henry Emerson 1898 p. 24


  1. 153. Donald Lines Jacobus, The Bulkeley Genealogy: Rev. Peter Bulkeley, being an account of his career, his ancestry, the ancestry of his two wives, and his relatives in England and New England, together with a genealogy of his descendants through the seventh American generation, New Haven, Connecticut, 1933.
  2. The Damon, Emerson and Bulkeley Families. Damon memorial: or, Notices of three Damon families who came from old ... By Samuel Chenery Damon. Page 69. "Robert Bulkley, Esq., an English Baron, was Lord Manor of Bulkley, in the County Palatine of Chester, in the reign of King John, who died in 1216."

Joseph Emerson Birth: Nov. 8, 1629 Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire, England Death: Jun. 25, 1694 Haverhill Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

 Thomas Emerson (1584 - 1666)
 Elizabeth Brewster Emerson (1584 - 1638) 
 Elizabeth Bulkeley Brown (1637 - 1693)
 Martha Toothaker Emerson (1668 - 1725)
 Edward Emerson (1670 - 1743)*
 Ebenezer Emerson (1678 - 1751)*
 Mary Emerson Kimball (1696 - ____)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Bradley Moody Record added: Jun 25, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 54102406

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Rev Joseph Emerson's Timeline

June 25, 1620
Bishop's, Staffordshire, Hertfordshire, England
June 25, 1620
Hertfordshire, UK
June 25, 1620
St. Michael's, Hertford, Eng.
June 25, 1620
Bishopsshortford, Herfordshire, En
June 25, 1620
June 25, 1620
June 25, 1620
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
Age 28
Wells, York, Maine
Age 31
Wells, York County, Maine, United States