Puffer Genealogy

Joseph Farnsworth, Sr.

Male 1610 - 1660  (50 years)


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  • Name Joseph Farnsworth 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1610  Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jan 1659/60  Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3131  Puffers
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2014 

    Father Richard Farnsworth,   b. Abt 1584, Eccles, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1616 and 1675, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Marshe,   b. 1 Nov 1584, Eccles, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 12 Jan 1607/8  Eccles, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6053  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Lane,   b. 1614, Beaminster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1671, Middletown, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Children 
     1. Esther Farnsworth,   b. 30 Jun 1633, Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F759  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Mason,   b. CA 1600, Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1647, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 29 Dec 1625  Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Farnsworth, Jr.,   b. CA 1627, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Farnsworth,   b. Dec 1630, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1672, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
     3. Mary Farnsworth,   b. Abt 1629,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Hannah Farnsworth,   b. 14 Dec 1638, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1659, Hingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     5. Leonora Farnsworth,   b. Bef 14 Nov 1639, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Rebeccah Farnsworth,   b. 2 Jan 1640, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1714, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Rachel Farnsworth,   b. Mar 1642, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1675, Mendon, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
     8. Ruth Farnsworth,   b. 3 Jun 1642, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Samuel Farnsworth, Sr,   b. 14 Jul 1656, Dorchester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F1068  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was the first person bearing the name of farnsworth that we know of in this country. He is first heard of there about 1632, but probably came over with the Dorchester company, though perhaps not in the first vessel. He was admitted freeman march 14, 1638-9. Another Joseph Farnsworth, probably his son, was admitted freeman may 2, 1649.  The name is spelled in the record in both cases “ffarnworth" he died Jan. 12, 1660,and his will was proved and is recorded in Suffolk Registry of Wills, Vol. 1, folio 327, and has been printed in the New England Historic-Genealogical Register, Vol IX, page 140.  He provides in it for his wife, whom he calls "Mary, formerly wife of John Long and Thomas Long." He also gives legacies to his daughters, Elizabeth,  wife of John Mansfield, Esther, Mary wife of Abraham Ripley, his grandson, "Joseph Peck, son of Simon Peck, who married with Hannah,my daughter, now deceased, " and Rebecca, and also to his eldest son Joseph,  although he had, as he says, "already assisted him greatly, and the rest to his son Samuel, who appears to have been a minor.  The inventory returned amounted to L 206.18 S.  Joseph's first wife's name was Elizabeth, surname unknown.  After Joseph's death his widow very soon married John Wilcock, then resident at Dorchester.  She was executor of her husband "ffarnworth's” will, and joining her husband Wilcock she made a deed of part of his land, April 20, 1660, to William Pond (Suffolk Deeds b. VII folio 296). He was a cooper, according to his son, Samuel.