NameJoseph Gorham Ensign172
Birth16 Feb 1653/1654, Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA172,235,264,234,270,271,272,273,274,275,237,246,276,277,278
Christenaft 16 Feb 1653/1654, Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA255
Death9 Jul 1726, Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA235,264,234,270,271,77,275,237,246,276
BurialYarmouth Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA264
OccupationShoemaker234
FatherJohn Gorham Capt. (<1620-<1675)
MotherDesire Howland (ca1625-1683)
Spouses
Birthca 1656234,279,265,271
Deathbef 3 Feb 1738/1739, Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA255,234,271
FatherEdward C. Sturgis (ca1613-1695)
MotherElizabeth Hinckley (<1617-1691)
Marriagebef 1678, Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA234,279,265,271
ChildrenSarah (1678-)
 Joseph (1681-)
 Samuel (1682-)
 John (1683-)
 Desire (1685-)
 Isaac (1687-1714)
 Hezekiah (1689-1714)
 Josiah (1692-ca1775)
Notes for Joseph Gorham Ensign
“[p. 414] ye Births of ye Children of John Gorham born at Plymoth
born at Yarmoth his Son Yarmoth his Son Joseph ye 16 of Feb 1653.” 272

“Joseph was a shoemaker in Yarmouth. In the division of his father's estate in 1675, he was given forty acres of land and 4 acres of meadow next to land owned by his brother-in-law, Joseph Hallet. Edward Sturgis, in his verbal will probated at Plymouth, MA 3 June 1679, gave Joseph 5 pounds in silver. Joseph was one of the witnesses to the will. Joseph served as an ensign in the militia before 1682. In March 1683/4, after his mother’s death, Joseph and his brothers and sisters agreed that the children of his deceased sister, Elizabeth Hallett, ‘should have an equal part that did belong to their mother.’ In his will dated 27 July 1723, proved 20 July 1726, Joseph Gorham named his wife Sarah, his sons Joseph and Josiah Gorham, his daughter Desire Baxter, his granddaughter Sarah Sears, daughter of his deceased daughter Sarah Howe, and Sarah’s other children, Thomas, Ebenezer and Elizabeth Howes. His wife Sarah and son Josiah were named executors. Witneses were Peter Thacher, Thankful Thacher and Ann Lothrop.” 234

“Ensign Joseph Gorham, son of Capt. John Gorham, was a shoe maker, and not much engaged in public business. In the settlement of the Estate of Capt. John Gorham, who died in 1675, Joseph was given 40 acres of land to lie next to Joseph Hallett’s on the upper side of the highway, and a parcel of meadow about 3 or 4 acres between a creek called Wells his creek and a small creek called Bacon’s brookwhich with the 30 pounds he had already received from his father is valued at three score pounds.
The 40 acres above was bounded easterly by the land of his brother James, southerly by the commons, westerly by the land of Caleb Lumbard, and northerly by the highway. This tract of land, with five acres of meadow at Stony Cove, he exchanged March 18, 1680-1, with Joseph Benjamin, of Yarmouth, for 19 1/2 acres of upland and six acres of meadow and appurtenances at Clark’s Neck, and removed to Yarmouth. (Clark’s Neck is in the northerly part of Yarmouth, west of the Alms House. It was successively called Gorham’s Matthew’s and Hawes’ neck).
Joseph Benjamin sold the Barnstable land to Shubael Gorhm, brother of Joseph.
‘Joseph Gorham married Sarah Sturgis’. She was no doubt a daughter of Edward Sturgis, Sr. and a sister of Edward Sturgis, Jr., who married Temperance Gorham, sister to Joseph; also a sister of ‘Widow Gray’, who married Jabez Gorham.
In the verbal will of Edward Sturgis, Jr., probated at Plymouth June 3, 1679, he gave Joseph Gorham 5 pounds in silver. Joseph Gorham was one of the witnesses of this will
{Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, Ed. by N.B. Shurtleff, M.D., Vol. 6, Court Orders, 1678-1691, p. 103)
March 8, 1682-3. Whereas Joseph Gorum hath made appear to the Court, that he hath formerly served inthe office of an ensign and therefore desireth that he may be freed from training, the Court, on consideration of the premises have freed him from publicke training as a private soldier.
Joseph Gorham, in his will dated July 27, 1723, proved 20th July, 1726, names his wife Sarah, sons Joseph and Josiah, daughter Desire Baxter, grand-daughter Sarah Sears, daughter of my daughter Sarah Howes, deceased; also grand-children Thomas, Eben and Elizabeth Howes.
The Widow Sarah Gorham, in her will dated 1st May, 1728, proved 3d Feb. 1738-9, names sons Joseph and Josiah, daughter Desire Baxter, and grand-children rebecca (Josiah’s daughter by his first wife) Thomas and Eben. Howes, Sarah Sears and Elizabeth Crosby.” 246


Reference to his BIRTH-MARRIAGE-SPOUSE-DEATH: Roser, Susan E., MAYFLOWER INCREASINGS, Through Three Generations, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1989, p 84.255

“His children are all recorded as born in Yarmouth, but as he resided in Barnstable till 1681, it is probably that his oldest child was born in that town.” 246


He was also listed as marrying Hannah Sturgis 23 Dec 1667 in Yarmouth, MA.280

“Joseph’s will, dated 27 July 1723 (prob. 20 July 1726) mentions wife Sarah and children Josiah, Joseph & Desire with daughter Sarah dec’d. (Barnstable Co. PR 4:309).”256

In Col John Gorham’s ‘Wast Book’ it states “Joseph Gorham maryed Sarah Sturgis Lived Yarmouth”. 281

“On the reverse of the title-page [of Capt. John Gorham’s bible] stands first the following record in the handwriting of Capt. John Gorham: . . .
‘Joseph Gorum borne the 16 of febuary 1653.’ “ 273, 282

Buried in Yarmouth Ancient Cemetery (Old Church Street near Route 6). 242

Tombstone visited and photographed by Barbara Fleming, August, 2001. Photos on file.
Tombstone read:
“Here Lyes Buried
ye Body of Mr
Joseph Gorham
Who Died July
the 9th 1726
Aged 72 Years”77
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