was born about 1647 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA. He died on 14 Jan 1703/4 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA. First mention of Joseph is in Malden on 2 May 1670 when, as a blacksmith, he purchased eight acres of land for 85 pounds which was bounded by hyways to Reading and Lynn, "and the dwelling houde thereon standing". With the consent of his wife, Joseph gave the seller a mortgage for 75 pounds. This was the beginning of his many dealings in Malden real estate. The last mention of his real estate dealings was on 29 August 1703 when he and Dorcas sold four acres of land, witnessed by their son Samuel. Joseph's military career began as a corporal in Maldens company of foot soldiers. On 4 June 1685,
he was commissioned an Ensign; 11 July 1689 a Lieutenant then a Captain on 20 June 1690. The name Capt. Joseph Wilson appears on the list of those "Majors and Captains agreed upon for the Canada Expedition, July 1690". At the last moment his name was replaced on the list and he escaped the fate that waited
those that went on the campaign. Joseph died intestate and his son John was declared administrator on 12 February 1706. Security was posted by his other sons, Jacob and Benjamine.
He married Dorcas RANDALL * on 2 May 1670 in Lynn, Essex Co., MA.(83)
Dorcas RANDALL * was born about 1650
in Lynn, Essex Co., MA.
Children of Joseph and Dorcas Willson were:
i. Jacob WILLSON
was born on 3 Sep 1671 in Lynn, Essex Co., MA and died 16 Apr 1741 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA. Appointed Malden schoolmaster 29 April 1709; Town Treasurer 10 February 1720 and 1721. He married Susanna Ross, 20 May 1696, in Malden, Middlesex, MA. (152) Marriage was performed by Rev. Wigglesworth in Malden. Source indicates they had the following children: John, b. 25 Jan 1697; Jacob, b. 7 Jan 1698; Joseph, b. 19 Dec 1701; and Susanna, b. 8 Sep 1705. She proceeded Jacob in death on 14/15 Dec 1739 in Malden at age 72.
Joseph WILLSON was born on 27 Sep 1673 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, and died on 24 Dec 1720 in Ashford, Windham Co., CT., from internal injuries suffered while fighting with his friend and neighbor, John Alpen, over a game
of pennies. The injury paralyzed him and after a few days he died leaving a young pregnant wife and family. He married Mary Parker 5 Apr 1716 of Woodstock, Windham County, CT.(153)
John WILLSON was born about 1676 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA. He died on
21 Jul 1741 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA. He married Elizabeth Lee, abt 1704 in Malden, MA.
Benjamin WILLSON (73) was born about 1678 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA. He died
on 16 Feb 1711/12 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA. Died intestate with heirs-at-law being his mother, Dorcas, his sister, Dorcas, and brothers Jacob, Joseph, John, Nathaniel and Samuel, all living in Malden at the time (Malden Probate Court Records, File #25121).
WILLSON was born about 1681 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA. She died after
Samuel WILLSON was born about 1687 in Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, and died there 20 Mar 1711/12. He married Margaret Chamberlain, Rev. D. Parsons officating. (152) They had a child that died 29 Jan 1715/16.