On the search . . . .

For many years now I've been searching my past in an endeavor to unfold the tales of my family. I've traveled (via the internet) to England, Denmark, Norway, Ohio, Nebraska, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. I've spent time personally visiting historic Boston and their wonderful cemeteries and, or course, visited my ancestors right here in California. My ancestors have touched the world in many places... and I hope to enjoy some of their experiences. I want you to join me as I travel through my past... and uncover their stories..

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Joseph Garrett ~ My 6th Great Grandfather

My sixth great grandfather, Joseph Garrett, was born on 12 Mar 1743 in Goshen, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States to Mary Sharpless and Joseph Garrett.  He was one of ten children.  

In 1770, at the age of 27, Joseph married Charity Collins.  The 1770 census records indicate he owned: Acres - 210; Horses - 3; Cattle - 1; Sheep - 0; Servants - 0. 

Over several years they had six children; Benjamin (1772), Joseph (1773), Lydia (1775), Nathan (1778), Elizabeth (1780), and Sarah (1783).  While all their children grew to adulthood, Nathan died at a young age. 

The Garrett family had wanted to be part of the Quaker community however,  according to Quaker minutes because Joseph Garrett and Charity were married by a "priest" he was not permitted  to be a "Quaker".   The Quaker minutes also indicate that upon his death Joseph's children were then welcomed by the Friends by the Quakers.  

Joseph passed away at the age of 49, when his youngest child Sarah was only 9 years old.  His wife Charity was only 41. 

Charity passed away only 7 years later, at the age of 48. At that time her oldest child was 27 and her youngest was 16. 

A year after their mother's death, the following census of 1800 show the oldest son Benjamin with the remaining children - his siblings. He had living with him three (3) members of the household the age of 16 and younger and three (3) members of the household the age of 25 or older.  At that time it appears evident how the children had to take over for the family when they pass away at an early age. 

I have not found the burial locations of Joseph and Charity Garrett but assume they are somewhere in Pennsylvania.


Warm regards, 


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