Nov. 13, 1743 Roxbury Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
Apr. 13, 1833 Gardner Worcester County Massachusetts, USA
Joseph Payson, while living in Roxbury, MA, was one of the men disguise themselves as Indians and throw English Tea into Boston Harbor on December 16th, 1773 in an incident that became famous as The Boston Tea Party. Joseph Payson also served in the Revolutionary War. Joseph Payson was also one of the original signers of the petition to incorporate Gardner, Massachusetts as a town in May of 1785.
Joseph Payson’s Tombstone reads: ERECTED IN Memory of JOSEPH PAYSON Who died April 13 A.D. 1833 Aged 89 years & 6 months
After the Revolutionary War Joseph Payson came to what would become Gardner from Framingham and was both a farmer and a shoemaker.
Joseph Payson was married a total of four times and had eight children. Payson’s first wife was Mary Hill with whom he had three children. After the death of his first wife Payson married Azubah Wilder had had five children with her. Payson’s third wife was Betsy Leach and his fourth was a Mrs. Hale.
Joseph Payson is mentioned in “History Of Gardner, Massachusetts From Its Earliest Settlements To 1860” by Lewis Glazier, “History Of Gardner, Massachusetts 1785 – 1967” by Esther Gilman Moore and “Fascinating Facts Of Gardner” by Judith M. Krymowski.