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Joseph Payson
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1743
Roxbury
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: 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.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Mary Hill Payson (1749 - 1800)*
  Betsy Leach Payson (1754 - 1823)*
  Sally Hartwell Payson (1781 - 1865)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Payson Foster (1774 - 1805)*
  Susannah Payson Howe (1779 - 1852)*
  Eleanor Payson Clapp (1782 - 1806)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Burying Ground
Gardner
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Kyle Brinkmann
Record added: May 31, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11067975
Joseph Payson
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Joseph Payson
Added by: Kyle Brinkmann
 
Joseph Payson
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Added by: Ryan
 
 
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I visited Your grave Thursday and I'm writing a report about you in my history calss.Gone but not forgotten.
- Kyle Brinkmann
 Added: Sep. 17, 2012
Visited your "real" grave a little before Halloween. You are a big part of Gardner History and Folklore.
- Kyle Brinkmann
 Added: Nov. 4, 2008
You are a big part of Gardner history and a footnote person in American History because of The Boston Tea Party.
- Kyle Brinkmann
 Added: Jul. 22, 2008
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