Joseph Hampton

Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 2 Aug 1767 (aged 64–65)
Burial Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 49874257 · View Source
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Joseph was the son of John Hampton, of Elphinstone, East Lothian, Scotland, and his wife, the widow Jane Curtis Ogsborn, of Northamptonshire, England. Their surname was often spelled Hamton.

The family was Quaker.

He moved to Bucks Co., Pennsylvania in 1715 and was a founder of Wrightstown Monthly Meeting.

He married Mary Canby on Oct. 8, 1722 in Buckington Monthly Meeting, Buckingham Twp., Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.

The marriage date is from the Gregorian calendar. Quaker religious records from the period -- in which the Julian calendar began the year in March -- recorded it as the 8th day of the 8th month, 1722.

They had seven children: Sarah in 1723, John in 1725, Benjamin in 1728, Jane in 1731, Joseph in 1736, David in 1737 and Mary in 1739.

From "Honor Joseph Hampton, Whose Descendants Settled in Hunterdon," newspaper article published in or after 1935, Hampton Family Notebook (vertical file), compiled by Hiram E. Deats, Hunt Co Hist Soc, Flemington, New Jersey:
"...Joseph Hampton was an elder of the Friends Meeting at Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pa., and a member of the colonial assembly with Benjamin Franklin. He was also clerk of the quarterly and annual meetings in New Jersey and at Philadelphia, and overseer and held other important posts. One of the largest land-holding Quakers, he introduced the first tree-grafting in his apple orchards in Bucks County. He built the Anchor Inn in 1724, which is today the oldest tavern still in continuous operation in Bucks County."

Unfortunately, the Anchor Inn burned down in 1998.

He signed his will in Wrightstown on Sep. 15, 1767, and it was entered into probate on Nov. 19, 1767.

Joseph probably died in Wrightstown. It is assumed, but not confirmed, that he was buried in the Wrightstown Friends Meeting Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Mary Jo C. Martin
  • Added: 17 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49874257
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Hampton (1702–2 Aug 1767), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49874257, citing Wrightstown Friends Meeting Cemetery, Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Mary Jo C. Martin (contributor 46931071) .