Joseph Means

September 1758–June 1815 (Age 56)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Means was born in September 1758, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, James Means I, was 33 and his mother, Rachel V. Kelso, was 31. He married Rachel Means after 1783, in Fairforest Creek Settlement, Union, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died in June 1815, in Union, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 56.

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Joseph Means
Rachel Means
Marriage: after 1783
Hugh Means

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after 1783
Fairforest Creek Settlement, Union, South Carolina, United States


    Hugh Means


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World Events (6)


Age 18

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 18

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.

Age 31

George Washington elected first president of United States.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: shortened form of McMeans .2 English: habitational name from East and West Meon in Hampshire, which take their names from the Meon river. The word is Celtic but of uncertain meaning, possibly ‘swift one’.3 nickname from Middle English mene ‘inferior in rank’, ‘of low degree’ (from Old English gemǣne), or from Middle English mene ‘moderate in behaviour’ (from Old French mëen, mean).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Joseph Means in the 1800 United States Federal Census
  • Joseph Means in the South Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980

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