When Joseph Belcher was born on 13 May 1749, in Stoughton, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Clifford Belcher, was 38 and his mother, Mehitable Bird, was 33. He married Mary Baker on 28 October 1775, in Sharon, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 27 May 1814, in Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Canton, Canton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
English (of Norman origin):
from Old French bel ch(i)ere or beu ch(i)ere (Old French beu, bel ‘fair, lovely’ + ch(i)ere ‘face, countenance’), which had various senses, including ‘fair face or looks, fine manners, good company, good cheer, food and drink, hospitality’. Although ch(i)ere originally meant ‘face’, the word later came to mean also ‘demeanor, disposition’ (hence English cheer), and the nickname may thus also have denoted a person of pleasant, cheerful disposition.
from Old French bel, beu + sire ‘fair sir’, a term of address. From at least the 15th century this name was probably confused with the name above, owing to the pronunciation of Middle English beu sire and bel sire as ‘bewcher’ and ‘belsher’.
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