Joseph Belcher

13 May 1749–27 May 1814 (Age 65)
Stoughton, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Joseph

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.

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Joseph Belcher
Mary Baker
Marriage: 28 October 1775
Clifford Belcher
Cephas Belcher

Spouse and Children

28 October 1775
Sharon, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States


    Clifford Belcher


    Cephas Belcher


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World Events (6)


Age 27

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

Age 31

Historical Boundaries: 1780: Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States 1799: Kennebec, Massachusetts, United States 1820: Kennebec, Maine, United States 1838: Franklin, Maine, United States
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 37

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

English:1. (of Norman origin): nickname from Old French beu, bel ‘fair’, ‘lovely’ + chere ‘face’, ‘countenance’. Although it originally meant ‘face’, the word chere later came to mean also ‘demeanor’, ‘disposition’ (hence English cheer), and the nickname may thus also have denoted a person of pleasant, cheerful disposition. There has been some confusion with Bowser . 2. nickname for someone given to belching. See Balch .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph Belcher in entry for Cephas Belcher, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Joseph Belcher in entry for Clifford Belcher, "Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Joseph Belcher in entry for Clifford Belcher, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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