Joseph Sexton Jr.

15 October 1772–22 April 1829 (Age 56)
Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Sexton Jr. was born on 15 October 1772, in Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, his father, Joseph Sexton, was 43 and his mother, Phoebe Campbell, was 38. He married Barbara Bush on 2 September 1787, in Huntington, Warren, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 22 April 1829, in Wytheville, Wythe, Virginia, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Wytheville, Wythe, Virginia, United States.

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Joseph Sexton Jr.
Barbara Cathron
Marriage: 14 April 1804
Levina Seaton
William Sexton
David Sexton
John Sexton
Eliza Sexton
Zodock Sexton

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14 April 1804
Wythe, Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 3

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 4

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1788 · The First Presidential Election

Age 16

The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a sexton or churchwarden, from Middle English sexteyn ‘sexton’ (Old French secrestein, from Latin sacristanus).2 Irish (Munster and midlands): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seastnáin‘descendant of Seastnán, Seasnán’, a personal name meaning ‘bodyguard’, from seasuighim ‘to resist’, ‘to defend’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph Sexton in entry for John Sexton, "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912"
  • James Sexton in entry for John Sexton, "Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912"
  • Joseph Sexton, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

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