Joshua Tower

10 February 1710–1780 (Age 69)
Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Joshua

When Joshua Tower was born on 10 February 1710, in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Samuel Tower, was 49 and his mother, Deborah Howard, was 37. He married Jerusha Sprague on 30 August 1731, in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He died in 1780, at the age of 70.

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Joshua Tower
Jerusha Sprague
Marriage: 30 August 1731
Sara Tower
Jerusha Tower
James Tower
Deborah Tower
Jerusha Tower

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30 August 1731
Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States


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Age 66

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 66

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

Name Meaning

English:1. topographic name for someone who lived near a tower, usually a defensive fortification or watchtower, from Middle English, Old French tūr (Latin turris). 2. occupational name for someone who dressed white leather, cured with alum rather than tanned with bark, from an agent derivative of Middle English taw(en) (Old English tawian ‘to prepare, make ready’). 3. Americanized spelling of German Tauer .

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

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  • Joshua Tower in entry for Jerusha Tower, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Joshua Tower, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Joshua Tower, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"

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