Joseph Soper

Joseph  Soper
Joseph Soper
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Biography
From the Compendium ---------------------------------- JOSEPHSOPER (Boston, Massachusetts) Shortly after the Puritans arrived on the'Mayflower' to found the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, the Soperscame to Colonial America. King James I had died in 1625, and was followedby Charles I, who reigned from 1625, until his execution in 1649. JosephSoper came to these shores between 1634-1636. He was a "mariner,householder, and a sea captain", according to a paper of Guy E. Soper, ofOrland, Maine. Captain Joseph Soper settled in Massachusetts, and on May8, 1656, was united in marriage to Elizabeth Alcocke, of Dedham, England,the daughter of Thomas and Margery Alcocke. Governor John Endicottperformed the ceremony. Joseph died intestate on December 23, 1678. MosesBradford and Nathaniel Greenwood appraised the estate at 95:18:6.Elizabeth was appointed administrix of the estate. She later married aman by the name of Helman. Joseph and Elizabeth Soper had some eightchildren: Joseph (1)(1659-1660): John (1661-1713); Elizabeth (1664- ):Joseph (2) (1665- ); Thomas (1668- ); Samuel (1670-1713); Mary (1)(1673-1676); and Mary (2)(1676- ). There is substantial confusion in thenames, birthdates, lineage, and number of the children of Joseph andElizabeth Soper. Some sources do not list John as a son. Others do notlist Elizabeth. Some list two sons named Joseph, the first born in 1657,who died in 1660, and a second born-in 1665. Some list two daughtersnamed Mary, the first born in 1673, who died in 1676, and the second bornin 1676. Some researchers trace lineage back through Samuel, son ofJoseph and Elizabeth. Other researchers with the same lineage trace theirancestry back through John, the older son of Joseph and Elizabeth. Anyreader, therefore, must hold all data suspect unless it is primary sourcedata. In this paper we have followed the lineage suggested by William M.Pierce in, "Old Hancock County Families". John Soper (1661-1713), acordwainer, of Hull, Massachusetts, listed by some researchers as the sonof Joseph Soper ( -1678), immigrant, and omitted by other researchers,married Mary , about 1684. Mary's family name, according to Mormonmicrofilm, was Hunt. Others list it as Filman. Children reportedlyinclude: Samuel (1685-1713); Joseph (1688- ) (no data); Elizabeth(1691-1727); John (1693/4-1742); Benjamin (1697-c1750); Isaac (1699- )(no data); Mary (1701/2- ); Justus (1704-1780); Sarah (1707- ); Nicholas(1709- ) (no data); and Consider/Considder Soper (1712- ). John Sopermoved from Boston, Massachusetts, to Hull, Massachusetts, about1685. Samuel Soper (1685-1713), of Hull, Massachusetts, in 1708, inBoston, Massachusetts, married Mary Lyon, of Dorchester, Massachusetts.Mary was baptised in 1686. The wedding ceremony was performed by theRev. Benjamin Wordsworth. Children included: Samuel Soper (1709-1749)and Elkanon Soper (1711- ). Samuel Soper moved from Hull, Massachusetts,to Boston, Massachusetts, about 1708. Samuel Soper (1709-1749), ofWest Brookfield, Massachusetts, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, anddied in Taunton, Massachusetts. In 1731, in West Bridgewater,Massachusetts, he married Esther Littlefield (1714-1792), who was born inBraintree, Massachusetts, and died in Taunton, Massashusetts. Childrenincluded: Edmund (1731-1776); Hannah (Pettingail) (1733- ); Asa(1734-1775); Samuel (1736-1807); Esther (Briggs) (1738- ),Oliver{1719/40- ); Amasa (1742-1818); Salter (1744- ); Sarah(1745-1749);James (l747-1749); and Silence (Simmons) (1749/50- ) Estherreportedly married (2) Seth Briggs, after the death of Samuel in 1?49.Samuel Soper moved to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, probably from Boston,Massachusetts.
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MJoseph Soper
BirthABT 1630
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Marriage6 MAY 1656to ? at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Joseph Soper
BirthABT 1630
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Marriage6 MAY 1656to ? at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
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MJohn Soper
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Death12 MAR 1713Hull, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Marriageto Mary Hunt or Filman
Descendancy Chart
Joseph Soper b: ABT 1630
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John Soper d: 12 MAR 1713
Samuel SOPER b: 20 FEB 1685
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