Joseph Few
1708-1762
by Ken Freeman

Joseph Few was the sixth child born to Isaac Few and Hannah Stanfield on the 20th of June 1708. He was a first generation American.

Nothing is known of his youth. He did become a farmer, a trader and a sailor of his own ships.

The first record of his activities comes from the minutes of Kennet Meeting (Quaker) of October 1729 that records one of his trading voyages to Barbados.

Joseph married Mary Aston on the 18th of September 1733. He was twenty-five and she was twenty-two. Nothing is known of Mary's parents at this time. It is known that she was born on the 25th of March 1711.

Joseph was "disowned for anger" from the Quakers on the 3rd of October 1734 from the Kennet Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Joseph and Mary's first child was Mary, born on the 12th of September 1741. She married Joseph Buffington on the 1st of August 1759. She died on the 22nd of November 1807.

Their second child was Hannah born on the 10th of September 1744. She married a Mr. Evans in 1768.

Their third child was Joseph, born on the 13th of December 1749. He lived only six months, dying on the 27th of May 1750.

Their fourth child was Joseph (second), born on the 25th of May 1753. He married Sarah Smith. He died on the 19thof August 1792.

Joseph and Mary drowned in a pleasure boat accident on the Delaware River on the 15th of November 1762. Their son-in-law, Joseph Buffington, was with then and survived the incident.

Joseph and Mary Buffington obtained letters of administration on their estate, upon a bond of 2000 pounds, on the 30th of November 1762. Legacies: to Joseph Few, 306 acres on the Brandywine River, to Hannah: 151 acres, to Joseph and Mary Buffington, 151 acres. (Brandywine is in Chester County, Pennsylvania.)

Joseph and Mary Aston Few were my fifth great-grandparents.



1987-2003 Kenneth Allen Freeman

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Sources:
National Archives Genealogy labs: Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas
Buffington/Few Archives

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