circa 1762 - 1842
Joseph's signature on his will in 1833 (31)
|Children||Mary, William, Joseph, Esther, William, Esther, Thomas, Elizabeth, John, Isaac, Sarah, Martha|
Joseph was born in about 1762 at Whitle in the parish of Sheen, the son of Thomas & Esther(1). He had at least three older siblings - Elizabeth(3), Sarah(4) and Mary(5). There were also at least two more brothers, Thomas and John, but their dates of birth are not known(6).
The family moved to High Needham some time around the late 1760s(6), and Joseph was presumably working on the family farm there when he married Martha Wardle in Hartington on 16th June 1785(7). They initially lived at Fernydale where their eldest daughter Mary was born(8), but they had settled in Hurdlow by the time William was born two years later(9). They had another son Joseph in 1788(10), and then a daughter Esther in 1790(11). Disaster struck the following year when two of their children, William and Esther, died on consecutive days(12)(13). Obviously determined to have children by those names they christened their next son William a few months later(14), and their next daughter Esther in 1794(15). A son Thomas followed in 1796(16), a daughter Elizabeth in 1798(17) and then two more sons, John in 1800(18) and Isaac in 1802(19).
Joseph's unmarried sister Sarah died in 1801(20) and his mother in 1804(21), and that is probably why he moved back to his father's farm at High Needham - they were certainly back there by the time of their next daughter Sarah's birth in 1804(22). Joseph's father died in 1807(24), and his youngest daughter Martha was born in 1810(25). His wife Martha died the following year(26). (Note that the Earl Sterndale parish register also lists the baptism of a Joseph, son of Joseph and Marth Needham in 1805, but I don't believe he is part of this family(27).)
He was listed as living in High Needham and being amongst the jurors for Hartington Middle Quarter in 1811 and again in 1821(30), and stated as still living there in his son Isaac's will of 1827(35), but sometime between then and 1833 - probably by 1828(28), he moved to Horton in Staffordshire, swapping farms with his son Joseph who moved back to High Needham. He was living in Horton when he wrote his will in 1833(31), and he stayed there until at least the time of the 1841 census(32), but illness or frailty presumably lead to him moving in with his daughter Esther in Bradley, near Ashbourne, where he died in 1842(33). He was buried in Earl Sterndale(34).
Brief details of his children:
This is the Last Will and Testament of me Joseph Needham of Laskedge in the parish of Horton and County of Stafford Farmer being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner following: that is to say I order that all my just debts, funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will, be, in the first place fully paid and satisfied, and after payment thereof and of every part thereof Out of my Estate. First I give and bequeath to my Grand-son John Edge the Sum of ten pounds of lawful money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland current in England, also I give and bequeath to my son John Needham the Sum of Sixty pounds Likewise I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Needham the Sum of Sixty pounds and I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Bonsal the sum of Thirty pounds and I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Martha Ann Needham the Sum of Sixty pounds Likewise I give and bequeath to my house keeper Ann Belfield the sum of Ten pounds and I also give to the said Ann Belfield my Chest and Light Coloured Feather Bed and Chaff Bed under it and sheets Blankets Coverlets Bolsters and Pillows sufficient for one good Bed and I give to Ann Belfield one Cow Stirk called Leek. And I give to Thomas Wardle the sum of one pound All these before named Legacies to be paid out of my real and Personal Estate. And I give all my Deastical Books to my son William Needham And I give to Samuel Bondsal the History of England Likewise I give to my Son Thomas Needham one book called Bucan and the rest of my Books to be divided amongst my Children. I likewise give to my Executors hereinafter mentioned the Power of Selling my Real and Personal Estate. That is to say that my real Estate called Shuttershawe lying at Lask-Edge And Crowborough Both in the parish of Horton and County of Stafford. To be both sold within, six months after my decease. And all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal Estate Goods, chattels and effects whatsoever and weresoever the same my be To be sold as soon as can be made convenient after my decease. And all the before mentioned Legatees to be paid first Only Martha Ann Needham my Grand-Daughter must receive hers when she come to the age of Twenty-One years but if she should die before she comes of age I direct that her share shall be equally Divided among all my children Or their heirs Share and Share alike. And as Mary Edge is dead I give her share to her children to have Share and Share alike. Only I wish my Son in law William Edge to have the Interest of the same during his natural life. And I Direct that my son Thomas Needham shall have all my Clothes. And all the rest Residue and Remainder of my Real and Personal Estate to be equally Divided among my Children Share and Share Alike. That is to say, to my Sons Joseph Needham William Needham Thomas Needham John Needham And My Daughters Mary Edges Children Esther Bagshaw Sarah Bonsal And my Grand Daughter Martha Ann Needham And I do hereby Nominate constitute and appoint My Son John Needham Farmer in the parish of Buglawton and County of Cheshire And my Son William Needham Farmer in the parish of Baquille and County of Derby Executors of this my will hereby revoking and making void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made, and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof, I the said testator, have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this 17 Seventeenth Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three Joseph Needham Signed sealed and published and declared by the said Joseph Needham as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witness thereto. William Neath Senr Jonathan Cottrell William Neath JunrProbate granted 20/2/1843 to John Needham of Horton in the County of Stafford Farmer and William Needham of Hourdlow House in the parish of Bakewell in the County of Derby Farmer. States testator died 9/12/1842.
|Anne Belfoot||55||F M S||y|
|Samuel Proctor||13||M S||y|
|When and where died||Name||Sex||Age||Occupation||Cause of death||Signature, description and residence of informant||When registered|
|Ninth of December 1812
|Joseph Needham||Male||83 years||Labourer||Old Age||John Bagshaw
Present at Death
|Eleventh of December 1842|