Josiah Bridges

#784, (1650 - 9 February 1715)
Relationship5th great-grandfather of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*Edmund Bridges (1612 - 1684/85)
Mother*Elizabeth Manwaring (bt 1618 - 1620 - 1664)
The Essex Institute, Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, XXXVI:69, article "Boxford town Records, 1685-1706"

Family 1

Elizabeth Norton b. c 1654, d. 1677

Family 2

Ruth Greenslip b. 1659, d. b 1724
Children 1.Ruth Bridges+13 (bt 1679 - 1681 - )
 2.Josiah Bridges Jr+ (1680 - bt 1753 - 1754)
 3.Anne Bridges7 (1684 - )
 4.Edmund Bridges+7 (1687 - )
 5.Mary Bridges+14 (1695/96 - )
 6.Mercy Bridges15 (c 1699 - )
 7.Hepzibah Bridges16 (1703 - )
Birth*1650He was born in 1650 at Rowley, Essex Co., MassachusettsG; lived in Ipswich, Boxford and Topsfield.1 
Marriage*13 November 1675He married Elizabeth Norton, daughter of George Norton and Mary _____, on 13 November 1675 at Ipswich, Essex Co., MassachusettsG; or 1676 (in VRIM.)2,3,4 
Marriage*19 September 1677He married Ruth Greenslip, daughter of Thomas Greenslade and Ann Poynter, on 19 September 1677 at Essex Co., MassachusettsG.3,5,6 
before 1680He and Ruth Greenslip removed to Boxford, Massachusetts, before 1680 Boxford.7 
6 January 1684/85In Edmund Bridges's will dated 6 January 1684/85, Josiah Bridges was named as an heir.8,9 
1695He was a surveyor in 1695 at Boxford, Essex Co., MassachusettsG.7 
12 March 1694/95He was chosen as surveyer of highways on 12 March 1694/95 at Essex Co., MassachusettsG.10 
1699He was a juror of trials in 1699 at Essex Co., MassachusettsG.7 
12 March 1699/0He was chosen as selectman on 12 March 1699/0 at Essex Co., MassachusettsG.11 
Death*9 February 1715He died on 9 February 1715 at Wenham, Essex Co., MassachusettsG.12 
ChartsAncestors of Nelle Belle Bridges


  1. [S161] George Thomas Little, editor, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1909), four volumes.
  2. [S349] The Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849 (Three Volumes) (Salem, MA: Newcomb & Gauss, 1910), vol. II, p. 320: "Norton, Elizabeth and Josiah Bridges, Nov. 13, 1676 CT R" [Court record, Essex co., Quarterly Court].
  3. [S161] George Thomas Little, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, p. 1602.
  4. [S173] Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850, Index, online, Josiah Bridges; Sp.: Elizabeth Norton; Marr. Date: 13 Nov 1676; Ipswich, Essex, MA
    Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0777636.
  5. [S173] Mass. Marriages, 1633-1850, Index, online, Josiah Bridges and Ruth Greenslip married 19 Sep 1677, Ipswich, Essex Co. Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0777636.
  6. [S349] The Essex Institute, Vital Records of Ipswich I, II, III, vol. II, p. 196: "Greenslip, Ruth, and Josiah Bridges, Sept. 19, 1977. CT R [Court record, Essex co., Quarterly Court].
  7. [S160] Sidney Pearley, History of Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts (Boxford, MA: by the author, 1880), p. 70. Hereinafter cited as History of Boxford.
  8. [S791] Edmund Bridges will (1685), Probate record of Edmund Bridges, 1685, Ipswich, Essex Co., Mass., Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, Boston, Massachusetts, online Case no. 3298, 9 images. Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1840. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.). Transcript by Vincent Hartnett:
    The Last Will and Testament of Edmond Bridges Senr Black Smith
    of Ipswich in the County of Essex in New England is as folloeth,

    I Edmond Bridges being of perfect memorie and good understanding, yet by
    Reason of my weakeness of bodie and manie infermities often prevailing
    upon me, doo desire to com~end my soule in to the hands of my Blessed
    Redeemer Jesus Christ, in hope a happy Resurection,
    My will therefore is that my bodie be most decently burried after my
    discease, and all my debts be discharged, my estate be disposed of as
    followeth First I have alreadie given to my all my Children but Mary fair
    portions as was [crossed out] sutaable and convenient into my estate to _____
    of, but as an adition I give unto John Bridges my Rapier unto Josiah
    Bridges I give my Musquit unto Fayth Bridges I give a pewter platter
    marked with E B A, unto Bothiah Bridges the fellow or other pewtter
    plates with the same markes, which things my will is, that they be
    delivered unto the parties before mentioned Att my house upon there
    demand, imediately after my discease.

    Unto my Daughter Mary I give twentie pounds, that is to say a Cow shee
    calls her owne, a fether bed and what beding can conveniently be spared
    with it, And the rest to be made up in such household stuffe as my
    wife shall soo cause to supply her with.

    And my will further is that my beloved wife Mary Bridges shall have
    the res of the whole of my estate undispossed of During the time of
    her life if she remains a widdow, But if shee should marry after
    my discease she shall then have ten pounds payed unto her.

    I Doe allso will, that if my afforesaid wife Mary Bridges should
    marry, or otherwayes at the time of her Discease, that all the
    Remainder of my Estate then left shall be Equallie divided between
    John Bridges my sonne, my sonne Josiah Bridges, my Daughter Fayth
    Bridges Alias Black Bethiah Bridges Alias Peabodie and Mary Bridges
    And I doe hereby Constitute and ordaine my Beloved wife Mary Bridges
    and my sonne John Bridges to be my Executors, in order unto the
    performance of this my last will and testament And I doe desire
    Captn Daniel Epps with Leiftenant John Appleton to be the overseers for
    the fulfilling of this my will, whereunto I have sett my hand and
    seale this 6th of January 1684.

    Signed sealed and delivered [signature and seal of Edmund Bridges]
    in the presence of us
    Daniel Epps
    Edmund ____               The _____________
                        between ye 8th & 9th line
                        from ye top viz, but Mary,
                        was entered before ye
                        perfecting hereof
    Will proved at Court of Ipswich March 30: 85, Proved
    by the Executor to be the last Will & Testament of Edmon Bridges
    by the oath of Mary Bridges, Relect, & John Bridges sone to
    Ed. Bridges to the Best of the there knowledge that he was of a disposing mind
    at the same time.                    Attor. John Appleton ____.
  9. [S166] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-2011), I:390, exhibit.
  10. [S799] The Essex Institute, compiler, Essex Institute (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute et al), XXXVI:56, article "Boxford town Records, 1685-1706."
  11. [S799] The Essex Institute, Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, XXXVI:69, article "Boxford town Records, 1685-1706."
  12. [S611] The Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Wenham, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849 (Salem, MA: Newcomb & Gauss, 1904), p. 187.
  13. [S162] Notes on Edmund BRIDGES of Massachusetts and Some Descendants, online…, i. Ruth BRIDGES (10), married 10 Nov 1699 (4,10,16) in Salem (16)
    .......... Robert STILES (4,10,16), born 15 Nov 1675 (4) Rowley (S1), died ca 1721 Hebron CT where inventory taken 8 April 1721 (S2). Ruth married second between July 1721 and July 1725 (S2)
    .......... Joseph STRONG, and had children
    ..............1. Jemima STILES, born 27 Oct -17 (1700?) baptized 9 March 1701 Topsfield records (S3 ) apparently married a STRONG (S2).
    ..............2. Nathan STILES (S3) or Nathaniel STILES (S2), born 7 May 1703, married Ruth CARLINGS (S3),
    ..............3. Amos STILES, born 20 April 1705, married Martha SKINNER (S3),
    ..............4. Hepzibah STILES born 7 Nov 17--, baptized 6 Nov 1709, married Charles PHELPS (S3).
    ..............5. Job STILES, born 12 July 171-, baptized 17 July 1715, married Anna BLISS (S3).
  14. [S387] Sidney Perley, editor, "Bridges Genealogy", The Essex Antiquarian XII:1 :26-28, (Jan 1908).
  15. [S160] Sidney Pearley, History of Boxford, p. 70, no date listed.
  16. [S160] Sidney Pearley, History of Boxford, p. 70, no date listed, date given is possible from other sources.