31 October 1718 in Newbury, Massachusetts, United States to John Calef (1675-1748) and Debera King (c1679) and died 21 December 1793 in Auburn, New Hampshire, United States of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Jewell (c1718) 30 September 1746 . Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.Joseph Calef was born
- In the spring of 1746 Joseph was one of Captain Goffe's company scouting the woods to guard the settlers against the Indians.
- Joseph's house was just northwest of the road from Bunker Hill to Candia and was still standing in 1869, probably the oldest house in Auburn.
- Five little children of this family died in 1755 of a throat distemper so virulent that "on one or more occasions while they were gone to the grave with one child another had died." Terror-stricken for the remaining child, Elizabeth, they fled to the mother's old home, Amesbury, only to be warned out by a community naturally fearful of contagion. By some arrangement, however, they must have stayed on, since Joseph is "of Amesbury" in 1756, then again "of Chester" the following year.
- He apparently joined the army at Charlestown when the "Lexington alarm" came to Chester, and Elizabeth, his wife, buried her pewter lest the British run it into bullets.
- by wife Elizabeth:
- ♀Elizabeth Calef, b. 21 September 1747, Chester, New Hampshire.
- ♀Abigail Calef, b. 8 May 1749, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
- ♂Joseph Calef, b. 12 October 1750, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
- ♀Hannah Calef, b. 28 September 1752, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
- ♀Sarah Calef, b. 5 November 1754, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
- ?Child, b. 1755, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
- ♂Jonathon L Calef, b. 8 May 1762, Chester, New Hampshire.
- ♂Joseph Calef, b. 1765.
- ♀David Calef, b. 27 April 1767.