Joseph Calef was born 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.

Biography detail

  • 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.


Offspring of Joseph Calef and Elizabeth Jewell (c1718)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Calef (1747)
Abigail Calef (1749-1755)
Joseph Calef (1750-1755)
Hannah Calef (1752-1755)
Sarah Calef (1754-1755)
Child Calef (1755-1755)
Jonathon L Calef (1762-1845) 8 May 1762 Chester, New Hampshire, United States 24 April 1845 Lyman, Maine, United States Elizabeth Hemmenway (1768-1799)
Grace Sears Atwood (1785-1850)

Joseph Calef (1765)
David Calef (1767) 27 April 1767
  • by wife Elizabeth:
  1. Elizabeth Calef, b. 21 September 1747, Chester, New Hampshire.
  2. Abigail Calef, b. 8 May 1749, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
  3. Joseph Calef, b. 12 October 1750, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
  4. Hannah Calef, b. 28 September 1752, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
  5. Sarah Calef, b. 5 November 1754, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
  6.  ?Child, b. 1755, Chester, New Hampshire; d. 1755.
  7. Jonathon L Calef, b. 8 May 1762, Chester, New Hampshire.
  8. Joseph Calef, b. 1765.
  9. David Calef, b. 27 April 1767.

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • married by Rev. Mr. Wingate.


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