Joseph Gilson Jr. was born in Groton, Mass. in about 1694 to Joseph and Hepsibah Gilson. He married Mary Shed in about 1717 in Groton. The couple had at least eight children.

Joseph enlisted in the military to serve under Captain John Lovewell. On May 8, 1725, Joseph was one of just 5 or 10 of 50 English soliders to survive unwounded from a battle with 80 Abenaki Indians at the village of Pequawket, now Fryeburg, Maine.

In January, 1760, Joseph petitioned a court for financial assistance, based on his "Services and Sufferings for his Country." He died on June 11, 1760

Sources Edit

Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1909), p. 294.

"Pequawket Indian History,"

Thomas Symmes and Nathaniel Bouton, The Original Account of Capt. John Lovewell's "Great Fight" with the Indians: at Pequawket, May 8, 1725 (P.B. Cogswell, 1861), pp. 20, 25.

Dr. Samuel A. Green, Epitaphs from the Old Burying Ground, Groton, MA (University Press, 1883), p. 241.