The Emanuel Joseph Family of Tisbury, Mass.



Emanuel Joseph
(AKA Manuel Joseph, Imanuel Joseph) was born 13 Jan 1774 in Graciosa, Azores, and settled in Tisbury before 1796. He appears in the 1800 Tisbury census, the 1830 Tisbury census, and the 1840 census. The 1850 Tisbury census lists him as a 76-year-old mariner. (I haven't looked in the 1810, 1820, or 1855 census for this family yet.)
The 1860 Tisbury census lists him as an 86-year-old pilot, with Mary Luce, aged 79. He died 18 Jan 1864 in Holmes Hole of gangrene. He was called a pilot in his death record.

He married Mrs. Mehitable (_____) Luce on 7 Apr 1796 in Tisbury.
She was born 26 Sep 1770 in Tisbury. She appears in the 1850 census with her husband. She died 31 Mar 1855 in Tisbury.

They are both buried in Village Cemetery, Vineyard Haven.

Children (there may be others):

(prob.) 1. MARY ANN JOSEPH, b. 23 Nov. 1797 in Tisbury. She m. Ebenezer Luce (b. 10 May 1785 in Tisbury) of Chilmark on 7 Dec 1815 in Tisbury. Ebenezer appeared in the 1850 and 1860 Chilmark censuses as a farmer. Their children were:

Wendell Luce, b. 16 Dec. 1817 in Tisbury. He m. Joannah Pease (b. 1828-9 in Tisbury, dau. of Bartlett and Olive Pease) on 20 Oct 1850 in Tisbury. He is listed as a fisherman in the 1870 Tisbury census. They had children William B. Luce (b. 5 Aug. 1854 in Tisbury), and Melvina Mayhew Luce (b. 15 Sep 1860 in Tisbury. Did she marry Samuel N. Brush on 20 Dec 1885 in Tisbury?) I could not find them in the 1880 census.

Israel Luce, b. 14 Feb. 1821 in Tisbury, marked "deaf & dumb" in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 Chilmark censuses, where he appears as a farmer living with his mother. I could not find him in the 1880 census.

Charles H. Luce, b. 6 Mar. 1827 in Tisbury, marked "deaf & dumb" in 1850, 1860, and 1870 Chilmark censuses, where he is listed as a farmer. He appears in the 1870 Chilmark census with two children Eben Luce (b. 1865-6) and Isadora P. Luce (b. 1867-8?) Were they his children? I could not find them in the 1880 census.

Leonard A. Luce, b. 13 Nov. 1830 in Tisbury. He m. Caroline Norton (b. c. 1832-3, dau. of Constant and Harriet Norton) on 15 Nov 1853 in Tisbury. He appears with his wife and brother Wendell in the 1870 Tisbury census as a fisherman. He appears in the 1880 Tisbury census as a fisherman, with his wife.

(They may have also had daughters born 27 Apr 1817 and 16 Dec 1818 in Chilmark.)

Ebenezer died during 1860-1870 (probably in Chilmark), and Mary Ann probably died between 1870 and 1880.


2. LEONARD JOSEPH, b. 20 Apr 1800. He died 13 Aug 1824 in Port au Prince.


3. SALLY W. JOSEPH, b. 23 Apr 1807 in Tisbury. She m. Thomas Smith 15 July 1835 in Tisbury. They had children:

Mehitable Smith, b. 22 Aug. 1836 in Tisbury. She married Rudolphus D. Norton of Edgartown (b. 1832-3 in Edgartown, son of Benjamin B. and Margaret Norton) on 25 Nov 1860 in Tisbury. Mehitable appears in the 1865 and 1870 censuses without Rudolphus. They had children Sarah Thomas Norton (b. 5 Mar 1862 in Edgartown(?). Did she marry James M. Vincent on 8 Apr 1895 in Tisbury?) and Hattie D. Norton (b. 1864 in Tisbury. She married Alvin Hathaway Cleveland (1856-1935) on 13 Feb 1883 in Tisbury.) In the 1870 census the family appears in Tisbury with Azorean border John Williams (58). In 1880 she appears again as a widow with her two daughters.

Mary J. Smith, b. 26 Feb. 1839 in Tisbury. She was a Tisbury teacher in 1865. She married Frank F. West (b. 1835-6 in Flores, Azores, the son of John and Catherine Frates) on 31 Jul 1870 in Tisbury. I couldn't find this family in the 1880 census.

After Thomas Smith's death (probably on 12 Dec. 1846 in Tisbury] she m. (2nd) Tisbury laborer Hilliard M. Norton (b. 1813-4 in Edgartown, the son of Mitchell and Jane Norton) on 17 Nov 1850 in Tisbury. In 1860, they appear in Tisbury with her two daughters, and two Azorean borders Manuel Fratus (38) and John Silva (26). Sally and Hilliard appear again in the 1870 and 1880 Tisbury census.


(prob.) 4. (SON) JOSEPH, b. 1800-1810 (appears in 1830 census, but not in 1840 census)

(This record suggests an additional possible relative?:
Emanuel Joseph, m. Nelly Gudley, "negroes", int. Edgartown 9 Jan 1821.)

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