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Joanna Blessing

  • Born: 1595, Norfolk, England
  • Marriage: William Towne
  • Died: 1682, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts at age 87

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Edmund Chamberlain, also called Edmond and Edward in some records, was one of the five well-known New England immigrants whose many descendants now occupy most areas of this continent. It is assumed that he was born in England, with best guesses giving the date as around 1617-1618, and it is generally believed that he was a brother of two other well-known immigrants of that time, William and Thomas Chamberlain. This belief is based on the observation that all three Chamberlains, Edmund, William and Thomas, had estimated birth dates appropriate for brothers, and lived in Woburn, Massachusetts in the 1640s; the assumption is not based on any known birth record, Will, or other confirming document.

Edmund first appears in the records of Massachusetts when he married Mary Turner, at Roxbury, on 4 January 1646/7. Mary was recorded as a member of the First Church in Roxbury, and the first child of Edmund and Mary, a daughter Mary, was baptized there on 16 April 1648. Edmund was granted land in Woburn and lived there from 1649 to 1654. In 1655 he lived on a farm next to William Chamberlain, in Billerica, and in 1656 was recorded in Chelmsford, where a line in John Fisk's Note Book, Second Proc. Mass. Hist. Soc. XII:325 states, "Mary Chamberlin the wife of Edmond Chamblin dismissed to us fro. The Church of Ooburne." Also, on 22 October 1656, "Edmund Chamberline of Chelmsford, planter," deeded property in Billerica to William Baker, indicating his presence first in Billerica, then Chelmsford.

Edmund was made a Freeman of Massachusetts at Chelmsford on 3 May 1665 and resided there until 1669. On 7 December 1669 Edmund's wife Mary died at the home of Samuel Ruggles in Roxbury, where she was thought to be tending members of that family who were stricken with an unspecified ailment. Edmund remarried on 22 June 1670, to Hannah (Witter) Burditt, widow of Robert Burditt of Chelmsford. The family then moved to Malden, where they remained until 1676, then to Roxbury in which town they rented the Griffith Bowen farm from 1677 to 1682. Some time after February 1683/4 they joined a group of settlers to form New Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, which later became Woodstock, Connecticut. Edmund was deacon of the first church in Woodstock from 1693 until his death on 8 May 1696. He died intestate and administration of the estate was granted to his widow Hannah on 28 July 1696.


Joanna married William Towne.

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