He married twice. He married Sarah Bevans about 1729. He married Mary (Purnell) before 1770. Mary died after 1787. Mary and Joshua sold "Hog Quarter" to John Jones in 1770. In 1787, Mary Houston, widow of Joshua Sturgis, and her husband, Isaac Houston, sold her rights to "Wickedness Neck" to William Davis. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Land Records) It is thought her surname is Purnell because of the name given their daughter. Joshua was in his father's household in 1724 and cited in his father's will. He is named next-of-kin to Micajah Sturgis in 1763. In his 1749 will, John Bevans calls Joshua Sturgis his "brother." It would appear that this is the Joshua whose will was dated March 12, 1773 and probated April 15, 1774. He named his daughter, Martha, and "cousins" Joshua Sturgis of Richard, Jacob Sturgis of William and Abraham Outten Sturgis of Jonathan. (a nephew and two great nephews).
In 1739, he bought 300 acres "Wickenoughs Neck" from George Parker. He gave 100 acres to son-in-law Elijah Laws in 1741. In 1787, Mary Houston, widow of Joshua Sturgis, and her husband Isaac Houston, sold her rights to "Wickedness Neck" to William Davis. George Parker's will dated 1767 Worcester gives part of "Wickeness" to his son, John; one of the witnesses to that will was a Joshua Sturgis, Jr., along with Elijah Laws.
A Joshua Sturgis patented "Hog Quarter" in Worcester. In 1770 Jushua and Mary Sturgis sold to John Jones and in 1776 he sold to Elijah Laws, who willed to his son, James Laws. (Ruth T. Dryden, Worcester Land Records) Joshua left 500 acres "Wickedness Neck," 95 acres "Sturgis Addition to Timothy's Point," "Common Garden," "Castlegreen" and a house in Snow Hill to his daughter, Martha.
Joshua Sturgis(Capt.) had the following child:
51 i. ?Joshua4 Sturgis (Jr.). A Joshua Sturgis, Jr. is shown as witness to the will of George Parker in 1767, when Parker leaves "Wickeness" to his son, John. Elijah and Elijah Laws, Jr. are also witnesses to this will. That this Joshua may be the son of Captain Joshua is only suggested by his being called "Jr." and his proximity to the property "Wickedness" and Elijah Laws. Captain Joshua Sturgis does not name a son nor has information been found suggesting that Captain Joshua even had a son. This may be Joshua d. 1792, son of John Sturgis III.
Joshua Sturgis(Capt.) and Mary (Purnell) had the following child:
52 ii. Martha Purnell Sturgis was born before 1773. Martha's father left her 500 acres "Wickedness Neck," 95 acres "Sturgis Addition to Timothy's Point," "Common Garden," and "Castlegreen," and a house in Snow Hill.
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