Trying to separate the idenities of two separate Joseph Hixsons. At present the Joseph Hixson of Hunterdon Co. NJ is said to be the same Joseph Hixson of MD and Greeene Co. TN. A comparison of the limited amount of documents tends to refute that this is only one person.
Documented on the 1776 MD census that Joseph Hixson was born in 1746. No place of birth is given. It is said in many places that his father was the Joseph Hixson who left a Will in Aug of 1775 in Hunterdon Co. NJ. Let's look at that document and apply it to the Joseph who was born in 1746.
Joseph Hixson is said to have been born in 1678 in Burlington Co. NJ and that his father was William Hixson of England who came to NJ in the ?????? It is my belief that Joseph's son mentioned in his Will was much older than Joseph born in 1746.
1. Joseph would have been born when his father was 68 years old. 1746-1678=68 years difference in their ages.
2. Joseph would have only been 18 years old when his father made the Will in 1764. Why was there no provision made for young Joseph? Nothing was given to him beyond what he was to divide with his already MARRIED sisters.
It is apparent that there is a missing generation. Joseph left most of his estate to a GRANDSON Andrew who was to share some of the wealth with his uncle, William. Why would Joseph not leave land to an 18 year old son, but to his nephew instead as well as his oldest son, William?
Therefore, it seems apparent that the Joseph of the 1746 birth is not the son of Joseph of Hunterdon Co. NJ because he is NOT old enough. He very well could be the son of the Joseph mentioned in the Will or the son of William mentioned in the Will or the brother of Andrew mentioned in the Will. The evidence does not point to him being a son of a 68 year old father who left him NO LAND.
It is also interesting to note that Joseph born in 1746 named his first son ANDREW and his second son WILLIAM.
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