from Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy, 1898 by Frederick Pierce
Hon. Joseph Batcheller, b. Canterbury, England; m. in England, Elizabeth . He was born in England and emigrated to America in 1636, coming from Canterbury. He came with his wife, Elizabeth, one child and three servants, and brothers Henry and John.
He settled first in Salem and later in Wenham. He was made a freeman in 1637, was deputy to the General Court in Boston in 1644, being the first representative from the town of Wenham. The inventory of his estate taken March 31, 1657, is on file in the Salem probate office in a very mutilated condition. In a list headed
A true roll or list of names, surnames, and qualities of all such persons who have taken passage from the town and port of Sandwich for the American plantations, since the last certificate of such passengers returned into the office of Dover castle. Henry Bachelor of Dover, brewer, and Martha, his wife, 4 servants. Joseph Bachelor of Canterbury, taylor, and Elizabeth, his wife, 1 child, 3 servants. John Bachelor, of Canterbury, taylor.
The church at Wenham was organized Oct. 8, 1644, and Joseph Batcheller was one of the members. His wife, Elizabeth, was admitted to membership on the 17th of November, 1644.
His brother, John Bachelor, from Canterbury, Kent Co., came to Salem in the same vessel at the same time.
In the record of a case of church discipline in the Wenham church, occurs this:
In ye mesne space it pleased God to take to himself brother Batchel. , a man wise, moderate, and very able to be helpful in such cases." Church record, pp. 84. "He was a prominent and useful man in the plantation." History of Wenham, pp. 28 and 29.
Goodman Batcheller he was often called. . .
On the inventory it is written that he died ten years ago, which would make it that he died in 1647. His son, Mark, settled his estate. Mark Batcheller was appointed administrator of the estate of his father. Referred to Salem Court to take further order thereon, March, 1657, Ipswich County Court. Mark Batcheller, who setled the estate of his father and mother is to pay his brother John £15 when he shall accomplish the age of 21 years; to his sister Elizabeth £15, when she shall accomplish the age of 18 years or marry; and to his sister Hannah £15, when she shall accomplish the age of 18 years or marry. . .
He d. March, 1647; res. Salem and Wenham, Mass.