the records of his real estate transactions in the Registry of Deeds at East Cambridge extending from 1759 to 1774, and his occupation is given therein as merchant.
He had several sisters who married and settled in Medford: Sarah, the wife of Jonathan Tufts; Mary, of Samuel Kidder; Frances, of Joseph Calef; Ruth, of Benjamin Floyd; Susannah, of Ebenezer Brooks; and one brother, William, who died unmarried.
At the settlement of the dower estate, Joseph and two sisters, Ruth Floyd and Susannah Brooks, were the only surviving children, and that part of the estate, after setting aside two shares for the heirs of Joseph, now an absentee, was assigned to Samuel Kidder, a grandson.
Sabine states that in June, 1775, news reached the Provincial Congress that the Irvings of Boston had fitted out under color of chartering to Thompson, a schooner of their own, to make a voyage to New Providence to procure provision for the British troops shut up in Boston.
One Captain Samuel Webb was sent