William J. Joslin

William J. Joslin, who owns and cultivates a fine farm of eighty acres in Lyndon township, makes a specialty of dairying. His birth occurred on the old homestead in Sheboygan Falls township, this county, on the rath of October, 1865.

The ancestry is traced back through generation after generation. The Joslin family is a very old one. Its history reaches even beyond the time of Emperor Charlemagne, whose daughter married Count Joceline. One of their descendants was Sir Gilbert Joceline, who accompanied William, Duke of Normandy, on his expedition for the conquest of England in 1066, and became the founder of the Joslin family in England. He received from William I, extensive territorial grants in the county of Lincoln. His son Gilbert devoted himself to a religious life and founded the order called the Gilbertines, and was canonized a saint by Pope Innocent III, in 1202.

The youngest son Thomas, married Maude, daughter and coheiress of John Hyde of Hyde Hall and granddaughter of Baron Sudeley. By this marriage the family obtained that estate which has ever since remained in its possession. One of the descendants married Anne, the heiress of the Percys and became duke of Northumberland; another was one of the singers of the Magna Carta; another is the present earl of Roden and others have been bishops, lord mayors, etc. Still another member of the family was Thomas Joslin, the first known ancester of the family in America. He came to this country in the ship Increase in 1635 and landed in Hingham, Massachusetts, with his wife Rebecca, a son Nathaniel and four daughters, Rebecca, Dorothy, Eliza and Mary. Later an older son, Abraham, who had been left at school joined the family and they removed to Lancaster, of which they were among the original proprietors and inhabitants.

Thomas Joslin died in Lancaster, Massachusetts, in 1660. The next in descent was Nathaniel Joslin, who died in Marlboro, Massachusetts, in 1694. His son, Peter Joslin, married Sarah How for his first wife, and died in Leominster, Massachusetts, April 8, 1759, at the age of ninety-four years. From the Civil History of Lancaster, from 168o until 1724, it is learned that the Indians were hostile and made several attacks on the inhabitants. The first was in July, 1692, when a party of Indians attacked the house of Peter Joslin, murdered his wife and three children. His wife's sister was taken captive but was afterward returned. Peter Joslin, who outlived his fourth wife, died at the home of his son John in Lancaster, April 8, 1759, aged ninety-four years, and his grave is in the old burying ground.

John Joslin, of the fourth generation, was born in 1710, was married July 4, 1736, to Lucy Wilder, who was born October 13, 1715, and he passed away at Leominster, Massachusetts, in August, 1788. In Lexington he commanded a company of minute men in Colonel John Whitcomb's regiment. Abijah Joslin, born January 24, 1744, at Leominster, Massachusetts, was married January 5, 1768, to Kezia Farrar, who was born May 18, 1746, and died March 23, 1827. His death occurred September 1, 1811, at Verona, New York, when he was sixty-six years of age. He served in the Revolutionary war as a member of the New York militia, and in Captain JonathanWood's Company of Colonel Converse's regiment. He was afterward made the captain and was also a member of the committee on correspondence of the Continental Congress.

Ephraim Joslin, born August 28, 1744, was married February 14, 1801, to Mehitable Cagwin, who was born March 9, 1777, and died May 25, 1868. Ephraim Joslin passed away June 14, 1869. He had removed from Massachusetts to central New York at an early date and purchased a farm near Verona which is still in the Joslin name. Charles A. Joslin, born October 4, 1812, was married in February, 1857, to Anna Schillich, who was born March 22, 1838. He removed from Verona, New York, in 1854, purchasing a farm in the town of Sheboygan Falls which is still in the possession of the family. He was a typical "down east" Yankee and a man of high ideals. His wife possessed many of the sterling traits of the German race, especially unfaltering industry.

On coming west about 1854 Charles A. Joslin settled on section 30, Sheboygan Falls township, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin. Here he bought eighty acres of land and subsequently extended the boundaries of his farm by an additional purchase of forty acres, so that at the time of his death he owned a tract of one hundred and twenty acres, which is now in possession of his son Harrison. He passed away on the 14th of February, 1877, having spent the entire period of his residence in this part of the country in Sheboygan county. His wife emigrated to the United States when about twelve years of age, coming direct to this county, where she was married. She still resides on the homestead farm in Sheboygan Falls township and is well known and highly esteemed throughout the community, having made her home here for more than a half century. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joslin had nine children; six of whom still survive, as follows: Frances, who is a resident of Burlington, Wisconsin; Charles, living in this county; Alice, who makes her home in Michigan; Harrison, of Sheboygan county; Mariette, who is deceased; and William, of this review.

The last named acquired his early education in the district schools of his native township and later spent a year in high school and a similar period in a business college at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After putting aside his text-books and starting out in the business world he was engaged in the manufacture of cheese for a year and also bought cattle during the winter seasons for nearly three years. Susequently he purchased a cheese factory in Sheboygan Falls, conducting the same for about eight years and also buying cattle in the winter months during a part of that time.

On the 1st of April, 1897, he purchased a tract of eighty acres in Lyndon township, cleared away the timber and stone and erected all necessary buildings, transforming the place into a model farm. The entire tract is walled with stone that was cleared from the land. Mr. Joslin has resided thereon continuously during the past fifteen years and in the conduct of his agricultural interests has won gratifying success. He makes a specialty of dairying, having about twenty-two head of high grade cattle.

In October, 1890, Mr. Joslin was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary White, who was born in Sheboygan Falls township, this county, on the 24th of March, 1865, her parents being Walter Dimick and Dorcas (Arnold) White, natives of New York. The father was born on the 15th of May, 1820, while the mother's birth occurred on the 30th of August, 1822. The White family is of English origin. Joseph Nelson White, the grandfather of Walter D. White, was a descendant in the eighth generation of Thomas White, who was born in England in 1636 and who in early manhood rallied to the support of Cromwell with the Puritan element. After the restoration of the Stuarts he emigrated to New England, arriving at Charlestown, Massachusetts, about 1660. He participated in King Philip's war, serving in Captain Sylls' company in 1675 and with Captain Cutler in 1676. His demise occurred in Charlestown on the 30th of September, 1716.

From Thomas White the line of descent is traced down through Thomas, John, Thomas, Thomas, Joseph, Nelson Davis and Joseph Nelson White, the grandfather of Walter D. White. The father of Mrs. Mary (White) Joslin obtained his education in an academy at Canandaigua, New York, and spent the first thirty-three years of his life in the Empire state. In 1853 he came to Wisconsin, settling in Sheboygan Falls township, Sheboygan county, and here following farming during the remainder of his active business career. He held the office of supervisor in Greenbush township and was widely recognized as an esteemed and substantial citizen of his community. On the 11th of January, 1853, he wedded Dorcas Arnold, a daughter of Levi and Lydia Arnold, who were Quakers. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Walter White were born the following children: Mrs. Mary Joslin; Lydia; George; Walter N.; Levi P., who is deceased; and Thomas B., who is married. The father of this family passed away in 1890 and the mother's demise occurred two years later.

Mr. and Mrs. Joslin have become the parents of eleven children, namely: Harold W., who was born on the 3rd of December, 1891; Ruth M., October 30, 1893; Lydia M., May 9, 1895: Anna L., November 3, 1896; Beulah, July 9, 1898; Irene, December 17, 1900; Francis, September 7, 1902; Walter and William twins, whose natal day was September 6, 1904; Morris, whose birth occurred August 6, 1905; and Edith, who was born July 14, 1907 and died on the 17th of March, 1909.

In politics Mr. Joslin is a republican, while his religious faith is that of the Baptist church. He also belongs to the Equitable Fraternal Union. Both Mr. and Mrs. Joslin have spent their entire lives in Sheboygan county and therefore this record cannot fail to prove of interest to our readers.


Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL