ca. 1715-after 1758
Joseph Clift I was born ca. 1715 and married Mary Noble on 12 January 1739-40 in Talbot County, Maryland. Mary was the daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Cooper Noble. In 1740-48 Joseph Clift I was listed as a foot soldier in Talbot County, Maryland.
By the early 1750s Joseph Clift I was experiencing financial problems. In August 1751, Joseph Clift, a bricklayer, petitioned the Court in Talbot County, Maryland asking to be levy free. He stated that he had a sickly wife, three children, and a wooden leg. In March 1757, Daniel Fox, an innkeeper, filed trespass charges against Joseph for failure to pay his bill; and in November of 1757, Joseph Clift of Talbot County petitioned the Lower House of the Assembly for relief as an insolvent debtor.
Joseph Clift I died ca. 1766 in Maryland. He and Mary were the parents of at least three children, only two of whom have been identified:
Joseph Clift II born ca. 1740-42 and Mark Clift born ca. 1744.
Source: Research of Mrs. Zela McBride, Pima, AZ and Mrs. Helen House Loeb, New Orleans, LA.
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