I don't wish to get ahead of myself as regards the number of Josephs.That is, my perception is that the father of JOHN could be, repeat could be, a different JOSEPH, e.g., his son.You have injected THOMAS into the picture, who appears to also be son of Joseph1, and sibling to Joseph2 [do you have a birth record for Thomas?].
Because of the TIME between these events [more than 30-years, 1710-1740] simply suggests Joseph of the land patent just happened to have the same name, with no proof he was the same generation as the progenitor.Until, IF, there is proof to the contrary. So far I have not seen nor heard of none. My perception remains that Joseph1 was more than age 40 when he witnessed that will in 1710.The next "event" is the unproven births of the children between 1711-1720.Then he disappears until John is baptized 1740. To then expect he [remarried?] and had a son in 1740 is just too hard to swallow, as he was likely in his 70s. It's why his death record is so crucial to sort out relationships.
Any idea where the births of those children found in the affidavit occurred?Ever seen proof?Ever seen that Bible of William C Longfellow from 100+ years later?
David if you have a copy of that 1740 birth record of John, would you mind mailing a copy to me?Send to 800 North Berlin Point, Inverness, FL 34453.
David I am expressing my opinion here.It may not agree with yours or others.I seek documented PROOF of relationships, events, etc.Thank you,