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I am a direct descendant of Asaph Mansfield, bn. 1818 in Chelmford, MA, son of Joel Mansfield and Rebeccah Coggswell. I find no public record of birth for Joel Mansfield; no date, place or parent names.
Joel Mansfield (married Rebeccah Coggswell of Westford, MA 1815)
Lived in Bedford, MA and possibly Chelmsford, MA
Chelmsford vital records (death) list 2 persons by this name
Joel #1 died 1813 @ 28 yrs of age.
Joel #2 died 1826 @ 39 yrs of age.
There is a John Mansfield of Chelmsford, MA (married Lois Corey in 1760)
He died in Chelmsford in 1814 @ age 80.
John Mansfield's will (dated 1814 in Chelmsford) mentions a son Joel.
However, a search for the children of John and Lois Mansfield of Chelmsford
lists 10 children, BUT NO JOEL.
WHAT WOULD EXPLAIN THE MISSING BIRTH RECORD FOR JOEL MANSFIELD?
COULD "JOEL" BE A NICKNAME OR MIDDLE NAME AND NOT HIS GIVEN BIRTH NAME?
WHAT OTHER SOURCES MIGHT I SEARCH TO IDENTIFY THE PARENTS OF JOEL, FATHER OF MY ANCESTOR ASAPH MANSFIELD?
ANY GUIDANCE ON WHERE TO LOOK NEXT WOULD BE MOST APPRECIATED.