Joseph was born either in Holland or Germany. He emigrated to Philidelphia, U.S.A. with his mother in 1755. There he was bound to a farmer who lived near the mouth of the Scholes Kill River, and lived with him until he was 21. He was part of the Loyalist migration in 1783 to Nova Scotia, later New Brunswick, on the St. John River near Hampstead, Queens County, N.B.. Anna was a widow, born in NJ. She had been previously married to Gilbert Lester. Her father was Samuel Benson Lydec(k)ker (Dutch origin) from Philadelphia, PA (Parish of Waterborough, Queens Co. Will dated 27 Nov. 1810, proved 14 Jan. 1817). They were married on January 18, 1791 at Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick. After 1809 Joseph received land at Millstream, Kings Coumty. On the 1851 Census Anna was living with her son Joseph in the Parish of Studholm, Kings County, N.B. She was listed as one of the loyalists who came in 1783. Infirm. Both are buried in the Old Berwick Cemetery, Millstream, N.B.
Source: The Folkins Family, by William H. Folkins, with the assistance of John R. Elliott C.G. (C), 1994
Updated May 29, 2009