is an English surname, derived from an Old French personal name imported into
England by the Normans in the forms Goscelin, Gosselin, Joscelin. For the most
part it is from the Germanic personal name Gauzelin, a diminutive from a short
form of the various compound names having as their first element the tribal name
Gaut (apparently the same word as Old English Geatas, the Scandinavian
people to which Beowulf belonged, and also akin to the ethnic name Goth). However,
the name also came to be considered as a pet form of Old French Josse (Joyce).
Spelling variations include: Jocelyn, Gocelyn, Josselyn, Josselyne and others.
The Coat of Arms: Blue with a wreath with four hawks bells. The Crest is a falcon's
leg. The family motto, "Faire mon devoir," translates as "To do my duty."
family was first found in Lanarkshire, where they were seated from very ancient
times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William
at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Our lineage to this family can be traced back to HENRY JOSLIN.¹ He was born @ 1653 and married MARY
LAMBERT on the 9th of November, 1685, in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. "Gloucester" was formally incorporated in 1642. The town took its name from the great Cathedral City in South-West England, a Parliamentarian stronghold that successfully defended with the aid of the Earl of Essex against the King in the Siege of Gloucester of 1643, and it's speculated that many of the residents of the new settlement were from that British town. Gloucester in Massachusetts was built in the Town Green area, an inlet in the marshes at a bend in the Annisquam River. This area is now the site of Grant Circle, a large traffic-rotary at which MA Route 128 mingles with a major city street (Washington Street/ Rt 127).
Henry and Mary had the following children:
OF HENRY JOSLIN AND MARY LAMBERT
JOSSELYN b: 31 Jul 1686 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.|
JOSSELYN b: 4 Aug 1687 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.|
JOSSELYN b: 12 Aug 1689 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.|
JOSSELYN b: 14 Feb 1690/91 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.|
JOSLIN(JOSSELYN) b: 1693 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.|
JOSSELYN b: 5 Jul 1695 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.|
JOSSELYN b: 3 Feb 1701/02 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.|
son, ISRAEL JOSLIN, was born in 1693. Thompson's First Families; pg 19,
states: "This early settler removed to the northeast part of Killingly in
1721. A paper left by Joslin or one of his sons gives a remarkably clear and full
account of his early life. It states that he was born in Devonshire, England,
married and had one child, and losing his wife, came to Newfoundland on a fishing
trip and thence to Salem, where he married Sarah Bayley/Bailey, who was born 12
Feb 1698. He tried living at Cape Porporse, then returned to Salem and finally
settled in the north part of Killingly at about the same date with Edward
Munyan and two other Salem Families, Moffatt (sic) and Utter. The original
farm upon which Israel Joslin settled was north of what is known as the Little
Pond. In spite of the long distance Mr. Joslin united with the Killingly Church
and had his children baptized there."
A memorial at Israel Joslin's burial site in Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut.
married SARAH BAYLEY (BAILEY) on 29 Apr 1719 in Marlborough,
Massachusetts. Sarah was born on the 13th of February, 1698, in Devonshire, England.
She died in 1771 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticutwhich was ten years later
than Israel, who died in August of 1761 in Killingly. They're buried in Old East
Cemetery, Thompson, Windham, Connecticut.² They had the following children:
OF SARAH BAYLEY AND ISRAEL JOSLIN
JOSLIN was born on 30 Sep 1719 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut.|
JOSLIN was born on 8 Feb 1722 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut.|
JOSLIN was born on 3 May 1724 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut.|
JOSLIN was born on 14 May 1726 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut. See a Genetic Match from Ancestry.com here.|
JOSLIN was born on 31 Jul 1728 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut.|
JOSLIN was born on 31 Dec 1731 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut.|
JOSLIN was born on 30 Jan 1734 in Killingly, Connecticut. He died on 22 Feb 1744
in Killingly, Connecticut.|
JOSLIN was born on 6 May 1736 in Killingly, Connecticut. He died in 1756 in Lake
George, New York.|
daughter, SARAH JOSLIN, married JOSEPH MUNYAN
(b. in 1712 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts).
¹Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Vol. II, p. 571: "HENRY, Gloucester; perhaps s. of the first Henry, m. 4 June 1678, Bridget Day, prob. d. of Anthony, had Henry, b. 28 June 1679; and Susanna, 25 Jan. 1682, d. in three days. His w. d. 7 Sept. 1684, and he m. 9 Nov. 1685, Mary Lambert, perhaps d. of John of Lynn, had Ebenezer, 30 July 1686, d. in few mos.; Margaret, 1687; Mary, 1689; Constantine, 1691; Benjamin, 1695; and Mercy, 1703; and he either d. or rem. bef. 1721."
²Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions; Hale Collection; pg 47; FHL film #3365
Jocelyn-Joslin-Joslyn-Josselyn Family compiled by Edith S. Wheeler; pg 100 FHL
Also Commemorative and Biographical Record of Tolland and Windham
Counties; Vol 2, pg 1292. Also Representative Men and Old Families
of Rhode Island; Vol 1, pg 272; BYU FHL book F 78 .R42