Joseph BALMER 2
Joseph's origin is not known, although he may have come from Hesket-in-the-Forest in Cumberland - two baptisms of Joseph Balmer were recorded there during the relevant period. The first definite record for him was his marriage in 1758 to Sarah Clarke (qv) in Langwathby. They lived in Edenhall in Cumberland until the early 1760s, and then moved further up the Eden Valley to Westmorland where they lived in Brough, Warcop and Soulby. He was a farmer and householder in Sandford in the Parish of Warcop in the mid 1770s, and was illiterate.
Joseph married Sarah CLARKE, daughter of Samuel CLARKE and Ann DOBINSON, on 14 Nov 1758 in St Peter, Langwathby, Cumberland.1 (Sarah CLARKE was christened on 4 Mar 1736 in St Peter, Langwathby, Cumberland 1 and was buried on 15 Feb 1803 in St Columbe, Warcop, Westmorland 3.)
1 Church Register, Langwathby, FHL(L) ref 1472071.
2 Church Register, Edenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1472070 (baptism of son Thomas).
Church Register, Warcop, FHL(L) ref Mf 1471663.