Joseph was the
first Bixby in the colonies and it is believed he traveled to
the new world in about 1645.
The exact date of his coming to New
England is not known but it was before 1638, as his name does
not appear on the muster roll of Babergh Hundred, Suffolk in
1638, which should have embraced all able bodied males between
the ages of sixteen and sixty, and on which his father's name
appears. It is likely that he had already gone to New England.
The first American record of him is in 1647 on the eve of his
marriage to his intended wife, the widow Sarah Hearde, Joseph
signed a bond to provide for the proper bringing up and
education of her two children by her late husband, Luke Hearde.
They lived at Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, later at