1Lillian Mae Wilson, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Gleason of Watertown, Mass. 1607-1909, pp. 24-25 (1909).
"3. JOSEPH GLEASON, 2 (Thomas, 1 ) b. in Watertown, Mass., 1642; died at Sudbury, Mass., Nov. 20, 1715; m. first in Cambridge, Mass., in 1667 Martha, daughter of William and Martha Russell. She was born in Cambridge probably in 1647, and d. in Sudbury March 2nd, 1684. He m. second Dec. 22, 1688, Abigail, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Gale) Garfield, who was born at Watertown June 29, 1646, and d at Sudbury August 31, 1726.
Children : (probably all by first marriage.) Born Sudbury, Mass
18. i. Joseph, b. June 8, 1668; d. Sudbury, Apr. 30, 1669.
+19. ii. Joseph (Sergt.) b, Oct. 18, 1671 ; m. Hannah Moore.
20. iii. Martha, b. probably about 1673; d. Oct. 3, 1685.
+21. iv. Susanna, b. Mch. 24, 1676 ; m. Samuel Willis.
+22. v. Joyce, b Apl. 21, 1678; m. Jacob Newell.
+23. vi. Abigail, b. July 27, 1680; m. Noah Morse.
+24. vii. Mary, b. Oct. 6, 1682 ; m. Samuel Bigelow.
+25. viii. Isaac, b. Feb. 1684 ; d. about 1758.
26. ix. Thankful.
Corporal Joseph Gleason, the father, seems to have been a citizen of some prominence in the town of Sudbury. During King William's, or the Ten Year's War between France and England, when the French in Canada were making allies of the Indians, and by this means harrassing the Colonists, Sudbury suffered less than in King Phillip's War, but at the same time was subject to sudden incursions. In arranging for protection against these dangers, the public stock of ammunition was distributed for safe keeping among certain citizens, one of whom was Corporal Joseph Gleason. He was also a signer of a petition, bearing no date, but which is preserved in State Archives. This petition is addressed to the Governor and sets forth the pitiful condition of the colonists at Sudbury by reason of the military service and contributions re- quired of them, and asking such alleviation as might be possible. He, with his sons Isaac and Joseph were among the signers of a petition to the Sudbury Court, dated Oct. 29, 1707, relative to separating the town into divisions. The date of birth of Martha, given as the third child of this family, does not appear on the records But as the eldest son was named Joseph for his father, it is more than likely that the first daughter would have been named for the mother.".