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Caleb Church

Birthplace: Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Death: Died in Watertown, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Church of Plymouth; Richard Church and Elizabeth Church
Husband of Joanna Church; Joanna Church; Deborah Church and Rebecca Church
Father of Ruth Maddocks; Hannah Boomer; Richard Church; Ruth Ingersoll; Lydia Hastings and 6 others
Brother of Elizabeth Dy Hobart; John Church; Joseph Church; Richard Church, Jr.; Colonel Benjamin Church and 9 others

Occupation: Miller and Millwright
Managed by: Private User
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About Caleb Church

Caleb Church was a third generation descendant from Richard Warren who arrived in America on the ship Mayflower in 1620. See Mayflower Descendants Through Five Generations, Volume 18, Part 1, Third Edition, published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants 2004, pages 30-31.


Alternate death location: Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States


"Caleb removed from Hingham to Dedham about 1688 and engaged in business as a miller and millwright. Among the earliest records of Oxford, Massachusetts, is a contract with Caleb to build a mill there. The town of Dedham had reserved 20 acres of land for a millsite and sold a part to Caleb in 1677. On June 8, 1680, he sold part of the corn mill at Watertown.

About this time he went to Watertown, Massachusetts, where he operated a mill and on June 8, 1680, he sold part of the corn mill at Watertown. Besides milling, he was licensed to keep an inn, which he did until 1711. He sold the inn in 1712 to Thomas LEARNED, who kept a tavern there for 50 years. March 22, 1705-06, Caleb mortgaged 12 acres of pasture land known as the "Dirty Green." He was received into full communion March 4, 1687, but did not become a freeman until March 22, 1690, apparently in preparation for his election as Selectman. He held that office for 7 years and was Representative for Watertown in 1713. Caleb with his brother Benjamin purchased a majority interest in the water power at Fall River upon which

the important industries of that city have been founded since, but he soon sold his half to his brother Benjamin for 100 pounds.

He died in intestate and proceedings on his estate dragged on years, with several changes of administrator and dissension among the children. On November 24, 1724 the heirs other than Isaac CHURCH agreed that Rebekah and Joshua WARREN, son-in-law, would be administrators.

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Caleb Church's Timeline

August 8, 1647
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
December 16, 1667
Age 20
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 26, 1668
Age 21
Dedham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
December 26, 1668
Age 21
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 12, 1669
Age 21
Dedham, Middlesex, Mass.
January 12, 1669
Age 21
July 11, 1671
Age 23
December 16, 1673
Age 26
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
June 12, 1674
Age 26
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 28
Dedham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA