Benjamin Leach (1785 - 1859) MP

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Birthplace: Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Mariner, farmer
Managed by: Jessica Marie German
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About Benjamin Leach

Title Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 1 Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, William Richard Cutter

Editor William Richard Cutter

Publisher Lewis historical Publishing Company, 1908

Original from Cornell University

Digitized Apr 17, 2013

(VII) Captain Benjamin Leach, of Manchester, was born there December 11. 1785, died October 10, 1859, son of Captain Benjamin and Sarah (Knowlton) Leach. From the age of fourteen to forty-five he followed the sea,’beginning as a sailor, later was first mate of a ship under command of Captain Thomas Leach, and finally rose to the command of a vessel. He visited nearly all quarters of the globe. At the time Lord Nelson bombarded Copenhagen he was in that port; was at St Petersburg soon after the murder of Czar Paul, and was shown the room where he died. He devoted the last thirty years of his life to farming. He represented Manchester in the legislature in 1834 and 1835. was justice of the peace from 1834 until his death; one of the selectmen, assessors and overseers of the poor, and town clerk and collector for several years. He had a large general information and tenacious memory. Few men not actually connected with political life understood political history better, or were more thoroughly informed of its general movements. He was a useful and respected citizen and died deeply lamented by all who knew him. At the time of his death he owned and lived on the homestead of his ancestors.

He married first, February 21. 1811, Susan Cheever, born February 14, 1785, died June 7, 1829, daughter of Ezekiel (5) and Susan (Butler) Cheever. Ezekiel Cheever was born in 1741, and was a man noted for his integrity, strong religious convictions, remarkable memory and extreme gentleness. “He was wont to restore to their native element any fish that were caught on the hook otherwise than by the mouth, addressing them in this fashion: .You are the victim of an accident; I cannot claim you; go in peace.’ This gentle disciple of Isaac Walton never deviated from a fixed price; an advance in the market made no difference to him. One day as he was returning from ‘fishing, while crossing .Smith’s Point’ a dangerous bull charged upon him with mighty bellowing, whereat Mr. Cheever calmly sat down on his barrow and addressed the angry bovine with such an impressive array of scripture texts that after pawing the earth awhile and sniffing at the barrow the infuriated but perplexed beast withdrew with a crestfallen air.” Ezekiel (5) was son of Rev. Ames Cheever (4), Rev. Ames (3), a graduate of Harvard College, 1707, and Ann Genish, Rev. Samuel (2) and Ruth (Angier) Cheever, (Rev. Samuel a graduate of Harvard College, 1659, and was the first settled minister of Marblehead), Rev. Ezekiel (1) Cheever, the distinguished Latin teacher.

Benjamin Leach married second, January 7, 1830, Lucy Story Allen, born January 1, 1797, died March 26, 1889, widow of Nathan Allen, and daughter of Aaron (6) and Sarah (Crafts) Allen, Mamachi (5) and Ruth (Edwards) Allen, Mallaca (4) and Priscilla (Hooper) Allen, Jonathan (3) and Mary (Pierce) Allen, Samuel (2) and Sarah (Tuck) Allen, \Villiam (1) and Elizabeth (Bradley) Allen.

Five children were born of his first marriage and five of the second. Children of Benjamin Leach:

John. born June 24, 1813, married Ann Block, 1843;

Benjamin Butler, born November 18, 1815, married Cynthia Hall, June 25, 1848;

Susan Cheever, born February 6, 1819:

Sarah Maria. born April 10, 1821, died October 6, 1830;

Elizabeth C., born January 7, 1825. married John A. Gould, October 5, 1845 ;

Richard, born December 31, 1830, married Sarah Moody, October 25, 1855;

Henry Clay, born October 9, 1832, married Caroline E. Roberts, 1866;

Aaron Allen, born January 26, 1836, died October 7, 1836;

Samuel, born August 29, 1837, married Helen F. Wheaton, 1870:

Lewis. born December 13, 1839, married Ellen Ward, September 20, 1862

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Captain Benjamin Leach's Timeline

1785
December 11, 1785
Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1811
February 18, 1811
Age 25
Manchester, MA, USA
1813
June 24, 1813
Age 27
Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1815
November 8, 1815
Age 29
Manchester, Essex, MA, USA
1819
February 6, 1819
Age 33
Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1821
April 10, 1821
Age 35
Manchester, Essex, MA, USA
1825
January 7, 1825
Age 39
Manchester, Essex, MA, USA
1830
1830
Age 44
1832
1832
Age 46
1836
1836
Age 50