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LEACH, BENJAMIN 2d Ancestor #: A067615 Service: MASSACHUSETTS Rank: SEAMAN Birth: 12-16-1750 MANCHESTER ESSEX CO MASSACHUSETTS Death: 12-20-1838 MANCHESTER ESSEX CO MASSACHUSETTS Service Description: 1) PRIZE MASTER,SCHOONER 'HAWKE' 2) CAPT JEREMIAH HIBBERT,1777
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Created: 2002-03-27 23:23:50.97, Updated: , By: Conversion 1) LAMSON'S HISTORY OF MANCHESTER, P.348
Created: 2002-03-27 23:23:55.3, Updated: , By: Conversion 1) City: MANCHESTER - County: ESSEX CO - State: MASSACHUSETTS
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Created: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, Updated: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, By: Conversion 1) ELIZABETH SAMPLE Created: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, Updated: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, By: Conversion 2) SARAH KNOWLTON Created: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, Updated: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, By: Conversion 3) ELIZABETH BEAN
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
(VI) Captain Benjamin Leach, of Manchester, born there December 27, 1749, was a son of Captain Benjamin and Emma (Knowlton) Leach. During his boyhood his parents lived about a quarter of a mile from the ancestral home (which was then owned by his grandfather, after whose death it was inherited by his father and after his death by Benjamin, Jr.). On the night of the Lisbon earthquake his father was at Lisbon, where he lost an eye, and the family at home at the same time were gathered around the fireplace. when the house was ‘violently shaken and bricks came tumbling down the chimney to the great alarm of the family in front of the fire. He was a private in Captain Joseph Rea’s company, enlisted July 25, 1776; service three months. three days, in defence of the seacoast; company ordered to serve at the lines at Beverly; discharged October 28, 1776- Being a sailor and thinking he could serve his country better in that capacity, he entered the service on board the schooner “Hawk,” privateer, as master (his brother Ezekiel being lieutenant). She was a well built vessel of seventy-five tons burden, mounting ten carriage guns and eight swivels, was a prime sailor. and had on board every convenience for such a cruise, and was commanded by Captain Jeremiah Hibbert. She sailed in 1777. Benjamin and Ezekiel Leach were captured by the British and spent three years in Dartmoor prison, enduring many hardships. When they returned they were so indignant on account of the hard usage they had received there that they destroyed all the English made furniture in the homestead including some fine old oak furniture brought over by Lawrence Leach and his sons. Benjamin Leach was master of several vessels in foreign trade. He died at Manchester, December 20, 1838. January 1, 1839, administration was granted to his son Benjamin.
He married first, December 12, 1773, Elizabeth Samples, born November 14, 1755, died at Manchester, March 27, 1782; married second, September 1, 1784, Sarah Knowlton (7), born June 17, 1763, died September 18, 1798, (daughter of John (6) and Mary Herrick, Ezekiel 5 and Emma Foster, Ezekiel 4 and Sarah Leach, John 3 and Bethia Carter, William 2 and Elizabeth, William 1 and Anne Elizabeth Smith). He married third, March 21, 1799, Betsey Bean, born Feburary 24, 1755, died May 17, 1832.
Children by Elizabeth Samples:
Elizabeth, born June 4, 1774, married Captain John Lambert;
Ruth, born April 17, 1778, married Captain John Allen.
Children by Sarah Knowlton:
Benjamin, born December 11, 1785, married twice;
John. born March 11, 1788, died in November 1788;
Sarah, born August 24, 1789, died 1873,. married Amos H. Mills, 1813;
Mary, born June 18, 1794, died unmarried March 30, 1873;
Richard. born September 18, 1798, died at Havana, Cuba, December 14, 1817.