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Edmund Greenleaf

Birthplace: St. Mary's LeTour, Ipswich, Suffolk, East of England, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Greenleaf and Margaret Barrand
Husband of Sarah Greenleaf; Sarah Greenleaf (Moore) and Sarah Greenleaf
Father of Elizabeth Greenleaf Badger; <private> Greenleaf; <private> Greenleaf; Sarah Hilton; <private> Greenleaf and 5 others
Brother of William Greenleaf; Capt. Thomas Grenelefe; Helen Greenleaf and Elizabeth Greenleaf

Occupation: Silk dyer
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About Edmund Greenleaf

The Greenleaf family were originally Huguenots, who left France on account of religious persecutions and settled in England some time in the sixteenth century. Edmund settled in Newbury early in 1635. In 1637, he commanded a company of militia in an excursion against the Indians. He was ordered ensign of the Newbury company in 1639. In 1642, he was commissioned lieutenant of Massachusetts provincial forces, and in 1644 was commissioned captain. He died in Boston in 1671.

Edmund Greenleaf came to America about 1635. He was one of the first 18 principal settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts.

Of the origin of the family, from all that can be gathered, it is believed that the ancestors of Edmund were Huguenots, the name being translation of the French 'Feuillevert.' As the name has not been found among the English parishes, other than at Ipswich, County of Suffolk, England, it is believed that the family (Feuillevert) came as French refugees to England with many other Huguenots, who fled from their homes on account of their religious principles, and settled in England some time in the sixteenth century. Edmund Greenleaf was a silk-dyer by trade; a trade that does not appear among the English industries until about the time of the coming of the French refugees. On the parish records of St. Mary's la Tour in Ipswich, County Suffolk, England, is recorded: 'Edmund Greenleaf, son of John and Margaret, was baptized 2 Jan. 1574.'

This may be too early for the Edmund Greenleaf who came to America. Other sources suggest a birth date about 1590.

In 1634 he came to Massachusetts from England aboard the Mary and John. He was one of the first settlers to come by water to Newbury, Massachusetts, Agawan Plantation near Ipswich, Massachusetts. He had nine children in England. In Newbury, was made a freeman on 13 March 1638/9. 22 May 1639 he was permitted to keep a house of entertainment. Captain, later an Ensign was granted 122 acres. Lived by the old town bridge in Newbury. He also had a tavern. Commissioner of the General Court to end small businesses in 1642. By trade he was a silk-dyer. Removed to Boston about 1650; his dyehouse located by the spring 30 (5) 1655. His will dated 22 Dec. 1668, probated 12 (2) 1671. Among the family relics still preserved is the cane brought to this country by Edmund Greenleaf; it bears the initials 'J. G.' on a silver band near the handle. All of the nine children named in the chart, and whose baptismal records and deaths appear on the parish records of St. Mary's before mentioned, were born in England.

Mr. Greenleaf lived near the old town bridge in Newbury, where for some years he kept a tavern. He was admitted a freeman on 13 March 1639,* and on 22 May of the same year was 'permitted to keep a house of entertainment.' A freeman in the early days of the colonies was one who held the right of franchise. No one was allowed that right without first becoming a member of the church. The laws were made by a quorum of the 'assistants' or "magistrates" sent out and commissioned by the company in London, which held the charter. The law compelling church membership was passed by the 'assistants' in 1631. In 1676 five sixths of the people of Boston were non-voters, because they were not church members, and were thus shut out from any participation in the local government.

The name of Edmund Greenleaf appears: - June 1, 1642.- 'On a commission of Newbury.' Sept. 8, 1642.- 'Ordered to send home an Indian woman.' Sept. 27, 1642.- 'On a committee to take charge of certain orders by the council.' Nov. 11, 1647.-Requests his 'discharge from military service.' May 2, 1649.-On appraisement of real estate. (Massachusetts Bay Records[:ITAL], Vol. I. page 258; Vol.II. pages 16, 23, 30, 215, and 276).

Capt. Edmund Greenleaf moved to Boston with his wife Sarah about 1650 (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. VI. Page 102), where he buried his wife, and afterwards married Mrs. Sarah Hill, widow of - Wilson, 2d, of William Hill, of Fairfield, Connecticut, who had several children by her former marriage.

This marriage was rather an unhappy one. In the early part of 1671 Mr. Greenleaf died. His will, a very curious document, written, as is supposed, by himself, was proved 12 Feb. 1671, and is recorded in the 'Probate Records' in Boston, in the volume for 1669 to 1674, page 112. The following is a copy, the orthography being corrected: -

will of Edmund Greenleaf

'In the name of God, Amen. The two and twentieth day of December, sixteen hundred and sixty-eight, I, Edmund Greenleaf, being mindful of my own mortality and certainty of death, and uncertainty of the same, and being desirous to settle things in order, being now in good health and perfect memory, do

make, appoint and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following: that is to say-first and principally, I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of my blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, who hath died and gave himself for me, and his blood cleanseth from all sin, and through his righteousness I do only look for justification and salvation; and do commit my mortal body, after this life is ended, into the dust from whence it was taken, there to be preserved by the power and faithfulness of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, until the resurrection of the just, and then to be raised up by the same power to immortality and life, where I shall see him as he is, and shall ever be with him; and in this faith and hope I desire, through his grace and assistance, to live and die, and at last to be found of him in peace. 'Nextly, my will is, being according to God's will revealed in his word, that we must pay what we owe and live of the rest, unto whose rule the sons of men ought to frame their wills and actions; therefore, my mind and will is, that my debts shall be truly and justly paid to every man to whom I shall be indebted, by my executors hereafter named. 'And first I do revoke, renounce, frustrate and make void all wills by me formerly made; and I declare and appoint this to be my last will and testament.

-I give unto my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Browne, widow, and to my daughter Coffin, to each of them twenty shillings apiece. Item-I give unto my grandchild Elizabeth Hilton, ten pounds. Item-I give unto my grandchild Enoch Greenleaf, five pounds. Item-I give unto my grandchild Sarah Winslow, five pounds, if her father pay me the four pounds he oweth me. Item-I give unto my eldest son's son, James Greenleaf, twenty shillings; and after my funeral expenses, debts and legacies are discharged, I give and bequeath the rest of my estate unto my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Elizabeth Browne, and to my daughter Judith Coffin, equally to be divided amongst them and their children. And, further, I desire and appoint my son, Stephen Greenleaf, and Tristram Coffin the executors of this my will, to see it executed and affirmed as near as they can; and I further entreat my cousin, Thomas Moon, mariner, to see to the performance of this my will. 'In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-fifth day of December, 1668. (Signed) EDMUND GREENLEAF 'Signed, sealed, published, and declared to be my last will in the presence of us, 'GEORGE RUGGELL', 'JOHN FURNISIDE.'

The inventory of Mr. Greenleaf's estate, which was appended to the will, amounted to £131-5-9 . The following paper is also recorded in the Probate Records[:ITAL], appended to the will, as, probably, assigning the reason why the name of his second wife, who appears to have outlived him, was not mentioned: - 'When I married my wife, I kept her grandchild, as I best remember, three years to schooling, diet and apparel; and William Hill, her son, had a bond of six pounds a year, whereof I received no more than a barrel of pork of £3-0-0 of that £6-0-0 a year he was to pay me, and sent to her son Ignatius Hill, to the Barbadoes, in mackerel, cider, and bread and pease. as much as come to twenty pounds, and never received one penny of it. His aunt gave to the three brothers £50 apiece. I know not whether they received it or no; but I have not received any part of it. 'Witness my hand. (Signed) Edmund Greenleaf.' 'Besides, whenI married my wife, she brought me a silver bowl, a silver porringer, and a silver spoon. She lent or gave them to her son, James Hill, without my consent.'

NOTE. In reading the personal sketches of some of our early ancestors it will be observed that little is said of individual characteristics, personal appearance, etc. Search has been made in vain for such accounts concerning Edmund Greenleaf and some others. Could we have found in these early days some such biographical material and correspondence as appears in our time it would have been more satisfying. We want to know more in detail, more of the life of those who so earnestly wrought out our early history, and gave form to our destinies, an insight to their chief characteristics, and to follow them, with the mind's eye, through all the vicissitudes of their life; to be with them in their storm and sunshine; that we may the better realize their trials, adversities, and joys, and catch at least a glimpse of the experiences of their sympathies and affections.

Requests discharge from military service. Estate of Edmund Greenleaf of Newbury/Boston Essex Probate Docket # None In the name of God, Amen. The two and twentieth day of

December, sixteen hundred and sixty-eight, I, Edmund Greenleaf mindful of

my own mortality and certainty of death, and uncertain of the same, and

being desirous to settle things in order, being now in good health and

perfect memory, do make, appoint and ordain this to be my last will and

testament in manner and form following; that is to say first and

principally, I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of my blessed

Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, who hath died and gave himself for me and his

blood cleanseth from all sin, and through his righteousness I do only

look for justification and salvation; and do commit my mortal body after

this life is ended, into the dust from whence it was taken there to be

preserved by the power and faithfulness of my Redeemer Jesus Christ until

the resurrection of the just, and then to be raised up by the same power

to immortality and life, where I shall see him as he is, and shall ever

be with him; and in this faith and hope I desire, through his grace and

assistance, to live and die, and at last to be found of him in peace.

Nextly, my will is, being according to God's will revealed in the word,

that we must pay what we owe and live of the rest unto whose rule the

sons of men ought to frame their wills and actions; therefore my mind and

will is that my debts shall be truly and justly paid to every man to whom

I shall be indebted, by my executors hereafter named. And first I do

revoke, renounce frustrate and make void all wills by me formerly made ;

and I declare and appoint this to be my last will and testament. Imprimis

- I give unto to my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Browne,

widow, and to my daughter Coffin to each I twenty shillings apiece. Item

- I give unto my grandchild Elizabeth Hilton ten pounds. Item - I give

unto my grandchild Enoch Greenleaf ten pounds. Item - I give unto my

grandchild Sarah Winslow, five pounds if her, father pay me the four

pounds he oweth me. Item - I give unto my eldest son's son, James

Greenleaf, twenty shillings; and after my funeral debts and legacies are

discharged, I give and bequeath the rest of my estate unto my son Stephen

Greenleaf, and to my daughter Elizabeth Browne and to my daughter Judith

Coffin, equally to be divided amongst them and their children. And,

further, I desire ad appoint my son Stephen Greenleaf, and Tristram

Coffin the executors of this my will see it executed and affirmed as near

as they can; and I further entreat my cousin Thomas. Moon, mariner to see

to the performance of this my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto

set my hand and seal, this twenty-fifth day of December, 1668. (Signed)

EDMUND Greenleaf [L.S.] Signed, sealed, published, and declared to be my

last will in the presence of us, George Ruggell John Furnside The

inventory of Mr. Greenleaf's estate, which was, appended to the will

amounted to £131-5s-9d The following paper is also recorded in the

'Probate Records,' appended to the will, as, probably, assigning the

reason why the name of his second wife, who appears to have outlived him,

was not mentioned: I married my wife I kept her grandchild, as I best

remember, three years to schooling, diet and apparel; and William Hill,

her son, had a bond of six pounds a year, whereof I received no more than

a barrel of pork of £3. 0s. 0d of that £6. 0s. 0d. a year, he was to pay

me, and sent to her son Ignatius Hill, to the Barbados, in mackeral

cider, and bread and pease, as much as come to twenty pounds, and never

received one penny of it. His aunt gave to the three brothers £50 apiece.

I know not of whether they received it or no; but I have or received any

part of it. Witness my hand. (Signed) Edmund Greenleaf Besides when I

married my wife, she brought me a silver bowl a silver porringer, and a

silver spoon. She lent on gave them to her son, James Hill, without my

consent. Source: Boston Probate Records 1669-1674, pg. 112 as printed

in:Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family, James Edward Greenleaf, Boston,

1896

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He came over before 1638 and settled in Newbury in 1639. Kept the Ordinary. Ensign 1639. Lieut. 1642. Head of militia 1644. To Boston about 1650 to engage in old trade of silk dyer with son Enoch.

http://www.jimsancestry.net/Greenlea.htm#Edmund

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Head of Militia under Gerish in 1644.

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Edmund Greenleaf

Born: in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, about 1590.

Died: in Boston, MA, 24 March 1670/1.

First Wife:

Sarah Dole.

Died: in Boston, MA, 18 January 1663.

Married: in England.

Edmund Greenleaf married second Mrs. Sarah (Jordan) Hill, daughter of Ignatius Jordan.

Edmund was one of the original settlers of Quasca Cunquen, afterward Newbury, where each of the first settlers was granted a house lot of at least four acres, with a suitable quantity of salt and fresh meadow. In addition to this, he had a grant of twelve acres, which shows him to have been one of the eighteen principal pioneer settlers. Edmund lived near the old town bridge in Newbury, where he kept a tavern. By trade, he was a silk dyer. He was Ensign in 1639, Lieutenant in 1645, and Captain of the Militia under William Gerrish. He and Sarah moved to Boston about 1650.

Edmund and his wife Sarah (Dole) Greenleaf had ten children, all baptized at St. Marys la Tour in Ipswich, County Suffolk, England:

Enoch, bpt. 1 Dec. 1613; d. 1617.

Samuel, b. date unknown; d. 1627.

Enoch, b. about 1617/8; m. Mary -----.

  • *****Sarah, bpt. 26 March 1620; m. William Hilton, son of William Hilton.

Elizabeth, bpt. 16 Jan. 1622; m. (1) in 1642 or earlier, Giles Badger; m. (2) 16 Feb. 1648/9 Richard Browne.

Nathaniel, bpt. 27 June 1624; d. 1634.

Judith, bpt. 2 Sept. 1625; m. (1) Henry Somerby; m. (2) Tristram Coffin, Jr.

Stephen, bpt. 10 Aug. 1628; m. (1) Elizabeth Coffin, daughter of Tristram Coffin; m. (2) Mrs. Esther Swett.

Daniel, bpt. 14 Aug. 1631; d. 5 Dec. 1654.

John, b. about 1632; m. Hannah Veazie, daughter of William Veazie.

Updated information 19th October 2010

http://www.bdhhfamily.com/edmund_greenleaf.htm

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Edmund Greenleaf was born on 2 January 1573 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and died on 24 March 1670/71 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, at age 98.

Parents: John Greenleaf and Margaret (?)

Married Sarah Moore, daughter of Enoch Moore and Catherine (?), in 1611 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

Children of Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah Moore:

1. John Greenleaf b. c 1612, d. date unknown

2. Enoch Greenleaf b. 1 Dec 1613, d. b 12 Sep 1617

3. Samuel Greenleaf b. 8 Jan 1615, d. 5 Mar 1616/17

4. Enoch Greenleaf b. 1618, d. a 1683

5. Sarah Greenleaf b. 26 Mar 1620, d. date unknown

6. Elizabeth Greenleaf b. b 16 Jan 1622, d. c 1688

7. Nathaniel Greenleaf b. b 27 Jun 1624, d. b 24 Jul 1633

8. Judith Greenleaf+6 b. 2 Sep 1626, d. 15 Dec 1705

9. Stephen Greenleaf+4 b. 8 Aug 1628, d. 1 Dec 1690

10. Daniel Greenleaf2 b. b 14 Aug 1631, d. 1671

Weblinks:

http://www.gulbangi.com/5families-o/p256.htm#i6394

Biographical notes:

Edmund Greenleaf left a will on 25 December 1668. His will mentions his son Stephen, "daughter Browne" (Elizabeth), "daughter Coffin" (Judith), grandchildren Elizabeth Hilton, Enoch Greenleaf, Sarah Winslow and James Greenleaf.

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In the name of God, Amen. The two and twentieth day of December, sixteen hundred and sixty-eight, I, Edmund Greenleaf mindful of my own mortality and certainty of death, and uncertain of the same, and being desirous to settle things in order, being now in good health and perfect memory, do make, appoint and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following; that is to say first and principally, I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of my blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, who hath died and gave himself for me and his blood cleanseth from all sin, and through his righteousness I do only look for justification and salvation; and do commit my mortal body after this life is ended, into the dust from whence it was taken there to be preserved by the power and faithfulness of my Redeemer Jesus Christ until the resurrection of the just, and then to be raised up by the same power to immortality and life, where I shall see him as he is, and shall ever be with him; and in this faith and hope I desire, through his grace and assistance, to live and die, and at last to be found of him in peace.

Nextly, my will is, being according to God's will revealed in the word, that we must pay what we owe and live of the rest unto whose rule the sons of men ought to frame their wills and actions; therefore my mind and will is that my debts shall be truly and justly paid to every man to whom I shall be indebted, by my executors hereafter named.

And first I do revoke, renounce frustrate and make void all wills by me formerly made ; and I declare and appoint this to be my last will and testament.

Imprimis - I give unto to my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Browne, widow, and to my daughter Coffin to each I twenty shillings apiece.

Item - I give unto my grandchild Elizabeth Hilton ten pounds.

Item - I give unto my grandchild Enoch Greenleaf ten pounds.

Item - I give unto my grandchild Sarah Winslow, five pounds if her, father pay me the four pounds he oweth me.

Item - I give unto my eldest son's son, James Greenleaf, twenty shillings; and after my funeral debts and legacies are discharged,

I give and bequeath the rest of my estate unto my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Elizabeth Browne and to my daughter Judith Coffin, equally to be divided amongst them and their children.

And, further, I desire ad appoint my son Stephen Greenleaf, and Tristram Coffin the executors of this my will see it executed and affirmed as near as they can; and I further entreat my cousin Thomas. Moon, mariner to see to the performance of this my will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-fifth day of December, 1668.

(Signed) EDMUND Greenleaf [L.S.]

Signed, sealed, published, and declared to be my last will in the presence of us,

George Ruggell

John Furnside

The inventory of Mr. Greenleaf's estate, which was, appended to the will amounted to £131-5s-9d The following paper is also recorded in the "Probate Records," appended to the will, as, probably, assigning the reason why the name of his second wife, who appears to have outlived him, was not mentioned:

I married my wife I kept her grandchild, as I best remember, three years to schooling, diet and apparel; and William Hill, her son, had a bond of six pounds a year, whereof I received no more than a barrel of pork of £3. 0s. 0d of that £6. 0s. 0d. a year, he was to pay me, and sent to her son Ignatius Hill, to the Barbados, in mackeral cider, and bread and pease, as much as come to twenty pounds, and never received one penny of it. His aunt gave to the three brothers £50 apiece. I know not of whether they received it or no; but I have or received any part of it.

Witness my hand. (Signed) Edmund Greenleaf

Besides when I married my wife, she brought me a silver bowl a silver porringer, and a silver spoon. She lent on gave them to her son, James Hill, without my consent.

Source: Boston Probate Records 1669-1674, pg. 112 as printed in:Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family, James Edward Greenleaf, Boston, 1896.10 He will was proven on 12 February 1671/72 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.7

Of the origin of the family, from all that can be gathered, it is believed that the ancestors of Edmund were Huguenots, the name being a translation of the French "Feuillevert." As the name has not been found among the English parishes, other than at Ipswich, County of Suffolk, England, it is believed that the family (Feuillevert) came as French refugees to England with many other Huguenots, who fled from their homes on account of their religious principles, and settled in England some time in the sixteenth century. Edmund Greenleaf was a silk-dyer by trade; a trade that does not appear among the English industries until about the time of the coming of the French refugees.

On the parish records of St. Mary's la Tour in Ipswich, County Suffolk, England, is recorded: "Edmund Greenleaf, son of John and Margaret, was baptized 2 Jan. 1574." This may be too early for the Edmund Greenleaf who came to America. Other sources suggest a birth date about 1590.

In 1634 he came to Massachusetts from England aboard the Mary and John. He was one of the first settlers to come by water to Newbury, Massachusetts, Agawan Plantation near Ipswich, Massachusetts. He had nine children in England. In Newbury, Massachusettshe was made a freeman on 13 March 1638/9. 22 May 1639 he was permitted to keep a house of entertainment. Captain, later an Ensign was granted 122 acres. Lived by the old town bridge in Newbury. He also had a tavern. Commissioner of the General Court to end small businesses in 1642. By trade he was a silk-dyer. Removed to Boston about 1650; his dyehouse located by the spring 30 (5) 1655. His will dated 22 Dec. 1668, probated 12 (2) 1671.

Among the family relics still preserved is the cane brought to this country by Edmund Greenleaf; it bears the initials "J. G." on a silver band near the handle.

All of the nine children named in the chart, and whose baptismal records and deaths appear on the parish records of St. Mary's before mentioned, were born in England. Mr. Greenleaf lived near the old town bridge in Newbury, where for some years he kept a tavern. He was admitted a freeman on 13 March 1639,* and on 22 May of the same year was "permitted to keep a house of entertainment."

[* A freeman in the early days of the colonies was one who held the right of franchise. No one was allowed that right without first becoming a member of the church. The laws were made by a quorum of the "assistants" or "magistrates" sent out and commissioned by the company in London, which held the charter.

The law compelling church membership was passed by the "assistants" in 1631. In 1676 five sixths of the people of Boston were non-voters, because they were not church members, and were thus shut out from any participation in the local government.]

The name of Edmund Greenleaf appears: - June 1, 1642.- "On a commission of Newbury." Sept. 8, 1642.- "Ordered to send home an Indian woman." Sept. 27, 1642.- "On a committee to take charge of certain orders by the council." Nov. 11, 1647.-Requests his "discharge from military service." May 2, 1649.-On appraisement of real estate. (Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. I. page 258; Vol.II. pages 16, 23, 30, 215, and 276).

Capt. Edmund Greenleaf moved to Boston with his wife Sarah about 1650 (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. VI. Page 102), where he buried his wife, and afterwards married Mrs. Sarah Hill, widow of - Wilson, 2d, of William Hill, of Fairfield, Connecticut, who had several children by her former marriage. This marriage was rather an unhappy one. In the early part of 1671 Mr. Greenleaf died. His will, a very curious document, written, as is supposed, by himself, was proved 12 Feb. 1671, and is recorded in the "Probate Records" in Boston, in the volume for 1669 to 1674, page 112.

The following is a copy, the orthography being corrected: - "In the name of God, Amen. The two and twentieth day of December, sixteen hundred and sixty-eight, I, Edmund Greenleaf, being mindful of my own mortality and certainty of death, and uncertainty of the same, and being desirous to settle things in order, being now in good health and perfect memory, do make, appoint and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following: that is to say-first and principally, I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of my blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, who hath died and gave himself for me, and his blood cleanseth from all sin, and through his righteousness I do only look for justification and salvation; and do commit my mortal body, after this life is ended, into the dust from whence it was taken, there to be preserved by the power and faithfulness of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, until the resurrection of the just, and then to be raised up by the same power to immortality and life, where I shall see him as he is, and shall ever be with him; and in this faith and hope I desire, through his grace and assistance, to live and die, and at last to be found of him in peace.

"Nextly, my will is, being according to God's will revealed in his word, that we must pay what we owe and live of the rest, unto whose rule the sons of men ought to frame their wills and actions; therefore, my mind and will is, that my debts shall be truly and justly paid to every man to whom I shall be indebted, by my executors hereafter named.

"And first I do revoke, renounce, frustrate and make void all wills by me formerly made; and I declare and appoint this to be my last will and testament.

"Imprimis-I give unto my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Browne, widow, and to my daughter Coffin, to each of them twenty shillings apiece. Item-I give unto my grandchild Elizabeth Hilton, ten pounds. Item-I give unto my grandchild Enoch Greenleaf, five pounds. Item-I give unto my grandchild Sarah Winslow, five pounds, if her father pay me the four pounds he oweth me. Item-I give unto my eldest son's son, James Greenleaf, twenty shillings; and after my funeral expenses, debts and legacies are discharged, I give and bequeath the rest of my estate unto my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Elizabeth Browne, and to my daughter Judith Coffin, equally to be divided amongst them and their children. And, further, I desire and appoint my son, Stephen Greenleaf, and Tristram Coffin the executors of this my will, to see it executed and affirmed as near as they can; and I further entreat my cousin, Thomas Moon, mariner, to see to the performance of this my will.

"In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty-fifth day of December, 1668.

(Signed) EDMUND GREENLEAF

"Signed, sealed, published, and declared to be my last will in the presence of us,

"GEORGE RUGGELL", "JOHN FURNISIDE."

The inventory of of Mr. Greenleaf's estate, which was appended to the will, amounted to £131-5-9

.

The following paper is also recorded in the Probate Records, appended to the will, as, probably, assigning the reason why the name of his second wife, who appears to have outlived him, was not mentioned: -

"When I married my wife, I kept her grandchild, as I best remember, three years to schooling, diet and apparel; and William Hill, her son, had a bond of six pounds a year, whereof I received no more than a barrel of pork of £3-0-0 of that £6-0-0 a year he was to pay me, and sent to her son Ignatius Hill, to the Barbadoes, in mackerel, cider, and bread and pease. as much as come to twenty pounds, and never received one penny of it. His aunt gave to the three brothers £50 apiece. I know not whether they received it or no; but I have not received any part of it.

"Witness my hand. (Signed) Edmund Greenleaf."

"Besides, when I married my wife, she brought me a silver bowl, a silver porringer, and a silver spoon. She lent or gave them to her son, James Hill, without my consent."

NOTE. In reading the personal sketches of some of our early ancestors it will be observed that little is said of individual characteristics, personal appearance, etc. Search has been made in vain for such accounts concerning Edmund Greenleaf and some others. Could we have found in these early days some such biographical material and correspondence as appears in our time it would have been more satisfying. We want to know more in detail, more of the life of those who so earnestly wrought out our early history, and gave form to our destinies, an insight to their chief characteristics, and to follow them, with the mind's eye, through all the vicissitudes of their life; to be with them in their storm and sunshine; that we may the better realize their trials, adversities, and joys, and catch at least a glimpse of the experiences of their sympathies and affections.11

Sarah Moore12,13,13 was baptized on 13 December 1588 in All Saints parish, Maldon, co. Essex, England.14 She died on 18 January 1662/63 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at age 74.9,15,16 She was buried in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.7

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Of the origin of the family, from all that can be gathered, it is believed that the ancestors of Edmund were Huguenots, the name being a translation of the French "Feuillevert." As the name has not been found among the English parishes, other than at Ipswich, County of Suffolk, England, it is believed that the family (Feuillevert) came as French refugees to England with many other Huguenots, who fled from their homes on account of their religious principles, and settled in England some time in the sixteenth century. Edmund Greenleaf was a silk-dyer by trade; a trade that does not appear among the English industries until about the time of the coming of the French refugees.

On the parish records of St. Mary's la Tour in Ipswich, County Suffolk, England, is recorded: "Edmund Greenleaf, son of John and Margaret, was baptized 2 Jan. 1574." This may be too early for the Edmund Greenleaf who came to America. Other sources suggest a birth date about 1590.

In 1634 he came to Massachusetts from England aboard the Mary and John. He was one of the first settlers to come by water to Newbury, Massachusetts, Agawan Plantation near Ipswich, Massachusetts. He had nine children in England. In Newbury, Massachusettshe was made a freeman on 13 March 1638/9. 22 May 1639 he was permitted to keep a house of entertainment. Captain, later an Ensign was granted 122 acres. Lived by the old town bridge in Newbury. He also had a tavern. Commissioner of the General Court to end small businesses in 1642. Removed to Boston about 1650; his dyehouse located by the spring 30 (5) 1655. His will dated 22 Dec. 1668, probated 12 (2) 1671.

Among the family relics still preserved is the cane brought to this country by Edmund Greenleaf; it bears the initials "J. G." on a silver band near the handle.

Nine children baptismal and death records appear on the parish records of St. Mary's before mentioned, were born in England. Mr. Greenleaf lived near the old town bridge in Newbury, where for some years he kept a tavern. He was admitted a freeman on 13 March 1639,* and on 22 May of the same year was "permitted to keep a house of entertainment."

[* A freeman in the early days of the colonies was one who held the right of franchise. No one was allowed that right without first becoming a member of the church. The laws were made by a quorum of the "assistants" or "magistrates" sent out and commissioned by the company in London, which held the charter.

The law compelling church membership was passed by the "assistants" in 1631. In 1676 five sixths of the people of Boston were non-voters, because they were not church members, and were thus shut out from any participation in the local government.]

The name of Edmund Greenleaf appears: - June 1, 1642.- "On a commission of Newbury." Sept. 8, 1642.- "Ordered to send home an Indian woman." Sept. 27, 1642.- "On a committee to take charge of certain orders by the council." Nov. 11, 1647.-Requests his "discharge from military service." May 2, 1649.-On appraisement of real estate. (Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. I. page 258; Vol.II. pages 16, 23, 30, 215, and 276).

Captain Edmund Greenleaf moved to Boston with his wife Sarah about 1650 (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. VI. Page 102), where he buried his wife, and afterwards married Mrs. Sarah Hill, widow of - Wilson, 2d, of William Hill, of Fairfield, Connecticut, who had several children by her former marriage. This marriage was rather an unhappy one. In the early part of 1671 Mr. Greenleaf died. His will, a very curious document, written, as is supposed, by himself, was proved 12 Feb. 1671, and is recorded in the "Probate Records" in Boston, in the volume for 1669 to 1674, page 112.

The inventory of Mr. Greenleaf's estate, which was appended to the will, amounted to £131-5-9

NOTE. In reading the personal sketches of some of our early ancestors it will be observed that little is said of individual characteristics, personal appearance, etc. Search has been made in vain for such accounts concerning Edmund Greenleaf and some others. Could we have found in these early days some such biographical material and correspondence as appears in our time it would have been more satisfying. We want to know more in detail, more of the life of those who so earnestly wrought out our early history, and gave form to our destinies, an insight to their chief characteristics, and to follow them, with the mind's eye, through all the vicissitudes of their life; to be with them in their storm and sunshine; that we may the better realize their trials, adversities, and joys, and catch at least a glimpse of the experiences of their sympathies and affections.

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Captain Edmund Greenleaf's Timeline

1574
January 2, 1574
Ipswich, Suffolk, East of England, England
January 2, 1574
St. Mary's la Tour in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 2, 1574
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1612
1612
Age 37
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1612
Age 37
England
1615
January 8, 1615
Age 41
Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
1616
1616
Age 41
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
1618
March 20, 1618
Age 44
St Margarets, Ipsweich, co. Suffolk, England
1621
March 26, 1621
Age 47
St. Margaret's, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1622
January 16, 1622
Age 48
Ipswich, Suffolk, England