MIchael Leffingwell

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About MIchael Leffingwell

or Lippingwell

1. SAVAGE, VOL 3 DICT FIRST SETTLERS OF NE, Page 48: LEFFINGWELL, sometimes in old rec. read LEPPINGWELL, or LAPPlNGWELL, MICHAEL, Woburn, had Hannah, b. 4 Jan. 1643, d. in few wks.; Hannah, again, 6 Jan. 1646; Sarah, 10 Mar. 1647; Thomas, 13 Jan. 1649; Ruth, 2 Jan. 1650; Michael, 8 June 1651, d. in a wk.; Rachel, 4 Mar. 1653; Abigail, 24 May 1655; Esther, 16 May 1657; and Tabitha, 8 May 1660; and he d. 22 Mar. 1687. Geneal. Reg. VII. 284, gives from Boston copy of rec. diff'er. dates. 2. "A Munsey-Hopkins Genealogy", Page 121-122: THE LEFFINGWELL FAMILY That the Leffingwells came from England there is no doubt, though for many years none of the name have been found there. Over four hundred years ago--in 1495--a Lawrence Leffingwell lived in England. Since that time the form of the name has often been changed. It became Levingwell, Leffyngwell, Lippingwell, Leppinwell, Leapphingwell, Lephingwell and Leapingwell. The last form was for a long time explained as denoting a boiling spring, the inference being that the original ancestor possessed one. But that theory has been discarded, and American Leffingwells have returned to the spelling which fifteenth century Lawrence employed. English records show that on February nine-teenth, 1603--the year when Queen Bess died--Michael, son of Thomas Leppin(g)well, was baptized. Very possibly this may have been the MICHAEL LEPPIN(G)WELL who was living in Boston in 1636, but shortly after removed to the town of Woburn. His name appears on the Woburn tax list in 1645. He had ten children, only two of whom were sons. In fact, the male line from MICHAEL became extinct over a century ago, the name being merged in that of many other New England families. The Rev. E. B. Huntington, who began the collection of memoranda regarding the Leffingwells of America, believed MICHAEL was an older brother of the famous Thomas Leffingwell of CT, who was the personal friend of Uncas, "The Last of the Mohicans." ISABEL, wife of Michael, died November seventeenth, 1671; Michael died March twenty-second,1687. They had the following children: 1. Hannah 2. Hannah 3. Sarah 4. Thomas 5. Ruth 6. Michael 7. Rachel 8. Abigail 9. Hesther 10. Tabitha

He was taxed in the first rate levied in the country, Sept 8, 1645. A tanner by trade and in 1673 had his tanning establishment and an acre of land attached in High St., Woburn, near the site of the First Meeting House, having the Rev. Mr. Carter's house on the west, the old burying place on the east, and the training field on the south. Michael landed in Boston, but quickly became an inhabitant of Woburn.

Father: Thomas Leffingwell b: 2 AUG 1570 in Earls Colne, Essex, England Mother: Alice b: ABT 1577 in White Colne, Essex, England

Marriage 1 Isabell Cox b: 1616 in Norfolk, England

   Married: 22 MAR 1636/37 in Cambridge, Middlesex, MA


   Has No Children Naomi Leffingwell b: 8 NOV 1638 in Cambridge, Middlesex, MA
   Has No Children Hannah Leffingwell b: 1 SEP 1642 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
   Has No Children Sarah Leffingwell b: 22 APR 1644 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA c: 10 MAY 1645 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
    Hannah Leffingwell b: 6 JAN 1645/46 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
  Mary Leffingwell b: 10 MAR 1646/47 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
   Thomas Leffingwell b: 13 JAN 1648/49 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
   Ruth Leffingwell b: 2 JAN 1649/50 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
   Michael Leffingwell b: 8 JUN 1651 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
   Rachel Leffingwell b: 2 MAR 1653/54 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
   Abigail Leffingwell b: 24 MAY 1655 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
  Esther Leffingwell b: 16 MAY 1657 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA
  Tabitha Leffingwell b: 8 MAY 1660 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA


   Abbrev: Genealogical History of The Town of Reading, Massachusetts
   Title: Hon. Lilley Eaton, Genealogical History of The Town of Reading, Massachusetts, Including the Present Towns of Wakefield, Reading, and North Reading with Chronological and Historical Sketches from 1639 to 1874 (Boston, MA: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1874)ing the Present Towns of Wakefield, Reading, and North Reading with Chronological and Historical Sketches from 1639 to 1874achusetts, Including the Present Towns of Wakefield, Reading, and North Reading with Chronological and Historical Sketches from 1639 to 1874. Boston, MA: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1874.
   Abbrev: Vital Records of Reading, Massachusetts
   Title: Thomas W. Baldwin of NEHGS, compiler, Vital records of Reading, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Publishing Co., 1912)achusetts, to the year 1850. Boston, MA: Wright & Potter Publishing Co., 1912. 


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MIchael Leffingwell's Timeline

February 19, 1602
White Colne, Essex, England
February 19, 1603
Age 1
White Colne, Essex, England
February 19, 1603
Age 1
White Colne, Essex, England
February 19, 1603
Age 1
White Colne, Essex, England
February 19, 1633
Age 31
Earl's Colgne, Essex, England
March 22, 1637
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
November 8, 1638
Age 36
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 1, 1642
Age 40
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
April 22, 1644
Age 42
Woburn, Lancaster, Massachusetts
January 6, 1646
Age 43
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)