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Capt. Aaron Cleveland

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: December 1, 1755 (75)
Medford, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Aaron Cleveland and Dorcas Cleveland
Husband of Abigail Cleveland
Father of Aaron Cleveland; Samuel Cleveland; Abigail Usher; Dorcas Cleveland; Josiah Cleveland and 4 others
Brother of Dorcas Cleveland; Hannah Cleveland; Hannah Cleveland; Moses Cleveland; Sarah Cleveland and 8 others

Occupation: Military officer
Managed by: Gerald Lee Shugars, Jr.
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About Capt. Aaron Cleveland

He was an Innkeeper in Cambridge, a builder and contractor and a man of business. He was a man of great stature and strength and was prominent in military affairs.

Aaron son of Aaron & Dorcas Cleaveland, a carpenter by trade m. Abigail and resided in Woburn till after the birth of his 2nd child. He then removed and took up his residence first apparently in Medford then in Cambridge, and after that in Medford again and subsequently in Charlestown. He was admitted, Oct 7, 1711 into the Church at Cambridge and his mother, Dorcas dying in his house there in 1714 and his eldest son in 1716 they were both buried in the Cambridge graveyard. [See epitaphs on mother and son in Harris's Collection) In 1720 his Church relationship was transferred from Cambridge to Medford church but even after that, he had one child at least baptized in the church at Cambridge. He continued to reside in Medford or Charlestown till 1738 when he removed with his family ot East Haddam, CT where he bore the title of "Captain," and traded largely in land. Whether he remained there or not till his decease has not been ascertained. His children by his wife Abigail having been born in different places, their births are not all recorded in one place. These were (1) Aaron born at Woburn Oct 20, 1702; died at Cambridge and was buried there in 1716. (2) Samuel b. at Woburn May 17, 1704. In Vol. XLIII. p. 517, Registry of Deeds [for Suffolk?] under date of May 23, 1743 is a deed from "Samuel Cleaveland," of Boston, mariner, in which he calls Aaron Cleaveland his father (3) Abigail "daughter of Aaron & Abigail Cleaveland" born at Medford May 10, 1706 [medford Town Records.] (4) John, "son of Aaron & Abigail Cleaveland," was baptized Oct 7, 1711 in the First Church of Cambridge, the same day his father was taken


into that church. (5) Josiah son of Aaron Cleaveland & Abigail his wife, was baptized in infancy at Cambridge Nov 1, 1713 (Cambridge Church Records) He m. Jan 1, 1735 (1735-6?) Joanna Porter dau of Rev Aaron Porter of Medford; owned the Halfway Covenant in 1736; and had a son born to him Dec 12, 1736 whom he called Aaron. This Josiah Cleaveland removed to Haddam, CT about the same time his father did. In a paper in the Registry of Deeds dated Nov 28, 1738, he styles himself "Josiah Cleaveland, now of Millerton in East Haddam in the Colony of Connecticut and County of Hartford, late of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex, Mass., housewright," etc etc. As late as February 10, 1748/9 he had removed to Boston. (6) Aaron born at Cambridge Oct 29, 1715 (Cambridge Town Records.) Of him see more below. (7) John, son of Aaron & Abigail Cleaveland was baptized in infancy, July 18, 1717. (8) "Moses, son of Aaron and Abigail Cleaveland was baptized in infancy - of Aaron & Abigail Cleaveland his wife." [Cambridge Church Records] The child then baptized whose name was not recorded may have been his daughter Mary who married Elisha Clark of Haddam Sept 17, 1741; and had four children, viz: (1) "Waterius (Waters or Waterhouse?) b. June 30, 1742 (2) Elisha b. April 23, 1744 (3) William b. Aug 19, 1746 (4) Mary b. April 4, 1749.

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Capt. Aaron Cleveland's Timeline

July 9, 1680
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 20, 1702
Age 22
Woburn, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
May 17, 1704
Age 23
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
May 10, 1706
Age 25
Medford, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 27
Medford, Suffolk, Massachusetts
August 21, 1713
Age 33
Charlestown, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
October 29, 1715
Age 35
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
July 18, 1719
Age 39
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
July 19, 1719
Age 39
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
July 7, 1724
Age 43
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States