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Margaret Cleaves (Corey)

Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: after 1716
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Giles Corey, Salem Witch and Margaret Corey
Wife of William Cleaves, of Beverly and Jonathan Biles
Mother of William Cleaves; Hannah Cleaves; Robert Cleaves; Ebenezer Cleaves and Benjamin Cleaves
Sister of Mary Parker; Elizabeth Moulton and Deliverance Crosby

Managed by: Jasmine Lealynn Crews
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About Margaret Cleaves

2. Margaret; married William Cleaves (Spelled Clements in the Vital Statics of both Marblehead and Beverly) of Beverly;

5 children

  1. William Cleaves
  2. Hannah Cleaves
  3. Robert Cleaves
  4. Ebenezer Cleaves
  5. Benjamin Cleaves. Married Rebecca Rachel Conant.


will of Giles Corey

Giles Corey knew he faced conviction and execution, so he chose to refuse to stand for trial. By avoiding conviction, it became more likely that his farm, which Corey recently deeded to his two sons-in-law, would not become property of the state upon his death. 

His will is presented in several works:

Written on the twenty forth day of April anno dom one thousand six hundred ninety two, by Gyles Coree (his mark and seale". Personally appeared and did acknowledge this instrument to bee his act and voluntary deed. Signed sealed and delivered Ipswch July Ye 25th 1692.

The will so states:

In consideration of which and for ye fatherly Love and Affection wch I have & doe beare unto my beloved soñe in Law William Cleeves of Ye town of Beaverly. in ye aboves county and to my soñe in Law John Moulton of ye town of Salem in sd county both yeomen.

The will goes on to state that Giles gives to these sons in Laws all his property, real and personal including stock, lands and meadow, house, bedding, money, and all movable estate.


Torrey: CLEAVES, William & 2/wf Margaret [COREY], m/2 Jonathan BYLES; by 1686; Beverly {Beverly Ch. Rec.; Salem 2:193; Sv. 1:409; EIHC 51:192; Reg. 10:32}

Ref from The History of Salem", Vol. II in a footnote at the bottom of page 193:

2. Margaret; married William Cleaves (Spelled Clements in the Vital Statics of both Marblehead and Beverly) of Beverly;

Ref from "Progeny of William Cleaves of Beverly, Mass, Genealogy," p. 96, by Eleanor V. Spiller and Emery N. Cleaves, Warren, New Hampshire. 1987.

Quoted in

William Cleaves was born about 1650. He owned land in Lyman, York County Maine, and may well have been a kinsman of the well know George Cleaves. William Cleaves lived and died in Beverly Massachusetts. He married first Martha daughter of Giles Corey (SIC: disproved) and second her sister Margaret. Margaret survivied her husband and married second husband, May 3, 1716 Jonathan Byles. William Cleaves died Jan 27, 1714-15

National Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 11, p. 2

Note that Donald S. Kenney in NEHGR Vol. 155, p. 226 has shown that William Cleaves's first wife was actually Martha Edwards.

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Margaret Cleaves's Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
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