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About Moses Sleeper

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)

about Moses Sleeper

Name: Moses Sleeper

Birth Date: 1684

Birthplace: New Hampshire

Volume: 160

Page Number: 313

Reference: A recd. Of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation. Ed. By Ezra S. Stearns. New York, 1908. (4v.):811 Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 19 Sep 1906, 8085


MOSES4 SLEEPER (ARON3, THOMAS2, SLEEPER1) was born January 22, 1683/84 in Hampton,, Rockingham Co, NH, and died January 13, 1754 in kingston, Rockingham Co, NH. He married MARGARET MARY SANBORN January 09, 1713/14 in NH, daughter of JONATHAN SAMBORN and ELIZABETH SHERBURNE.


Information on this family provided by : WFT archives some confusion exists between this Moses Sleeper and his uncle Moses Sleeper SOURCE: WFT 11-3805 "Moses Sleeper and family settled in Kingston, NH and it was there that his children were born. This is confirmed by town records, also marriage record. It appears that Moses also acquired substantial land holding in Kingston as his name appears numerous times in the land records. One of the largest tracts that he was granted on Oct 30 1706 at a meeting of the freeholders of Kingston Capt Jonathan Sanborn was chosed moderator for ye meeting firstlygranted to those men heir after named 200 acres of land to each one of them one ye westerly side of town not within 3 miles of town or Road from Exter to Haverhill not intruding one any of our former grants all wayes proveded these men which had Land granted in ye tractt of land in ye year 1700 have thare choise when it is layed outt to chuse one which sid they will have thares. Joseph Filfield to choose with ye first. Another instance indicates that he may have been a builder as well as farmer as at a meeting on May 9, 1707 "It was noted that ye town hath given and granted unto Trusurum Sanborn, Joseph Cliford,Moses Sleeper & Thos. Sleeper such a peas of Land situat Laying and Being in Ye bounds of Kingston. In part of pay for building ye Reverand Mr Benjamin Choatt a house at ye gareson Bounded upon ye road that goes down to Exetur ye Land laying one ye westerly sid of ye rode the land of Thomas Pholbrock one ye northerly end then westerlyto ye Branded tree than southerly to a black oak marked on 4 sides near ye road."



The Sleepers made the first settlements within the limits of Bristol village, and in the early days of the town were very numerous here. Though the name is not as common now as formerly, Sleeper blood flows in the veins of a very large number of her people, and the sons and daughters of Bristol bearing this name and their descendants are now worthy citizens of many states in the Union.

1. The Sleepers of Bristol are the descendants of Thomas Sleeper, b. in England about 1607. He emigrated to this country when a young man, and was in Hampton in 1640, where he probably resided till his death, which occurred July 30, 1696, at the age of 89 years. His widow, Joanna, d. in Kingston, Feb. 5, 1703, ae. 80. They had eight children, of whom the sixth was

2. Aaron, b. Hampton, Feb. 20, 1661. He m. (1) Elizabeth Shaw, May 23, 1682 ; (2) Sarah. He d. in Kingston, May 9, 1732, ae. 71-2-19. He had seventeen children by his first wife and two by his second, of whom the second was

3. Moses, b. Kingston, Feb. 22, 1685. He m., Jan. 9, 1714, Margaret, dau. Capt. Jonathan Sanborn. She was b. Mar. 20, 1698. He d. in Kingston, Jan. 13, 1754, ae. 68-10-21. They had fifteen children, of whom the fourth was

4. David, b.. Kingston, Nov. 16, 1721. He m. (1) Nov. 24, 1743, Margaret Scribner, and soon after became one of the first settlers in Sandown. He was a farmer and amassed a large fortune for those days, dividing it among his children as they commenced life for themselves. Though not one of the proprietors of New Chester, he became a large owner of real estate in the town, much of which he deeded to his children as they settled here. "His firm and unshaken government over his numerous family, and his established principle in educating them in virtuous and useful habits was not surpassed by any of his age." He was a prominent member of the Baptist church, and held numerous town offices. "As a military officer he was bold and enterprising, and when the news of the battle of Lexington reached Sandown he called his company of militia and the cavalry to arms and immediately repaired to Boston to defend his country." He m. (2) Ruth Jenness (James), who was b. Mar. 29, 1735, and d. July 6, 1823, ae. 88-3-7. He d. Oct. 18, 1780, ae. 58-11-2.

Children, all supposed to have been born in Sandown

  1. 5. Gideon, b. July 25, 1744.
  2. 6. Peter, b. May 28, 1746. (Another record says May 27; another April.) [For (6) see p. 394]

7. David,-b. Sept. 8, 1748; took charge of his father's estate, and gave a home to his mother. Removed to Vershire, Vt., where he res. till the death of his mother, then returned to Sandown. He m. Rachel Tilton, and had four children.

8. Edmond, b. Mar. 17, 1753; was a tailor, m. (i) Mrs. Lydia Colby, (2) Elizabeth Worthen. Res. Chester, and d. June 10, 1838, ae. 85-2-23. One child.

9. Nathan, b. Apr. 12, 1754. Supposed to have commenced a home in Bristol, and d. Sept. I1, 1775. ae. 21-4-29. (See chapter on "First Settlements in New Chester.")

  • io. Moses, b. Sept. 4, 1755. [For (i0) see p. 401.]

11. Margaret, b. Feb. 5, 1757; d. Jan. 13, 1777, ae. 19-11-8. •

12. Mary, b. Sept. 22 (29), 1758; m. Theophilus Sanborn. (See.) #13. John, b. Apr. 15, 1760. [For (13) see p. 402 ]

  1. 14. Daniel, b. Feb. 22, 1762. [For (14) see p. 405.] #15. Samuel, b. Feb. 14, 1764. [For (15) see p. 407.]

16. David, Nov. 23, 1766; d. Aug. 25, 1846, ae. 79-9-2.

17. Jethro, b. Sept. 18, 1767; shoemaker, lived in Corinth, Vt. ; d. Oct. 4, 1843, ae. 76-0-16.

18. Jonathan, b. Feb. 6, 1769; d. Nov. 20, 1775, ae. 6-9-14.

19. Benjamin, b. Jan. 17, 1771 ; m. Betsey Hill, and removed toCompton, Lower Canada, where she d., and he m. Anna Hurriman, of Plymouth. He d. Apr. 7, 1838, ae. 67-2-20.

20. Josiah, b. July 14, 1772; d. Apr. 22, 1835, ae. 62-9 8.

21. Ruth, b. Mar. 4(14), 1774; m. James lugalls. (See.)

22. Nathan, b. Aug. 13, 1777. Carpenter; settled in Maine. Twelve children.

23. Jonathan, b. Aug. 8, 1780; d. May 29, 1805, ae. 24-9-21.

Of the above, Gideon, Peter, Nathan (probably), Moses, John, Daniel, Samuel, Mary, and Ruth settled in Bristol.

Source: "History of the Town of Bristol New Hampshire"




  1. JOHN SLEEPER, b. July 25, 1715, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.
  2. JOHATHAN SLEEPER, b. December 06, 1716, kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.
  3. MOSES SLEEPER, b. November 19, 1719, kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; d. Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; m. PRISCILLA.
  4. DAVID SLEEPER, b. November 18, 1721, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; d. October 18, 1780, Sandown, Rockingham Co, NH.
  5. ELISABETH SLEEPER, b. August 30, 1723, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; m. REUBEN SANBORN.
  6. HENRY SLEEPER, b. February 17, 1723/24, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.
  7. SAMUEL SLEEPER, b. April 17, 1727, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.
  8. MARY SLEEPER, b. March 09, 1727/28, kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; m. WILLIAM SANBORN.
  9. BENJAMIN SLEEPER, b. March 25, 1731, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; d. Abt. 1731.
  10. SHERBURNE SLEEPER, b. March 16, 1733/34, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; m. HANNA CLOUGH, December 07, 1758.
  11. ANN SLEEPER, b. February 07, 1734/35, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; d. Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.
  12. RICHARD SLEEPER, b. April 17, 1738, kingston, Rockingham Co, NH; d. Abt. 1813.
  13. LOVE SLEEPER, b. October 22, 1739, kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.
  14. HEPZIBAH SLEEPER, b. March 24, 1741/42, kingston, Rockingham Co, NH


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Moses Sleeper's Timeline

January 2, 1684
Hampton, (Present Rockingham County), North Plantation (Present New Hampshire), (Present USA)
July 25, 1715
Age 31
December 16, 1716
Age 32
November 19, 1719
Age 35
Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire
November 18, 1721
Age 37
Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire
August 30, 1723
Age 39
February 17, 1725
Age 41
April 17, 1727
Age 43
March 9, 1729
Age 45