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Sarah Greenleaf (Moore)

Also Known As: "Sarah More", "Mrs. Edward Greenslade"
Birthplace: Maldon, Essex, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Enoch Moore and Catherine Moore
Wife of Edmund Greenleaf and Captain Edmund Greenleaf
Mother of Elizabeth Brown; John Greenleaf; Enoch Greenleaf; Samuel Greenleaf; Enoch Greenleaf and 5 others
Sister of Samuel Moore; Francis Moore, of Maldon & Cambridge; Enoch Moore; Merry Moore and Judith Moore
Half sister of Mary Greenleaf; Jane Moore and unknown Moore

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About Sarah Greenleaf

Sarah, b. about Dec 1588, m. Edmund GREENLEAF as his 1st wife. he married Sarah Jourdaine, the widow Hill, 2nd.

  • Parents: Enoch Moore & Catharine


  1. Enoch, bpt. 1 Dec. 1613; d. 1617.
  2. Samuel, b. date unknown; d. 1627.
  3. Enoch, b. about 1617/8; m. Mary -----.
  4. Sarah, bpt. 26 March 1620; m. William Hilton, son of William Hilton.
  5. Elizabeth, bpt. 16 Jan. 1622; m. (1) in 1642 or earlier, Giles Badger; m. (2) 16 Feb. 1648/9 Richard Browne.
  6. Nathaniel, bpt. 27 June 1624; d. 1634.
  7. Judith, bpt. 2 Sept. 1625; m. (1) Henry Somerby; m. (2) Tristram Coffin, Jr.
  8. Stephen, bpt. 10 Aug. 1628; m. (1) Elizabeth Coffin, daughter of Tristram Coffin; m. (2) Mrs. Esther Swett.
  9. Daniel, bpt. 14 Aug. 1631; d. 5 Dec. 1654.
  10. John, b. about 1632; m. Hannah Veazie, daughter of William Veazie.

Summation of Evidence: 

  • In Mrs. Dorothy Greenleaf Boynton's article, of January 1968 in the [NEHGR 122:28-36], she admits that not much headway had been made in determining Edmund Greenleaf's ancestry. There had also been prior articles that commented on Sara's ancestry. The [NEHGR 38:100], in January 1884, contained an obit for a Charles Beaman that positively stated that the wife of Edmund Greenleaf was Sarah DOLE. That same assurance was given in James Edward Greenleaf's 'Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family, 1896, pp.71-74, 190; which said, 'Edmund Greenleaf married Sarah Dole.' This error has carried on to the present day. 
  •  Mrs.Boynton states that she, 'by chance', noticed in the Essex volumes of the 'Boyd Marriage Index' this entry, 'Moor Sar and Edmond Greenleaf, Langton". She noted that the time of their 1611 marriage appeared to fit, and this appeared to offer a reason for Thomas Moor overseeing Edmund's will.
  •  Roger D. Joslyn wrote an article, 'Edmund Greenleaf & Sarah Moore Further On the Marriage', in 1980 in [TAG 56:107], that Sara and Edmund were married in Langford Parish, Essex, England. The entry for 1611 reads: 'Edmund Greeneleaf and Sarah More were married the ijcond of Julye.'  This entry can now be found in the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford, Essex, England. 
  • Mrs. Boynton engaged the services of Mr. T. Woodard to search the records in England for proof, so that she could be clearly certain. The recently posted Vital Records and wills are what were found that prove that Edmund's wife was Sara MOORE. 
  • We have the wills, first of all, of Sara's paternal grandparents, Nicholas and Willamin MOORE.
  • Although wills for Sara's father, Enoch, or mother Catherine, have not been found; the will of her brother, Samuel MORE and her uncle, Edward MOORE, we have. First, in Samuel Moore's will, he clearly says, 'Item I give unto my sister Sara the wife of Edmund Grinleaf of Ipswich in the county of Suffolk..' And, Samuel's will goes beyond identifying Sara as his sister. Samuel also identifies their father as Enoch Moore, saying, 'Item I give unto my father Enoch More of Haverill...' That alone, without going further, is proof. 
  • While Nicholas Sr's will does not identify Sara Moore Greenleaf, Willamin's will clearly identifies Sara Moore as the daughter of her son Enoch, saying, 'Item I give and bequeath unto Sara Moore the daughter of my sonne Enoch Moore...' Nicholas' will identifies his wife as Willamin, saying, 'Item I give and bequeath unto Willamin my wife...' He also identifies one of his sons as Thomas Moore, saying, 'now in the tenure and occupation of Thomas Moore my son...'
  • Edward's will identifies both Thomas Moore and Enoch Moore as his brothers, hence sons of Nicholas Moore Sr. and Willamin. In Edward's will he says, 'my Brother Enoche Moore' and 'my Brother Thomas Moore'.
  • Therefore, we can clearly see that Nicholas & Willamin Moore are the paternal grandparents of Sara (More) Greenleaf, and Enoch is her father.
  • In addition, vital records at All Saints Parish, Maldon, Essex, Eng., show that Catherine became Enoch's wife on 23 Nov 1585, and their daughter Sara, was baptized there, 13 Dec 1588. These facts close the case of Sara (More) Greenleaf's ancestry. 

Other valuable points that stand out in this article are these: 

  • Samuel's will clearly states that in 1615, when his will was executed, that Sara and Edmund had two sons, John and Enoch. Based on the baptismal records alone, since there has never been found a baptismal record for John, we would not have known of a firstborn son named John. This, according to Mrs. Boynton, 'explains the bequest of Edmund Greenleaf to a grandson James, his eldest son's son.'
  • Also, Mrs. Boynton remarks regarding Sara, that it 'seems apparent that she came from a family of considerable substance'. The contents of the wills bear testimony to that. There are also other family wills that have been found. The will of Elizabeth, the widow of Edward Moore, executed18 Jan 1622, bequeathed her property to her children of her first marriage, and is of less interest to the Greenleaf-Moore descendants. However, Nicholas Moore the Younger's will, executed 21 April 1646, and probated 23 June 1646, may be of interest. Also the will of Francis Moore, Jr., of Cambridge, Mass, that was probated, 23 Feb 1689, may be of interest to some. Francis Moore, Jr, Sara's nephew, called Thomas Moore,  the mariner of Boston, his brother. 
  • The Moore wills of England are located in Essex Record Office of Chelmsford, Essex, England. --Sandi
  • Marriage to Edmund Greenleaf Capt: (2 Jul 1611 — Age: 22) Langford, Essex, England
  • Marriage to Sara Moore: (2 Jul 1611 — Age: 22) Langford, Essex, England
  • Arrival: (1638 — Age: 50) Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Marriage: Wakes Colne, Hertfordshire, England
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Sarah Greenleaf's Timeline

December 13, 1588
All Sain, Maldon, Essex, England
December 13, 1588
All Sain, Maldon, Essex, England
December 15, 1588
Maldon, Essex, England
December 15, 1588
Maldon, Essex, England
Age 23
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
December 1, 1613
Age 24
January 8, 1615
Age 26
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
March 20, 1618
Age 29
St Margarets, Ipsweich, co. Suffolk, England
March 26, 1621
Age 32
St. Margaret's, Ipswich, Suffolk, England