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Sarah Groutage Greenleaf (Jourdain)

Also Known As: "Sarah Soutere", "Sarah Hill"
Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Death: circa February 01, 1673 (69-77)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ignatius Jurdain and Elizabeth Baskerville
Wife of William Hill, of Dorchester; Nathaniel Souther and Capt. Edmund Greenleaf, Sr.
Mother of Luke Hill; Sarah Loomis; William Hill, JR.; Joseph Hill; Ignatius Hill and 2 others
Sister of Mary Jourdaine; Elizabeth Baskerville Duncan; Joseph Jourdaine; Josuah Jourdaine; Ignatius Jourdaine and 9 others
Half sister of Sarah Jourdain; Susan Jourdaine and Robert Jourdaine

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About Sarah Groutage Greenleaf

she was alive as late as 19 April 1671, but was probably dead by 1 February 1673/4 [TAG 43:17 The American Genealogist, Volume 9 to present (1932+)]


  • daughter of Ignatius Jourdaine of Exeter, Devonshire [TAG 43:14-18] & Elizabeth Bsskerville.


  1. St. Mary Arches, Exeter, Devonshire, 28 October 1619 to William Hill (b c 1594-d 1649) [The American Genealogist, Volume 9 to present (1932+)]
  2. Boston 5 January 1653[/4] Nathaniel Sowther as his second wife [Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699, Ninth Report of the Boston Record Commissioners (Boston 1883; rpt. Baltimore 1978)]. Sarah, the widow of Nathaniel Souther, the Secretary of Plymouth Colony, signed her name, February 22, 1655, Sarah Soutere.
  3. after 18 January 1662/3 as his second wife Edmund Greenleaf [The American Genealogist, Volume 9 to present (1932+)]


  1. SARAH, b. say 1620; m. Windsor 17 September 1646 Joseph Loomis [Grant 48].
  2. WILLIAM, b. say 1622; m. by about 1661 Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Rev. John Jones (eldest child b. about 1661; Rev. John Jones in 1665 made bequest to daughter Elizabeth Hill [FOOF 1:280-81]).
  3. JOSEPH, b. say 1624; named in father's will, 9 September 1649; no further record (not named in wills of brother-in-law, Anthony Wilson, 1662 [FOOF 1:280]; of aunt, Mary (Hill) Godwyn, 31 March 1665 [Waters 70]; or of stepfather, Edmund Greenleaf, 22 December 1668 [TAG 43:17, citing SPR 7:112]).
  4. IGNATIUS, b. say 1626; d. by 12 January 1675/6, when the inventory on his estate was presented by his brother Sgt. James Hill [SPR 5:315]; apparently unmarried..
  5. JAMES, b. say 1628; m. Boston 10 April 1662 Hannah Hench~man [BVR 86].
  6. ELIZABETH, b. say 1630; m. by about 1650 Anthony Wilson (only known child b. about 1650; in his will of about 1662 Anthony Wilson named "my mother Hill" and brothers William, Ignatius and James Hill [FOOF 1:695-96]).


  • Mary & John 1630 passenger list: William Hill 1595 Yes NL Sarah Jourdain (w) 1598 Yes NL Sarah Hill (d) 1621 Yes NL William Hill, Jr. (s) 1623* Yes NL Ignatius Hill (s) 1624* Yes NL James Hill (s) 1626* Yes NL Source:
  • Sarah's second marriage to Edmund Greenleaf was a rather unhappy one. The following paper is also recorded in the Probate Records[:ITAL], appended to the will, as, probably, assigning the reason why the name of his second wife, who appears to have outlived him, was not mentioned: - 'When I married my wife, I kept her grandchild, as I best remember, three years to schooling, diet and apparel; and William Hill, her son, had a bond of six pounds a year, whereof I received no more than a barrel of pork of £3-0-0 of that £6-0-0 a year he was to pay me, and sent to her son Ignatius Hill, to the Barbadoes, in mackerel, cider, and bread and pease. as much as come to twenty pounds, and never received one penny of it. His aunt gave to the three brothers £50 apiece. I know not whether they received it or no; but I have not received any part of it. 'Witness my hand. (Signed) Edmund Greenleaf.' 'Besides, when I married my wife, she brought me a silver bowl, a silver porringer, and a silver spoon. She lent or gave them to her son, James Hill, without my consent.' NOTE. In reading the personal sketches of some of our early ancestors it will be observed that little is said of individual characteristics, personal appearance, etc. Search has been made in vain for such accounts concerning Edmund Greenleaf and some others.
  • Sarah was the sixth child of Ignatius Jourdaine and was baptized March 4 1598 9. She married in Exeter Oct 28 1619 William Hill son of James Hill of Lyme Regis and came with him and his six children to New England in the William and Frances arriving in Boston June 5 1632. William Hill was among the first settlers of Dorchester Mass where he was made a freeman Nov 5 1633. Land was granted to him there Nov 2 1635 and in 1636 he was a Selectman. He removed soon to Windsor Conn which he represented in the General Court in 1639 41 and in 1644. Thence he removed to Fairfield Conn where he was an Assistant and Collector of Customs. He died in September 1649. His will made Sept 9 of that year was not proved until May 15 1650 but the inventory of his estate was made at Windsor Sept 24 1649 and at Fairfield Nov 16 1649. His widow was then about fifty years old. The date of her marriage with Edmund Greenleaf of Boston is not known but it was in or after 1663 as Greenleaf s first wife died January 18 of that year. With these facts before us the myth of a Wilson marriage precedent to Sarah jourdain's marriage is scarcely worth discussing as it was invented solely to explain the relationship between the Hill and Wilson families. While Sarah Jourdain's age twenty at the time of her marriage with William Hill would not absolutely preclude the possibility of an earlier marriage, the fact that she was wedded under her maiden name of Jourdain would seem to settle that question conclusively. We must therefore look further for the solution of the problem in New England genealogy given by Mr OP Dexter in the New England Genealogical Register xxxix 78. Nor does it seem necessary to accept his suggested solution Gen Reg Hi 83 that if it can be proved that Anthony Wilson and the Hills were not blood relations then I will not hesitate to say that Anthony Wilson married probably in 1655 7 Elizabeth younger daughter of William and Sarah Jordan Hill had by her his daughter Sarah and then immediately lost his wife. While this is not impossible it seems hardly probable for the relation between the Wilsons and the Hills may be accounted for through their marriage connections.
  • WILLIAM HILL MARRIAGE: St. Mary Arches, Exeter, Devonshire, 28 October 1619 Sarah Jourdaine [TAG 43:16]; she married (2) Boston 5 January 1653[/4] Nathaniel Sowther [BVR 44] as his second wife; she married (3) after 18 January 1662/3 as his second wife Edmund Greenleaf [TAG 43:17]; she was alive as late as 19 April 1671, but was probably dead by 1 February 1673/4 [TAG 43:17].
  • ASSOCIATIONS: Mary (Jourdaine) Coggan, first wife of JOHN COGGAN, was sister of Sarah (Jourdaine) Hill, wife of WILLIAM HILL of Dorchester, and of Elizabeth (Jourdaine) Duncan, wife of NATHANIEL DUNCAN of Dorchester; the three sisters were daughters of Ignatius Jourdaine of Exeter, Devonshire [TAG 43:14-18].


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Sarah Groutage Greenleaf's Timeline

March 4, 1599
Exeter, Devon, England
March 4, 1599
April 6, 1613
Age 14
February 2, 1621
Age 21
Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
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Lyme Regis, Dorset, United Kingdom
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Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
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Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
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Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
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Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, United Kingdom