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Sarah Leverett (Sedgwick)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: 1704 (75)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Kings Chapel Burying Ground Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Major General Robert Sedgwick and Joanna Allen
Wife of Gov John Leverett
Mother of Ann Hubbard; Sarah Byfield; Elizabeth Cooke; Mary Dudley and Hannah Sedgwick
Sister of Thomas Duncan Sedgwick; Samuel Sedgwick; Hannah Sedgwick; William Sedgwick and Robert Sedgwick

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Biography of Gov John Leverett

An English colonial magistrate, merchant, soldier and governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 1673-1679. He oversaw the colonial actions in King Philip's War, and expanded the colony's territories by purchasing land claims in present-day Maine. His descendants include his grandson John, the seventh President of Harvard College, for whom Leverett, Massachusetts is named. Also Leverett Saltonstall, a 19th-century governor of Massachusetts.

John Leverett, son of Thomas Leverett, was born in England. His baptism was recorded in the Parish Register of St. Botolph's. While some sources say he came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his parents in 1633 from Boston, Lincolnshire Co., England it is more likely that he did not arrive until about 1638 as he did not join the church until mid-1639 and did not become a freeman until 1640. He probably stayed in England to complete his education.

In 1639 he married his first wife, Hannah Hudson, daughter of Ralph and Mary Hudson. Hannah was born in England and immigrated in 1635 at age 14. She and John had four children, she died at the birth of their fourth child on 7 July 7 1646. Their son Hudson was the only one to reach adulthood.

John worked as a merchant and became a freeman of Boston in 1640, he returned to England in 1644 to fight for Oliver Cromwell in the Parliamentary Army during the English Civil War. He was appointed to a command in Thomas Rainsborrow's Regiment.

By 1647 he was back in Massachusetts where he married Sarah Sedgwick. The biography for John in the Saltonstall Papers, shows her as the daughter of his business partner, Robert Sedgwick. Charles E. Leverett, reports that she was the daughter of William and Eliza.

He rose quickly in the colonial militia and became active in local politics, serving numerous terms in the Massachusetts General Court, and becoming a Boston selectman in 1651.

John Leverett was knighted for his service in England, and is referred to as Sir John Leverett, Knight. He was Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1673 to 1679.

He died March 16,1679, but the funeral was a delayed until the 25th, and burial was at King's Chapel Burying Ground. The ceremony must have been an extremely important event, a list of the various individuals and the position they were to take in the march is in a manuscript by second Judge Cooke.

His memorial has a brief biography and a link to his sons.

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Sarah Leverett's Timeline

Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
April 26, 1651
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
November 23, 1652
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 44
Age 75
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Kings Chapel Burying Ground Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts