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Stephen Greenleaf, Sr.

Birthplace: St. Margaret's Parish, Ipswich, Essex, England
Death: Died in Canada
Cause of death: French & Indian War, Cape Breton Campaign
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah Greenleaf
Husband of Esther Swett and Elizabeth Greenleaf
Father of Stephen Greenleaf, Il; Sarah Dole; Daniel Greenleaf; Elizabeth Noyes; John Greenleaf, Sr. and 5 others
Brother of John Greenleaf; Enoch Greenleaf; Samuel Greenleaf; Enoch Greenleaf; Sarah Hilton and 4 others

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About Capt. Stephen Greenleaf

He was appointed ensign of Massachusetts militia, May 31, 1670. Lieutenant in 1685 and captain in 1686. As captain in the Massachusetts forces, he went with the expedition against Port Royal in October, 1690, and while landing from the ship was wrecked and drowned on December 1, 1690.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church. He was made a freeman on 23 May 1677 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

"The expedition under Sir William Phips, consisting of thirty or forty vessels, carrying about two thousand men, sailed from Nantasket on the ninth day of August, 1690, but did not arrive at Quebec until the fifth day of October. Several attempts were made to capture the town, without success; and, tempestuous weather having nearly disabled the vessels and driven some of them ashore, it was considered advisable to re-embark the troops and abandon the enterprise. On their way back to Boston, they encountered head winds and violent storms. Some vessels were blown off the coast, and ultimately arrived in the West Indies. One was lost upon the island of Anticosti, and several were never heard from. Capt. John March, Capt. Stephen Greenleaf, Lieut. James Smith, Ensign William Longfellow, and Ensign Lawrence Hart, of Newbury, Capt. Philip Nelson, of Rowley, and Capt. Daniel King, of Salem, were among the officers commissioned for service in the expedition to Canada, under the command of Sir William Phips."

Stephen Greenleaf, born 8 August 1628 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England., died 1 December 1690, Cape Breton, Canada.

Parents: Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah Moore.

Married first: Elizabeth Coffin, daughter of Tristram Coffin and Dionis Stevens, on 13 November 1651 in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Married second: Esther Weare on 31 March 1679 in Hampton, Province of New Hampshire, now Rockingham County, She was the widow of Capt. Benjamin Swett.

Stephen Greenleaf died on 1 December 1690 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Nouvelle France, now Canada, at age 62. He drowned. The Newbury vital records say "cast on shore at Capbreton coming from Canada and all lost."

Children of Stephen Greenleaf and Elizabeth Coffin

1. Stephen Greenleaf b. 15 Aug 1652, d. 13 Oct 1743

2. Sarah Greenleaf b. 29 Oct 1655, d. 26 Feb 1707/8

3. Daniel Greenleaf b. 17 Feb 1656/57, d. 5 Dec 1659

4. Elizabeth Greenleaf b. 5 Apr 1660, d. date unknown

5. John Greenleaf b. 21 Jun 1662, d. 24 Jun 1734

6. Samuel Greenleaf b. 30 Oct 1665, d. 6 Aug 1694

7. Tristram Greenleaf b. 11 Feb 1666/67, d. 16 Sep 1741

8. Edmund Greenleaf b. 10 May 1671, d. c 1740

9. Mary Greenleaf b. 6 Dec 1671, d. date unknown

10. Judith Greenleaf b. 23 Oct 1673, d. 19 Nov 1678


  • Arrival: (1638 — Age: 10) Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Marriage to Elizabeth Coffin: (13 Nov 1651 — Age: 23) Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
  • Marriage to Hester Esther Weare: (31 Mar 1679 — Age: 50) Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
  • Residence: Androscoggin, Maine, USA
  • Residence: Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
  • Residence: USA
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Capt. Stephen Greenleaf's Timeline

August 10, 1628
Ipswich, Essex, England
August 10, 1628
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
August 15, 1652
Age 24
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
October 29, 1655
Age 27
February 17, 1658
Age 29
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
April 9, 1660
Age 31
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
June 21, 1662
Age 33
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
October 30, 1665
Age 37
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
February 11, 1668
Age 39
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts