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Stephen Greenleaf, Sr.

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: St. Margaret's Parish, Ipswich, Essex, England
Death: Died in Canada
Cause of death: Lost at sea 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

Occupation: Soldier, Politician
Managed by: Linda Sue
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About Capt. Stephen Greenleaf

'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


'Stephen Greenleaf Sr (1628 - 1690)

Capt. Stephen Greenleaf Sr

Born 8 Aug 1628 in St. Margaret's Parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Son of Edmund Greenleaf and Sarah (Moore) Greenleaf

Brother of

John Greenleaf, Samuel Greenleaf, Enoch Greenleaf, Son Greenleaf,

Sarah (Greenleaf) Hilton, Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Browne, Nathaniel Greenleaf,

Judith (Greenleaf) Coffin, Daniel Greenleaf, Enoch Greenleaf,

John Greenleaf, Mary Greenfield and Sarah Greenleaf

Husband of Elizabeth (Coffin) Greenleaf — married 13 Nov 1651 [location unknown]

Husband of Esther (Weare) Greenleaf — married 31 Mar 1679 [location unknown]

Father of Stephen Greenleaf, Sarah (Greenleaf) Dole, Daniel Greenleaf, Elizabeth (Greenleaf) Noyes, John Greenleaf, Samuel Greenleaf, Tristram Greenleaf, Edmund Greenleaf, Judith Greenleaf and Mary (Greenleaf) Moody Died 31 Oct 1690 in Lost at sea during the Phips Expedition in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. Profile managers: Andrew White [send private message], Al Adams [send private message], George Bedinger [send private message], and Grant Glover [send private message] Greenleaf-90 created 10 Feb 2011 | Last modified 16 Aug 2016

Æ 62 Years, 3 Months, 21 Days - Lost at sea during the Phips Expedition against Port Royal during the Indian Wars while in active duty.

Captain Stephen Greenleaf, Sr. was the son of Captain Edmund Jr. and Sarah (Moore) Greenleaf. He was baptized on September 29, 1628 at St Margaret's Church in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He arrived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts aboard the MARY and JOHN in 1634 at age 6.

In 1670 he was appointed an Ensign in the Colonial Militia of Newbury. He was a representative to the Massachusetts General Court in 1676 to 1686. He was raised to the rank of Lieutenant in 1685. In 1686 he was raised to the rank of Captain of the Newbury Militia and went to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to fight in the disastrous Phips Expedition against Port Royal in the Indian Wars. Captain Greenleaf, along with nine other men, were wrecked in a vessel during the siege of Port Royal, and all hands were drowned. It is not known whether their bodies were ever recovered. There are no records that would indicate that they were recovered.

He married (1) Elizabeth Coffin on November 13, 1651 in Newbury with whom he had 10 children. He married (2) Mrs. Esther Weare Sweet on March 31, 1679. There were no children from this marriage.


Stephen Greenleaf[1][2] Birth

8 Aug 1628 Ipswich, Suffolk, England[3][4] Note

TRISTIAN AND STEVEN GREENLEAF Stephen Greenleaf Stephen Greenleaf - Early settlers of Nantucket (1901) Stephen Greenleaf 2 Marriage

13 Nov 1651 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[5][6] Wife: Elizabeth Coffin Child: Stephen Greenleaf Child: Sarah Greenleaf Child: Daniel Greenleaf Child: Elizabeth Greenleaf Child: John Greenleaf Child: Samuel Greenleaf Child: Tristram Greenleaf Child: Edmund Greenleaf Child: Judith Greenleaf Child: Mary Greenleaf Sources

Ancestry Family Trees: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004) Birth date: 1628Birth place: EN Marriage date: 1651 Marriage place: MA Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Individual Records (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001) Page: Birth year: 1634; Birth city: Brixton; Birth state: MA. Birth date: 1634 Birth place: Newbury, Essex, MA Death date: 19 November 1678 Death place: Newbury, Essex, MA Marriage date: 13 November 1651 Marriage place: Newbury, Essex County, MA Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Births (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001) Birth date: 10 August 1628Birth place: Ipswich, Suffolk, England Sargent, William M. The WEARE Family of Hampton, New Hampshire and North Yarmouth, Maine (Old Times Office; Location: Yarmouth, Maine; Date: 1879) Noyes, Sybil & Libby, Charles Thorton & Davis, Walter Goodwin. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Genealogical Publishing Inc; Baltimore, MD, USA; 1971) Stearns, Ezra S. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire (Lewis Publishing Company, 1908) Vol. 2, Page 964 Hoyt, David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts (Providence, Rhode Island, 1897) Page 184 Footnotes

↑ Edmund West ↑ Yates ↑ Edmund West ↑ Yates ↑ Edmund West ↑ Yates



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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
Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
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