Anne Lawter1

Father*Robert Lawter3
Mother*Mary Fiske2,3
Birth*Anne Lawter was born in England.1
Marriage*She married her second cousin John Fiske, son of William Fiske and Anna Austye, in England.1

Family

John Fiske b. c 1580
Child1.Anne Fiske+1 b. 1 Apr 1610, d. 5 Dec 1649

Citations

  1. [S1361] Compiled by Nathan Grier Parke II and edited by Donald Lines Jacobus, The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley & his wife Emma Arabella Bosworth, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. (Woodstock, Vermont: N. Grier Parke II, 1960), Richard Fiske, page 115. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley.
  2. [S1362] G. Andrews Moriarty, "Genealogical Research in England: The Fiske Family", New England Historical & Genealogical Register (the article spans several volumes and years): John Fiske, July 1934, Volume 88, pages 272-273. Hereinafter cited as "The Fiske Family."
  3. [S1362] G. Andrews Moriarty, "The Fiske Family", William Fiske, April 1934, Volume 88, page 145.

Robert Lawter1

Marriage*after 30 January 1579He married Mary Fiske, daughter of William Fiske, after 30 January 1579 probably in St. Michael's, South Elmham, Suffolk County, England.1

Family

Mary Fiske
Child1.Anne Lawter+1

Citations

  1. [S1362] G. Andrews Moriarty, "Genealogical Research in England: The Fiske Family", New England Historical & Genealogical Register (the article spans several volumes and years): William Fiske, April 1934, Volume 88, page 145. Hereinafter cited as "The Fiske Family."

William Laycock1

ChartsDescendants of Robert Heaton of Yorkshire, The Immigrant
Marriage*He married Martha Heaton, daughter of John Heaton and Mary Bennings, probably in New Jersey.1
(Brother-in-Law) Employment25 June 1772William was the surveyor on a road project in Loudoun County, Virginia, when, on 25 June 1772, his brothers-in law John and Moses Heaton, and John's three oldest sons, William Heaton, Benjamin Heaton and John Heaton Jr., were allotted to work on the project with him.2,3,4
Relocation*Martha and William Laycock were thought to have moved to the area of western Pennsylvania and Ohio associated with the Quaker's Redstone Quarterly Meetings.1

Family

Martha Heaton b. 20 Nov 1740

Citations

  1. [S1399] Heaton. A well researched and partially documented work on the earliest Heaton immigrants to Pennsylvania, from Yorkshire, England, in 1682. Some of the information from the website is presented here in acknowledgement that not all of the early Heatons to America were "our" Heatons, and specifically to remind us of the reasons for the confusion expressed by our Heaton family researchers over the years as they tried to distinguish between the Lincolnshire John Heaton and the Yorkshire John Heaton, the two John Heatons of Loudon County, Virginia. Online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/…, MJP Grundy (email: e-mail address); viewed on 7 July 2015.
  2. [S1400] Patricia B. Duncan and Ann Brush Miller, "Historic Roads of Virginia: Loudoun County Road Orders, 1757-1783", page 97, citing Loudoun Order Book E, page 355, online at http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/…, published 2013 by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Hereinafter cited as Loudoun County Road Orders, 1757-1783.
  3. [S1400] Loudoun County Road Orders, 1757-1783, online at http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/…, page 102, citing Loudoun Order Book E, page 438, the Heaton surname transcribed as "Eaton."
  4. [S1400] Loudoun County Road Orders, 1757-1783, online at http://www.virginiadot.org/vtrc/main/online_reports/pdf/…, page 104, citing Loudoun Order Book E, page 481.

Abial Lazell1

b. 26 June 1687
Father*Isaac Lazell1,2 b. 10 Jul 1660, d. 20 Oct 1690
Mother*Abihail Leavitt1,2 b. 9 Dec 1667
Birth*26 June 1687Abial Lazell was born on 26 June 1687 in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).1,2
Marriage*14 November 1710She married first Samuel Lathrop Jr., son of Samuel Lathrop and Sarah Downer, on 14 November 1710 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).3,1,4,5

Family

Samuel Lathrop Jr. b. 17 May 1685
Child1.Abihail Lathrop3,6 b. 7 Dec 1729, d. 3 Sep 1803

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Lazell, pages 227-229. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S859] The town of Hingham, compiler, History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, downloaded from the Boston Public Library EBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. Reprint in one volume of the last two volumes of the History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, originally published in three volumes in four parts by the town in 1893. Includes separate indexes for surnames, places, and miscellaneous at the end of Volume 3. Contents: Volume 1, Parts 1-2. Historical --Volume 2. Genealogical -- Volume 3. Genealogical. (Hingham, Massachusetts: Published by the town, 1893), Volume II, Lasell, pages 423-426. Hereinafter cited as History of Hingham, Massachusetts.
  3. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Lathrop, pages 224-227.
  4. [S1190] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Field Genealogy: being the record of all the Field family in America, whose ancestors were in this country prior to 1700, Volume 1, downloaded from the Boston Public Library EBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. (Chicago, Illinois: Hammond Press, W.B. Conkey Company, 1901), pages 172-173. Hereinafter cited as Field Genealogy, Volume 1.
  5. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Marriages, Volume 2, page 230. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  6. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Births, Volume 1, page 202.

Isaac Lazell1

b. 10 July 1660, d. 20 October 1690
Birth*10 July 1660Isaac Lazell was born on 10 July 1660 in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).2
Marriage*20 January 1685/86He married Abihail Leavitt, daughter of John Leavitt and Sarah ______, on 20 January 1685/86 in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).2,3
Death*20 October 1690He probably died on 20 October 1690 in the Phips Expedition against Quebec at age 30.2

Family

Abihail Leavitt b. 9 Dec 1667
Children1.Abial Lazell+4,2 b. 26 Jun 1687
2.Isaac Lazell4,5 b. 6 Sep 1690

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Johnson, pages 210-213. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S859] The town of Hingham, compiler, History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, downloaded from the Boston Public Library EBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. Reprint in one volume of the last two volumes of the History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, originally published in three volumes in four parts by the town in 1893. Includes separate indexes for surnames, places, and miscellaneous at the end of Volume 3. Contents: Volume 1, Parts 1-2. Historical --Volume 2. Genealogical -- Volume 3. Genealogical. (Hingham, Massachusetts: Published by the town, 1893), Volume II, Lasell, pages 423-426. Hereinafter cited as History of Hingham, Massachusetts.
  3. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Hingham Marriages, Volume 1, page 25, image# 29, recording his name correctly as "Isaac". Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  4. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Lazell, pages 227-229.
  5. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Hingham Births, Volume 1, page 36, image# 39, recording father's name incorrectly as "Israel."

Isaac Lazell1,2

b. 6 September 1690
Father*Isaac Lazell1,3 b. 10 Jul 1660, d. 20 Oct 1690
Mother*Abihail Leavitt1,3 b. 9 Dec 1667
Birth*6 September 1690Isaac Lazell was born on 6 September 1690 in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).3,1,4
Marriage*29 October 1719He married Mary Hudson, daughter of Daniel Hudson and Mary Orcutt, on 29 October 1719 in Bridgewater.5,6

Family

Mary Hudson b. 14 Feb 1701

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Lazell, pages 227-229. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Hingham Births, Volume 1, page 36, image# 39. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  3. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Hingham Births, Volume 1, page 36, image# 39, recording father's name incorrectly as "Israel."
  4. [S859] The town of Hingham, compiler, History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, downloaded from the Boston Public Library EBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. Reprint in one volume of the last two volumes of the History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, originally published in three volumes in four parts by the town in 1893. Includes separate indexes for surnames, places, and miscellaneous at the end of Volume 3. Contents: Volume 1, Parts 1-2. Historical --Volume 2. Genealogical -- Volume 3. Genealogical. (Hingham, Massachusetts: Published by the town, 1893), Volume II, Lasell, pages 423-426. Hereinafter cited as History of Hingham, Massachusetts.
  5. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Hudson, pages 201-202.
  6. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Marriages, Volume 2, page 198. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

Martha Lazell1

b. 23 February 1683/84
Birth*23 February 1683/84Martha Lazell was born on 23 February 1683/84 in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).1
Marriage*29 March 1703She married Joseph Pratt, son of Benajah Pratt and Persis Dunham, on 29 March 1703 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Family

Joseph Pratt b. c 1676
Child1.Martha Pratt1 b. 28 Oct 1712

Citations

  1. [S908] Compiled by Jayne Pratt Lovelace, The Pratt Directory (Chandler, Arizona: Ancestor House, 1998 Edition), page 558. Hereinafter cited as The Pratt Directory.

Abigail Leach1,2

b. 15 September 1714, d. before 19 October 1802
Father*David Leach1 d. c 1757
Mother*Hannah ______1
Birth*15 September 1714Abigail Leach was born on 15 September 1714 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,3
Marriage*7 November 1734She married Jacob Keith, probably of Easton, on 7 November 1734 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).4,5
(Wife) Death30 October 1782Abigail became a widow when Jacob Keith died on 30 October 1782.6
(Youngest Sister) Estate and Land19 February 1799When probate was reopened on the estate of Abigail's brother, Ephraim Leach, on 19 February 1799 in Plymouth County before Judge Joshua Thomas, the judge issued a warrant to Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes, empowering and directing them to take a view of the homestead farm that Ephraim, late of Bridgewater, had died seized of and to divide it into four equal parts or shares, first giving timely notice to all persons interested to be present if they saw cause. The men were further directed to assign and set off one share to the heirs of Ephraim's deceased sister Mehitable Leach, one share to the heirs of Ephraim's deceased sister Mercy Peterson, one share to the heirs of Ephraim's brother David Leach, also deceased, and one share to Ephraim’s sister Abigail (Leach) Keith, the wife of Jacob Keith, all in accordance with the directions in Ephraim's 1767 will. The committee was instructed by the judge to divide the shares by metes and bounds, considering quantity and quality, so that the heirs may hold their shares separately, forever. The judge ordered the men to make a return of the warrant with their doings and signatures, under oath, as soon as conveniently possible.7,8
Death*before 19 October 1802She died before 19 October 1802 when she was identified as a deceased sister of Ephraim Leach in the distribution of his homestead farm to his siblings and their heirs.7
(Youngest Sister) Estate and Land19 October 1802The warrant to divide and distribute the homestead farm of the deceased Ephraim Leach was returned by Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes to the Honorable Joshua Thomas in Plymouth County on 19 October 1802. The committee's written report outlined the process they used, the details of each share, and how they were distributed among the recipients. The committee completed their return of the warrant by stating to the court that they had taken a view of the homestead that Ephraim Leach, late of Bridgewater, died seized of and, pursuant to the warrant and as directed by Judge Joshua Thomas, had divided the homestead agreeably and assigned and set off to the heirs of the several persons mentioned, their respective heirs' shares, to be held separately. The document was filed with the court on 6 April 1805.

The parts or shares identified as the first and second, representing one half of the total, were assigned jointly to the legal representatives of Mehitable Leach and Abigail (Leach) Keith, deceased sisters of the testator, Ephraim Leach. The combined share began at a stake and stones on the north side of the highway, which was the southeast corner bounds of Ephraim's farm. From there running westerly by and with Joseph Leach's range about 33 rods to a stake and stones standing in his range, which was the northeast corner bounds of the divisions. And from there westerly to a stake and stones at the northwest corner of these shares, and from there southerly about 35 rods to the highway, and from there easterly about 17 rods by and with the highway to the beginning of the bounds first mentioned. Their two shares contained about three and one half acres, together with the easterly one half of the dwelling house and one half of the barn.7,8

Family

Jacob Keith d. 30 Oct 1782
Children1.Abigail Keith9 b. 18 Aug 1737
2.Seth Keith9 b. 13 Feb 1739, d. 4 Feb 1752
3.Jacob Keith9 b. 18 Jun 1744, d. 29 Jan 1752

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 206. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume I, Births, page 210.
  4. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Keith, pages 214-224.
  5. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Marriages, page 213.
  6. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Deaths, page 503.
  7. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549785, Index and Docket Hed-Lit 1685-1881, Case number 12432; FHL Film# 5507705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 550712, Probates 1771-1778, Volume 21, pages 24-25 and FHL Film# 550901 Probates 1805-1818, Volume 40, pages 215-217. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  8. [S1130] Ephraim Leach, Probate (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 12432, Box 107212 on FHL Film# 2426889. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of Ephraim Leach (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater).
  9. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume I, Births, page 179.

Alice Leach1

b. circa 1753, d. 24 December 1809
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Birth*circa 1753Alice Leach was born circa 1753.2
Marriage*22 October 1772She married Daniel Bolton, son of Nathaniel Bolton and Deborah Washburn, on 22 October 1772 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). Their Intention was recorded in East Bridgewater.1
(Wife) Census 17901790She was likely enumerated on the 1790 census in the household of her husband Daniel Bolton in Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut. His household of 8 people consisted of 2 free white males under the age of 16, 1 free white male over the age of 16 and 5 free white females.3
(Wife) Ordination27 June 1792Alice's husband, Daniel Bolton, was ordained as Pastor of the newly organized third Baptist church in Eastford Parish, Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut, on 27 June 1792.4
(Wife) Census 18001800She was likely enumerated on the 1800 census in the household of her husband Daniel Bolton in Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut. His household members totaled 9 free white people and consisted of 2 males under the age of 10, 1 male aged 16 to 25, 1 male aged 45 and over, 2 females under 10, 1 female 10 to 15, 1 female 16 to 25 and 1 female 45 and over.5
(Mother-Possible) Birthcirca 1802It is not known who the parents of Ezra Bolton, born circa 1802 were, although they may have been Elder Daniel Bolton and Alice Bolton. All three Boltons, along with Nathaniel, are buried in the same cemetery.2
Death*24 December 1809She died on 24 December 18092
Burial* and was buried in the old churchyard cemetery, Burlington, Otsego County, New York, and the inscription on her stone said "In memory of Alice Bolton, consort of Elder Daniel Bolton, who departed this life Dec. 24, 1809, age 56."2

Family

Elder Daniel Bolton b. c 1750, d. 8 Jun 1820
Children1.Nathaniel Bolton2 b. c 1791, d. 18 May 1812
2.Ezra Bolton2 b. c 1802, d. 13 Apr 1858

Citations

  1. [S754] The Rev. Frederic W. Bailey, editor, downloaded from Google Books, Early Massachusetts marriages prior to 1800: as found in the official records of Plymouth County, Second Book. Title page calls it three books in one. Includes indexes. Contents: First book (vol.) Worcester County -- Second book (vol.) Plymouth County -- Third book (vol.) Middlesex, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Bristol counties. (New Haven, Connecticut: Bureau of American Ancestry, 1900), page 135. Hereinafter cited as Early Massachusetts marriages prior to 1800 with Plymouth County.
  2. [S674] Contributed by Harry E. Bolton of Attleboro, Massachusetts, "Otsego County, N.Y., Cemetery Inscriptions", New England Historical & Genealogical Register Volume 98 (October 1944): page 356. Hereinafter cited as "Otsego County Cemetery Inscriptions."
  3. [S466] 1790 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Danl Bolton, Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut; Roll: M637_1; Page: 183; Image: 489; Family History Library Film: 0568141. Hereinafter cited as 1790 US Federal Census.
  4. [S756] Ellen D. Larned, History of Windham County, Connecticut, Volume II. 1760-1880, downloaded from Google Books at www.google.com. (Worcester, Massachusetts: published by the author and printed by Charles Hamilton, 1880), page 302. Hereinafter cited as History of Windham County, Connecticut, Volume II.
  5. [S164] 1800 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Daniel Bolton, Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut; Roll: 2; Page: 788; Image: 416; Family History Library Film: 205619. Hereinafter cited as 1800 US Federal Census.

Anna Leach1

b. 12 February 1727
Father*Stephen Leach1 b. 28 Jan 1699, d. 28 Oct 1729
Mother*Sarah Hooper1 b. 9 Oct 1705, d. 10 Aug 1750
Birth*12 February 1727Anna Leach was born on 12 February 1727.1

Citations

  1. [S610] Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, compilers, downloaded from Google Books, Hooper Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Charles H. Pope, 1908), Part I, The Reading Family, compiled by Thomas Hooper of Boston, Second Generation, pages 6-10. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Genealogy.

Asa Leach1

Father*Stephen Leach1 b. 18 Feb 1730, d. 1807
Mother*Sarah Hooper1 b. 1 Mar 1730
(Nephew 1) Will2 June 1803Asa Leach was named as a beneficiary in the will of his uncle John Hooper dated 2 June 1803 in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. The bequest made to Asa was for one-third of the sale of the remainder, after paying all just debts, funeral and other charges, of John Hooper's personal estate not otherwise bequeathed.1

Citations

  1. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 550902, 1807, John Hooper will and probate# 10647, Volume 42, pages 83-85 and Volume 39, pages 437-438. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.

Asa Leach

Father-Possible*David Leach b. 20 May 1706
Mother-Possible*Hannah ______
(Heir# 1) Estate and Land19 October 1802Asa Leach was an heir of the deceased David Leach, who was the only brother and an heir of the also deceased Ephraim Leach, and was, as a result, a recipient of a one-eighth part of a one-quarter share of Ephraim Leach's homestead farm. A warrant had been issued on 19 February 1799 to divide and distribute the homestead farm of the deceased Ephraim Leach, and was returned by Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes to the Honorable Joshua Thomas in Plymouth County on 19 October 1802. After first dividing the land and assigning it to the four sisters and brother of the deceased, the committee next divided and set off brother David's one-quarter share to his eight heirs. The committee's written report outlined the process they used, the details of each share, and how they were distributed among the recipients. The committee completed their return of the warrant by stating to the court that they had taken a view of the homestead that Ephraim Leach, late of Bridgewater, died seized of and, pursuant to the warrant and as directed by Judge Joshua Thomas, had divided the homestead agreeably and assigned and set off to the heirs of the several persons mentioned, their respective heirs' shares, to be held separately. The document was filed with the court on 6 April 1805.

For Asa and Mary Leach, jointly, whom we've been unable to identify and may have been David's children, the committee set off and combined two parts or shares, representing one quarter of David's third share. This combined share began at the northwest corner of David's share and then south 12 rods to a stake and stones, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 12 rods to the northeast corner, then west about 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned.1,2

Citations

  1. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549785, Index and Docket Hed-Lit 1685-1881, Case number 12432; FHL Film# 5507705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 550712, Probates 1771-1778, Volume 21, pages 24-25 and FHL Film# 550901 Probates 1805-1818, Volume 40, pages 215-217. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  2. [S1130] Ephraim Leach, Probate (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 12432, Box 107212 on FHL Film# 2426889. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of Ephraim Leach (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater).

Benjamin Leach1

d. 13 July 1764
Father*Giles Leach1
Mother*Anne Noakes1
Marriage*7 September 1702He married Hepzibah Washburn, daughter of Joseph Washburn and Hannah Latham, on 7 September 1702 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2
(Father-Doubtful) Birthcirca 1749It is believed unlikely that Benjamin Leach and Hepzibah Washburn were the parents of Eunice Leach, born circa 1749. Mitchell's Early Bridgewater History states that the Eunice Leach who married William Keith in 1767 was the daughter of Benjamin and Hepzibah Washburn. However, William Keith's wife Eunice Leach was born, according to her noted age at death, about 1749 and Hepzibah (Washburn) Leach, who died in 1750, would have been in her mid to late 60s and probably past her child-bearing years by 1749.1
(Husband) Death4 April 1750Benjamin became a widower when Hepzibah (Washburn) Leach died on 4 April 1750.3
Death*13 July 1764He died on 13 July 1764 in Bridgewater.4

Family

Hepzibah Washburn d. 4 Apr 1750
Children1.Deacon Joseph Leach+1,5 b. 9 Oct 1705
2.Benjamin Leach+1 b. 14 Sep 1713

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume II, Marriages, pages 233 and 386. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Deaths, Volume II, page 515 referencing P.R.106: citing a private record; copied from a record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus and his grandson, Joseph A. Backus, and now in the possession of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. The record by Joseph A. Backus is of deaths in Titicut, a parish which included parts of Bridgewater and Middleborough.
  4. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Deaths, Volume II, page 513 referencing P.R.106: citing a private record; copied from a record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus and his grandson, Joseph A. Backus, and now in the possession of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. The record by Joseph A. Backus is of deaths in Titicut, a parish which included parts of Bridgewater and Middleborough.
  5. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume I, Births, page 209.

Benjamin Leach1

Father*Deacon Joseph Leach1 b. 9 Oct 1705
Mother*Anna Harris1 b. 25 Sep 1712
Marriage*2 October 1764He married Mary Keith, daughter of Ebenezer Keith and Mary Pierce, on 2 October 1764 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).2,1,3

Family

Mary Keith b. 15 Oct 1745
Child1.Joseph Leach1,2,3

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Keith, pages 214-224.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume II, Marriages, page 234. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

Benjamin Leach1

b. 14 September 1713
Father*Benjamin Leach1 d. 13 Jul 1764
Mother*Hepzibah Washburn1 d. 4 Apr 1750
Birth*14 September 1713Benjamin Leach was born on 14 September 1713 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2
Marriage*10 January 1739/40He married Hannah Keith, daughter of John Keith and Hannah Washburn, on 10 January 1739/40 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).3,1,4

Family

Hannah Keith b. 7 Apr 1721
Child1.Jedediah Leach+1 d. 8 Mar 1813

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 206. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Keith, pages 214-224.
  4. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Marriages, page 233.

Bernice Leach1

b. 8 April 1771
Relationship4th cousin 1 time removed of John Bolton
Father*Jedediah Leach2,1 d. 8 Mar 1813
Mother*Phebe Keith1,2 b. 28 Sep 1744, d. 25 Oct 1811
Birth*8 April 1771Bernice Leach was born on 8 April 1771 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).2
Marriage Intention21 October 1797An intention of marriage for Bernice Leach and Roxanna Hooper was recorded on 21 October 1797 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.3
Marriage*25 December 1797He married first Roxanna Hooper, daughter of Nathaniel Hooper and Elizabeth Bryant, on 25 December 1797 in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.1
(Husband) DeathApril 1807Bernice became a widower when Roxanna (Hooper) Leach died in April 1807.4
Marriage*29 November 1810He married second Olive Keith, daughter of William Keith and Eunice Leach, on 29 November 1810 in Bridgewater.5

Family 1

Roxanna Hooper d. Apr 1807

Family 2

Olive Keith

Citations

  1. [S610] Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, compilers, downloaded from Google Books, Hooper Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Charles H. Pope, 1908), Part I, The Reading Family, compiled by Thomas Hooper of Boston, Fourth Generation, pages 19-32. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Genealogy.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Births, Volume I, page 206. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Marriages, Volume II, page 234.
  4. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Deaths, Volume II, page 517.
  5. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Marriages, page 233.

Child Leach1

d. 9 August 1744
Father*David Leach1 b. 20 May 1706
Mother*Elizabeth Cooke1 d. 6 Jun 1750
Birth*Child Leach, a child of David Leach, was born1
Death*9 August 1744 and died on 9 August 1744 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Citations

  1. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume II, Deaths, page 516. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

Child Leach1

d. 23 February 1756
Father*David Leach1 b. 20 May 1706
Mother*Hannah ______1
Birth*Child Leach, a child of David Leach, was born1
Death*23 February 1756 and died on 23 February 1756 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Citations

  1. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume II, Deaths, page 516. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

Daniel Leach1

b. 9 December 1735
Father*Ebenezer Leach1 b. 1702
Mother*Joanna Washburn1 b. 1703
Birth*9 December 1735Daniel Leach was born on 9 December 1735 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2
Marriage*31 January 1760He married Bethia Keith, daughter of Samuel Keith and Hannah Ames, on 31 January 1760 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).3,4
(Witness to Will) Will26 October 1767Daniel Leach, Nicholas Wade Jr. and William Keith witnessed the will dated 26 October 1767 of Ephraim Leach of Bridgewater.5,6
(Witness to Will) Probate5 August 1771When the widow Ruth Leach presented her deceased husband's will for probate on 5 August 1771 in Plymouth County before Judge John Cushing Esq., Daniel Leach and Nicholas Wade were present and made oath stating that they had seen Ephraim Leach sign and seal the will, declare that the instrument was his last will and testament, and that they, along with William Keith had signed their names to the will together as witnesses in Ephraim Leach's presence and that, to the best of their judgment, he was of sound and disposing mind.5,6
(2nd Neighbor) Estate and Land19 October 1802When the final probate of Ephraim Leach's will resulted in the distribution of his homestead farm in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, to his various heirs on 19 October 1802, Daniel Leach, Ebenezer Leach and Joseph Leach were all identified as Ephraim's neighbors. They were also all related to Ephraim and to each other. Ephraim's father, Joseph's great-grandfather, and Daniel's grandfather were brothers; and Ebenezer was Daniel's son.5,6

Family

Bethia Keith b. 24 Oct 1736
Children1.Joanna Leach1,7 b. 20 Feb 1761, d. 17 Oct 1841
2.Ebenezer Leach1 b. 16 Sep 1768
3.Susanna Leach8 b. 6 Jun 1778, d. 11 Feb 1866

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 207. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S610] Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, compilers, downloaded from Google Books, Hooper Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Charles H. Pope, 1908), Part I, The Reading Family, compiled by Thomas Hooper of Boston, Fourth Generation, pages 19-32 with date of birth noted as 25 Mar 1771. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Genealogy.
  4. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Marriages, Volume II, page 234.
  5. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549785, Index and Docket Hed-Lit 1685-1881, Case number 12432; FHL Film# 5507705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 550712, Probates 1771-1778, Volume 21, pages 24-25 and FHL Film# 550901 Probates 1805-1818, Volume 40, pages 215-217. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  6. [S1130] Ephraim Leach, Probate (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 12432, Box 107212 on FHL Film# 2426889. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of Ephraim Leach (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater).
  7. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Births, Volume I, page 209.
  8. [S610] Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, Hooper Genealogy, Part I, The Reading Family, compiled by Thomas Hooper of Boston, Fourth Generation, pages 19-32.

David Leach1

b. 20 May 1706
Father*David Leach2 d. c 1757
Mother*Hannah ______2,3
Birth*20 May 1706David Leach was born on 20 May 1706 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).2,3
Marriage*22 January 1734He married first Elizabeth Cooke, daughter of Francis Cooke and Elizabeth Latham, on 22 January 1734 in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,4
Land Transfer1 May 1734David Leach, husbandman, of Kingston, in the County of Plymouth, purchased land in the township of Stoughton, Suffolk County, from Nathaniel Bolton, husbandman, of Bridgewater, for the sum of twenty pounds current money of New England. The only description of the land in the deed was that Nathaniel was selling all his right and title in lands that his father died seized of in the township of Dorchester alias Stoughton, Suffolk County. The deed was signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of witnesses Thomas Willis and Susanna Willis, and on 20 August 1734, Josiah Edson Esq., a Plymouth County Justice of the Peace, verified that Nathaniel had personally appeared before him and acknowledged the instrument to be his act and deed. The document was recorded in Suffolk County on 23 August 1734 by Samuel Gerrish, Registrar.5
Land Transfer22 August 1734David Leach, yeoman, of Kingston, in the County of Plymouth, purchased land in the township of Stoughton from Nicholas Bolton, labourer, of Bridgewater, for the sum of twenty pounds current money of New England. The deed identified the land as his ninth part of all the lands that his father died seized of in the township of Dorchester in the County of Suffolk, both divided and undivided -- except one lot of land containing thirty-three acres lying in Stoughton, in the County of Suffolk, beside the lot of John Cowen. The deed was signed with Nicholas' mark, sealed and delivered in the presence of witnesses Daniel Johnson and Mary Perkins, and on 23 August 1734, Isaac Johnson, a Justice of the Peace, verified that Nicholas had personally appeared before him and acknowledged the instrument to be his act and deed. The document was recorded in Suffolk County on 23 August 1734 by Samuel Gerrish, Registrar.5
Land Transfer23 August 1734David Leach, yeoman, of Kingston, in the County of Plymouth, purchased land in the township of Stoughton from Elisha Bolton, labourer, of Bridgewater, for the sum of twenty pounds current money of New England. The only description of the land in the deed was that Elisha was selling all his right and title in lands that his father John Bolton, late of Bridgewater, died seized of in the township of Stoughton, alias Dorchester, in the county of Suffolk. The deed was signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of witnesses Thomas Howland and Rebeckah Johnson, and on 23 August 1734, Isaac Johnson, a Justice of the Peace, verified that Elisha had personally appeared before him and acknowledged the instrument to be his act and deed. The document was recorded in Suffolk County on 23 August 1734 by Samuel Gerrish, Registrar.

At the same time of his purchase from Elisha, David, who was the brother-in-law of the Bolton brothers' niece, Ruth (Bolton) Leach, also purchased land in Dorchester and Stoughton from two of Elisha's brothers, Nathaniel Bolton and Nicholas Bolton. Each had also inherited the land sold from their father, and each sale was for twenty pounds current money. Although the location of the Dorchester and Stoughton land each of the brothers sold was not described, it was very likely part of the land laid out previously to the right of the brother's grandfather, Nicholas Boulton the Immigrant, in the Twenty-Five Divisions of Land late in the township of Dorchester and now in the township of Stoughton. When their grandfather died in 1683, their father, John Bolton, inherited the land, and when he died in December of 1721, the remaining Dorchester/Stoughton land was passed on to Elisha and his siblings, each receiving a one-ninth part.5
Land Transfer*23 February 1735David Leach of Kingston, in the County of Plymouth, yeoman, signed a deed agreement on 23 February 1735 to sell all his right and title in the land he had just, a few months before, purchased from Elisha Bolton and his brothers, Nicholas and Nathaniel, in the township of Stoughton, Suffolk County, back to Elisha Bolton of Bridgewater, Plymouth County, yeoman, for the sum of sixty pounds. The deed was signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Benjamin White, Justice of the Peace and recorded in Suffolk County on 31 October 1765 by Ezekiel Goldthwait, Registrar.6
(Husband) Death6 June 1750David became a widower when Elizabeth (Cook) Leach died on 6 June 1750.7
Marriage*20 June 1751He married second, as her second husband, Hannah ______ on 20 June 1751 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).8
(Brother) Estate and Land19 February 1799When probate was reopened on the estate of David's brother, Ephraim Leach, on 19 February 1799 in Plymouth County before Judge Joshua Thomas, the judge issued a warrant to Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes, empowering and directing them to take a view of the homestead farm that Ephraim, late of Bridgewater, had died seized of and to divide it into four equal parts or shares, first giving timely notice to all persons interested to be present if they saw cause. The men were further directed to assign and set off one share to the heirs of Ephraim's deceased sister Mehitable Leach, one share to the heirs of Ephraim's deceased sister Mercy Peterson, one share to the heirs of Ephraim's brother David Leach, also deceased, and one share to Ephraim’s sister Abigail (Leach) Keith, the wife of Jacob Keith, all in accordance with the directions in Ephraim's 1767 will. The committee was instructed by the judge to divide the shares by metes and bounds, considering quantity and quality, so that the heirs may hold their shares separately, forever. The judge ordered the men to make a return of the warrant with their doings and signatures, under oath, as soon as conveniently possible.9,10
(Brother) Estate and Land19 October 1802The warrant to divide and distribute the homestead farm of the deceased Ephraim Leach was returned by Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes to the Honorable Joshua Thomas in Plymouth County on 19 October 1802. The committee's written report outlined the process they used, the details of each share, and how they were distributed among the recipients. The committee completed their return of the warrant by stating to the court that they had taken a view of the homestead that Ephraim Leach, late of Bridgewater, died seized of and, pursuant to the warrant and as directed by Judge Joshua Thomas, had divided the homestead agreeably and assigned and set off to the heirs of the several persons mentioned, their respective heirs' shares, to be held separately. The document was filed with the court on 6 April 1805.

David, Ephraim's brother, who was now deceased, was allocated what was identified as the third share. It represented one quarter of the total, and was assigned to David's legal representatives. It began at a stake and stones at the southeast corner of the first two shares and from there in the range of Joseph Leach about 38 rods to a stake and stones standing in his range, which was the northeast corner of that third share. From that point westerly about 17 rods to a stake and stones standing in the range of Deacon Daniel Leach, marking the northwest corner of David's third share, and from there in Daniel Leach's range about 38 rods to a stake and stones at the southwest corner of the share, and from there easterly to the bounds first mentioned, together with the westerly half of the dwelling house and one half of the barn.9,10

Family 1

Elizabeth Cooke d. 6 Jun 1750
Children1.James Leach11 b. 6 May 1734
2.Elizabeth Leach11 b. 2 Mar 1734/35
3.Mercy Leach11 b. 16 Feb 1737/38
4.Child Leach12 d. 9 Aug 1744
5.Sarah Leach11 b. 17 Mar 1739/40
6.Susanna Leach1 b. 7 Jul 1743, d. 1771

Family 2

Hannah ______
Children1.Child Leach12 d. 23 Feb 1756
2.Mary Leach
3.Asa Leach
4.Hannah Leach

Citations

  1. [S610] Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, compilers, downloaded from Google Books, Hooper Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Charles H. Pope, 1908), Part I, The Reading Family, compiled by Thomas Hooper of Boston, Fourth Generation, pages 19-32. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Genealogy.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 207. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  4. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Kingston, Volume I, Marriages, page 248. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  5. [S633] Records of deeds, 1639-1885; indexes to deeds, 1639-1920 (Suffolk County, Massachusetts). Microfilm of original records in the Registry of Deeds, Boston, Massachusetts on 1128 microfilm reels. Includes indexes to grantors, 1639-1920; indexes to grantees, 1639-1920; and indexes to persons other than grantors and grantees, 1639-1799: Film# 493951, Volume 49 dated 1734, pages 17-L, 17-R and 18-L, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Records of deeds 1639-1885, Suffolk County.
  6. [S633] Records of deeds 1639-1885, Suffolk County: Film# 494601, Volume 108 dated 1765-1766, pages 75-L and 75-R.
  7. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Deaths, page 514.
  8. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Marriages, page 234.
  9. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549785, Index and Docket Hed-Lit 1685-1881, Case number 12432; FHL Film# 5507705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 550712, Probates 1771-1778, Volume 21, pages 24-25 and FHL Film# 550901 Probates 1805-1818, Volume 40, pages 215-217. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  10. [S1130] Ephraim Leach, Probate (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 12432, Box 107212 on FHL Film# 2426889. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of Ephraim Leach (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater).
  11. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Kingston, Volume I, Births, page 103.
  12. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Deaths, page 516.

David Leach1

d. circa 1757
Father*Giles Leach1
Mother*Anne Noakes2,3
Marriage*He married as her first husband Hannah ______.1
Death*circa 1757He died circa 1757.1

Family

Hannah ______
Children1.Mercy Leach+1 b. 22 Nov 1693
2.Hannah Leach1 b. 31 Aug 1696, d. 31 Jul 1716
3.Ephraim Leach1 b. 13 Dec 1699
4.Experience Leach1 b. 10 Jun 1702, d. 6 May 1766
5.David Leach+1 b. 20 May 1706
6.Mehitable Leach1 b. 18 Jul 1711
7.Abigail Leach+1 b. 15 Sep 1714, d. b 19 Oct 1802

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S445] A faithful and exact copy of the original records without any abridgment or variation and copied by various members of the NEHGS from the original records, "Early Records of Boston, Massachusetts", New England Historical & Genealogical Register Volumes 2 - 12 (published as a continuation from January 1848 through 1858): Volume 12, Oct 1858, page 350, her surname spelled "Noaks". Hereinafter cited as "Boston Records - NEHGR."
  3. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Leach, pages 239-244, her surname spelled "Nokes."

Ebenezer Leach1

b. 1702
Father*John Leach1
Mother*Alice ______1
Birth*1702Ebenezer Leach was born in 1702.1
Marriage*1734He married Joanna Washburn, daughter of Josiah Washburn and Mercy ______, in 1734.1

Family

Joanna Washburn b. 1703
Child1.Daniel Leach+1 b. 9 Dec 1735

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.

Ebenezer Leach1

b. 16 September 1768
Relationship4th cousin of John Bolton
Father*Daniel Leach1 b. 9 Dec 1735
Mother*Bethia Keith1 b. 24 Oct 1736
Birth*16 September 1768Ebenezer Leach was born on 16 September 1768 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2
(3rd Neighbor) Estate and Land19 October 1802When the final probate of Ephraim Leach's will resulted in the distribution of his homestead farm in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, to his various heirs on 19 October 1802, Ebenezer Leach, Daniel Leach and Joseph Leach were all identified as Ephraim's neighbors. They were also all related to Ephraim and to each other. Ephraim's father, Joseph's great-grandfather, and Daniel's grandfather were brothers; and Ebenezer was Daniel's son.3,4

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 207. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549785, Index and Docket Hed-Lit 1685-1881, Case number 12432; FHL Film# 5507705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 550712, Probates 1771-1778, Volume 21, pages 24-25 and FHL Film# 550901 Probates 1805-1818, Volume 40, pages 215-217. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  4. [S1130] Ephraim Leach, Probate (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 12432, Box 107212 on FHL Film# 2426889. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of Ephraim Leach (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater).

Elijah Leach1

b. circa 1720
Father*Samuel Leach2 b. 2 Oct 1662
Mother*Mary Byram2
Birth*circa 1720Elijah Leach was born circa 1720 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
Marriage*4 December 1745He married Jemima Snow, daughter of Benjamin Snow and Jemima Snell, on 4 December 1745 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Family

Jemima Snow b. 5 Jan 1723, d. 1763
Children1.Elijah Leach1 b. 20 Sep 1746
2.Jemima Leach1 b. 12 May 1749

Citations

  1. [S416] The Alden Kindred Database, online at www.alden.org. The Alden Organization states that "the Alden Kindred Database is incomplete. It is not yet a complete listing of all Alden descendants; nor of all members of the Kindred. It contains information taken from various sources including Alden Kindred lineage papers, Mayflower Five Generations Project research, published genealogies, and other databases, not all of which has been fully documented." Nevertheless, some information obtained from the Alden Kindred Database has been included in this collection with the knowledge that, even if not accurate, may provide valuable clues. Information provided, unless additional proof has been offered, has not yet been verified and cannot be guaranteed. Hereinafter cited as Alden Kindred Database.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.

Elijah Leach1

b. 20 September 1746
Father*Elijah Leach1 b. c 1720
Mother*Jemima Snow1 b. 5 Jan 1723, d. 1763
Birth*20 September 1746Elijah Leach was born on 20 September 1746 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
Marriage*1 December 1764He married Ruth Prince on 1 December 1764 in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Family

Ruth Prince b. c 1743

Citations

  1. [S416] The Alden Kindred Database, online at www.alden.org. The Alden Organization states that "the Alden Kindred Database is incomplete. It is not yet a complete listing of all Alden descendants; nor of all members of the Kindred. It contains information taken from various sources including Alden Kindred lineage papers, Mayflower Five Generations Project research, published genealogies, and other databases, not all of which has been fully documented." Nevertheless, some information obtained from the Alden Kindred Database has been included in this collection with the knowledge that, even if not accurate, may provide valuable clues. Information provided, unless additional proof has been offered, has not yet been verified and cannot be guaranteed. Hereinafter cited as Alden Kindred Database.

Elizabeth Leach1

b. 2 March 1734/35
Father*David Leach1 b. 20 May 1706
Mother*Elizabeth Cooke1 d. 6 Jun 1750
Birth*2 March 1734/35Elizabeth Leach was born on 2 March 1734/35 in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
(Heir# 6) Estate and Land19 October 1802Eliza Leach and Mercy Leach, as two of David Leach's daughters, were heirs of their Uncle Ephraim Leach, and received a one-eighth part each of their father's one-quarter share of their uncle's homestead farm. A warrant had been issued on 19 February 1799 to divide and distribute the homestead farm of the deceased Ephraim Leach, and was returned by Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes to the Honorable Joshua Thomas in Plymouth County on 19 October 1802. After first dividing the land and assigning it to the four sisters and brother of the deceased, the committee next divided and set off brother David's one-quarter share to his eight heirs. The committee's written report outlined the process they used, the details of each share, and how they were distributed among the recipients. The committee completed their return of the warrant by stating to the court that they had taken a view of the homestead that Ephraim Leach, late of Bridgewater, died seized of and, pursuant to the warrant and as directed by Judge Joshua Thomas, had divided the homestead agreeably and assigned and set off to the heirs of the several persons mentioned, their respective heirs' shares, to be held separately. The document was filed with the court on 6 April 1805.

Sisters Eliza and Mercy Leach received, jointly, the combined sixth and seventh shares representing two eighths, or one quarter, of their father David's share. Their combined share began at the southwest corner of the fifth share assigned to Hannah Leach, then south 6 rods to a stake, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 6 rods to a stake, and then west 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned and including one half of the dwelling house.2,3

Citations

  1. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Kingston, Volume I, Births, page 103. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  2. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549785, Index and Docket Hed-Lit 1685-1881, Case number 12432; FHL Film# 5507705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 550712, Probates 1771-1778, Volume 21, pages 24-25 and FHL Film# 550901 Probates 1805-1818, Volume 40, pages 215-217. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  3. [S1130] Ephraim Leach, Probate (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 12432, Box 107212 on FHL Film# 2426889. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of Ephraim Leach (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater).

Ephraim Leach1,2

b. 13 December 1699
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*David Leach1 d. c 1757
Mother*Hannah ______1
Birth*13 December 1699Ephraim Leach was born on 13 December 1699 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,3
Marriage*26 December 1734He married Ruth Bolton, daughter of John Bolton and Ruth Hooper, on 26 December 1734 in Bridgewater.2,4,5
Occupation*He was a yeoman.6
Will*26 October 1767Ephraim wrote a will dated 26 October 1767 in Bridgewater, nominating his beloved wife Ruth his sole Executor. His will first directed that all his debts and funeral charges should be paid out of his real estate in convenient time following his death. And then, to his wife Ruth, all his moveable estate together with his money at interest in notes and bonds, and all his right in the iron furnaces in Bridgewater, together with a lot of meadow in the so-called Great Meadow in Bridgewater. Additionally, to his beloved-wife Ruth, he gave and bequeathed the improvement of all his real estate during her natural life. And after the decease of his wife Ruth, his will gave and bequeathed to his sisters and brother, and to his sisters' children, his homestead farm to be divided among them according to the laws of the Province. His will was signed, sealed and witnessed by Daniel Leach, Nicholas Wade Jr. and William Keith.6,7
Death*He died sometime after he wrote his will on 26 October 1767 and before it was presented for probate on 05 August 1771 in Plymouth County.6,7
Probate*5 August 1771His will was presented for probate by his widow and named Executrix, Ruth Leach, on 5 August 1771 in Plymouth County before Judge John Cushing Esq.. Daniel Leach and Nicholas Wade were present and made oath stating that they had seen Ephraim Leach sign and seal the will, declare that the instrument was his last will and testament, and that they, along with William Keith had signed their names to the will together as witnesses in Ephraim Leach's presence and that, to the best of their judgment, he was of sound and disposing mind.

Judge Cushing proved, approved and allowed the will and committed its administration, and also the estate’s administration, in all matters, to Ruth Leach, the deceased's wife and named Executrix. He directed her to faithfully execute the will and administer the estate accordingly. Ruth and Daniel Leach, the deceased's 1st cousin once removed, paid a bond with surety to the court in the amount of £500, signing their agreement to bind themselves, their and each of their heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and separately, for the payment of the deceased's debts and legacies, and Judge Cushing directed that Ruth render an account, upon oath, of her proceedings when lawfully required to do so.6,7
Estate and Land19 February 1799Probate was reopened on the estate of Ephraim Leach on 19 February 1799 in Plymouth County before Judge Joshua Thomas. The judge issued a warrant to Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes, empowering and directing them to take a view of the homestead farm that Ephraim, late of Bridgewater, had died seized of and to divide it into four equal parts or shares, first giving timely notice to all persons interested to be present if they saw cause. The men were further directed to assign and set off one share to the heirs of Ephraim's deceased sister Mehitable Leach, one share to the heirs of Ephraim's deceased sister Mercy Peterson, one share to the heirs of Ephraim's brother David Leach, also deceased, and one share to Ephraim’s sister Abigail (Leach) Keith, the wife of Jacob Keith, all in accordance with the directions in Ephraim's 1767 will. The committee was instructed by the judge to divide the shares by metes and bounds, considering quantity and quality, so that the heirs may hold their shares separately, forever. The judge ordered the men to make a return of the warrant with their doings and signatures, under oath, as soon as conveniently possible.6,7
Estate and Land*19 October 1802The warrant to divide and distribute the homestead farm of the deceased Ephraim Leach was returned by Daniel Tolman, Ephraim Fobes and Daniel Fobes to the Honorable Joshua Thomas in Plymouth County on 19 October 1802. The committee's written report outlined the process they used, the details of each share, and how they were distributed among the recipients. Before determining the actual distributions to the various heirs of the deceased Ephraim Leach's sisters and brother, Mercy Peterson, Mehitable Leach, Abigail (Leach) Keith and David Leach, who had previously been identified as Ephraim's beneficiaries, they first viewed and analyzed the homestead farm and determined how best to divide it into four equal parts.

The first two parts or shares, representing one half of the total, were assigned jointly to the legal representatives of Mehitable Leach and Abigail (Leach) Keith, deceased sisters of the testator, Ephraim Leach. The combined share began at a stake and stones on the north side of the highway, which was the southeast corner bounds of Ephraim's farm. From there running westerly by and with Joseph Leach's range about 33 rods to a stake and stones standing in his range, which was the northeast corner bounds of the divisions. And from there westerly to a stake and stones at the northwest corner of these shares, and from there southerly about 35 rods to the highway, and from there easterly about 17 rods by and with the highway to the beginning of the bounds first mentioned. Their two shares contained about three and one half acres, together with the easterly one half of the dwelling house and one half of the barn.

The third share, representing one quarter of the total, was assigned to the legal representatives of David Leach, the deceased brother of the testator, Ephraim Leach. It began at a stake and stones at the southeast corner of the first two shares and from there in the range of Joseph Leach about 38 rods to a stake and stones standing in his range, which was the northeast corner of that third share. From that point westerly about 17 rods to a stake and stones standing in the range of Deacon Daniel Leach, marking the northwest corner of David's third share, and from there in Daniel Leach's range about 38 rods to a stake and stones at the southwest corner of the share, and from there easterly to the bounds first mentioned, together with the westerly half of the dwelling house and one half of the barn.

The fourth share, also one quarter of the total, was designated for the heirs of Ephraim's deceased sister Mercy Peterson. It contained about six acres and one half and was assigned to the legal representatives of Hannah ______, deceased niece of testator Ephraim Leach. No surname was provided, and she was not identified as Mercy (Leach) Peterson's daughter, although she may have been. Hannah's share began at a stake and stones at the northeast corner of the third share, and from there northerly about 58 rods to a stake and stones standing in the northeast corner of the farm in Ebenezer Leach's range; from there westerly by and in that range about 17 rods to a stake and stones standing in the range of Deacon Daniel Leach at the northwest corner bounds of the above farm, and from there in Daniel Leach's range about 58 rods to a stake and stones standing in the northwest corner of the third share, and from there easterly to the bounds first mentioned.

The committee's final task was to divide and distribute brother David's third share into smaller parts or shares for his several heirs. For Asa Leach and Mary Leach, jointly, whom we've been unable to identify and may have been David's children, the committee set off and combined two parts or shares, representing one quarter of David's third share. This combined share began at the northwest corner of David's share and then south 12 rods to a stake and stones, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 12 rods to the northeast corner, then west about 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned.

For David's daughter, Susanna Hooper, the men set off her one eighth share by beginning at the southwest corner of the first two shares, then south 5 rods to a stake, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 5 rods to a stake, and then west 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned.

The committee's report stated that they next assigned a one eighth part or share to "David" Leach, which this researcher believes was probably an error and should have read James Leach, for David's only identified son. If the name David was correct, we have not been able to identify him. His one eighth share began at a stake at the southwest corner of the third share then south 4 rods to a stake, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 4 rods to a stake, and then west 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned.

Another one eighth part was assigned by the committee to Hannah Leach, whose relationship to David we are unable to identify, although she may have been a daughter. Her share began at the southwest corner of the fourth share, then south 4 rods to a stake, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 4 rods to a stake, and then west 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned.

The sixth and seventh shares, representing two eighths, or one quarter, were combined and assigned jointly to Eliza Leach and Mercy Leach, two of David's daughters. Their combined share began at the southwest corner of the fifth share assigned to Hannah Leach, then south 6 rods to a stake, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 6 rods to a stake, and then west 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned and including one half of the dwelling house.

The final one eighth share was assigned to David's daughter Sarah Leach. Her share began at the southwest corner of the sixth and seventh shares, assigned to her sisters Elizabeth and Mercy Leach, then south 4 rods to a stake, then east 17 rods to a stake, then north 4 rods to a stake, and then west 17 rods to the bounds first mentioned.

The committee completed their return of the warrant by stating to the court that they had taken a view of the homestead that Ephraim Leach, late of Bridgewater, died seized of and, pursuant to the warrant and as directed by Judge Joshua Thomas, had divided the homestead agreeably and assigned and set off to the heirs of the several persons mentioned, their respective heirs' shares, to be held separately. The document was filed with the court on 6 April 1805.6,7

Family

Ruth Bolton b. 6 Jun 1712, d. b 19 Feb 1799

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S471] Anna Chesebrough Wildey, Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts (New York, New York: Press of T.A. Wright, 1903), Part I, Descendants of Samuel, pages 18-301. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 207. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  4. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  5. [S610] Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, compilers, downloaded from Google Books, Hooper Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Charles H. Pope, 1908), Part I, The Reading Family, compiled by Thomas Hooper of Boston, Second Generation, pages 6-10. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Genealogy.
  6. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549785, Index and Docket Hed-Lit 1685-1881, Case number 12432; FHL Film# 5507705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 550712, Probates 1771-1778, Volume 21, pages 24-25 and FHL Film# 550901 Probates 1805-1818, Volume 40, pages 215-217. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  7. [S1130] Ephraim Leach, Probate (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 12432, Box 107212 on FHL Film# 2426889. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of Ephraim Leach (1771 and 1805 Bridgewater).

Eunice Leach1

b. circa 1749, d. 8 July 1827
Birth*circa 1749Eunice Leach was born, as calculated from her noted age at death, circa 1749.1
Marriage*1767She married William Keith, son of Ephraim Keith and Sarah Washburn, in 1767 and their marriage was recorded in East Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). Mitchell's Early Bridgewater History states that the Eunice Leach who married William Keith in 1767 was the daughter of Benjamin and Hepzibah (Washburn) Leach. However, William Keith's wife Eunice Leach was born, according to her noted age at death, about 1749 and Hepzibah (Washburn) Leach, who died in 1750, would have been in her mid to late 60s and probably past her child-bearing years by 1749.2
Death*8 July 1827She died on 8 July 1827 in the part of Bridgewater called Titicut at age 77.3

Family

William Keith b. 1746, d. 16 Feb 1824
Child1.Olive Keith

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Marriages, Volume II, page 249. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Deaths, Volume II, page 508 and referencing P.R.106: citing a private record; copied from a record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus and his grandson, Joseph A. Backus, and now in the possession of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. The record by Joseph A. Backus is of deaths in Titicut, a parish which included parts of Bridgewater and Middleborough.

Experience Leach1,2

b. 10 June 1702, d. 6 May 1766
Father*David Leach1 d. c 1757
Mother*Hannah ______1
Birth*10 June 1702Experience Leach was born on 10 June 1702 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England),1,2
Death*6 May 1766 and died on 6 May 1766 in Bridgewater at age 63.3
(Pauper) Town Poor2 November 1767Her name appeared on a list of paupers at a Town Meeting held in Bridgewater on 2 November 1767. At the meeting, an amount of £2,17s,08p was approved for payment to the Reverend John Shaw for visits and medicines for Experience Leach, Judith Bolton and Michael May.4

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 207. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Deaths, page 514.
  4. [S1120] Bridgewater (Massachusetts) Town Clerk, Town records 1656-1823, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Microfilm of manuscripts filmed at the East Bridgewater Town Hall, Plymouth County, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Includes records of births, marriages, and deaths, town meeting records, records of land and property, and other miscellaneous town records: FHL Film# 902869, Item# 2, Volume 3, 1739-1784, page items 70-71; on 2 microfilm reels, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Town records 1656-1823, Bridgewater.

Giles Leach1

Marriage*20 November 1656He married Anne Noakes on 20 November 1656 in Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).2,3

Family

Anne Noakes
Children1.Samuel Leach+1 b. 2 Oct 1662
2.John Leach+1
3.David Leach+1 d. c 1757
4.Benjamin Leach+1 d. 13 Jul 1764

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Leach, pages 239-244. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Leach, pages 239-244, her surname spelled "Nokes."
  3. [S445] A faithful and exact copy of the original records without any abridgment or variation and copied by various members of the NEHGS from the original records, "Early Records of Boston, Massachusetts", New England Historical & Genealogical Register Volumes 2 - 12 (published as a continuation from January 1848 through 1858): Volume 12, Oct 1858, page 350, her surname spelled "Noaks". Hereinafter cited as "Boston Records - NEHGR."