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Descendants of Thorkil De Cliveland

Generation No. 13

13. MOSES13 CLEAVELAND (ISAAC12, RICHARD11, WILLIAM B.10, WILIAM B.9, JOHN B.8, JOHN B.7 DE CLIVELAND, ROBERT B.6, PETER B.5, ROBERT B.4, ROBERT B.3, UCTRED B.2, THORKIL1)1,2,3,4,5,6 was born February 02, 1619/20 in St. Stepphens, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, and died January 09, 1701/02 in Woburn, Dukes, Massachusetts. He married ANN WINN September 26, 1648 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, daughter of EDWARD WINN and JOHANNA HATCH. She was born Abt. 1626 in Wales, and died Bef. May 06, 1682 in Woburn, Dukes, Massachusetts.

Notes for M
Moses Cleaveland* (c1624-1701/2), was probably born in Ipswich, Suffolk County, England. He sailed from London in about 1635 to New England and landed either at Plymouth or at Boston. According to an old family letter published in the Cleveland/Cleaveland genealogy, Moses was apprenticed to a joyner (joiner). The same letter suggested that Moses was not well educated, and that the variations in his own spelling of his name (Moses versus Moyses, and Clevland versus Cleveland, versus Cleaveland) was due to his limited literacy.
The genealogy indicates that he was hired as a ship's carpenter's apprentice at the young age of 11 in London to join the crew on a ship to America, upon which he "worked his passage".

It is generally stated that he came from Ipswich as an indentured apprentice to a joiner, housewright or master builder, name of his master not ascertained, but conjectured to be Edward Winn* (whose daughter he afterwards married), for 'he went to Woburn with his master,' and there settled in 1640-1;" admitted a freeman in 1643; granted land at Woburn 1648-9. He was also listed on Woburn militia roll 1663 at age 39. Moses settled at Woburn MA, married there, and all of his children were born there. He made his living in the building, maintainence and repair of ships and houses.

On September 26, 1648 Moses married Ann Winn, the daughter of Edward and Joanna Winn of Woburn. Edward,a carpenter abd a joiner, was probably the master to apprentice, Moses.
It has also been said that Moses and the group he was with came first to Virginia to settle but having to much trouble with the Indians, they boarded a ship and came up the coast to Plymouth. Moses died in 1701/2 in Woburn and was buried there in the "old burrying ground".

The American Forbears and Some of the Descedents of Charles Theron Brown and His Wife Martha Elizabeth Hebbard, Michael R. Gannett, 1978.
The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, by E. J. Cleveland and H. G. Cleveland, pub. by Case Lockwood & Brainard, Hartford CT, 1899.

Efforts to ascertain the locality of the Cleveland family homestead were begun some time ago. An entry in the early Woburn records shows that the family owned two homesteads in 1680, and this fact may aid us in a more positive identification of the first or original homestead.

From the above entry it clearly appears that the locality of both homesteads was in New Bridge, or North Woburn. We arrive at this conclusion from the fact that the selectmen, at a meeting in 1680, prepared and spread upon the records a Tithingmen’s List of the eighty-two families then located in the town. To each tithingman in the several districts nine were assigned for his oversight the tenth family being his own. Thus the tithing, or tenth, was preserved in its full sense. These tithing men were a species of police, and were appointed yearly. At the meeting above mentioned the following persons were appointed for Samuel Snow “ to oversee” as tithing man, namely, Moses Cleveland, Aaron Cleveland, Joseph Knight, Junior, Thomas Henshaw, Francis Wyman, John Farrer, John Wilson, Senior, Zachariah Snow, and Joseph Carter.

The above company composed the group of ten adjacent families comprising for that year the New Bridge End district, embracing very closely the present area covered by the North Woburn Ward, as arranged by the assessors of the present town. We know that Samuel Snow lived on Pearl street, very near the present center of North Woburn village, and that Moses Cleveland was probably his next neighbor, and Aaron Cleveland his next, and so on, and that the first five of the list were probably located at North Woburn Centre. Francis Wyman and Zachariah Snow and Joseph Carter lived on Wyman Lane, now Wyman Street, and John Farrar and John Wilson were located somewhere in that neighborhood.

There is no mention of Cleveland’s in any other group, and it is singular that the first four were closely related Moses Cleveland, the original settler, was the father of the Aaron Cleveland named as his neighbor, and Thomas Henshaw married a daughter of the first Moses, and a kinsman of the Joseph Knight, Junior, intermarried with the Cleveland family. John Wilson, Sr., was also the father-in-law of Aaron Cleveland. Joseph Carter and John Wilson both owned lands bounded north on Hungary Plain in 1676.

This old name is Hungary, and not Hungry Plain, as it is sometimes called. It could almost be stated as a rule that the families of the early settlers generally intermarried with those who were their next neighbors. The Aaron Cleveland named, and a son of the original Moses Cleveland, is the Aaron Cleveland of the 1716 gravestone. The fact that the father and son are named separately as the heads of families, which they truly were at the time, shows that in 1680 they probably had separate homesteads.

We are indebted to John Warren Johnson, Esq., for the following researches, of which an abridged statement is here given:

In 1699, Isaac Cleveland, late of Woburn, now an inhabitant in a place called Pigs-cornseet in Connecticut Colony, conveyed to James Fowle a certain piece of Ruff (____gh) land in Woburn, at a place called the Young Men’s Lots, and was granted to “ _____ “ Moses Cleveland, who was one of those young men to whom the tract was originally granted. Samuel Carter conveys to Aaron Cleveland seventeen acres of woodland adjacent to Boggy Meadow, or fields, in 1687, probably in the same locality as the above-named piece.
On October 30, 1717, Ebenezer Cleveland of Martha’s Vineyard, or as given in the deed, Martin’s Vineyard, eldest son and heir of Moses Cleveland, “ late of Martin’s Vineyard, deceased,” who was the eldest son and heir of Moses Cleveland, “ late of Oburn, deceased, intestate,” conveyed to his younger brother, John Cleveland of Freetown, all right, etc., in the estate of his grandfather, Moses Cleveland, “ in the town of Oburn aforesaid.”
Aaron Cleveland, being then of Charlestown, buys of Summers Pierce, on April 10, 1722, thirty acres lying at a place in Woburn called New Bridge, also ten acres in Berry Meadow Swamp. The larger piece was bounded westerly, partly by the town road and partly by land, which was formerly Joseph Pierce’s, now in the possession of said Cleveland, south by land of Josiah Pierce, and east by Boggy Meadow Brook.

Shortly afterwards, Nathan Richardson conveys to the same Aaron, “all right in estate that Joseph Pierce, late of Woburn, died, seized.” A few days later Aaron and Abigail, his wife, mortgage to the Massachusetts Commissioners their tract of thirty acres in Woburn, at a place called the New Bridge, bounded north by lands of Nathaniel Tay, east by Boggy Field, Meadow Brook, south partly by Josiah Pierce, and partly by land formerly belonging to Joseph Pierce, and west by the Country Road leading to Andover. (Essex Co., Mass.) This mortgage was discharged by the succeeding owner. The Country Road leading to Andover is the same as the town road above mentioned, and is the present Main Street (via Elm) through North Woburn, in other words the country road and ancient stage-route, known in 1794 as the road to Andover, Haverhill, Essex Co., Mass.) etc.

Aaron Cleveland, last named, next conveys to Jonathan Blanchard of Andover, on April 10, 1724, “ one certain messuage or tenement,” with several other pieces of land and meadow belonging to the same, all lying in Woburn. Namely, a house and barn, which was formerly Joseph Pierce’s, deceased, now in the possession of the said Cleveland, with thirty acres of land, which is the homestead, lying at a place commonly called New Bridge.

This land was bounded north and west apparently on the main road above mentioned, east upon land which formerly belonged to William Pierce, now in said Cleveland’s possession, and south upon land of Josiah Pierce. Another of the premises is a piece lying on the east side of the above home­stead, containing also thirty acres, and also bounded west on the aforesaid town road, being apparently the same thirty acres mentioned in a preceding paragraph, and bounded east on Boggy Brook. The other premises were the outlying lots named in the inventory of Aaron Cleveland, Senior, at Maple Meadow and Wood Hill.

According to the above, the Cleveland’s owned a large portion of what is now the centre of North Woburn village, lying east of the road which from time in memorial has passed through that place. The spot is opposite to the birthplace of Count Rumford. The thirty acres, which constituted the Cleveland homestead, is the farm formerly connected with the Rumford house. Our opinion is that the home of the first Moses Cleveland was located somewhere on this lot, and that the house and barn which, in 1724, were described as “ formerly Joseph Pierce’s,” were the house and barn owned and occupied by Aaron Cleveland, Senior, who died in 1716, which property was also a part of the same lot.

The original Moses Cleveland may have been only a tenant on the same premises, and the owner simply of outlands. From the fact that he left no will, he appears to have had a small property. The estate apparently extended along the main road from the place known for many years as the homestead of Samuel Thompson, Esq., to a point near School Street. The part of the Middlesex Canal lying in this vicinity is the channel of the ancient Boggy Meadow Brook.

The title to the main piece from this point is as follows: Jonathan Blanchard conveys to Ebenezer Thompson, 1729, 13 acres, part of his home lot, bounded north­west by the town road, and again, in 1732, more of his homestead, or 12 acres, including apparently the Rumford place. Ebenezer Thompson in will allowed in 1755, bequeathed his homestead, consisting of a mansion house (the present Rumford House), barn and out-housing and about thirty acres of land, on part of which said buildings stand, to his son, Hiram Thompson, then a minor under fourteen years.

The same Ebenezer Thompson also remembers his wife, his daughter-in-law, Ruth Thompson (mother of Count Rumford, who was born two years previously), wife of his eldest son Benjamin, deceased, his grandson Benjamin Thompson (the Count) to whom he gives sixty-seven acres, being partly in Woburn and Wilmington (Middlesex County, Mass.), at the Wood Hill District, and lying on Wood Hill Brook, and also an interest in his lands in Brimfield (Hampden Co., Mass.), and a piece of land in Wilmington. He also remembers his daughter, Hannah Flagg.

The land, which Ebenezer Thompson purchased of Jonathan Blanchard in 1732, Hiram Thompson mortgaged to Stephen Hall of Boston, in 1770. and again to Samuel Thompson, Esq., in 1798. He conveyed to the Middlesex Canal proprietors four acres out of this lot in 1801. He also conveyed to Willard Jones, his son-in-law, a half of his estate in 1808, and in his will probated in 1812, bequeathed the improvement of his estate to his wife, and after her death it was intended to be divided among his chil­dren, Ebenezer and Benjamin Thompson, Bridget Jones and Hannah Tidd, with a legacy to his grandson, Sewall Thompson. The estate was settled by commissioners and the Supreme Judicial Court in 1813 and 1814.

The advertisement of sale in 1814 describes the property as a farm of about thirty acres, etc., situated in the north part of Woburn. The whole was purchased by Willard Jones, and its history from that time is well-known.

Moses CLEVELAND(1) evidently was a near or an adjoining neighbor to his brother-in-law, George Polly (husband of Elizabeth Winn), who deeded his real estate in Woburn, Apr. 10, 1653, to John Lakin of Reading, as appears in the following:

John Lakin's Deed 1653 Communicated by the Hon. Samuel Abbott Green M.D. of Boston: in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Boston: Published by The New-England Historic Genealogical Society. XLV: 81-2—

Know all men by this presant Writing that I Gorg polle do acknoledg the whol sale with the Consent of my wife of all The land and buldding I haue be longing to me liing in the boundes of Woborne • Namely the Dwelling hous with the Barne and three accors of brokup land a Joynning to the dwelling hous with all the un brokeup land all the tensing be loingin to the hous lott and nintene accors of land Liing in the new Bridg feeld six accors liing be twixt a parsall of land of sargin tides [apparently either John Tead, Ted or Tidd Sr (b. ab. 1618 from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight Eng, May 12 1637, Charlestown, signed Dec. 18 1640 Town Orders of Woburn) or his son John Tidd] and a parsall of land of moses Cleaueland [other parcels of land here recited] • VN to John Lakin of Redding. • Witness in the presanc of vs:

Michaell bacon [father of Mary wife of John Lakin],

Edward Winn [father of Ann and of Elizabeth wife of George Polly].

moses cleveland(1) became a man of some prominence in New England and, it would seem, was identified with all the political movements of the day.

From N. E. His. Gen. Reg., Oct. 1851, V: 391-2: Old Dorchester —

That the success of [Oliver] Cromwell was highly gratifying to the great body of the first settlers of New England requires no confirmation, and that a government had been overturned which had been the cause of their expatriation and consequent hardships and sufferings, was viewed with much satisfaction by them, admits of no question. It was easy therefore for them to conform to a government growing out of Cromwell's revolution; — a government every way congenial to their habits, wants, and feelings. And having gone on under a congenial legislation for many years/a sudden change must necessarily cause much commotion; especially as they could have no choice of rulers in England. It was certain too that if their oppressors should come into power, they could expect to be treated at least with coldness and rigor. A change came; the restoration took place—not a restoration of good government, but a restoration of a government dependent on the will of an unprincipled king * trials, troubles, and difficulties our fathers experienced. * When it occurred, many of them, probably, had but little faith in its stability. That this was the case appears strikingly manifest from some documents of that day now before us. As early as 1662 a letter was received from Charles II, a tolerable copy of which may be read in [Gov. Thomas Hutchinson’s Collection of Original Papers relative to the History of the Colony of Mass. Bay 1769] [II, Prince Society Publications].

That the letter was very unacceptable to the colony is set in a clear light, by the manner of its reception in a single important town. Copies were probably sent to all the towns, though we have met with but one of them, and that was sent to Woburn. It was thus directed: —

"To Ye constable of Wooberne who is hereby required to publish or cause the same to be published at a Generall toune meeting there."

How speedily it went from the "Generall Covrt" to Woburn, does not appear, but it was returned with the following endorsement upon it: —

"This is to Certify whom it may concern, that I Thomas Dutton of woobvrn do acknowledg, that on reqvest of several inhabitants of the said tovn, did procvre this Letter of the secretary & gaue it to the CvnstabLe Isack CoLe who refused it, & so i brought it again this 8 of Desember 62. "thomas dutten."


moses Cleveland,

John Baker,
Willjam Simons.

(The above signature will show conclusively how Moses Cleveland (1) himself spelled his surname).

He was admitted to full communion in the First Church in Charlestown Mass. 6 day 1st mo (March) 1692.

moses Cleveland (1) is probably buried in the Old First Burying-Ground at Woburn near the grave of his son Aaron2. A more thorough search in England may yet discover the ancestry, etc., of Moses Cleveland(1).

Sewall's Woburn, 602. —Many have been the descendants of moyses cleaveland who came to New England the humble apprentice of a joiner in 1635 and established himself in Woburn about 1648, that have done worthily in their day: have been distinguished not only by their position in society, but by their weight of character and influence, and by the use­fulness of their lives.

The American Biographical Dictionary by William Allen, D.D., 1857, p. 234, in an account of moses Cleveland, says, "From him are doubtless descended all in this country who bear the name Cleaveland or Cleveland." This manner of statement is an ordinary error concerning the posterity of Moses1 Cleveland.

Genealogy of Moses' Cleveland and descendants may be found in following:

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England showing 3 generations of those who came before May 1692 on the basis of Farmer's Register, by James Savage, 1860, I:, 406; Early Puritan Settlers of Connecticut, by Royal R. Hinman of Hartford, 1852, p. 618; Sewall's Woburn, 599.

History of the Names of Men & c. from the French of Eusebius Salverte, trans. by Rev, L. H. Mordacque, Lon.36—MOSES, whose name when translated means "drawn out," [drawn forth] is the one who "draws" or leads the people of God out of the land of Egypt.

The name Cleveland disappeared from Woburn before the close of the first century of the town's existence, and the family distinction may be said to have been gained elsewhere.

Mrs. Ann (Winn) Cleveland d. probably previous to May 6, 1682, for at that date her father, Edward Winne, made his will mentioning her 3 youngest children, but not herself.

Winn, Wynne, Wynn ancestry, arms, and genealogy: — See chapter V, Edward Winn (1) and Descendants & C.

MOSES CLEVELAND(2) (son of Moses1), b. Woburn, Mass., Sept. 1, 1651; d., probably at Southold, Suffolk co., Long Island, New York, prior to Oct. 30, 1717; m., Woburn, or Charlestown, Mass., recorded Woburn 4: 8 mo. [Oct.], 1676. Ruth Norton, b., prob. Weymouth, Norfolk co., Mass., ab. 1654; d., prob. Southold, evi­dently after July 26, 1717, a daughter of Nicholas & Elizabeth (———————) Norton.


13. Anna or Hannah(3), Annah borne the 7th. of the 9th. Month [Nov.],1677-Woburn rec. 14. Elizabeth (3), b. ab. 1679, perhaps Woburn, more prob. Edgartown, Dukes co., Mass. 15. Ebenezer (3), b. ab. 1681, per. Woburn, prob. Edgartown. 16. John (3), b. ab. 1684, per. Woburn, prob. Edgartown. 17. Joseph (3) Cleveland, borne ye (31st) of March 1686— Woburn rec. b., prob. Edgartown. 18. Nicholas (3), b. ab. 1688, prob. Edgartown; d. unm., lost at sea. 19. Ruth (3), b. ab. 1691, prob. E.; d. prob. unm. 20. Ichabod (3), b, June 25, 1695, Southold, N. Y.

Moses cleveland (2) was a Volunteer in King Philip's war 1675-6, accompanied by his brother Samuel cleveland (2).

Sewall's Woburn, 113. — From the records [of Woburn and the original Journal and Ledger] of Mr. John Hull [Treasurer-at-war, and afterwards] Treas. [Mass.] Colony 45 others voluntarily enlisted in the service or were drafted for it by lot, viz.:

John Bateman, Isaac Brooks, John Brooks, William Butters, Jacob Chamberlin, Moses CLEAVELAND, Jr., Samuel CLEVELAND, Josiah Clopson (or Cloyson), John Coddington, Jonathan Crisp, Paul Fletcher, William Green, John Kendall, Benoni McDonald. John Moloony, Richard Nevers, Abraham Parker, Thomas Parker, Joseph Peirce, Thomas Peirce, Jr., William Reed, Samuel Read, John, Joseph, Nathaniel, and Samuel Richardson, David Roberts, John Seirs, Benjamin, James, and Joseph Simonds, Robert Simpson, Eliah Tottingham, John Walker, George Wilkinson, Joseph Waters [or Wallis], John Wilson, Jr., Increase Winn, Joseph Winn. John Wyman, Jr., Francis Wyman, Jr., Joseph Wright, William Dean, Thomas Hincher (Henshaw), and Benjamin Wilson."

Ledger of John Hull Treasurer-at- War for the Province of Massachusetts Bay Colony [1675-8] [now in the library of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, 18 Somerset St., Boston] page 175 ["King Philip's war"]: —

Transcripts of Treasurer-at-war John Hull's accounts are published in the series of articles in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1883-9. — Soldiers in King Philips War. By Rev. George Madison Bodge, A.M., of East Boston, Mass.

petition OF moses cleveland(2) FOR RELEASE OF HIS BROTHER samuel cleveland(2) FROM THE ARMY.

Massachusetts Archives, LXIX: 3232 [in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston, Mass.] —

To ye honored Governor & Councill:

May it please your honors yt: my brother Sam" Clevland hath been in ye service more than these twelve months & harvest & hay time coming in & I being disenabled by ye lamnefs of my arm, request yt you would be pleased to release my brother V we may get in our corn & hay for ye preservation of ourselves & cattle—& therein we shall be obliged to further service when your honors call us thereunto. Your servt

Moses CLEVELAND Angus 1st" [16] 76

Granted E.[dward] R.[awson) S.[ecretary of the Colony of Massachusetts] Samuel Cleaveland is released from the country's service. E R S. 3

Source: A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Moses Cleveland of Woburn, Mass. – An emigrant in 1635 from England, with a sketch of the Cleveland’s of Virginia and the Carolinas. – By James Butler Cleveland of Oneonta, N.Y. (1881).

Notes for A
Mrs. Ann Winn Cleveland died, probably previous to May 6, 1682, for her father, Edward Winne, made his will mentioning her three youngest children, but not her.
Children of M
14. i.   MOSES14 CLEVELAND, b. September 01, 1651, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. October 30, 1717.
15. ii.   HANNAH CLEVELAND, b. August 04, 1653, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. January 16, 1736/37, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
16. iii.   AARON CLEVELAND, b. January 10, 1653/54, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. September 14, 1716, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
17. iv.   SAMUEL CLEAVELAND, b. June 09, 1657, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. March 12, 1735/36, Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut.
18. v.   MIRIAM CLEVELAND, b. July 10, 1659, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. August 31, 1745, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
  vi.   JOANNA CLEVELAND, b. September 19, 1661, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. March 12, 1666/67, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
19. vii.   EDWARD CLEVELAND, b. May 20, 1664, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. August 26, 1746, Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut.
20. viii.   JOSIAH CLEVELAND, b. February 26, 1666/67, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. April 26, 1709, Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut.
21. ix.   ISAAC CLEVELAND, b. May 11, 1669, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. August 10, 1714, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.
22. x.   JOANNA CLEVELAND, b. April 05, 1670, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. March 18, 1758, Westfield, Hampden, Massachusets.
23. xi.   ENOCH CLEVELAND, b. August 01, 1671, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; d. August 01, 1729, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

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