Hon. GREENLEAF Jonathan, Esq.[1]

Male 1723 - 1807  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name GREENLEAF Jonathan 
    Prefix Hon. 
    Suffix Esq. 
    Born Jul 1723  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Marriage Intent 13 Oct 1744  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Mary Presbe 
    _UID 4953EB434EB89A4EB39D6F8B911CBEDD4A25 
    Died 24 May 1807  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Buried Aft 24 May 1807  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Old Burial Ground near the Pond Street entrance, a few rods in a northwesterly direction from the graves of Nathaniel Tracy and Rev. Thomas Cary. The inscription on his gravestone reads as follows:
      Sacred
      To the Memory of
      The Honorable Jonathan Greenleaf, Esq.
      professor of religion in youth, a ruling elder in the
      Church & member of the Legislature & Council of
      Massachusetts. Likewise of Mrs. Mary Greenleaf,
      his Wife. They were united in the Married State
      62 years; they were distant in birth a few months, in
      death a fortnight, each expiring about the age of 84,
      May, 1807.)
    Notes 
    • When only seven years of age, his father having drowned two years previously, leaving his mother in destitute circumstances, he was bound by a written contract to serve as an apprentice to Edward Presbury, who owned and occupied a ship-yard on Water Street, near the foot of Chandler's Lane, now Federal Street, Newburyport. In 1744 he married Mary, daughter of his master, Edward Presbury, and probably lived in a house on the southwesterly side of Water Street, near the residence of his father-in-law. In October 1747, he purchased land between the house where he resided and the house of Nathan Brown, and in December of the same year bought of Edward Presbury a small lot of land bounded in part by the land purchased in October. [Essex Deeds, book 93, leaves 102 and 130].

      He was a ship-carpenter, and began building ships on his own account previous to 1750. A crockery punch bowl, presented to him by a merchant in Edinburgh, Scotland, for whom he had bought several vessels is now in the possession of his great-great-grand-daughter, Mrs. Henry B. Little of Newburyport.

      On the sixth of June 1765, he bought of Isaac Johnson one undivided eighth part of the lower long wharf, with the warehouse thereon, and in the month of September following Joseph Swasey conveyed to him one undivided twenty-fourth part of the "land granted by the town of Newbury to Build a Wharf upon the lower end of Chandler's Lane, or King Street, so called, together with the wharf thereupon commonly called Lower Long Wharf, or King Wharf, now in Newburyport, together with all the Priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging." [Essex Deeds, book 118, leaves 24, 26 and 28]. One year later he purchased of the proprietors of the town of Newbury land adjoining the above described property, and in 1769, one undivided sixth part of the wharf was conveyed to him by Woodbridge Cottle and Benjamin Lunt. [Essex Deeds, book 121, leaf 92 and book 129, leaf 19]. In 1770 Isaac Johnson sold the building yard that his father gave him by will, adjoining the lower long wharf, to Jonathan Greenleaf. [Essex Deeds, book 129, leaf 19].

      At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Mr. Greenleaf was a member of the committee of correspondence, inspection and safety, and was a delegate to the provincial congress held at Cambridge in February, and at Watertown in May, 1775. He was associated with Stephen and Ralph Cross in building the frigate Boston, mounting twenty-four guns, the Hancock, thirty-two guns, and the Protector, twenty guns, for Massachusetts in 1776 and 1778, and was a member of the convention called for the purpose of framing a new constitution for the State in 1780. He represented Newburyport from 1769 to 1780, at the annual sessions of the General Court, except for the year 1776, and was a member of the state senate in 1780, 1781 and 1782, a representative to the General Court in 1787, 1788 and 1789 and state senator in 1790 and 1791. He was a man of great executive abilit, with a good share of common sense and a profound knowledge of human nature. By his persuasive speech and conciliatory manner he was able to overcome his political opponents and secure the adoption of measures that were sometimes vigerously opposed. In his later years, he generally wore shoes with oval silver buckles, knee breeches, a dark blue coat with brass buttons, a ruffled shirt, a powdered wig and a cocked hat.
    Person ID I63268  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2006 

    Father GREENLEAF Daniel,   b. 24 Dec 1690, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1729, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother MOODY Sarah,   b. 8 May 1689, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 17 Nov 1710  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9
    Family ID F18299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family PRESBURY Mary,   b. 11 Apr 1723, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1807  (Age 84 years) 
    Married Aft 13 Oct 1744  [3, 5
    Children 
     1. GREENLEAF Daniel,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. GREENLEAF David,   b. 1747,   d. 1756  (Age 9 years)
     3. GREENLEAF Simon,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. GREENLEAF Jonathan, Jr.,   b. 27 Jun 1749, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1756  (Age 6 years)
     5. GREENLEAF Mary,   b. Jan 1750, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. GREENLEAF Simon,   b. 1752,   d. 1776  (Age 24 years)
     7. GREENLEAF Sarah,   b. 31 May 1753, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1839  (Age 85 years)
     8. Capt. GREENLEAF Moses,   b. 19 May 1755, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1812, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     9. Capt. GREENLEAF Enoch,   b. 11 Oct 1757, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1798, Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     10. GREENLEAF Catherine,   b. 12 Nov 1759, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1838  (Age 79 years)
     11. Capt. GREENLEAF Richard,   b. 3 Jul 1762, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1796  (Age 33 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F24876  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jul 1723 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Intent - Mary Presbe - 13 Oct 1744 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 May 1807 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 24 May 1807 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2813] Book-History of Newburyport, MA, 2:207-210.

    2. [S2813] Book-History of Newburyport, MA, 2:207.

    3. [S957] Book-Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family, R929.2 G813., p.405.

    4. [S281] Book-VR Newbury, MA; Vol. II - Marriages & Deaths, 2:206.

    5. [S2813] Book-History of Newburyport, MA, 2:210.

    6. [S116] Book-Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury, MA, p.251.

    7. [S281] Book-VR Newbury, MA; Vol. II - Marriages & Deaths, 2:205.

    8. [S957] Book-Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family, R929.2 G813., p.202.

    9. [S116] Book-Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury, MA, p.186.