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  • Born: Abt 1624, Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England 3
  • Baptized: St. Stephen, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • Married: 26 Sep 1648, Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA 1 2 3
  • Died: 9 Jan 1701/02, Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA 3
  • Buried: Jan 1701/02, Old First Burying Ground, Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA 4

   General Notes:

Moses Cleveland arrived in this country, according to all accounts and traditions, about the year 1635, only fifteen years later than the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, 1620. (From a letter of inquiry written from Ipswich, Essex Co., MA., by his great grandson, Rev. John Cleaveland, No. 233).

Perhaps Moses landed at Plymouth, but more probably at Boston, where in 1635 there were far better docks. He likely remained from 1635 to 1640 in Boston or vicinity.

The earliest settlement was made in the part now called North Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA. Persons who of late years have had the pleasure of visiting Woburn (only a short distance from Boston) could not but admire the great beauty of this model New England town.

(Woburn Militia Muster Roll, 1663: "Moses Cleveland, aged 39 years": therefore he was born 1624.)

In Tax List--26 6mo 1666 Moyses Cleveland. Committee's report, 1659-60, assigns to each of the seven proprietors (Moyses Cleveland being one) of New Bridgefield his share of the fence to build.

1:55--A Cuntary Rate made 18: of the 6:moth 1674 Moyses Cleavland three persons and Efteat .00 .08 .05.

43--The nams of thofe that have wright in the common lands of this Towne of Woburn and the fred feverall proportions shown according to their perfons and estats agreed upon by which not only the present upland and swamp is to be divided but also all the following divisions: Moyses Cleveland Efteat 1092, Acres 67; 3 of 2 mo 1668 Moyses Cleavland Efteat .03, Acres 11.

63--The select men meet and Commiffioner and Collector of their several inhabitance a Rate for the Cuntary in the Town of Woburn: Moyses Cleavland, Senr 2 persons to effect .000 .05 .11.

Reference: "Cleveland Family,"--E. J. and H. G. Cleveland, Vol. I, p. 22-32, 39-40.

Grover Cleveland, the Chief Magistrate of the United States, was of this family. He attended the 250th Anniversary of Woburn, Mass., in 1905.

Moses Cleveland became a man of some prominence in New England and, it would seem, was identified with all the political movements of the day.

Moses Cleveland is probably buried in the Old First Burying-Ground at Woburn near the grave of his son Aaron.

   Marriage Information:

Moses married Ann WINN on 26 Sep 1648 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA 1 2 3. (Ann WINN was born about 1626 3 and died before 6 May 1682 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA 4.)


1 American Marriage Records before 1699, Clemens, William Montgomery, American Marriage Records before 1699, (Pompton Lakes, NJ: Biblio Co., 1926).

2 The Pioneers of Massachusetts, Pope, Charles Henry, The Pioneers of Massachusetts.

3 Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors and War Service, Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford, Call Number: R929.1 R62t, (Tuttle Company. Vermont. 1934). , Pg. 48.

4 Ibid., Pg. 49.

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