John had learned the trade of carpenter and along with other families, left Roxbury and became one of the first settlers of New Roxbury in 1686. Thirty-six lots of 20 acres were distributed to the settlers of New Roxbury and John took his in two pieces, one of 16 acres and one of 4. In 1687 he sold all his interest in Roxbury to Joseph Warren of Boston. In 1690 he was selectman and at the head of a committee to build a meeting house in October 1691. His will and estate was valued at almost 90 pounds on 15 October 1696.
John married first, Hannah Sarah Woods, b. abt. 1638, d. 25 Oct 1666 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA; she died at age 28, and was the daughter of John and Mary Woods of Sudbury, MA; (it is believed she died as a result of childbirth). They married on 7 June 1665, in Roxbury and had one daughter, Hannah Leavens, b. 17 Oct 1666, d. 16 Oct 1756. She married Jonathan Peake (b. 10 Oct 1663, d. 20 Sep 1744 at age 81 in Woodstock; he was son of Jonathan and Sarah (French) Peake).
John married second, Elizabeth PRESTON * on 23 Nov 1674 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT.
Children of John and Elizabeth Leavens were:
i. James LEAVENS(69)was born on 9 Dec 1675 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT. He died on 28 Apr 1678 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT.
ii. Peter LEAVENS(69)was born on 9 Nov 1677 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT. He died on 7 Feb 1708/9 in Killingly, Windham Co., CT. Roxbury Vital Records lists his birth date as 15 Nov 1677. Peter Leavens married Patience Brooks, 27 Dec 1704 in Canterbury, CT; they had two children Esther, b. 4 Dec 1705, and Peter, b.17 Nov 1707 (he went to Dutchess County, NY, and became the head of a large family).
iv. John LEAVENS(69)was born on 10 Dec 1681 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA.
v. Joseph LEAVENS(69)was born on 15 Nov 1683 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA. He died on 5 Nov 1773 in Killingly, Windham Co., CT. Joseph Leavens 1)m.22 Dec 1707, Judith Sabin in Woodstock, b.26 Aug 1690 in Rehoboth, MA; probably daughter of John and Sarah (Peck) Sabin, they had many children; 2)m.17 Dec 1755, Hannah (Bryant) Larned in Thompson, CT, b.?, d.12 Apr 1781, daughter of Simon Bryant. See source for listing of children.
vi. Rachel LEAVENS(69)was born on 15 Dec 1685 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA. Rachel Leavens married (int) Thomas Brown of Canterbury, 26 Dec 1705 in Woodstock, CT.
vii. Benjamin LEAVENS(133)was born on 10 Apr 1692.
Mehitebel LEAVENS *.