John LEAVENS *Sr. (33) (69a) was born about 1582 in England, and died on 16 Nov 1647 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA. John and Elizabeth arrived in Boston on board the "William and Francis" on 5 June 1632. They settled in Roxbury, outside Boston, and because they were of the "less affluent", they were alloted 6 acres of land. On 4 March 1634, John took the oath of freeman in Boston. Elizabeth, (69a) his first wife was bedridden when they arrived in America and died in 1638; John was 57 years old. Within a year he married Racheal Wright of Roxbury and they proceeded to build a family. John was 63 years old when Racheal had the twins. Roxbury Church records indicate John died "an ancient godly christian, dyed of dead palsie". The widow received the homestead, located on Dorcester Road in Roxbury and valued at about 100 pounds, by act of General Court, 13 August 1648 (Boston Probate Records). He was married to Rachel WRIGHT * on 5 Jul 1639 in Roxbury, Suffolk
Rachel WRIGHT * (69a) was born about 1618 and died after 1680 in Roxbury, Suffolk
Children of John and Rachel Leavens were:
was born on 16 Apr 1642 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA, and died on 25 Aug 1675 in Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. James Leavens, at age 33, while serving in King Phillips War, was killed in a skirmish with Indians at Hadley on the Connecticut River, referred to as "the exposed frontier". James and his brother Andrew were both at Hadley that fateful day both part of the quota from Roxbury.
Peter LEAVENS(69a) was born on 11 Sep 1644 in Roxbury,
Suffolk Co., MA, and died there on 15 Jan 1644/45. Peter and Andrew Leavens were twins.
(69a) was born on 11 Sep 1644 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA, and died on 19 Feb 1698 in Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. Andrew and Peter Leavens were twins. He and his brother James served in King Phillips War and were at Hadley when James was killed by Indians. They were both part of the quota from Roxbury. After his enlistment was up he stayed in Hadley and did not return to Roxbury. It was there that Andrew became freeman on 8 Feb 1678. He was not a land owner, nor married, but appears to have stayed a soldier until his death at age 53.
Rachel LEAVENS(69a) was born on 2 Aug 1646 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA.