4. Jacob LEONARD7 was born in 1647 in Duxbury, MA. He died after 19 December 1717 at the age of 70 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA. He and his family were apparently one of the earliest settlers in the Quinsigamond area, driven off by the Indians in 1675. He later moved to Weymouth about 1679, where his and Susanna's first two daughters were born. In the 1680's, he and his family first settled in Mendon, then in 1684-5 in the Quinsigamond Lake area of Worcester. There were, however, so troubled by the raids of the Indians that they became discouraged and removed to Bridgewater about May 1, 1693, for the town records show that at this date they were "warned out." They lived for a short time in Easton (Taunton, North Purchase), near the border with Bridgewater. He conveyed all his lands in Worcester on 9 May 1717 to his nephew Moses Leonard, who was then living in Marlborough.
Mayflower Families, Vol. XVII, James Chilton, p. 23: "Note: Leonard Fam (Manning Leonard's book) and Bridgewater by Mitchell both give Jacob Leonard an unknown first wife and a son Joseph. both are unlikely. Jacob's will does not mention a son Joseph even theough the purported son was living and having physical problems. It is much more likely he is the known son of #16 John Leonard."
Manning Leonard: "On making a personal inquiry of Judge Mitchell in Boston, Mar. 2, 1853, about some errors in regard to the families mentioned in his History of Bridgewater, he kindly gave me information of my ancestors, not in his history; showed me what errors he had already detected, and with his own hand wrote the following: "Since the purlication of my Book I have satisfactory information of the following additional facts as to the family of Leonard.
"Jacob Leonard (5) had two other sons besides those mentioned in my book, viz.: Joseph and Josiah, one or both of whom may have been born of the former wife, as in his will he calls Susanna his present wife. This Joseph m. Martha Orcutt, D. of Wm. Orcutt of Scituate first, & then of Bridgewater, about 1695. She was born 1671. Joseph (17) was their son (born 1696) and not the son of Joseph (11), as stated in my book, who m. Hannah Jennings 1712. They had also Ephraim who is menioned under Solomon (7) who went to Hopewell, N. Jersey, and a D. who m. a Fisher of Rehoboth. Probably Martha, mentioned as having m. Ebenr. Eddy 1734, may have been their daughter also.
"Samuel (16) was son of Josiah above named, son of Jacob (5). Jacob (5) there is reason to believe, removed from place to place, and did not come into Bridgewater till 1693, when he was warned out. (This warning out was a common practice in those days, to prevent a family, when first coming to a town, from gaining a habitancy and rendering the town liable to the maintenance of the prosterity, and was done in all cases, however respectable or wealthy the new comer might be.)
"The principal authority I have for the above additions is derived from Simeon Leonard (26) who also says that Capt. Jacob, son of Capt. Solomon (19) told him that he was named for his great grand father (Jacob (5) of course); and says further that his own father Simeon (23) told him that Samuel (16) and Solomon (19) were first cousins to Joseph (17), so that Jacob (5) must have been father not only of Solomon (12) but also of Joseph and Josiah, not menioned in my history. There is however great difference in the births of their respective grandchildren; Joseph's eldest grand child appears to have been born in 1722, Solomon's in 1757, and Josiah's in 1751. If his tradition therefore is true, Joseph must have been the eldest son and probably by a first wife, and Josiah may have been also.
"For a proper understanding of this, reference must be made to History of Bridgewater, pages 235-237..." Ephraim Leonard, son of Joseph, was a witness to Jacob's will.
Jacob LEONARD and Phebe CHANDLER were married before 1670 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA. Phebe CHANDLER8, daughter of Roger CHANDLER and ISABEL, was born about 1650 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA. She died in 1678 at the age of 28 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA. She was, according to Manning Leonard, one of the three unnamed daughters of Isabella Chilton and Roger Chandler, but the names of those three daughters were Sarah (who married Solomon Leonard), Mary, and Martha. See Mayflower Families, Vol. XVII, p. 5.
Jacob LEONARD and Phebe CHANDLER had the following children:
Jacob LEONARD and Susanna KING were married before 1680 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA. Susanna KING9, daughter of Samuel KING and Experience PHILLIPS, was born on 6 May 1659 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA. She died before 1730 at the age of 71 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA.
Jacob LEONARD and Susanna KING had the following children: