Category Archives: Cleveland

Isaac Cleveland & Alice (MNU) of St. Stephen Ipswich, Norfolk, England

This family sketch will be a short one, due to the limited information available at the turn of the 16th century.

Scholarly research has been done on the English origins of Moses Cleveland who married Ann Winn and lived in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts and then in Southold, Suffolk, New York.

Three more generations before Moses have been identified, although details are few.

1. William Cleveland was born c1505 and buried at Ipswich, Suffolk, England on 28 November 1565. The wife of William Cleveland (name unknown) was buried at Ipswich on 31 December 1568. They had one known son:

2. Richard Cleveland was born in July 1542 at Ipswich and died after August 1605. His wife was Alice (MNU). They had a son:

3. Isaac Cleveland was baptized at Ipswich on 1 January 1584/85 and was buried there on 3 June 1626. His wife’s name was Alice (MNU). She was buried, just one month before her husband,  at St. Stephen Ipswich, Suffolk, England on 4 May 1626. London was experiencing a plague epidemic, which spread to other parts of England.

There was a record in the St. Stephen Church minutes stating that Isaac left six children to the charge of the parish, so he evidently was not a man of means.

Because St. Stephen’s records are somewhat incomplete, only the names of three of Isaac’s and Alice’s children are known. The other three children were likely born earlier than the three who have been identified in the baptismal records.


1. Unknown; died after 3 June 1626.
2. Unknown; died after 3 June 1626
3. Unknown; died after 3 June 1626
4. Moses, baptized at St. Stephen Ipswich on 2 February 1621; died 9 January 1701/02, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Ann Winn.
5. Aaron,
baptized 1 May 1623; buried 7 April 1627, both at St. Stephen Ipswich.
6. Enoch,
baptized 8 May 1625; no further record.

Until and unless further research is done in English church records, this is all that has been documented about immigrant Moses Cleveland’s ancestors.


Moses Cleveland & Ann Winn of Woburn, MA

In spite of being one generation earlier than yesterday’s family of Moses Cleveland Jr. and wife, Ruth Norton, today’s family – that is Moses Jr.’s parents and siblings – can be better documented because they spent their lives in Woburn, where records were kept!

Moses Cleveland Sr. was baptized on 2 February 1621 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, the son of Isaac Cleveland and wife, Alice (MNU), both of whom died in the spring of 1626, leaving six small children to the charge of St. Stephen Church, one of which was young Moses.

Ann Winn was the daughter of Edward Winn and Joanna (MNU), who settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts by 1640. However, Ann was born c1626 in Europe, possibly Wales, but probably in England.

Moses Cleveland married Ann Winn on 26 September 1648, either in Woburn or Charlestown, Massachusetts.

Moses Cleveland died on 9 January 1702 in Woburn. Ann predeceased him by twenty years, passing away on 6 May 1682.

They were the parents of eleven children (All events in Woburn unless otherwise noted.):

1. Moses, born 1 September 1651; died before 31 October 1717, probably in Southold, Suffolk, New York; married Ruth Norton, 4 October 1676, Woburn or Martha’s Vineyard.
2. Hannah, born 4 August 1653; died 16 January 1737; married (1) Thomas Henshaw, 24 September 1677 (2) Thomas Lepingwell, 28 May 1706, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
3. Aaron, born 10 January 1655; died 14 September 1716; married Dorcas Wilson, 26 September 1675, Woburn or Cambridge, Massachusetts.
4. Samuel, born 9 June 1657; died 12 March 1735 or 1736; married (1) Jane Keyes, 17 May 1680 (2) Persis Hildreth, 23 May 1682, Plainfield, Windham, Connecticut. Samuel removed to Plainfield, Windham, Connecticut.
5. Miriam, born 10 July 1659; died before 31 March 1745, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, when bond was put up for her estate administrator; married Thomas Foskett, 13 December 1683, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
6. Joanna, born 19 September 1661; died 12 March 1667.
7. Edward, born 20 May 1664; died September 1736; married Deliverance Palmer, c1684. This family removed to Connecticut.
8. Josiah, born 26 Feb 1667; died 26 April 1709, Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut; married Mary Bates, c1689.
9. Isaac, born 11 May 1669; died 10 August 1714; married Elizabeth Curtis, 18 July 1699, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
10. Joanna, born 6 April 1670; died 18 March 1758, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Joseph Keyes, 28 May 1690, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
11. Enoch, born 1 August 1671; died 1 August 1729; married Elizabeth Counts of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 9 October 1695.

My line of descent from the Clevelands:

1. Moses Cleveland and Ann Winn
2. Moses Cleveland and Ruth Norton
3. Joseph Moore and Elizabeth Cleveland
4. John Woodward and Saphira Moore
5. Robert Wilson and Mary Woodward
6. Robert Wilson and Dolly Holmes
7. Benjamin Parker and Maria Wilson
8. Daniel Adams and Sarah Ann Parker
9. Calvin Segee Adams and Nellie F. Tarbox
10. Charles Edwin Adams and Annie Maude Stuart
11. Vernon Tarbox Adams and Hazel Ethel Coleman
12. George Michael Sabo and Doris Priscilla Adams
13. Linda Anne Sabo Stufflebean – Me!

Moses Cleveland & Ruth Norton of Woburn, Edgartown in MA & Southold, NY

It is unusual when the most current research information is found in a book published at the end of the 19th century, but that is precisely what has happened as I tried to verify information about Moses Cleveland and his wife, Ruth Norton.

Edmund James Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland published The Genealogy of the Cleveland & Cleaveland Families . . ., Hartford, Connecticut in 1899 and it still seems to be, for the most part, the go-to resource for information about the many Cleveland descendants.

While there are additional pieces of information gleaned about various family members, the Clevelands’ work has stood the test of time.

Moses Cleveland was born 1 September 1651 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, the son of Moses Cleveland and Ann Winn. He married Ruth Norton on 4 October 1676, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Ruth was born c1657, the daughter of Nicholas Norton and Elizabeth, whose maiden name has never been proven, in spite of what can be found online.

Moses and Ruth were the parents of eight children:

  1. Anna, born 7 November 1677, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died after 1734, probably Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; married Mr. Bell sometime after her 1699 deed in which she, a witness, was called Anna Cleveland.
  2. Elizabeth, born c1679, probably Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts; died 11 March 1748/49, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Joseph Moore, c1697.
  3. Ebenezer, born c1681, probably Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts; died before 1 January 1747, probably in Edgartown; married Mary Vincent/Vinson, 19 January 1704/05, Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts.
  4. John, born c1684, probably Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts; died before 2 May 1749, Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts; married Martha Simons/Simmons, 1 January 1711/12, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts.
  5. Joseph, born 31 March 1686, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts (or more likely in Edgartown, even though his birth was recorded in Woburn); died before 31 January 1757, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts; married Ruth Burt.
  6. Nicholas, born c1688, probably Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts; lost at sea; unmarried.
  7. Ruth, born c1691, probably Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts; no further record.
  8. Ichabod, born 25 June 1695, Southold, Suffolk, New York; died about 17 March 1768, Southold, Suffolk, New York; married Anna Moore.

Moses and Ruth likely removed from Massachusetts to New York in the spring or summer of 1694. They had sold their property on Job’s Neck, Martha’s Vineyard on 8 March 1694 to Samuel Smith. Not that it affects any of this information, but for whatever reason, the deed was not recorded until 13 January 1730/31.

Given that the Clevelands lived in Woburn, Martha’s Vineyard and Southold on Long Island in New York, they left a very small paper trail.

If anyone can add further, more recent documentation to this family, please leave a comment!