First Generation

1. William1 CLEAVES (#6416) was born 1650. William died 27 JAN 1714 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA, at age 63.

He married twice. He married Martha EDWARDS date unknown. (Martha EDWARDS is #6417.) He married Margaret COREY 18 MAY 1683 in Marblehead, Essex Co., MA. (Margaret COREY is #6422.) Margaret was the daughter of Giles COREY. He owned land in Lyman, York Co., Maine

Note: The Cleaves surname is Celtic and originates in Wales. Some think the name's origins go back to a time when the Cleaves family lived near a sloping cliff or the bank of a river. The surname Cleaves seems to be derived from the Old English word Clif (cliff). Topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills , streams, churches, or types of trees and the Cleaves name falls into this category.

Spelling variations include: Cliffe, Cliff, Clive, Cleeve, Cleeves, Cleave, Cleaves and many more.

The surname was first found in Herefordshire, England where the Cleaves family was seated from early times. The first Cleaves records appear on the early census rolls taken by the Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early Cleaves settlers to the United States included: Thomas Cleaves who settled in Virginia in 1653; George Cleeves who settled in Portland, Maine in 1630 with his wife Joan; Daniel and Sarah Cliff arrived in New York in 1823 with six children; and William Cleaves who settled in Beverly, MA in the late 17th Century.

Cleaves family motto (translated): I glory in the cross.

William CLEAVES and Martha EDWARDS had the following children:

child + 2 i. John2 CLEAVES was born 11 OCT 1676.

child 3 ii. Elinor CLEAVES (#6418) was born in Beverly, Essex Co., MA 1678. She married Samuel BALCH 23 SEP 1702 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA. (Samuel BALCH is #6421.)

child 4 iii. Martha CLEAVES (#6419) was born in Beverly, Essex Co., MA 1681. Martha died 15 FEB 1726 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA, at age 44. She married Lot CONANT 16 MAY 1698 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA. (Lot CONANT is #6420.) Lot was born JUN 1679 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA. Lot died 20 SEP 1767 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA, at age 88.

William CLEAVES and Margaret COREY had the following children:

child 5 iv. William CLEAVES (#6423) was born in Beverly, Essex Co., MA 23 JUL 1686. William died 20 JAN 1756 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA, at age 69.

child 6 v. Hannah CLEAVES (#6424) was born in Beverly, Essex Co., MA 31 MAR 1688. Hannah died 9 APR 1688 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA, at age unknown.

child 7 vi. Robert CLEAVES (#6425) was born in Beverly, Essex Co., MA 21 JUL 1689.

child 8 vii. Ebenezer CLEAVES (#6426) was born 13 OCT 1691.

child 9 viii. Benjamin CLEAVES (#6427) was born 23 OCT 1693.

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