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Moses Cleveland
Birth: Feb. 2, 1620
Suffolk, England
Death: Jan. 8, 1702
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Moses or Moyses CLEVELAND or CLEAVELAND, born about 1621 at Ipswich, Suffolk England, is widely considered to be the first of the "Northern Line" of the Cleveland family to immigrate to America from England, and the ancestor of many, perhaps most people with the surname Cleveland in the United States. The American Biographical Dictionary by William Allen, D. D., 1857, p. 234, in an account of Moses Cleveland, says, "From him are doubtless descended all in this country who bear the name Cleaveland or Cleveland." Anyone researching the Cleveland family in the United States will soon come upon Moses Cleveland.

Moses Cleveland became an indentured apprentice to his future Father-in-Law Edwin Winn as housewright or master builder in London, England, from whence he immigrated in 1635 to Massachusetts. Soon after attaining his majority, he was made a freeman at Woburn, Massachusetts. He married, September 26, 1648, Ann Winn, born about 1626, daughter of Edward and Joanna Winn. He was appointed a Tithingman, along with his son Aaron Cleveland, in 1680. He attained considerable prominence in Woburn, and was admitted to full communion with the first church of Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1692. He continued to reside in Woburn until his death, January 9, 1701 or 1702.

Moses Cleveland was probably buried in the First Burying Ground near his son Aaron Cleveland in Woburn, Massachusetts, although his exact plot location is not known, as if he ever had a grave marker, it has been long lost or covered with earth.

There is an ongoing debate about whether his name is spelled Cleaveland or Cleveland, and has been represented in both spellings. One piece of evidence comes from Moses' own hand by way of a signature as a witness to a legal document by Thomas Dutton dated December 8, 1682 where he signed his name "Moses Cleveland".

Children, with Ann Winn:

1. Moses, born Sep. 1, 1651, died before Oct. 30, 1717, married Ruth Norton.
2. Hannah, born Aug. 4, 1653, married Thomas Henshaw

3. Aaron, born Jan. 10, 1655, died Sept. 14, 1716, m. Dorcas Wilson
4. Samuel, born June 9, 1657, March 12, 1735, married Jane Keyes

5. Miriam, born July 10, 1659, died August 31, 1745, married Thomas Foskett
6. Joanna, b. Sept. 19, 1661, died May 2, 1667

7. Edward, b. May 20, 1663, died Sept. ??, 1746, married Deliverance Palmer

8. Josiah, born February 26, 1666-7, died April 26, 1709, married Mary Bates
9. Isaac, born May 11, 1669, d. Aug. 10, 1714, married Elizabeth Curtis (or Curtice)

10. Joanna, b. April 5, 1670, d. March 18, 1758, married Joseph Keyes

11. Enoch, born Aug. 1, 1671, died Aug. 1, 1729, married Elizabeth Counts of Charlestown, Mass.

Famous Descendents:

Since there are many thousands of descendants of Moses Cleveland, there are many who have become famous or otherwise notable. A few such descendents identified thus far include:

Stephen Grover Cleveland, President of the United States, 5th Great Grandson via son Aaron Cleveland.

General Moses Cleveland, founder of Cleveland Ohio, Great-Great Grandson via son Josiah Cleveland.

Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Anglican Bishop of Western New York in 1865 and noted biblical apologist, 4th Great Grandson via son Aaron Cleveland.


The American Biographical Dictionary by William Allen, D. D., 1857,

A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Moses Cleveland of Woburn, Mass., An emigrant in 1635 from England, with a sketch of the Cleveland's of Virginia and the Carolinas, James Butler Cleveland of Oneonta, N.Y., 1881.

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England showing 3 generations of those who came before May 1692 on the basis of Farmer's Register, by James Savage, 1860

Early Puritan Settlers of Connecticut, by Royal R. Hinman of Hartford, 1852

The History of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass, From the Grant of its Territory to Charleston, In 1640, to the year 1860, By Samuel Seawall, M.A. Wiggins and Lunt, Publishers, Boston, 1868.

Family links: 
  Isaac Cleveland (1584 - 1626)
  Alice Cleveland (1589 - 1626)
  Ann Winn Cleveland (1626 - 1682)*
  Moses Cleveland (1651 - 1717)*
  Hannah Cleveland Henshaw (1653 - 1737)*
  Aaron Cleveland (1655 - 1716)*
  Samuel Cleveland (1657 - 1736)*
  Miriam Cleveland Fosket (1659 - 1745)*
  Joanna Cleveland Keyes (1670 - 1758)*
*Calculated relationship
First Burial Ground
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Unknown
Created by: jtg
Record added: Jul 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28333585
Moses Cleveland
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- C & C Bristol
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- Donna Brockish
 Added: Jan. 2, 2017
My husband's 9th great grandfather. Rest in peace.
- Julia Soliday
 Added: Dec. 29, 2016
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