Genealogies of Families of Braintree, Quincy, Weymouth, Randolph, Holbrook, Mass. & Others

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  • ID: I42163
  • Name: Leonard Vassall , Major 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 JUN 1678 in Jamaica, West Indies
  • Death: 20 JUN 1737 in Boston, Suffolk, Ma
  • Burial: 23 JUN 1737 Boston, Suffolk, Ma
  • Note:
    He came to Boston before 1723 and in 1727 bought an estate on present Summer St. near Washington St. He was a wealthy man and owned other property in Boston and elsewhere. In 1730 he bought several parcels of land in Braintree (Quincy) and added to it frequently until his death. In 1731 he bought land on present Adams St. where he erected a mansion that became his summer estate and remained in his family until purchased in 1788 by President John Adams and is now known as the Adams Mansion and owned by the U.S. government and kept as a national shrine of the Adams family who occupied it until 1927. It contains a room panelled in dark West India mahogany.
    He is mentioned in Braintree records Mar.15,1730/1 when "Major Leonard Vassal had liberty to alter the road against his house", and in 1736 he was elected to a committee to remove obstructions in Monatiquot River for the passing of fish. He had large sugar plantations with many negro slaves at Jamaica and also several slaves in Boston and Braintree.
    He was a staunch Episcopalian, a member of Christ Church (Old North) at Boston and elected warden Apr.3,1727, and in 1730-3 was prominent in establishing Trinity Church which stood on land he purchased for the purpose in Summer St. opposite his house.

    An account of the Vassall family may be found in the N.E. Hist. Gen. Soc. Register Vol.17.

    Fidelia a negro woman of Leonard Vassall Esq. was baptized at Christ Ch. Braintree Oct.26,1735 and married there Oct.31,1735 Thomas alias Pompey, a negro man also belonging to him.
    Matty a negro woman of Mrs. Phebe Vassall m. Nov.28,1738 at Christ Ch. Caesar, a negro belonging to Rev. Ebenezer Miller. Matty was bapt. June 1738.

    S.P.33-210, Reg. Vol.17, p.60
    Will of Leonard Vassall of Boston dated Jun.10,1737 of the Island of Jamaica but now res. in Boston.
    To dau. Ruth 5/ in addition to marriage portion already given. To daus. Elizabeth & Mary 1000 each out of profits of his plantation & sugar works in Luana, parish of St. Elizabeth's, in Jamaica. To dau. Susanna a like amount & certain plate purchased of Samuel Smith & w. Anna, one of the grand daus. of his mother Ann Vassall to make an equal share with her sisters. Land & soil of said plantation & sugar work is entailed on son Lewis after my decease & he is to have the negroes, cattle, utensils, & stock there and at New Savanna & 60 a. in Luana near Middle Quarter Road of which is to have the negroes, etc.
    To son John 5/ only because of agreement made that my mother would give him my share in her estate at her decease. To son William all my right in a certain sugar plantation, works, buildings, negroes, stock & implements lately possessed in partnership with Dugal Campbell, gent. situate on Green Island River near Orange Bay in Parish of Hannover at west end of Jamaica joining the plantation I have given to son John. Also to son William 1/2 of 300 a. of mountain land in Parish of Hannover joining estate of son John & other half already given to son William, provided he go before two magistrates either during my life or immediately after my decease and make oath he will not play any game whatsoever to the value of 20/ at any one time. To wife Phebe, use of house & estates at Braintree, about 60 acres & use of negro coachman Pompey & his wife Fidelia so long as she continued his widow and a professed member of the Episcopal Church of England, and no longer, and also 3000, given unto her forever. Proved Jun.24,1737.

    Leonard Vassall lands at Braintree:
    2 1/2 a. orchard bought of Benjamin Veazey Mar.1730, 100.
    24 a. upland & meadow & 2 a. salt marsh bought of Edmund Wilson Mar.1730, 468.
    15 a., 11 a., & 5 a. bought of Thomas Crosby, innholder, 725.
    One half of 56 a. farm land with 1/4 house & barn & 1/2 of 16 a. wood & swamp bought of Obed Hussey, mariner of Nantucket, Oct.1733, 525 & he conveyed this by deed of gift to his son in law Benj. Stedman Jun.6,1734, reconveyed to Obed Hussey for same amount Jul.3,1735.
    5 a. woodland bought of Benj. Owen, cordwainer May 13,1734.
    8 a. woodland bought of Mehitable Fisher of Dedham May 28,1736, 200.
    7 a. woodland bought of Ebenezer Field, housewright May 1737, 33/15/.
    10 a. woodland bought of William Field, housewright, May 1737, 100.

    Children of Leonard & Ruth born at Jamaica, W.I.
    - son... Aug.2,1711, died Sep.20,1711
    daughter stillborn Jan.1,1718/9
    - son... stillborn Oct.15,1729.




    Father: John Vassall b: AFT 1613 in England
    Mother: Anna Lewis

    Marriage 1 Ruth Gale b: 30 SEP 1685 in of Jamaica, West Indies
    • Note: They had 17 children.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Samuel Vassall b: 5 NOV 1701 in Jamaica, West Indies
    2. Has No Children Lewis Vassall b: 29 MAY 1703 in Jamaica, West Indies
    3. Has No Children Mary Vassall b: 12 NOV 1704 in Jamaica, West Indies
    4. Has No Children Anna Vassall b: 20 JAN 1706/07 in Jamaica, West Indies
    5. Has No Children Boardo Vassall b: 9 JUL 1708 in Jamaica, West Indies
    6. Has Children Lewis Vassall b: 10 AUG 1709 in Jamaica, West Indies
    7. Has Children Ruth Vassall b: 17 AUG 1712 in Jamaica, West Indies
    8. Has No Children John Vassall b: 7 SEP 1713 in Jamaica, West Indies
    9. Has Children William Vassall b: 23 NOV 1715 in Jamaica, West Indies
    10. Has Children Elizabeth Vassall b: 16 JUL 1717 in Jamaica, West Indies
    11. Has No Children Sarah Vassall b: JAN 1719/20 in Jamaica, West Indies
    12. Has No Children Henry Vassall b: 25 DEC 1721 in Jamaica, West Indies
    13. Has No Children Mary Vassall b: 25 JUN 1723 in Boston, Suffolk, Ma
    14. Has No Children Susanna Vassall b: 20 NOV 1726 in Boston, Suffolk, Ma

    Marriage 2 Phebe Penhallow b: 14 JAN 1694/95 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, Nh
    • Married: 16 APR 1734 in Boston, Suffolk, Ma 2
    Children
    1. Has Children Anna Vassall b: 29 APR 1735 in Boston, Suffolk, Ma

    Sources:
    1. Title: Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850
      Author: Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, AB
      Publication: Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3.
      Repository:
      Note: New England Historic Genealogical Society
      Media: Card
      Page: 5185-9
    2. Title: Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850
      Author: Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, AB
      Publication: Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3.
      Repository:
      Note: New England Historic Genealogical Society
      Media: Card
      Page: 5187
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