John Greenleaf (c1550)

The Feuilleverte (or Greenleaf) family was Huguenot, a name given to the French Calvinist Protestants of the 16th and 17th centuries, largely inspired by Martin Luther. During the 17th century, the Huguenots saw their power and privileges progressively undermined by the strongly Catholic kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. In 1685 the Edict of Nantes was revoked and thousands of Protestants chose to migrate from France rather than accept Catholicism. Many, including the Greenleafs, fled to England and thence to the United States.

The information about Robert and Elizabeth is taken from the 'Unconnected Families' section of James Edward Greenleaf's, Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family Boston, 1896).

Speculation that Robert and Elizabeth were Mary Greenleaf's grandparents rests on the basis that their son, Cornelius, is the only one of that name in James' entire book; he resided in the Prince Edward County area at the same time that Mary was born there; there is a Cornelius listed as having died in Canada at the right time; and Mary named one of her sons Cornelius.

He is listed in Russ Waller's, Adolphustown Loyalist Families: Index to Early Settlers of Adolphustown (Including UE Designation, Disbanded Troops and 6 censuses from 1794-1822. He and three family members resided there in 1805 and the 1808 Fredericksburg Assessment (Ontario Register #3) has him with 55 acres - 45 cultivated - 2 horses and 5 cattle.

It is possible that Cornelius came to Canada with family members who later returned to the States. His family was situated in the Hudson Valley area.

There are reports that Mary may have been born in either Ameliasburgh Township or Adolphustown Township, Ontario. According to family lore, she was made to smoke her pipe in the root-cellar because the family was embarrassed that someone might find out. She is buried in the Gibson Burying Ground (Pollment Cemetery) in Seymour West Township, Ontario.

...from The Campbellford Herald, 11 January 1894/page 3:
DEATH OF A CENTENARIAN - The Oldest Person in Campbellford Reaches Five Score Years
A century of life is a long existence and only a few of the great company who are launched into eternity are spared to attain that age. One of the few is the late Mary Taft of this village who entered her final rest on the 27th. of December last. The deceased was born at Ameliasburgh in Prince Edward County on New Year's Day in 1794, and therefore lacked only four days of being one hundred years old. For the past five years she has resided here with her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Frederick and previously with a son in Belleville. Mrs. Taft's earthly pilgrimage was lengthened out until her descendents multiplied into the fourth generation. She was married when a young woman to the late Donald Taft who crossed the great borderland 34 years ago at the age of 66 years. As a result of this union 11 children were born to them, nine of whom are still living, the eldest seventy-five years of age being Mrs. Hunter who resides in Michigan. The remaining seven children are Cornelius Taft of Ferry Point, Prince Edward County; Samuel Taft and Alpheus Taft of Belleville; Gilyam Taft and David Taft of Carrying Place; Mrs. Jacob Wannamaker of Greenbush, below Picton and Mrs. Loraine Bova who resides near Trenton. The increase that has come to this large family now number fifty-seven grand-children, and there is a numerous company of great- grandchildren and a few great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Taft was blessed with good health all her days. She was a member of the English Church, and for many years past had made preparation for life beyond the grave, her daily prayer having been an appeal to the Lord to remove her from earth. She was able to sew and read until a few months ago, and she could walk up and down stairs and dress and undress herself without assistance. Her power of speech failed only about an hour before the end came and consciousness remained to the last. When about to depart she took her daughter by the hand and with the other hand pointing upwards she sank peacefully away into a sleep to wake no more in this life.

Descendants of John Greenleaf

Robert Greenleaf (c1738:Bergen, NJ-c1825)
+Elizabeth Earl (c1740:Bergen, NJ-
.....2 Polly Greenleaf (1760-
.....2 Enoch Greenleaf (c1761-
.....2 Robert Greenleaf (c1762-
.....2 Cornelius Greenleaf (c1765-
.............3 Mary Greenleaf (1794-1893)
................+Donald Taft (1794-1860)
.....................4 Jane Taft (c1825-1915)
........................+Louis Frederick (c1824-1891)
.............................5 John Wesley Frederick (1856-1943)
...............................+Isabella Victoria Nicholas (1861-1932)
.....................................6 Olive Florence Frederick (1884-1975)
.......................................+Alfred Burney Skitch (1881-1927)
..............................................7 Margaret Vera Skitch (1915-1967)
................................................+Arthur Edward Bolton (1914-1964)
......................................................8 Peter John Bolton
........................................................+Barbara Elizabeth Jean Kyle
.....2 John Greenleaf (c1767-
.....2 Peter Greenleaf (c1769-
.....2 Charity Greenleaf (c1770-
.....2 Peggy Greenleaf (c1772-


Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario
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