Richard Leach

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Richard Leach, son of Richard Leach and Hannah Balch, was born at Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 15 July 1711.1,2,3 He died at Torrington, Connecticut, in 1805.4

Richard married (1) Margaret Knowlton, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Ashford, Connecticut, 17 March 1736;5 he married (2) Amity Bugbee, daughter of Josiah Bugbee and Sarah Hubbard, at Ashford, 2 May 1739.5

Richard Leach left home as a young man, and with his brother Ebenezer, settled at Ashford, Connecticut. By deed dated 11 Nov 1732 he released by quit claim to Samuel Gott of Wenham, Massachusetts his share of his father's estate for £129-15-9. With this money he bought 150 acres at Ashford. Later he sold the Ashford property and removed to Torrington, Connecticut. He was a member of the first church of Torrington where all his children were baptized by Rev. Nathaniel Roberts.6

Family 1

Margaret Knowlton b. 2 Nov 1718, d. Jan 1738
  • Sarah Leach5 b. 16 Nov 1736

Family 2

Amity Bugbee b. say 1719
  • Margaret Leach5 b. 17 Feb 1739/40
  • Hezekiah Leach5 b. 10 Jun 1742
  • Nathaniel Leach7 b. 20 May 1744
  • Abigail Leach7,8 b. 6 Dec 1745
  • Joshua Leach7,8 b. 11 Apr 1748
  • Caleb Leach7,8 b. 11 Apr 1748
  • Tabitha Leach7,8 b. 20 Dec 1750
  • Jonas Leach7 b. 4 Oct 1752
  • Reverend Richard Leach+7 b. 29 Sep 1754, d. 6 Jul 1826
  • Ebenezer Leach6 b. say 1756
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  1. [S230] F. Phelps Leach, Lawrence Leach of Salem, Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants, 2 vols. (St. Albans, Vermont: Messenger Press, 1924-1925), 1:19, further cited as Leach Descendants.
  2. [S229] Owen Glenn Leach Jr., Leach: A Genealogy, (Greenwich, Connecticut: p.p., 1968), 38-42, further cited as Leach, Leach Genealogy.
  3. [S644] Galusha B. Balch, Genealogy of the Balch Families in America (Salem, Massachusetts: Eben Putnam, 1897), 28, further cited as Balch, Balch Families in America.
  4. [S231] Samuel Orcutt, History of Torrington, Connecticut: From Its First Settlement in 1737, With Biographies and Genealogies (1878; reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1990), 729, further cited as Orcutt, History of Torrington.
  5. [S1184] Lucius B. Barbour and Lorraine Cook White (editor), The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (55 vols., Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1994-2002), 1:150, further cited as Barbour and White, Barbour Collection.
  6. [S230] Leach Descendants, 38.
  7. [S231] Orcutt, History of Torrington, 301.
  8. [S1184] Barbour and White, Barbour Collection, 23:139 (Litchfield).