John Legg and Elizabeth Melinda Cole
In The Early 18th century, thousands of people purchased
their passage across the Atlantic by contracting to work for three
to five years as servants. The earliest record of the Legg family
is that of John Legg, an indentured servant of Mr. John Humphrey.
John Legg was born in 1609 and came to America with
the Winthrop Fleet in 1631 and landed in Salem, Mass. On the 3rd
of May of that year, (John was then about 21 years old) he was severely
whipped ( First case of whipping inflicted in Salem, Massachusetts),
because he had struck a Richard Wright of Saugus who had corrected
him for idleness in his master's work.
On becoming a free man on May 6th, 1635, he moved to Marblehead,
Mass. and became one of the founders of that city. He was a ship
maker and a merchant. John eventually owned considerable property on
Marblehead's Great Neck. In 1659 he was one of five men to work on
"seating" the meeting house. He probably purchased "Legg's Hill" as
an investment. On the Indian campsite behind the hill, a number of
artifacts have been found. Two centuries later, the "Legg's Hill"
reservoir and standpipe, which was for the exclusive use of
Marblehead, still exist.
The above article taken from
The Founding of Marblehead
Author Thomas E. Gray
Published by: Gateway Press, Inc Baltimore 1984
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