Edmund Greenleaf was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, in 1574, the son of John and Margaret Greenleaf. He and his wife, Sarah Dole, had nine children, ca. 1613-1631, all born in England. He was one of the first settlers at Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1635. He moved to Boston ca. 1650 and died there in 1671. Descendants listed lived in Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, and elsewhere throughout the United States. Record chiefly follows the lines of those who have the Greenleaf surname.