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Families of the Children of Abigail4 Washburn and Josiah3 Leonard

 

 

         Josiah Leonard probably had only two children by his second wife, Abigail Washburn. Samuel Leonard is proven a son of Abigail by a lawsuit over his failure to deliver a good deed for land he sold that had belonged to his grandfather, John Washburn. Nathan Leonard is almost certainly also a son of Abigail judging by the age of his wife, the date of his marriage in 1744, and the apparent fact that he had children born as late as about 1764. All the other children of Josiah Leonard were most likely by his first wife, Margery Washburn.

 

 

 

 

Solomon1 Leonard

 

 

John2 Leonard

 

 

 

 

Sarah2 Chandler

 

Josiah3 Leonard

 

 

 

 

Sarah

 

Nathan4 Leonard

 

 

 

Samuel4 Leonard

 

 

 

 

 

 

John2 Washburn (5th)

 

 

John3 Washburn (6th)

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth2 Mitchell

 

Abigail4 Washburn

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas1 Lapham

 

 

Rebecca2 Lapham

 

 

 

 

Mary Tilden

 

(379.) Nathan4 Leonard, probably eldest son of (114) Abigail4 Washburn, (56) John3 (6th), (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born probably in Bridgewater, Massachusetts Colony, in say 1719, married Thankfull Besse, of Wareham, MA, possibly daughter of David and Mary Besse, on 22 Nov. 1744 in Wareham,[1] and they settled in Bridgewater. She was born on 10 Nov. 1727 in Plymouth.[2]

         Nathan Leonard died testate on 17 Feb. 1765 in Bridgewater.[3] His will was dated 15 Feb. 1765, and probated on 24 May 1765, and he mentioned his wife Thankfull, his six daughters, Abigail, Sarah, Phebe, Thankfull, Huldah, and Mary, who were all under the age of 18 except Abigail, and his two sons, Daniel and Nathan, who were both under age, were to divide all his real estate equally “when they come of age.” He also mentioned selling 6 acres of land north of brother Samuel’s dwelling house, as well as his colt and oxen to pay his debts and to pay for another cow for his wife Thankfull. He nominated his friend Jonathan Benson and his wife Thankfull as executors, but Benson renounced executorship in favor of the widow. His will was witnessed by Timothy Perkins, Jonathan Leonard, and Jonathan Washburn Junr.[4] (See Appendix Л for an abstract of his will.) His widow, Thankful Leonard, was still living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census, next door to her nephews, Samuel Leonard and Silvanus Leonard.[5] Thankfull (Besse) Leonard died supposedly in 1827, aged 103 [sic] years.

         Nathan Leonard and Thankfull Besse had children:[6]

        1033     i   Abigail5 Leonard, born on 1 Sept. 1745 in Bridgewater,[7] married (1319) Lt. Israel4 Keith (Jr.), son of (437) Israel3 and Betty (Chandler) Keith, of Bridgewater, on 4 Mar. 1767 in Bridgewater.[8] He was born on 20 June 1744 in Bridgewater,[9] a grandson of John2 and (127) Hannah4 (Washburn) Keith, and they lived in Sharon and Pomfret, VT. He was a member of the Universalist Society in Woodstock, VT, and was a Lieutenant in 1789,[10] but he was not a head of household in Vermont in the 1791 federal census. They were living in Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, in the 1800 federal census.[11]

        1034     ii   Lydia Leonard, born on 1 Feb. 1747 in Bridgewater,[12] died on 9 Apr. 1748 in Bridgewater.[13]

        1035    iii   Sarah Leonard, born on 19 Sept. 1748 in Bridgewater,[14] died on 25 Nov. 1754 in Bridgewater.[15]

        1036    iv   Nathan Leonard (Jr.), born on 10 July 1750 in Bridgewater,[16] died on 3 Nov. 1754 in Bridgewater.[17]

        1037     v   Huldah Leonard, born on 22 Apr. 1752 in Bridgewater,[18] died on 8 Dec. 1754 in Bridgewater.[19]

        1038    vi   Daniel5 Leonard, born on 13 May 1754 in Bridgewater,[20] married Phebe Leon­ard, of Raynham, MA, possibly daughter of Gamaliel and Bethiah (Leonard) Leonard,[21] in 1781,[22] and they moved to Sharon, Windsor Co., VT. She was born on 19 Aug. 1759 in Raynham.[23] They were living in Sharon, VT, in the 1791 federal census,[24] and in the 1800 federal census.[25] He died on 12 July 1830 in Sharon, VT, and she died on 20 Mar. 1848 in Sharon, VT.

        1039   vii   Sarah5 Leonard, born on 23 Apr. 1756 in Bridgewater,[26] married John Miller, of Middleborough, on 28 May 1778 in Bridge­water.[27] He was born in 1745, possibly in Bridgewater, and they moved to Pomfret, VT, in 1792. They were living in Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT, in the 1800 federal census.[28] He died on 18 Feb. 1824 in Pomfret, VT, and she died on 29 Aug. 1837 in Pomfret.

        1040   viii   Phebe5 Leonard, born on 4 July 1758 in Bridgewater,[29] died on 5 Mar. 1779 in Bridgewater,[30] pre­sumably unmarried.

        1041    ix   Dr. Nathan5 B. Leonard, born on 7 July 1760 in Bridgewater,[31] married Anstress Kent, daughter of Noah Kent, of Rehoboth, MA, on 1 June 1782. He was a physician, and may have been the Nathan Leonard who served in the Revolutionary War in 1776 from Roxbury, MA.[32] They were living in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA, in the 1790 federal census.[33] He died on 9 Apr. 1854 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA, and she died on 15 June 1859 in New Bedford.

        1042     x   Thankfull5 Leonard,[34] born ca. 1761 in Bridgewater,[35] married Rufus Conant, son of David and Rhoda (Latham) Conant (Jr.), on 28 Sept. 1783 in Bridgewater.[36] He was born on 27 Mar. 1757 in Bridgewater,[37] a grandson of David and Sarah (Hayward) Conant. No death or probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth Coun­ty, and he was not a head of household in Massachusetts or Vermont in the 1790 federal census.

        1043    xi   Huldah Leonard, born say ca. 1762 in Bridgewater, named in the will of her father in 1765.

        1044   xii   Mary Leonard, born say ca. 1764 in Bridgewater, named in the will of her father in 1765.

 

 

(380.) Samuel4 Leonard, probably youngest son of (114) Abigail4 Washburn, (56) John3 (6th), (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born probably in Bridgewater, Massachusetts Colony, in ca. 1721,[38] married Lydia Besse, of Wareham, MA, on 7 July 1748 in Wareham.[39] He served in the early Revolutionary War at the Siege of Boston in 1775,[40] and they possibly moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT, after the war, but he returned to Bridgewater, MA. He was possibly living with his son, Silvanus Leonard, in the 1790 federal census.

         Proof that Samuel Leonard was a son of Abigail Washburn is found in a lawsuit filed by James Richards, Joseph Pratt III, and Caleb Orcutt, all of Bridgewater, husbandmen, against Samuel Leonard for failing to deliver a good deed where the plaintiffs purchased 10 acres of land in West Bridgewater on 6 Oct. 1741 from Leonard for £100 which was laid out to Leonard’s grandfather John Washburne.[41]

         Samuel Leonard died on 23 Apr. 1792 in Bridgewater, “old,”[42] but no probate records were found in Plymouth County for him. They lived in Bridgewater and had children, order uncertain:[43]

        1045      i   (Unnamed child), died on 20 Dec. 1750 in Bridgewater.[44]

        1046     ii   Lydia Leonard, born on 29 Oct. 1751 in Bridgewater,[45] marriage not found.

        1047   iii   Samuel5 Leonard (Jr.), born on 28 Aug. 1753 in Bridgewater,[46] married Deborah6 Mitchell, daughter of Hon. Nathan5 and Anne4 (Cary) Mitchell, of Bridgewater,[47] on 27 May 1777 in Bridgewater.[48] She was born on 14 Jan. 1755 in Bridgewater,[49] a granddaughter of Timothy4 and Deborah (Packard) Mitchell,[50] and of Jonathan3 and Experience (Carver) Cary (Jr.)[51] Samuel Leonard (Jr.) served in the Revolutionary War, in the Siege of Boston, and they were living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census, next door to his aunt, Thankful Leonard, and brother Silvanus Leonard.[52] He died testate on 11 Dec. 1840 in Bridgewater, aged 87 years.[53] She died on 28 Oct. 1839 in Bridgewater, aged 84 years.[54] They had children:

a. Martin6 Leonard, born on 14 Mar. 1778 in Bridgewater,[55] married Hannah Stutson/Stetson.[56] He supposedly died on 13 Jan. 1862, but no probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

b. Mary6 “Polly” Leonard, born on 15 Mar. 1780 in Bridgewater,[57] married Silvanus Sturtevant, of Middleborough, in Jan. 1802.[58] She died on 17 Apr. 1860. No death or probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

c. Spencer6 Leonard, born on 21 Nov. 1781 in Bridgewater,[59] married Mary Wood, daughter of Capt. Simeon and (2345) Lydia7 (Washburn) Wood, on 2 May 1805 in Bridgewater.[60] She was born on 20 Feb. 1787 in Bridgewater,[61] a granddaughter of (927) Jeremiah6 and Charity (Pratt) Washburn. He died testate on 7 Mar. 1866 in Bridgewater, and his son, Spencer Leonard Jr., was granted “administration with will” of his estate on 9 Apr. 1866.[62]

d. Rebecca6 Leonard, born on 8 Sept. 1783 in Bridgewater,[63] married Libeus “Liba” Blossom, of Eaton, NH, on 5 Feb. 1804 in Bridgewater,[64] and they moved to Scarborough, ME. She died on 3 Nov. 1845 in Scarborough, and he died on 6 Nov. 1845, probably in Maine.

e. Rev. Lewis6 Leonard, born on 4 Oct. 1785 in Bridgewater,[65] married 1.) Betsey Leonard, of Middleborough, possibly daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth “Betsey” (Bryant) Leonard, on 12 Oct. 1812 in Middleborough.[66] She was born on 11 June 1788 in Middleborough,[67] and she died by 1850. He remarried to 2.) Lois Leonard, daughter of Capt. George and Mary (Allen) Leonard, of Middleborough, in May 1850. She was born on 20 June 1795 in Middleborough.[68] He supposedly died on 21 Nov. 1856 in Cazanovia, NY.

f. Ansel/Anselm6 Leonard, born on 6 Jan. 1788 in Bridgewater,[69] married Deborah “Debby” Conant, daughter of Dr. John and Deborah (Perkins) Conant (Jr.), on 19 May 1807 in Bridgewater.[70] She was born on 5 Nov. 1789 in Bridgewater.[71] He died intestate on 20 Jan. 1823 in Bridgewater, aged 35 years, of typhus fever,[72] and his brother, Spencer Leonard, was granted administration of his estate on 17 Feb. 1823.[73] Deborah (Conant) Leonard died a widow on 27 Jan. 1839 in Bridgewater, of “consumption,” aged 49 years.[74]

g. Anna6 Leonard, born on 2 Nov. 1790 in Bridgewater,[75] married Rev. Thomas Conant, son of Ezra and Mary (Conant) Conant, on 26 Mar. 1812 in Bridgewater.[76] He was a Baptist Minister.[77] She died on 12 May 1869. No probate records were found for him in Plymouth County.

h. Deborah Leonard, born on 15 Nov. 1792 in Bridgewater,[78] died on 25 Dec. 1795 in Bridgewater.[79]

i. Col. Samuel6 Leonard (3rd), born on 3 Aug. 1796 in Bridgewater,[80] married Mehitabel Bennett, of East Bridgewater, on 4 Sept. 1823 in East Bridgewater.[81] He died testate on 4 Apr. 1867 in Bridgewater.[82]

        1048   iv   Roland/Rowland5 Leonard, born on 25 July 1755 in Bridgewater,[83] married Lydia Smith, of Walpole, MA, on 8 Feb. 1787 in Walpole,[84] and they moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT. They were living in Pomfret, VT, in the 1791 federal census,[85] and in the 1800 federal census.[86] He died on 6 July 1806,[87] probably in Pomfret, VT, and she remarried to (___) Richardson, and then to (___) Hoyt. She died on 7 Aug. 1829. They had children:

a. Rowland6 Leonard (Jr.), born on 14 Mar. 1788 in Pomfret, VT,[88] married Polly Child on 18 Feb. 1813, and they lived in Stockbridge and Rochester, VT.[89] He died on 3 Oct. 1856,[90] presumably in Vermont.

b. Oliver6 Leonard, born on 18 Mar. 1790 in Pomfret,[91] married Rachel Pratt, daughter of Levi Pratt, on 13 Jan. 1814.[92] He died on 29 Dec. 1873,[93] presumably in VT.

c. Cephas Leonard, born on 11 July 1792, died on 15 Mar. 1795 in Pomfret, VT.[94]

d. John6 Leonard, born on 18 Sept. 1794 in Pomfret,[95] married Lois White on 18 Mar. 1819.[96] He died on 2 May 1866, presumably in VT., and she died on 20 Apr. 1876.[97]

e. Lydia6 Leonard, born on 18 Jan. 1797 in Pomfret,[98] married Ellis Tinkham, son of Isaiah and Susanna (Ellis) Tinkham, of Pomfret, on 15 Nov. 1815 in Pomfret.[99] He was born on 28 Jan. 1793,[100] a grandson of Nathan and Hannah (Soule) Tinkham, of Halifax, MA. She died on 26 Dec. 1864, presumably in Vermont, and he died on 2 Sept. 1883.[101]

f. Eunice6 Leonard, born on 10 May 1799 in Pomfret,[102] married Dr. Henry B. Peabody in 1821, but she died on 1 July 1821.[103]

g. Caleb6 Leonard, born on 9 Apr. 1801 in Pomfret,[104] married Mary Farrington on 22 Sept. 1830.[105] He died on 1 May 1868,[106] presumably in Vermont.

h. Joshua Leonard, born on 9 Apr. 1801 in Pomfret, died on 14 Feb. 1813.[107]

i. Rebecca6 Leonard, born on 5 Apr. 1803 in Pomfret,[108] died on 30 Mar. 1848,[109] presumably unmarried.

        1049     v   (Unnamed child), died on 19 Dec. 1758 in Bridgewater.[110]

        1050   vi   Dr. Sylvanus5 Leonard, born on 15 Sept. 1759 in Bridgewater,[111] married Eunice6 Kinsley, daughter of (578) Samuel5 and Sophia (White) Kinsley (4th), on 19 Nov. 1787 in Bridgewater.[112] She was born on 27 Aug. 1761 in Bridgewater,[113] a granddaughter of (152) Samuel and Mary (Packard[?]) Kinsley (3rd), of Easton. They were living in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1790 federal census, next door to his aunt, Thankful Leonard, and brother Samuel Leonard.[114] He was administrator of the estate of his sister-in-law, Sophia Kinsley, in 1800, and was appointed as guardian of Unite and Lydia Kinsley, of Middleborough, presumably his nieces, in 1801. No death or probate records were found for Dr. Sylvanus Leonard in Plymouth County. They had a daughter:

a. Clarissa6 Leonard, married Leonard Pratt, son of Cornelius and (1696) Martha6 (Leonard) Pratt,[115] on 3 Dec. 1818 in Bridgewater,[116] and they moved to Maine. He was a grandson of Jonathan and Elizabeth (French) Pratt, and of Jonathan5 and (538) Martha5 (Washburn) Leonard.[117]

        1051   vii   Silas5 Leonard, married Nabby Smith on 15 Dec. 1785 in Bridgewater,[118] and they moved to Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, where he was a shoemaker, but they supposedly moved from Vermont in 1792.[119] They were living in Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, in the 1791 federal census,[120] but he was not a head of household in Vermont in the 1800 federal census. Children not found. No death or probate records were found for either of them in Plymouth County.

        1052   viii   Eunice Leonard, marriage not found, possibly the unnamed child of Samuel Leonard who died on 2 June 1770 in Bridgewater.[121]

        1053    ix   Zilpah5 Leonard, married Cephas6 Kinsley, son of (578) Samuel5 and Sophia (White) Kinsley (4th), of Bridgewater, on 14 Feb. 1788,[122] and they lived in Middleborough. He was born on 27 Sept. 1763 in Bridgewater,[123] a grand­son of (152) Samuel4 and Mary (Packard[?]) Kinsley (3rd), of Easton. He was not a head of household in Massachusetts in the 1790 federal census, and may have been living with one of his brothers at the time. He died intes­tate on 15 Mar. 1800 in Bridgewater or Titicut, MA,[124] and his widow, Zilpha Kinsley, was granted administration of his estate, which was found insolvent.[125] They supposedly had a son and a daughter, names unknown.

        1054    x   Abigail5 Leonard, married Jacob Perkins, son of Isaac and (643) Joanna4 (Edson) Perkins, of Titicut, MA, on 2 Oct. 1788 in Middleborough.[126] He was born on 21 Sept. 1763 in Bridgewater,[127] a grandson of Benjamin3 and (163) Joanna (Orcutt) Edson.[128] He was not a head of household in Plymouth Co., MA, in the 1790 federal census. She supposedly died on 20 Feb. 1810 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough,[129] and he remarried to 2.) Keziah Reed, of Middleborough, on 20 Apr. 1820 in Middleborough.[130] They were living in Middleborough in the 1820,[131] 1830,[132] and 1840 federal censuses,[133] where he was a farmer. She supposedly died on 10 July 1844 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough,[134] and Jacob Perkins died intestate on 6 Aug. 1846 in Titicut, aged 83 years.[135] Abigail (Leonard) Perkins had at least 3 children:

a. Jacob L. Perkins, born ca. 1790, died on 30 Sept. 1811 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough.[136]

b. Sally Perkins, born ca. 1795, died on 13 Dec. 1808 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough.[137]

c. Cyrus Perkins, born ca. 1801, died on 2 Dec. 1819 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough.[138]

d. (Possibly others)[139]

 

 

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    [1] Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1916, 2 volumes, [hereinafter Bridgewater VRs], Vol. 2, p. 244, not found in the Wareham Vital Records published in The Mayflower Descendant.

    [2] Van Antwerp, Lee D., Vital Records of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Picton Press, Camden, ME, 1993, [hereinafter Plymouth VRs], p. 83.

    [3] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 517, from a private record of deaths; Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Boston, 1840, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1983, [hereinafter Mitchell, History of Bridgewater], p. 236.

    [4] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12658, Vol. 19, p. 220-221.

    [5] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 165, Bridgewater Town, Plymouth County, the Thankful Leonard household had only 2 free white females.

    [6] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 236, says they had Abigail 1745, Lydia 1747, Sarah 1748, Nathan 1750, Huldah 1752, Daniel 1754, Sarah 1756, Phebe 1758, Nathan 1760, and Thankful.

    [7] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 213.

    [8] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 240.

    [9] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 186.

    [10] Vail, Henry Hobart, Pomfret, Vermont, Vol. 2, Boston, 1930, [hereinafter Vail, Pomfret], p. 521.

    [11] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprinted by Clearfield Company, p. 174, Sharon, Windsor County, the Israel Keith household had 1 male aged 10-15, 1 male aged 45 or older, 2 females aged 10-15, and 1 female aged 45 or older.

    [12] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214.

    [13] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 518.

    [14] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214.

    [15] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 518.

    [16] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214.

    [17] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 518.

    [18] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 213.

    [19] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 518.

    [20] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 213.

    [21] Stover, Margaret Harris, Vital Records of Raynham, Massachusetts, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1997, [hereinafter Raynham VRs], p. 86, marriage intentions of Gam[    ] Leonard and Bethiah Leonard, both of Raynham, recorded on 14 Oct. 1754 in Raynham.

    [22] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 242, marriage intentions recorded 3 Nov. 1781 in Bridgewater; Raynham VRs, p. 99, marriage intentions recorded 19 Nov. 1781 in Raynham.

    [23] Raynham VRs, p. 28.

    [24] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Vermont, actually taken in 1791, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 64, Sharon Town, Windsor Co., VT, the Daniel Leonard household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older, 3 free white males under 16, and 3 free white females.

    [25] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprinted by Clearfield Company, p. 174, Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, the Daniel Leonard household had 1 male under 10, 2 males aged 10-15, 1 male aged 16-25, 1 male aged 45 or older, 2 females under 10, 1 female aged 10-15, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

    [26] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214.

    [27] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 241.

    [28] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprinted by Clearfield Company, p. 169, Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT, the John Miller household had 1 male under 10, 1 male aged 10-15, 1 male aged 16-25, 1 male aged 45 or older, 1 female under 10, 2 females aged 10-15, 1 female aged 16-25, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

    [29] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214.

    [30] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 519, from a private record of deaths.

    [31] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214. The initial “B.” is not in his birth record.

    [32] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 236.

    [33] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 52, Rehoboth Town, Bristol Co., MA, the Nathan Leonard household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older, 3 free white males under 16, and 2 free white females.

    [34] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 236.

    [35] Calculated from the date of her marriage in 1783.

    [36] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245.

    [37] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 79.

    [38] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 236, calculated from his death in 1792 aged 71 years.

    [39] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245, not found in the Wareham Vital Records published in The Mayflower Descendant.

    [40] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [41] Plymouth Co. Court Records, Vol. 6, Court of Common Pleas, Session 8, p. 449.

    [42] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 520, buried apparently in the South Precinct Burying Place, Bridgewater; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 236, says he died in 1792 aged 71 years.

    [43] The last four children from Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 236. Their births are not recorded in the Bridgewater Vital Records.

    [44] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 517, from a private record of deaths.

    [45] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 217.

    [46] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 218, also from the Leonard Family Bible.

    [47] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 245.

    [48] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 241.

    [49] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 227.

    [50] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 244.

    [51] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 132.

    [52] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 165, Bridgewater Town, Plymouth County, the Samuel Leonard household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older, 4 free white males under 16, and 3 free white females.

    [53] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 520, buried in Hillside Cemetery in Bridgewater; Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #12671.

    [54] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 519, buried in Hillside Cemetery in Bridgewater.

    [55] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 217, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls him “husband of Hannah Stutson.”

    [56] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 244, from the Leonard Family Bible, which does not have the marriage date.

    [57] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 218, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls her “wife of Salvanus Sturtavant.”

    [58] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 244, marriage intentions recorded 16 May 1801 in Bridgewater, the Leonard Family Bible does not have the marriage date.

    [59] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 219, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls him “husband of Mary.”

    [60] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245.

    [61] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 357. She was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Bridgewater.

    [62] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12684.

    [63] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 218, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls her “wife of Liba Blossom.”

    [64] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245.

    [65] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 217, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls him “husband of Betsey Leonard.”

    [66] Merrick, Barbara Lambert, and Alicia Crane Williams, Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records, The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, Volume One: 1986, Volume Two: 1990, [hereinafter Middleborough VRs], Vol. 2, pp. 190, 203; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 243, marriage intentions recorded 26 Sept. 1812 in Bridgewater, the Leonard Family Bible does not have the marriage date.

    [67] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 263.

    [68] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 233.

    [69] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls him “husband of Deborah.”

    [70] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 242. The Leonard Family Bible has the date as May 27th.

    [71] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 76, taken from the Seth Pratt Family Bible.

    [72] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 518, buried in the Old Graveyard in Bridgewater, also from the Leonard Family Bible.

    [73] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12576.

    [74] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 521, under “Leonerd,” buried in the Conant Street Cemetery, Bridgewater.

    [75] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 214, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls her “wife of Thomas Conant.”

    [76] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 242, the Leonard Family Bible has the date as March 25th.

    [77] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 140.

    [78] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 215, taken from the Leonard Family Bible.

    [79] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 519, buried in the Old Graveyard in Bridgewater, also from the Leonard Family Bible.

    [80] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 218, taken from the Leonard Family Bible, which also calls him “husband of Mehitable Bennet.”

    [81] Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1917, [hereinafter East Bridgewater VRs], p. 251; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245, marriage intentions recorded 2 Aug. 1823 in Bridgewater, the marriage date from the Leonard Family Bible.

    [82] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12672.

    [83] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 218.

    [84] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245; Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [85] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Vermont, actually taken in 1791, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 62, Pomfret Town, Windsor County, the Rowland Leonard household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older, 2 free white males under 16, and 1 free white female.

    [86] Heads of Families at the Second Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1800: Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, 1938, reprinted by Clearfield Company, p. 169, Pomfret, Windsor County, the Roland Leonard household had 1 male under 10, 2 males aged 10-15, 1 male aged 45 or older, 2 females under 10, 1 female aged 26-44, and 1 female aged 45 or older.

    [87] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [88] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [89] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [90] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [91] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [92] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [93] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [94] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [95] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [96] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [97] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [98] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [99] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [100] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [101] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [102] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [103] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [104] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [105] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [106] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [107] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [108] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [109] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [110] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 517, from a private record of deaths. This could have been the daughter Lydia who was born in 1751.

    [111] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 219.

    [112] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245.

    [113] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 199.

    [114] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Massachusetts, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 165, Bridgewater Town, Plymouth County, the Silvanus Leonard household had 2 free white males aged 16 or older and 2 free white females.

    [115] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 279.

    [116] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 242.

    [117] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, pp. 276, 237.

    [118] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 245.

    [119] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

    [120] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: Vermont, actually taken in 1791, Bountiful, Utah, 1993, p. 64, Sharon Town, Windsor County, the Silas Leonard household had 1 free white male aged 16 or older and 3 free white females.

    [121] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 521, apparently buried in the South Precinct Burying Place in Bridgewater.

    [122] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 246, marriage intentions recorded 29 Dec. 1787 in Bridgewater, and she was called “of Pomfret, Vt” in the marriage intentions.

    [123] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 199.

    [124] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 509, from a record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus, of North Middleborough.

    [125] Plym­outh Co. Pro­bate Docket #12204; Vol. 34, p. 234; Vol. 37, p. 251.

    [126] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, pp. 111, 146; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 242.

    [127] Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 1, p. 254.

    [128] Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 152.

    [129] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 31 Mar. 2004 by Kenneth L. Shaw, buried in Titicut Parish Cemetery in North Middleborough, but her death was not listed in Wood, Middleboro Deaths.

    [130] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, pp. 210, 226.

    [131] 1820 Federal Census, Middleborough, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 408, the Jacob Perkins household had 1 male aged 45 or over, 1 female aged 26-44 years, and had 1 person engaged in agriculture.

    [132] 1830 Federal Census, Middleborough, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 254, the Jacob Perkins household had 1 male aged 5-9 years, 1 male aged 60-69 years, and 1 female aged 30-39 years.

    [133] 1840 Federal Census, Middleborough, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 76, the Jacob Perkins household had 1 male aged 15-19 years, 1 male aged 50-59 years [sic], 1 female aged 40-49 years, and had 1 person employed in agriculture.

    [134] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 31 Mar. 2004 by Kenneth L. Shaw, buried in Titicut Parish Cemetery, North Middleborough.

    [135] Wood, Deacon Alfred, Record of Deaths, Middleboro, Massachusetts, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, 1947, [hereinafter Wood, Middleboro Deaths], p. 129; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 537, from a record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus, of North Middleborough, which has the date as August 7th; Plym­outh Co. Probate Docket #15579.

    [136] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 31 Mar. 2004 by Kenneth L. Shaw, buried in Titicut Parish Cemetery in North Middleborough.

    [137] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 31 Mar. 2004 by Kenneth L. Shaw, buried in Titicut Parish Cemetery in North Middleborough.

    [138] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 31 Mar. 2004 by Kenneth L. Shaw, buried in Titicut Parish Cemetery in North Middleborough.

    [139] Probably another son by his second wife, Keziah Reed, born in the early 1820s, as indicated by the 1830 and 1840 federal censuses.



Л APPENDIX Л: Abstract of the Will of Nathan Leonard, of Bridgewater (1765): *

Will of Nathan Leonard of Bridgwater, yeoman, dated 15 Feb. 1765

To my wife Thankfull all my indoor moveables and other personal estate except my colt & oxen and the debts due to me to be at her disposal and the improvementof all my real estate “till my sons come of age” and after that the improvement of 1/3 of my estate whil she shall continue as my widow.

To my 6 daughters, namely Abigail, Sarah, Phebe, Thankfull, Huldah and Mary, 6 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence apiece, Abigail to be paid in 1 year after my descease, and the rest to be paid as they reach 18.

To my sons Daniel and Nathan, all my real estate after my debts and legacies have been paid to be equally divided between them.

My friend Jonathan Benson to be Executor and my wife to be Executrix. My colt and oxen to be sold and the debts due to me called in to pay all my debts, and my daughter Abigail’s legacy, and to procure another cow besides what I have for my wife. If that be insufficient, then to sell 6 acres of land to the northward of Brother Samuel’s dwelling house for the purposes aforesaid, and if that should still be insufficient then to sell off from the homestead a portion where it will be least prejudicial to the improvement of the same.

                                                                                                                                Nathan Leonard

Witnesses: Timothy Perkins, Jonathan Leonard, Jonathan X  Washburn junr.

 

Probated on 24 May 1765, presented in court by Thankfull Leonard, Jonathan Benson having renounced the executorship, and proved by Timothy Perkins and Jonathan Washburn Jun.

 

* Abstracted by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 19, pp. 220-221, from FHL microfilm #0550711.