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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 [A] for a full transcription 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]

        1039     i   Abigail5 Leonard, born on 1 Sept. 1745 in Bridgewater,[7] married (1334) 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] He died on 3 Dec. 1808 in Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT,[12] but no probate records were filed for his estate in Windsor Co., VT.[13] She may have been living with her son Jephthah Keith in Sharon, VT, in the 1810 federal census.[14] (See his family for their children.)

        1040    ii   Lydia Leonard, born on 1 Feb. 1747 in Bridgewater,[15] died on 9 Apr. 1748 in Bridgewater.[16]

        1041   iii   Sarah Leonard, born on 19 Sept. 1748 in Bridgewater,[17] died on 25 Nov. 1754 in Bridgewater.[18]

        1042   iv   Nathan Leonard (Jr.), born on 10 July 1750 in Bridgewater,[19] died on 3 Nov. 1754 in Bridgewater.[20]

        1043    v   Huldah Leonard, born on 22 Apr. 1752 in Bridgewater,[21] died on 8 Dec. 1754 in Bridgewater.[22]

        1044   vi   Daniel5 Leonard, born on 13 May 1754 in Bridgewater,[23] married Phebe Leon­ard, of Raynham, MA, possibly daughter of Gamaliel and Bethiah (Leonard) Leonard,[24] in 1781,[25] and they moved to Sharon, Windsor Co., VT. She was born on 19 Aug. 1759 in Raynham.[26] They were living in Sharon, VT, in the 1791,[27] 1800,[28] and 1810 federal censuses.[29] He died on 12 July 1829 in Sharon, VT,[30] and she died on 20 Mar. 1848 in Sharon, VT,[31] and they were both buried in Broad Brook Cemetery in Sharon, VT.

        1045  vii   Sarah5 Leonard, born on 23 Apr. 1756 in Bridgewater,[32] married Lt. John Miller (3rd), son of John and Waitstill (Clapp) Miller (Jr.), of Middleborough,[33] on 28 May 1778 in Bridge­water.[34] He was born ca. 1744,[35] probably in Middleborough, and they moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT, in 1792. They were living in Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT, in the 1800,[36] 1810,[37] and 1820 federal censuses.[38] He died on 18 Feb. 1824 in Pomfret, VT, aged 79 years,[39] and she died on 29 Aug. 1837 in Pomfret, VT, aged 82 years,[40] and they were both buried in Hewittville Cemetery in Pomfret, VT.

        1046 viii   Phebe5 Leonard, born on 4 July 1758 in Bridgewater,[41] died on 5 Mar. 1779 in Bridgewater,[42] pre­sumably unmarried.

        1047   ix   Dr. Nathan5 B. Leonard, born on 7 July 1760 in Bridgewater,[43] 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.[44] They were living in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA, in the 1790 federal census.[45] He died on 9 Apr. 1854 in New Bedford, Bristol Co., MA, and she died on 15 June 1859 in New Bedford.

        1048    x   Thankfull5 Leonard,[46] born ca. 1761 in Bridgewater,[47] married Rufus Conant, son of David and Rhoda (Latham) Conant (Jr.), on 28 Sept. 1783 in Bridgewater.[48] He was born on 27 Mar. 1757 in Bridgewater,[49] 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.

        1049   xi   Huldah Leonard, born say ca. 1762 in Bridgewater, named in the will of her father in 1765.

        1050  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,[50] married Lydia Besse, of Wareham, MA, on 7 July 1748 in Wareham.[51] He served in the early Revolutionary War at the Siege of Boston in 1775,[52] 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.[53]

         Samuel Leonard died on 23 Apr. 1792 in Bridgewater, “old,”[54] but no probate records were found in Plymouth County for him. They lived in Bridgewater and had children, order uncertain:[55]

        1051     i   (Unnamed child), died on 20 Dec. 1750 in Bridgewater.[56]

        1052    ii   Lydia Leonard, born on 29 Oct. 1751 in Bridgewater,[57] marriage not found.

        1053   iii   Samuel5 Leonard (Jr.), born on 28 Aug. 1753 in Bridgewater,[58] married Deborah6 Mitchell, daughter of Hon. Nathan5 and Anne4 (Cary) Mitchell, of Bridgewater,[59] on 27 May 1777 in Bridgewater.[60] She was born on 14 Jan. 1755 in Bridgewater,[61] a granddaughter of Timothy4 and Deborah (Packard) Mitchell,[62] and of Jonathan3 and Experience (Carver) Cary (Jr.)[63] 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.[64] He died testate on 11 Dec. 1840 in Bridgewater, aged 87 years,[65] his will dated 12 Sept. 1822, and probated on the third Monday of Jan. 1841, mentioned his wife Deborah, his daughters Polly, Rebecca, and Anne, and his five sons Martin, Spencer, Lewis, Ansel, and Samuel, and he named his son Spencer Leonard as executor of his estate.[66] (See Appendix [B] for a full transcription of his will.) She died on 28 Oct. 1839 in Bridgewater, aged 84 years.[67] They had children:

a. Martin6 Leonard, born on 14 Mar. 1778 in Bridgewater,[68] married Hannah Stutson or Stetson.[69] 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,[70] married Silvanus Sturtevant, of Middleborough, in Jan. 1802.[71] 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,[72] married Mary Wood, daughter of Capt. Simeon and (2425) Lydia7 (Washburn) Wood, on 2 May 1805 in Bridgewater.[73] She was born on 20 Feb. 1787 in Bridgewater,[74] a granddaughter of (927) Jeremiah6 and Charity (Pratt) Washburn. He was executor of his father’s estate in 1841. 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.[75]

d. Rebecca6 Leonard, born on 8 Sept. 1783 in Bridgewater,[76] married Libeus “Liba” Blossom, of Eaton, NH, on 5 Feb. 1804 in Bridgewater,[77] 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,[78] married 1.) Betsey Leonard, of Middleborough, possibly daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth “Betsey” (Bryant) Leonard, on 12 Oct. 1812 in Middleborough.[79] She was born on 11 June 1788 in Middleborough,[80] 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.[81] He supposedly died on 21 Nov. 1856 in Cazanovia, NY.

f. Ansel/Anselm6 Leonard, born on 6 Jan. 1788 in Bridgewater,[82] married Deborah “Debby” Conant, daughter of Dr. John and Deborah (Perkins) Conant (Jr.), on 19 May 1807 in Bridgewater.[83] She was born on 5 Nov. 1789 in Bridgewater.[84] He died intestate on 20 Jan. 1823 in Bridgewater, aged 35 years, of typhus fever,[85] and his brother, Spencer Leonard, was granted administration of his estate on 17 Feb. 1823.[86] Deborah (Conant) Leonard died a widow on 27 Jan. 1839 in Bridgewater, of “consumption,” aged 49 years.[87]

g. Anna6 Leonard, born on 2 Nov. 1790 in Bridgewater,[88] married Rev. Thomas Conant, son of Ezra and Mary (Conant) Conant, on 26 Mar. 1812 in Bridgewater.[89] He was a Baptist Minister.[90] 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,[91] died on 25 Dec. 1795 in Bridgewater.[92]

i. Col. Samuel6 Leonard (3rd), born on 3 Aug. 1796 in Bridgewater,[93] married Mehitabel Bennett, of East Bridgewater, on 4 Sept. 1823 in East Bridgewater.[94] He died testate on 4 Apr. 1867 in Bridgewater.[95]

        1054   iv   Rowland5 Leonard, born on 25 July 1755 in Bridgewater,[96] married Lydia Smith, of Walpole, MA, on 8 Feb. 1787 in Walpole,[97] and they moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT. They were living in Pomfret, VT, in the 1791 federal census,[98] and in the 1800 federal census.[99] He died testate on 6 July 1806,[100] probably in Pomfret, VT, his will dated 30 June 1806, and probated on 5 Aug. 1806, mentioned his wife Lydia, sons Rowland Leonard and John Leonard, twin sons Caleb and Joshua Leonard, three daughters Lydia Leonard, Eunice Leonard, and Rebecca Leonard, and son Oliver Leonard, who was to inherit his farm and land.[101] His inventory, dated 20 Aug. 1806, and recorded in Jan. 1807, was valued at $949.95, including his farm supposed to be 50 acres with the buildings, valued at $530.[102] (See Appendix [C] for a full transcription of his will.) She supposedly remarried to (___) Richardson, and then to (___) Hoyt, and she died on 7 Aug. 1829.[103] They had children:

a. Rowland6 Leonard (Jr.), born on 14 Mar. 1788 in Pomfret, VT,[104] married Polly Child on 18 Feb. 1813, and they lived in Stockbridge and Rochester, VT.[105] He died on 3 Oct. 1856,[106] presumably in Vermont.

b. Oliver6 Leonard, born on 18 Mar. 1790 in Pomfret,[107] married Rachel Pratt, daughter of Levi Pratt, on 13 Jan. 1814.[108] He inherited his father’s farm in Pomfret. He died on 29 Dec. 1873,[109] presumably in Vermont.

c. Cephas Leonard, born on 11 July 1792, died on 15 Mar. 1795 in Pomfret, VT.[110]

d. John6 Leonard, born on 18 Sept. 1794 in Pomfret,[111] married Lois White on 18 Mar. 1819.[112] He died on 2 May 1866, presumably in VT, and she died on 20 Apr. 1876.[113]

e. Lydia6 Leonard, born on 18 Jan. 1797 in Pomfret,[114] married Ellis Tinkham, son of Isaiah and Susanna (Ellis) Tinkham, of Pomfret, on 15 Nov. 1815 in Pomfret.[115] He was born on 28 Jan. 1793,[116] 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.[117]

f. Eunice6 Leonard, born on 10 May 1799 in Pomfret,[118] married Dr. Henry B. Peabody in 1821, but she died on 1 July 1821.[119]

g. Caleb6 Leonard, born on 9 Apr. 1801 in Pomfret,[120] married Mary Farrington on 22 Sept. 1830.[121] He died on 1 May 1868,[122] presumably in Vermont.

h. Joshua Leonard, born on 9 Apr. 1801 in Pomfret, died on 14 Feb. 1813.[123]

i. Rebecca6 Leonard, born on 5 Apr. 1803 in Pomfret,[124] died on 30 Mar. 1848,[125] presumably unmarried.

        1055    v   (Unnamed child), died on 19 Dec. 1758 in Bridgewater.[126]

        1056   vi   Dr. Sylvanus5 Leonard, born on 15 Sept. 1759 in Bridgewater,[127] married Eunice6 Kinsley, daughter of (578) Samuel5 and Sophia (White) Kinsley (4th), on 19 Nov. 1787 in Bridgewater.[128] She was born on 27 Aug. 1761 in Bridgewater,[129] 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,[130] and in the Titicut part of Bridgewater in the 1800 federal census.[131] He was administrator of the estate of his sister-in-law, Sophia Kinsley, in 1800, and was appointed as guardian of his nephew and niece, Unite and Lydia Kinsley, of Middleborough, 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 Lt. Cornelius and (1757) Martha6 (Leonard) Pratt,[132] on 3 Dec. 1818 in Bridgewater.[133] He was born ca. 1783,[134] a grandson of Jonathan and (645) Elisabeth (French) Pratt, and of Jonathan5 and (538) Martha5 (Washburn) Leonard,[135] and they moved to Maine. They were living in Township No. 6, Oxford Co., ME, in the 1820 federal census, where he was a farmer,[136] in Berlin, Oxford Co., ME, in the 1830 federal census,[137] and in Carthage, Franklin Co., ME, in the 1840 federal census, where he was a farmer.[138] She apparently died by 1850, and he was living in Phillips, Franklin Co., ME, in the 1850 federal census, where he was a farmer.[139] No death record was found for either of them in Maine.

        1057  vii   Silas5 Leonard, married Nabby Smith on 15 Dec. 1785 in Bridgewater,[140] and they moved to Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, where he was a shoemaker.[141] They were living in Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, in the 1791 federal census,[142] and he died intestate in 1800 in Sharon, VT. On 6 Mar. 1800 Abida Smith, Esq., of Pomfret, VT, applied for administration of his estate, with a certificate from Nabby Leonard, widow of the deceased, relinquishing her right and asking that Smith be appointed as administrator. Reuben Spalding, Esq., David Child, and Titus Shepherd were appointed to appraise his estate, which was dated 2 Apr. 1800, presented on 29 Aug. 1800, and totaled $1511.69, including his farm containing 100 acres of land in Sharon valued at $900, with various livestock, wheat, rye, corn, etc.[143] Reuben Spalding, David Child, and Titus Shepard were appointed to set off to Nabby Leonard, widow of Silas Leonard, her dower in the estate of Silas Leonard, on 6 Apr. 1802.[144] They had one son:

a. Silas Leonard (Jr.), born say ca. 1798 in Sharon, VT. Uriah Hayes, of Sharon, was appointed as guardian of Silas Leonard, a minor above the age of 14 years, and heir to the estate of Silas Leonard, late of Sharon, deceased, pursuant to the choice of said minor, on 3 Feb. 1813.[145]

        1058 viii   Eunice Leonard, marriage not found, possibly the unnamed child of Samuel Leonard who died on 2 June 1770 in Bridgewater.[146]

        1059   ix   Zilpah5 Leonard, married 1.) Cephas6 Kinsley, son of (578) Samuel5 and Sophia (White) Kinsley (4th), of Bridgewater, on 14 Feb. 1788.[147] He was born on 27 Sept. 1763 in Bridgewater,[148] a grand­son of (152) Samuel4 and Mary (Packard[?]) Kinsley (3rd), of Easton, and they lived in Middleborough, where he was a blacksmith.[149] 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,[150] and his widow, Zilpha Kinsley, was granted administration of his estate, which was found insolvent.[151] She remarried to 2.) Joseph Leonard “2d,” of Middleborough, in ca. 1801.[152] She had two children:

a. Unite Kinsley, a son, born ca. 1792,[153] his uncle, Sylvanus Leonard, of Bridgewater, was appointed as his guardian on 4 June 1801,[154] and he married Susan Alden, of Middleborough, in 1816.[155] He died on 9 Apr. 1833 in Middleborough, aged 41 years.[156]

b. Lydia Kinsley, born say ca. 1794, her uncle, Sylvanus Leonard, of Bridgewater, was appointed as her guardian on 4 June 1801.[157]

        1060    x   Abigail5 Leonard, married Jacob Perkins, son of Isaac and (643) Joanna4 (Edson) Perkins, of Titicut, MA, on 2 Oct. 1788 in Middleborough.[158] He was born on 21 Sept. 1763 in Bridgewater,[159] a grandson of Benjamin3 and (163) Joanna (Orcutt) Edson.[160] He was not a head of household in Plymouth Co., MA, in the 1790 federal census, but there was a Jacob Perkins household in Bridgewater, MA, in the 1800 federal census,[161] and in the Titicut part of Bridgewater in the 1810 federal census.[162] She supposedly died on 20 Feb. 1810 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough,[163] and he remarried to 2.) Keziah Reed, of Middleborough, on 20 Apr. 1820 in Middleborough.[164] They were living in Middleborough in the 1820,[165] 1830,[166] and 1840 federal censuses,[167] where he was a farmer. She supposedly died on 10 July 1844 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough,[168] and Jacob Perkins died intestate on 6 Aug. 1846 in Titicut, aged 83 years.[169] Jacob L. Perkins, of Middleborough, the sole heir, was granted administration of his estate on 6 Oct. 1846, with Elijah E. Perkins and Abraham Perkins as sureties.[170] Abigail (Leonard) Perkins had 3 children who all died young, and Jacob Perkins had another son by Keziah Reed, his second wife:

a. Jacob L. Perkins, born ca. 1790, died on 30 Sept. 1811 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough,[171]

b. Sally Perkins, born ca. 1795, died on 13 Dec. 1808 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough.[172]

c. Cyrus Perkins, born ca. 1801, died on 2 Dec. 1819 in “Titicut Parish,” Middleborough.[173]

d. Jacob L. Perkins, born in the early 1820s,[174] was called the sole heir of the deceased when he was granted administration of his father’s estate in 1846.

 

 

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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] His date and place of death from the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 June 2004 by Bob Bond.

        [13] Israel Keith was not listed in Scott Andrew Bartley’s Windsor County, Vermont, Probate Index, 1778-1899.

        [14] 1810 Federal Census, Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, p. 558, the Jepthar Kieth household had 4 males under 10, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 female under 10, 1 female aged 16-25 years, 1 female aged 26-44 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        [24] 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.

        [25] 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.

        [26] Raynham VRs, p. 28.

        [27] 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.

        [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. 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.

        [29] 1810 Federal Census, Sharon, Windsor Co., VT, p. 734, the Daniel Leonard household had 1 male aged 10-15 years, 2 males aged 16-25 years, 1 male aged 45 or over, 2 females under 10, 1 female aged 10-15 years, 2 females aged 16-25 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over.

        [30] www.findagrave.com, memorial #108439989, from his gravestone in Broad Brook Cemetery in Sharon, VT.

        [31] www.findagrave.com, memorial #108439887, from her gravestone in Broad Brook Cemetery in Sharon, VT.

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

        [33] His parents’ names from his www.findagrave.com memorial #92271921; Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 60, the marriage of John Miller Junr. and Waitstill Clap, both of Middleborough, on 26 June 1732 in Middleborough.

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

        [35] Calculated from his age at death.

        [36] 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.

        [37] 1810 Federal Census, Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT, p. 705, the John Miller household had 1 male under 10, 1 male aged 10-15 years, 1 male aged 26-44 years [sic], 1 female under 10, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

        [38] 1820 Federal Census, Pomfret, Windsor Co., VT, p. 335, the John Miller household had 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 male aged 45 or over, 1 female aged 10-15 years, 1 female aged 16-25 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over, including 1 person engaged in agriculture.

        [39] www.findagrave.com, memorial #92271921, from his gravestone in Hewittville Cemetery in Pomfret, VT.

        [40] www.findagrave.com, memorial #92271934, from her gravestone in Hewittville Cemetery in Pomfret, VT.

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

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

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

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

        [45] 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

        [52] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

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

        [54] 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        [64] 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.

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

        [66] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12671, Vol. 83, p. 1-2, from FHL microfilm #0555267.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        [75] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12684.

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

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

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

        [79] 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

        [86] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12576.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        [94] 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.

        [95] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12672.

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

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

        [98] 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.

        [99] 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.

        [100] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [101] Hartford District, Windsor County, VT, Probate Records, Vol. 3, p. 345-346, from FHL microfilm #0029160. Abida Smith and Isaiah Tinkham, both of Pomfret, and Philemon Hayes, of Sharon, were appointed to appraise his estate.

        [102] Hartford District, Windsor County, VT, Probate Records, Vol. 3, p. 381-382, from FHL microfilm #0029160.

        [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] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [111] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [112] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [113] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [114] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [115] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [116] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [117] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [118] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [119] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [120] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [121] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [122] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [123] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [124] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [125] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

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

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

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

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

        [130] 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.

        [131] 1800 Federal Census, Titicut, Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 77, the Salvenus Leonard household had 2 males aged 10-15 years, 1 male aged 16-25 years, 1 male aged 45 or over, 2 females under 10, 1 female aged 10-15 years, 1 female aged 26-44 years, and 3 females aged 45 or over.

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

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

        [134] Calculated from his age in the 1850 federal census.

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

        [136] 1820 Federal Census, Township No. 6, Oxford Co., ME, p. 121, the Leonard Pratt household had 3 males under 10, 2 males aged 10-15 years, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 2 females under 10, 1 female aged 26-44 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over, including 3 people engaged in agriculture.

        [137] 1830 Federal Census, Berlin, Oxford Co., ME, p. 80, the Leonard Pratt household had 1 male aged 5-9 years, 1 male aged 10-14 years, 1 male aged 15-19 years, 1 male aged 20-29 years, 1 male aged 40-49 years, 1 female under 5, 1 female aged 10-14 years, and 1 female aged 40-49 years.

        [138] 1840 Federal Census, Carthage, Franklin Co., ME, p. 21, the Leonard Pratt household had 2 males aged 20-29 years, 1 male aged 50-59 years, 1 female aged 5-9 years, 1 female aged 10-14 years, and 1 female aged 50-59 years, including 3 people employed in agriculture.

        [139] 1850 Federal Census, Phillips, Franklin Co., ME, p. 138, dwelling #43, family #49:

                Leonard Pratt, 67, male, farmer, $500, born ME [sic]

                Hiram Pratt, 31, male, farmer, born ME

                Christiana Pratt, 21, female, born ME

                Lucy J. Pratt, 17, female, born ME, attending school

                Sarah Philbrick, 35, female, born ME

                Mary Philbrick, 12, female, born ME, attending school

                Alverd Philbrick, 10, male, born ME, attending school

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

        [141] Vail, Pomfret, p. 530.

        [142] 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.

        [143] Hartford District, Windsor County, VT, Probate Records, Vol. 2, p. 249-251, from FHL microfilm #0029160.

        [144] Hartford District, Windsor County, VT, Probate Records, Vol. 3, pp. 29, 65, from FHL microfilm #0029160. The accounting of his estate, on Vol. 3, p. 35, filed in May 1802, shows a small payment made to Silvanus Leonard, among many others.

        [145] Hartford District, Windsor County, VT, Probate Records, Vol. 4, p. 382, from FHL microfilm #0029161.

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

        [147] 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.

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

        [149] Per the guardianship records of his children in 1801.

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

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

        [152] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, p. 165, marriage intentions recorded 9 Nov. 1800 in Middleborough.

        [153] Calculated from his age at death.

        [154] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12211, Vol. 32, p. 157, from FHL microfilm #0550717.

        [155] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, p. 199, marriage intentions recorded 21 Apr. 1816 in Middleborough.

        [156] Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, p. 28; Wood, Middleboro Deaths, p. 97.

        [157] Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #12211, Vol. 32, p. 157, from FHL microfilm #0550717.

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

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

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

        [161] 1800 Federal Census, Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 64, the Jacob Perkins household had 2 males aged 16-25 years, 1 female aged 16-25 years, and 1 female aged 45 or over.

        [162] 1810 Federal Census, Titicut, Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA, p. 78, the Jacob Perkins household had 1 male under 10, 2 males aged 16-25 years, 1 male aged 26-44 years, 1 female under 10, 1 female aged 16-25 years, and 1 female aged 26-44 years.

        [163] 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.

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

        [165] 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.

        [166] 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.

        [167] 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.

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

        [169] 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.

        [170] Plymouth County Probate Docket #15579, Vol. 11B, p. 445, from FHL microfilm #0551537.

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

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

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

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



[A] The Will of Nathan Leonard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts (1765): *

In the Name of God Amen, On the fifteenth day of February Anno Domini 1765. I Nathan Leonard of Bridgwater in the County of Plimouth yeoman being of a sound mind and memory proceed to make this my last Will & Testament

In the first place I Give and recomend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it Trusting trusting in his Mercy through Christ for Pardon Grace and Glory my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as to my worldly Interest I dispose of in the following manner viz  My Will is that my debts and funeral Charges be paid in convenient time after my decease

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my wife Thankfull all my indoor moveables and all my Other personal Estate (excepting my Colt and Oxen and the debts due to me) to be intirely at her dispose also I Give unto her the improvement of all my real Estate till my sons come of age, and after that, the improvement of one Third thereof while she shall continue my widdow.

Item. I Give and bequeath unto my Six daughters, namely, Abigail Sarah, Phebe, Thankfull Huldah and Mary Six pounds thirteen Shillings & four pence a peace, Abigails part to be paid in one year after my decease by my Executors, the rest of my said daughters to have their part paid them (by my son here after named out of their parts of my Estate) as they Shall arrive to the age of Eighteen years.

Item. I Give and bequeath unto my sons Namely Daniel & Nathan to their heirs and assigns forever, all my Real Estate after my Debts and the Legacies herein mentiond are paid to be equally divided between them.

Item. I do hereby Nominate and appoint my Friend Jonathan Benson Executor and my said wife Executrix of this my last will and Testament and my will is that my said Colt & Oxen be Sold and the debts due to me be called in to pay my debts and my said daughter Abigail her said Legacy & to procure another Cow besides that I have for my said wife and if that be not Sufficient then to Cause my Six Acres of land to the northward of Brother Samuels dwelling house to be Sold for the purposes aforesaid, and if that should be still insufficient then to Sell of from the Homestead a Sufficiency therefor where it will be least prejudicial to the Improvement. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year aforesaid~

Signed Sealed pronounced published

and Declared by the said Nathan

Leonard as his Last will & Testament

        In presence of us.                                                                                                         Nathan Leonard                               (seal)

        Timothy Perkins

        Jonathan Leonard

                         his

        Jonathan  X  Washburn junr.

                        mark

 

Presented for probate on 24 May 1765 by Thankfull Leonard, the Executrix named, (Jonathan Benson, one of the Executors renounseing the Executorship), and proved by Timothy Perkins and Jonathan Washburn junr., two of the witnesses, with Timothy Perkins and Samuel Leonard yeoman all of Bridgwater as her sureties.

No inventory of his estate was recorded.

 

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

 

 

[B] The Will of Samuel Leonard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts (1822): *

Be it remembered that I Samuel Leonard of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being of sound disposing mind and memory do this 12th. day of Sept. ADom. 1822 make and execute this my last Will & Testament in manner following, that is to say-

In the First place I give to my well beloved wife Deborah the use and improvement of all the Real Estate which I may die seized of, during her life, also I give unto her to be at her disposal all the house hold Furniture of every description and one good Cow and all the provisions on hand at my decease and the residue of my personal estate after paying the debts, I give unto my three daughters Polly, Rebecca & Anne to be equally divided between them

Item—I give and devise and bequeath unto my five sons Martin, Spencer, Lewis Ansel & Samuel their heirs and assigns all the Real Estate which I may die seized of after the decease of their mother, subject to the payment of a debt due my son Ansel for building a barn on my homestead agreeable to a Note of hand on Interest payable at my decease which I gave him for the same – after paying sd Note (if it should not be taken up previous to my decease) to be equally divided between them. & I do hereby appoint my Son Spencer sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament.

                                                                                                                                                Samuel Leonard                               (seal)

Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said Sam. Leonard

as his last Will & Testament in presence of us as witnesses to the same.

                                                                                                                                                Nathan Mitchell

                                                                                                                                                Seth Conant

                                                                                                                                                Cyrus Benson

                                                          

Presented for probated by Spencer Leonard on the third Monday of January, 1841, and proved by Seth Conant and Cyrus Benson, two of the witnesses.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Plymouth County Probate Vol. 83, p. 1-2, from FHL microfilm #0555267.

 

 

[C] The Will of Rowland Leonard of Pomfret, Vermont (1806): *

        In the name of God Amen—I Rowland Leonard of Pomfret in the county of Windsor and State of Vermont Yeoman—being in a low state of health but of sound mind and judgement I do make this my last Will and Testament and after Recommending my my soul to God who gave it in humble hope of his acceptance through the merits of Christ and my Body to the Earth to be decently interred is my worldly Estate I give and bequeath in the following manner—Imprimis I Will that my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my Estate by my Executor as soon as may be after my decease—

Firstly I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Lydia Leonard the use and improvement of my farm and buildings and stock untill my son Oliver arive at the age of Twenty one years and longer if needed for the bringing up of the Children and the use of one third part of the farm and Stock and all of the house hold furniture during her natural life—

I then give and bequeath to my son Rowland Leonard, meaning to have him labor for the benefit of the family untill he arrives at the age of nineteen years, and then to have Liberty to choose a guardian, and obtain the benefit of his labor himself and support himself and him to have Two likely store cows to fair with Calf paid the first day of December before he arives at twenty one years of age

I then give and bequeath to my son John Leonard two cows to be midling likely and fair with Calf to be paid the first day of December after he arives at the age of Twenty one years—meaning to have him work for the benefit of the Family untill he is nineteen years of age; and then he may choose a guardian, and have his own time, and support himself—

I then give and bequeath to my Two sons which are Twins Caleb and Joshua Leonard Two Midling likely cows to be Fair with Calf to each of them to be paid the First day of December before they arive at the age of twenty one years and them to work to help support the family untill they become Nineteen years of age and then to choose them Guardians and to have the benefit of their own labor and support themselves.

I then Will and bequeath to my three Daughters Lydia Leonard, Eunice Leonard and Rebecca Leonard all my household furniture to be divided equally among them immediately after their mother’s decease and fifty dollars to each of them to be paid one half money the other half in Cattle to be paid to each one of them at the time they shall arive at the age of eighteen years old and they are to serve their time with their mother untill they are eighteen years of age

I then give, devise and bequeath to my son Oliver Leonard and his Heirs and assigns Forever all my farm buildings and other Estate in Pomfret in the county aforesaid. Also I give all the rest and residue of my real and personal Estate wherever the same is or may be found to him his heirs and assigns forever His doing paying and performing what I have herein before ordered my Executor to pay and perform and I hereby Constitute and appoint my Wife Lydia Leonard Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I hereby revoke all Wills by me heretofore made and Ratify this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Pomfret this thirtieth day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and six signed, sealed and delivered by the said Rowland Leonard as his last Will and Testament in presence of us who subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator and of each of us.      Rowland Leonard              (L.L.)

Uriah Hayes

Solomon King

Aaron Smith

 

Presented for probate on 5 Aug. 1806 by the Executrix therein named, and proved by Aaron Smith, one of the witnesses.

 

Abida Smith and Isaiah Tinkham, both of Pomfret, and Philemon Hayes of Sharon, were appointed to appraise the estate of Rowland Leonard, late of Pomfret, on 5 Aug. 1806.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from Hartford District, Windsor Co., VT, Probate Records, Vol. 3, p. 345-346, from FHL microfilm #0029160.