Seeking information on ELISHA LEONARD and JOSEPH LEONARD of Springfield, MA who joined the LYMAN COLONist headed for the Natchez District, Mississippi Territory.
In Dec., 1773, Gen. Phineas Lyman was one of the first of the Anglo Saxon race who attempted a settlement in the Natchez Dist. of the MS Territory. He sailed from New England in 1773, in two vessels, for New Orleans with emmigrants from CT and MA. The following were from Massachusetts: Moses Drake, Ruggles Winchel, and Benjamin Barber, of Westfield; Seth Miller, Elisha and Joseph Flowers, William Hurlbut, and ELISHA LEONARD with a number of slaves, of Springfield.Gen. Lyman and his company arrived at New Orleans in 1774 and made his way up to the Natchez Country where he settled his grant died soon after. Capt. Phelps returned to Connecticut, and, induced many of the citizens to return with him. He sailed from Middletown in 1776. Emmigrants included: Madame Lyman, the widow of the late general, with three sons and two daughters, Maj. Timothy, Sereno, and Jonathan Dwight, of Northampton; Benjamin Day and family, Harry Dwight and three slaves, JOSEPH LEONARD and Joshua Flowers, with their families, from Springfield; Rev. Mr. Smith and his family, from Granville, Mass.; Mrs. Elnathan Smith and children, John Felt, with his family, Capt. Phelps and family, from Suffield, and many others. Source of information: from, The Lyman Colony, an article submitted by Sue B. Moore to the Claiborne Co., MS GenWeb Project. http://claibornecountyms.org/lyman.htmhttp://claibornecountyms.org/lyman.htm Kitty B. Hoffman