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James Leonard /Taunton/1650 and Allied Families

Updated January 6, 2002

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I am from SE Mass. and have been researching my genealogy and others for over 50 years. I do have the first 5 generations from James1 Leonard complete and access to later generations. I also have extended family trees for Quaker Dartmouth families, Rochester, Acushnet, families such as Ashley and 7 lines to the Mayflower. How can you help it when your father's family did not move for 300 years. I am also doing my Mother's line in Essex County and Passaic Valley, N.Jersey. She descends from the Dutch Anneke Jans Bogardus. I Have two English Royal lines documented thru Hon. Frances Deighton and Elizabeth Percival and two members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Society of Boston. As an important side line I work on my Dau.in.law Terry Lee Ellis (N. Carolina)and her mother's Loy, Morse,Selleck and Gold promnient ancestors in Conn.. Would love to know how to trace my Jewish husband's line--Liebowitz (Lithuania), Gresser(Minsk,Russia) and Unterberg (Germany)--These are Ashkenazi--thru the N.Y. Nathans perhaps a sephardic link. Always happy to hear from one and all,I am Nancy Leonard 10, Paul 9, John Wood 8, Capt. John Wood,7, Samuel 6, George of Middleborough 5, Capt. Philip 4, Joseph 3, Benjamin 2. , JAMES LEONARD 1 of Taunton,Mass. Have quite a few genealogies: Howland, Hathaway, Taber, 3 Leonards and lots of v.r. a;so monographs on Rounsevilles, Russells, Allens plus a lot of NEHGS material. I hope to hear from all you "cousins" soon. Nancy Leonard email: nantoo@hotmail.com Apt A108. 656 Lytton Gardens, Palo Alto California 94301--Tel: (650) 322-5421 N.B. For those of you who are interested I am slowly entering data on the TMG data set--it is slow going and may be ready for GEDCOM in the next millenia. NOW: In order to use the instant family tree on this home page I must give full credit to two older but very dear Leonards who worked in the 19th and 29th Century. Since they never lived to see their lifelong work published I wish to dedicate this tree to Reverend Elisha Clark Leonard (Nehemiah 6, George,5, Capt. Philip 4, Joseph 3, Benjamin 2, JAMES 1 of Taunton and of course, his beloved grandson G. Marsden Leonard who worked so diligently putting all the voluminous notes together. I also want to thank Fanny Koster Leonard for her "Annals of the Leonard Family" a chatty tome, and Carolyn Leonard Goodenough's " Lives, Loves and Legends of old New England" and her romantic biographies of favorite relatives. I shall borrow from G. Marsden Leonard's notes of preface: He says that Elisha commenced work in 1856. Elisha Leonard was born in Middleboro, Mass, in 1819 and died in New Bedford in 1894. He devoted most of his adult life to this work and was considered a leading genealogist of Bristol and Plymouth County (the Old Colony as we call it) This , of course, is the heart of Leonard Country and he knew many of these descendants personally. Using probate records and deeeds he managed although many early Taunton V.R. were destroyed by fire. There were 6 major Leonard emigrants to Mass. in the 1600's. We know that James and Henry were brothers and in the ironmongering business together (see "Iron Works on the Saugus" and were at the Braintree Forge and the established mamu forges in Taunton, Whittenton and Raynham. Henry later took this business to New Jersey from whence came a long line of Jersey Leonards. outh eastern Mass. was alive with swamps and bogs where iron was plentiful.William Leonard Deane and Rev. Perez Fobes both wrote extensively on this for the NRHGS Register. SAnother brother Phillip settled in Marshfield, Mass. Although Solomon Leonard of Bridgewater lived just around the corner there is no provable relationship--most of the Solomon Leonard tribe were "bookish"-teachers and ministers. Carolyn Leonard Goodenough writes glowingly of her Bridgewater relatives.

 
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