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Mary Louise Ennis was born around 1856 to John and Jane or Jeanette (Dunbar) Ennis in Sullivan County, New York. Her family was in Brooklyn by 1860.
By the time of the 1895 census, Mary was the widow of Thomas Wood Leonard, Jr.
Mary and Thomas were still single in 1880, and their first known child was born in October 1883, so they must have married around 1882 or so. Their youngest child was born in January 1890, so Mary was widowed sometime between 1889 and 1895, by which time she, her children, her mother Jane and sister Anna D. Ennis were living in Roselle Borough, Linden Township, New Jersey, which was also where her mother-in-law, Sarah E. Leonard, lived.
Mary remained in Roselle through at least 1930, after 1920 in a household headed by her son John.
Between 1930 and 1940, they removed to Oceanport, where she resided when she died on 29 April 1941.
Children of Thomas Wood Leonard, Jr. and Mary Louise Ennis:
Thomas W. Leonard, b. October 1883
Jeanne Louisa Leonard, b. 28 January 1885, m. (1) Charles O. Benson, (2) Vladimir Bredlik
Gilbert D. Leonard, b. 8 October 1886, d. 1903
John Dunbar Leonard, b. 25 January 1890 in New Jersey, m. Marion Scott (Macintosh) Publicover
Mary's obituary names her father as Robert and her mother as Jeanette. There is decent evidence that, although her mother appears in census records as Jane, her proper name may have been Jeanette -- in particular, Mary's sister Sarah named a daughter Jeanette. However, there is no evidence that her father's name was Robert. This appears to be an error.
In the 1895 census, Mary's mother Jane Ennis was living with Mary, as was an Anna D. Ennis.
A Mrs. E. F. Ryan of New York City is named as a sister of Mary's in her obituary. This appears to be the woman identified as Sarah E. Ennis ("Sadie"), wife of Edward Francis Ryan, who was reportedly born in Brooklyn.
There is an Ennis family who lived in Brooklyn which roughly but imprecisely matches Mary, Sadie and Jane as so far identified, but appears to contradict some of their initials and the father's name. In 1865, John and Jane Ennis had children John, Mary A., Gregory, Sarah J. and Christopher. "Mary A." and "Sarah J." are the right age to be the proband and her sister, but Jane's implied birth date in this census is 1825, while the proband's mother's birthdate in later censuses is more like 1830-'33.
In 1870, Jane had not aged (she was still reported as having been 40 years old), which puts her more in line with the proband's mother.
By 1875, to this family had been added Anna Ennis, born around 1871-'72.
A John and Jane Ennis were living in Callicoon, Sullivan County, New York in 1855, ages roughly consistent with the couple who were later in Brooklyn.
Anna Dunbar Arzberger, daughter of John and Jane Ennis, was born around 1872 and died in 1901. She apparently left a widower Albert G. Arzberger, to whom she'd been married for about two years. Anna was identified as of Roselle, New Jersey in her marriage license.
Given that Thomas W. Leonard, Jr. and Mary Louise Ennis named their son John Dunbar Leonard, and Mary's obituary names her mother as Jeanette Dunbar Ennis, it appears we have a match. For completeness' sake, Mary's family appears to have been in Brooklyn by 1860.
↑ Thomas' son John was born on 25 January 1890, which demonstrates that his father was still living in 1889. "North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994," database, FamilySearch (17 July 2017), Mary Ennis in entry for John Dunbar Leonard, 17 Sep 1958; citing Aberdeen, Moore, North Carolina, 25135, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,952,923.
↑ "New Jersey, Bride Index, 1930-1938," database, FamilySearch (7 September 2018), Marion Macintosh and John Leonard, 1933; records extracted Reclaim the Records, images digitized by FamilySearch; citing Marriage, New Jersey, United States, citing New Jersey Bride Index, 1930-1938, Reclaim the Records, Mill Valley, CA.
↑ Marion Leonard's obituary names one of her children as William E. Publicover. Obituary of Marion Leonard. Cranford Citizen and Chronicle, Cranford, New Jersey, 2 Nov 1967 (archived), p. 4.