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John Leonard (abt. 1615 - 1676)

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John Leonard
Born about in Pontypool, Monmouth, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of , [half], [half], [half], [half], [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusettsmap
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John LEONARD was born about 1615 in England. He died on 26 March 1676 at the age of 61 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Where he was born and his parentage have not been determined. Some say Pontypool, Wales; some say Bilston or Bilford, Staffordshire. Some family tradition has him a brother or cousin of James Leonard of Taunton.

The Leonard Family Dictionary, a typescript at the DAR library in Washington, DC, is said to report that he was a son of Nathaniel Leonard, who was a brother of James and Henry. Nathaniel was supposed killed in an industrial accident at the ironworks in Pontypool. Nathaniel was also said to be a sea captain who was appointed governor of Avalon in Nova Scotia in the early 1600's. Nathaniel or his father supposedly had a sister, Dorothy, who married George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore (originally Baltemore in Ireland).

These appear to be myths that mix up facts and fancy. James' father's children have been researched and identified, and there is no Nathaniel among them. But one or more Nathaniels could be cousins or second cousins.

There may be more information in a genealogy column of the Boston Transcript dated 26 July 1926.

Preliminary y-dna analysis of a descendant indicates he was closely related to James Leonard of Taunton and Samuel Leonard of New Jersey. No reliable research information has been found that he was related to Solomon Leonard of Duxbury/Bridgewater whose descendants were of a different haplogroup. There is no evidence he was a descendant of Sir Sampson Lennard nor his wife, Margaret Fiennes.

He married at Springfield 12 November 1640 Sarah Heald [1][2]Note: The marriage on GS Film 185414 and image on ancestry entry really does read HEALD as does the transcription.

He was an early settler of the town of Springfield, MA, for on 13 January 1638/39 he proferred two pounds toward the building of a house for the minister, Mr. Moxon. His lot is now occupied by Foot's Block. It was eight rods wide, running from the river, east onward to Amory Hill. Another source, below, gives it as on the southwest corner of Main and State streets. He was probably living in Springfield by 1638, for on 13 January 1638/39 he proferred two pounds toward the building of a house for the minister, Mr. Moxon. He was chosen surveyor, 26 March 1640, to see that the highways were cleared and kept in repair. He was one of the town appraisers in 1645 for the purpose of a rate (tax) for Mr. Moxon's maintenance. He received several allotments of land from 1640 on and on 10 January 1658/59 was granted 40 acres of the highland "adjoyning to Tho. Miricks meddow over Agawam."

He was killed by Indians in Springfield 21 February 1675/766 during King Philip's War. "He was killed by an Indian arrow while crossing the Agawam River to go to the assistance of relatives."

He was living in Springfield in 1636. He is not mentioned in "The Great Migration Begins..." He had 15 children. He is the progenitor of the Springfield Leonard line. No relationship is known to the James Leonard line, although they apparently communicated and knew each other. The Springfield Leonard line is followed in the Giles Memorial Genealogical Memoirs by John Adams Vinton (Boston: Dutton, 1864), pp. 280 = 316. The early generations are also covered in thorough fashion by Donald Lines Jacobus in "Hale, House, and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley, 2001, pp. 678-691.

Source of information about this branch of the Leonards down through Abel and Elizabeth Leonard, whose daughter married Erastus Sackett, is the Giles Memorial Genealogical Memoires, The Leonard Family of Springfield, pp. 280-310.

Hudson-Mohawk Family Histories, Vol II, p. 555, CD157, says John Leonard married Sarah Heald on November 12, 1640. She died November 23, 1711. This source also lists one Nathaniel Leonard, brother of Henry and James, as father of John, who was also an ironmaster, associated with John Pyncheon in Springfield. That would explain why they knew each other if it were true. But no historical documentation is given.

John LEONARD and Sarah HEALD were married on 12 November 1640 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Sarah HEALD, daughter of Thomas HEALD and Elizabeth ROBSON, was born in 1623 in Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England. She died on 23 November 1711 at the age of 88 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Also listed as Sarah Heath. Some debate as to whether her parents were John Heath and Dorothy Royle or Thomas Heald and ? No Heald family was early settled at Springfield, and she may have been brought there by a relative or an indentured servant.

John LEONARD and Sarah HEALD had the following children: Births <>

  1. John LEONARD1 was born on 25 August 1641 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. He died on 22 April 1648 at the age of 6 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
  2. Joseph LEONARD1 was born on 17 March 1643 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.2 He died on 20 May 1643 at the age of 0 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
  3. Joseph LEONARD.
  4. Sarah LEONARD.
  5. Mary LEONARD.
  6. Martha LEONARD.
  7. Lydia LEONARD.
  8. John LEONARD1 was born on 10 September 1652 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. He died on 13 March 1663 at the age of 10 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
  9. Benjamin LEONARD.
  10. Abel LEONARD.
  11. Josiah LEONARD.
  12. Hannah LEONARD.
  13. Rebecca LEONARD.
  14. Deborah LEONARD.
  15. Rachel LEONARD.

John was born in 1615. Marriage 1 Sarah Heath b: 1620 •Married: Children 1. John Leonard b: 1644 2. Mary Leonard b: 14 Sep 1647 in Springfield MA 3. Benjamin Leonard b: 5 Sep 1654 in Springfield MA

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Note H160Gave 2L towards building a house for the minister in 1639. Chosen as the surveyor on March 26, 1640. Granted 40 acres on the highland over the Agawam River. Served as Constable; Presenter in 1655; Overseer of Workers on the Highways in 1667; Viewer of Fences in 1668 & 1674. Killed by Indians in 1676.


Note: John Leonard married Sarah HEITH, or HEALD, November 12, 1640. He was killed by the Indians in 1676, and his widow married February 21, 1677, Benjamin PARSONS, and third, November 3, 1690, Peter TILTON of Hadley, and died November 23, 1711. Their children were:-- John, b. August 25, 1641, d. June 22, 1648. Joseph, b. March 17, 1643, d. May 20, 1643. Joseph, b. May 20, 1644, had six wives. Sarah, b. December 13, 1645, m. John KEEP. Mary, b. September 14, 1647, m. Samuel BLISS, Sr. Martha, b. April 15, 1649, m. Benjamin WAITE. Lydia, b. October 20, 1650, m. John DUMBLETON, and second, Joseph BEDORTHA. John, b. September 10, 1652, d. March 13, 1663. Benjamin, b. September 5, 1654, m. Sarah SCOTT. Abel, b. July 22, 1656, m. Mary REMINGTON. Josiah, b. March 28, 1658, m. Sarah DUMBLETON. Hannah, b. February 19, 1659, m. Daniel DENTON. Rebecca, b. May 26, 1661, m. Thomas MILLER, and 2nd, Samuel BILLINGS. Deborah, b. October 1, 1663. In the distribution of the estate in 1718, she is called Deborah LOOF. Rachael, b. November 6, 1665, m. Thomas HANCOCK. John LEONARD was born in 1615 in Pontypool, Monmouth, Wales. He died in 1676 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Charles Henry Pope Pioneers of MA pg. 284. Death: Adm. of his estate granted 28 Mar 1676 to widow, Sarah. The agreement between his heirs names sons, Joseph, Benjamin, Abel, Josiah L., John Keep, and Samuel Bliss. Extract from my book on John Harmon of Springfield, MA and His Associates: John Leonard: BIRTH: John Leonard was born abt 1615 at Pontypool, Monmouth, Wales, son of Thomas Leonard. John?s paternal grandparents were Samson Leonard and Margaret Fiennes who md. in 1564 John Leonard?s great-grandmother was Elizabeth Harmon born 1520 at Elam, Crayford, Kent, England; Great-grandmother, Elizabeth, married a John Leonard abt 1538, at Knole, Kent, England. I think it is highly probable that there could be a relationship with John Harmon as their families appear to have had quite a bit of interaction in Springfield. MARRIAGE: John married Sarah Heath (Heald, Healey) daughter of John Heath and Dorothy Royle. 12 Sep 1640. DEATH: John Leonard was killed by Indians in 1676. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow, Sarah. His estate was valued at L190. The agreement between the heirs names sons Joseph, Benjamin, Abel and Josiah Leonard; John Keep, and Samuel Bliss. His widow remarried in 1677 to Benjamin Parsons (Benjamin was the father of Sarah Parsons who married James Dorchester. James was the son of Anthony Dorchester who married the Widow of John Harmon.) and again in 1690 to Peter Tilton of Hadley. She died in 1711. BIOGRAPHY: He was a Springfield proprietor in 1638; and served many times as a town officer. On 3 Aug 1643, John Leonard was sworn in as Constable of Springfield. On 13 Feb 1644, Samuel Chapin was sworn as Constable in the place of John Leonard ?who was put out of his place as a mark of disfavor...

  • March-April 1640 It is agreed ye John Leonard shall be the surveyer for the yeare followinge to see y^ high ways cleerd and kept in repayr of all stubs sawpitts or tymbr & if any man shall not amende on sufficient warninge what is amiss all things y^ are Judged offensive betwixt this & michaelstide shall forfeite i2d for every such default: & If it rema}'n after y' tyme 6 dayes, he shall forfeite 2s. disanulled. [3]

Research Notes

  1. Short Bio: [4]
  2. Marriage: 12 November 1640. [4]
  3. Bio lists 15 named children: [4]
  4. Killed by Indians - 1676. [4]


  3. The First Century of Springfield, MA the official records from 1636 to 1736, with an historical review and biographical mention of the founders by Springfield (Mass.); Burt, Henry M. (Henry Martyn), 1831-1899, ed; Pynchon, William, 1590-1626. Meritorious price. 1650 (Reprint)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Burt: Vol. 2, Page 597/610.

See also: Hale, House, and related families, mainly of the Connecticut ... Jacobus, Donald Lines, 1887-1970.;view=1up;seq=700

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On 14 Jul 2018 at 21:59 GMT Beryl Meehan wrote:

child Hannah appears to be Leonard-7707

On 16 Jan 2018 at 21:57 GMT Beryl Meehan wrote:

Note that another couple whose marriage is on the same page of the marriage register were from Wales. Maybe some reason to believe Leonard was from Wales.

Ref image event uploaded today.

On 14 Jan 2017 at 23:37 GMT Edwin Priest wrote:

Leonard-6982 and Leonard-316 appear to represent the same person because: Same person based on Leonard-316 bio and Burt source (linked in Leonard-316) listing child Lydia (Leonard) Dumbleton. See Burt: Page 597/610.


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