Leonard, youngest son of Michael and Catherine Stump, was born in 1749. A good business man, he accumulated a large estate from bother inheritance (lot #3) and from his brothers Michael and George. Leonard married Elizabeth Catherine See, of a prominent pioneer family. His contributions to the Colonial cause were mostly in material aide as recorded in Virginia State Claims and in Josiah Hughes', PIONEER OF WEST VIRGINIA. At age 21, Leonard was given lot #3. Leonard and Catherine had ten children, but of the three boys only one, Adam, lived to maintain the farms and carry on the Stump name. Leonard Stump's will gave the greater part of his lands on the South Fork to his son Adam.
Taking Stump as the last name from Stump(f).
The Stumpf Run property is a reminder of pre-revolutionary pioneer life in America. The land was cleared and settled by Michael Stumpf in 1744, then deeded to him by Lord Fairfax in 1749. During the following 250 years, this farm and Michael's descendants were historically involved in Indian insurrections, the Lord Dunmore's wars, and the American Revolution.
In the mid-19th century the family owned slaves, and participated in the Civil War. During all these times, the Stump family farmed the river bottom lands, raised livestock on the upland pastures, and cut timber in the mountains. The property left the family hands in 1972. The restored house and the old cemetery are often visited by descendants of Michael Stumpf Spelling of the name changed in the late 18" century and is now recognized as Stump.
Leonard was one of the first lieutenant colonels of Hardy County VA. He received Lot No. 3 of the South Fork Manor through his father's Will.
Leonard Stump's Will was proved on 10 FEB 1829, in Hardy County VA. Devisees were: Adam, his son, Ann Barnett, Catherine Harness, Hannah Dyre, Christena Perril, and Mary Ann Hutten, his daughters, and others.
Martin L. Yokum, The Harness Family, 1980, 31.
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