356. Thomas Henry LEONARD59 was born on 30 June 1843 in MIddletown, Monmouth Co., NJ. In the 1880 Census, he was a farmer living with his family in Middletown. In the 1900 Census, they had been married 29 years and had 4 children living of 4 children born.
According to "The New Jersey Coast in Three Centuries" by William Nelson, Peter Ross, and Fenwick Y. Hedley, Thomas worked for his father in the Leonardsville store and his father's farm until age 28. In 1871 Thomas conceived the idea that the farming territory that now embraces Atlantic Highlands, Leonardville, and Leonardo might be developed into town property. In 1872 he laid out Mount Avenue, the first road up to the hills. In 1878-79, a 450 foot freight dock was built, and the Bay View Transportation Company was formed. The steamer Thomas Collier was put in service between Bay View and New York. Bay View was later incorporated as the town of Atlantic Highlands.
Thomas Henry LEONARD and Maria A. RUNYON had the following children: