180. Zephaniah LEONARD was born in 1780 in NJ. There is confusion over Zephaniahs. One source has Zephaniah b. 1780 in NJ, another 1786 in Shrewsbury, NJ, a 3rd 1798 in PA, a 4th b. 1818 OH, fa. b. NJ, mo. b. PA. They are probably different Zephaniahs, but some may be fathers and sons. They appear to be descendants of Nathaniel.
Zephaniah b. 1780 in NJ: Source: DAR based on Nathaniel Leonard and Esther Heath's efforts to get a pension based on Nathaniel's Revolutionary War record. Zephaniah listed as one of Nathaniel's children. This seems the most likely Zephaniah. In the 1850 Census, he was living in Henry, Henry Co., IN with two daughters and a farm worth $2770.
Zephaniah b. 1786 in Shrewsbury, NJ: Source: 1850 Census of Henry, Henry County, IN. He was living next door to James Leonard, b. 1820, IL, retired farmer and his wife, Mary Louisa, b. 1817, NC.
Zephaniah b. 1798, d. 1855, m. 9 Apr 1840 Mary Colburn (Coulburn) b. 12 Nov 1802 in Chatham Co., NC, d. 14 New Castle, Henry Co., IN, m. also 8 Apr 1830 in New Castle Elizabeth Jane Hammer, b. 1794, d. 1868, dau. Lucinda 1831-1903. Various family genealogies, event dates appear strange.
Zephaniah b. 1818, fa. b. NJ, mo. b. PA, m. Elizabeth Rogers b. 1830 IN, children: Edward F. Leonard b. 1858, IN; John L. Leonard b. 4 Oct 1857 New Castle; Mary Elizabeth b. 1865 IN; Samantha b. 1851 IN; Albert b. 1853 IN; Marion b. 1855 IN. (per 1850 Census) Zephaniah moved to Logansport, Cass Co., NJ, where he was a market gardener, dying there 2 Jul 1881. This Zephaniah was the son of another Zephaniah who moved to Henry Co. "when that locality was yet in a most primitive condition." He gave each child an 80 acre farm. Zephaniah, Jr. lived there in Henry Co. until 1877. His son, John L., came to Cass Co. at age 20, worked for Sanderson & May in the marble business for 2 years, clerked for a year for Michael McCaffrey in his grocery store, and for almost 11 years as a messenger for the Panhandle Railroad. In 1890 he established a grocery store in Logansport that was successful. He married Dora Busjah on 25 May 1885. One son: Russell Leonard. (per History of Cass County)
Zephaniah LEONARD and UNKNOWN had the following children: