5. Joseph LEONARD was born on 25 October 1647 in Braintree, MA. He died on 18 October 1692 at the age of 44 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA.10,23 He was buried in Neck O'Land Cemetery, Taunton, MA. Joseph learned the bloomery art from his father at Raynham and at his coming of age took the place of master workman at the Whittington Forge where he remained the rest of his life. He inherited a one-third interest in the forge at his father's death and later came to own a half interest.
He made his will three days before he died. Children: Edward Leonard, William Leonard, Samuel and Experience Hodges, Mehitable Leonard, and Silence Leonard, all of Taunton. 1712. Will dtd. 15 October 1692, prob. 30 March 1692/3. (1:45). Why wasn't son Joseph mentioned? Did he die before 1692? (6 April 1705?) See Bristol Co., MA Probate Records, 1687-1745, Volume III (PartI) 1710-1717, on CD 502. Grave stone said he died 18th of October 1692 in the 44th year of his age.
Check: Did he have a son Ebenezer who died young? There's a tombstone "here lies Ebenezer son of Joseph Leonard of Dorchester."
Joseph LEONARD and Mary BLAKE were married on 15 December 1679 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA.24 Mary BLAKE, daughter of William BLAKE and Anna LYON, was born on 20 March 1655 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA. She died after 1712 at the age of 57. She is sometimes listed as Black vice Blake. Sister was Ann Blake, who m. Thomas Gilbert of Taunton. She is also listed as being from Milton,MA. Marriage date to Joseph alternatively listed as September 21,1678, by GML.
Joseph LEONARD and Mary BLAKE had the following children: