Third Generation

13. John LEONARD46 was born on 18 May 1668 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA. He died about 6 February 1748 at the age of 79 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA.47 He was buried in Burying Ground by Domlet Brook, Raynham, MA. He was an ironmonger. The family lived over to the east of the Raynham Forge on Domlet Brook. Will of John Leonard of Raynham, Yeoman, dtd. June 4, 1732, prob. March 7, 1748. No wife mentioned. Sons: John ("at present deprived of his natural reason"), Thomas, Phillip, and Josiah Leonard. Daughters: Mary "who married with John Barney," Judith, Elizabeth "who married with Meseck Wilbur," and Mehitable. Witnessed by Elkanah Leonard and Simeon Leonard.

ECL, p. 49: John Leonard lived over to the east of the Raynham Forge near what is called Domlet Brook. His father built him a house there and gave him two lots he bought of his brother Benjamin comprsing about 35 acres. John in 1696 bought of Hannah, the widow of John Hall, 20 acres and through his father-in-law Philip King bought 36 more acres of Benjamin Leonard. In 1696 he also bought of Eleazer Cowen 20 acres more. These purchases made a farm of about 100 acres and in addition from his father's estate additional land, so that he was quite a repectable land owner. From his will it appears that his oldest son John was unable to take care of himself. The old man seems to have built him a house so that it seems that he must have married although there is no record of it. Thomas, the second son, seems to have been bound out to his grandfather, Judge Thomas, until he was 21 years old and was to have 100 acres of land at Stoney ----? on the east side of Raynham. John lived to a good old age, being about 81 years when he died. We supposed that he was buiried in a little burying ground beside Domlet Brook, but the stones were dug up.

New England Families, Historical and Genealogical, Vol 3, p. 1342: "In a deed dated February 19, 1738-9, when both sons must have been of age, John Leonard conveyed to his sons, Thomas and Philip, land at Taunton. The original deed is in the possession of Rev. L. A. Butterfield, of 24 Washington Street, Brattleboro, VT. The deed was recorded February 17, 1748, in Bristol Co., MA. He died about 1740." The above citation goes on to list his ancestors back to Thomas of Pontypool and descendants in a line down to Claude Greene Leonard.

There's a John Leonard, Constable, of about 1700, mentioned in the account books of Raynham Forge kept by Thomas Leonard. Was it this John?

ECL lists marriage to Mrs. Phebe Deane as "probable."

This son did not marry the daughter of King Philip as stated in a New York History (Hubbard). That is an error. Mary King was the daughter of Philip King, not King Philip.

John LEONARD and Mary KING were married in 1695 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA. Mary KING48, daughter of Philip KING and Judith WHITMAN, was born on 18 May 1676 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA. She died on 6 February 1749 at the age of 72 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA. Birthday in question. Some have it as 1688, but she wouldn't have had children at age 8.

John LEONARD and Mary KING had the following children:






Thomas LEONARD Jr..












Elizabeth LEONARD.



Mehitable LEONARD.