727. Silas LEONARD865 was born on 11 November 1778 in CT. He died on 2 February 1864 at the age of 85 in Parma, Monroe Co., NY. He was buried in Cemetery at Parma Center, NY. "About 1798 three brothers, Jonathan, Silas, and Lewis Leonard, then aged respectively eighteen, twenty, and twenty-two, left their Connecticut home on foot, carrying on their backs their earthly possessions, also provisions for the journey, and after enduring the usual hardships of such a trip, with minor adventures, such as crossing the Genesee River on a broken ice-floe at Hanford's Crossing and getting lost in the dense woods, they at last reached Atchison Settlement near Parma Center, where they located. Undiscouraged by hardships they hewed their way to comfortable homes, and all lived to extreme old age. Silas, the older brother, became the father of Mrs. Lucina Efner, she being the youngest of a family of nine."
In the 1850 Census, Silas, wife Rachel, and children Silas, 23, and Lucinda, 21, were living in Palma, NY, next to the Jonathan Leonards. In the 1860 Census, Silas, 81, farmer, wife Rachel, 75, were living with Charles Efner, 32, Farm laborer, wife Lucinda, 31, and Sidney Efner, 22, farm laborer.
Did Silas marry Clarissa Savil? Flink-Hanson Family Genealogy has this wife and children Warren, Lucy Savil, Clarissa Elizabeth, George Quincy, and John S. Dougherty (Beekman Patent) notes that he married Mary Bush b. 1786.
He never went to Michigan, where some Parma Leonard descendants later settled.
Silas LEONARD and Rachel BUSH had the following children: