Third Generation

14. Judge, Major George LEONARD49,50 was born on 18 April 1671 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA. He died on 5 September 1716 at the age of 45 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA.34 He was buried in Norton, Bristol Co., MA. ECL: The Hon. George Leonard, the third son of Judge Thomas, inherited from his father and from the Watson family untiring industry, ability, and sound common sense, which carried him successfully through his undertakings. He learned the bloomers art under his father at the Raynham Forge. Having married in 1694,he cast about for an opening for his enterprise. His father and Uncle James having obtained the grant in 1696 of the North Purchase for building there a bloomery, George moved there to supervise the building of the dam and ironworks. These works cost about 300 pounds besides other expenses for bridges, roads, etc. George Leonard was master workman and manager. He received some property by his wife Anna Tisdale; and we find him in the course of five or six years buying lands and rights in the North Purchase ( later Norton). On 28 Oct 1707 he bought of his uncle James his share in the ironworks at Chartley, the third lot in the division of the North Purchase, 100 acres with 3/4 of the land between the 3rd and 4th lot of the second division, already agreed upon to be laid out...

ECL goes on with more land purchases, the accounts of the Chartley Forge in some detail, his offices in government, and his death and rumored pact with the devil (!!). See manuscript, pp. 53-55.

The Forge burned down 3 December 1741.

George was the first settler of what later became the town of Norton in 1696. He was a slave owner, a major in the militia, and judge of the Court of Common Pleas. For a lot more information about him, see Fanny Leonard Koster, pp. 71-73. Also, Genealogical Memoir of the Leonard Family by William Read Deane in NEHGS, 1851, pp. 403 ff. Also in Chilton-More-Rogers Silver Book by the Mayflower Society.

His will, dtd. August 30, 1716, mentions wife Anna, 5 daughters: Phebe, Anna, Abigail, Marcy, and Mary; 3 sons: George, Nathaniel, and Ephraim (all under age), his grandfather Watson, his uncle James Leonard, his man Caleminco, his boy Dick, his sisters Elizabeth Williams and Mary Tisdale. Witnessed by John Leonard, Benjamin Ware, and Ephraim Lane.

Judge, Major George LEONARD and Anna Walker TISDALE were married on 4 July 1695 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA.51 Anna Walker TISDALE52, daughter of John TISDALE and Hannah ROGERS, was born on 27 January 1673 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA. She died on 1 September 1733 at the age of 60 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA. She was buried in Norton, Bristol Co., MA. She was appointed guardian of Abiel Leonard, Ephraim Leonard, and Mary Leonard, minor children of "Madom" Mary Leonard of Taunton, dtd. 14 January 1724/5 (5:14).

Judge, Major George LEONARD and Anna Walker TISDALE had the following children:






Col., Hon. George LEONARD.



Rev. Nathaniel LEONARD.



Anna LEONARD52 was born on 16 December 1701 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA.53 She died on 24 January 1724 at the age of 22 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA. ECL: She died unmarried.



Abigail LEONARD.



Col. Ephraim LEONARD.



Mercy LEONARD54 was born on 29 April 1710 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA. She died in July 1727 at the age of 17 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. Is Mercy really one of Thomas' children? Birthdate suspicious.



Jonathan LEONARD54 was born on 30 October 1710 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA.55 He died on 13 January 1711 at the age of 0 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA.56



Joshua LEONARD54 was born on 13 May 1712 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA. He died on 29 June 1712 at the age of 0 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA.56






Abiel LEONARD57 was born in June 1717 in Norton, Bristol Co., MA. He died in 1739 at the age of 22 in At sea. A posthumous child. Baptised June 1717 (Norton VR, p. 94). Will made January 15, 1738/39 in which he calls himself 22. Wills mentions brothers George, Nathaniel, Ephraim, and sisters Abigail, Mary, and Phebe.