First Generation

1. Samuel LEONARD1 was born in 1757 in NJ. He died on 24 March 1822 at the age of 65 in near Morristown, Morris Co., NJ. He was buried at Pierson plot in Morristown, Morris Co., NJ. According to O. B. Leonard in "Stephen Banks Leonard," Samuel and Abigail had 7 children: two boys and five girls. He was a carpenter by trade.

This appears to be the Samuel Leonard who enlisted at Morristown 17 March 1776 as an artificer in Capt. Joseph Lindsley's Co. under Col. Baldwin, re-enlisting in Capt. Thomas Patterson's Co., Col Dayton's Third NJ Regt. He was in the Battle of Monmouth, where he was wounded in the right foot. The pension file says his wife died about 1810, that in 1820 he was a resident of Morris twp, Morris Co., and there were seven children, Nancy 28 years old, Mary 26, and Jemima 18 being the only ones whose names are stated. Info a little off for this Samuel, but NJ records are bad. File # S 554. DAR Patriot Index also. He owned 42 acres of land when he applied for an invalid's pension. SAR also.

First Church, Morristown, records have him 65 at death in 1822. Will dtd. 23 Apr 1821, proved 9 Apr 1822, Book C, p. 6. Son Samuel gets "my old gun which belonged to my great grandfather which generally called Queen Ann's pocket piece. Residue of estate to 3 daughters Nancy, Mary A., and Joanna, who are named executrixes. In his pension application, he mentioned a debt of $145.75 to Nancy and Mary Leonard to build a small house. He owed Adam Guerin $25 and Lewis Mills $10.

There was a query from Chester N. Jones of Newark, NJ, dtd. 1916 in his file.

Did he have a brother, Joseph, b. 1774?

Samuel LEONARD and Abigail P. PIERSON were married on 20 November 1783 in First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, Morris Co., NJ. Abigail P. PIERSON, daughter of Joseph PIERSON and Patience , was born on 1 August 1762 in Morristown, Morris Co., NJ. She died on 5 January 1810 at the age of 47 in Morristown, Morris Co., NJ. She was buried at Pierson plot in Morristown, Morris Co., NJ. First Church, Morristown, has her 48 at date of death.

Samuel LEONARD and Abigail P. PIERSON had the following children:









Ruth LEONARD died on 2 September 1847 in Passaic, Morris County, NJ. She was apparently a member of the Basking Ridge Church in Somerset Hills, Somerset Co., NJ.



Silas Pierce LEONARD.






Mary "Polly" LEONARD.