31. Benjamin LEONARD27,28 was born in 1686 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., MA. He died before 4 July 1749 at the age of 63 in Mendham, Morris Co., NJ.29 According to Manning Leonard, no further account of this branch of the family has been found. The reason is that Benjamin and his family moved to the Mendham area of Morris County, New Jersey, about 1740, influenced by Ebenezer Byram, a follower of the "New Light" revival. In 1738, Benjamin and wife Mary of Berkley, MA, sold a tract of land and meadow to Elkanah Babbit. Under date of March 16, 1737, Benjamin Leonard and wife Mary of Berkley for 620 pounds sell to John Paul of Berkley "my homestead where I now dwell in Berkley." That homestead they purchased of William Phillips, Benjamin's first wife's father. The homestead was in that part of Taunton that became Dighton in 1712 and Berkley in 1735.
He had had difficulty with Rev. Benjamin Allen, pastor of the Second Church of Bridgewater, in 1721. See Manning Leonard, p. 68.
Badger's The Leonard Dictionary has Benjamin dying 6 Dec 1771 in 76th year and gives dates of marriages and children. She quotes sources as Bridgewater VH, p. 103, NEHG Reg. vols. 19 and 21, Richard Newton Genealogy, Solomon Leonard book, and Carver VR's. A will of Joseph Thompson of Mendham, dated 4 Jul 1749, mentions the 15 acres he had purchased of Benjamin Leonard, deceased (The American Genealogist, v. 46, p. 121; NJ Archives, Wills, 2:478), so Benjamin died before that date.
James Chilton "Silver Book" (1978 ed.) lists children of Benjamin and Mary as "probable," except for Huldah.
The old name of Mendham was Roxiticus.
Benjamin LEONARD and Hannah PHILLIPS were married on 15 August 1715 in Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.30 Hannah PHILLIPS, daughter of William PHILLIPS and Hannah GILBERT, was born in 1698 in Bristol Co., MA. She died about 1729 at the age of 31 in Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.
Benjamin LEONARD and Hannah PHILLIPS had the following children:
Benjamin LEONARD and Mary CUDWORTH were married on 13 June 1734 in Freetown, Bristol Co., MA. Mary CUDWORTH, daughter of James CUDWORTH and Betty HATCH, was born on 14 November 1702 in Freetown, Bristol Co., MA. She died on 5 November 1778 at the age of 75 in Morristown, Morris Co., NJ.
Benjamin LEONARD and Mary CUDWORTH had the following children: