254. Silas LEONARD31 was born in 1755 in Mendham, Morris Co., NJ.171 He died on 6 November 1851 at the age of 96 in Trumbull Co., OH. He was buried in Boatman Cemetery, East Palestine, Columbiana Co., OH. Initial source is OneWorldTree -- check carefully. No information about children other than names. However, information from Allan Vaughan is thoroughly researched and supported by O.B. Leonard.
Silas was 14 when his father moved the family to the frontier in 1769, over the Allegheny Mountains and into the Monongahela River Valley in SW Pennsylvania.
Silas is listed on page 201 of the PA Archives, Sixth Series, Vol II, in the Return of the 6th, 75h, and 8th Classes of Capt. James Craven's Company, Fifth Batttalion, Washington County Militia, 22 May 1782. Brother Isaac was a Lt., Caleb, Jr. 4th Class, Silas 8th Class (per G. Allan Vaughan). In the Revolutionary War, Silas fought against Indians led by British and Tory rangers. (Is there a Rev. War pension file for Silas?)
There was a dispute over the lands in SW Pennsylvania between Virginia and Pennsylvania. See Allan Eckert, "That Dark and Bloody River" for a history of the area. The dispute was settled in 1781. Silas' land was patented to him in 1788, called Spicewood Thicket. Although he was taxed on it continuously starting in 1781, they sold "Spicewood Thicket" for $1200 to his nephew, Joseph Leonard, son of Caleb, Jr.
In 1813 he moved to an area on the Pennsylvania-Ohio border, on the Beaver County, PA, side of the line. His farm was on Little Beaver Creek. It was about one mile to the south of his sister Jemima Leonard Burt's farm on the other side of the OH-PA border in Columbiana Co. It was at 100 Little Beaver Twp., which became Darlington twp. (from deed 1814 and 1831 when he went to live with sons in Ohio.
In 1820, he moved to Trumbull Co., OH.
Did he have a son named Abner who married Margaret Reisinger? (Jane Peppler's genealogy) Did he have a daughter, Jemima? (O. B. Leonard)
Silas LEONARD and Sarah had the following children: