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Henry Leonard

Birthplace: Pontypool, Pontipool, Monmouthshire, Wales
Death: Died in Mass, Monmouth, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Mass
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Leonard; Thomas Leonard; Lydia Leonard and Elizabeth Leonard
Husband of Hannah Leonard; Mary Leonard and Mary Leonard
Father of Susannah Morford; Thomas Leonard; Henry Leonard; Nathaniel Leonard; Samuel Leonard and 2 others
Brother of Philip Leonard; John Thomas Leonard, of Wales; James Leonard; William Leonard; Leonard Leonard and 5 others

Occupation: Ironworks manager
Managed by: Private User
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About Henry Leonard


From A Concise History of the Iron Manufacture of the American Colonies Up to the ...By John Barnard Pearse. Page 24:

The latter established works at Hammersmith, Braintree, and Raynham, now Taunton. These works were erected and managed by a family of Leonards, who came from Pontypool, in Monmouthshire, and were remarkable for longevity and promotion to office. James and Henry Leonard were at Hammersmith in 1642, at Braintree in 1646, at Raynham in 1652, where they are reported to have built the first forge in America, and at Rowley village in 1668. In 1652 Henry went to New Jersey, where he was one of the first to set up iron-works. In Massachusetts the proverb took root, "where you can find an ironworks you will find a Leonard."

Rev. Dr. Fobes, in his history of Raynham, written in 1793, states that "the first adventurers from England to this country who were skilled in the forge-iron manufacture were two brothers, James and Henry Leonard. They came to this town in the year 1652, which was about two years after the first settlers had planted themselves upon this spot, and in the year 1652 these Leonards here built the first forge in America. * * * This forge was situated on the great road, and having been repaired from generation to generation, it is to this day still in employ


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Henry Leonard's Timeline

Pontypool, Pontipool, Monmouthshire, Wales
Age 25
Braintree, MA
Age 30
Lynn, Essex, MA, USA
June 16, 1651
Age 33
Lynn, MA
June 14, 1658
Age 40
Lynn, MA
May 29, 1660
Age 42
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 42
Lynn, Essex Co., MA
Age 55
Middletown, Province of East Jersey
Age 72
Age 77
Mass, Monmouth, Massachusetts