About James Leonard
James and his family came to America in 1645 and settled in Providence and in Lynn, MA where entries in an account book of 1651 kept by the Lynn Company stated: "James Leonnarde, 15 days worke about finnerey Chimneye and other worke in ye forge, 1:13:0. To ditto Leonard for dressing his bellows 3 times, 1:10:0. To ditto soe much allowed him for bringing his goods from Providence, 2:0:0.
The family moved to Taunton by 1652 where he and his brother, Henry, set up an iron forge on Two Mile River," this being the first forge in the country for the manufacture of iron. This "bloomerie" was owned by a number of men who bought shares in it and it began operation in 1656. It was sometimes called the Raynham Works.
"James was a friend of the Indian Chief, King Philip, often entertaining him at his home. In October of 1665, King Philip conveyed about 250 acres of land at Mattapoisett Neck in Swansea to James. Tradition says that it was because of this friendship that, at the outbreak of King Philip's War, King Philip gave strict orders that his men were never to harm a Leonard, and conjecture says that because of this, Taunton was not attacked during the war.
James Leonard could not read or write when he came to America but he was able to amass property amounting to 500 pounds during his lifetime."
James remarried a Margaret after Mary's death.
1. Leonard, Elisha Clark and G. Marston Leonard, James Leonard of Taunton, Massachusetts, Ironmaster.
2. Websites, http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mbwheeler&id=I32191.
3. Leonard, Elisha Clark and G. Marston Leonard, James Leonard of Taunton, Massachusetts, Ironmaster.
5. James Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Before 1692.
and he d. 18 Oct. 1692, in his 38th yr.
6. Hurd, D. Hamilton, History of Bristol County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers & Prominent Men (Philadelphia, 1883), Ancient Burying-Grounds: Burying Ground at the Neck of Land.
7. James Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Before 1692.
Children of James and Mary Leonard:
01 (M): Thomas Leonard
Born: 03 Aug 1641
Died: 24 Nov 1713
02 (M): James Leonard
Born: about 1643
Died: 01 Nov 1726
03 (F): Abigail Leonard
Born: about 1645
04 (F): Rebecca Leonard
Born: about 1647
Died: 15 Mar 1735/36
05 (M): Benjamin Leonard
Born: about 1650
06 (M): Joseph Leonard
Born: about 1655
Died: 18 Oct 1692 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA
Spouses: Mary Blake
07 (F): Hannah Leonard
Born: about 1659
Died: 25 Feb 1674/75
08 (M): Uriah Leonard
Born: 10 Jul 1662