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Henry Samuel Leonard

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Pontypool, Torfaen, Wales, United Kingdom
Death: circa 1695 (69-85)
Monmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Mass
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Leonard and Lydia Leonard
Husband of Hannah Leonard and Mary Leonard
Father of John Leonard; Samuel Leonard; Nathaniel Leonard; Henry Leonard; Thomas Leonard and 4 others
Brother of Philip Leonard; James Leonard, of Taunton; William Leonard; Leonard Leonard; May/Mary Leonard and 5 others

Occupation: Ironworks manager
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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


Birth: 1618 Monmouthshire, Wales Death: 1695 Middletown Monmouth County New Jersey, USA

Family links:

 Mary Russell Leonard (1624 - 1675)

 Sarah Leonard Throckmorton (1660 - 1743)*
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Burial: Unknown

Thomas Leonard-father of American /immigrants/

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Henry Samuel Leonard's Timeline

Pontypool, Torfaen, Wales, United Kingdom
Age 30
Lynn, Essex, MA, USA
June 16, 1651
Age 33
Lynn, MA
June 14, 1658
Age 40
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 29, 1660
Age 42
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 42
Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 43
Essex, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
13, 1666
Age 48
Essex, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 55
Middletown, Province of East Jersey