Leonard C. Crowninshield

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Leonard C. Crowninshield

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States
Death: March 29, 1855 (51)
Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States
Place of Burial: Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Crowninshield and Persis Crowninshield
Husband of Judith Crowninshield
Father of Samuel Terrill Crowninshield

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Leonard C. Crowninshield

Leonard was a farmer in Hinsdale, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. He lived on his father's homestead in Hinsdale throughout his life. The property was passed on to his son Samuel Terrill Crowninshield.

In Edith W. Bradley's 1985 Crowninshield Genealogy, Leonard is described thusly:

"Leonard, son of David and Persis Crowninshield, was known to be deaf and dumb [meaning unable to speak]; a small book 'A Catachism Scripture History of the Deaf and Dumb in the American Asylum', in the possession of Lila Stewart Reynolds, inscribed 'to Leonard Crowninshield from his teacher Collins Stone', 'May God Bless is to his Good'; was farmer; lived across the road from the present Crowninshield home. Judith d. of a heart attack. The 1850 Census lists Leonard a. 48, Mrs. L. as 47 and Samuel as a. [?], also listed with above in household was Maria Streeter, a. 10, b. in N.H. and dau. of Levi Streeter. Leonard and Judath bur. No. Hinsdale Cem."

From at least 1832 through 1833, Leonard attended the American School for the Deaf in Connecticut, funded by the New Hampshire legislature. Another student from Hinsdale, Squire Blanchard, attended 1829-1833.

Descendant Debra Frederick relates the story, passed down through the generations, of how Leonard had taught his horses special calls and signals in order to guide them. After he sold one of the horses (or possibly more than one), the new owner came back and complained that the horse(s) could not be driven. Leonard then had to teach the old calls to the new owner, after which the horse(s) responded fine.


  • American School for the Deaf. "Biennial Report," 1833.
  • Bradley, Edith W. Crowninshield Genealogy. 1985.
  • Child, Hamilton. Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885. Syracuse, NY: Child Publishing Co., 1885.
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Leonard C. Crowninshield's Timeline

July 30, 1803
Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States
April 3, 1837
Age 33
Hinsdale, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States
March 29, 1855
Age 51
Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States
Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States