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Capt. Philip Leonard

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: West Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Death: January 27, 1785 (70)
Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Leonard and N Leonard
Husband of Mary Leonard
Father of Samuel Leonard; Sarah Leonard; Molly Tinkham; Lt. George Leonard; Phebe Paddock and 4 others
Brother of Ichabod Leonard
Half brother of Joseph Leonard and Benjamin Leonard

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About Capt. Philip Leonard

Joseph Leonard was born Jan 22 1692-93 and among his children was Philip.

Capt Philip Leonard lived in Taunton and Middleboro Mass. He married Jan 6 1737-38 Mary, born in Middleboro daughter of Josiah and Mehetabel Deane Richmond and a descendant of John Richmond who came to America from Ashton Keynes Wiltshire England and was one of the purchasers of Taunton 1637. her lineage being through John 2 Edward and Josiah Richmond.

The children of Capt Philip and Mary Richmond Leonard were

  1. Sarah who married Elkanah Leonard
  2. Molly born June 16 1748 who married Samuel Wood and second Cornelius Tinkham
  3. Philip Benjamin born Dec 4 1745
  4. George born July 17 1753 who married Mary Allen of Middleboro
  5. Phebe who married Benjamin Paddock
  6. Chloe born April 25 1758 who married Eliphalet Elmes
  7. Samuel who married Susanna Ripley and
  8. Ephraim who married Mary Pratt

was born in 1718 in Taunton, Bristol Co., MA. He died on 27 Jan 1785 in Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA.66 He was also known as Philip Leonard. Philip came from Taunton as a young man to make his way as master workmanin lawyer Elkanah Leonard's ironworks. He was barely 21 years old. Hesettled into his work and remained there the rest of his life. He didlittle outside of his business; his employers were the ones who held allof the offices. After Elkanah's mental infirmity Philip was the mainstayof the business, while Elkanah Jr. and Zebulon were growing up to themanagement of affairs. Philip ran the forge while Zebulon and Elkanahran the store and with their mother gradually paid off and settled theestate.

Philip was Captain of the Third Company, First Regiment, of the Militia.Out of the Toryism of Zebulon, who had become quite prominent, coupledwith that of Daniel Leonard and George Leonard, also prominent Tories,rendered for a time all Leonards under suspicion by the Revolutionaryparty, such that Philip was dropped from his captaincy. However, hissons Philip, George, and Benjamin were in arms at the Lexington alarm.They also served throughout the War whenever an alarm was sounded.

Philip Sr. was described as a large and powerful man of commanding heightand figure and moderate in his manners. At the Rhode Island alarm(1778), he shouldered a musket and went as a private.


Benjamin brother of Thomas Esq., was the father of Joseph, whose son, Philip, of Taunton, died in 1785, st. about 60. Among his children were George, Esq., of Middleboro, Chloe, and Ephraim ; all now deceased. George Esq., lived at the Four Corners, and was the father of Samuel', and Nehemiah; merchants of N. Bedfo'd, Lois' who m. Rev. Lewis Leonard, of Cazenovia, N. Y., and Emeline, who m. Thomas Doggett, Esq., of Middleboro' ; Chloe d. in 1843, age 85. Her husband was Elephalet Elmes, of Middleboro', a revolutionary soldier, who d. in 1830, Mr. Ephraim L.(brother of George & Chloe) m. Mary Pratt, lived in Middleboro', and was the father of Mr. James L., now living there, Mrs. Jane', wife of Mr. O. L. Perkins, of Boston, and Mrs. Sarah', wife of Mr. Orlando Thompson, of New Bedford, and Mrs. Betsey, wife of Mr. J. Drake, of Boston. Uriah Leonard, the youngest son of James, lived to be about eighty years old. During Philip's war, being then but about thirteen or fourteen years of age, as he was riding from Taunton to the forge, he was discovered and fired upon by the Indians. He instantly plucked oif his uat, swung it around, which startled his horse, and, in full career, he reached the forge dam, without a wound ; but several bullets were shot througii the hat he held in his hand, and through the neck of the horse near the mane, from which the blood on both sides gushed and i-an down on both legs."

Last piece from: A genealogical memoir of the Leonard family : containing a full account of the first three generations of the family of James Leonard, who was an early settler of Taunton, Ms., with incidental notices of later descendants ... (1851)


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Capt. Philip Leonard's Timeline

West Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 22
Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Age 24
December 4, 1745
Age 30
Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
June 16, 1748
Age 33
July 17, 1753
Age 38
Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Age 40
April 25, 1758
Age 43
Middleborough, Plymouth, MA, United States
January 27, 1785
Age 70
Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States