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Warren Wellington Leonard
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1845
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 8, 1930
Tuscola County
Michigan, USA


Warren W. Leonard was born November 15, 1845 in the Township of Dayton, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., and is a son of Otis W. and Emily A. (Briggs) Leonard. He now makes his home in Almer Township, Tuscola County. Isaac R. Leonard, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Massachusetts and was a drummer in the War of 1812. His father, Noah, came from England and participated in the War of Independence, taking part in the battle of Lexington and other important conflicts. His son Isaac took part in the battle of Queenstown. He and his good wife, Lucy A. Manchester reared eight children, namely: Joseph Nelson, Otis W., Anna M., Schuyler, Marietta, Nancy E., Harriet L., and Lucy C., all of whom grew too maturity except the last named, who died when seven months old. Our subject's grandfather was a leader in the Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of the Masonic order, and died in Dayton, N.Y.

Smithfield, Madison County, N.Y., was the birthplace of the father of our subject, and his natal day was April 3, 1823. He was a self-educated man and a teacher and surveyor and came to Almer Township, Tuscola County, in September, 1856. their he settled on section 34, on fifteen acres which had been given too his wife, and he afterward bought one hundred and twenty acres where Caro now stands, being that part of Caro where the depot and city building have since been erected. In March, 1858, he sold this property and returned too New York on the ill-fated train that leaped the embankment near Dundas, Ontario, but his life was spared through that great disaster, and six months later he returned too Tuscola County and bought forty acres in Almer Township, too which he afterward added eighteen acres upon which he resided until his death, November 24, 1890.

The mother of our subject was born in Yates County, N.Y., October 28, 1823, and she was the daughter of Job and Lydia (Briggs) Briggs. Her brothers and sister were Benjamin, Burghardt B., and Fannie P., all of whom grew too maturity and established families of their own. Mr. Briggs was a cooper and a farmer, and came too Tuscola County in the spring of 1855, and here spent the remainder of his days, dying December 4, 1866, his wife following him too the grave October 10, 1870. He was a Democrat in his political views and a Universalist in religion. The father of our subject was a surveyor and served for fourteen years as Township Clerk. He was a Democrat in his political affiliations and a leader in the Masonic order.

Our subject was an only child and after receiving an education in the district schools he learned from his father the profession which had been followed by that parent and by his grandfather. He has followed this work of surveying more or less since he was sixteen years old and has also served as Township Clerk. Since 1858 his home has been upon his father's old homestead. The marriage of our subject November 17, 1867, united him with Laura Craw who was born September 17, 1848 in Oakland County, Mich. She is a daughter of Farley and Millicent (Bonker) Craw. One child, Warren N., has been born too this worthy couple and in his life they hope too revive the happier days of their own youth. The two farms belonging too Mr. Leonard comprise fifty-seven and forty acres respectively and they are well cultivated and are bringing forth abundant crops.

(1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties. Chapman Bros. Pages 402408.)


[June 8, 1930]

Warren Leonard, 60, for many years surveyor for Tuscola County, died at his home near Caro Sunday night. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W.H. Kuhlman of the Caro M.E. church officiating. Burial was made in Almer cemetery.

Mr. Leonard succeeded his father in the office of county surveyor and has been associated with Tuscola County drainage work for many years.

(Cass City Chronicle, June 13, 1930, page 1.)
Family links: 
  Otis W. Leonard (1823 - 1890)
  Emily A. Briggs Leonard (1823 - 1890)
  Laura A. Craw Leonard (1848 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Almer Township Cemetery
Tuscola County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Joann Geybels
Record added: Jun 17, 2011
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Warren Wellington Leonard
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