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Bessie May Leonard Keith
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1894
Chattanooga
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1929
Chattanooga
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA

Bessie May Leonard was the second child of Matthew (Mac) and Florance Hall (Ma) Leonard. She married Joe Dezzell Keith on June 30, 1912 at Chattanooga, TN. Bessie was the only known Leonard to have Auburn hair. Joe was born on November 12, 1892 in Bridgeport, AL and arrived in Chattanooga around 1910. He found work as a machinist at Columbian Iron Works. Both died at a relatively young age and left three young children. Bessie died at the age of 34 from after a lengthy illness from the effects of Pellagra. She had been nursing her Mother to recovery from this disease when she contacted it and died on 02 June 1929.

During her illness, the children moved to the home of Lily Grant. Following their mother's death, the children alternated between the home of Lily Grant and their grandparents, Matthew (Mac) and Florance Hall (Ma) Leonard. 
 
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 Parents:
  Elijah Matthew Leonard (1871 - 1951)
  Florence Ann Hall Leonard (1870 - 1966)
 
 Siblings:
  Henry Clay Leonard (1892 - 1978)*
  Bessie May Leonard Keith (1894 - 1929)
  Bernice Cornelia Leonard Benson (1896 - 1993)*
  Carlin Bruce Leonard (1899 - 1991)*
  Edith Elsie Leonard Crocker (1904 - 2005)*
  Admiral Dewey Leonard (1907 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hills Cemetery
Chattanooga
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Roger Leonard
Record added: Jan 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64854825
Bessie May <i>Leonard</i> Keith
Added by: Roger Leonard
 
Bessie May <i>Leonard</i> Keith
Added by: Roger Leonard
 
Bessie May <i>Leonard</i> Keith
Added by: Roger Leonard
 
 
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