William Harrison Leonard

Brief Life History of William Harrison

When William Harrison Leonard was born on 17 December 1872, in Grant City, Worth, Missouri, United States, his father, Harmon Biddie Leonard, was 29 and his mother, Amanda Jane Blaylock, was 19. He married Nellie Wilson on 21 June 1896, in Gentry, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Wilson Township, Gentry, Missouri, United States for about 30 years. He died on 13 October 1951, in Stanberry, Gentry, Missouri, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Stanberry, Gentry, Missouri, United States.

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William Harrison Leonard
Nellie Wilson
Marriage: 21 June 1896
Cecil Wilson Leonard
Eula Fay Leonard Ray
Eva Marietta Leonard
William Graydon Leonard
Frederick Virgil Leonard
Wilma Georgia Leonard
Lela Neal Leonard
Mary Jane Leonard Brown

Sources (16)

  • William H Leonard, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William H Leonard, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
  • William Harmon Leonard, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.


Historical Boundaries: 1879: Gentry, Missouri, United States

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English; French (Léonard); Walloon (mainly Léonard): from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements leo ‘lion’ (a late addition to the vocabulary of ancient Germanic name elements, taken from Latin) + hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’, which was taken to England by the Normans. A Christian saint of this name, who is supposed to have lived in the 6th century, but about whom nothing is known except for a largely fictional life dating from half a millennium later, was popular throughout Europe in the early Middle Ages and was regarded as the patron of peasants and horses. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Italian Leonardo , Polish, Slovenian, etc. Lenart or Lenard , and probably also their derivatives. Compare Larned , Learned , and Yenor .

Irish (Fermanagh): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhionáin or of Langan .

German: variant of Leonhard , cognate with 1 above.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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