Mary Leonard

3 June 1763–9 January 1820 (Age 56)
Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Leonard was born on 3 June 1763, in Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States, her father, Samuel Leonard, was 28 and her mother, Mary Freeman, was 27. She married Belcher Starkweather on 30 December 1784, in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 9 January 1820, in her hometown, at the age of 56, and was buried in Griswold, New London, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

Belcher Starkweather
Mary Leonard
Marriage: 30 December 1784
Woodbury Starkweather
Thomas Starkweather
Mehitabel Starkweather
Mary Starkweather
Leonard Starkweather
John Starkweather
Samuel Starkweather
Elizabeth " Betsey " Starkweather
Wealthy Starkweather
James Starkweather
Ezra Starkweather
Olive Starkweather
Olive Starkweather

Spouse and Children

30 December 1784
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States


+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Sabra Leonard


    Lydia Leonard



    Samuel Leonard


    Joseph Leonard


+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 13

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 13

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 18

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

1 English and French (Léonard): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements leo ‘lion’ (a late addition to the vocabulary of Germanic name elements, taken from Latin) + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’, which was taken to England by the Normans. A 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.2 Irish (Fermanagh): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhionáin or of Langan .3 Americanized form of Italian Leonardo or cognate forms in other European languages.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Lenard, "Connecticut, Births and Baptisms, 1639-1941"
  • Mary in entry for Woodbury Starkweather, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Mary in entry for Olive Starkweather, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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