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
1755–1831
Mary Leonard
1763–1820
Marriage: 30 December 1784
Woodbury Starkweather
1785–1800
Thomas Starkweather
1787–1843
Mehitabel Starkweather
1787–1862
Mary Starkweather
1789–
Leonard Starkweather
1791–1843
John Starkweather
1793–1823
Samuel Starkweather
1795–1861
Elizabeth " Betsey " Starkweather
1797–1858
Wealthy Starkweather
1800–1881
James Starkweather
1801–1873
Ezra Starkweather
1803–1873
Olive Starkweather
1805–
Olive Starkweather
1808–1828

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
30 December 1784
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
children

(13)

+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(6)

    Sabra Leonard

    Female1757–1773Female

    Lydia Leonard

    Female1760–1833Female

    Female1763–1820Female

    Samuel Leonard

    Male1768–1818Male

    Joseph Leonard

    Male1773–1843Male

+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1776

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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