Levi J. Leonard

5 June 1812–4 July 1882 (Age 70)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Levi J.

When Levi J. Leonard was born on 5 June 1812, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Samuel Leonard, was 30 and his mother, Phebe Logan, was 23. He married Cynthia Ann Cosner on 8 October 1835, in Knox, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Hector, Tompkins, New York, United States in 1850 and Dix, Schuyler, New York, United States for about 5 years. He died on 4 July 1882, in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Levi J. Leonard
Cynthia Ann Cosner
Marriage: 8 October 1835
Nelson Leonard
Samuel Leonard
Mary Leonard
Louisa Eliza Leonard
Phoebe A Leonard
Phillip Leonard
Lucretia C. Leonard
Elizabeth Leonard
Celesta Blair Leonard

Spouse and Children


    Cynthia Ann Cosner


8 October 1835
Knox, Ohio, United States


    Nelson Leonard


    Samuel Leonard


    Mary Leonard


    Louisa Eliza Leonard


    Phoebe A Leonard


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 7

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 15

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 20

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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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Story Highlight

Levi Leonard

Levi, a son of Samuel Leonard [1781-1871] & Phebe Logan [1788-1866], was born in either Washington or Greene Co., PA and migrated west with his family before 1830, settling in Knox Co., OH. On 8 Oct 1 …

Sources (3)

  • Levi Leonard, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Levi Leonard in household of Orvis Stevens, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Levi Leonard, "United States Census, 1850"

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