Mathew Leonard


Brief Life History of Mathew

Mathew Leonard was born in 1823, in Ireland. He married Mary Heraghty on 3 March 1848, in Ahamlish, County Sligo, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters.

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Mathew Leonard
Mary Heraghty
Marriage: 3 March 1848
Patrick H. Leonard
Catherina Leonard
Peter Leonard
Maria Leonard
Bridget Leonard
Winifred Leonard
Eleanora Leonard
John Leonard

Sources (5)

  • Matthew in entry for Patrick Leonard and Mary Ann Moffitt Marron, "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961"
  • Mathew Leonard in entry for John Leonard, "Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913"
  • Matthew Leonard in entry for Patrick H Leonard, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 March 1848Ahamlish, County Sligo, Ireland
  • Children (8)

    +3 More Children

    World Events (4)


    Age 16

    The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.


    Age 22

    The Irish Potato Famine. Many Irish emigrate to America. Irish population drops from 8 million to 6 million due to death from starvation or emigration.


    Age 96

    Irish War of Independence against Britain ending in the Anglo Irish Treaty.

    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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