Margaret Bridget Leonard

1878–26 April 1952 (Age 74)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Margaret Bridget

When Margaret Bridget Leonard was born in 1878, in Iowa, United States, her father, Patrick Leonard, was 32 and her mother, Catherine Head, was 28. She married Edward Henry Gavin on 6 June 1905, in Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Julien Township, Dubuque, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Lead, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States in 1910. She died on 26 April 1952, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Proviso Township, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Edward Henry Gavin
Margaret Bridget Leonard
Marriage: 6 June 1905
Mary Geraldine Gavin

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6 June 1905
Cook, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

Age 7

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 20

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

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)

  • Maggie Lenard in household of Patrick Lenard, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Maggie Leanord in household of Catherine Leanord, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Margette Gavin, "United States Census, 1940"

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