Oresta Leonard

29 May 1834–9 December 1915 (Age 81)
Georgetown, Georgetown, Madison, New York, United States

The Life of Oresta

When Oresta Leonard was born on 29 May 1834, in Georgetown, Georgetown, Madison, New York, United States, her father, Abiel Leonard, was 41 and her mother, Louisa Hall, was 34. She married Elias N. Sherman on 5 July 1851. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Indiana, United States in 1870 and Morgan Township, Porter, Indiana, United States in 1910. She died on 9 December 1915, in Porter, Indiana, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Valparaiso, Center Township, Porter, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elias N. Sherman
Oresta Leonard
Marriage: 5 July 1851
Imogene S. Sherman
Elias Sherman
Brigham E Sherman
Alvoretta E. Sherman
Oresta Louisa Sherman
Silas Warren Sherman
Mary R. Sherman
Florence Emmaline Sherman
Oliver Morton Sherman

Spouse and Children

5 July 1851


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Abiel Leonard


    Louisa Hall





    Calvin Leonard


    Caroline Leonard


    Adaline C. Leonard



+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 2

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 22

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

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)

  • Orista Leonard in household of Lester Jo?Lin, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Olieta Sherman in household of Elias N Sherman, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • Oresta L Sherman in household of W H Fowler, "United States Census, 1910"

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