Leonard descendants spread through Covington County and beyond

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Leonard family was further reviewed in last week’s column from a much earlier introduction. The writing last week ended with coverage of the children of Lavada (Leonard) and her husband, Joseph Hall. Lavada was the youngest daughter of John Thomas Leonard, son of Thomas Alfred Leonard Sr.

Thomas Alfred Leonard Sr.’s next son, Hosea Harrison Leonard, was married first in 1885 to Josephine Minerva Hogg (1862-1906), daughter of James M. and Juliann (Dunn) Hogg. In 1900, the young family was living in the Fairfield community. Following Josephine Minerva’s death in 1906, Hosea Harrison was married to Bettie Lee Hart (1872-1962). In 1920, they were residing in Milton, Florida, and in 1930, in Allentown. The first 11 of Hosea H. Leonard’s children were by his first wife, Josephine Minerva. They were Effie May, b. 1886, d. 1948; Addie Lee, b. 1887, d. 1968; Willie Josephine, b. 1888, d. 1987, m. 1908 Elijah H. Lundy; Maude Pearl, b. 1892, d. 1961; Hosea Harrison Jr., b. 1894, d. 1975; Homer Arthur Sr., b. 1895, d. 1955, m. 1922 Clara Bell Leonard; Tinnie Corine, b. 1896, d. 1987; Hobson, b. 1899, d. 1985; twins, Bernice, b. 1902, d. 1981 and Bonice, b. 1902, d. 1996; and another living child. Hosea and his second wife, Bettie Lee Hart, reared the following children: Anice, b. 1913, d. 2000, m. 1933 J.C. Phillips; Thomas Alfred, b. 1915, d. 1967, m. 1946 Mary Elizabeth Geiger; Mary, b.&d. 1917; and Charles Hanson, b. 1920, d. 1992.

Thomas Alfred’s next son, Stark Starling, was married in 1887 to Katie Melissa Miller (1866-1945), daughter of Amon Francis and Catherine (Riley) Miller, Sr. In 1900, they were residing in the Hughes community, and in Florala in 1910. Stark Starling died in 1927, so Katie was in the household of her son-in-law, William C. McKee, in 1930 in the McRae community. Katie had been a schoolteacher and even rode to school on horseback.

Stark Starling and Katie reared the following children: Arvenia, b. 1889, d. 1971; Nola Lavada, b. 1891, d. 1984, m. ca 1910 William Charles McKee; Ella Iowa, b. 1893, d. 1980, m. 1911 Murdock Scot Campbell; Curry Thomas, b. 1895, d. 1972; Vertie Katie, b. 1897, d. 1984, m. 1918 D.B. Griffith; Charles Floyd, b. 1899, d. 1959, m. 1927 Hattie Elvira Broxson; Curtis, b. 1902, d. 1965, m. ca 1926 Frances Virginia Finklea; and Pearl, b. 1905, d. 1934.

Thomas Alfred’s daughter, Jane Leonard, was married to Harris Franklin “Bud” Adams (1853-1921). They reared one daughter, Sarah Leonard Adams, b. 1876, d. 1939.

Thomas Alfred’s son, Charles B. Leonard, was first married to Catharine Grantham, daughter of Albert and Nancy (Slade) Grantham. He was later married to Catharine Bounds by whom he had one child, Tually Leonard.

Next, many of the great grandchildren of Thomas Alfred Leonard, Sr., son of Alexander Leonard, will be outlined. His son, James Henry Leonard’s, oldest daughter, Joanna “Jody” Leonard and her husband, George Willis Lundy, had the following children: Anna Lee, b. 1891, d. 1993; Della B., b. 1893, d. 1974; living child; George Thomas, b. 1898, d. 1961, m. 1922 Vallie Coxwell; Rose L., b. 1901, d. 1955; Willis Green, b. 1903, d. 1973; Joseph Daniel, b. 1907, d. 1956; living child, Benjamin David, b. 1912, d. 1975, m. 1932 Virginia Ella Annie Bell Cook; and Willella E., b. 1915, d. 2003.

James Henry’s second daughter, Sarah “Doll” Leonard, and her husband, John T. Harrison, reared the following children: John “Bragg,” b. 1895, d. 1971, m. 1922 Lelar Rebecca Harrison; Eddie Mae, b. 1897, d. 1984; Seward Henry, b. 1903, d. 1977; Ida, b. ca 1905, d. 1923; Dora Savannah, b. 1909, d. 2007, m. 1923 Marcellus Samuel Bruner; Jack, b. 1911, d. 1978; living child; J.B. b. 1915, d. 2002, m. 1939 Evelyn Taylor; and Ella.

James Henry’s next daughter, Mary Etta Leonard, was married in 1895 to John Roberts, son of Daniel D. and Luvina (Henderson) Roberts. They had the following children: Daniel H., b. 1896, d. 1948; Pearlie Lee, b. 1898, d. 1960; George, b. 1902, d. 1971; living child; Albert “Roy,” b. 1909, d. 1991; Floyd Alvie, b. 1913, d. 2001, m. 1948 Virginia “Jean” Lawrence; and living child.

James Henry’s next daughter, Mattie Leonard, was married in 1896 to Mose Harrison, son of James Edward and Elizabeth (Adams) Harrison. They reared the following children: Ella Fair, b. 1897, d. 1995; living child; Edward Houston “Dick,” b. 1899, d. 1995; Callie, b. 1901, d. 1979, m. 1920 Ira Gregg Pickron; Harlan Horace, b. 1902, d. 1981; Oscie, b. 1905, d. 1976, m. 1924 Willis Hudson; Dolan “Coote,” b. 1909, d. 1990; Shirley “Shirl,” b. 1911, d. 1995; and living child.

James Henry’s daughter, Della Leonard, and her husband, Mose Hudson, Sr., had the following children: Willis, b. 1905, d. 1974, m. 1924 Oscie Harrison; living child, Mose Jr.; 3 living children; Dolly; and Penny.

James Henry’s daughter, Bessie Lee Leonard was married to John Richard McKee Jr., son of John Richard McKee, Sr. and wife, Melvina Henrietta (Kent). They had the following children: Hubert Radclift, b. 1907, d. 1982; Liddie Mae, b. 1910, d. 1993; John Henry, b. 1912, d. 1987; Effie Mae, b. 1914, d. 1980; Richard, b. 1917, d. 1967; Dickie Boy, b. 1917, d. 1976; living child; Earnest Hardy, b. 1922, d. 1976; living child; Brack, b. 1926, d. 1998; and two living children.

James Henry’s son, William Mose Leonard, was married in 1909 to Armeda Willie Turbeville. They reared the following children: William Alex, b. 1910, d. 1996, m. 1929 Tressie Irene Powell; Addie Estelle, b. 1911, d. 1998; Louis Lamar, b. 1914, d. 1986, m. 1933 Lillian Neunola Adams; Agnes Mariah, b. 1917, d. 1992; Allie Kate Lucille, b. 1918, d. 1980, m. 1936 Emmett Lane Catrett; Jewel Mozelle, b. 1919, d. 2009, m. 1938 Cleveland John Dewey Wise; Lillie Mae “Lil,” b. 1922, m. Clinton Edward “Pete” Pridgeon; Nancy Meadie, b. 1924, d. 2011, m. 1941 Daniel B. Rhodes; and James Henry, b. 1925, d. 1952.

James Henry’s sister, Martha Manerva Leonard, and her husband, David Regan Savage, had the following grandchildren:  Daughter Ella Mae Savage and husband, Marvin D. Harrell, had three living children. Daughter Ada Savage and husband, George Dunn, reared five children: James D., b. 1915, d. 1981; 3 living children: and George Edward, b. 1925, d. 1998. Son Hiram Savage and wife, Lilla Subbers, had four children: 3 living; and Thomas D., b. 1925, d. 1999.

Additional data are available on the other siblings of James Henry Leonard and will be featured in next week’s column. This writing was made possible by a Leonard descendant, Howard Leonard, who shared the results of his research.

Anyone who might have a correction to the above or additional information on the Leonard family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or email: cthomasson@centurytel.net.