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In memory of Sophronia Burrill, my Paternal 4th Great-Grandmother on the LEONARD branch.


  • Cayuga County Births 1847-1850, (William Knapp) [Link]
  • Cayuga County Births 1847-1850, (Quarles D. Knapp) [Link]
  • 1850 U.S. Federal Census Genoa, Cayuga, NY
  • 1855 New York State Census Locke, Cayuga, NY
  • 1860 U.S. Federal Census Springport, Cayuga, NY
  • 1865 New York State Census Union Springs, Cayuga, NY
  • 1875 New York State Census Springport, Cayuga, NY
  • 1880 U.S. Federal Census Summerhill, Cayuga, NY, p. 18
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Sophronia Burrill

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1814 (est.)

New York


1830 or earlier

New York (probably)



1883 Dec 3

Moravia, Cayuga, New York

Union Springs, Cayuga, New York

[ View memorial on Findagrave ]


Sophronia was the wife of Russell Leonard. Family tradition gives her last name as Burrill. Her birthdate has yet to be found. In 1855, her age was reported as 43, which would make her born abt. 1812. Other records imply she was born 1815. Conflicting reports on here birthplace are given. On the 1855 census, Chenango County is given, on 1865 "can't tell" and on the 1875 census, Broome County is given as her birthplace. The 1865 census shows she was twice married and had 11 children. She was recently widowed. In 1875, she was living alone in Springport, NY. The only proof of her connection to Joshua Burrill is my DNA results.


Russell said goodbye to Sophronia in November of 1833 with the intention of buying land in Michigan Territory. When he hadn't returned after five months, Sophronia placed a missing persons ad in the paper in May of 1834 but what became of Russell is unknown. She eventually remarried to Thomas Knapp and had several children with him. They moved to Locke, Cayuga County, New York, around April of 1855. Both Thomas and at least two of her sons enlisted and fought in the Civil War. Thomas died May 10, 1869, age 52. He is buried in West Genoa Cemetery in King Ferry, New York. (Source1) (Source 2)


Their son Dewey, died in the fight. She was named on the Pension list of 1883, receiving $8 per month. [Source]


Sophronia died on the 3rd of December, 1883, at Moravia. She was 69 years old and was said to have been buried in Union Springs.


Sophronia Burrill & Russell Leonard were the parents of my ancestor,

Children with Russell Leonard:

  1. Charles Russell Leonard (1830-1908)
  2. Jenette Leonard (1833- ), married Nelson Reynolds and lived in Genoa near her mother in 1850.

Children with Thomas Knapp:

  1. Joseph Knapp (born bet. 1837-1838)
  2. Thomas H. Knapp, Jr. (born abt. 1838-1839)
  3. Mariah Knapp (born abt. 1841)
  4. Sophia Knapp (born abt. 1843) married Albert Thompson and had a daughter named Sarah L. Thompson born abt. 1863.
  5. Lydia A. Knapp (born abt. 1846) who married John Hicks bef. 1865 and had a daughter named Anna Victoria Hicks (1861-1947) who married Calvin Wolfe and had five children. In 1865, Lydia and daughter Anna were living with Lydia's mother but she was marked "married", not widowed.
  6. Dewey Knapp (born 14 Oct 1847 and died in Port Monroe, Virginia, 24 Apr 1865, fighting in the Civil War). Was he Quarles D. Knapp born Oct. 17, 1847, in Locke. (Source)
  7. William Knapp (born Oct. 9, 1848 in Genoa), married Ella Schriver before the 1865 census. He died 25 Apr 1933, in Waterloo, New York. (Source)
  8. Sophronia Knapp (born abt. 1853), died 20 May 1909 in Moravia.
  9. Arnold Knapp (born Dec. 1854 or Jan. 1855)
Records, photos, and memorabilia pertaining to the life of Sophronia Burrill:

DNA Notes:

Match with ellsc and Tamara Smith on Ancestry, descendants of Sophronia Burrill and Thomas Knapp.

Match with ellsc and Tamara Smith on Ancestry, descendants of Sophronia Burrill and Thomas Knapp.

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