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Buren C. Leonard (1846-1909) of Moravia

Updated: Jan 31, 2019

"Well Known Produce Dealer Dies.

Buren C. Leonard died at his home in Aurora street early Sunday morning, November 14. He was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, February 9, 1846 and was nearly sixty-four years of age at his death. For several months he had been in ill health from a complication of diseases. Mr. Leonard had been a resident of Moravia for upwards of twenty years, during which he had been engaged chiefly in the produce business and he was well known throughout this section. Besides his widow, he leaves a son, Clarence M. Leonard and a daughter, Lura M. Leonard. The desceased is survived also by a sister, Mrs. Lura Higgins and a brother, Orson Leonard, both of Glendale, Massachusetts. The funeral services were conducted at the late home Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. Horatio Yates officiated and he was assisted by Rev. W. H. Harris (?). Burial was made in Indian Mound."

- Moravia Republican Register, Nov. 19, 1909.

Buren lived in Moravia around the same time as Cora (Sherman) Leonard, widow of Lewis Leonard, and their sons James and Albert Leonard lived there. (Cora and her children were counted on the census there in 1910).

Buren appears to be the son of Martin and Amanda Leonard. Whether or not he was related to Lewis Leonard's father, Charles Leonard, has yet to be determined.

Additional Notes:

Buren C. LEONARD of Moravia, Cayuga, New York in 1892. A likely match seems to be found in New Marlborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts in 1860 where a Buren Leonard (age 14) was living with what appears to be his parents, Martin Leonard (age 51, b. abt. 1809) and Amanda (age 49, b. abt. 1811). In 1870, Buren was working at a saw mill in Connecticut. His appears to be the only Leonard family in Moravia in 1892 where we find: Buren C. Leonard (age 46), with Harriet M. Leonard (age 41), Clarence M. Leonard (age 16), and Lulu M. Leonard (age 7). He was listed as a Lumberman in Berkshire, Tioga, New York. Buren’s family is found in Moravia again in 1900 (Sheet 8B), with the same four people. Buren and Harriet report being married 29 years. His father was born in Massachusetts and his mother was born in New York. He died in 1909 and was buried at Indian Mound Cemetery where his wife and Clarence were later buried. His obituary states that he was survived by a sister, Mrs. Lura Higgins, and a brother Orson Leonard, both of Glendale, Massachusetts. In 1910, his widow, Harriet was found in Moravia again (Sheet 8A) with both children (grown) still living with her. Buren was a Produce and Cattle. He is likely a descendant of James Leonard, the Iron Master.

Comments are welcome! If you have any information on his other relations in Moravia, please let us know.


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