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Leonard Wheatley
(1765-Abt 1858)


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Leonard Wheatley

  • Born: Dec 1765, Prince William County, Virginia, USA
  • Marriage: Nancy Ann after 1781 in Maryland, USA 33
  • Died: Abt 1858, Axtel, Breckinridge, Kentucky, USA about age 93
  • Buried: Mount Carmel Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, USA

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Leonard Wheatley came to KY in 1790 and settled about 12 miles south of Hardinsburg with his wife and two children: Sarah and James. Leonard was in Virginia during 1783, in Frederick County along with Thomas Wheatley. Both men are found in Nelson County, KY in 1790. Thomas was about 5 years older than Leonard and likely an older brother. During the census of 1795, Leonard is found living in Nelson County, KY along with Abram and Thomas Wheatley.

Leonard can be found on the 1810 US Census living in Breckinridge County, KY with 7 children living in his household along with his wife. In 1840 he is found in Breckinridge Countyas well as in 1850. Leonard is reported to have served three hitches in the Colonial Army; each one served as a replacement for another individual: the first as a substitute for a John Wheatley in 1780, the second as a substitute for Charles Coppage in 1781, and the last was when he served in place of one Alexander McDonald. All of this can be found in the Revolutionary War Pension File for Leonard Wheatley or Wheatley Number S.30783 B. L. Wt. 26784-160-55 (Cover Sheet)

Leonard married Nancy Ann Sweeney Rhodes. She had one son by her first marriage, Elias Rhodes, who married a daughter of Richard Mattingly, Margaret. Leonard and Nancy's daughter, Sarah, married John Mattingly. It appears that the two families had a close relationship. Leonard and Nancy are buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Axtel, KY.

According to the official publication of the Archdiocese of Louisville, the first Catholic to settle in Breckinridge County was Leonard Wheatley in the year 1791. By 1812 the number of Catholics in the county had grown so that a church building was deemed necessary. Under the guidance of Fr. Charles Nerinckx, the first Catholic Church in Breckinridge County was built. It was a simple log cabin structure and was located near the eastern part of the present cemetery. For several years it remained without a roof and became known as "the fair weather Church." The Church was named St. Romoldus for the Cathedral in Mechelen, Belgium, but was later changed to St. Romuald.


Leonard married Nancy Ann after 1781 in Maryland, USA.33 (Nancy Ann was born about 1762, died about 1868 in Axtel, Breckinridge, Kentucky, USA and was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, USA.)

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