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Ancestors of Kathleen Lowe Joseph Leonard and Mary Fellows

Joseph Leonard and Mary Fellows

Husband Joseph Leonard

           Born: 20 May 1644 - Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
           Died: 9 Aug 1716 - Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts

         Father: John Leonard (Abt 1615-1675)
         Mother: Sarah Heald (      -      )

       Marriage: 24 Mar 1671 - Hampden, Massachusetts

Wife Mary Fellows



General Notes (Husband)

From a book on the history of Springfield, illustrating Pynchon's handling of his manor of Springfield.

A carpenter in Springfield. He owed Pyncon the sum of 98 shillings in 1680. Seven years later the figure had grown to 116 shillings, and the creditor expressed his growing impatience but did not threaten or take legal action. In February 1689 the two men made an accounting and found 79 shilligns "of old account which hath beenlong due". Leonard was the most highly skilled joiner in Springfield and was usually the first man Pynchon turned to when the landlrd needed new houses constructed. Moreover, a large part of the reason Leonard was so indebted was the annual rent of 10 shillligns 10s. the carpenter paid for five and half acres of Pynchon's land in the third division. Leoanrd, who died with an estate valued at 640 shillings, needed neither employment nor a lease from Pynchon in order to survive. His skills and his lands gave him sufficientbargaining power. And Pynchon's recognition of this power made it prudent to forestall collection of Leonard's debts for so long.

He had a total of six wives.


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