Notes on the Leonard and Louder/Lowder Families
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From: "Granville W. Wehland" firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your message. There are two Aletha Leonards, both with
parents named Joseph and Nancy Leonard. I am descended from Joseph
Leonard and Nancy Kennaday (Cannaday)Leonard. It is my belief that my
Aletha (born circa 1832) did not marry as there is a conveyance in the
Land Records of Randolph County in 1890 from Leatha and Sarah Leonard.
Althea Leonard born circa 1837, who married Milton Ricks 1/13/1853 in
Guilford County is the daughter of Joseph Leonard and Nancy Lowder
The Guilford County Land Records show Estate of Joseph Leonard
Division in Book 38, Page 608, as follows: Henry L. Leonard - 24 acres,
J. B. Leonard - 27 acres, Frederick Leonard -24 acres, Joab Leonard - 24
acres, James Leonard - 24 acres, John Leonard - 26 acres, Eli Leonard -
24 acres, Lethe Reiks (?) - 20 acres, William Leonard - 24 acres and
Arnith (?) Suits 27 acres.
Nancy Lowder Leonard was the daughter of
John Lowder, whose 557 acres were divided in Guilford County in the
November Term 1839, in Liber No. 26, folio 29, as follows: 96 acres to
Solomon Lowder, 69 acres to Nathan Lowder, 63 acres to Joel Lowder, 69
acres to Elizabeth (?), 75 acres to John Lowder, 67 1/2 acres to William
Lowder, 69 acres to Joseph Leonard and 69 acres and 5 acres to William
Anderson. The Gold Mine was held in common by all heirs.
conveys her 8/10ths interest in gold mine to Calvin Saferight by deed in
Liber No. 37, folio 472, dated 8/17/1858, which states Nancy is of
Guilford County. These notes were made in Guiford County some years
ago, and I hope are correctly translated.
Mr. W. N. Hurley, Jr., 9423
Eagleton Lane, Gaithersburg, MD. 20879, is descended from the Lowders
and has written several books. Also this Joseph and Nancy Leonard are
well documented on World Family Tree. Guilford County Bond Records
indicate marriages of several of Joseph and Nancy Lowder Leonard's
children. I believe these people were cousins of my Joseph and Nancy
Kennady Leonard, but have no proof. Know when Nancy was born and died,
but nothing on Joseph. Need their marriage place and date and any other
pertinent information. When we first began this research we confused
the two couples, thus the information on the Guilford County Leonards.
If you have anything at all on my family, I would greatly appreciate
hearing from you. Thank you.
John LOUDER born 1732, Guilford County
died 1819, Virginia
Married Hannah ------ -----
1. Catharine LOWDER
2. Caleb LOWDER
3.+John LOWDER born 29 Jun 1762, N.C.
Died 1 May 1839, Guilford County, N.C.
Married Sarah ----- ----- ABT. 1790
A.+Nancy LOWDER born c1803, Guilford County
Died 1864, Guilford County
Married Joseph LEONARD 29 Jul 1820
born c 1797, Guilford County, N.C.
died: 1858, Guilford County
1.+Joab LEONARD born 11 Feb 1824, Guilford County, N.C.
died: 19 Mar 1909, Guilford County, N.C.
buried Springfield Friends Church - High Point
Married Susanah HAINEY on 20 Aug 1846, Guilford County, N.C.
A. Charles A. LEONARD
B. James O. LEONARD
C. John LEONARD born 1852, Guilford County, N.C. died before 1900
Married Priscilla HARM in Aug 1870
1. Belle LEONARD
3. Charles LEONARD
4.+William Henry LEONARD
5. Cora LEONARD
7.+Winfield F. LEONARD
D. William LEONARD
E. Susanah LEONARD
F. Joan LEONARD
3. James LEONARD
4. William LEONARD
5. Aletha LEONARD born c 1837 Guilford County
married Milton Ricks
A. Anna Ricks b 1856 NC
B. Mattie Ricks
C. Joseph Ricks b 1858 m 1879
Sarah Jane Davis b 1-Nov-1859 Grant Co IN
daughter of Nathan Farlow & Sarah (Worthington) Davis.
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D. John b c 1861 NC
E. Ellen b c 1864 NC
F. James b c 1868 N.C.
G. Martha b c 1870/71 Ind.
H. Henry b c 1873 Ind
6. Frederick U. LEONARD
7. Henry L. LEONARD
8. Jabez B. LEONARD
9. Lucinda LEONARD
B. Joel LOWDER
C. Solomon LOWDER married Jane LEONARD
D. John LOWDER
E. Nathan LOWDER
F. Elizabeth LOWDER
G. William LOWDER
H. Sarah LOWDER
4. Mary LOWDER
5. Joseph LOWDER
6. Ralph LOWDER
7. Rebekah LOWDER
8. Samuel LOWDER
9. William LOWDER
10. Hannah LOWDER
11. Job LOWDER
12. Joshua LOWDER
13. Nathan LOWDER
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 22:41:49 -0500
From: Faye Moran email@example.com
Don, I think that the family you are looking for is located at
Scroll down the page and then click on the "Nancy Lowder" link.
I have already added the information contained in this
email to the Nancy Lowder page. Look
forward to hearing from you again.
Best regards, Faye
BOOKS in the Genealogical Society of Utah Library:
CALL NUMBER US/CAN BOOK AREA
AUTHOR: Bowden, Ernestine Loudder (Velma Ernestine Loudder), 1923- ¾.
TITLE: Louder & Lowder & Loudder / by Ernestine Loudder Bowden.
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: Austin, Tex. : Nortex Press, c1990.
FORMAT: 295 p. : ill., geneal. tab., maps, ports. ; 29 cm.
CONTENTS: A genealogy and a history of the descendants of John Lowder/Louder
born before 1738 in England. He married Hannah. They were living in New Jersey in 1760.
ADDITIONAL FORMATS FICHE AREA
Also on microfiche. Salt Lake City : Filmed by ------------- 6100561
the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1992.
4 microfiches ; 11 x 15 cm.
CALL NUMBER US/CAN BOOK AREA
AUTHOR: Hurley, W. N. (William Neal), 1924-¾¾¾¾.
TITLE; Lowder families in America : being an account of the descendants of the
Quakers John Lowder, born c.1738 in North Carolina and his wife, Hannah
Lowder, born c.1735 in North Carolina / William Neal Hurley, Jr..
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, c1996.
FORMAT: x, 394 p. : ill., ports.
NOTES: Author taken from cover.
CONTENTS: John and Hannah Lowder of Guilford County, North Carolina were the
parents of thirteen children: Catherine (July 17, 1758, and died
June 30, 1760), Caleb (Sept. 2, 1760), John, Jr. (June 29, 1762),
Mary (Aug. 2, 1764), Joseph (June 19, 1766), Ralph (May 8, 1768),
Rebecca (Mar. 15, 1770), Samuel (Jan. 17, 1772), William (June 29,
1773), Hannah (Aug. 8, 1774), Job (July 25, 1776), Joshua (June 14,
1778) and Nathan (Dec. 31, 1780). Other research suggests that John
and Hannah were Quakers in England and immigrated to a Quaker
community in New Jersey before settling in Guilford County. Numerous
descendants can be found in Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska,
Colorado, Iowa and Utah. Some Lowder descendants in Virginia in the
later 1800's joined the Mormon faith and went west. Some descendants
include: Burchett, Champ, Collingsworth, Crum, Hurley, Loudder,
Shope and Watts families.
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999
From: "Paul Weaver" firstname.lastname@example.org
Looks like we have some common ancestors! I descend from
Joseph Leonard and Nancy Lowder's son Eli, b. ca. 1827.
I have done extensive work on the Leonard line, but still
can't get any farther back than Joseph. Some of the Leonards
in Guilford during that timeframe were Quakers, though it
doesn't appear that Joseph and Nancy were. I do think that
they may have come from Chester Co, PA with some of the other
Leonard families in the area, with a stop in Grayson Co, VA
in the 1770s timeframe.
As far as the Lowders, the John Lowder that you show is the
son of a John Lowder, who was b. ca. 1740, possibly in England.
The family was in NJ for a while before moving to Guilford Co
in the 1700s. John Lowder (Sr) died someplace in VA (can't
remember the county). There is a lady who maintains a Lowder
newsletter, as there are dozens of folks researching John
Lowder, though nobody has had any luck identifying where he
came from, or who his parents were.
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999
I was very interested to get your e-mail, as the Aletha Leonard/
Milton Ricks family has had me stumped! And I was considering
writing an article for the LOWDER newsletter about the Leonard
family in general, because of how "fun" they are to trace (the
ones that left NC, anyway).
I should explain that I am a direct descendant of Solomon
Lowder who m. Jane Leonard (brother to Nancy Lowder m. Joseph Leonard).
Solomon Lowder and his descendants settled in Hendricks County, IN.
During the course of researching them, I found that some of Nancy
and Joseph Leonard's descendants had also found their way
to Hendricks County, including sons Frederick V. Leonard
and Henry L. Leonard (Henry's daughter Emily/Emma married
into my GARNERs). Something about this group just interested
me--I guess I like a good challenge. Plus it helped me fill out
my Lowder-descendancy tree (that, and Bill Hurley's Lowders in
I'm still having trouble filling in the Aletha Leonard portion,
though--that 1880 census entry for Grant County was really
interesting. I was looking through the 1860 Guilford Co, NC
census recently and found Milton Rix, but not Aletha. I also
have found an alleged child of theirs, Mary C. b. in May 1860
(her death entry says she's the child of Milton Ricks
and Letha Leonard). Mary was married to James Russell
in Hendricks County in 1875, but when she died in 1938
her last name was PATTERSON. Mary's first child
(that I've found anyway) was named Aletha,
yet I can't find Mary as an infant in the 1860 census.
In my long-winded way, what I'm trying to say is that,
if you're willing, I would like to exchange info on the descendants
of Joseph Leonard & Nancy Lowder! I stopped by your personal
web page, by the way, and read your notes on the Lowder/Leonard
families--I was interested to see that there were two Aletha/Letha
Leonards in Guilford County.
Hendricks County coordinator
From: Zelma Newell - email@example.com
I have the Leonard family. Lindsay Leonard, Sylvenas Leonard who was born in North Carolina...I think.
Joseph Leonard was born in Guilford Co. N.C and was married to Phebe Macy.
Joseph's father was John Leonard He died in Clinton Co. Ohio. Hope this helps you. Zelma
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