Leonard Almanson Hart, also known as Lenard and L.A. Hart, was my 2nd great granduncle on my paternal side. Here’s how we connect.
Henry Hart & Olive G. Doten – my 3rd great grandparents
daughter, Sarah M. Hart & John C. Gould – my 2nd great grandparents
brother of Sarah, Leonard A. Hart – my 2nd great granduncle
Leonard was born 8 Aug 1846 in New York. He was the last of 9 children born to Henry & Olive Hart. Sometime before the 1850 census, Henry had moved his wife and 9 children to Armada, Macomb, Michigan. Here are the names of Leonard’s siblings: Isaac D., Lyman C., Sarah M. (my ancestor), Noble A., Betsy R., Arminda A., Simeon H. and Olive P. All of the siblings lived into adulthood. To my knowledge the only two that didn’t marry were Lyman and Noble. So, this family should have quite a few descendants, as all the married siblings did have children.
On 28 Jan 1866 in Macomb Co., Michigan, Leonard A. Hart married Frances Georgia Ann Wetherell. She was the daughter of Benjamin Wetherell and Eliza Cole. My first record of their marriage was in the Dibean Michigan Marriage Index. I also found the marriage recorded in Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995. No image is available, but here is the index of that record from familysearch.org
|Name||Leonard A. Hart|
|Spouse's Name||Frances G. Witherell|
|Spouse's Birth Date||1847|
|Event Date||28 Jan 1866|
|Indexing Project (Batch) Number||M51858-3|
|GS Film number||979571|
Source: "Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCTL-2QS : 4 December 2014), Leonard A. Hart and Frances G. Witherell, 28 Jan 1866; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 979,571.
I’m fortunate to be in contact with Leonard’s 2nd great grandson. We have been communicating for several years now. He connected with my via one of my blog posts about the Hart family.
He shared several photos of Leonard and his wife Frances who went by her middle name Georgia. One of them is at the beginning of this post. Pictures bring our ancestors to life.
Here are a couple of others. Thank you cousin Charles.
I find Leonard in the 1850 and 1860 census in Armada, Macomb, Michigan living with his parents.
He is first enumerated with his wife in the 1870 census where is is listed as a Farmer. The value of his personal estate being $100. In his household are his wife, Georgia A., son Harland B., age 4 and son, Charles A., age 1. The family is split on 2 pages. The second page contains a small snapshot of the farming community in Armada, Michigan at that time. Six households of family members living adjacent to one another.
Here is page 1, with Leonard listed at the bottom of the page. And, his brother, Simeon, further up the page, working for the Shepardson family.
Now, here is page 2, with little Charles Hart at the top of the page and all of the other families listed below him. I have indicated who they all are. Finding a page like this in any census is a great find.
(PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
In 1880 Leonard is farming in Armada and has one more son, Clayton.
In the 1900 census Leonard is still farming, but has moved to Lansing, Ingham Co., Michigan. His oldest 3 sons are out of the house and only his son, Harry, age 17, is still at home. The census also states that one of the 3 older sons has died as Georgia is the mother of 4 children with 3 still living. From later research I learned that it is Harland, the oldest son, who died prior to 1900. I’m still trying to locate his death record or obituary.
Next, in 1910, I find Leonard & his wife, Georgia are no longer on a farm, but in a house at 601 Shannon Ave., in Lansing. Information I have gathered has led me to believe that the road name for this home may changed from Shannon to Moores River to Sparrow. The address of 601 remains in various records, but the name of the street changes.
Here is a picture of Georgia standing on the porch of the home at 601 Moores River Rd.
I cannot for the life of me, locate Leonard and Georgia in the 1920 census.
However, I was able to locate him in two city directories for Lansing, Michigan.
- In 1916 he and Georgia are listed on page 360 of the directory. He is working at J. H. Moores and living at 601 Sparrow Ave.
- In 1922, the year before his death, Leonard and Georgia are listed on page 476 as living at 601 Moores River Drive. No place of work is given.
Here is his death certificate.
I also found a very nice obituary on newspapers.com. Here is a screenshot of the article.
Leonard is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan, along with his wife, Georgia who died in 1927. You may view their memorials at #23205259 and #23204976. Other family members are also buried in the cemetery.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Leonard and his family today. If you find that you are connected with them, please contact me by leaving a comment on this post, or using the “contact me” tab.
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