Census 1930 Federal United States email: Leonardy
My sister has documents regarding the Leonardy line, and she will dig them out and send them to me. Mine are behind a dozen or so big boxes, I just moved china, glasses, etc upstairs and had the downstair floors completelytiled. When the construction work is finished I will move the boxes and look for the historical stuff. I live in the fabulous Florida Keys, work in real estate, and play on sunny days. Does not leave lots of time for movingboxes. I am almost old enough to retire but am much too busy to think about it now.
I can tell you a little from memory, that my father, Jackson M Leonardy was born in Brooksville, Florida, April 1919, his father (my grandfather) was born on the West Coast of Florida, Eugene (Cyrus?) Leonardy. My grandmother wasEvalina Phelps, born in the Brooksville area. Story goes she hid in the barn under a trap door with cattle over her during Seminole Indian raids when she was little girl. Her father Cicero Phelps is the only "yankee" ancestor,was a history or english professor at Harvard, before the Civil War, and fell in love with Evalina's mother after the war, settle on the west coast of Florida and raised cattle. I believe we are 8th generation Leonardy. EvalinaLeonardy died in Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital, I never knew her or my grandfather, both died before I was born.
There are stories of Maria the first female lighthouse keeper after her husband Joseph drowned at the St. John's lighthouse (predecessor to the St. Augustine lighthouse). She may be the same one that was kidnapped held hostage fora year by the Indians before she was ransomed back.
As soon as my sister, Linda Leonardy, sends the information which I believe has been kept up, I will let you know in a more exact manner.
I have met my cousins on the West Coast. In our branch the name Eugene Leonardy is passed to the first male child born in each generation. I did spend one summer many years ago on the West Coast of Florida with that Leonardy branchon a cattle ranch, sat on a Brahma bull behind that big hump on his back that summer.
I am an honest to goodness islander, cannot live too far from the sea. I did travel and lived in Alaska when I was a young woman, and have visited several US cities, always return to Florida and island life style.
I do know there is a Leonardy Lake, and a Leonardy Avenue, in Volusia County, Florida, I think. All this is so interesting. I promise to get the facts and details as soon as I can.
My Easter was lovely! I received wonderful bouquets of flowers!
SIncerely, Carol Census 1930 Federal United States