Leonard Cemetery - Vermilion County Illinois

Cemetery Name: Leonard Cemetery

Location:  Newell Township, North-East of Danville

GPS Location 40.22625 -87.59864 (link to Google Map)

Description:  Leonard Cemetery is surrounded by fields, and when a tall crop like corn is growing, this cemetery is very hard to see from the road - which is probable a reason it has been vandalized more then once. Because of a very caring caretaker, this cemetery is always in good shape. There is a lane off of Bowman Ave. which leads back to the cemetery. There is around 300 burials, with the last in 1990. Cemetery is named for "Squire" Phillip Leonard.

Pictures: I took pictures of EVERY stone in this cemetery in August 2007. This was shortly after the site was seriously vandalized (July 2007) - but the carekeeper of this cemetery & other volunteers did a GREAT job in cleaning up this cemetery in the short time.

Link to Pictures: 549 pictures (50 on a page, 11 pages)



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Dabra Sisk – Illinois
January 04, 2014 - 19:09
Subject: The Leonard Family

Well, here it is 2013 and I am finally retired. I am beginning to write the Leonard family history after collecting information for about 15 years. Luckily, my grandmother Vida Leonard saved some old letters from Philip's wife, Angelina which gave me a good start. Ancesty.com is a good tool to use. My father John Fowler Leonard b. 5/23/1928 passed away 12/3/2013. His one brother and sister are still living. I am now writing backwards have just finished Valentine and Mary "Polly" Fowler. I have gone back 3 generations on Mary's side. Valentine's is much bigger. I hope to go to North Carolina this summer to visit the original Valentine Leonard grave who was killed by the Tories. He is in the Pilgrims Cemetery.

Joe Hittle – Milo, Iowa
November 14, 2013 - 13:40
Subject: More on Valentine Leonard

I'm very interested in Debra's statement that an 1811 land grant document is still extant.

Which particular genealogy society's collection does this currently reside in?

I too am a Valentine Leonard descendant, via his
daughter Elizabeth (Leonard) Young
granddaughter Cindica (Young) Claypool
great grandson Birt and Maggie (Hanley) Claypool.

Birt and Maggie are my maternal grandparents.

BTW, while the site is called "Leonard Cemetery," it appears that it also once held the "Prairie View Christian Church" and that Philip Leonard's post office was also nearby in what is now surrounding farmland.

Clarence Drennan (caretaker of the cemetery) is married to my mother's brother's daughter. Serious inquiries about the future upkeep of the cemetery should be addressed to them. They live in Alvin, and faithfully tend the cemetery grounds, traveling nearly 10 miles each way to do so.

Debra Leonard – Millstadt, Illinios
October 05, 2012 - 00:00
Subject: Leonard

Philip (b Kentucky) and Angelina (b. England) were the parents of John Fowler Leonard (b. 1843 d. 1924 in Parsons Kansas and served in the Civil War. (I have all of the letters he wrote from the fields and battles he was in during the Civil War which give you the true images and feelings of the Union army during that time, most were to his parents Philip and Angleina and his brother Perry who ded March 22, 1863 at the age of 10years, 9 months and 8 days (I understood that he too, was hit by lightening) and sister Georgiana) He married Jeannette (Bonebrake McCollough) and they moved from Vermillion County (Danville) to LoneOke Arkansas then to Parsons, Kansas were they bought land in Southest Kansas. Unto this marriage they had 3 children and 1 adopted. Pearl (b.1868 d. 1943, Rosa b. 1870 d. of brain tumor in 1880 and Claude born in 1875 and died in 1954. Claude is the only one who had children (Claude Jr killed in WWII at the age of 18, John Fowler Leonard b. 1928 still living as of 2012, Fred still liviing as of 2012 and Jeannette still livng as of 2012. Of these children only John hasw a son to carry on the Leonard name. His children were Debra (me) born Nov.19 1951 and Christopher born in 1955 and died Oct4 2002 at the age of 47 and he only had two daughters. I understand that Sam Leonard was the only other son of Phiiip and Angelina who lived long enough to marry and have children before he died about the age of 30. I hope he had sons to carry on this Leonard of the famly line. I have a copy of the Leonard history and the obits of Sam and Angelina. I visited the Leonard cemetery in 2002 and it was in good shape although I did have to drive through a cut down corn field to get to it. Also, in Danville at the geneological society building they have a good book on the Leonards and also have Valentine's copy of land grant. (I understood that it was purchased from the Indians in 1811 when he moved from Kentucky to Illinois with his wife and children after his parents were killed by Indians in Kentucky and the children were captured of which after 7 years they were returned except one daughter stayed with they because she married a brave. I am interesed of knowing of the 15 children Philip and Angelina had the birthdates and death dates of the children. I think she lost 3 at very young ages. She had children about every 18 months) I have their names and a few of who they married but limited information. I am the only one on this line who is keeping the family history and I have them back to Germany and Bavaria. Any more information would be greatly appreciated!

Reply to Debra Leonard
rebecca – vermilion county
July 19, 2013 - 09:57

Debra, I am really enjoying reading your information on the leonard family. I have traced my family's history as far as Valentin Leonard. Do you know how to locate his grave once I'm in Leonard cemetery? I have a note that said his parents names were peter and Barbara (Hege) Leonard. Do you know if they are buried there or anything about them? Thanks for all the information you have posted.

Prudy – IL
May 14, 2009 - 12:42
Subject: thank you some of my family

some of my family

LEONARD, John Fowler 1924 1834 Jun. 7 (1st burial in this cemetery)
LEONARD, Mary "Polly" Fowler
LEONARD, Matilda
LEONARD, Phillip
LEONARD, William James
LEONARD, Valentine

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