History of Mary Jane Leonard (1840-1919) of Marion County, OH.
Mary Jane Leonard (b. 13 May 1840, m. John Strine 21 Feb. 1861, d. 1919), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, like her father and grandfather before her, was the seventh of nine children born to William and Mary Van Ort Leonard of Somerset township. John Strine (b. Jan. 1839, d. 1932) was probably the son of Peter and Margaret Strine, born in Pennsylvania and farmed in Marion County, Ohio most of his life.Census Summaries for Mary Jane Leonard
John and Mary Fleming Strine were the first of their line to arrival in Marion County in 1820, their ten children marrying and multiplying exponentially in the same county for several decades. Their close proximity to each other, and their re-use of common given names, even within the same generation, make documenting a specific family a challenge. The subjects of this particular summary, John and Mary Jane Leonard Strine, appear with some predictable regularity in census reports. Documentation of their children, however, is spotty and far from certain.
1850 - The 1850 census is the first to list each individual family member, their age at the time of census, their occupations, and the value of their real estate. Mary Jane's father William, 43, is residing in Somerset township, Washington County. PA. He lists himself as a farmer with $1780 in real estate. Mary Jane, 9, is listed as one of six children still living at home. [Mary Jane's entire family, save for older brothers Edmund (b. 1825) and Isaac (b. 1827 or 1830), would move to Delaware County and later Marion County, Ohio in 1854. The rest of the family included Daniel (b. 1830), Lydia (b. 1833), William H. (b. 1836), Joseph (b. 1837), Mary Jane (b. 1840), James Herron (b. 1842), and Thomas (b. 1844).]
1860 - In 1860, Mary Jane Leonard, 20, was the oldest of three children still living with William, 57, and Mary (Van Ort) Leonard, 56, in Pleasant township, Marion County, Ohio. The others were James Herron, 19; and Thomas, 15. Older brother Daniel had married and moved to Taylor County, Iowa; sister Lydia married and moved to Cherokee County, Kansas; brother William H. was living with Lydia and her husband; and brother Joseph has disappeared from census reports, presumably to Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma.
1870 - Mary Jane, 29, married John Strine, 30, on February 21, 1861, and moved to his farm, also in Pleasant township, Marion County, Ohio. They have two children in the 1870 census, James, age 8, and Mary M, age 1. John Strine is a farmer listing $1300 in real estate and $600 in personal property. [Mary Jane's mother Mary (Van Ort) Leonard, 64, died of typhoid in 1868 and father William re-married Catharine Somerlot in April of 1870.]
1880 - In 1880, Mary Jane, 38, and John Strine, 40, are living in Waldo township, Marion County, Ohio, very near Mary Jane's parents. John's occupation is listed as farmer. Their oldest child is listed as "Sylvester," rather than James, who would have been the same age. Sylvester Strine never appears again in any census report. Other children are Mary J. (15), William (14), and Myrtle (11). None of these children appear in the previous census. Death records indicate that a J. (James?) Wesley "s/o J. & M.J." died Dec 18, 1881, at age 19y, 8m, 27d, in Waldo township. Ages for Mary Jane and John Strine appear to be off by two years, but there are no other Mary Jane or John listings in that age range. [Mary Jane's father, William, died 26 Oct. 1881, making James Herron Leonard his executor and naming all nine of his children in his will.]
1890 - The vast majority of census records for 1890, including those for Marion County, OH., were destroyed in a 1921 fire at the Commerce Department building in Washington, D.C. The lack of records makes tracking Mary Jane and John Strine's children difficult.
1900 - John, 62, and Mary J. Strine, 60, are living alone in Waldo township. Their birth dates are listed as Jan. 1838 and May 1840. They report being married 39 years, having four children, three of which are surviving. John lists himself as a teamster.
1910 - There are no listings of a John or Mary Jane Strine in Ohio born within five years of 1840. A biographical sketch of Mary Jane's younger brother James Herron Leonard says both are alive and living in Waldo township in 1907. A stone on plot 112 in the Waldo cemetery bears the inscriptions "STRINE, Mary J. 1840 - 1919" and "STRINE, John 1839 - 1932."
1920 - There is a widowed John M. Strine, age 83, living with a son "Frank" in Waldo township, Marion County.
1930 - A John Strine, age 91, listed as the widowed father-in-law of H.D. Miller and his wife Myrtle R., age 55, in Westfield township, Morrow County, Ohio. He lists his parents' birthplace as Pennsylvania.
Sources for Mary Jane Leonard
Some Ancestors and Descendants of Avery Leonard of Seneca County, Ohio, Harry S. Blaine, Press of Gordon A Blaine, 1933. Page 18 contains a list of William Leonard and Mary Van Ort's children, their birth dates, spouses, and wedding dates where available. Copies available through the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind., among others.
Annals of the Leonard-Hutchinson Families, Jennie Leonard Hutchinson, 1949. Page 44 contains a list of William Leonard and Mary Van Ort's children, additional birth, marriage, and death dates where available. Jennie was a daughter of Edmund Leonard, William and Mary's oldest child. She was also the children's librarian at the Uniontown (Fayette Co., PA.) Free Public Library founded by her brother McClellan Leonard. Jennie exchanged information with Harry S. Blaine and was duly credited for such in his work. Copies of Annals available through the Uniontown Public Library, Uniontown, PA., among others.
US Census Reports of 1850-1930: Washington County, PA.; Marion, Ashland, and Morrow Counties, Ohio. Available through LDS Family History Centers, National Archives and Records Administration, most libraries, and online at Ancestry.com.
Leonard Family History, Nine Generations Descending from Solomon Leonard and Sarah Chandler Leonard, Granddaughter of James Chilton, Mayflower Pilgrim, G. Allan Vaughan, 1994-2005. Extensive documentation on the Eighth Generation from Solomon, among others. A work still in progress.
The History of Marion County, Ohio, and its Representative Citizens, Edited and Compiled by J. Wilbur Jacoby, A. M. Marion, Ohio, 1907. Biographical sketch of James Herron Leonard, p. 483.
Marion County cemetery inscriptions, marriage and death records. Probate records of William Leonard's estate, 1881.
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