Our earliest known Leonard ancestor is Frederick Leonard. He may have been an immigrant from Germany or may have been born in Pennsylvania. His ancestry is unresolved. He married Anna Maria Braun daughter of Johan Michael Braun and Anna Juliana Karger. Johan and Anna arrived in Philadelphia on 26 September 1737 aboard the the Saint Andrew Galley from Rotterdam and settled in Lebanon, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. One researcher indicates that Johan was the son of Abraham Braun and his wife Margaret. I have not been able to confirm this. The Braun surname was eventually changed to Brown.
Frederick Leonard and Anna Maria eventually settled in the Washington County, Virginia, Sullivan County, Tennessee, area and had 13 children. Their daughter Mary Ann Leondard married David H. Harr. David Harr, a son of David H. Harr and Mary Ann Leonard, married a Mary Jane Leonard. I believe Mary Jane to be a daughter of one of the sons of Frederick Leonard and Anna Maria Braun. After reseaching the census records for the area I believe that she probably is the daughter of Gasper Leonard. David Harr and Mary Jane had seven children before she died in 1865. In 1866 David married Mary Ann Leonard, apparently a widow with a son Able J. Leonard. The maiden name of this Mary Ann is unknown as is the name of the Leonard she first married. David Harr and Mary Ann eventually moved to Lyon County, Kansas, and had a total of nine children.
Johan Michael Braun served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Company, 6th Battalion, Lancaster County Militia in the Revolutionary War. After the War he and his family moved to the Wytheville area of Virginia near Frederick Leonard and their daughter Anna Maria. Eventually they moved back to Pennsylvania where Johan died and is buried. Frederick Leonard also served in the Revolutionary War and took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain.
See Charts for my descent from Frederick Leonard.
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