Leonard Spaulding

Male 1728 - 1788  (59 years)


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  • Name Leonard Spaulding  [1
    Born 27 Oct 1728  Westford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jul 1788  Dummerston, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I16239  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Father Timothy Spaulding,   b. 18 Dec 1700,   d. 11 Apr 1739  (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Thankful Prescott 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4751  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Love,   b. May 1733, Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1827, Dummerston Center, Windham County, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 93 years) 
    Children 
     1. Leonard Spaulding,   b. 14 Mar 1760, Westford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1792, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [natural]
     2. Josiah Spaulding,   b. 31 Mar 1772,   d. 3 Dec 1799  (Age 27 years)  [natural]
     3. Betsey Spaulding,   b. 22 Jun 1758, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1790  (Age 31 years)  [natural]
     4. Reuben Spaulding,   b. 19 Nov 1756, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1794  (Age 37 years)  [natural]
     5. Sarah Spaulding,   b. 19 Jul 1763, Westmoreland, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1841, Farmersville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
     6. Mary Spaulding,   b. 11 Oct 1761, Putney, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1782, Dummerston, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)  [natural]
     7. Anna Spaulding,   b. 7 Apr 1767, Putney, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1849, Dummerston, Windham Co., VT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F5193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lieutenant Leonard Spaulding was the son of Timothy Spaulding Jr. and Thankful Prescott. Leonard married Margaret Love on 5 March 1756. According to the Spalding Memorial, revised edition of 1897, Margaret was the daughter of John Love and Elisabeth Sprague of Providence, Rhode Island. The Compendium of American Genealogy volume 1 page 540 indicates that Gabriel Love and Elisabeth Sprague were husband and wife.

      Leonard Spaulding Sr. died of consumption, aged 59, in a home which he built. He was buried at his own request in the graveyard east of the Hollow, because at that time the cemetery where his children were buried was wet ground. No stone marks his resting place.(1897)

      Margaret, his wife resided with her son Josiah on the home farm till his death, when she went to West Dummerston after her farm was sold, and lived near her daughter, Mrs. Anna Laughton, where she died May 1, 1827, age 94. Her grave is beside that of Mrs. Anna Laughton, who died Jan 31, 1849; no gravestone marks the place.(1897)

      "He (Leonard) was one of the early settlers of Putney, Vt., the charter of which had been given to Colonel Josiah Willard and other, by Benning Wentworth, Governor of New Hampshire, Dec. 26, 1753. He was an adherent of the jurisdiction of New Hampshire. On the 28th of Oct. 1774, he was committed to the common gaol, for high treason against the British tyrant, George III. All that they proved against him was that he said, "If the king has signed the Quebec bill, it is my opinion that he has broken his coronation oath." But the good people went and opened the prison door and let him go, and did no violence to any man's person or property. [Slade's Vt. St. Papers, p.56.] He was distinguished for his partriotic exertions in the Revolutionary war."

      Per SOLOMNN HARVEY, Town Clerk. (Dummerston, Vermont)
      On the 18th of Oct. ADom 1774 Lieut. Leonard Spaulding of the town of Fulham Alias Dummerston was committed to the common goal for high treason against the British Tyrant George the third, by the direction of the infamous Crean Brush, his attorney and Noah Sabin, William Willard, and Ephraim Rana Esqrs., and Wm. Patterson the high Shreve and Benjamin Gorton and the infamous Bildad Eason his deputies upon which he upon the following day, viz: Oct. 29th a majority of the inhabitants meet near the house of Charles Davenport on the green and made choice of sundry persons to serve as a committee correspondency to join with other towns or respectable bodies of people, the better to secure and protect the rights and privileges of themselves and fellow creatures from the ravages and embarrassments of the British tyrant and his New York and other emmasaries. The persons made choice of ware these, viz: Solomon Harvey, John Butler, Jonathan Knight, Josiah Boyden, Daniel Gates.

      By whose vigilence and activity Mr. Spaulding was released from his confinement after about eleven days; the committee finding it necessary to be assisted by a large concourse of their freeborn neighbors and brethren consisting of the inhabitants of Dummerston, Putney, Guilford, Halifax and Draper, who discovered a patriotic zeal, and true heroic fortitude on the important occasion. The plain truth is that the sons of freedom whose patience was worn out with the inhuman insults of the imps of power, grew quite sick of diving after redress in a legal way and finding that the law was only made use of, for the emolument of its creatures and the immisaries of the British tyrant, resolved on an eisier method and accordingly opened the goal without key or lock-picker, and after congratulating Mr. Spaulding upon the recovery of his freedom dispersed every man in peace to his respective home, or place of abode.

      The aforegoing is a true and short relation of that wicked affair of the New York cut-throatly Jacobitish, High Church Torietical minions of George the third, the pope of Canada and tyrant of Briton.
      Per SOLOMON HARVEY, Town Clerk.

      P. S. - Mr. Spaulding's pretended crime was that he threw out some words unfavorable to the British tyrant, relating to the Quebeck bill by which he is made pope of that Government.
      Source: MINUTES FROM DUMMERSTON RECORDS.

      The three oldest children born in Westford, Ma.

      The children of Leonard Spaulding and Margaret Love were:
      1. Reuben Spaulding (1756-1794) (Ms. Gates)
      2. Betsey/Betty Spaulding 1758-1790) (Henry/Harry Stevens)
      3. Leonard Spaulding (1760-1792) (Priscilla Gleason)
      4. Mary Spaulding (1761-1782)(David Laughton)
      5. Sarah/Sally Spaulding (1763- (Charles Wilder)
      6. John Spaulding (1765-93) twin of Timothy
      7. Timothy Spaulding (1765-85) twin of John
      8. Anna Spaulding (1767-1849) (Samuel Laughton, Jr.)
      9. Esther Spaulding (1768-83)
      10. Josiah Spaulding (1771-1799) (Eunice Skinner)
      11. Olive Spaulding (1773- (1 David Wilson, 2 Daniel Mixer)
      Source: Spalding Memorial. Samuel J. Spalding. Boston. 1872. p.84. Spalding Memorial. Charles Warren Spalding. Chicago. 1897. pps. 130-134.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1278] U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Volume: 117.