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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - Francis De P. Leonard
An Old Resident Dead
Francis De P. Leonard Dies Of Dropsy
He Also Suffered With Heart Disease-Born in Spain in 1816, While His Father Was United States Consul at Barcelona
Francis de P. Leonard of Front street died on Sunday of heart disease and dropsy, aged 84 years. He had been ailing for about two months but had been confined to the house only ten days.
Mr. Leonard was born at Barcelona, Spain, his father being the first United States consul to that country. Although born on foreign soil he was of American birth, having been born under the American flag. When Mr. Leonard was fourteen years old the family returned to Washington. The elder Leonard returned frequently to Spain, but Mrs. Leonard and her two sons, Francis and John, remained in this country. The two sons attended college at Georgetown. About 58 years ago Francis and John came to Shrewsbury, where they boarded with the Hope family. John Leonard died some years ago.
IN 1845 Francis married Clemence S. Lippincott, daughter of William Lippincott of Shrewsbury, and they began housekeeping at Red Bank. Soon after his marriage Mr. Leonard and James H. Peters, grandfather of the late James H. Peters, started a hardware business at Red Bank. After the business was started the second James H. Peters, the late James H. Petersís father, was taken into the firm as a third partner. A few years afterward Mr. Leonard retired from the firm.
Mr. Leonard had studied dentistry and after withdrawing from the hardware firm he engaged in his profession with the late Dr. Champlin. Later he returned to Washington and for five years was in charge of the United States mail route from that place to Poolsville. After giving up the mail route he taught school at Newark and then came back to Red Bank.
Mr. Leonard was a man of rare educational attainments. He could speak the Spanish, French and Latin languages as fluently as he could converse in the English language. After his return to Red Bank he conducted a private school for a number of years. Corlies W. Thompson and Charles H. Applegate of Red Bank having been among his pupils. He also gave private instruction in the languages, the late Benjamin M. Hartshorne of the Highlands being one of his pupils. Mr. Leonard was also versed in law, and although he never sought admission to the bar, he had a number of clients at various times who depended on his counsel and advice. He was largely interested in real estate, and at times he owned much property in Red Bank.
Mr. Leonard leaves a wife and four sons. The sons are Clement deR ., Benjamin, John and Frank Leonard. The house in which the children were born was one of the first houses built at Red Bank. Years ago it was at the rear of the lot on which the Leonard residence now stands.
The funeral was held yesterday morning at nine oíclock at St. Jamesís church, a requeim (sic) mass being celebrated by Rev. Jomes A. Reynolds. The pall bearers were Mr. Leonardís four sons and Theodore F. White and James E. Degnan. The body was buried in Mt. Olivet cemetery at Headdenís Corner.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, June 13, 1900
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