Person: George Washington Leonard

  • Nationality: Myaamia
    Family Group: Roubidoux & Leonard
  • ID: 2379
    Gender: Male
    Date of Birth: Knw 02-22-1887
    Location of Birth: Adrian, Michigan
    Date of Death: Knw 10-28-1919
    Location of Death: N/A
  • Biography/Notes:
    George Washington Leonard was the son of Moses and Mary Louisa (Roubidoux) Leonard, and the sister to Mary Bridget (Leon- ard) Geboe. George was born in Adrian, Michigan, but received a land allotment in Kansas and moved there with his family while he was still a young boy. In 1877, he married Cynthia Sigman and had a son, Charles, in 1879. He and Cynthia had another son, named Clarence, who was born in 1880, and a third boy who died as an infant in 1882. Cynthia passed away early in 1883, and Clarence died the following spring, at only three years old. George married Minniehaha Wade in 1884. Minnie's father Andrew J. Wade was a doctor who worked closely with the Indians residing around Paola, Kansas, and her mother's ancestry reached back to President John Adams. George and Minnie had eight children together; six girls and two boys. The eldest was Helen, born in 1885, and the youngest, Hazel, came in 1900. Helen's younger sister Barbara Anna received an allotment, but the next girl in line, Della, was born just a few months after the cut-off date. Their brothers were Harry and Earl, both of whom died at young ages. Carrie was born next, followed by Nellie. Nellie also died at just over a year old. Minnie (Wade) Leonard died at age 43, in 1904. Following her death, George had two other short-lived marriages. For a short period of time, George was employed as a police officer for the Indian Agency, but primarily lived as a farmer, particularly after allotments were made. The Leonard allotment tracts were north and just slightly west of where the Drake House now stands.
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February 22, 1887

Adrian, Michigan

1869 Allotment

March 3, 1859

March 3 1859 (11 Stat. 430): SEC 11. And be it further enacted, That in all cases where, by the terms of any Indian treaty in Kansas Territory, said Indians are entitled to separate selections of land, and to a patent therefore, under guards, restrictions, or conditions for their benefit, the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to cause patents therefor to issue to such Indian or Indians, and their heirs, upon such conditions and limitation, and under such guards or restrictions as ma...

1889 Allotment

March 2, 1889

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congressa ssembled, That the provisions of chapter One hundred and Nineteen of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty seven, entitled "An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations,and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes," are hereby declared to extend to and are made app...


October 28, 1919