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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Willie H. Leonard ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Willie H. Leonard
BORN: 23 Sept 1875 DIED: 15 Jan 1968 BURIED: 17 Jan 1968
BIRTH PLACE:  Carroll Co, Virginia
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon

1880 VA CENSUS – Willie Leonard (4y, b Virginia) enumerated with parents L.A. (40y, b Virginia, occupation farmer) and Ellen (33y, b Virginia) and 5 siblings, all born in Virginia, Cora A. (12y), Abert D. (11y), Emma A. (9y), Henrietta (7y) and Charles (3y)

MARRIAGE – Willie H. Leonard & Dolly R. Earle md 23 June 1909, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois

1910 OR CENSUS – William H. Leonard (31y, b Virginia, occupation carpenter, married 0y) enumerated with wife Dolly (36y, b Wisconsin, no children), mother-in-law Jeanette Earl (69y, b Ohio, widowed, mother of 4 children, all living at time of census); also with family was lodger Mary Keam (75y, b Ohio, widowed, mother of 7 children, none living at time of census)

WWI Draft Registration Card – Willie Housmand Leonard, 44, of 434 Fremont St, Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon; born 23 Sept 1873; occupation laborer; nearest relative wife Dolly Leonard, 434 Fremont St, Portland, Ore

1920 WA CENSUS – William H. Leonard (46y, b Virginia, occupation manager, transfer & express) enumerated with wife Dolly E. (47y, b Wisconsin, occupation photographer) and daughter Florence J.E. (9y, b Oregon)

NOTE – Willie and Dolly separated by the 1930 census when Dolly and daughter Jeanette Ellen Leonard appear in Salem. Dolly was listed as married in the 1930 census and divorced in the 1940 census of Salem. She died 22 Apr 1945 [ODI] and was buried in City View Cemetery. Jeanette married 28 Mar 1931 in Vancouver, Clark Co, Washington to Charles F. O’Neil [Washington Marriage Records,]. She was the mother of the four grandchildren listed in Willie’s obituary. She died 16 Oct 1947 and was buried in City View Cemetery [ODI].

1940 OR CENSUS – Will H. Leonard (63y, b Virginia, divorced, occupation fireman, living at Newberg, Polk Co, Oregon, in 1935) listed as father-in-law with family of Charles F. O’Neil (41y, b New Hampshire, occupation engineer), his wife Jeannette E. (27y, b Oregon) and their 3 children, Dolly J. (6y, b Oregon), Charles W. (4y, b Oregon) and Nancy J. (1y, b Oregon); family was living in same place in 1935 [Note-the O’Neils were listed on sheet 8B and Leonard was listed on sheet 61A; a notation by Leonard’s name shows he belongs with the O’Neil family]


OSBH DC (1968 Marion co) #687 Willie Housband Leonard, male, landscaping, widowed, spouse Dolly Leonard; b 34 [sic] Sept 1875, Carol co, Virginia; father Leroy Leonard; mother Ellen Leonard; d 15 Jan 1968, 1351 Mission St, Salem, age 92y; lived in town 45y; bur Salem Pioneer; informant Mrs Nancy J. Green, granddaughter

NOTE – Social Security Death Index gives his birthdate as September 23.


Willie Housman Leonard, a Salem resident about 40 years, died Monday in a Salem nursing home at the age of 92. Born in Galax, Va, Leonard came to Oregon in the early 1920s from California. He farmed at Elkton, west of Drain, before coming to Salem. Here he was a night watchman at the Capitol in the 1930s. He leaves four grandchildren including Mrs Nancy Green and Sgt Charles W. O’Neil of Salem and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be 1:30 pm Wednesday in Barrick chapel. Burial will be in Salem Pioneer Cemetery.

Oregon Statesman, Tuesday, January 16, 1968, 7:4

Willie Leonard. Late resident of 1351 Mission St S, Salem, Jan 15 at a local nursing home. Survived by granddaughter, Nancy Green, Salem, Mrs Dolly Kogan, Woodland Hills, Calif, Mrs Jeanetta Waters, Santa Ana, Calif; grandson, Charles W. O’Neil, Salem; sister, Mrs Mamie McKenzie, Galas, Va. Services will be held Wed, Jan 17 at 1:30 pm at the Barrick Chapel. 205 Church SE, Don Hale officiating. Interment, Salem Pioneer Cemetery.

Oregon Statesman, Wednesday, January 17, 1968, 16:9


OSBH DC (1968 Marion co) #687

1880 VA CENSUS (Carroll Co, Sulphur Springs, ED 21, FA#241)

Illinois County Marriage Records (

1910 OR CENSUS (Multnomah Co, Portland, ED 231, sheet 1B)

WWI Draft Registration Card (

1920 WA CENSUS (Yakima Co, Sunnyside, ED 205, sheet 8A)

1940 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Salem, ED 24-28A, sheets 8B & 61A)

OS, 16 Jan 1968, 7:4

OS, 17 Jan 1968, 16:9


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