Leonard Windsor

LEONARD WINDSOR was born 19 Sep 1825 in Blount County, Alabama, and died 01 Nov 1902 in DeLeon, Comanche County, TX.  He was the son of James L. Windsor and Mary Bowerman.  He married (1) MARY ELIZABETH CHOATE 1847 in Harrison County, TX.  She died 09 Jul 1851 in Nacogdoches County, TX.

Leonard married (2) MARY COWAN 28 Sep 1852 in Harrison County, TX.  She was born 03 May 1826, and died 30 Jan 1887 in DeLeon, Comanche County, TX.

He married (3) LUCINDA LOUISE SMITH 12 Mar 1885 in Comanche County, TX (Source: Texas Marriages 1851 – 1900.).  She was born 09 Mar 1841, and died 01 May 1896 in DeLeon, Comanche County, TX.  Lucinda was first married to Burl W. Heath, and her grave marker in DeLeon Cemetery has “Lucinda Heath Windsor” on it.

Leonard, Mary, and Lucinda are all buried in DeLeon Cemetery, DeLeon, Comance County, TX.

Children of LEONARD WINDSOR and MARY CHOATE

MARY JANE WINDSOR b. 15 Mar 1848, Harrison County, TX; m. JOSEPH ALEXANDER GARNER, 04 Mar 1875, Marion County, TX; b. Abt. 1835, Tennessee
DAVID WINDSOR m. JENNIE; b. 31 Aug 1851; d. 13 May 1896, DeLeon, Comanche County, TX
SARAH AANN WINDSOR b. 20 Apr 1850, Nacogdoches County, TX; m. J. F. TAYLOR

Children of LEONARD WINDSOR and MARY COWAN

ELIZABETH WINDSOR b. Abt. 1856, Texas
WILLIE A. WINDSOR b. Mar 1857, Harrison County, TX
SARAH AANN WINDSOR b. 20 Apr 1850, Nacogdoches County, TX; m. J. F. TAYLOR

Genealogical Sources

  • HISTORY OF TEXAS, Volume 1, Central Texas, Biographical Mention of Many Families of the State, The Lewis Publishing Company; Chicago, Illinois, 1896; p. 213-214:

“LEONARD WINDSOR, an agriculturist of energy and ability, is one of the honored and representative pioneers of Texas, now residing in Comanche county. By great energy, perseverance and industry, he has brought his farm from its original state of pristine wildness to a condition of excellent culture, and it stands today a monument to his good management and his business qualities. He was born in Blount county, Alabama, September 19, 1825, and is the son of James L. and Mary (Bowerman) Windsor, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Tennessee, where their marriage was celebrated.

When young the father left home to join the United States army and never returned. All through the war of 1812 he served under General Rusk’s command, and was in the battle where Bowles was killed. After his death his wife received a pension. When the war was over he went to Tennessee, where he was married, and later removed to Alabama. In 1835 he came to Texas, where his death occurred, in 1848, in Nacogdoches county. His wife, who long survived him, died in the same county in 1893, at the extreme old age of ninety-six years. The family had much experience with the Indians but were always kind to them and therefore had their respect and were never harmed. Both parents were devoted members of the Methodist church, to which the mother belonged for seventy-five years. The maternal grandfather of our subject was born in Pennnsylvania, of German descent, was there married and later located in Tennessee, whence he removed to Alabama, where his wife died. He reared one son, who remained in Alabama, and a daughter, who lived in Arkansas, besides the mother of our subject.

Leonard Windsor is the fifth in order of birth in a family of six children. Eliza became the wife of Arch Henry, but both are now deceased and only one of their children is now living. Malinda married V. Whitaker, and both of them have also passed away. Sally wedded M. Brown, who served in Houston’s army at the battle of San Jacinto, and both are now deceased. Marston, who was a local preacher in the Methodist church for over twenty years, served in the Indian war under General Rusk and died in 1894. Catherine married A. J. Page who is now deceased, and she is living in New Mexico.

Mr. Windsor of this review early became inured to the arduous duties of farm life on the frontier, and his education was such as the schools of the locality afforded. He remained with his parents until he was married, in Harrison county, Texas, in 1847, to Miss Elizabeth Choat, whose parents died in this state. The mother was a member of the Methodist church. Three children were born of this union: Mary J., wife of Jo Garner, a farmer of Comanche county; David, a farmer and stock-raiser of Howard county, Texas; and Sarah A., wife of J. F. Taylor, an agriculturist of Harrison county. The mother of these children, who was a devoted Methodist, died July 9, 1851.

For a number of years Mr. Windsor remained a resident of Harrison county and then removed to Nacogdoches county, where the death of his wife occurred. He then returned to Harrison county, where in December, 1852, he was again married, his second union being with Miss Mary Cowan, a daughter of A. and Willie Ann Cowan, both of whom departed this life in Texas. Two children graced this union: Elizabeth, who married William W. H. Ragan, and yet lives in Harrison county; and Willie A., wife of H. H. Oney, of Eastland county, Texas. The mother was an earnest Christian lady and died January 30, 1884, iln the full faith of a blessed Redeemer. On the 12th of March, 1885, Mr. Windsor was united in marriage with Mrs. Heath, widow of Burl Heath, who served in the Mexican war. She was first married in Texas, and by the death of Mr. Heath was left with one child,—Josie,— now the wife of Mr. Meal, a merchant of Gorman, Texas. Mrs. Windsor is the daughter of Jacob Seay, who came to Texas in 1855, locating in Brown county, but is now living in in New Mexico with a son, who is in the live-stock business.

In 1879 Mr. Windsor came to Comanche county, where he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of school land, which was covered with a heavy growth of timber, but has since divided the amount with his son, and one hundred and ten acres of his one hundred and sixty acre tract is under cultivation. A comfortable dwelling and good outbuildings stand upon the place, also a fine orchard, a windmill, and many of the modern conveniences. The farm is pleasantly located just two miles northwest of De Leon. Mr. Windsor has always supported the Democratic party, and for twelve years served as justice of the peace.

He is a sincere and conscientious Christian, for many years has been a member of the Methodist church, in which he has served as class-leader and steward, and always attends the district conventions. His family have copied the worthy example set for them, and are all church members.”

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