THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   BEARD LEAVENWORTH. Among the prominent and successful general merchants of the village of Eaton is Mr. Beard Leavenworth, who carries on a very prosperous business, having every article needed in a store of the kind in such a village. Although Mr. Leavenworth is now nearly seventy years of age, he is still as actively engaged as when a younger man. He was born in Woodbury, Litchfield County, Conn., August 6, 1824, and is a son of David B. Leavenworth, a Connecticut farmer and a native of that State. When past middle life, he went to Illinois with his son, Birdseye, and died in that State at the age of seventy-eight, his wife, Sarah, dying in Ohio at about the same age. They reared a family of nine children, two of whom still survive, namely: Sarah, who resides at No. 408 West Adams Street, Sandusky, Ohio, and is the wife of Charles Ryan, who has been an extensive lumber dealer; and the subject of this sketch.
   Beard Leavenworth left his native county at the age of nine years, going in a canal-boat from Albany to Syracuse, N.Y., where he learned the cutlery business, following that line some ten years. March 22, 1849, when the gold fever was running very high, he, like many another ambitious, aspiring young man, went to California, making the voyage by way of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, crossing the Isthmus of Panama. While in California, he was engaged in the clothing business for two years, but in 1852 returned to his native State, and engaged in selling goods for his brother, David B. Leavenworth, in Smyrna until 1856.
   He was married in 1857 to Catharine Coman, who was born in the town of Eaton in 1835, and is the daughter of Ellis and Sophronia Coman, who were among the first settlers of the town of Eaton, Mr. Coman being one of the first merchants of the village of Eaton. Mr. and Mrs. Coman had two children: Mrs. Leavenworth; and a son, who died at the age of six years. Mr. Coman died in the village of Eaton when seventy-three years of age, and his wife at the age of eighty. In politics he was a Republican, and a most exemplary man throughout his life. Since his death Mr. Leavenworth has carried on the business left by his father-in-law, the house being one of the oldest in the place. He keeps a general store, and carries a complete stock of goods. The business transacted is very large, he being strictly honorable in his dealings and possessing the confidence of all. 
   Mr. and Mrs. Leavenworth have had two children, only one of whom is now living, Lucian Coman, who was born in 1859, and is engaged in a clothing store at Syracuse, N.Y. Ellis B., a bright and promising boy, died when ten years old. Mrs. Leavenworth is a consistent member of the Congregational church. In politics Mr. Leavenworth is a Republican, but has never been an office-seeker.

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