Macon County, Tennessee has a town called, Red Boiling Springs, with a small community, located on the outskirts of town called Leonard, Leonard is in Clay County.
Notes are from the Early Story of Red Boiling Springs, by Vernon Roddy. John Leonard is listed as second generation, to the area. He is listed in the 1830 census extract of Smith county, since Macon was 12 year away. John is listed in the 1837 tax List.
Note: Leonard Cave is in Clay Co. on the Macon Line but still in Leonard, Tennessee
A Large cave, known by archaeological evidence to have been inhabited by Indians, is almost in the center of the Leonard Community. The Cave and the Community were called Leonard because it was on the farm owned by Lemuel Leonard, whose widow, Sally, donated the land of the community cemeter. The cave is still, for the most part, unexplored. The opening of the cave is larger than the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
A large stream runs within the cave at all times. The "spring" in front of the cave is actually the headwaters of the Trace Creek. The cave is unique in that it has a very large room at the entrance. In this large room, on the ceiling is a imprint of a cows hoof, how it got there, no one knows.
There are other unique things in the cave, Like the turtle rock, the rainbow on the back wall of the cave about 4 o'clock in the evening in the summer time. The Buckeye tree that wept, but now is gone, it was struck by lightning.
The main passageway to the right of this large room leads to another room. A stairway from this room leads to another room. Astairway from this room leads to an upstairs room. The large room at the entrance was made into a combination dance and beer hall in the late 1930's. The Cave came to the attention of the Tennessee Government in the early 1900's when the State Geology Dept. became aware that five skeletons had been found in the cave in the 1920's. Artifacts found in the graves established that the Leonard Cave had served as a burial ground for Indians. Two of these skeletons were placed, in glass showcases on display in the State Museum in the War Memorial Building in Nashville, Tennessee. Today the Cave is held by Private Owners, who do not want people coming onto their property or wandering about the cave.
Leonard Community, Clay County, Tennessee is located approxiamately 3 1/2 east of Red Boiling Springs. Besides the Cave, it had Leonard School, Leonard Cemetery, Leonard Church of Christ Meeting House, Brownings Mill then Jackson's Store.
Hello Leonards, I'm from the Bean Line, there were two Marriages. Martha Leonard married John Bean, any one know about this line? Extra interested in Ephriam and Maggie.
Martha Leonard 1852 - 1923
Lula Bell and My Grandfather Thomas Garland Bean were brother and sister.
1 John Melvin Leonard 1899 +Lula Bell Bean 1897 - 1984
Also have 28 Davis, in my line. Other Surnames, Browning, Borden, Chitwood, Coons, Hawkins, Hestand, Hibbett, Hudson, Jackson, Jones, Kirby, Moore, Moren, Owen, Parkhurst, Pedigo, Rush, Slate, Snow and Stafford,York, Plus others
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