Thanks for writing to me. My husband & I have been researching his mother's family since 1975. She was largely responsible for the Leonard family first national reunion in Dayton Ohio in 1981 because of conversations with her. His mother's name was Annie Leonard and she passed away in 1984. After that he didn't work as hard on the research. With the help of other family members, I have carried on and have put together a family history book. This includes Samuel Alexander Leonard found on the 1880 Coosa County Nixburgh Ala Black male, age 46 with wife, Frances age 30. I do have all the names of the children and other family members researched by Captain & Mrs. Morris J. Smith of Independence Mo. & sent to me in 2004. We have listed the Leonards from the 1870 census starting with Joseph, age 48, Manda age 46-48, Ransom (which is the family Henry is from) age 40, J.W. age 38, John age 35, A. age 35, Thomas Leonard age 34. We started with these names and asked questions to try & connect the families. What is the name of the person you are assisting? You can email me at Pianopmt@sbcglobal.net. We live in Cleveland Hts Ohio. There is an upcoming Leonard Family Reunion the last weekend in July in Lawton Okla hosted by a family member of Joseph Leonard who seems to be the eldest. My only concern along with Frances from Detroit, Eddye from California, Mayada from California, & Ronnie from New York City is whether there is a birth connection among these families to John B. Lennard or was there a slave connection with everyone with the same name going to Alabama from Wilkes County Ga and therefore not blood related. I have a copy of Certificate of Ancestry done by one family member which states that he is from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. That is great but I still don't have the connecting people in between.
I too, am doing my own family history research & book on the Mayes family of Greenville S.C. My ggrandfather, James Mayes/Mays was born there approx 1848 but I can't find anything before then being the Civil War brick wall and also his wife, Harriett (Sherman) Mayes. I found her parents, Joseph & Maria Sherman but not his. So I have been working on both families since the '70's more so since we are both retirees in our 70's. Let me know who your friend is. I may have them already listed in my book. Again thanks for writing. I could use your information to see how we compare. Henry & Pat Thompson