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Re: Charles Leopold/Carousel Maker
Posted by: Brian Morgan (ID *****5016) Date: September 18, 2012 at 09:35:09
In Reply to: Charles Leopold/Carousel Maker by Gail Brennan Leopold of 114

I am a carousel historian (past President of National Carousel Asociation) and with the information given here by Gail, combined with contemporary letters and diaries by his fellow carvers and employers, I have discovered more history of Charles Leopold. An invaluable source was the Philadelphia City Directories from 1870-1910. c1874 Charles Leopold the tailor and his son Charles Leopold master carver, changed their names back to the Germanic Charles LEUPOLD, they can be found regularly by these names in the Directories and the Federal Census. I have written up what I know in articles in National Carousel Association magazine which will be published in Fall 2012. Surprisingly in 1879, Charles the carver re-marries Mary Seeber, they have 5 children (two die in infancy), all using the name LEUPOLD. Charles and Mary are alive through the 1930 census. I have not been able to find out what happened to his first wife, Annie who does not appear in the 1880 or later records. Charles Frederick, continues to use the name LEOPOLD, even though he worked with his father for at least 4 major carousel companies. c1917 the company they worked for died, Both father and son then carved furniture. Charles the tailor died Jan 1, 1900. I have not found any date of death of the carver
Note: Charles C(hristian) Leopold, who appears in some family trees, was a glass blower who dies in 1901, is not the father of Charles Frederick Leopold, and could not have carved for the carousel companies in the 1900s as recorded. I am delighted to be able to give you this information
Brian Morgan


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