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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Historic Houses in Our Area

Joe, Sam, Mary, Stuart
Photo: Stone House in Farmington
Township: Farmington Township, Tioga County PA
Date : 2005
Photo from Sam Leonard
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While my son Joe and I were visiting several cemeteries in NY and PA during April 2005 we stopped at the "Stone House" in Farmington Twp, Tioga Pa.

The stone house was contracted by my Great Grandfather  James Northrup Leonard and his brother George Washington Leonard  (sons of Justus Leonard and Nancy Young) with financing help from their uncle James B Leonard (Justus's brother). The stone was quarried right behind the house. The stone mason was Eugene Marsh. The year was about 1888. James N bought out George W's interest. James N and his wife Kate Gee lived  temporarily in a log cabin behind the house where the present addition is located.  James B lived with James N and Kate. He spent many years in California during the Gold rush era and as a civil war soldier.  I have read where James B tried to get James N and Kate to go to California but Kate would not agree to it. So James came east and they built the stone house.

Many photo's have been taken by my ancestors at the West wall of the house. I am happy to include mine. There are several photo's attached including one of Joe, myself Mary and Stuart Roe.

You will see that the barn was not kept up and has finally collapsed.

I met my second cousin Mary Ellen Wakley and her husband Stuart Roe at the house. They live nearby and saw me roaming around the property. Her Mother Ora Everson Wakley is  now 85 and ill. She may not return to the house. It looks like the stone house will not be in the Leonard family much longer unless someone steps in and saves it.

Sam Leonard
Sarasota, Florida

Joe Leonard 
Collapsed barn
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 11 JUL 2005
By Joyce M. Tice
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