George Leary
(Abt 1720-)
John Leary Sr.
(Abt 1748-1839)
Abednego Leary


Family Links

1. Sarah Henton

2. Nancy Bridges

Abednego Leary 153

  • Born: 1784, Prince William County, Virginia 152
  • Marriage (1): Sarah Henton on 19 Aug 1806 in Rockingham County, Virginia
  • Marriage (2): Nancy Bridges on 1 Jan 1825 in Rockingham County, Virginia
  • Died: 1853, Rockingham, Virginia at age 69

bullet  General Notes:

Abednego Leary was born in Prince William County, Virginia, which is on the shore of the Patomac River.

Abednego served in the Revolutionary War from 1812 to 1815 according to the "United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records". The record shows he was a private in Regiment 6 of the Virginia Militia.

Have seen Abednego spelled Abendigo and Abednago

The family name has been spelled as Leary/Lary/Larey.

The Rockingham County, VA 1810 Federal Census (Harrisonburg) stated that the Abednego Leary household had:
1 Free White Male 16-25 years old.
3 Free White Females under 10 years old.
1 Free White Female 26-44 years old.
1 Slave.

The Rockingham County, VA 1820 Federal Census stated that the Abednego Lary household had:
1 Free White Male under 10 years old.
1 Free White Male 25-45 years old.
2 Free White Females under 10 years old.
3 Free White Females 10-15 years old.
1 Free White Female 25-45 years old.
Occupation is listed as agriculture.

Also appeared in the following:
1830 Federal Census, Rockingham County, Virginia
1840 Federal Census, Augusta County, Virginia
1850 Federal Census, Rockingham County, Virginia

The marriage of Abednego Lary and Sarah Henton is listed in the publication "Old Tenth Legion Marriages in Rockingham County, VA from 1778-1816 taken from the Marriage Bonds" by Harry M. Strikler in 1928. It is an interesting story about the people Abednego lived with and gives clues to who he might have been.

Harry Strikler - I have named these lists "Old Tenth Legion Marriages" for the reason that the persons whose names appear in these lists were citizens of that part of the Shenandoah Valley that Jefferson fondly referred to as his Tenth Legion of Democracy. These people were Jefferson's contemporaries. They lived with him through a momentous period in the history of our Nation and the world. The Old Tenth Legion included the present Counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Page. It stood solid for Jefferson and Democracy. Jefferson did not have easy sailing in those days and every available vote was necessary to put into effect some of the most progressive legislation ever written upon the statute books of a State or Nation. These folks loved, married, labored, thought, and fought with him through the Revolution and many of them voted for him as the chief executive of the United States.

General John Sevier once lived in the Old Tenth Legion. He followed the south-west drift into Tennessee and settled on the Nolichucky river and became known as "Nolichucky Jack". Daniel Boone sojourned here on his way to the same locality. He followed the south-west drift. Some of the Boones remained in the Old Tenth Legion. Thomas Lincoln, father of the martyr President, was born here. Thomas, while yet a lad, was taken by his father, by the south-west drift into Kentucky. The Lincolns lived among people who were more or less averse to slavery.

The Massanutten Mountain stands in the midst of the Old Tenth Legion. The descendants of the members of the Old Tenth Legion later followed Stonewall Jackson in his whirlwind campaign around the Magnificent Massanutten, when he marched 400 miles in forty days, won four battles and defeated four armies. 153,154


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence, 1810-1830, Rockingham County, Virginia. 153,154 Abednego Leary is listed as living in Rockingham County, Virginia in the 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1850 Census. It states that he was living in Augusta County, Virginia in the 1840 Census. The 1810 Federal Census has him living in the proximity of Harrisonburg, Virginia.


Abednego married Sarah Henton, daughter of Joseph Henton and Jane Pinscher, on 19 Aug 1806 in Rockingham County, Virginia. (Sarah Henton was born on 1 Jun 1785 in Rockingham County, Virginia 151 and died in 1824 in Rockingham County, Virginia.)


Abednego next married Nancy Bridges, daughter of William Bridges and Unknown, on 1 Jan 1825 in Rockingham County, Virginia. (Nancy Bridges was born in 1794 in Prince William, Virginia and died in 1853 in Rockingham, Virginia.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

6 Jan 1825 is the date of the marriage license.

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