William Greenway Leonard

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

1836 -1900


1867
"On motion, the following preamble and resolution were received and adopted: Whereas, Rev. W. D. Wear an ordained minister of Union Presbytery of Hernando Synod, W. G. Leonard, candidate under the care of the same having applied for letters of dismission and recommendation and the same having been granted, but not having come to hand, and they having moved within the bounds of this Presbytery, being present, therefore resolved that Rev. W. D. Wear be received as a member of this Presbytery and W. G. Leonard as a candidate under the care of the same, and that they be required to hand their letters to the Stated clerk."

"The Presbytery of Obion having received testimonials in favor of W. G. Leonard's good moral character and of his being in the communion of the church Presbytery, proceeded to take the usual parts of trial for his licensure, and he having given satisfaction as to his aptness to teach, as to his experimental acquaintance with religion, as to his internal call to the holy ministry, and as to his proficiency in divinity, the Presbytery did and do hereby express their approbation of these parts of trial and he having adopted the Confession of Faith in this church and satisfactorily answered the questions appointed to be put to candidates to be licensed, the Presbytery did and do hereby licensed the said W. G. Leonard to preach the Gospel of Christ as a probationer for the holy ministry within the bounds of this Presbytery or wherever God in his Providence may cast his lot."
[Source: Minutes of Obion Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, March 23 & 26, 1876, pages 124 & 129 of typescript]


1868
W. G. Leonard, Feliciana, Ky.
Licentiate - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1868, page 106]


1869
W. G. Leonard, Kansas, [Graves County] Ky.
Licentiate - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1869, page 85]


1870
"Bro. Morrow preached the ordination sermon after which the presbytery proceeded to set apart to the whole work of the ministry Bro. J. H. Alexander, W. G. Leonard and R. P. Mitchell by the imposition of hands and prayer. Brother McBride presided and gave the charge. Prayer was then offered to God for his blessings upon the newly ordained Bishops."
[Source: Minutes of the Obion Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church , March 28, 1970, page 196 of typescript]

1870
W. G. Leonard, Kansas, [Graves County] Ky.
Licentiate - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1870, page 80]


1871
W. G. Leonard, Kansas, [Graves County] Ky.
Licentiate - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1871, page 81]


1872
Not listed in General Assembly Minutes List of Ministers


1873
Leonard, W. G., Lewis, Ky.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1873, page 99]


1874
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1874, page 99]


1875
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1875, page 77]


1876
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
Commissioner to General Assembly, May 18-26, 1876 - Bowling Green, Kentucky
Served on the Committee on the Minutes of the Synod of White River
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1876, pages 7, 9 & 88]


1877
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1877, page 83]


1878
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1878, page 91]


1879
Leonard, W. G. Humboldt, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1879, page 87]


1880
Not in General Assembly Ministerial Directory


1881
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1881, page 85]


1882
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1882, page 115]


1883
Leonard, W. G., McKenzie, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1883, page 124]


1884
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1884, page 118]


1885
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1885, page 133]


1886
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
Commissioner to General Assembly, May 20-May 27, 1886 - Sedalia, Missouri
Served on Committee on Records of Ozark Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1886, pages 7, 9 & 162]


1887
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1887, page 159]


1888
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - West Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1888, page 171]


1889
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1889, page 180]


1890
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
Pastor - Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Union City, Tenn.
Pastor - Trenton Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Trenton, Tenn.
Commissioner to General Assembly - May 15-May 22, 1890, Union City, Tenn.
Served on Committee on Sabbath Observance
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1890, pages 7, 9, 126 & 230]


1891
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
Pastor - Beech Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Union City, Tenn.
Pastor - Trenton Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Trenton, Tenn.
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1891, pages 141 & 246]


1892
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1892, page 148]


1893
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1893, page 150]


1894
Leonard, W. G., Newbern, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1894, page 165]


1895
Leonard, W. G., Dyer, Tenn.
Minister - Obion Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
Pastor - Ro-Ellen Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Ro-Ellen, Tenn.
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1895, pages 172 & 278]


1896
Leonard, W. G., Dyer, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
Pastor - Dyer Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Dyer, Tenn.
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1896, pages 152 & 242]


1897
Leonard, W. G. (charge), Dyer, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
Pastor - Dyer Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Dyer, Tenn.
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1897, pages 205 & 273]


1898
Leonard, W. C., charge, Dyer, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
Pastor - Dyer Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Dyer, Tenn.
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1898, pages 226 & 287]


1899
Leonard, W. G., c. CHAIRMAN COM. PAS. and SUP., Dyer, Tenn.
Minister - Hopewell Presbytery - Tennessee Synod
Pastor - Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian Church - [session clerk lived in Edmunds, Tenn.]
Pastor - Davidson's Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Trenton, Tenn.
Pastor - Dyer Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Dyer, Tenn.
[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1899, pages 121a & 191a]


A special from Dyer, Tenn., February 22, to the Nashville American contains sad news for the wide circle of a good man's friends: "Rev. W. G. Leonard, one of the oldest and best-known ministers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in this section, died very suddenly of congestion of the lungs at his home in this place last night. The deceased had been the pastor of the church at this place for five years, retiring from the active work of the ministry only a few months ago. He was a member of the firm of Leonard & Creede, of this place, and was also a prominent stockholder in the Bank of Newbern, Tenn. He served with distinction four years in the Confederate army and was with Lee when the army was surrendered at Appomattox. He leaves a wife and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Belle Menzies, of Newbern. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church."
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, March 1, 1900, page 273]


REV. W. G. LEONARD.

I suppose the little town of Dyer was never so shocked as on the morning of February 22, when the news was softly broken that Brother Leonard was dead. No man ever walked the streets of Dyer who had more friends than he. The funeral services were conducted at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church by the writer, assisted by Brother Cude. Job v. 26 was used as the text.

All the business houses, shops and factories were closed, and it seemed that the entire town turned out in memory of the beloved ex-pastor of the church.

Brother Leonard served our people here for five years. A more faithful pastor never lived. It has been very gratifying to me, as I have gone into the homes, to hear the members speak so kindly and tenderly of Brother and Sister Leonard. This people loved them for their work's sake, and because of the sunshine they always carried into the home. He was a father to me, and I shall miss him in the work. He took a class in the Sunday school immediately after laying aside the pastoral duties, and he and his consecrated wife were among the most helpful workers in the Sunday school and Endeavor society. The local church will greatly miss him in all departments of church work. His health was such that he did not feel that he could assume the responsibility of a pastorate after giving up this work; so he bought four acres of land a half mile out from town and built a neat and comfortable house in which to spend his last days. Here he quietly, and I might say suddenly, passed away February 21. He was in town almost all day at his place of business. Returned home about four o'clock, and expressed himself to his wife as feeling quite well. After the family devotions he said to his wife, "I am as ready to go to-night, if the Master calls for me, as I will ever be." In his last prayer he prayed very earnestly and tenderly for the church--for this congregation and its pastor--that God would abundantly bless our labors in a large ingathering of the unsaved. May the pastor and church so labor and pray that we shall receive the great blessing for which our dear brother pleaded so earnestly in his last petition. Brother Leonard was born November 11, 1836, in the State of Alabama. While he was a child his parents moved to Missouri, and at the age of ten he professed faith in Christ, in Johnson County, Missouri, and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Sister Leonard thinks it was in 1860 that he united with presbytery and began his preparation for his life work in Bethel College, then at McLemoresville, now at McKenzie, Tenn. When the war began, in 1861, he enlisted and served his country faithfully till the close. On July 12, 1866, he was united in holy wedlock to Miss Annie E. Pound, in Talladega County, Alabama. This was a very happy union, which made life grow sweeter to both, till God saw fit to break the union. They never had any children of their own, but were rarely ever without children in their home. They have one adopted daughter, who was happily married a few years ago to a Mr. Menzies, of Newbern, Tenn., where they now reside and are faithful members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of that place. Brother Leonard was ordained to the full work of the ministry in 1867, since which time his life has been full of labor for the Master to whom his life was consecrated. "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season" was true in the life of Brother Leonard. The inward life and the outward life were ripened by a sweet, full consecration to the Lord. The Lord bless and comfort Sister Leonard in her affliction.
           J. B. Waggoner, Pastor
   Dyer, Tenn.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, March 15, 1900, page 349]


Ordained Ministers Deceased

Name: W. G. Leonard
Occupation: charge
Presbytery: Obion
Place of Residence: Dyer, Tenn.
Date: Feb. 21, 1900
Age: 63

[Source: General Assembly Minutes of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1900, page 181a]


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