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  • ID: I015908
  • Name: Leonard "Len" Day
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 6 MAY 1811 in Leeds, Androscoggin Co., Maine 1 2
  • Death: 26 FEB 1886 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota 3 4 5
  • Burial: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN 5
  • Note:
    According to "The History of Wesley, ME," 1996, Leonard Day was paid $50 by the town in 1842 to build a bridge over Beaver Dam Brook in Wesley. Leonard and his family removed to MN, likely about 1848. He and his brother Joseph Lee built the saw mill at the foot of St. Anthony Falls, MN (now St. Paul).

    Leonard, 69, appears in the 1880 census living in Minneapolis Twp., MN with a young wife of 26 and a 5 yr. old son, Leonard Jr. It's not known when this marriage occurred or when his first wife died. According to "The Day Genealogy," he died in 1886.

    From the History of Minneapolis, Vol I, pg. 335:
    "THE DAY FAMILY

    Leonard Day and his three sons were identified with the lumber and logging interests for a quarter of a century in the pioneer period, and the sons continued the Maine traditions of the family for years. The first of the family to arrive in Minneapolis was J. W. Day, who came from Wesley, Maine, where he had been engaged in the lumber business. He took up a claim on what is now Chicago Avenue and held the land for many years.

    In 1851 Leonard Day settled in Minneapolis, and two years later came the two sons, W. H. H. and L. D. Day. In 1855 Leonard Day remodeled the frame addition to the Government mill and operated it for a few years as a sawmill. He became one of the stockholders in the Minneapolis Mill Company when it was incorporated in 1856, and soon after the Pioneer mill was completed he finished his own mill on the company's dam. The Bassett and the Day mills occupied the dam until 1862, when the third platform mill was built by W. E. Jones; the fourth was built by Ankeny, Robinson & Clement in 1863; the fifth by Dorilus Morrison, who had operated a gang mill on the east side and had previously been engaged in logging in the Rum River pineries; and the sixth by William D. Washburn, which he called the Lincoln mill. All of these were afterward leased by the Minneapolis Mill Company and in 1882-83 wrecked to accommodate the expanding flour industries.

    In 1854 L. D. and J. W. Day formed a partnership to cut logs on the Rum River, and from that time on some members of the Day family were engaged in logging or lumbering as long as those industries were active. In 1856 Leonard Day joined the firm, which afterward assumed the style of L. Day & Sons. Two years afterward the plant adjoining the Pioneer mill was completed, and in 1860 W. H. H. Day was received into the firm, which continued unchanged in personnel and name until the death of Leonard Day in 1885. The style then became J. W. Day & Company, a son of L. D. Day and David Willard becoming identified with the firm."




    Father: William Day b: 20 APR 1789 in Phippsburg or Georgetown, Sagadahoc Co., Maine
    Mother: Lucy Ann Thompson b: 1785 in Leeds, Androscoggin Co., Maine

    Marriage 1 Lois Averill b: 20 MAY 1808 in East Machias, Washington Co., Maine
    • Married: in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    Children
    1. Has Children John Wesley Day b: 24 OCT 1832 in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    2. Has Children Lorenzo Dow Day b: 28 JAN 1835 in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    3. Has Children Abigail Melissa "Abbie" Day b: 15 SEP 1836 in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    4. Has Children Augustine Alaslie Day b: 26 MAY 1838 in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    5. Has Children William Henry "Harrison" Day b: 20 NOV 1840 in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    6. Has Children Emeline Amelia "Emma" Day b: 1841 in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    7. Has No Children Lois Anna Day b: 23 MAR 1847 in Wesley, Washington Co., Maine
    8. Has No Children Nellie Day b: ABT. 1855 in Minnesota

    Marriage 2 Etta Robinson b: ABT. 1854 in Wisconsin
    • Married: AFT. FEB 1873 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota 6
    Children
    1. Has No Children Leonard A. "Len" Day b: 1875 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota

    Sources:
    1. 1850 census, Wesley, Washington Co., ME, roll 273, pg. 61 & 1880 census, Minneapolis Twp., Hennepin Co., MN & "The Day Genealogy," The Warren Press, 1916 & "Leeds (ME) Early Families," private publica tion
    2. Title: Find-A-Grave
      Publication: posted online at [www.findagrave.com]
      Repository:
      Media: Other
      Note: Find-A-Grave, posted online at [www.findagrave.com] (1810).
    3. "The Day Genealogy," The Warren Press, Boston, 1916 (1886).
    4. Title: History of Minneapolis, Vol. I
      Author: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter
      Publication: Chicago, IL: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1923.
      Repository:
      Note: Genealogy Library.com
      Media: Book
      Page: pg. 335 (1885)
    5. Title: Find-A-Grave
      Publication: posted online at [www.findagrave.com]
      Repository:
      Media: Other
    6. Death of first wife
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