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Leonard ATWOOD

Male 1845 - 1930  (84 years)


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  • Name Leonard ATWOOD 
    Born 30 Jul 1845  Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1930 
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Res. in Philadelphia, Pa.

      1920 Census: MA: Suffolk: Boston, ED#193
      Atwood, Leonard, lodger, age 72, married, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, investor, tin shop;
      Nellie, lodger, age 70, married, born in MA, father and mother born in MA.

      1930 Census: NH: Merrimack: Boscawen, Dist. 3, p. 10 of 25:
      Atwood, Leonard, boarder, 84, first married at age 22, born in ME, father born in NH, mother born in ME, electrical engineer;
      Nellie M., boarder, 80, first married at age 19, born in MA, father born in ME, mother born in NH.

      “There is an interesting link between the Coast Railway of Nova Scotia,
      one of the H&SW's predecessor companies, and the remarkable WW&F,
      in Maine. The narrow-gauge Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railroad
      has been described in several books. Perhaps the best, and certainly
      the most comprehensive that I know of, is Two Feet to Tidewater
      by Robert C. Jones and David L. Register, ISBN 0871087294,
      Pruett Publishing Company, Boulder, Colorado, 1987, which explicitly
      mentions the H&SWR on page 55. (The WW&F was built to a gauge
      of 24 inches 60 cm, the "Two Feet" in the book title.)
      Leonard Atwood was born in Farmington Falls, Maine, on 30 July 1845. He served
      in the Union Navy from April 1862 to May 1864, during the American Civil War.
      After leaving the Navy, Atwood started working for an obscure new company, Flagler
      and Rockefeller, which was selling oil by the barrel. (Following a consolidation in
      1870, the company became known as the Standard Oil Company.) Atwood was interested
      in anything mechanical, and in the 1870s made a lot of money installing elevators
      in hotels, using machinery he designed and manufactured.
      In the early 1880s, Atwood sold his elevator patents to Elisha Graves Otis and moved
      to Nova Scotia, where he went to work organizing the Coast Railway, built southward
      from Yarmouth in the early 1890s. The Coast Railway was a narrow-gauge railway –
      an interesting choice in that narrow-gauge railways were common in Maine but
      rare in Nova Scotia. In Maine, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railroad
      was incorporated in the spring of 1901 to take over the Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad;
      in June 1901 Leonard Atwood became president of the WW&F. Atwood died in 1930. “««s4»» [1]
    Person ID I2210  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2019 

    Father Isaac D. ATWOOD,   b. 5 Jun 1816, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1891, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Miriam LOWELL,   b. 30 Jan 1822, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1899, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 30 Jan 1838  Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F312  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nellie M. WALKER,   b. Oct 1848, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1868  Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F988  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jul 1845 - Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Dec 1868 - Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899., Lowell, Delmar R., (Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vt., 1899).