Archibald Franklin Leonard
Texas Historical Marker

Dedicated April 16, 1986 in Birdville Cemetery



A native of Pennsylvania, Archibald Franklin Leonard (1816-1876) moved to Missouri in the 1830's where he married Mary Ann Foster (1822-1904) in 1839. In 1845, along with many of their neighbors, the Leonards migrated to Texas. Leonard was awarded land in the Peters colony and settled near present day Grapevine. Much of Grapevine's business and residential areas are sited on land once owned by him.

Archibald Franklin Leonard's significant record of achievements in this part of the State, includes active leadership in early area Baptist churches. Along with Henry Clay Daggett, he opened the first civilian store in Fort Worth. After the creation of Tarrant County in 1849, Leonard was elected to the office of First County Clerk. He later represented Tarrant and surrounding counties in the Twelth Texas Legislature.

Known as a prosperous businessman and farmer, A. F. Leonard helped lay out the town of Grapevine in 1855, two years after opening a mercantile store there. In 1856, he helped establish Leonard's Mill on the Trinity river around which a community developed and which later became known as Randol Mill. Leonard served as part of the home guard during the Civil War and died at his home in Birdville in 1876.

Erected by the Texas Sesquicentennial [1836-1986]

The project to erect this Texas historical marker was a sanctioned Texas Sesquicentennial project of the City of Haltom City, Birdville Independent Shcool District, Smithfield Junior High School and the L.A.M.P. class at Smithfield Junior High School. Birdville Independent School District's L.A.M.P. (Learning Activities for Mental Proficiency) classes are designed to give academically talented students eperiences in thinking and problem solving skills.
L.A.M.P. CLASS MEMBERS - 1985-1986

Jennifer Arms Shannon Arnold Marcy Baw
Jennifer Branam Tamara Darnold David Freeman
Heather Hutchison Brad Ince Jennifer Johnson
Chad Kelly Kelly Kopf John Kurtin
Jennifer Long David McBroom Jason O'Pry
Nicole Pachla Jason Pape Matthew Peterson
Lenn Phegley Chris Plumbley Alison Rainey
Shannon Richey Robby Smith Mark Wolfe
 Brett Zimmer 


Mike Patterson and Trudie Byers

Letter to members of the L.A.M.P. Class dated May 1, 1986:

Our family wishes to express our appreciation to you and to your teachers, Mike Patterson and Trudie Byers. You have not only preserved history through your efforts in obtaining a Texas Historical Marker commemorating the life of A. F. Leonard, but also made history by a demonstration of excellence in education.

We thank all of you for making the Texas Sesquicentennial especially meaningful for all of us.


Mr. & Mrs. George T. Crowley, Jr.

Related History
Civil War Letter from William Leonard
Crowley Heritage Page
Leonard's Mill
Lonesome Dove Baptist Church
Pioneer Women

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