Jonathan Folsom (5.12) was born April 22, 1784 to Jonathan Folsom and Sarah Bickford. Betsey Leonard (5.13) was born February 8, 1785 to Benjamin Leonard and Judith Macomber.
Before they were old enough to care about or understand the importance, Jonathan and Betsey were surrrounded by tremendous historical events that changed the face of our country. The two lived through the times of our first three presidents: George Washington who took office in 1789, John Adams in 1797 and Thomas Jefferson in 1801.
New York was the location of the 1804 marriage between Jonathan, age 20, and Betsey, age 19, and the next year the two began their family. In a 22 year time span Betsey Leonard Folsom gave birth to twelve children, four girls and eight boys in this order: Sarah (1805), George (1807), Enoch Leonard (1809), Dan (1812), Jonathan (1814), Mary Polly (1816), Squire (1819), Frank (1821), Hannah (1823), Elizabeth (1825), Levi Gilman (1827) and Reuben Darrow (1830).
On July 4, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on the day commemorating the birth of our country.
Jonathan and his sons were farmers. Late in life Jonathan and Betsey relocated to Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio. It was there, at age 65, that Jonathan Folsom (5.12) died due to paralysis in 1850. Betsey Leonard Folsom (5.13) died on March 24 of the same year in Trumbull County, NY (?).