LEONARD LAURENCE RORAY fought in the Civil War, then later moved to Camden. He was one of the last Civil War veterans alive in South Jersey when he passed in 1939.
This biography of Leonard Roary was written by Karen Denmark:
young appearance belied his 20 years when he had this photo taken in
full dress uniform. Born December 16, 1844 at Manayunk,
Philadelphia, PA, to James P. and Judith L. (Thomason) Roray, he
left his farm in NJ to enroll in Co H, 3rd NJ Cavalry. Though his
military career appears unremarkable, he seems to have taken to the army
quite well and was considered "a very splendid gentlemen and
soldier" by his friends.
Leonard Lawrence Roray was living at 610 Clinton Street in 1888. One of his neighbors who was also Civil War veteran and member of the Grand Army of the Republic was George Denniston Haley, who lived at 326 Chester street and by 1890 at 624 Carman Street.
Leonard Roray was affiliated with the Thomas M.K. Lee Post #5 of the Grand Army of the Republic. His wife Lydia was a member of the Loyal Ladies League Hatch Post #2. In 1925 He was elected the State Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in new Jersey. He had previously served as Deputy Junior Vice Commander.
Leonard Roray was also a member of Lenni Lenape Tribe, No. 2 of the Improved Order of Red Men.
In 1886 George Reeser Prowell wrote the following about Lenni Lenape Tribe, No. 2
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