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Sophia Spangler 1

  • Born: 14 Feb 1799, York County, Pennsylvania, USA 2
  • Marriage (1): John Leas about 1816 in Maybe Adams Co or York Co, PA
  • Died: 13 Jun 1883, Waterloo, Dekalb County, Indiana, USA at age 84 2
  • Buried: Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo, Dekalb County, Indiana, USA 2

bullet  General Notes:

An obituary from the Waterloo Press indicated that Sophia was born on February 3, 1790 in Adams County, PA The Waterloo Press obit also indicated that Sophia was 18 years old when she married John

Notes from Kathryn (Leas) Stuart:

General: Colonel Leas was a farmer and in 1818 he
emigrated to Stark county, Ohio, where he began operations
on a tract of virgin soil. In 1838 he went to Guernsey
county, that state, and there again created a good farm out
of what was formerly a wilderness. In the fall of 1852 the
Colonel came to DeKalb county, Indiana, and located on
section 5, Smithfield township, where he again made a farm,
and there he remained until 1866, when he moved to
Waterloo, where his death occurred in 1875.

While a resident of Stark county, Ohio, he was commissioned colonel
of a regiment of militia. In politics he was a Jacksonian
Democrat and he acceptably filled a number of local
offices. His wife died in 1882. They were members of the
Reformed church, Colonel Leas, who was a man of more than
ordinary ability, became a prominent figure and an
important factor in the affairs of the various communities
where he lived and enjoyed universal respect.
(From Biography of son John Leas

The following was from the Dekalb County Indiana Genealogy Society web page:

Sophia Leas
Submitted by Roselyn Wells

June 21, 1883 - The Waterloo Press

Died in Waterloo, Wednesday morning, June 13th, 1883, Mrs. Sophia Leas, aged 84 years, 4 months and 11 days.

The funeral took place Thursday afternoon, June 14th, from the first Reformed Church, Rev. F.F. Christine, pastor of the above church, preached from 2 Timothy 4th chapter, 6, 7, 8 verses. Rev. Butler of the U.B. Church, Rev. Dr. Shepherd of the Disciple Church, and Rev. Van Slyke of the Methodist Church were present and participated in the services.

The deceased was born in Adams county, Penn., on the 3d of February, 1790. At the age of 18, she was united in Holy bonds of wedlock, to Mr. John Leas, Sr. In the union they were blessed with 12 children, 42 grand children and 25 great grand children, making a total of 79 children.

Grandmother Leas was a member of the Reformed Church. In the morning of life in obedience to the call of her Savior, she entered into covenant relations with Christ, which was never broken during her long and well spent life. For several years she was very much afflicted, and as her natural strength gave way, she looked toward by faith to that house not made with hands eternal in the Heavens.

She hath truly fought the fight and the loveliness of her life, and the fragrance of her memory and her state of redemption and bliss, will lure on her kindred and friends to seek entrance in the strait gate that leadeth into life. She hath gone up through tribulation and washed her robe and made it white with the blood of the Lamb. May her kindred in the body follow on until the day of deliverance, and reunion shall take place.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

United States Census: Residence, 1850, Madison, Guernsey County, Ohio, USA.

Residence: US Census, 1870, Waterloo, Union Township, Dekalb County, Indiana, USA. Age 71

United States Census: Resided, 1880, Waterloo, Dekalb County, Indiana, USA.


Sophia married John Leas, son of John Leas and Sophia Ziegler, about 1816 in Maybe Adams Co or York Co, PA. (John Leas was born on 18 May 1798 in Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA, died on 11 Jan 1875 in Waterloo, Dekalb County, Indiana, USA and was buried in Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo, Dekalb County, Indiana, USA 2.)



1 Notes from David A. Leas and/or the 1950 Leas Family Genealogy.

2 Kathryn Elizabeth (Leas) Stuart and Don Billet.

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