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Salome Worley
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Jacob Leas 1

  • Born: 11 Oct 1784, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Zimmerman on 30 Aug 1808 in Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Died: 18 Apr 1873, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA at age 88
  • Buried: Leas Cemetery Jefferson County, Ohio, USA

  General Notes:

Moved to Salem Twp., Jefferson Co., Ohio on 22 Jun 1814. Family cemetery, known as "Leas Cemetery" on his farm.

Listed below are a series of letters written to Jacob from family members in the mid-1800's. These letters were made available to me by Kathryn Leas.

Leas Letter # 7:

To: Mr. Jacob Leas

Adams County, PA
November 25, 1843

Dear Children,
I now take the liberty of informing you that we are all well at present and
all the rest of our friends as far as I can tell thanks be to the Almighty.
My eyes are weak and still getting weaker.

I received your lines dated the 15th of last month and read them with great
joy to hear of you and that you were all well then and you mentioned in
yours that you intended to come again Spring.

Leonard wrote some time ago that had some money for me; how to get it in I
don't know. I wish you to go to him and lift the money and send it to me
by a trusty person. Michael Warner may come in or send it by some other

Further I ask you to write John Leas that I have received ten dollars of
Rudolph Spangler and I want John to go to Jonas Spangler and settle with
him for the same and then to write me a letter how it is. [Note: this is
one of those Dutchy sounding statements I mentioned].

Furthermore I will tell you a little about the times here. They are hard.
It is a hard matter for some people to have as much money as will pay their
taxes at this time. Wheat can be bought at 87 ct pr bushel by the load.
Rye 25 to 27 ct, corn 31 to 35 ct, oats 20 to 25 ct.
But there is no selling for cash, the most business is trade. As trade
and the Sheriff Sales are still in ____________ for the last 12 months back
how times is going to be is hard to tell yet. No more at present but our
best respects to one and all of you.

John Leas

Re: Leas Letter #8

This letter should be read as
| To Jacob Leas in Ohio
From John Leas in:

| Tyrone Township
| Adams County, PA
| February 24th, 1845
| Dear Children,
| I now take the liberty of informing you that I received yours dated the
| of this (?month).
| Further as for ourselves we have not been well for some time back as for
| the rest of our
| children and friends here are all well as far as I can tell at present.
| Further, you ask me where to pay that money - right, it is your Sophiah
| and John's Elizabeth, each the sum of 10 dollars, that is if you get it
| in your hands. Further if Warner can't pay the principal I would wish
| to try to get the interest of him that is due on them notes.
| I am surprised that there is none writes to me but you. It would appear
| that the rest of our children don't care for us old people or else they
| would write now and then.
| We have had a very open winter, snow aplenty but it did not last no
| Jacob, you are to pay $10 to John Leases son john out of my money.
| No more at present but our best respects to you all.

| John Leas

Letter to Jacob Leas in Ohio from his brother, William Leas in PA.

John has died as this letter will bear out. My records show that he died
May 20, 1847.

The family seems to have been in the business of loaning money at

Does anyone have a copy of the will of John Leas? (1755-1847)

Adams County, PA

July 12, 1847

Respected brother,
Through and by the will of God I send you these lines to let you know
that we are well at
present thanks be to the Great Giver. Mother is midlin harty at present.

Hoping this may find you well and I received yours dated June 22 and you
wrote that Warner had paid 460 dollars and you did not know what to do
about it.

I went to Jacob ___________ and consulted with him concerning it and we thought the best would be for you to keep it and keep it on interest as much as possible and just to send the interest that is coming of father's money every spring. We think you as safe to take care of it as we should be ourselves for we will be in need of all the interest that we can raise every spring according to the will.

I don't know whether I stated in my last about Mothers Legacy. She has
to get the third bushel of everything that is raised on the farm if she
thinks proper to have them and we have to pay her out of the income of the
estate every year as long as she lives. Also $60 to Sally Hartzel for the
interest of the thousand dollars to keep up the repairs and pay the taxes
for the properties and if we can't their interest enough we will have to
break on the principal and there is a great many other things to be done
for mother that if we can't rent the farm for to get the whole of it done
we must pay it out of the estate if she sees proper to have them for there
is nothing to be sold, nothing to be divided while Mother is living.

I think and our sisters here and the neighbors around here all think
that it would be better for her to give up the house keeping and go and
live with one of her children for there would be less trouble on her mind
and less trouble for me for I don't know whether I will stay here if I can
suit myself somewhere else for I think the rent to high on this farm.
Still I will do for mother as long as I can get in reach of her but I think
her to old a woman to live there by herself in a manner as we say Jacob.
It never came as if always had been promised if I would stay with them but
so it is and so I must take up with it. If I could talk with you one hour
I could tell you much better than I can write.

I want you to examine this rite and consult with the rest of the heirs as
far as you can and likewise of Mother staying on and keep house the way she
is now and then write to me what was your opinion about these matters for I
would like to know all your opinions for I have stated it as near as I can
excepting I was with you to tell you personally as could show you a copy of
the will.

Our grain crop is very poor here, grain will be high with us excepting
there comes from another country. We had a very dry spring until now we
had these last days a good deal of rain.

No more at Present but my best respects to one and all of you.

William Leas

This letter is after the death of John Leas ---

Leas Letter # 10

To Jacob Leas in Ohio
From William Leas in Pennsylvania
Re: Matters pertaining to settleing the Will of John Leas
Adams County, PA
May 30, 1848
Dear Friends,

I now will let you know that we are all well at present thanks be to the
Great Giver for His mercy shown toward us. Mother has got tolerable well
again and I hope these lines may find you all well. Further I had wrote to
you if I'm not mistaken that I received a
letter from Sally a few days ago. She gave me a price she would take and I
want you to get the consent of all the rest of the brothers and sisters
whether they are all agreed for me to give her the five hundred dollars
providing she releases in full for the will runs in this way that she is to
get the interest of the thousand dollars while she lives.

Take my word for it, I have a great deal of trouble with the estate for we
can't collect only the interest of the money to pay mother the hundred
dollars and taxes and repairs of the properties for we can't begin to
settle up while mother is a living. Therefore, I would wish the consent
of all of you as soon as you could get it. I am expecting Leonard. I will
write to him for I know where he lives. Now the two sisters and myself is
satisfied for her to have the five hundred dollars and if we could get the
matter fixed we could collect the thousand dollars as soon as we could ant
the half of that would have to be divided amongst the rest of us nine
heirs. But they will have to get their consent by writing their names or
marks to a notary drawn up by you or some other person for I would wish to
keep myself safe and Jacob, you must keep and account for your trouble
until we can make a firm settlement.

This thing would take a great burden off me if it could be arranged amongst
us and as you wrote to me about them intersts I called with our attorney
and he thinks it would be better for you to leave it as it is until there
would be a divide made for some of the rest has a great deal more than you
have that if you would pay your note you would be at a
loss with the rest of the heirs. I had told him what father had said but
he says we must go to the will and the laws of Pennsylvania and as for
taking money of Warner this fall, I don't like to do it excepting we could
get this matter fixed with sister Sally...

Again I would sooner you could keep it out there for it will have to go out
some time again but if you don't wish to keep it there we must take it and
do the best we can. No more at present, but my best respects to you all.

Wm. Leas

Written to Mr. Jacob Leas in Ohio
From his brother, William Leas in Pennsylvania.
(Sons of John Leas and Sophia Ziegler)

Adams County, PA
October 2, 1850

Dear Brother, I received yours dated Sept. the 8th last and I know I
should have written to you long ago but I was still waiting to get them
writings fixed and could still not get them ready.

I will now inform you how we are. My family is well and Mother (Sophia
Ziegler Leas) is as well as can be expected. She is able to be up and
about the house and still wants to work. Yet it is so surprising how
smart she is for her age for she is in her 90 year since April last and
as for our wheat crop in this part of the country was very good.
Considering to the quality of the ground as for my poor little farm we
cut 450 dozen of good what and I expect about 300 bushels of oats. Our
corn is not as good as it might be we had a very cold wet backward
spring. We had a good crop of grass so as we could make a good deal of
hay. I expect to have about 25 bushels of clover seed this fall. I
will now close and I hope these lines may find you all in good health
so may God bless us all. From yours respectfully.

Wm. Leas

This letter was written to Jacob Leas in Ohio from his brother,
William Leas in Adams County, PA

Adams County, Pa.
May 12, 1851

Dear Brother and friends, I will inform you that we are all well
thanks be to the great giver. Expecting these lines may find you all
enjoying good health and firther mother is well still able to be up and
about and as for her eyesight is just midling. She can't see to read
but she can see to go about through the house and outdoors and her mind
is good for her age. She is now in her ninety-one year since the 13
day of April last. Further I received your letter dated April 16th
1851 with a check calling for $91.32 cents which money I received for
said check and further about the money you can do just as well with it
as I could and there will be a time when it has to go there anyhow so
it may just as well stay.
Our wheat crops looks midlin well at present but we don't know what it
may be yet. We had a very wet spring so far until now. The ground is
just go in tolerable order for planting corn. Wheat is bringing from
95 cents to one dollar in York at this time. In Baltimore from one
dollar to 1.08, corn 54, oats 35cts per bushel.
Friends I will now close my lines but my best respects to you all.

Wm. Leas

This letter was written to Jacob Leas in Ohio by his nephew, Theo
Taughinbaugh, the son of Margaret Leas Taughinbaugh. Margaret was the
daughter of John Leas and Sophia Ziegler and the sister of Jacob Leas
to whom the letter is written.

New Chester, PA
Sept. 14, 1852

Dear Uncle,

This morning I take up my pen in haste to let you know that we are all
well and mother was at Uncle William's on Sunday last. He says that
grandmother is still confined to her bed the most of the time and has
been for the last two months. She complains mostly of weakness.
Uncle's family is all well and all the rest of our relations is well as
far as we know of. I had written a letter for Uncle John Leas. We are
at the loss of knowing where to direct it since he left Ohio which I
take this method of directing it to you to forward to him. We got a
letter from since he left Ohio. We have forgotten where to direct the
letter as we cannot find his letter. Hoping you will attend to this if
possible and please write to me and let us know all particulars, and
oblige your nephew.

Theo. Taughinbaugh

Our respects to you all
hoping to hear from you soon.

This letter is to Jacob Leas in Ohio; written by his brother William
Leas in Adams County, PA.

Adams County, Pa.
September 21, 1852

Dear Brother and friends, I will inform you that my families
reasonable well at present thanks be to the great Giver and every good
and perfect gift and all ther resto fo our sisters as far as I can tell
at present. But now I must inform you with sorrow that our dear mother
has left our worldly side she departed this life on the 16th of this
month at 11 o'clock at night and was buried on the 18th and my hopes to
her is that her spirit is in heaven and my friends our only way is to
strive to get there to meet her. As I wrote before she had been
complaining for some time back but the most only weakness till the last
8 or 10 days. She appeared to be better than she had been for some
time back. Some of the neighbors told me that had been to see her the
evening when she died that night she had been as lively as could be
expected. She went to her bed in the evening as well as usual and at
about 10 o'clock she said to the girls that she was now adying and
before they could get any person there but Mrs. Widner she was a corpse
so we should be thankful to God that she had not to suffer long.
Now we intend to have a sale here on the 29th of this month and I think
that we will try the land this fall yet it is late in the year but it
will give us a better chance for next fall if we don't sell this fall.
I would wish you to send your opinion what you though it ought to
fetch. Another I wish you to let the rest know about Mother's death.
If the farm is not sold we will rent it for one year and put all the
rent in repairs at the place and pay the taxes.
The letter you sent to mother came too late it came that morning she
lay a corpse. No more at present but my best respects to you all
hoping these lines may find you all enjoying good health.

Wm. Leas

Leas Cemetery information:
http://www.jeffcochapter.com/LeasCemetery.html 2

  Research Notes:

The Garlock-Elliott Family

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Jefferson County Townships by Doyle, 1910
Salem Township

In the original five townships Salem was part of Steubenville, but on Friday, June 12, 1807, the county commissioners, "on application set off and incorporated the Tenth Township of the Third Range into a separate township and election district, to be distinguished and known by the name of Salem Township, and the first election to be held at the house of David Coe." As this description indicates, this civil township corresponds to the government surveys, having thirty-six sections, with Ross Township on the north, Island Creek on the east, Wayne of the south and Springfield and Harrison County on the west. It is rugged, being drained on the north by the Town Fork of Yellow Creek, and on the south by Cedar and Clay Lick, Burke's and Lease's Runs, tributary to Cross Creek. It is a good farming section, and has coal and oil, although the development of these minerals has not been so extensive as in the adjoining townships. It is scarcely necessary to say that settlers were here long before the organization of the township. They began coming in 1798-99, and when the above order was made among those already on the ground were Jacob Coe, James Moores, Henry Miser, Edward Devine, Joseph Talbott, Rev. Joseph Hall (one of the pioneer Methodist Episcopal ministers), Henry Hammond (brother of Charles Hammond, the able lawyer and most noted of the early Ohio editors, whose work received Jefferson's praise), Joseph Hobson, Stephen Ford, Baltzer Culp, William Farquhar, John Collins, Ezekiel Cole, John Walker, John Johnson, William Bailey, James Bailey, James McLain, Adam Miser, William Smith, John Andrew (a soldier of the Revolutionary War and a colonel in the War of 1812; his remains are buried in the graveyard on the hill at Salem Village); John Gillis, Sr., Francis Douglas, William Leslie, David Lyons, John Hogue, John McComb, Thomas and Patrick Hardenmadder, Daniel Markham, Benjamin Hartman, Isaac Helmick, John Sunderland, John Wilson, William Mugg, William Vantz, Henry Jackman, Jacob Vantz, Andrew Strayer, Benjamin Talbott, Jacob Ong, John Watson, Joseph Flenniken, Adley Calhoun, Jacob Leas, Christian Albaugh, James Rutledge (from Pennsylvania, and of the same family as the signer of the Declaration of Independence, the latter's people moving to South Carolina, and his remains lie at Charleston), Isaac Shane, Aaron Allen, Robert Douglas (potter), Thompson Douglas (gunsmith), Thomas Calhoun, John McCullough, David Watt, David Rogers, George Hout, Henry Morrison (first settler on Mingo Bottom in 1793, and was in the War of 1812 with colonel Duvall), William McCarel, Dr. Anderson Judkins, Willia, Bahan, Charles Leslie, Thomas George, Thomas Orr, William Blackiston, Samuel Bell, David Sloane, Richard Jackson (the grandfather of Baron R. Mason Jackson), Levi Miller, Stewart McClave, Richard McCullough, John Collins, John Stutz John Wolf, William Dunlap, William Davidson, William Alexander, John Markle (an early school teacher), Adam Winklesplech, -------Stout (storekeeper), William Leas. Henry Hammond settled near East Springfield before 1804 and caught a land turtle and cut his initials on it shell; in 1850 he found the same turtle with 1804 and the initials distinctly visible.

Jacob married Elizabeth Zimmerman, daughter of Father Of John And Elizabeth Zimmerman and Mother Of John And Elizabeth Zimmerman, on 30 Aug 1808 in Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA. (Elizabeth Zimmerman was born in 1790 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA,3 4 died on 14 Mar 1862 3 and was buried in Leas Cemetery Jefferson County, Ohio, USA 3.)


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

2 Kathryn Elizabeth (Leas) Stuart.

3 Betty Leas via "Find A Grave" - www.findagrave.com.

4 Rootsweb (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjeffer/1890bioindex/wleas.html).

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