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William Leas 1

  • Born: 16 Dec 1824, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Miser on 14 Oct 1847
  • Died: 17 Jun 1908, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA at age 83
  • Buried: Leas Cemetery Jefferson County, Ohio, USA

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Subject: William Leas - Jefferson County, Ohio - 1824 Author: Deb Date: 11 Dec 2002 9:47 PM GMT Email:

The History Of Belmont & Jefferson Counties (Ohio) author - Caldwell pub in 1880 page - 572

William Leas , son of Jacob Leas, who came to Ohio in 1814, and located on section 26, township 10 , range 3 , one mile east of the town of Salem, where William was born December 16, 1824, He married Elizabeth Miser, daughter of David Miser, by whom he had four children -- Eliza , Minerva , Mary A. ,and John C. F. Mr. Leas has made farming and stock raising a personal success.

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WILLIAM LEAS, a prosperous and highly respected citizen of Salem township, Jefferson county, was born near Annapolis, in that township, December 16, 1824. His father, Jacob Leas, born October 11, 1784 in Adams county, Penn., died April 18, 1873 was one of ten children, now all deceased, of John and Sophia Leas, the former of whom was a native of Germany and the latter England. Jacob Leas wedded Elizabeth Zimmerman who was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., in 1790 and died March 14, 1862 and by this union had seven children. Two of these are deceased, Mrs. Margaret A. Finicom and Mrs. Sophia Price, and there are living Leonard, Mrs. Maria Mizer, Jacob, Mrs. Eliza Rukenbrod and the subject of this sketch. The altter had but slight school advantages in his youth, the public school being conducted but three months in the winter. At an early age he began farming, his vocation through life and he is now one of the most thorough and successful farmers of the county. October 14, 1847 he was married to Elizabeth Mizer, who was born November 23, 1826, the daughter of David and Mary (Powell) Mizer. These latter were the parents of eight children: William (deceased), Mrs. Elizabeth Leas, Henry, Mrs. Maria Kate, Catherine Ivens, Mrs. Mary Gruber, David, Mrs. Margaret Harden. Mr. and Mrs. Leas have four children: Mrs. Eliza J. Hoobler, Mrs. Minerva Winings, Mrs. Margaret A. Newburn and John C. F. Leas. Mr. Leas is in politics a republican. He and family are members of the Lutheran church.

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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.


William married Elizabeth Miser, daughter of David Miser and Mary Powell, on 14 Oct 1847. (Elizabeth Miser was born on 23 Nov 1826,2 died on 21 Aug 1904 2 and was buried in Leas Cemetery Jefferson County, Ohio, USA.)



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

2 Betty Leas via "Find A Grave" -

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