Frank (Francis) Leas 1 2
- Born: 1807, Heidelberg Township, York County, Pennsylvania, USA 3
- Marriage (1): Sarah (Sally) Weems on 1 Jan 1810 in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
- Died: 12 May 1856, Lewisburg, Preble County, Ohio, USA at age 49 3
- Buried: Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg, Preble County, Ohio, USA
"Daniel Leas' sons George, Daniel and William came to Ohio about the year 18__, and settled around Lewisburg, OH. His son Frank Leas was born in York, PA. He did not come west. He remained in York, PA and kept a hotel there (called tavern in the early days)." written by Anderson Leas in 1900
In 1837 he was a Postmaster with an annual salary of $117.44 in
Peter Little's Town / Littlestown, Adams Co, Pennsylvania.14 He is reference
number Leas GB p10.
This Francis Leas is the one who ran the Inn in Adams County.
He was born to Daniel and Lydia in 1787. Married Sarah (Sally) Weems on Jan 1, 1810 in Gettysburg, by Rev. David McConaughy.
Regarding their children, I have only found Walter Daniel b 1827, Sarah, b. 1834, is second to last of his and Sally's children. My ancestoral line was the child just before Sarah Louise. His name was Thomas Henry b. 1830. Their last child was John b. 1837.
I know they had other older children but haven't been able to track them down.
Francis died in Hanover on 12/10 1848. Sally went to Keokuk, Iowa sometime after Francis' death and died there 25 Aug. 1875 at the age of 85 years (16 September Centinel article) She was listed in the Gettysburg 1850 Census (along with Sarah and John). I listed them at a hotel.
Please email if you want anything further. I'll be glad to help if Ican.
Carol Leas Donohoe
The following was provided by Kathryn Leas Stuart:
At some point Francis must have considered moving west as witnessed by this advertisement:
An advertisement in The Adams Sentinel of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Sept. 14,
1835 edition read as follows:
"The subscriber, desirous of removing to the west, offers for sale his FARM,
situate in Mount Pleasant township, Adams County, 3 miles from Gettysburg,
containing 163 acres of patented land. The improvements are a good two-story
Stone House, large Log Barn, an excellent well of water and TWO good Orchards -
one young, the other old, a sufficient quantity of Timber; there is running
water through the farm.
As the subscriber is determined to sell, he will give his Farm on the most
accomodating terms, both as to price and terms of payment.
If not disposed of a Private Sale before Saturday the 17th day of October next,
it will be offered at Public Sale on the said day at 10 o'clock AM on the
Littlestown, Sept. 7
Still more from Kathryn Leas Stuart:
The Adams Sentinel of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania gave a notice in the February 25,
1839 edition as follows:
The subscriber, intending to remove to the west, will sell on Friday and
Saturday the 22nd and 23rd days of March next, all his personal property
one mahogany sideboard, tables, chairs, bureaus, wash stands, corner cupboards,
dressers, bedsteads and bedding, carpeting, 6 ten-plate stoves and pipe, 3 Drum
stoves, 1 cooking and 1 Franklin stove, andirons, fenders, shovels and tongs,
mantle, dress and looking glasses. 1 eight day and 1 thirty hour clock, copper
kettles, Iron pots, Kettles, Dutch ovens, Tubs, empty Hogsheads, Barrels and
Kegs, Meat tubs, one Elliptic-spring Buggy, one Cow, Hogs, China, Glass and
Queensware, Bar Furniture together with many more articles too numerous to
A NINE ACRE LOT OF WOODLAND adjoining lands of Daniel Diehl, Mr. Huff and
Reasonable credit and attendance will be given by
Littlestown, Feb. 25
And more ...
The Adams Sentinel of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in it's March 17, 1845 edition
has the following notice:
To the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace in and for the County of
The petition of Francis Leas, of said County, respectfully showeth: that your
petitioner resides in that large commodious house, situate in the Town of
Heidlersburg, which is in every respect suitable, convenient and eligibly suited
for a Tavern or house of Public Entertainment, for the accomodation of travelers
and neighbors, with lodging and refreshments. He therefore prays the Court to
grant him a License for a Tavern or House of Public Entertainment for selling
wines and spiritous liquors, for the accomodation of travelers and neighbors, in
the said House.
We the undersigned citizens of the Township of Tyrone in the county of Adams,
being acquainted with Francis Leas, the above petitioner and also having a
knowledge of the House for which license is prayed for do certify that succh Inn
or Tavern is necessary to accomodate the public and entertain strangers and
travelers; and that the above petitioner is a person of good repute for honesty
and temperance and that he is well provided with house-room and conveniences for
the accomodation of strangers and travellers.
William Alexander, Samuel Sadler, George Guise, Peter Haverstock, sen, James N.
Pittenturf, Jacob S. Chronister, John Eckenrode, Andrew Havenstock, Elias Deter,
Jacob Shetron, Abraham Snyder, sen., William Yets, sen, David Detrick, Jacob
Brame (possibly Bream), Benjamin Schriver, Jacob Musser, Edward Staley, William
March 17, 1845
This announcement is from The Republican Compiler at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in
the April 23, 1828 edition of the paper:
"The subscriber (John Arnold) will commence the wool Carding business at
Arnold's Mill one and a half miles west of Littlestown, Pennsylvania on the
first day of May next.
The public is hereby informed that he has fixed upon the following places to
At the house of Jacob Sell in Germany Township
FRANCIS LEAS' Tavern, Littlestown
Persons leaving wool at any of the above places will please leave their name
upon the bags. They may depend upon the subscriber's punctuality in calling at
each of the above places."
At Gettysburg, PA, the Star and Republican Banner (newspaper) carried the
following notice on July 10, 1832 :
"LIST OF LETTERS remaining in the Post Office in Littlestown, Adams County,
Pennsylvania on the 1st of July, 1832:
by Francis Leas, Post Master, July 10, 1832"
Postmaster from the Leas Family:
History of Cumberland and Adams counties, Pennsylvania gives information on Post
Masters of Adams County. Three of those listed are Leas family members:
Post Master at Heidlersburg, Adams Co, PA - Leonard Delap held the office for 20
years - 1841-1861
Leonard Delap is the son of Catherine Leas, d/o Leonard and Salome/Sarah Leas,
and John Delap. Obviously he is named for his grandfather, Leonard Leas.
Francis Leas, son of Daniel and Lydia Worley Leas was Post Master 1837-1839 at
Littlestown, Adams Co, PA at an annual salary of $117.44.
At New Chester, Straban Twp, Adams Co, PA, Nicholas Taughenbaugh was Post
Master from 1835 - 1851.
Nicholas Taughenbaugh is the husband of Margaret Leas, d/o John Leas and Sophia
Frank married Sarah (Sally) Weems on 1 Jan 1810 in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA. (Sarah (Sally) Weems was born about 1790 and died on 25 Aug 1875 in Keokuk, , Iowa.)
by Rev. David McConaughy
According to the 1-03-1810 "The Centinel, Gettysburg, Adams Co., PA" , Francis and Sally were married in the evening on Monday, January 1, 1810