Daniel Leas
Lydia Worley
Major John Weems
(Abt 1755-1822)
George Leas
Mary "Polly" Weems
(Abt 1776-1859)
James O. Leas


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1. Caroline M.

James O. Leas 1 2

  • Born: 30 Jul 1816, Lewisburg, Preble County, Ohio, USA
  • Marriage (1): Caroline M.
  • Died: 15 Mar 1898, Peru, Miami County, Indiana, USA at age 81
  • Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru, Miami County, Indiana, USA 3

  General Notes:

Operated Leas Photography

Census(7): The 1860 Census for Eaton, Washington twp, Preble Co, Ohio finds the Leas family
in 526/513:

James O. Leas was 44 years of age, born in Ohio. He was an agent on the
Railroad. He owned real estate valued at $1600. and personal property of $1400.
His wife Caroline was 26, born in Ohio as were the children: George, age 8;
Allice, age 4 and Leanora age 1. Also living in the home was James' father,
George Leas who was 84, born in Pennsylvania; he listed his occupation as
Merchant. He had real estate of $800. and personal property of $800.

Census(23): 1880 Census for the 1st Ward, Peru, Miami County, Indiana shows:

James O. Leas, 64, born Ohio, Photographer, both parents born in PA Caroline M. Leas, 57, born Ohio, Keeping house, father born MD, mother born
George Leas, 28, born Ohio, Son, Photographer
Lenora S. Leas, 21, born Ohio, Daughter, at home
Alice C. Jenks, 24, born in Ohio, boarder, at home

Biographical History:

Biographical History
Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, Indiana
Vol. 1 & II
By Lewis Publishing Company

James O. Leas, for many years a well-known citizen of Peru, was born in Lewisburg, Preble County, Ohio, July 30, 1816, and was reared in Eaton, Indiana [Ohio]. In 1852 he assumed the duties of freight and ticket agent for the Eaton & Hamilton Railroad, which position he held for fourteen years. December 27, 1866, he became, with his family, a resident of Peru. For a short time after coming to Peru he was engaged in the sale of sewing machines. Later he was in the employ of O.P. Webb, in the grocery business, and still later of A.N. Dukes, in the same business. In 1878 he engaged in photography with his son, George, which he continued till his death on March 15, 1898.
Mr. Leas was one of the oldest Freemasons in Indiana, having joined that order in 1836. His wife, son George, and three daughters survive him.

  Noted events in his life were:

Residence: US Census, 1870, Peru, Ward 4, Miami County, Indiana, USA.

James married Caroline M. (Caroline M. was born in May 1829 in North Carolina or Ohio and died in 1900 in Miami County, Indiana, USA 4.)


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

2 Kathryn Elizabeth (Leas) Stuart.

3 Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com/).

4 Family Group Sheet of George Leas (1776-1861).

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