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Hello Friends, Dale Leach, Great-Great Grandson of Sylvester Leach, and Leach Family historian has shared the following story.  It was written by Dale  in 2007 “based upon gathered information about Sylvester Leach’s (1842-1928) life from the eye-wiwtness recollections of family members: Lloyd A. Carr, Esther M. (Starr) Allen,, and Naomi (Lurvey) Blaine.” Many thanks to Dale for allowing me to post this story to “The  Family File: Leach Family” …….you’re in for a treat when you read it.

The Beloved Old Flag

The well-worn flag had always been  neatly folded with great pride and reverently kept by the old man in the top drawer of his white-oak, chest o’drawers.  Over the years, time had taken its toll as the flag had become somewhat faded and tattered from frequent use.  You see: this old gentleman had been the flag bearer  for the James Bradley G.A.R. Post no. 194, a Civil War Veteran’s organization in Clio, Michigan.  Sylvester Leach had always carried this revered national banner, with great dignity, in G.A.R. parades on Decoration Day (now Memorial Day), the Fourth of July, and Veteran’s Day.  However, sadly, this flag also witnessed the burial ceremonies of camp members who finally expired leaving a dwindling troop of old veterans who had once marched to local cemeteries such as Pine Grove, Forest Lawn, or Gunnell.  It was around 1912 that old James Bradley G.A.R. Post, located at 222 E. Vienna Rd. just west of downtown, was closed and disbanded for lack of membership because most of the old veterans were either too age advanced or had passed on.  It was also at this time that this flag, that had witnessed so many local parades, ceremonies and burials over the years, was permanently presented to its long-time bearer as a token appreciation.  This tattered piece of cloth was later to become Mr. Leach’s proudest possession.

 

Sylvester 1

 

This spring day of  May in 1928, however, the old flag was being used for a different purpose:  it being wrapped about the coffin of the seasoned veteran as if in reluctance to part with the one who had held it so high and proudly for so many years.  Many mourners gathered at the gravesite burial ceremony there in Pinegrove Cemetery located in the southern portion of Tuscola County, Michigan, and each possessed vivid memories of this man and hiss well-lived age of 87.  Among those present was a small girl of 9 years old whose favorite great grandfather was being laid to rest that day.  This child’s name was Esther Starr and she had always had a special connection with this old veteran because her parents, Arthur and Lena Starr, had purchased his home, located at the NE corner of Barkley & Birch Run Roads, and cared for him in his old age. Esther remembered  him fondly as fun-loving and amiable and well known throughout the local area as “the best clogger around”  This little girl of 11 remembered  her “Grandpa Leach” as a good natured, man yet one who on occasion could also be stubbornly independent and one that could be downright cantankerous at times when crossed. For example: there was the time when the very amiable old gentleman had taken the family’s horse & buggy to one of the local dances held at nearby Buell Lake.  It was later, after being gone  all night and returning, that Arthur and Lena foolishly attempted to scold the old man for his tardiness when he emphatically responded with ruffed feathers:  “Well I’m free, white n’ twenty-one and I’ll do what I damn well please!”   She had witnessed ol’ Doc Bishop, who had cared for old man in his last hours, and heard doctors seemingly callous statement after giving her great grandfather a shot to ease the pain:  “Well I just gave the ol’ cuss a shot so he can slip out easier”.  How nonchalant and cynical this comment must have seemed to such a young girl.  Or another great grandchild of similar age, Elmer Leach, who unexpectedly discovered the lifeless body shortly after death, came running home the short distance up the hill on Barkley Road exclaiming in great horrified amazement to his older brother, Carl, “why is grandpas’s face covered up and his feet sticking out from under the sheet?!!”.  This was also a far cry other times when “Great Grandpa Leach” had played similar tricks on the boys only playing dead under those same sheets, but this time was for real.

 

Sylvester 2

 

Or, among those a bit older in attendance at this burial ceremony, were Lloyd A. Carr, a nephew and local farmer by trade.  As a young man Lloyd remembered how his Uncle was well liked locally and also Sylvester’s stately team of giant Belgian workhorses were the envy of all around in the local township of Arbela.  To Lloyd:  this expired man represented countless fond memories of his dear Uncle “Vet” such as the time when this old gentleman, who walked a great deal and often traveled about, came to his farm complaining excitedly that he had misplaced the cloth satchel he always carried:  “I lost muh’ grip” and can’t remember where I left the darn thing!”  Or another time: upon seeing his uncle after a long absence, asked him where he had been to which the old man exclaimed: “Oh – I been layin’ low lately ’cause I got all loused up!”

 

Sylvester 3

 

As Rev. Stubbs, the officiating minister of local M.E. Church, spoke to the small group standing there at the gravesite and  offered a humble prayer to the All-Mighty, the casket was slowly lowered into the soil from whence it came.  No one seemed to take notice at first that this beloved and tattered, old flag was not removed and about to be buried with its long time bearer.  None the less: there were those that sad day that did agree with what they considered the flag’s being “disgraced” and chief among them was certain a grand niece on this brother, Enard Leach’s side.  As a result of this supposed affront: argument that ensued but it was Lloyd Carr, much loved great grandson, who calmly stepped forward and took control of the ugly situation saying: ” leave that flag be and let go to rest with this old soldier that loved it so dearly”

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Posted with the  permission of  Dale H. Leach sole owner of the text and pictures contained in this document.

Copyright Dale H. Leach, All Rights Reserved.

 

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Susan Higley, born January 3, 1825 in Massachusetts to Seth Higley and Lura (Lydia) Goderd. Married (1) Amos Hoard, 2 June, 1844 in Geauga County, Ohio, (2) Solomon Leach December 21, 1856 in Arbela, Tuscola County Michigan. Susan died November 6, 1901 in Arbela.

Children of Susan Higley and Amos Hoard: Hervy (aka Henry) E. Hoard, born May 24, 1850, and Seth Emry Hoard, born in 1854.

Children of Susan Higley and Solomon Leach: Alison Leach, born September 12, 1857; Susan Viola Leach born December 12, 1859; Mary A. Leach, born September 1, 1862; Vieva (Vera) Leach, born January 21, 1865; Ulysses S. “Grant” Leach, born April 24, 1866.

SOURCES:

Connecticut, Hartford County, 1790 U.S. Census population schedule, Digital images., HeritageQuest Online., http://www.persi.heritagequestonline.com. Accessed 10/19/2005

Connecticut, Hartford County, 1800 U.S. Census population schedule, Digital images., HeritageQuest Online., http://www.persi.heritagequestonline.com Accessed 10/19/2005

Connecticut, Hartford County, 1810 U.S. Census population schedule, Digital images, Ancestry.com, http:www.Ancestry.com Accessed 3/2/2006

Connecticut, Hartford County, 1820 U.S. Census population schedule, Digital images., Ancestry.com, http:www.Ancestry.com. Accessed 3/2/2006

Massachusetts, Hampden County, 1830 U.S. Census Population schedule, Digital images., Ancestry.com, http:www.Ancestry.com. Accessed 10/21/2005

Ohio, Geauga County, 1840 U.S. Census Population schedule, Digital images., Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com. Accessed 10/21/2005

Ohio, Geauga County, 1850 U.S. Census Population schedule, Digital images., HeritageQuest Online, http://persi.heritagequestonline.com. Accessed 2/1/2008

Michigan, Tuscola County, 1860 U.S. Census Population schedule, Digital images., HeritageQuest Online, http://www.persi.heritagequestonline.com. Accessed 11/12/2007

Michigan, Tuscola County, 1870 U.S. Census Population schedule, Digital images., HeritageQuest Online, http://www.persi.heritagequestonline.com. Accessed 10/29/2007

Michigan, Tuscola County, 1880 U.S. Census Population schedule, Digital images., HeritageQuest Online, http://www.persi.heritagequestonline.com. Accessed 11/12/2007

Michigan, Tuscola County, 1900 U.S. Census Population schedule, Digital images., HeritageQuest Online, http://www.persi.heritagequestonline.com. Accessed 2/10/2008

Marriage Index, 1805-1865 Geauga County Ohio. Film # 0859813, Family History Library. Item #204: Amos Hoard and Susan Higley, age 20 years, June 2, 1844, married by William B. Moody

Marriage Index, Tuscola County Michigan, Solomon Leach, Arbela, Farmer, age 46, and Susan Hoard age 32, December 21, 1856, Married by T.H. Newberry, Witnesses: O.A. Kent and Orilla Newberry

The Higleys and Their Ancestry, Mary Coffin Johnson, 1892

The First Seven Generations of Higley Descendants, Leroy E. Higley, 2003

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Generation I

Solomon Leach Born abt March 17, 1814* in New York (note: some records show Ohio as place of birth) Married: (1) Harriet Fowler on January 8, 1835 in Geauga County, Ohio, (2) Mary Maynard on March 28, 1847, (3) Susan (Higley) Hoard on December 20, 1856 in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan. Solomon Leach died January 19, 1892 in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan.

* Date taken from “History of the Leach Family” as Known in 1936. Cemetery headstone states that Solomon Leach died January 19, 1892 at the age of 76 years, 11 months, 2 days which, if correct would mean his date of birth was February 17, 1815.

Generation II

Children of Solomon Leach and Harriet Fowler

(1) Philetus E. (Nick) Leach, born January 15, 1836 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. Died February 21, 1915. m. (1)Louisa (unknown)(2) Amanda or Amelia Farrier, (3) Louisa Doran

SOURCE(S) : Files of Betty Crockett received September, 2000. The marriage of Philetus and Louisa can also be confirmed by the Civil War Pension application as can the date and location of his death. Missouri: State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, certificate of death#64566.

(2) Enard Leach, born November 25, 1837 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. Died February 20, 1920 in Clio, Michigan. Married: (1) Barbara A. Bunn, 1/1/1861, (2) Artie J. Guthrie 9/21/1873.

SOURCE(S): Civil War Pension file and attendant documents and affadavits, showing date of birth, marriage and death. Michigan, Department of State – Division of Vital Records. Death Certificate, Genesee County. Copy included with Pension Application packet.

(3) Francisco Leach, born September 25, 1839 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. Died September 18, 1893. Married Melissa Sanford, December 11, 1866.

SOURCE(S): Civil War Pension application, file of Betty Crockett received September, 2000. Ohio GenWeb Archives, Ohio death index, accessed 2/2/2008.

(4) Sylvester Leach, born March 15, 1841 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. Died May 25, 1928. Married: (1) Mary E. Bunn, 12/2/1865, (2) Katherine Emo, (3) Delilah Fall.

SOURCE(S): Civil War Pension file and attendant document and affadavits, death certificate for Sylvester Leach showing dates of birth and death.

(5) Edgar Fenton Leach, born December 15, 1842 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. m. Indiana Stambaugh, died 5/25/1922

SOURCE(S): file of Betty Crockett received September, 2000, Civil War Pension application showing death date. Missouri, State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, certificate of death#15476.

(6) Harriet Leach, born January 12, 1845 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. Died February 23, 1883 in Arbela, Michigan. Married John Nelson.

SOURCE(S) file of Betty Crockett received September, 2000, Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System: Online Index. Entry for Hattie Nelson.

Children of Solomon Leach and Mary Maynard

(7) Moses S. Leach, born May 27, 1850 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. m. Lucy Minerva Dayton 2/26/1870, d. 2/20/1934

SOURCE: OHIO. Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death# 12820. Moses Leach lived in Akron, Ohio at the time of his death in 1934. Informant for the certificate was Gifford Harry Leach.

(8)Charles Leach, born August, 1851 in Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. d.2/4/1875 (click the link for a picture of Charles).

SOURCE: Tuscola County Death Records Index, Caro, Michigan. Cause of death: Consumption.

Children of Solomon Leach and Susan Higley/Hoard

(9) AlisonAllison Leach, born September 12, 1857 in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan. m. Ida Mae Hossler 12/21/1890. d. 4/16/1898
(10) Susan Viola Leach, born December 12, 1859 in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan, m. Moses Benjamin Sherman 3/28/1880, d. 12/5/1942
(11) Mary A. Leach, born September 1, 1862 in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan, m. (1) Jackson Thompson, (2) Alpheus Carr*, (3) Sylvester Goodwin
(12) Veiva (Vera) Leach, born January 24, 1865* in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan, m. Elmer Coles 4/19/1885. d. August 22, 1941.
(13) Ulysses S. (Grant) Leach, born October 8, 1867 in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan, m. Ida Foot (date unknown), d. 3/1942

Generation III

Children of Philetus Leach and Sarah (unknown)

(1) John Leach, born abt 1866 at Iowa

Children of Philetus Leach and Amanda/Amelia Farrier
(2) Eddie M. Leach, born abt 1876 at Iowa.

Children of Philetus Leach and Louisa Doran
(3) Clinton Leach, born abt. 1879 (4) Budd P. Leach, born abt May, 1882 at Iowa (5) Artice M. Leach, born abt May, 1884 at Iowa (6) Vernia V. Leach, born abt April, 1886 at Iowa (7) Enard D. Leach, born abt July, 1889 at Iowa (8) Grant Leach, born abt September 1895 at Nebraska

Children of Enard Leach and Barbara A. Bunn:
(1) Charles H.D. Leach, born January 1, 1862 (2) Edgar F. Leach, b. 9/18/1865 (3) Hattie Mae Leach, b. 6/16/1867

Children of Enard Leach and Artie J. Guthrie:
(4) Ora A. (Orrie) Leach, b. 9/10/1874
(5) Manuel C. Leach b. 10/31/1880
(6) Josephine A. Leach, b. 8/22/1884
(7) Loverna E. Leach, b. 7/19/1891

Children of Francisco Leach and Melissa E. Sanford
(1) Verna Leach, born abt 1868 (2) Roy H. Leach, born abt. 1880

Children of Sylvester Leach and Mary E. Bunn: (1) Walter Solomon Leach, b. 10/25/1866
(2) William H. Leach, b. 1/17/1868
(3) Myrtle U. Leach, b. 1/2/1872
(4) Allie Louisa Leach, b. 5/20/1882
(5) Louise Leach, b. 5/20/1883 (may be same person as Allie Louisa Leach)

Children of Sylvester Leach and Katherine Emo
(none known)

Children of Sylvester Leach and Delilah Fall
(none known)

Children of Edgar Fenton Leach and Indiana Stambaugh
(1) Harriet Ann Leach, born April 10, 1871 (2) Ada Viola Leach, born November 11, 1872 (twin) (3) Ida Vienna Leach, born November 11, 1872 (twin) (4) Robert Franklin Leach, born July 20, 1874

Children of Harriet Leach and John Nelson (1) Florence Nelson

Children of Moses S. Leach and Lucy Minerva Dayton
(1) Harry Gifford Leach, born December 26, 1881 (2) Cordelia (Abbie) Leach, born March 27, 1884 (3) Roy Leach, born August 9, 1886

Children of Charles Leach
(none)

Children of Alison Leach and Ida Mae Hossler (1) Althea Leach, b. abt 1893

Children of Susan Viola Leach and Moses Benjamin Sherman
(1) Edward Sherman, b.1881 (2) Martha Almena Sherman, b. 1882 (3) William Clay Sherman, b. Septermber 19, 1885 (4) Murry Bird Sherman, b. 1888 (5) baby Sherman, b. 1902

Children of Mary Leach and Jackson Thompson (1) Philo Thompson, born September 9, 1899

Children of Mary Leach and Alpheus Carr
(1) Lloyd Carr, born abt 1897 (2) Harry Carr, born abt 1905

Children of Mary Leach and Sylvester Goodwin
(none)
Children of Veiva Leach and Elmer Coles
(1) Alvin Coles, born abt February 1888 (2) Allison Sidney Coles, born abt June 1889 (3) Harrison Coles, born abt March, 1892

Children of Ulysses S. (Grant) Leach and Ida Foot (1) Clarence Leach, b. 1892 (2) Mabel Leach, b. 1898

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Good Evening,

This is the Funeral Card for Susan (Higley, Hoard) Leach who died in 1901.  Susan was quite an amazing woman who had an eventful pioneer life.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Sue

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