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Solomon Leach and Mary Maynard were married March 28, 1847… here’s a copy of the marriage record.

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SOURCE: Ohio, Geauga County Records, Chardon, Ohio. Dale Leach collection

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SOURCE: Gravestone picture, Pine Grove Cemetery, Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan

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The marriage license application of Solomon Leach and Harriet Ann Fowler is very difficult to read and I was unable to get a clean scan, so here’s the text:
THE STATE OF OHIO, Geauga County, ss.
Personally appeared John Leach and made application for a MARRIAGE LICENCE (sic) for Solomon Leach, and Harriet Ann Fowler of the township of Burton in said county, and made solemn oath that the said Solomon Leach is of the age of twenty one years, and the said Harriet Ann Fowler is of the age of eighteen years; that they are both single, and not nearer of kin than first cousins; that he knows of no legal impediment against their being joined in marriage. Signed: John Leach, Sworn and subscribed this 29th day of December, 1854 before me (unreadable name), Deputy Clerk.
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SOURCE: Ohio, Geauga County Records. Marriage Certificate for
Solomon Leach and Harriet Fowler. From the collection of Dale Leach.
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Marriage Record for Solomon Leach and Harriet Ann Fowler
This document is a little more clear. Here’s the text: BE it Remembered, that on the Eighth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five Solomon Leach and Harriet Ann Fowler of the County of Geauga, were legally joined in Marriage by competent authority, in conformity to the provisions of the Statutes of the State of Ohio in such cases made and provided; and a certificate of the said Marriage, signed by Austin Richards a Justice of the peace who solemnized the same, has been filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for said County of Geauga, this nineteenth day of February Anno Domini, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five. ATTEST, T.D. Achin, Clerk.
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Solomon Leach

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SOLOMON LEACH

Solomon Leach was my husband’s great-great-grandfather. Studying his life prior to 1835 is challenging to say the least. For example, census records in 1870 state he was born in New York, while in 1860 his birthplace is listed as Ohio and in 1850 the census taker lists the place of birth as “unknown.” Adding to the confusion is his gravestone which shows a death date of January 19, 1892 at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 2 days making his birthdate February 17, 1815. However, Martha Shafer, a granddaughter states in her autobiography that Solomon Leach was born March 17, 1814. But even though there are challenges, there is much we can gather about the life of Solomon Leach from the data that is available.

His three marriages produced 13 children plus there were two step-sons brought to the family with Susan (Higley) Hoard, Solomon’s third wife. From at least 1835 to 1850 he lived in Ohio, but by 1856 he had moved to Michigan where he married Susan. During the years in Michigan Solomon Leach was a farmer but also had a sawmill and was a carpenter. According to family history the sawmill was located on his son-in-law John “Jack” Nelson’s land. Solomon built a log cabin on arriving in Michigan, and many years later his son Alison told his Uncle Al Carr he’d been told “he was born next to a log at the center of the township.” In 1865 Solomon moved a mile south and built a plank house and may also have built the original township hall and framed many of the early barns in the area. It’s been said he had the ability to play the violin and often performed for his family and at local gatherings.

Exactly when Solomon died is unclear, but the following article appeared in “The Tuscola County Advertiser” July 25, 1891: “Mr. Solomon Leach fell and severely injured his limb last week and is now in a serious condition.” Whether or not he recovered from this injury is not known. Solomon Leach died at home on January 19, 1892.

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