Among the items Dale Leach has generously provided for the Leach Family pages of this blog is a letter written to him by Lucille Leach in 1979. Lucille was the daughter of Harry Gifford Leach and granddaughter of Moses S. Leach and provides a list of his descendants. Here then, is the text:
283 Michigan Ave.
Elyria, Ohio 44035
July 15, 1979
Dear Cousin Dale,
Excuse the informality, but I believe we are really cousins! I was glad to receive your letter and learn that at last someone is working on the Leach genealogy. Also, I learned several other things from your letter.
I had always thought that my grandfather was born in Michigan. I can remember his talking about boyhood days there. I think I understand the situation better now. After his mother died, the family must have moved to Michigan when his father re-married. This would account for the item in the 1860 Michigan census stating that he lived with Moses Maynard. That would be his maternal grandfather. His mother was Mary Maynard. I also remember his talking of half-brothers. My grandfather often entertained us children with tales of bears seen in the Michigan wilds.
I wish I could tell you more about Solomon Leach, but I can give you the following information taken from a book on the descendants of Michael Dayton. My grandmother Leach was a Dayton.
Lucy Minerva Dayton, b. 1857, d. 1921, m. 2-26-1880 Moses Leach (son of Mary Maynard and Solomon Leach)
Moses Leach died in 1932. Both grandparents are buried in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
(1) Their son: Harry Gifford Leach, b. 10-26-1881, d. 10-30-1912, m. Lucy M. Combs , b. 11-23-1878, d. 10-26-1959. Both are buried in Akron, Ohio (my parents)
Lucille Leach, b. 3-27-1908
Gifford Harry Leach, b. 3-15-1910, married Marie Mollohan.
Jeanette Fay Leach, b. 3-4-1913, m. Karl Mayer
(2) Their son: Roy Leach, b. 8-9-1886, d. 1916. m. Leila Ely.
(3) Their daughter: Cordelia (or Abbie) Leach, b. 3-27-1884, m. Wm. Holbrook.
Their children: Lewis, Bertha, Ruth.
It was B. J. Shanower of Burton who told you about me, a granddaughter of Moses Leach. Mr. Shanower is Emeritus Director of the Geauga County Museum in Burton. I am a retired high school teacher in Elyria, which is 25 miles west of Cleveland. My brother is also retired and lives in Akron. My sister is married to a veterinarian and lives in Buffalo, New York.
I hope you can use some of this material, and I shall be glad to help you in any way I can.
I shall look forward to hearing more about your work in this matter.
SOURCE: Letter from Lucille Leach to Dale Leach. Dale Leach collection, used with permission.
Notes: Gifford Harry Leach and Jeanette Fay Leach each had children. Because of privacy concerns these individuals are not listed here as they are probably living.
According to the Social Security Death Index Lucille Leach died in July of 1993, Gifford H. Leach died December 5, 1992.
SOURCE: Social Security Death Index, Rootsweb, funded and supported by Ancestry.com and the RootsWeb community. Accessed 2/23/2008