Archive for November, 2008

Good Evening,

Tonight I have a special treasure to share: a family painting of Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman which was painted many years ago. She made many handmade quilts during her lifetime and you can see her working on one here. We were fortunate to see the picture a few years ago, and be allowed to take a photograph of it; I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.


Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman.


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Dear Friends,

Tonight I’ll share with you three obituaries found in the scrapbook of Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman. Unfortunately I have no idea exactly where or when these obituaries were published….

And today, (October 25, 2010) I’ve added the obituary of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach, wife of Sylvester, who died in 1909


Mrs. Mary Goodwin, age 75, died Wednesday morning at her home on South Mill Street following an illness of six months’ duration. She was born in Arbela September 1, 1862, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Leach, and had spent her entire life in this community.

Surviving are her husband, Sylvester, three sons, Philo Thompson of Detroit, Lloyd Carr of Arbela and Harry Carr of Saginaw; three grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Susie Sherman of Montana, Mrs. Alma Coles of Millington, one brother, Grant Leach of California.

Funeral services were held last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Free Methodist Church, Rev. C.B. Loree officiating. Burial was at Pine Grove cemetery.

Note: Alma Coles of Millington is the same person as Veiva Coles.



Mrs. Artie Leach died at her home in Clio, Monday, November 25, 1929 after a long illness. Artie Guthrie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Guthrie, was born in Mundy Township, April 6, 1855. She moved to Arbela with her parents when a young girl. The family were among the early settlers of Arbela and passed through the hardships of pioneer days. She was united in marriage to Enard Leach of Arbela, September 21, 1873, where they continued to live until 1911, when they moved to Clio, where she had since lived. Mr. Leach pased away February 20th, 1920. She was a devoted wife and mother and a kind neighbor and was very highly respected by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn two daughters, Mrs. Ora Allen of Millington, Mrs. John Nelson of New Lothrop, one son, M.C. Leach of Flint, and a stepson, Edgar Leach of St. Charles, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral was held Wednesday from the family home. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. Manahan officiating.



Allison Leach, son of Solomon and Susan Leach, was born on a farm in Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan on the 12th day of September, 1857, and had been a lifelong resident of that township.

On December 21, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Hossler of Millington.

For over 30 years he was a faithful worker in the Methodist church. He was a kind husband and father.

On April 16 he passed away very suddenly, the result of heart disease. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Althea, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Susan Sherman, of Drummond, Montana; Mrs. Mary Goodwin and Mrs. Veiva Coles, of Clio; one brother, Grant, of Long Beach, California; two half-brothers, Sylvester Leach, of Arbela, and Mose Leach, of Akron, Ohio.

Funeral services were held from the late home, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Etsel Stubbs, of Tuscola, officiating. The choir sang his favorite hymn, “In the Sweet Bye and Bye,” and all that was mortal of our dear one was tenderly born to it’s last….. (remaining article destroyed).


October 25, 2010

Thank you to cousin Dale Leach for providing this obituary of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach 1847-1909



Mrs. Sylvester Leach Settled With Husband in Arbela – Died Last Week


Central Arbela, June 30 – When the country about Arbela center was new, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Leach settled one mile south of the center of the township and lived there in peace and happiness until Wednesday, June 23, when the wife and mother was called to her home.

Mary E. Bunn was born in Pennsylvania, but early in life moved to Ohio where she was married.  Four children came to bless the union.  Walter and William now live in Ohio; Louisa of St. Charles and Myrtle of Arbela.

She had been afflicted with cancer and had been a sufferer several months.  She was a member of the M.E. church of Arbela and of the Grange; was a kind loving wife and mother, good neighbor and friend.  She will be greatly missed in the circle in which she was an active figure and husband and children have the sympathy of all.  Her last words were “I am going home.”

She was 62 years and 10 months old and the funeral services in the church conducted by her pastor, were largely attended and the floral offerings were  many and beautiful.  Burial was in Pine Grove cemetery.

Source:  The Tuscola County Advertiser Newspaper – July 2nd, 1909 – p. 6 (microfilm copy).  Courtesy of Dale Leach.

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, October 28, 2010 All Rights Reserved.

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Good Evening,

The following undated letter is from the collection of Dale Leach who has again, generously given his permission to publish it. The letter was found in the Bible of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach, wife of Sylvester and daughter-in-law of Solomon. It was given to Dale Leach in 1983 by Esther (Starr) Allen, great granddaughter of Mary E. (Bunn) Leach.

The following thumbnail is a copy of the original letter, click it to see a larger version.


Mr. Solomon Leach Dir Sir i now take my pen to write you A few lines to in forme you of your brothers deth he dide the 25 of may i wold like to have you to tell me what he toled you When he Came there about his faimely and how he left them i didnent now that he was a goen a way he tuck me about 15 miles a way frome home and left me and my Children and i want you to Write and tell me worther you got that over coat that he left if i had it hear i could sell it for 20 dolers and it wold help me for i am a hard up he left me to pay a very big dat and i don t now how i can pay it and live we are all well at present and i hope these few lines will find you the same i hope that you will excues my poor writen for it very lait to nite so i must bring my writen to a close so good nite plese write as sune as you get this

from maria leach to her brother and sister

i epect drect your leter to blooming dail senter van buren co michigan

i am coten leaches wife he wished that you was heare with him before he dide and i wished that you was to be was wilen to die he said if the lord sean fit to tak him a way

SOURCE: Dale Leach collection. Published here with permission. 2/26/2008

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Hello Everyone,

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)

Their children:

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.

Sincerely yours,

Lucille Leach

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

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Hello Again,

This picture was taken in 1933 on the occasion of Lloyd Carr’s birthday and was generously provided here by Dale H. Leach from his collection. I’ve put this in as a thumbnail, so just click on the picture for a larger rendering.


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Good Evening,

What follows is a history of the Leach Family written by Mary A. Leach for a Leach Family reunion in 1936. It’s written in Mary’s own words and tells the story of Solomon Leach and his descendants. This document was transcribed by Dale H. Leach from the original in a school composition book and was generously provided to this blog by Dale.

Here’s the text, with only a few edits for purposes of clarification:

Solomon Leach was born in the State of New York March 17th, 1814 and passed away January 19th, 1892. In early life he was married to Hariet Fowler of the State of Ohio and in a few years was left a widower with six children; five sons Enard, Philetus, Sylvester, Frank, and Edgar, and one daughter, Hariet. Later he married a second wife, Mary Maynard who after a few years was also taken away by death leaving their two sons, Moses and Charles. The five sons of the first marriage all served in the Civil War. Philetus made his home in Iowa and Edgar in Misouri. Frank in Ohio. Enard and Sylvester came to Michigan and settled on farms in the township of Arbela. Of the children of the second marriage Charles died in early manhood at the home of his father in Arbela. Moses spent his early life in Michigan then moved to Akron Ohio, his wife was Lucy Dayton of that place. She preceded him in death and left two sons and one daughter. He lived to a good old age and passed away in 1934.

Mr. Leach married a third wife Mrs. Susan Hoard, a widow with two sons and in 1857 the family came to Michigan and settled on a farm in Arbela. (1) Five children were added to the family; two sons, Allison and Grant and three daughters; Susan, Mary, and Veiva.

Most of the members of the family now are children and grandchildren and little is known of the family of the sons that lived in the southern states. Enard and Sylvester and Hariet have passed to the great beyond.

Enard was married while they lived in Ohio, to Barbara Bunn and afterwards they moved to Michigan. They had two sons, Charles and Edgar and one daughter, Mary. After a few years in their new home the father (was) left with three small children to care for. In the course of time he married Artie Guthrie of Arbela who became the mother of two daughters, Orrie and Josephine and one son, Manuel. Sylvester married Mary Bunn of Ohio who passed away in 1909 leaving a family of two sons; Walter of Clio and William of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and two daughters; Mrs. Myrtle Starr of Arbela and Mrs. Louise Cole of Flint. His death was in May of 1928. He was preceded in death by both of his daughters, also by his second wife, Mrs. Kate Lurvey and his third wife whose maiden name was Delila Bowns. The oldest daughter Harriet Nelson at her death left one daughter, now Mrs. Edward Gunnel of Millington and Mother (Florence) of Edmond Miller of Arbela Township. (2)

Of the last family of children the oldest son Allison was born September 12, 1857. He lived all his life in the old home on the farm where we are meeting today. In 1890 he was married to Ida Hossler of Millington township whom he left at his death in 1928 with their one daughter Mrs. Althea Beldon of Vassar township. Susan, the next oldest was born in 1859. She is the wife of Moses Sherman of Drummond, Montana and the Mother of William and Bird Sherman (3) of Oregon and Martha Shafer of Muskegan Hights. The next daughter, Mary, was born in 1862. She was married to Jackson Thompson of Arbela who died while yet a young man, leaving her with one son, Philo, now of Saginaw. Later she married Alpheus Carr and they lived on a farm in Arbela till his death in 1910. He left two sons, Lloyd, now a farmer near Birch Run and Harry of Saginaw. She was married a third time to John Bowns and after several years was left a widow again. She is now the wife of Sylvester Goodwin and hostess at the family reunion today. Veiva the youngest daugher was married to Elmer Coles over fifty years ago and they lived happily together till the time of his death in March of this year, 1936, survived by his wife and two sons, Sidney and Harrison and six grandchildren and many friends. Grant, the youngest of the family married Ida Foote of near Flint. Two daughters Mabel and Florence came to their home which is in Brawley California where they have lived for over 25 years.


(1) Solomon Leach and Susan Hoard were married in Michigan, December 21, 1856 per the Tuscola County marriage index.

(2) I believe this means the daughter of Harriet Nelson is Florence (Nelson) Gunnel. I’m unclear about the meaning of this reference to Edmond Miller.

(3) Murray Bird Sherman.

So there you have it! Many thanks to Dale Leach for sharing this wonderful document.


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Charles Leach


Charles Leach, son of Solomon Leach and Mary Maynard died of tuberculosis February 4, 1875 at the age of 23 years and 6 months. Here’s a very nice picture of Charles…. handsome young man and so sad that he had such a short life.


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