James Leach was born near *Loughfoil, Scotland 3 June 1796. His mother's maiden name is CAMPBELL.
According to his obituary he traveled the British Isles as a young man then
ended up near Hope Township (believed to be Peterborough), Ontario, Canada. On 31 December 1835 he married Elizabeth Jemima NUGENT. Their 8 sons and 1 daughter were
born in Ontario. In 1864, wishing to seek new fortunes 2 of the older sons
wended their way on the Star of Empire and found a farm in Ogle/DeKalb Co. Illinois, near Creston. James & Elizabeth and the rest of the family soon followed. There is a Leach's Bridge in the area and the barns still stand on the property on Woodlawn Road (HW 18).
They stayed there until 1888 when the farm was lost to a group of prairie bandits one night. James & Elizabeth and family fled to Chicago & lived at 787 Austin Ave. Elizabeth died soon after on 23 September 1888. James lived to just 3 months short of 100 years of age;
he died 20 March 1896.
*Loughfoil was named as place of birth in his obituary. Spelling is no doubt Loch & could be Foil/Voyle/Voil or other variation. A family member believes this place to be approximately across from the tip of No. Ireland, but in Scotland. Any ideas about the location or parish would be most appreciated.
a photo/sketch included with his March 1896 obituary
Children of James LEACH & Elizabeth Jemima NUGENT all born in Ontario, Canada:
James b 17 September 1836 m Sarah TATE; d 15 August 1925 Baldwin KS
Francis "Frank" b 24 July 1838 m Ann Jane MORROW; d 15 Oct. 1925 Grand Junction CO [my gr grandparents]
John b 23 March 1842 m Margaret Elizabeth KNOWLES; d 14 October 1920 Ree Heights, So. Dakota
Charles b 4 September 1844 m Charlotte 'Darle' Slagle JUNKIN; d Feb 14, 1911 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Edward b 30 September 1846 m Jennie M. DAILEY; d 11 July 1941 Chicago IL
William B. b 18 January 1849 m Emma Rose WERTHWEIN; d 24 March 1928 Lake Forest Area, Chicago IL
Thomas b 18 March 1851 m Sara S. TYSON; d 24 September 1924 Randolph KS
Robert E. b 8 February 1853 - never married; d 12 April 1893 Chicago IL
Jemima "Minnie" b 8 June 1856 - never married; d 12 January 1902 Chicago IL
May 1918, Teller Ave., Grand Junction, CO
Back: Mima Leach, Frank & Ida (Leach) Friedman -- Home Guard uniform
Middle: Clement Friedman, Ann Jane (MORROW) Leach, John Friedman, Frank Leach, Vincent Friedman
Front: Mildred Friedman, Alpha Leach, Gladys Friedman
James LEACH 1836-1925
Frank LEACH 1838-1925
John LEACH 1842-1920
Charles LEACH 1844-1911
Edward LEACH 1846-1941 & wife Jennie M. DAILEY
William B. LEACH 1849-1928
Thomas LEACH 1851-1924
Robert E. LEACH 1853-1893
Jemima 'Minnie' 'Mima' LEACH 1856-1902
Updated May 29, 2005
I have lots more information about most of the above families.
I also have old photos of some of the children as well as information about the above families.
I'd love to hear from you if you think there's a connection -- Jean McNamara (firstname.lastname@example.org)