When Monterey Leroy Leach was born on 27 May 1849, in Leon, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, his father, Allen Leach, was 22 and his mother, Mary Brand, was 26. He married Harriet A. Calkins on 5 July 1873, in Hortonville, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Qu'Appelle, South Qu'Appelle No. 157, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1906 and Kootenay County, British Columbia, Canada in 1911. He died on 12 March 1913, in Grand Forks, Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 63, and was buried in Grand Forks, Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia, Canada.
English: occupational name for a physician, from Middle English leche, lache ‘physician’ (Old English lǣce ‘leech; physician, blood-letter, surgeon’). The name refers to the medieval medical practice of bleeding, typically by applying leeches to a patient. The surname is recorded in the late 14th-century Poll Tax Returns for men whose occupation is stated as medicus ‘physician’, or occasionally spicer (spicers acted as apothecaries), but some men named le Leche have unrelated occupations including cultor ‘cultivator, farm laborer’, which suggests that leche could refer to an amateur ‘medicine man’ who supplied folk remedies.
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