William Thomas Leach

29 October 1838–30 October 1872 (Age 34)
Shelby Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Thomas

When William Thomas Leach was born on 29 October 1838, in Shelby Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States, his father, John Alfred Leach, was 21 and his mother, Abigail Miller, was 18. He married Mary Jane Hanner on 31 March 1859, in Cumberland, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, United States in 1850. He died on 30 October 1872, in Cumberland, Illinois, United States, at the age of 34.

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Family Time Line

William Thomas Leach
Mary Jane Hanner
Marriage: 31 March 1859
Mary E. Leach
Juda Abigail Leach
Sarah Ellen Leach
John W. Leach
Willard J. Leach
Magnolia Leach

Spouse and Children

31 March 1859
Cumberland, Illinois, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings




    Francis Marion Leach


    Darius Leach


    James M Leach


    Columbus Benjamin Leach


+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 1

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 10

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

Name Meaning

English:1. occupational name for a physician, Old English lǣce, from the medieval medical practice of ‘bleeding’, often by applying leeches to the sick person. 2. topographic name for someone who lived by a boggy stream, from an Old English læcc, or a habitational name from Eastleach or Northleach in Gloucestershire, named with the same Old English element.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • William F Leach in household of John A Leach, "United States Census, 1850"

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