Permelia "Milly" Leach

16 February 1810–5 April 1893 (Age 83)
Franklin, Georgia, United States

The Life of Permelia "Milly"

When Permelia "Milly" Leach was born on 16 February 1810, in Franklin, Georgia, United States, her father, Burdett Leach, was 46 and her mother, Judith Cook, was 30. She married Johnson Weems on 12 February 1832, in Franklin, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 5 April 1893, in Wood, Texas, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Smyrna Cemetery, Winnsboro, Wood, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Johnson Weems
Permelia "Milly" Leach
Marriage: 12 February 1832
Emily Frances Weems
William B Weems
Elizabeth Permelia Weems
Asa Dock Weems Sr
Redfearn Weems
Mary C Weems
Martha Elizabeth Weems
Robert Johnson Weems
Judith Louise Weems
Salina Victoria Weems

Spouse and Children

12 February 1832
Franklin, Georgia, United States


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Judith Cook




    Elizabeth "Betsey" Leach


    Margaret "Polly" Leach



    Susan Leach



World Events (8)

1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 1

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.

Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 22

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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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Sources (3)

  • Permelia Weems in household of Johnson Weems, "United States Census, 1860"
  • 1880 - Pamelia Weems in household of Johnson Weems, "United States Census, 1880"
  • 1870 - Permelia Weems in household of Johnson Weems, "United States Census, 1870"

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