Melvina Leas

1841–1917 (Age 76)
Astoria Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States

The Life of Melvina

When Melvina Leas was born on 7 February 1841, in Astoria Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States, her father, Samuel Leas, was 25 and her mother, Elizabeth BUGGARD, was 24. She had at least 1 son and 5 daughters with John Gardner. She lived in Astoria, Fulton, Illinois, United States in 1910. She died on 18 December 1917, at the age of 76, and was buried in Astoria Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Gardner
Melvina Leas
Hannah Alice Gardner
John Elwood Gardner
Martha "Mattie" Ann Gardner
Mary Ella Gardner
Ferby J. Pherba Gardner
Emma Louise Gardner

Spouse and Children

    John Gardner





+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Samuel Leas


    Elizabeth BUGGARD




World Events (8)


Age 5

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 7

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.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 20

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and Irish: possibly a reduced and altered form of McLeish .2 English: see Lees 2.3 Americanized form of German Lasch .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Melvina Gardner in household of John Gardner, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Lavina Gardner, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Lovina Leese in entry for John E. Gardner and Anna Royer, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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