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Mary Jane "Versey" Leas

Female 1829 - 1900


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  • Name  Mary Jane "Versey" Leas  [1, 2
    Nickname  Versey 
    Born  22 Jun 1829  Covington, Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1830  Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • See the full enumeration under her father, Thomas Leas: Thomas Leas: 1 free white female(s) under 5: Mary Jane "Versey" Leas (age 0/1)
    Census  1840  Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • See the full enumeration under her father, Thomas Leas: 1 free white female(s) age 10-15: Mary Jane "Versey" Leas (age 10/11)
    Census  1850  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Living with or by her aunt and uncle, Rebecca and Francis Tryer:) Mary J. Lease, age 21, female, born in Indiana
    Iowa State Census  1856  Center Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Living with two daughters at her brother's house, that of George and his wife, Emily Rodgers (who is also Mary Leas Rodger's sister-in-law by marriage to the late Hugh Rodgers), as well as George and Emily's daughter, Mary's mother, Jane, and her brother, James:) Mary A. (sic) Rodgers, age 27, female, widowed, had lived 20 years in Iowa, born in Indiana

      Louella Rodgers, age 3, female, born in Iowa

      Clara H. Rodgers, age 0 /2, female, born in Iowa
    Census  1860  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Mary and her daughter, Luella "Rogers," lived with the family of her aunt and uncle, Prudence and William Hardin, in New London Township:) Mary Rogers (sic), age 30, female, personal property $500, born in Virginia

      Luella Rogers (sic), age 6, female, born in Iowa
    Letters and Cards  26 May 1862  Butler, Bates County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    • (A letter during the Civil War from L. John Wesley Hardin to his cousin Mary Jane (Versey) Leas:)

      Monday May 26th, 1862 Butler Bates County, Missouri

      Dear Cousin:

      I take the present opportunity of answering your last letter which I received some time ago. It also found me enjoying good health which is a great blessing for a soldier. The most of our boys is well. Robert Baxter is wounded. He is getting well very fast for a man that was shot as bad as he was. He received 6 shots, two in his face, one in his ear, two in his back and one in his arm. There is one bullet in his back yet but I don't think it will hurt him much. But am in hopes that I will never be in that fix, but a person cannot tell what will happen. We are in danger all the time. They surprise our pickets sometimes but our pickets has always seen them in time to stop them, so far. We have got a good many prisoners here. I have no doubt but some of them deserves to be shot, but it is pretty hard to tell who it is. I have not heard from James since I saw him at Benton Barracks. I heard at one time that they was at Rolla but they are not there now. I presume he is somewhere a makin the Secesh get up and clime. Well that is all right don't you think so Versey.

      Whither you or me likes it or not it is the case they haft to get up and dust at the present time or be captured, one of the six. Well Versey, in reference to that young man that you said looked so sweet, I presume he is a nice little fellow in one respect and in another respect I presume he is very nasty, at least I always thought so. But you may differ from me in that respect. Well Versey, there is one thing I must tell you, that is I got a new hat & two new shirts. Well, this is not a very interesting letter. I have wrote in a hurry but I must quit for this time. I send my love too all inquiring friends.

      J. W. Hardin to Versey Lee
    A Letter From John Wesley Hardin to His Cousin, Mary Jane 'Versey' (Leas-Rogers) Lee
    A Letter From John Wesley Hardin to His Cousin, Mary Jane "Versey" (Leas-Rogers) Lee
    John wrote this letter May 26, 1862, at Butler, Bates County, Missouri, to his cousin, Versey Lee, who lived in New London, Iowa. The letter is not an original scan, but the scan of a page from the book, A Hardin Family History (1968), published by Robert Allen Hardin. (Marge Kimble provided a scan of several of the book's pages.)
    Census  1870  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Mary J. Lee, age 41, female, white, occupation keeping house, born in Ohio
    Census  1880  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Mary Lee, white, female, age 50, wife, married, occupation keeping house, born in Indiana, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Tennessee
    Iowa State Census  1885  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Mary Lee, age 55, female, married, born in Indiana, both parents native born
    Iowa State Census  1895  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • Mary J. Lee, age 65, born in Indiana, white
    Died  13 Mar 1900  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Biography  1990  Waterloo, DeKalb County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    Leas Genealogy 
    • Norma Gregerson, 6255 Del Valle Drive, Los Angeles, California, says her mother's (sic: grandmother's) maiden name was Mary Jane Leas, born in 1829 in Fountain County, Indiana. Her father was Thomas Leas, who married Jane Walker in 1827. They moved to Covington, Indiana, and then in 1837 moved to Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. Thomas Leas died in 1849 while on his way West and is buried in Laramie, Wyoming.
    Buried  Ferrel Cemetery, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I1129  All Families
    Last Modified  8 Feb 2015 

    Father  Thomas Chapman Leas,   b. 1802, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1849, Fort Laramie, , Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jane Walker,   b. 7 Sep 1804, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1885, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  9 Feb 1826  Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    Indiana Marriage Records 
    • Name: Jane Walker; Spouse: Thomas Leas; Date: 9 February 1826; County: Wayne; State: Indiana; Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; Microfilm: 1838642 - 1838643
    Research 
    • Thomas and Jane (Walker) Leas moved to Iowa Territory between 1835/6, possibly even before Jane's sister's family, that of William and Prudence (Walker) Hardin. (Note: the information provided Fay Leas by Norma Gregorson stated it was 1837. See the following biographical sketch.)

      Apparently in 1849 wanderlust took the Leas family (or possibly just Thomas and son George), and they started further west, following the Oregon Trail.

      Thomas died on the Fourth of July in 1849 at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. This may have contributed to the family returning to Henry County, Iowa (if they were all moving), where they were by the time of the 1850 census.

      Alternatively, since son George was in Calveras County, California, mining for gold at the time of the 1850 census (and the rest of the family was in Iowa), perhaps just he and his father were on the fateful trail where Thomas Leas died.

      Fort Laramie, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, was a military post, and a welcome site for the pioneers, as it was the first sign of civilization many of them had seen in six weeks. It was bought from the American Fur Company by the U.S. Army in 1849 after the fur trade subsided. The army was embarking upon a westward expansion at that time, and the Sioux Indians, alarmed by the flight of white Americans westward, had become increasingly hostile.

      The general store at Fort Laramie gouged the emigrants on their westward trip, charging about 20 times the amount they would have paid for supplies if they'd been further East in the country. Many of them wanted to sell the store the extra provisions they'd loaded originally, as treking it in wagons was not easy business, and they needed to lighten their loads, but apparently the store refused to trade in this manner, and the trail near the fort ended up littered with heirloom furniture, stoves and food.

      (See URL: http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/FtLaramie.html (5/2007))
    Biography  1990  Waterloo, DeKalb County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Leas Genealogy 
    • Norma Gregerson, 6255 Del Valle Drive, Los Angeles, California, says her mother's (sic: grandmother's) maiden name was Mary Jane Leas, born in 1829 in Fountain County, Indiana. Her father was Thomas Leas, who married Jane Walker in 1827. They moved to Covington, Indiana, and then in 1837 moved to Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. Thomas Leas died in 1849 while on his was West and is buried in Laramie, Wyoming.
    Documents
    A Family Record of the Family of Thomas Chapman Leas
    A Family Record of the Family of Thomas Chapman Leas
    Published by Fay W. Leas in the book, Leas Genealogy (originally published in 1990 in Waterloo, DeKalb County, Indiana), page 81. (This document lists Norma Gregorson's mother as Mary Jane Leas. Mary was her grandmother.)
    Marriage Documentation
    Walkers married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    Walkers married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    A list of persons with the Walker surnam married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    Family ID  F403  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Hugh Rodgers,   b. Abt 1828, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1854 and 1856 
    Married  29 Jan 1852  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Children 
    >1. Luella C. Rodgers,   b. Jul 1853, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1945, Archer County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Clara H. Rodgers,   b. Between 1855 and 1856, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F578  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Samuel B. Lee,   b. 4 Nov 1827, Bond County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1915, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Dec 1860  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21, 22, 23, 24
    Children 
    >1. John Walker Lee,   b. 16 Mar 1862, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1912, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Florence "Flossie" Lee,   b. 15 Dec 1864, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1953, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Cora Alice Lee,   b. 3 Jan 1869, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1971, Saint Francis Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Charity Jane "Jennie" Lee,   b. 5 Feb 1871, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1960, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F579  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S454] Hardin Family History, A, Robert Allen Hardin, (Originally published 1968).

    2. [S613] Grandfield, Dianne Lynn (Mathews) - Email (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S8089] New London Township, Henry County, Iowa - Burials (Brooks, Farlow, and Ferrel Cemeteries), (published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, 1987, publication #0336; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S8192] 1830 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Fountain County, Indiana; page(s) 153 304-305

    6. [S4989] 1840 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Henry County, Iowa Territory; page(s) 109 213

    7. [S424] 1856 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Center Township, Henry County, Iowa; pages 440-441

    8. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; page 300; Enumerated the 26th July, 1860; Sutro Library, San Francisco, California, Census Microfilm roll 324.

    9. [S454] Hardin Family History, A, Robert Allen Hardin, (Originally published 1968), pages 15-16 (Reliability: 3).
      Letter from J. W. Hardin was published in the Hardin History book.

    10. [S623] Hardin, John Wesley - Letter to Mary Jane "Versey" (Leas) Rodgers, (written May 26, 1862 in Benton Barracks, Arkansas, and sent to New London, Iowa. Reprinted in the book, A Hardin Family History, by Robert Allen Hardin) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      1860 US Census, Page #24, Sheet #291, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, enumerated on: July 22 1870, Post Office: Mount Pleasant

    12. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; Page 7, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 97, Sheet 354C; Enumerated on June 5, 1880

    13. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; page 53

    14. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London, Henry County, Iowa

    15. [S453] Leas Family - Genealogy, Fay W. Leas, (originally published in 1990 in Waterloo, DeKalb County, Indiana) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S453] Leas Family - Genealogy, Fay W. Leas, (originally published in 1990 in Waterloo, DeKalb County, Indiana), page 81 (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S365] Indiana Marriages through 1850 (Indiana State Library).

    18. [S94] LDS Online Record (Reliability: 3).
      URL: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/IGI/family_group_record.asp?familyid=105000643&indi_id=700038196240&lds=1®ion=11&frompage=99 (5/2007)

    19. [S365] Indiana Marriages through 1850 (Indiana State Library) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S94] LDS Online Record (Reliability: 3).
      Mary Jane Leas, Female; Family; Event(s): Birth: 22 JUN 1829 Covington, Fountain, Indiana; Christening: Death: 13 MAR 1900, Henry, Iowa; Burial: Parents: Father: Thomas Chapman Leas; Mother: Jane Walker; Marriages:; Spouse: Hugh Rodgers; Marriage: 29 JAN 1852, Henry, Iowa; Source Information: Film Number: 537446; Batch Number: A537373; Sheet: 00; Source Call No.: 537373,537392,537446.

    21. [S622] Walker, James - Letter to Mary Jane "Versey" (Leas) Rodgers 1861, (February 1, 1861) (Reliability: 4).
      Letter from James Walker to Mary in 1861.
      (is to Mary J. Rodgers)

    22. [S623] Hardin, John Wesley - Letter to Mary Jane "Versey" (Leas) Rodgers, (written May 26, 1862 in Benton Barracks, Arkansas, and sent to New London, Iowa. Reprinted in the book, A Hardin Family History, by Robert Allen Hardin) (Reliability: 4).
      Sent to Versey LEE

    23. [S500] Berry, Daniel L./Ronda - Email (Reliability: 4).

    24. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Danville Township, Des Moines County, Iowa