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Jane Walker

Female 1804 - 1885


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  • Name  Jane Walker  [1
    Born  7 Sep 1804  Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Birth  27 Sep 1804  Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • According to Ferrel Cemetery burial records, she died April 27, 1885, at age 80 years, 7 months; that would make her birth date September 27, 1804, not September 7.
    Census  1820  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • See the full enumeration under her father, George Walker; 2 (white) female(s) aged 10-16: Prudence (age 11/12), Jane (age 15/16)
    Census  1830  Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • See the full enumeration under her husband, Thomas Leas: 1 free white female(s) age 20-30: Jane (Walker) Leas (age 25/26)
    Moved  Between 1835 and 1836  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Indiana 
    • According to the 1856 Iowa state census, Jane, her sons George and James, had been living in Iowa for 20 years. This would have meant they moved there from Indiana very early in the white settlement of the state.
    Census  1840  Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • See the full enumeration under her husband, Thomas Leas: 1 free white female(s) age 30-40: Jane (Walker) Leas (age 35/36)
    Census  1850  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Living with or by her sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca (Walker) and John Francis Tryer:) Jane Lease, age 40 (sic), female, born in Tennessee
    Iowa State Census  1856  Center Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Living with the family of her son, George, her widowed daughter, Mary Rodgers and two daughters, and Jane's son, James:) Jane Leas, age 48, female, widowed, had lived 20 years in Iowa, born in Tennessee
    Census  1860  Center Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Living with her son, George and family, apparently in the same dwelling as her son, James, and his family:) Jane Lease, age 55, female, born in Tennessee
    Letters and Cards  1 Feb 1861  [10
    • February 1, 1861

      My dear niece after haveing received letter from you i take my pen to write a few lines to you, your mother and brothers. We were glad to hear that you were well and enjoying good health at present & also hope that this may finds you all injoying the same blessing -- we have piece and plenty but donte noe how long it wil last-- How be it we wil do the best we can under every circumstance-- Sarah Jane and Julian are going to schoole this winter -- We have a very hard winter-snow eighteen inches deepe-- We can do nothing but git wood feed and goe to mill-- and i want to goe to Arkansas if i could sel my property here-- we live inn a butyfull part of the country but it is two could and dreary for me-- We have not heard from any of our friends lately- the last i had frome youre unkle Thomas they were all well-his children were all married-- He lives inn Johnson county Indian-- Franklin is his place of address-- If you want to heare from him write and he wil anser you-- Now my dear sister Jane i would be glad to see you but i dont noe when if ever-- All the care of a famely now depending on me and we live where famely expences are considerable-- but if i can come in there this sumer i wil-- My boys are not large enough yet to trust with the care of the farme and stock-- I have not had a letter from Sam for a long time and i donte noe whare he lives exactly-- He used to write often but stoped and i hearde no more from him-- the last i heard from brother George they were all well--his son George staying with us this winter and we heard from there lately. We have not heard from Thomas Allens for a long time nor from the William Hardins-- I hardly fale to answer a letter when i git one though not all ways amediately-- If you see William and Prudy tell them i would like very much to see theme and talk over oald times -- I think William mit come to see us and bring Prudy a long allso George or James mit bring you to see us.

      George and James my goode fellows i would be very glad to see you boath and noe how you are giting along-- Times are dull here and money scarce-- the price of stock hogs keep up pretty wel but few buyers-- Wheete 40 to 50 cts pr bushle-- corn under 15 -- very little tradeing done and we fere there wil be less and harder times than we ever saw- but we hope for the better until the worst comes-- We live in countery moastly made up of abolishonests negroes simpathisers hoo think more of the negro than they doo of a white man and as far as i can diserne it-- is they and there leaders that are bringing our countery to disolation and if the worst does come-- George i have the consolation to noe that i have had no hand in bringing it about-- I am a union man and goe for the nonintervention in the teritorys and the inforsement of the fugitive slave law-- I was satisfied if honest Abe was elected it would bring about just such a state of feelings as we are now in and all over the length and breadth of the land-- Would you go and whip youre southern brothern back in to the union or rather would you not sacrifice a policy that would never do you or any other white man any goode-- and have piece restored as it was twenty or thirty years a go? Now boys let us heare from you soon-how you are gitting along and all the rest of the friends-- You have not writen to me since you came back frome California-- I would like to see you very much-- I wil ad no more.

      JAMES WALKER, to MARY J. ROGERS, SIS JANE - GEORGE & JAMES LEECE.
    Census  1880  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Living with her daughter's family, Mary Jane "Versey" and Samuel Lee, and her grandson, Thomas Leas:) Jane Leese, white, female, age 76, mother-in-law, widowed, occupation keeping house, born in Tennessee, father born in Ireland (sic), mother born in Wales (sic)
    Iowa State Census  1885  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • (Living with the family of her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jane "Versey" and Samuel Lee:) Jane Lease, age 80, female, widowed, born in Pennsylvania (sic) both parents native born
    Research 
    • None of the Leas family can be found in the 1852 Iowa state census in Henry County, Iowa, but there are only 1800+ names listed for Henry County available at ancestry.com for that census, and over 8000 in the 1850 census, so it is woefully incomplete. Jane also seems to have vanished at the time of the 1870 census.
    Died  27 Apr 1885  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 13
    Buried  Ferrel Cemetery, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I744  All Families
    Last Modified  8 Feb 2015 

    Father  George Walker,   b. Abt 1770, near Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Julian Jean "Julia Ann" Welsh,   b. Between 1771 and 1772, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Mar 1791  Centre (First) Presbyterian Church, Tuscarora Valley, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Walker Marriages in 19th Century Knox County, Tennessee
    Walker Marriages in 19th Century Knox County, Tennessee
    A list of Walkers who were married in Knox County, Tennesse between 1790-1899 includes some known family members, some who are not connected or related, and some who may be but the connections have not been found. This list was made from records found on the Internet, probably in about 2005.
    Marriages by Reverend John Linn of Centre Presbyterian Church, Shermans Valley, Perry County (Then Cumberland County), Pennsylvania
    Marriages by Reverend John Linn of Centre Presbyterian Church, Shermans Valley, Perry County (Then Cumberland County), Pennsylvania
    Marriages of the united congregations consisting of Centre & Upper (Blain). (Copy of original record at The Perry Historians, Perry County, Pennsylvania.) Contributed by Vi P. Limric. Unless otherwise stated names given are usually part of the Centre Presbyterian Church Congregation. This document is in .pdf format.
    Issue 
    • A number of researchers and online web sites have Sarah (Walker) Campbell as a daughter of George and Julia Ann (Welsh) Walker. This Sarah Walker married Joseph Campbell April 7, 1821, in Wayne County, Indiana. However, Sarah is not George and Julia's daughter. She is the daughter of Samuel Walker, and Agnes "Rebecca" Dryden. They lived in Richmond (Wayne County) Indiana. Sarah was not born in Tennessee, but rather in Ohio or Kentucky. A biography of her son, from Fountain County, Indiana (as republished on Rootsweb), had the following information about him. Other researchers online have her lineage correct, as well.

      Samuel Campbell, farmer and stock raiser, Stone Bluff, son of Joseph and Sarah (Walker) Campbell; the former a native of Kentucky, the latter of Ohio. Joseph Campbell first emigrated to Preble county, Ohio, then to Wayne county, Indiana, then to Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1837; then to Fountain county, Indiana, in 1840; then to Livingston county, Illinois, in 1851, where he died. Joseph is the son of John and Mary Campbell. Samuel Campbell, son of Joseph, is one of a family of four children. He was married in 1851, to Sarah A. Spinning, a native of Fountain county, and daughter of Isaac M. Spinning, an early pioneer. [...]
    Photos
    The Region of Tennessee Where the Walker Family Settled in the Late 1700s
    The Region of Tennessee Where the Walker Family Settled in the Late 1700s
    The Lyon Creek area of Knox County, Tennessee, near the Holston River, is about 10 miles east and somewhat north of (present day) Knoxville, Tennessee. Many members of the family of Charles and Elenor Walker, who immigrated to Pennsylvania from Ireland in about 1767, settled in this area in the 1790s, when it was still part of North Carolina. Their daughter, Prudence, remained there for her entire life, and descendants of hers still inhabit the region. Their sons James and George left Knox County and moved to Wayne County, Indiana, sometime between 1806-1812.

    A letter, posted on this site, from Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker to his grandson, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker in 1883 documents some of this history.

    It appears the images used by Google Earth for this map were taken in two completely different seasons.
    Family ID  F163  Group Sheet

    Family  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 
    Married  9 Feb 1826  Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    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  [18
    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.
    Children 
    >1. George Washington Leas, Sr.,   b. 4 Jul 1827, Covington, Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1903
    >2. Mary Jane "Versey" Leas,   b. 22 Jun 1829, Covington, Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1900, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. James W. Leas,   b. 1 Apr 1832, Covington, Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915
     4. Thomas E. Leas,   b. 4 Oct 1835, Covington, Fountain County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1848
     5. Oliver A. Leas,   b. 21 Jun 1840,   d. 12 Mar 1844
     6. Francis B. Leas,   b. 7 Oct 1841, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1844
    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
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F403  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S455] Whitaker, Beverly May (De Long) - Email.

    2. [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).

    3. [S612] 1820 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wayne County, Indiana; Page 159

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

    5. [S424] 1856 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Henry County, Iowa, pages 440 and 441

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

    7. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, page 161

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

    9. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 154, Center Township, Henry County, Iowa; Post Office: Mt. Pleasant; enumerated on June 26, 1860

    10. [S622] Walker, James - Letter to Mary Jane "Versey" (Leas) Rodgers 1861, (February 1, 1861) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [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

    12. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; page 54

    13. [S94] LDS Online Record.

    14. [S386] Perry Historians - Letter to Marjorie Kimble, 1987, (June 14, 1987).

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

    16. [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)

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

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