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Francis Leason. In the early days of DeKalb County a substantial English family was established in Troy Township by the name Leason. A number of its representatives are still found in that vicinity, one of them being Mr. Francis Leason, who still goes about his daily vocation as a farmer on the east half of the northwest quarter of section 8.

He was born in Erie County, Ohio, February 2, 1854, a son of Joseph and Mary (Sharp) Leason. His father was born in England December 2, 1810, a son of Francis Leason, while the mother was born March 2, 1819. in the same country. The father grew up in Derbyshire and the mother in Nottingham, and they were married in June, 1848. The following week they set out for the United States and at once located in Erie County, Ohio. Joseph Leason rented a farm there a short time, then returned to England for two years, after which he again became an Erie County farmer and in 1856 made his second return to England. In 1862 he was again in Erie County, Ohio, and continued farming there until 1867, when he removed to Indiana and bought sixty acres in section 8 of Troy Township. He lived there until his death in 1879 his wife having passed away in 1872. He was one of the leading members of the United Brethren Church in the community. He never took out his papers to become an American citizen.

Francis Leason was the only child of his parents and since he was thirteen years of age has lived in Troy Township. He acquired his education in the common schools and on December 5, 1879, married Mary E. Stearns. She was born in Troy Township July 20, 1859, a daughter of John and Nancy (Ward) Stearns. Her father was born in Morrow County, Ohio, December 3, 1829, and her mother April 11, 1833, in Ashtabula County of the same state. They were married July 13, 1856, and Mrs. Leason is their only daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. Leason have three children: John, Charles, born February 17, 1883, married and living at Monroe, Michigan; and Carrie, born February 6, 1887, still at home with her parents. The latter are active members of the Zion United Brethren Church, and Mr. Leason is a republican. He and his wife have six grandchildren.

John Leason, son of Francis and Mary (Stearns) Leason, is a member of the third generation of this family and has a valuable farm in section 8 of Troy Township. He was born May 6, 1881m on a farm adjoining his present home, and he grew up and received his education in that locality. June 8, 1904, he married Mildred C. Hammond. She was born in Franklin Township of DeKalb County October 29, 1885, a daughter of George and Caroline Hammond. She was reared in her native township and received a common school education. After their marriage John Leason and wife lived on the home farm for about five years and then came to their present place, where they have eighty acres devoted to general farming and stock raising. They are active members of the West Zion United Brethren Church, Mr. Leason being on the official boards and finance committee. He is a republican in politics. To their marriage have been born five children, Violet, Martin, Mildred and Dorothea and Doris, twins.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)

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