WILLIAM LEAS, a prosperous and highly respected citizen of Salem township, Jefferson county, was born near Annapolis, in that township, December 16, 1824. His father, Jacob Leas, born October 11, 1784 in Adams county, Penn., died April 18, 1873 was one of ten children, now all deceased, of John and Sophia Leas, the former of whom was a native of Germany and the latter England. Jacob Leas wedded Elizabeth Zimmerman who was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., in 1790 and died March 14, 1862 and by this union had seven children. Two of these are deceased, Mrs. Margaret A. Finicom and Mrs. Sophia Price, and there are living Leonard, Mrs. Maria Mizer, Jacob, Mrs. Eliza Rukenbrod and the subject of this sketch. The altter had but slight school advantages in his youth, the public school being conducted but three months in the winter. At an early age he began farming, his vocation through life and he is now one of the most thorough and successful farmers of the county. October 14, 1847 he was married to Elizabeth Mizer, who was born November 23, 1826, the daughter of David and Mary (Powell) Mizer. These latter were the parents of eight children: William (deceased), Mrs. Elizabeth Leas, Henry, Mrs. Maria Kate, Catherine Ivens, Mrs. Mary Gruber, David, Mrs. Margaret Harden. Mr. and Mrs. Leas have four children: Mrs. Eliza J. Hoobler, Mrs. Minerva Winings, Mrs. Margaret A. Newburn and John C. F. Leas. Mr. Leas is in politics a republican. He and family are members of the Lutheran church.
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