Biography of Philip Leslie
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PHILIP LESLIE.

To rear a large family of children to honorable and useful lives deserves perhaps a consideration superior to that of any other achievement in life. This credit belongs to Philip Leslie, a retired farmer of Madison township, Carroll county, Indiana, where he still owns one hundred and sixty acres of land, having divided some two hundred and seventy six ecres among his several children. The Leslie farm is situated two and one half miles east of Ockley, in Madison township.

Philip Leslie was born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, March 15, 1836, and is the son of John and Catherine (Mikesell) Leslie, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania and who removed with his father at the age of sixty seven years to Ohio. Jacob Leslie, the paternal grandfather of Philip, settled in Butler county, ten miles from Dayton. Catherine Mikesell also moved with her parents from Pennsylvania to Butler county, Ohio, and there grew to womanhood. After their marriage in Butler county, Ohio, John and Catherine (Mikesell) Leslie lived there for a few years or until they had four children, when they came to Indiana, settling in Tippecanoe county, where they entered one hundred and sixty acres of land. There they built a cabin and lived for several years, in the meantime clearing twenty acres of the farm. Subsequently, they moved to an adjoining farm northwest of the first and there they lived for many years. When Mrs. Catherine Leslie was sixty three years old and her husband sixty seven, they immigrated to Illinois, purchasing a farm there, and there spent the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of thirteen children, only two of whom are living, Philip, the subject of this sketch, and Catherine, the widow of Charles Weaver.

Philip Leslie did whatever he could find to do when he was a young man, until 1860, when he was twenty four years old. At that time he purchased eighty acres of land in Tippecanoe county, which he farmed for many years.

On April 23, 1863, Philip Leslie was married to Sarah Jane Murphy, the daughter of Alexander Murphy, of Clay township. After living on the farm until 1865, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie sold the farm and moved to Carroll county. He and his brother in law established a woolen mill at Prince William. After operating the mill for one year, Mr. Lae purchased one hundred acres of land, where he has lived ever since. For sixteen years Mr. and Mrs. Leslie lived in a log house. At the end of that period, Mr. Leslie built a commodious brick house which he now occupies. He owned at one time four hundred and thirty six acres, which he has divided among his children until he now retains only one hundred and sixty acres.

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie have been the parents of six children, Dr. Francis, who is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and is now situated in Toledo, Ohio; Dora. the wife of Philip Ray. of Camden; Nevada T., the wife of Eli Miller, of Democrat township; Roscoe, a resident of Nampa, Idaho; Raymond, who lives in Cambridge City, Indiana; and Mabel, a graduate of the College of Music at Oberlin, Ohio. married Earl Chapman, who was a student at DePauw University for three years.

Mr. Leslie is independent in politics, preferring to vote always for men and measure rather than for parties and party emblems. He is a good man and a good citizen and has discharged well all of the duties of life.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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