Biography of John Kealie
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JOHN LESLIE, the subject of this sketch, was born in Seneca County, Ohio, December 27, 1842, being the son of John and Esther (Smith) Leslie, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Irish German descent, his grandfather Leslie born in Ireland, his grandfather Smith in Germany. His people eame to Ohio soon after marriage in 1833, lived in Akron and Massillon some time, at the former place when it contained few houses. They then moved to Norwalk, Ohio, and later to Hardin County, while it was yet a "wilderness of wolves," thence to Marion County, buying 100 acres near La Rue. He died October 22, 1851, aged forty three years, leaving a family of seven children; Louisa, Harriet (deceased), James, John, Martha, Demer and Harmon. The mother died in September, 1861, aged fortyseven years. Mr. Leslie received a limited education in the common schools, and lived on the homestead till enlisting in the tinited States service, Company F, Eighteenth United States Infantry, October 26, 1861. He fought at Shiloh, Perryville, Stone River, being wounded at the latter place, and compelled to retire six months. He returned to his regiment, and was subsequently engaged at Resaca, Kingston, Snake Gape, Buzzard's Boost, Atlanta, Jonesboro, and many skirmishes, and was discharged at Lookout Mountain, Tenn., October 26, 1864. His marriage to Miss Evaline Crawford occurred June 29, 1865. She is the daughter of Rev. Silas and Ann E. (Nicholes) Crawford, who are natives of Ohio, and of German extraction. They are residents of Plymouth, Ind., he being identified with the Baptist Church of that place. Mr. and Mrs. Leslie have four children; W. Thurman, born September 25, 1861; Lillie B., June 19, 1870; Mary L., January 11, 1872; Marven H., September 4, 1878. Mr. Leslie purchased fifty acres in Bowling Green Township, Marion County, 1864, resided there three years, and two years on another farm in same township., rented two years in Medina County, and in 1871 purchased forty acres of his present farm. This he has increased by subsequent purchases to 200 acres, eighty cleared, all valued at $50 per acre. He is a Democrat in politics and a substantial citizen, member of the G. A. R. at Marseilles. Mr. Leslie and family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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