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Loyalist Directory: James Leach

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Surname : Leach
Given name : James
Rank : Sergeant
Where Resettled : 1787 York Co, NB
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : Prince of Wales American Regiment
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : Windham, Windham, Connecticut on 12 Aug 1748
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : 1810 Fletcher, Fairfield, VT
Place of Burial : Probably Fletcher, Fairfield, Vermont
Wife Name : Mary PRINDLE b 24 January 1752 probably in Connecticut, m. prior to 1771, d. 6 January 1835 Elgin County, Ontario, daughter of Daniel Prindle
Children : Zebulon LEACH m. Phebe Hoyt
Biography :  
Proven Descendants : Winnipeg 1976.11.25;
Bay of Quinte 2013.07.29 (Robert Harold Phillips);
Military Info :  
Loyalist Genealogy : See the certificate application used by Bob Phillips.
Family History : (NOTE:Newspaper accounts can be great sources of information, but as the added information provided by Bob Phillips in the link below, it is prudent to apply judgement and to seek our additional sources for verification.)


St Thomas Daily Times, 24 January 1913, Page 10, c4

Sketch of Isaac leach, a Bayham pioneer, who died recently in that township

Isaac Leach, who died Dec 28 at the home of his daughter Mrs James Mabee, Guysboro, at the age of 91, was the youngest of a large family of sturdy pioneers. He leaves to mourn his departure one brother, three sons and two daughters. Isaac was the only one of a family of nine sons and four daughters born under the British flag, the other twelve having been born in the State of Pennsylvania.
The earliest records of the family indicate that Major James Leach was an intimate friend of Lord Nelson and was serving under him at the time of his death. After Lord Nelson received the mortal wound he presented Major Leach with a small jug, which remained in possession of the family until destroyed by a fire less than two years ago. A powder horn used by Major Leach and a buckle from the Major's knee breeches are still in the possession of Z. A. Leach of Straffordville, the eldest living son of the subject of this sketch.
Major Leach and his six brothers settled in the State of Virginia, but refusing to take up arms against the British Crown, were severely treated. At this time Major Leach was engaged in the tanning of leather and manufacturing of boots and shoes. At first the liberty was restricted to a distance of five miles from his home, later to the town limits, and eventually he was forced outside the town, tied to a tree and severely beaten by a soldier mob. Making his escape he joined a British regiment and fought throughout the war, at the close of which, his prosperity was confiscated, he made his way to New Brunswick, where his family joined him. Through services performed for Judge Luglow he received a grant of 400 acres of land, and his son James Zebuleon Leach, received 200 acres. On this property is now located the city of St John and the head family still claim an interest in the property. Major Leach and family returned to the United States, this time settling in the State of Pennsylvania, where he died, and his son, James Zebuleon reared twelve of his family, namely: James, Nathan, Samuel, Joab, Daniel, David, Nehemia, Nelson, Electa, Mary, Miranda and Diantha. With the exception of James, Nathan and Electa, all came with their father to Canada.
Settling in the Township of Bayham, Mr Leach erected a saw mill and manufactured much of the lumber exported from this district and used in building in the pioneer days. He was also a Baptist preacher.
It was after he returned to Canada that Isaac was born, and he died while Isaac was still a young lad. He left to his young son, Lot 28, Concession 8, Bayham, which is now the property of his daughter, Mrs Mabee.
In early life Isaac married Eliza Nevill, aunt of Councillor Nevill, who polled the highest number of votes at the recent municipal elections. To this union were born one son and two daughters, of whom the son and one daughter died in childhood. The other Mrs George Gillis resides with her family in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Some time after the death of his first wife, he visited his sister, Mrs Mary Van Waggnor at Stoney Creek, where he met Sarah Jane Rathburn, whom he afterwards married, and to this union was born three sons and one daughter, Zebuleon A. of Straffordville, Daniel of Seamen Saskatchewan, Edward, also of Western Canada and Mrs James Mabee of Guysboro.
The Leach family were noted for their longevity, physical strength and kindliness. Two of the family only died under eight years of age, while Nehemiah died in his 97th year and Daniel is still living.
In the old days in the manufacture of potash a very large iron kettle could be used and few pairs of men could be found who could lift one the these kettles, but a pair of the Leaches could walk off easily carrying the kettle with the heaviest man to be found seated in it.
Isaac had charge of a gang of forty teams and men engaged by the late Edwin Gray to lumber in Michigan, the teams being driven from the village of Eden to the woods near Saginaw. As they camped by the way many disputes arose, and eventually two antagonists became the bullies of the camp. After reaching the woods a fight for supremacy began and an old Frenchman reported the contest to Isaac, who ran to the scene of the fight, watched for an opening and, with the agility of a panther sprang between the antagonists, seized one in each hand, shook them as a dog might shake a rat and under threats of dismissal, settled their differences.

See the critique of many details by Bob Phillips.
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Information submitted by Bob Phillips
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