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Leeson family papers

 Collection — Folder: S1301
Identifier: S1301

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises wartime letters and a document ranging from 1813 to 1865, concerning members of the Leeson family. One letter and a document concern Lieutenant __ Leeson and necessary supplies during the War of 1812. Three other letters are from Henry Clay Leeson to family regarding his military service at Vicksburg, as well as Fort Gibson, Grand Gulf, and Magnolia Bluffs, during the U.S. Civil War in 1863. There is also a letter to Major Moses D. Leeson of the 5th Indiana Cavalry on May 5, 1865 regarding troop movements during the war.

Dates

  • 1813-1865

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Richard Largent Leeson, Sr. was born June 25, 1786 in Virgina and served as a lieutenant during the War of 1812. He married Jane Dooley and they had 12 children. Leeson died on July 28, 1854 and was buried in Jacksonburg, Wayne County, Indiana.

His son, Moses Dooley Leeson, was born October 17, 1818 in Harrison, Wayne County, Indiana. Moses D. Leeson married Elizabeth Mundell on November 13, 1840 in Wayne County, Indiana and they had 5 children: Henry Clay, Clarinda Ellen (1844-1918), Richard Eldridge (1846-1914), Irissa Viretta (1849-1876), and James Theopolis (1853-1854). Leeson joined the 5th Indiana Cavalry in 1862 and rose to the rank of major during the U.S. Civil War. He worked as a merchant and store clerk before and after the war. Leeson died on Jamuary 18, 1884 and was buried in Jacksonburg, Wayne County, Indiana.

Henry Clay Leeson was born August 15, 1841. He served in Company D, 8th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. Leeson married Anna D. Henderson (1847-1891) on June 18, 1868 and worked as a retail grocer in Centerville, Indiana and, after his wife's death, as a merchant in Indianapolis. He died of a stroke on November 23, 1916, in Wayne County, Indiana.

Sources:

Items in the collection.

Ancestry.com. "Henry C. Leeson." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Henry C. Leeson." Indiana, Civil War Soldiers Database Index, 1861-1865. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Henry C. Leeson." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Henry C. Leeson." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2011. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Moses D. Leeson." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Moses D. Leeson." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Moses D. Leeson." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2011. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Moses D. Leeson." U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.

Findagrave.com. "Moses D. Leeson." Find a Grave Index. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.findagrave.com.

Findagrave.com. "Richard Largent Leeson I." Find a Grave Index. Accessed November 27, 2017. http://www.findagrave.com.

Extent

0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Arrangement

This collection is chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. F. A. Thomas on 1927/10/6.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S1143: Henry C. Leeson diaries

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/07/20 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2017/07/20 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/11/27 by Brittany Kropf.
Title
Leeson family papers
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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