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James O. Leas letters

 Collection — Folder: S2681
Identifier: S2681

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two letters written from Eaten to “My Dear Children.” The letters, dated January 30, 1864 and March 27, 1865, discuss family news and health.

The letters reference Ella, Call Vandoren, Al Hubbard, Mitchell Walters, Kate Staggs, Aunt Elize, Hope Redman, Margaret Bruce, and George.


  • 1864-1865

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

James O. Leas was born in 1816 to George (1776-1861) and Mary Polly Weems (1776-1859) in Columbiana County, Ohio. At the age of 45, James enlisted on September 19, 1862, in Company I, 113th Ohio Infantry Regiment. The 1870 federal census for Peru Ward 4, Miami County, Indiana, lists James O. Leas, age 53; Caroline M., age 41; Ella A. [Augusta], age 27; George W., age 18; Alice C., age 14; and Lenora S., age 11. James is buried in East Palestine, Columbiana County, Ohio. His grave marker has the years 1816-1898.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created in 2013/04 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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