James O. Leas

James O. Leas Letters

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Philip N. Williams, 1999
Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, April 2013

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.  



Scope and Content:

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. 

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Item Listing:

James O. Leas letters

January 30, 1864 Letter to My Dear Children from James O. Leas (4 pages)
March 27, 1865 Letter to My Dear Children from James O. Leas (2 pages)

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1folder, 2 letters (photocopies)
Collection Dates: 1864-1865
Provenance:  Unknown
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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Collection Notes: 

MA BA 6-17-2013