Biography of John W. Leach
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Among the pleasantest rural homes of Richland township, Defiance county, is that of Mr. Leach in Section 2, North Richland precinct, and its gracious hospitality adds a charm to its material comforts. Our subject is a veteran of the Civil war, and bears an honorable record for brave service in the cause of freedom and union, and in the paths of peace has also won an enviable reputation through the sterling qualities which go to the making of a good citizen.

Mr. Leach was born April 2, 1834, on a farm in Marshall county, West Virginia, a son of Joshua and Hannah ( Spoon) Leach, both natives of Pennsylvania. From the county of his nativity he accompanied his parents on their removal to Coshocton county, Ohio, in the spring of 1840, and ten years later went with them to Henry county, this State. After a residence there of seven years they removed to Grundy county, Illinois, where they made their home until called to their final rest. In their family were four sons and seven daughters, our subject being the eldest son and second child.

John W. Leach was reared in much the usual manner of farmer boys in a frontier settlement, and he remained with his parents upon the farm in Henry county, Ohio, until the fall of 1855, when he located upon his present farm in Section 2, Richland township, Defiance county. Here he has lived uninterruptedly, with the exception of the four years spent in the service of his country during the war of the Rebellion. The place comprises five hundred acres of rich and arable land, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation, and he has erected thereon a fine set of farm buildings.

In October, 1861, Mr. Leach enlisted in Company F, Sixty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was made sergeant of his company. For almost four years he was in the service, and was always found at his post of duty, never losing a day during the entire time. He participated in fifty six engagements, including some of the most important battles of the war, such as Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Corinth, Metamora, Jackson (Miss.), and Baker's Creek. He was also in the siege of Vicksburg and the siege of Atlanta, and was with Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea. The war being over and his services no longer needed, he was honorably discharged July 19, 1855, and mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky. He is now an honored member of Bishop Post, No. 22, G. A. R., of Defiance.

On the 2d of October, 1866, Mr. Leach was married to Miss Mary E. Brubaker, who was born in Stark county, Ohio, August 19, 1838, a daughter of the later David Brubaker, of Henry county, this State. To them were born six children, as follows: Charles D.: John J.; William; Russell A.; Emma D.; and Alma. Of these Charles D. married Annie Baker, of Richland township, where they now live, and they have two sons - Wesley D. and Julian. John J. married Emma Minsel, also of Richland township, and they now live in Mark township; Emma J. married George E. Gackel.

Since the organization of the Republican party Mr. Leach has been one of its stanch supporters, and has done all in his power to insure its success. He has served his fellow citizens as township trustee, and in the fall of 1896 was appointed by Governor Bushnell as representative to the Farmers' United States Conference, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. His loyalty to his country has ever been above question, and his labors in the interests of his adopted State have been most effective and beneficial.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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