Pleasant Grove Township
Coles County, Illinois
Leitch Cemetery, located in Pleasant Grove twp., across the road from the old Robert Leitch farmstead. The name Leitch is pronounced LITCH, to rhyme with 'hitch.' In Pendleton Co, VA the name was spelled Leach and descendants there still spell it that way. Robert was a son of John & Margaret (Pierson, Pearson) Leach, natives of Co. Londonderry, Ireland. John served in the Rev. War. Two sisters of Robert's also came to Coles Co. and are buried in the long-abandoned Armstrong cemetery. Elizabeth Jane, who wed Joseph Armstrong, and William Leitch of Lafayette twp were children of Mary Leach, sister to Robert.
The Leitch family was highly educated and sons of Robert became teachers, stockmen, doctors and a mayor of Charleston. This family was arguably the most highly educated family in the vicinity. There was a grade school named Leitch School nearby. Most of the men attended Lee's Academy at Loxa, the only "higher education" institution in Coles County. Upon abandonment of this small family family cemetery, the family buried in nearby Mount Tabor Cemetery
A few are buried in the Indian Presbyterian Cemetery, one mile S of Lerna, and in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. The Leitch cemetery is in rather good shape even though the walls around it may have collapsed in the intervening years.
It is hard to see from the road and its remoteness has been a positive factor in its preservation. It has been recorded several times including twice by me, Erik P Conard, a Leitch descendant..
(from Mary Leach Kuykendall, sister of Robert:)
LEITCH, Robert (ne Leach) - b 8 Nov 1804 (Bible), (Pendleton Co, VA); d 7 Jul 1865 [src #43-A]
LEITCH, Jane Erwin, b. 9 Aug 1812, Pendleton Co, VA; d. 9 Dec 1859 [ dau of Charles Erwin & Dorothy Ann Steuart, buried in nearby Kelly Cemetery] [src #43-A]
LEITCH, Alice Jane - b. 10 Sep 1860, Coles Co, IL; d. 15 Sep 1862 [dau of Charles Erwin Leitch & Mahala Baker] [src #43-A]
LEITCH, infant unnamed girl - b. 16 Jul 1867, Coles Co., IL; d. 17 Jul 1867 [dau of Chas. Erwin Leitch & Mahala Baker] [src #43-A]
LEITCH, Charles Addison - b. 6 Jun 1867, Coles Co., IL; d. 26 Sep 1867 - son of James Wesley Leitch & Nancy Jane Hughes [src #43-A]
LEITCH, William - b. 3 Jan 1861, Coles Co., IL; d. 7 Mar 1863; son of James Wesley Leitch & Nancy Jane Hughes [src #43-A]
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