THOMAS G. LEITCH.
Since 1854 this gentleman has been one of the representative and prosperous general agriculturists and stock-breeders of Gallatin Township, Clay County. He resides on section 27, township 51, range 32, and cultivates the homestead acres, whose fertile soil furnishes an excellent income year after year. Our subject was born in Virginia in the year 1832, and was one of nine children comprising the family of James R. and Frances (Robertson) Leitch. Of the others the following is noted: James is a trader in Liberty; William is a farmer in Clay County; Henry is a successful agriculturist of Clay County; Mrs. Mary Robertson lives north of Liberty. The members of the Leitch family are widely known as intelligent, energetic and enterprising citizens, and are universally respected and highly esteemed by the general public.
James R. Leitch, the father of our subject, occupied a prominent and influential position in the Old Dominion, and was a leading man in his part of the State. His opinion and advice upon matters of interest were eagerly sought and valued by his friends and neighbors. Receiving a good common-school education in early youth, he taught school for a time when he was a young man, but soon engaged in more congenial and profitable avocations. Born in Spottsylvania, Va., among the tillers of the soil, he was early trained to agricultural duties, and made farming the permanent work of his life. In time he became an extensive land-holder, owning twelve hundred acres, which he profitably cultivated. He was a public-spirited and progressive man, donating liberally in behalf of worthy enterprises, and patriotically became a soldier in the War of 1812, serving bravely throughout the struggles of that campaign. He and his good wife were both members of religious organizations, the husband communing with the Presbyterians, and the wife adhering to the doctrines of the Baptist Church. They were active in the aid and support of all Christian work, and were upright and conscientious in their daily walk of life. In political affiliations, the father of our subject was a Whig, and an earnest advocate of the principles of the party.
Thomas G. Leitch was twenty-two years of age when he located near Liberty, in Clay County, Mo. His marriage in 1856 united him with Miss Amanda, the daughter of R. Hall, a prominent citizen and office-holder of Liberty. Mr. Hall ably discharged the duties of Constable, and was afterward an energetic and efficient Deputy-Sheriff. Mrs. Leitch was one of a family of nine sisters and brothers, and herself became the mother of nice children, as follows: Willie, who was born in 1857, married Miss Flora Rogers, and lives upon a farm near Liberty; Charles, born in 1861, has served as Surveyor of Clay County; Mary, born in 1864, died in 1878; Nellie, born in 1868; Jennie in 1869; Lovie, in 1872; Jettie, in 1875, and Ruby in 1877, are all with the father. One child died in infancy. The pleasant home is bright with the presence of these intelligent and attractive young ladies, who enjoy the esteem and high regard of a large circle of friends.
Our subject owns two hundred and sixty acres of valuable land, and has been especially successful in the breeding of thoroughbred cattle, and owns some of the highest grades in this part of the State. In childhood Mr. Leitch enjoyed the benefit of a good common-school education, and, appreciating the advantage he thus gained, has been an earnest advocate of giving the youth every possible opportunity for instruction. The peaceful pursuit of agriculture was rudely interrupted in 1862, when our subject enlisted in Company A, of Rennicks' command, but since the close of the war he has constantly engaged in farming. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masonic order, and politically is a Democrat, taking a deep interest in public affairs. His excellent wife, who died in 1885, was a member of Presbyterian Church and was foremost in the promotion of its benevolent enterprises and the extension of its work. For thirty-seven years Mr. Leitch has been an important factor in the growth and progress of his neighborhood and county, and is widely known and highly respected as a man of honor and integrity.
(Source: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri, Page 296, Chicago:, CHAPMAN Bros., 1893. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team)
WILLIAM N. LEITCH, a representative agriculturist and successful stock-raiser, has been well known in Liberty Township, Clay County, Mo., for two-score years. Energetic, able and industrious, our subject has won his way in life and is highly esteemed by all his friends and neighbors. His excellent farm, all under a high state of cultivation, is pleasantly located upon section 7, township 52, range 31, and is a source of profit yielding annually an abundant harvest. William N. Leitch is the son of James and Frances (Minor) Leitch, honest, intelligent and hard-working people and worthy and upright citizens.
The Leitch family were early residents of Virginia, and in the Old dominion the father of our subject was born in 1786. He owned four hundred acres of good land and was a successful general agriculturist and stock-raiser. A patriotic citizen, courageous, resolute and faithful to the Government, he fought bravely in the War of 1812. Father Leitch was a Whig, always interested in the management of political affairs, and fully appreciated the necessity of having the office of State filled with men of sterling integrity of character. He and his wife were Missionary Baptists, and in all the relations of life evidenced the fact that they were true, earnest Christians, devoted to the betterment of their fellow-men.
Our subject, William N. Leitch, was born in the year 1830. When a young man, he came to Missouri, in 1854, and located in Clay County. Having received a common-school education and being thoroughly drilled in all the duties of agriculture, he settled upon a farm and diligently employed himself in the cultivation of Missouri soil. He now owns one hundred and seventy-one acres of excellent land and aside from general farming pursues stock-raising with success. At one time Mr. Leitch handled Clydesdale horses and owned some very fine, valuable stock. Our subject was united in marriage in 1874 with Miss Elizabeth D. Hudlemyer, an estimable lady of German descent. Mrs. Leitch is a native of Clay County, and was born in 1843. She enjoyed the advantages of a good common-school education and has proved a helpmate indeed. Her parents were the father and mother of five children, and were well known and highly respected residents of Clay County.
In political affiliations, Mr. Leitch is a Democrat and while not a politician or office-seeker is interested in local and national Government and may ever be found upon the side of Justice and reform. At one time when the state of the country made it a necessity for the citizens to protect themselves, their homes and property, he joined the vigilance committee and was of the most energetic, determined and resolute defenders of the neighborhood. A true American citizen, earnest and progressive, our subject has been an important factor in the advancement and encouragement of the best interests of the county and locality of his home, and among the old residents and neighbors of early days has a host of warm friends.
(Source: PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri, Page 317, Chicago:, CHAPMAN Bros., 1893. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team)