LEESE, ELIJAH, farmer, was born in East Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 23, 1855; son of the late Michael and Lydia (Laurer) Leese. Michael Leese was born in Reading, Berks county, Pa., October 27, 1806. He was a farmer, and spent his life in his calling. He was married to Miss Lydia Laura, also born in Reading, Pa., January 15, 1814. They had thirteen children, of whom six are now living: Isabella; Emma, wife of Samuel Miller; Kate, wife of Joseph Beck; Levi, Henry, and Elijah. Their residence was at Manadaville, now Sand Beach, where Mr. Leese died at the age of eighty-four. His wife is still living, at the advanced age of eighty, and resides at Sand Beach. Mr. Leese was a Republican, and he and Mrs. Leese were both faithful members of the Evangelical church at Union Deposit, where Mr. Leese is buried.
Elijah Leese improved faithfully the slender educational advantages which he enjoyed. There was hard work on the farm, summer and winter, with a few hours daily for a few weeks each year for school training. Yet diligent improvement of these opportunities, and constant efforts to add to his stock of general information, prepared him as thoroughly as the average farmer boy can be prepared, for the business of life. He is entitled to all the honor that may attach to the self-made man. Mr. Leese continued to work on the farm with his father until he was twenty years of age. He was married, September 9, 1875, to Miss Rebecca, daughter of John and Mary (Brenner) Bacastow. They had three children, of whom two are living: John M. and Morris H. Shortly after their marriage they removed to the farm on which they now have their home, and which they have cultivated since 1876. Their industry, skill and excellent management have yielded them liberal returns, and they are among the comfortable and contented people of the township. Mr. Leese is a good, solid Republican. He is actively interested in everything that tends to promote the welfare of the community.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 15 Mar 2001
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