H. BURDETTE LEACH. There can be no reasonable doubt that agriculture is the most independent, as well as the most ancient and honorable, of all the callings to which civilized man is devoted. Of those thus engaged in Madison County, and one of the most prominent and successful of the number, is H. Burdette Leach, the subject of this sketch. Mr. Leach was born February 12, 1853, and is a son of
Henry H. and Rosalind P. Leach, both of whom were born in Madison County. The former was a son of Backus Leach, a native of Massachusetts, and one of the first settlers in the town or Eaton, his journey from Massachusetts to Madison County being made by means of ox-teams. He settled on the farm upon which the subject of this sketch now lives, which at the time was a wilderness, the woods being full of wild beasts and game. A brother of his had settled on an adjoining tract. The two brothers erected a log house, and here lived for many years. During the earlier part of their residence the Indians were still co-occupants of the woods, but were usually friendly, and their presence was beneficial to the settlers. Mr. Leach was an old man at the time of his death, having been born January 16, 1782, and dying October 19, 1864. He was one of the patriots of the War of 1812-15, and was always found on the right side of political questions. He was married twice, and reared five sons and four daughters.
His first wife was born August 28, 1780, and died April 22, 1841. Both she and her husband were members of the Baptist church, and among the best people of their day and generation. During the latter years of his long and active life Mr. Leach was a Republican. At his death he left a valuable estate, a part of which consisted of a farm of two hundred and thirty acres.
Henry H. Leach, like his father before him, was a general farmer and stock-raiser, and kept a dairy of from twenty-five to forty cows. He was also engaged to some extent in raising hops. He reared a family of eight children, five sons and three daughters, seven of whom grew to mature years, and six are still living, namely: Horatio E., born in 1843, and now living in Georgetown; Elizabeth B., born in 1845, and living near West Eaton; Ida M., born in 1846, and living in
the town of Stockbridge; H. Burdette, the subject of this sketch; Carlos, born in 1855, and living at Stockbridge; Chad B., born in 1857, and living in the town of Eaton; Burdette, born in 1848, died in 1849 and Addie, born in 1850, died in 1873. Henry H. Leach died on the old home farm, August 27, 1892, at the age of seventy-eight. His wife died February 28, 1890, at the age of seventy-four. Both were members of the Baptist church. In politics he was a Republican.
H. Burdette Leach was reared in the town of Eaton, and received his education in the district schools. Remaining at home until he was twenty-one years of age, he then began farming on his own account. He was married in 1874 to Addie S. Wells, a native of the town of Eaton, and a daughter of Joshua and Lydia Wells, the former of whom was born in the town of Nelson, December 18, 1811, has followed farming all his life, and now resides in West Eaton. He and his wife had a family of four children, namely: Albina, widow of Orlando Farmer, and living in West Eaton; Louisa, who married Sylvester Northrop, and is now deceased; Amelia, wife of Ezra Bennett, and living in the town of Eaton; and Addie S., Mrs. Leach. Mrs. Wells died in 1878, having lived a life of usefulness, and having always manifested true womanly patience and heroism.
Mr. Leach removed to the farm upon which he now lives in 1882. It contains one hundred and eighteen acres, upon which he carries on general farming. He keeps a dairy of about twenty cows, of fine grades, though not thoroughbreds, and is a progressive and leading young farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Leach have two children: Clarence W., born January 11, 1886; and Hazel, December 26, 1888. In politics Mr. Leach is a Republican. Socially, he is a member of Eaton Lodge, No. 356, A. O. U. W., and also of Glen Bay Lodge, No. 312, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His standing in his party and in his fraternity is high, and both he and his wife are among the excellent people of their town and community.
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