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I am looking for information on graves in section 360 in the Oakwood
Cemetery, Independence, Iowa. I believe there are graves for John Leslie, a
civil war veteran who died August 23, 1868; George B. Leslie, son of Samuel
& Clara O. Leslie, & Clara O. Leslie. I do not know if there is a grave
there for Samuel Leslie.
I would like to know any dates available for George, B, Clara O. and if
Samuel is there, the dates on him. I have found a record of a marriage
between Samuel Leslie and Clara E. Brooks in Summit County OH, May 2, 1853.
This is where my Samuel grew up. I am wondering if perhaps the Samuel that
married Clara is a cousin, an uncle or himself! Also did more than one
Samuel marry a Clara in that time period? The middle initials do not agree.
I also have a record of a marriage between Samuel Leslie and Sophia M.
Pierce, daughter of Marinus& Mary Pierce formerly of Ashtabula County, Ohio;
who died Nov. 27, 1859 in Summit County, Ohio. Their marriage took place in
Buchanan County, Iowa According to a news article when Sophia died, it
said she died of consumption at the home of her brother in law, James Leslie
and an infant survived her. I also cannot find this infant. Marinus
Pierce and Polly (Hotchkiss) Pierce are buried in lot 656 of Oakwood
Cemetery. Did they bury Sophia in this plot?
There are two small Leslie girls buried in section 580, which is the
Pearsall plot, their grandparents. Their names are Clara Golden Leslie and
Mary Loavina Leslie. They are the daughters of Samuel Leslie and Lucia
Augusta Pearsall Leslie. My questions concern whether this is the same
Samuel Leslie. Samuel Leslie and Lucia Augusta Pearsall Leslie are my great
grandparents. They were married in Buchanan County, January 6, 1864. They
are buried near Spencer, Boyd County, Nebraska. Samuel worked for the
railroad when they were living in Independence. They left the Independence
area sometime between the death of Mary Loavina, April 8, 1880 and the birth
of a daughter Jenny Bell on October 10, 1883.
There is also a plot, 345, owned by C.S. Leslie. What graves are there, and
what information is available on them?
Were records kept at the courthouse on births and burials from this time
period, or are the cemetery records held by the cemetery owners, or is the
genealogical society the holder of these records? As you can tell, I am
confused about this family and would like any information available.
Are there any Leslie descendents living in the Buchanan County, Iowa area?
I have looked for telephone numbers of Leslies in that area and can find
none, but there may be some from a female ancestor.
Lorraine Leslie Besmer