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The Leece family in our tree originated in Lancashire. Possibly the family name comes from the village of Leece, near Barrow in Furness.
At the top of our Leece tree is John Leece who died in 1769 at Upper Scathwaite, near Ulverston. He married Ann Towers at Ulverston in 1701, and they had six children.
Their eldest son John married Margaret Borrow at Urswick in 1725, and John and Margaret’s son Thomas married Agnes Taylor at Cartmel in 1770.
Thomas was a yeoman, when he died at Colton in 1819, he left property to his son John and shares of money to his children Thomas, Isaac, Margaret and William. William’s share was tied up so that he was not able to access the capital. This son William married Catherine Walker at Colton in 1794 and they had three children, Jane, William and Thomas, at Colton.
William and Catherine’s son William married and had a family at Colton, where he was an innkeeper and blacksmith. We have managed to follow many of them through census records.
Thomas, William’s brother, married Jane Penny at Colton in 1836, they had a family of ten children at Colton, where Thomas worked as a sawyer at the Blackbeck gunpowder works. He was killed in an explosion at the works in 1868.
Thomas and Jane’s son John, born in 1844, married Mary Jane Kennedy at Liverpool in 1868. John worked as a gardener, innkeeper and iron ore miner in West Cumberland, five of their seven children were born at the Golden Fleece in Calderbridge.
All three of John and Mary Jane’s daughters married and emigrated to Canada.
One son, Matthias, married and had a large family at Bootle.
Another son, William, married Hannah Tyson at Bootle in 1902. William was a rabbit catcher and gardener. William and Hannah lived to an old age, I am fortunate to be able to remember them well as great grandparents.

Descendants of John Leece

1 John Leece 1680 - 1769
.... +Ann Towers 1682
.... 2 John Leece 1702 - 1767
.......... +Margaret Borrow 1702 - 1782
.......... 3 William Leece 1725 - 1810
................ +Margaret Fell
.......... 3 Joseph Leece 1728
................ +Mary Satterthwaite
.......... 3 Ann Leece 1732
.......... 3 Isaac Leece 1735
.......... 3 John Leece 1737 - 1737
.......... 3 Mary Leece 1737
................ +Roger Richardson
.......... 3 Thomas Leece 1741 - 1819
................ +Agnes Taylor 1749 - 1805
................. 4 John Leece 1772 - 1838
................. 4 William Leece 1773 - 1847
....................... +Catherine Walker 1770 - 1847
....................... 5 Jane Leece 1800
....................... 5 William Leece 1807 - 1871
............................. +Elizabeth Watson 1807 - 1866
............................. 6 Joseph Leece 1831
............................. 6 Mary Leece 1833 - 1873
................................... +Thomas Eglin 1823 - 1886
............................. 6 William Sawrey Leece 1835 - 1912
............................. 6 John Leece 1838 - 1914
............................. 6 Elizabeth Leece 1840
............................. 6 Ann Leece 1844
............................. 6 Watson Leece 1844 - 1854
............................. 6 Catherine Isabella Leece 1845 - 1881
................................... +James Cowie 1847
....................... 5 Thomas Leece 1809 - 1868
............................. +Jane Penny 1815
............................. 6 William Penny Leece 1837 - 1881
............................. 6 James Leece 1839 - 1858
............................. 6 Thomas Leece 1841
............................. 6 John Leece 1844 - 1924
................................... +Mary Jane Kennedy 1845 - 1936
.................................... 7 Annie Leece 1868 - 1945
.......................................... +John Williamson 1863
.................................... 7 Lumley Leece 1870 - 1966
.................................... 7 Thomas Kennedy Leece 1873 - 1963
.................................... 7 Sarah Jane Leece 1874 - 1975
.......................................... +Joseph Henry Moore - 1943
.................................... 7 William Leece 1876 - 1966
.......................................... +Hannah Tyson September - 1967
.......................................... 8 William Tyson Leece 1903 - 1931
.......................................... 8 Mary Leece 1904 - 2002
................................................ +John Andrew Armstrong 1898 - 1984
................................................. 9 Margaret Armstrong 1931 - 2015
....................................................... +Henry Elliot
....................................................... 10 Deidre Gleda Elliot
............................................................. +Kevin Armstrong
....................................................... 10 Catherine Elliot
............................................................. +Craig Bourget
............................................................. 11 Ava Jane Bourget
............................................................. 11 Ruby Mary Bourget
................................................. 9 John Alastair Armstrong 1932 - 1974
...................................................... +Elizabeth Anne Threlfell 1935-2014
....................................................... 10 Jane Elizabeth Armstrong
............................................................. +William John Holmes
............................................................. 11 Alan William Holmes
................................................................... +Vicki Hodgson
.................................................................... 12 Matthew Alan Holmes
.......................................................... 11 Sarah Jane Armstrong Holmes
............................................................. 11 John Andrew Holmes
................................................................... +Leanne Marie Davis
.................................................................... 12 John William Holmes
....................................................... 10 Anne Gillian Armstrong
............................................................. +Philip Robinson
............................................................. 11 Jessica Alice Robinson
............................................................. 11 Eden Jane Robinson
....................................................... 10 Richard Andrew Armstrong
............................................................. +Emma Raine
............................................................. 11 Robert James Armstrong
................................................................... +Charlotte Marinos
............................................................. 11 David William Armstrong
.................................................*2nd Wife of Richard Andrew Armstrong:
............................................................. +Alison Barber
....................................................... 10 Sarah Margaret Armstrong
............................................................. +Robert Calder Fenwick
............................................................. 11 Alastair William Fenwick
............................................................. 11 Stuart Calder Fenwick
................................................. 9 Richard Hubert Armstrong
................................................. 9 Helen Mary Armstrong
....................................................... +Edward Woodall
....................................................... 10 Jennifer Woodall
............................................................. +Stephen William Knowles
............................................................. 11 Sarah Knowles
............................................................. 11 Andrew Knowles
....................................................... 10 Alison Woodall
............................................................. +David Buchanan
............................................................. 11 Mark Buchanan
............................................................. 11 Catherine Buchanan
....................................................... 10 Edward John Woodall
............................................................. +Julie E Lowery
....................................................... *2nd Wife of Edward John Woodall:
............................................................. +Amie Bucknall
............................................................. 11 William Edward Woodall
............................................................. 11 Millie Woodall
................................................. 9 Anne Barbara Armstrong
.......................................... 8 John Stephenson Leece 1906 - 1933
.................................... 7 Matthias Leece 1878 - 1965
.......................................... +Jane Poole 1887 - 1964
.......................................... 8 Molly Leece 1909 - 1991
................................................ +Wilfrid Bewley
.......................................... 8 Lizzie Leece 1911
................................................ +William Tyson
.......................................... 8 Jessie Leece 1913 - 1991
................................................ +Reginald Mole
.......................................... 8 William Henry Leece 1915
................................................ +Mary Fisher
.......................................... 8 Dorothy Leece
................................................ +Harold Clarke
.......................................... 8 Hilda Leece 1919 - 1977
................................................ +Leslie Cunnington
.......................................... 8 Jean Leece
................................................ +Joseph Atkinson
.......................................... 8 James Leece
................................................ +Joan K Miller
.......................................... 8 John Leece
.......................................... 8 Arthur Edward Leece 1927 - 1982
................................................ +Doris Southward
.......................................... 8 Richard Dennis Leece 1930 - 1988
................................................ +Barbara Barrow
.................................... 7 Jessie Leece 1880 - 1952
.......................................... +Thomas Matthew Gault
............................. 6 Alice Leece 1847
................................... +Joseph Wilson 1844
............................. 6 Moses Leece 1848 - 1853
............................. 6 Agnes Leece 1851 - 1852
............................. 6 Matthias Leece 1853 - 1876
............................. 6 Margaret Agnes Leece 1857
............................. 6 Joseph Leece 1859
................. 4 Margaret Leece 1775 - 1841
....................... +Matthias Forrest - 1838
................. 4 Isaac Leece 1776 - 1849
................. 4 Joseph Leece 1778 - 1805
................. 4 Thomas Leece 1784
.......... 3 Benjamin Leece 1744 - 1745
.... 2 Thomas Leece 1704
.... 2 Richard Leece 1707 - 1707
.... 2 Isaac Leece 1712 - 1768
.... 2 Anne Leece 1713
.......... +William Atkinson
.... 2 William Leece 1716 - 1792

 

© J Holmes January 2016