I have a question on your comment "Obviously the two lines are very unrelated so it is important for any 'newbie' to first determine his 'surname nationality' before searching for his ancestors." I agree thses are two different lines. However, I believe they all decended from a common ancestor. I am aware the english Leeson family that came to MA in the early 1600s from Sulgrave, England. My family came from Co. Tipperary during the famine and settled in Scranton, Pa. While doing research in Scranton I have found Gleasons in the same neighborhood who share the same last name and common first names. However, they come from the two different branches you describe. Also if you look into the decendants of the original Thomas (Leeson) Gleason many have various spellings of thier names, glezen, glasan, etc. I feel the answer to the spelling of the surname has to be traced to the anglicanized version of the name. The original name was spelled in Glalic - O Glasain. This is a close as I can get to the original irish with the character and symbols available on a modern keyboard.
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