Descendants of Abraham LeSueur, the Huguenot, and Allied Families of North America (with spelling variations)
AVAILABLE ON CD JUST IN TIME TO BE A UNIQUE CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
I proclaim this version of the book as complete as I can make it at this time. Notice I did not say "as accurate," because there are still too many gaps, truncated family lines and questionable spouse and/or children assignments to make any unrealistic claims as to accuracy. I have, however, used as much direct research from individuals searching their personal lines of descent as I could and have tried to be as logical as possible and avoid records of people marrying before they were born or having children after they died.
It's been almost 4 years since I started this little project. I started with entering Thelma Leasure Marshall's first edition, word for word into my computer. Her book (published in 1991 and immediately out of print), of course, was a typewritten manuscript and contained approximately 6,000 individuals. It was also done in the days before the internet and was a remarkable work simply because of the antediluvian methods available to genealogical researchers at that time. In case you are wondering about my credentials to investigate this family, my husband’s mother, Sarah (Leasure) Kerns stimulated my interest in her family by sharing many stories and anecdotes over the years. Mom is now 91 years old and lives in a big two-story house all by herself. She is truly a remarkable woman. Fortunately, her two daughters live in the same area. They check in on her every day, drive her wherever she needs to go or just run errands, help with the housework, and lots of other chores that allow her to maintain her independence. I have been conducting genealogical research on my own families since I first met Thelma Leasure Marshall in the early 1970s.
This edition contains approximately 24,000 individuals--four times the number Thelma was able to deal with. One of its best features is a photo gallery where I copied as many of Thelma’s illustrations as I thought feasible (many were too faded or too dark to copy again) and included photos shared by other researchers. I was contacted directly by people researching a particular line of descent, many of whom graciously sent me their work (sometimes covering decades of research) and cherished photographs to include, or I was able to identify individuals posted to family trees at various genealogical sites on the WWW, and place them in the appropriate family lines. The advent of the Internet is truly a miracle for researchers and made my efforts much more efficient and effective than those that Thelma had access to. The “Web” has literally revolutionized the field of genealogical research. There are, however, still so many gaps, dead-end lines (pardon the pun), and mistaken assignments of individuals, that it is easy to see the job will essentially never be complete in the foreseeable future. All I ask is, if your family is not included or is in some way not reported correctly, that you contact me with information you absolutely know to be accurate, and I will update my database accordingly. Updates will be posted periodically to the U.S. GenWeb Leasure message board and the World Family Tree at RootsWeb.com. Hopefully, whoever picks up the torch for a 3rd edition will have even more complete, accurate information to include. I believe you will find Appendix D—an e-mail address list of the various family researchers with whom I have been in direct contact or whose work I have excerpted from the World FamilyTree—to be a valuable resource.
Be that as it may, the CD is done, the manuscript has been sent for Copyright, and I'm hoping to get as many orders out as soon as possible so you can have them in time for Christmas. I think this will be a truly unique, extremely personal gift that will show your interest and caring for your family members, especially the coming generations. It will promote a sense of history and belonging like nothing else can.
This book, like Thelma's, is concerned with the Abraham LeSueur family believed to have immigrated from Switzerland to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s. There were other LeSueurs who immigrated to North America through Canada or the Carolina colony, but to date no direct connections have been found between those families and the one that eventually settled in Westmoreland County, PA. If you are wondering whether or not your ancestors are included—if your family has stories about grandparents or their grandparents who came from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, or (West) Virginia, you can be assured that this is indeed your Leasure heritage. From there they spread west and south until there are now descendants living in virtually every state in the union. From Pennsylvania, a major early migratory route extended through Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and on to Oregon Territory, Washington, Montana and California. Secondary routes swung north into the Dakota territories and south into Nebraska, Kansas, Indian Territory, Texas, the southwest, and Colorado. Some branches of the family are known to have resettled in Arkansas and Tennessee even though most of the Leasures in the southeast are thought to belong to the families who originally immigrated through Carolina.
There are the usual doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs, tinkers, tailors, soldiers and spies, most of whom (like us today) led ordinary lives and reared ordinary children. There are also tales of jealousy, rivalry, murder, other tragedies and a few of truly remarkable individuals. For example, did you know that the movie star, Joan Crawford's, real name was Joan LeSueur? Her father was a career military officer and she was raised on various Army bases in the south and southwest, including Fort Sill, OK. Her line of descent is one of those we have not been able to prove is connected to the Pennsylvania families, but a potential connection may still be found. She's not the only movie star in the family, either. We know for sure that a 50s "bad-boy" movie idol from Indiana is definitely a descendant of our Westmoreland County Leasures! No, I'm not going to tell you who it is. You will have to find him in the book! Another rather notorious connection is a Leasure descendant married to a man named Larry Flynt. Remember that name? He was the founder and publisher of Hustler magazine. There are also other famous names connected at various points along the way—Gerber, Hershey, Studebaker, Remington and more.
To read the CD you will need Adobe Acrobat 7.0, a free download available at www.adobe.com. You will also be able to print out a hard copy of the manuscript if you wish, but be prepared with plenty of paper, ink and time. It is more than 1,000 pages long!
It’s also more economic than Thelma’s book. The 1st edition cost $65 in 1991. The price for the CD is $50.00 and savings accrue with orders of multiple copies: $70.00 for two, $85.00 for three or $100.00 for four disks. Give a gift like no other to your children and grandchildren, for $25.00 per family! When you order, please remember to consider your relatives who no longer carry the Leasure surname. At this time, I have no way of accepting credit card orders, so please send a money order or cashier's check to:
1512 East Lakewood Drive
Holladay, UT 84117
And please be sure to include your name and the address(es) to which you wish the disk(s) shipped. Shipping is included in the prices listed above. I have been having trouble updating my PayPal account, so I ask that you give me some time to get it straightened out before you use this method of payment. I hope to have it up and running again before Thanksgiving.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call:801-943-7155. (I apologize, but I do not have an 800 number.)
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