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MELVILLE & LEICHNER in Grand Rapids, MI / Scotland
Posted by: Phyllis Scott (ID *****4646) Date: October 12, 2009 at 12:47:24
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I am trying to figure out the relationship of the Melvilles and the Leichners. This Leichner family is listed in the 1880 Census for Grand Rapids, MI. There is a Mennie Melville listed as a married daughter living with them.

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
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William LEICHNER Self M Male W 40 PRUSSIA Saloon Keeper PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
Margret LEICHNER Wife M Female W 47 PRUSSIA Keeping House PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
Louise LEICHNER Dau S Female W 16 NY Dressmaker PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
Emma LEICHNER Dau S Female W 15 NY At School PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
Bertha LEICHNER Dau S Female W 13 NY At School PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
William LEICHNER Son S Male W 12 NY At School PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
Eddie LEICHNER Son S Male W 10 IN At School PRUSSIA PRUSSIA (Enlargement of heart)
Elizabeth LEICHNER Dau S Female W 8 IN At School PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
George LEICHNER Son S Male W 6 IN At School PRUSSIA PRUSSIA
Mennie MELVILLE Dau M Female W 22 NY Help In House NY NY
Bridget KELLEY Other Female W 35 IRE Servant --- ---

In the 1900 Census for Grand Rapids, MI, this family is listed showing Margaret Leichner (Wife above) living with her married daughter Bertha Leichner Elston. Also in the household is 26 yr old Anna Melville (born in MI, father born in Scotland, mother born in Iowa) listed as a niece:

Elston, Frank, Head, W M Oct 1864, 35, Md 3 yrs, MI MI MI, Supt -Transfer Co., Literate, Rents house
Elston, Bertha C., Wife W F July 1867, 32 Md 3 yrs, no children, NY Ger Ger Literate
Leichner, Margaret, Mother-in-law W F Nov 1830, 69, Md., 13 children 7 living, Ger Ger Ger Immigrated 1848 (52yrs) Literate
Leichner, Louise, Sis-in-law W F June 1865, 34 Single, NY Ger Ger, Laundress, Literate
Leichner, George, Bro-in-law W M Jan 1874, 26 Single, IN Ger Ger, Salesman - Grocery, Literate
MELVILLE, Anna, Neice W F Mar 1874, 26 Single, MI Scotland Iowa, Literate

I found this regarding Anna Melville:

1. Anna B MELVILLE was born 2 MAY 1874 in Grand Rapids, Kent, MI. She was the daughter of 2. John L MELVILLE and 3. Jane Elizabeth FLEMING.
2. John L MELVILLE was born ABT 1850 in Scotland.
3. Jane Elizabeth FLEMING was born ABT APR 1853 in CAN, and died 28 JUL 1876 in Grand Rapids, Kent, MI. She was the daughter of 6. Louis Raphael FLEMING and 7. Ellen FARR.

Perhaps the connection is through a first marriage of Margaret (maiden name unknown) Leichner.

Can anyone shed light on this relationship?


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