The Leece Family

Catherine I. (Leece) Benston

Birth: June 1870, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: John Leece

Mother: Mary (Sweeney) Leece

Married: James F. Benston on 4 March 1891, in Wiota township, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States. Catherine's brother, Samuel Leece, later married James's sister, Susan Benston.

Children:
Census:
1880: Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1900: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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John Leece

Birth: July 1824, on the Isle of Man

Mother: Elizabeth _____

Married: Mary Sweeney

Children:
Occupation: Farmer

Census:
1880: Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1900: Wiota town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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Marie Lenore (Leece) Fuller

Birth: 13 August 1902, in Fonda, Pocohontas county, Iowa, United States

Father: Samuel Edgar Leece

Mother: Susan Loretta (Benston) Leece

Married: Orrin Ashby Fuller on 18 July 1922, in Twin Falls, Twin Falls county, Idaho, United States. Orrin was born on 21 August 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Orrin Thomas Fuller and Jennie M. Millard. He died on 11 November 1976, in Twin Falls, Idaho, and was buried in Twin Falls cemetery on 15 November 1976. Orrin was an optician.
1900: 2547 National, Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania

Death: 20 January 1998, in Twin Falls, Twin Falls county, Idaho, United States

Burial: 26 January 1998 in Twin Falls cemetery, Twin Falls, Idaho, United States

Census:
1920: Hollister, Twin Falls county, Idaho
1930: Twin Falls, Twin Falls county, Idaho

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Mary L. Leece

Birth: July 1898, in Iowa, United States

Father: Samuel Edgar Leece

Mother: Susan Loretta (Benston) Leece

Notes: Possibly the same person as Marie Lenore Leece. However, Mary appears in the 1900 census, and Marie is shown in the U.S. Social Security Death Index as born on 13 August 1902 - a four year difference. So I have chosen to represent the situation as two different daughters. If this is the case, quite likely Mary died young - after the 1900 census and before the birth of Marie who would have been named for her.

Census:
1900: Fonda, Cedar township, Pocohontas county, Iowa

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Samuel Edgar Leece

Birth: 30 September 1864, in Argyle, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States

Father: John Leece

Mother: Mary (Sweeney) Leece

Married: Susan Loretta Benston on 4 December 1895, in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States. Samuel's sister, Catherine, had earlier married Susan's brother, James Benston.

Children:
Occupation: Dentist (also listed as a farm labourer in 1880). Samuel graduated from the Chicago College of Dental Surgeons on 30 April 1894. He served as mayor of Fonda, Iowa, in 1900 and 1901.

Death: 13 March 1932, in Twin Falls, Twin Falls county, Idaho, United States

Burial: 15 March 1932 in Twin Falls cemetery, Twin Falls, Twin Falls county, Idaho, United States

Notes:
Entry for Samuel in The Pioneer History of Pocohontas County Iowa
SAMUEL EDGAR LEECE (b. 1863) dentist, Fonda, is a son of John and Mary (Sweeney) Leece. He is a native of La Fayette county, Wis., where he grew to manhood, received his early education and began the practice of his profession. After taking a commercial course in the normal school at Valparaiso, Ind, he entered the Chicago Dental College and graduated from it in 1894. In 1895, he married Susie L. Benston of LaFayette, Wis. and located in Fonda, where he has since been engaged in the practice of dental surgery. He performs all dental operations without pain to his patients and has attained a high degree of skill as a workman. He has seved as mayor of Fonda two years, 1900 and 1901. He has one daughter, Marie.

Census:
1880: Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1900: Fonda, Cedar township, Pocohontas county, Iowa
1910: Cedar township, Pocohontas county, Iowa
1920: Hollister, Twin Falls county, Idaho
1930: Twin Falls, Twin Falls county, Idaho

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