Generation 1


Generation 2


Generation 3


Generation 4


Generation 5


Generation 6


Generation 7


Generation 8


Generation 9


Generation 10


Generation 11


Generation 12


Generation 13


Generation 14


Generation 15


Generation 16


Generation 17


Generations 18+





Family Genealogy



This genealogy was prepared by Russell Leach (Generation 3, #3) during the 1950s -1970s and by Susan Leach Snyder (Generation 2, #2) beginning in 2000. Unlike other genealogies that begin by labelling the earliest known generation as #1, I have chosen to label the youngest living generation (as of 2008) as #1. Their parents are Generation #2, etc. Information for Generations 1-3 is based on family interviews, letters, news articles, and visits to cemeteries. Unfortunately, because of the threat of identity theft, this information is not being posted on this website. Beginning with Generation 4, all black-typed information is based on details collected by Russell Leach or facts confirmed from newspaper articles, letters, and scrapbook materials . Beginning with Generation 5, most black- typed information is Russell’s original work, red typed information was obtained by Susan using internet sources ( and LDS web sites) and it needs to be confirmed. Information in blue, green, orange, pink, purple, and gray has been obtained by Susan from obituary information, census records, marriage records, historic newspapers, correspondence with other relatives who are researching, published family ancestry books, history books, county records, genealogical society publications, visits to cemeteries, and land grant records. The sources are documented.

More about the process...

The numbering system for people listed in this genealogical study was invented by Russell. He independently came up with that system without knowing that a similar numbering system is used by many genealogists. In that other system, called the Ahnentafel (Eytzinger Method, Sosa Method, and Sosa-Stradoniz Method), the number of a person's father is the double of their own number, and the number of a person's mother is double their own, plus one. In Russell's numbering system, the number of a person's mother is the double of their own number, and the number of a person's father is double their own, minus one.

It is the intent of this study to find out as much as possible about each person, with a focus on each person's personality. Research has been done on relationships, occupations, avocations, religions, politics, geographic locations at different stages in life, and the details of everyday life. This study has become an obsession, fueled by curiosity and the thrill of adventure. The adventure has included surfing the net, spending time looking at old documents, scanning microfilm, interviewing relatives, and tromping through overgrown cemeteries. Genealogy is truly an activity that allows one to become a history detective.

During the process of posting this website, there have been many e-mails received by this webmaster from strangers who "googled" the names of persons for whom they were searching. Via e-mail, snail mail, and phone conversations, information has been exchanged. One particularly interesting contact was made by a 5th cousin in the Leach family, Scott Fisher. Scott is the "Radio Roots Sleuth" on his radio program titled, "Extreme Genes. Scott and this webmaster have been in contact with one another since 2012. By clicking on the icon at left, you will see his "Extreme Genes Newsletter", hear a podcast interview Scott had with this webmaster for his September 5, 2016 program, be able to read a transcript of same, and subscribe to his weekly newsletter.

In another interview by another distant cousin, Jeff Keifling who found out about this website, a 28-minute podcast was created as a Genealogy Showcase. It is titled, "1-Carry on Father's Work - Susan Leach Snyder." The site is can be accessed by clicking on the graphic at left.


How to use this site...

By clicking on a particular generation in the left menu, you will get a directory of the generation and be able to access all researched ancestors.


You can click on the sites listed below.


History of the Leach and Sharpe Names and Heraldry

Alphabetical Listing of Ancestors

Ohio Cemeteries

North Carolina Cemeteries


This website is dedicated to the memory of

Russell Leach



A Comment from the webmaster:
Each of us is here for a limited amount of time. What we do with our lives does make a difference and people will remember us based on our actions. The poem below was read at my father's funeral and it has special meaning for me.




I read of a woman who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
She referred to the dates on his tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

She noted that first came his date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears, (1922-2002)
But she said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That he spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved him
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars... the house... the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile...
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
With your life’s actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how your spent your dash?

Author: 1996 Linda Ellis (Note: As reflected in blue above, this webmaster altered Linda Ellis' original poem for Russell Leach's funeral .)

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