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JOSEPH W. LEECH (LEACH), Cpl., Company "A"

Descendants of Joseph W. Leach


Transcribed by Laurie Birks Dean.


To all whom it may concern.
Know ye, that Joseph W. Leach a Corporal of Captain W. L. Roberts Company, "A" 12th Regiment of West Va. Infantry Volunteers who was enrolled on the twelfth day of August one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two to serve three years or during the war, is hereby DISCHARGED from the service of the United States, this 16th day of June, 1865, at Richmond, Virginia by reason of Gen'l order of War Dept. dated May 29, 1865.
     Said Corporal Joseph W. Leach was born in Marshall County in the State of Virginia, is twenty-six years of age, five feet ten inches high, dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a farmer.
     Given at Richmond, Va. this 16th day of June 1865.
J. Horton, 2nd Lieut. 34th Mass. Vols. and
A. C. M Ind. Div. 24th

W. L. Roberts
Capt. Comdg. Co.

Adjutant General's Office
Washington, D. C., June 5, 1877.

     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 235, 324, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
     It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office that Joseph W. Leech was enrolled on the 12th day of August, 1862, at Moundsville, Va., in Co. "A", 12th Regiment of W. Va. Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war, and mustered into service as a Corporal on the 16th day of August, 1862, at Wheeling, Va., in Co. "A", 12th Regiment of W. Va. Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Rolls of Co. "A", of that Regiment, to June 30, 1864, he is reported present, without remark as to disability. July and August 1864, absent at Cumberland Hosp. since July 10, '64, sick. Sept. and Oct. '64, present. So reported to April 30, '65. He was Honorably mustered out with the Co. as a Corp. June 16 '65.

I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
G. N. Benjamin
Assistant Adjutant General.

Certificate of Examination By Citizen Surgeons

State of West Virginia, County of Marshall, SS:
     The subscribers, practicing physicians or surgeons in the town of Moundsville do hereby certify that we have carefully examined Joseph W. Leech, who states that he is to be paid an invalid pension at the agency in Knoxville, in the State of Tennessee.

Age, 43; height, 5. 9 1/2; weight, 80; pulse, 88; respiration, 25;

We found him in a very feeble condition confined to his room and most of the time to his bed. The condition of his pulse has been rather unusual all through his tedious disease being unusually slow his disease we think is Phthisis Pulmoralis. He is very much emaciated also has Laryingitis preventing him from taking proper nourishment and that his present disability for obtaining subsistence by manual labor mounts to total disability.

Dated at Moundsville, 19th day of December, 1877

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall, SS:

     I D. L. Logan a resident undertaker of the Town of Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia, aged 42 years, do hereby certify upon oath, that I furnished the coffin for the burial of the body of Joseph W. Leach and buried him as appears from my books Feb. 1st, 1878, and my recollection is that he died Jan. 30th, 1878, and that I have no interest whatever in the prosecution of this claim.

D. L. Logan
P. O. Address Moundsville,
West Virginia

Sworn to and subscribed to me this 8th day of February, 1879................

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall, SS:

     Also personally appeared Mary Leach, who being by me duly sworn according to law, says that she is 83 years of age and has lived neighbors to Joseph W. Leach & family for 21 years and known that Ida V., Wm. A., Lemuel H. and Della M. Leach are all the children of Joseph W. Leach dec'd who were under 16 years of age at their father's death and that she has no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Mary (X) Leach
P. O. Address: Limestone, Marshall County, WVa.

Ida V. Leach
Lydia F. Davis
(Two witnesses)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of February, 1879.............

Marshall County Court,
Moundsville, West Va., June 19th, 1879

I, Thomas Finn, Clerk of the County Clerk of the County and State aforesaid do hereby certify that Joseph W. Leach and Phebe H. Jones were united in marriage on the 24th day of June 1858 by the Rev. Samuel R. Dawson, a minister of the Gospel, duly authorized to celebrate marriages. As appears from the Record of Marriages in my office. Given under my hand & the Seal of said County Court at my office in Moundsville the day & year first above written.
Thos. Finn

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall, SS:

     We Franklin H. Jones and Ruben Zink aged respectively 28 years and 68 years, residents at the Moundsville, West Virginia Post Office, do hereby certify upon oath that we have known Mrs. Phoebe H. Leach mainden name Jones from her girlhood, know that she is and has remained the widow of Joseph W. Leach late private Co. A 12th Reg. West Va. Inft. Vols. and who was pensioned the pension certificate coming after his death No. as we are informed 157, 361, and we know her to be the identical person she represents herself to be and that we have no interest whatever in the prosecution of this claim.

Franklin H. Jones
Reuben Zink

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of June, 1879.................

Widow's Pension
(Original with Increase)


Phebe H. Leach, widow of Joseph W. Leach
Rank, Corporal
Company, "A"
Regiment, 12th West Va. Vols.

Residence of claimant, Marshall County, and State of West Va.
Post Office, Limestone
Attorney, John W. P. Reid, Moundsville, Marshall Co., West Va.
Rate of pension, $8 per month commencing Jany. 31st, 1878 the day after soldier's death, and two dollars per month additional for each child, as follows:

Ida V. born March 19, 1862; sixteen, March 18, 1878
William A. born July 22, 1866; sixteen, July 21, 1882
Lemuel H. born April 9, 1869; sixteen, April 8, 1885
Della M. born July 6, 1874; sixteen, July 5, 1890

Dates Shown By Papers
Enlistment, Aug. 12, 1862.      Rigt accrued, Jany. 30, 1878. Muster into pensionable rank, Aug. 16, 1862.      Claim completed, Nov. 3, 1879. Discharge, June 15, 1865.     Former marriage of soldier, none. Death, Jany. 30, 1878.     Death of former wife, ---. Invalid app. filed, May 3, 1877.     Claimant's marriage to soldier, Jany. 24, 1858. Invalid last paid to (see over)
Widow's app. filed, April 5, 1879.

Cause of Death, Disease of Lungs.     Place of Death, Limestone, West Va.

State of West Virginia
County of Marshall, SS:

     I Phoebe H. Leach, widow of Joseph W. Leach, late from Co. A 12th Reg. WVa. Vols. Inft. and applicant for pension No. 243,567, do hereby certify upon oath that the record here produced is the Family Record of the births of all the children of my said deceased husband, and is as follows:

Mary J. Leach, born, May 15th, 1860
Ida V. Leach, born, March 19th, 1862
William A. Leach, born, July 22nd, 1866
Lemuel H. Leach, born, April 9th, 1869
Della M. Leach, born, july 6th, 1874

Pheb H. Lech

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17th day of February, 1880, and I further certify that I have carefully compared the dates given in the foregoing affidavit of Phoebe H. Leach with the Family Record produced before me and find that the above copy is true and correct; that the affiant is known to me to be respectably and entitled to credit and that I have no interest whatever in this claim for pension.

G. W. Evans, J. P.