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John Frank Leslie
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Birth: Aug. 28, 1860
Clark County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 1943
Reno County
Kansas, USA

John Frank Leslie was the son of Alexander Leslie and Elizabeth Priscilla (Carman) Butts.

He married Mary Agnes Geist on 14 May 1882 in Sterling, Rice Co., KS.

Frank died in Walnut Twp., Reno Co., KS and was buried 8 Aug 1943.


Biography, Sheridan Ploughe, 1917, "History of Reno County, Kansas: Its People, Industries and Institutions", (B. F. Bowen and Company, Inc., Indianapolis), pp: 628-630


John Frank Leslie, a well-known and progressive farmer and rancher of Walnut township, this county, owner of eight hundred and eighty acres of land in that township and an active participant in the general enterprises of that community, is a native of Missouri, having been born in Clark county, that state, August 28, 1860, son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Carman) Leslie, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Kentucky, who later became pioneers of Walnut township, this county, where their last days were spent.

Alexander Leslie was born in Montgomery county, New York, December 19, 1804, son of an Irish emigrant, who had come to this country with his three brothers and who married in New York state and there spent the remainder of his life. Alexander Leslie grew up in that state and as a boy worked on the Erie canal. He then came West and at Fairfield, Iowa, married Elizabeth Carman, whose father, Joseph Carman, a native of Kentucky, who had moved with his family to Iowa, later moved to Missouri, becoming a considerable landowner in Clark county, that state, where he spent his last days. Alexander Leslie established his home in Clark county, Missouri, and was living there when the Civil War broke out. For five months he served as a teamster in the Union army, but was unable to continue in service on account of ill health. Not long after land in Reno county was opened to settlement he came here with his family from Missouri and homesteaded the east half of section 30, in Walnut township, at the same time taking a pre-emption to a timber claim and was becoming well estab-

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lished on his homestead when his death occurred on July 1, 1878. His widow kept the family together, continued the management of the homestead and survived for many years, her death not occurring until May 17, 1913. She was the mother of eight children: Martha (deceased), Sarah, Louise, Lucy (deceased), J. F., J. H., C. E. and G. M. Alexander Leslie was a Republican and he and his wife were members of the Methodist church, in which faith their children were reared.

John F. Leslie received his schooling in the schools of his native county in Missouri and was a well-grown boy when his parents came to this county and settled in Walnut township. He proved a valuable aid to his widowed mother in the labors of developing the homestead farm and early became recognized as an energetic and progressive farmer. He married in the spring of 1882, and in 1887 bought the place on which he is now living, a fine tract of four hundred and eighty acres, well improved and profitably cultivated. In addition to his home farm, Mr. Leslie is the owner of four hundred acres elsewhere in Walnut township and is regarded as one of the most substantial farmers and stockmen in that township. His present commodious and comfortable home was built in 1908; the modern barn in 1912 and the silo was erected in 1915.

It was on May 14, 1882, that John F. Leslie was united in marriage to Mary Agnes Geist, who was born in Pennsylvania, November 4, 1865, daughter of William and Mary (Snyder) Geist, who left their farm in the Keystone state in 1878 and came to Kansas, settling in Reno county. William Geist homesteaded a quarter of a section of land in Walnut township and there established his home, becoming an influential pioneer of that section. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served for four years as a member of a Pennsylvania regiment in the Union army, and took a prominent part in civic affairs in the early days of this community. He and his wife were members of the Evangelical church in Pennsylvania, but upon coming to this county became affiliated with the United Brethren church and were active in all good works. To them nine children were born, of whom Mrs. Leslie was the fourth in order of birth, the others being Franklin, Emma, Edward, William (deceased), Charles, Anna, Nellie and Harvey.

To John F. and Mary Agnes (Geist) Leslie six children were born, as follow: Pearl, born on July 22, 1883; Frank, July 22, 1885; Ethel, April 14, 1892; Verna, January 1, 1894; Eston, April 3, 1899, and Zella, October 17, 1901. Pearl Leslie, completed her schooling in Cooper College and the remainder of the children in the county high school at Nickerson. The mother of these children died on Noyember 12, 1915. Pearl, the eldest daugh-

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ter, married J. S. Zimmerman, of Medford township, this county, and has four children; Ethel married Lewis W. Dietz, of that same township, and Verna married Olin Bramley, of Huntsville. Mr. Leslie is a thirty-second degree Mason and a noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and his son, Frank, is a Knight Templar Mason, both taking an earnest interest in Masonic affairs, Mr. Leslie having been actively affiliated with that order for more than twenty years.
Family links: 
  Alexander Leslie (1804 - 1878)
  Elizabeth Priscilla Carman Leslie (1824 - 1913)
  Mary Agnes Geist Leslie (1865 - 1914)*
  Pearl Agnes Leslie Zimmerman (1883 - 1940)*
  Frank Ernest Leslie (1885 - 1976)*
  Mary Ethel Leslie Dietz (1892 - 1974)*
  Verna Leslie Bramley (1894 - 1969)*
  Eston Herbert Leslie (1899 - 1966)*
  Zella Agnes Leslie Towse (1901 - 1989)*
  Orin Sylvester Leslie (1841 - 1931)**
  John Frank Leslie (1860 - 1943)
*Calculated relationship
Sterling Cemetery
Rice County
Kansas, USA
Plot: 333 H
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Record added: Apr 09, 2009
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John Frank Leslie
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John Frank Leslie
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John Frank Leslie
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