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Dr Charles A. Leiter

Dr Charles A. Leiter

Canton, Stark County, Ohio, USA
Death 1 Mar 1887 (aged 43–44)
Allen County, Indiana, USA
Burial Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 19312696 · View Source
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Enlisted as a Private in Company C, 162nd Ohio Infantry on May 20, 1864. Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on May 7, 1864. Mustered out on September 4, 1864 at Camp Chase, Ohio.

Married Emily Root October 14, 1867 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Emily died in Michigan in 1898 and is buried there.

Divorce Petition

March 26, 1879 - Allen County, In

Chas. A. Leiter vs. Emily L. Leiter, divorce was filed in Superior Court. They were married in Michigan on October 14, 1867 and lived together until December 1, 1878 when he says he was compelled to abandon his wife. That she is in a condition of habitual drunkenness caused by the use of narcotics such as opium and morphine, etc.


June 4, 1879 - Allen County, In

Charles A. Leiter vs. Emily L. Leiter, plaintiff ordered to pay in to the court $30.00 for the use of the defendant.


June 25, 1879

The divorce case of Leiter vs. Leiter was heard in the superior court Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Leiter prays for a divorce upon the grounds that his wife was almost constantly under the influence of narcotics and introduced considerable evidence in support of his statement. On the part of the defendant evidence was introduced to the effect that the doctor was also often under the influence of liquid narcotics such as beer, whiskey etc. Judge Lowry took the matter under advisement but intimated that the evidence would hardly warrant a decree.


July 2, 1879

In superior court Saturday, Judge Lowry decided the Leiter divorce case. The judge refused to grant Dr. Leiter a divorce and sat down on him very heavily for his course towards his wife as shown by the evidence.

Living in Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana in 1880. He is listed as married but his wife and children are not listed in the household.

1880 Census - Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana

Charles A. Leiter 37 Physician Married Ohio
Naomi Whitright 23 Keeping House Divorced Ohio
Nancy J. Whitright 6 Indiana

In February 1884, Dr. Leiter was made Post Commander of the G.A.R. Barnhart Post No. 301

---Dr. Connolly administered medical aid during the sickness of Dr. C.A. Leiter.

----Dr. Leiter Is No More

Although the death of Dr. C.A. Leiter was not at all unexpected by the citizens of this place for during the past week he had been slowly sinking the news was received with deep sorrow and regret. For nearly a year the doctor's health has been very poorly and at various times he has been confined to his bed with the same trouble that at last resulted in his death. He suffered severely the past three weeks with inflammation of the stomach and a nausea which momentarily weakened his system until his strength was entirely exhausted. At times it was thought he would recover, and his condition was sought hourly, by both young and old. In this condition the doctor lingered, his stomach being unable to retain food, up to 4:30 Tuesday morning when he breathed his last.
The doctor has been a resident of this place, off and on, for nearly twenty years; during which time he has gained for himself a large circle of friends; especially among the people whom he has rendered medical aid in the hour of affliction. He, like other human beings, had faults, but was possessed of good qualities sufficient to greatly over balance the former, for there was not a more generous hearted man to be found than Dr. C.A. Leiter. His death will be sorely felt by the people of this community, both as a physician and a citizen. He served in the late rebellion and was a member of the first G.A.R. Post organized in this place. He graduated in the Ann Arbor Medical University; was originally a resident of Canton, Ohio, at which place his father was chosen a congressman. He leaves a wife, daughter, an aged mother and two sisters, besides scores of friends to mourn his untimely death. The doctor had only reached his fourty-eight year.
The doctor was at one time possessed of considerable wealth, but he like many others met with misfortune and at the time of his death leaves nothing, but that which is most dear to all men, his wife, daughter and friends.
For many years the deceased led a wild and reckless life, but some eight months ago he seemed to realize the folly of his ways and well knowing his health was fast failing and if continued would sooner or later be called to meet his Maker, he resolved to lead a different life. With this in view he turned from the error of his ways, by setting aside the wine glass, abandoning the card table, gathered by his family together, which had been separated from him for some time, became a member of the Christian church and from thence up to the time of his death lived a true and devoted Christian, and it is said that he did some good work during his short labors in behalf of his master.
The funeral services were held at the Christian church this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Jones. A large concourse of people being present. After the services at the church the remains were followed to their last resting place in the Masonic cemetery, there to rest until the resurrection morn.

--Owing to the feeble condition of Dr. Leiter's mother, who resides at Canton, Ohio, she did not come to attend the funeral of her departed son.

-- Dr. Leiter was a member of Sion S. Bass Post G.A.R. of Fort Wayne at the time of his death. Wm. H. Link post of this place turned out in a body at the funeral.

-- Mr. and Mrs. Heller, J.B. Niezer, J. Mungen, wife and daughter, all of Fort Wayne; Mr. and Mrs. O. Wolf, of La Grange, Indiana; Mrs. Fullmer (a sister of the deceased) of Canton, Ohio; Dr. Mentzer of Monroe, Indiana and many others from abroad are in town today for the purpose of paying their last token of respect to all that remains of Dr. C.A. Leiter.

It appears Charles' wife gave birth to a baby boy months after his death. An article appears in the Weekly Breeze, July 14, 1887. -Mrs. Dr. C.A. Leiter--a boy.

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