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Leander Adams

  • Birth 5 May 1875 Huntington County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 2 May 1944 Huntington County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Marion, Grant County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 70093064

Married Osa M. King on 15 May 1915.

Bluffton, Indiana News Banner
Wednesday, May 03, 1944 – P6C3

Huntington Man Takes Own Life

Leander Adams, 69, Uses Shotgun And Is Found Dead In Barnyard

Leander Adams, 69, farmer of Jefferson township, Huntington county, was found dead in the barnyard at his farm Tuesday and Grover M. Noe, coroner, stated that his verdict would be suicide.

Dr. Noe said the man went to the barnyard about 6 o'clock, apparently placed the muzzle of a single barreled 12 gauge shotgun against his abdomen and pulled the trigger.

Adam's wife is an invalid and he had been in poor health two years. They lived on a small farm and their only daughter works in Marion.

He was born in Jefferson township May 8, 1875, to Aaron and Rebecca McCormick Adams. His marriage was to Osa M. King, May 15, 1915. Surviving are the wife; the daughter, Miss Esther Adams, of Marion; a brother, Daniel Adams, of Marion, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Ruggles, of Marion.

The body was taken to the Brown & Son funeral home in Warren.

(Thanks to David Huffman for OBIT)
Huntington County, Indiana History and Families 1834-1993, page 196-197

Leander Adams-In May of 1875, Leander Adams, was born in Pleasant Plains, Jefferson Township, Huntington County. He was the son of Aaron and Rebecca Adams. He married Oca M. King in 1915, both were the youngest of 12 children.

Their first born daughter, Minnie Margaret, March 1916, died at birth. Shortly after they moved to Austin, IN. In April of 1921, they had their second child, Esther May. When Esther was two years old, Oca longed to return to Marion. In 1929, Leander bought the house and 17 acres at R.R. 1 Warren in Pleasant Plains where he had lived when he was 16. The small family farmed, raised chickens, hogs and milked cows.

Leander died in May of 1944. Esther met Harold F. Gray of Marion, who had served in WWII. She was married to Harold the same year. Esther and Harold made their home where she had grown up. They had three children: Harold Gene, Mary Louise, and William M. Her children went to the same school she attended, Jefferson Center, until Huntington county consolidated and the old school was torn down. They then graduated from Huntington High School.

The oldest son, Harold, met Rita Rae Ruse and married in February of 1972. They had two daughters, Stephenie Lin born March 1973 and Paula Lee born March 1975. Harold was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1978. Rita still lives in the same Buckeye community where she and Harold had their home.

Their daughter, Mary Louise, married Jessie R. Gressley of Lagro and they had two children, Tony Robert born in November of 1974 and Dawn m. born in July of 1976. They live in Lagro.

The youngest son, William M. married Lena L. Gressley of Lagro after he returned home from serving in Vietnam. He, Jessie, and Harold had all served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. William and Lena have two sons, William Sherman, born in March of 1974 and Jessie Gene born in September of 1980. They live near Lagro, IN.

Stephenie Lin, Esther's oldest grandchild married Reedie Ward of Warren in 1991. He served in the USAF and they made their home in Alaska. In June of 1992, Stephenie had a baby son, Michael Gene, Leander's great-great-grandchild.

Esther still resides at her childhood home in Pleasant Plains.

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  • Created by: Kirk Beaty
  • Added: 20 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70093064
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leander Adams (5 May 1875–2 May 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70093064, citing Estates of Serenity, Marion, Grant County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Kirk Beaty (contributor 46878557) .