Mirven Findley Leason

Mirven Findley Leason

Leechburg, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 29 May 1909 (aged 55)
Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot C164
Memorial ID 85290179 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Simpsons' Daily Leader, Kittanning Pa, May 31, 1909, page 1:

"M. F. Leason is dead," was the startling intelligence that passed over town Saturday evening, and at first it seemed as though the report could not be true. But it was. He passed away at the Alexander hotel, at two minutes after six o'clock. The cause of death was heart failure.

About four o'clock, Friday afternoon, while at work in his law office Mr. Leason was seized with illness. He told Miss Myrtle Thompson, his stenographer, that he was ill, and left the office. Going to the Alexander he said to Mr. Reploglo, the proprietor, that his heart was hurting him and he believed he would get in the hotel back and be taken home in Applewold. Mr. Replogie replied that that would not do, and he would put him in a room in the hotel which he did.

Doctor S.A.S. Jessop was summoned and quickly responded. He found Mr. Leason's heart and pulse beating extraordinarily rapid and administered an opiate which quieted him, and finally put him into a sleep that lasted until five o'clock Saturday morning, when he awakened and the physician was again summoned.

The doctor found his condition somewhat improved and administered another opiate, thus giving him several hours more sleep. During Saturday afternoon Mr. Leason seemed better, and conversed freely with friends who called to see him. A few minutes before six o'clock his attendant noticed a change in his condition, and summoned Mr. Replogie, who hastened to the room. He found Mr. Leason laying in bed struggling for breath. Putting his arms under his head and shoulders he raised him slightly. Just then Mr. Leason's head turned to one side, he gasped hard a couple of times, and ceased to breathe.

The announcement of his demise brought to the death chamber many friends, who took charge of the remains, his only son, Jefferson Leason, being out of town. The body was prepared for burial and removed to his home in Applewold between nine and ten o'clock Sunday morning.

Mr. Leason was born at Leechburg, January 10, 1854, and was a son of the late Rev. Thomas Shark and Mary Moore (Laird) Leason. He attended the public schools, completed the course of Tuscarora academy, and in September, 1872, entered Princeton college, from which institution he graduated in 1876. After graduation he read law with W. L. Stewart, of Brookville, and was admitted to the county bar in February, 1877. In the fall of that year he removed to Kittanning, where he has been engaged in the successful practice of his profession ever since.

He was a staunch Republican and in 1879 was elected district attorney and ten years later, 1889 he was a judgeship candidate at the Republican primaries. Deceased was regarded as one of the most prominent lawyers at the Armstrong County Bar and enjoyed an unusually large practice. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity.

June 30, 1880 he was untied in marriage with Hannah Reynolds, a daughter of Jefferson Reynolds, of this place, and who preceded him in death some years ago. These children survive as follows:

Mrs. Harry W. Bovard, Jefferson R. Leason, Esq., Miss Henry R. Leason, Miss Judith D. Leason, and Miss Myrvinne Leason.

Miss Elissa C. Leason, of Brookville, a sister, and Miss Mary J. Stewart, of Brookville, a half sister, also survive.

The news of Mr. Leason's death came as a great shock to his family as well as his many friends. His son, Jefferson R. Leason, was in Pittsburg at the time the summons came and it was several hours before he could be reached. He arrived on the midnight express. Two daughters who are attending St. Joseph's Academy near Greensburg, also reached here on an evening train.

The funeral services will be held at the Leason residence in Applewold, Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock and the interment will be in the Kittanning cemetery.


“Jefferson County, Pennsylvania: her pioneers and people, 1800-1915.” By William James McKnight 1836-1918. Published in 1917.

Page 328
Mirven F Leason, was born in Jefferson County, PA and received his college education at Princeton. He was first admitted to the bar in Jefferson County, and later (1879) in Armstrong County, PA and continued in active practice until his death, which occurred in Kattanning, Armstrong Co, PA, May 29, 1909.

During 1881 and 1882, he was District Attorney of Armstrong County, and he was nominated for judge on the Republican ticket.

He married Hannah Reynolds and 5 children were born to them:
1 – Mary Laird Leason, Mrs H W Bovard
2 – Jefferson Reynolds Leason
3 – Helen R Leason, Mrs Arnold
4 – Judith D Leason, Mrs Rohrer
5 – Myrvinne Leason

Mrs Leason died May 2, 1901, firm in the faith of the Presbyterian Church, to which she and her husband belonged. Mrs Leason’s father, Jefferson Reynolds, was a member of an old and prominent family of Armstrong County, where he was born and reared, later becoming a lawyer of distinction, so that Jefferson R Leason, his namesake, came very naturally by his legal ability.

Mr Leason was a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the B P O Elks.

Family Members

Sponsored by Ancestry



  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ralph Satterfield
  • Added: 21 Feb 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 85290179
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mirven Findley Leason (10 Jan 1854–29 May 1909), Find a Grave Memorial no. 85290179, citing Kittanning Cemetery, Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave (contributor 8) .