Monday, April 09, 2018

Albert Gallatin Lea

1. Name: Albert Gallatin Lea (source for the middle name is a bio on his son William):

William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas
Published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL


WILLIAM J. LEA, of Topeka, western manager for the Aetna Life Insurance Co. of Hartford, is of Scotch-Irish descent. He is the son of Albert Gallatin Lea and Jane (Rhea) Lea, and was born in Wilson County, Tenn., August 17, 1844. He received a partial academic course at Cherry Grove Seminary in Illinois. His father died when he was thirteen years of age, and by his death he was early thrown upon his own resources. He assisted in the support of his widowed mother and obtained a good education besides.

One year after his father's death, not having a taste for farming pursuits to which he had hitherto been brought up, he bound himself as an apprentice to learn the printer's trade in the office of the Macomb, Illinois Eagle, where he remained for four years. During the last two years of his apprenticeship, he became foreman of the printing office, and did much of the local editorial work on the paper.

In 1860-61 he removed to Missouri, where he spent a year and then returned to Illinois. The war having broken out, August 11, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Eighty-fourth Illinois Infantry. He served thirteen months as a Corporal, when he was discharged for disability April 21, 1863. Having regained his health he enlisted May 2, 1864, in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Illinois Infantry, serving until the regiment was mustered out September 24, 1864. During his service he participated in the bloody battle of Perryville, and also the defense of Memphis during Forrest's raid.

On leaving the service he resumed the printing business in Galesburg, Ill., being foreman in a printing office in that city for a year.

In 1865 he removed to Kansas City, and there worked at his trade until 1868. He then went to St. Louis where for eight months he took charge of a large job printing office.
He again returned to Kansas City, where he engaged for a time as the city editor of the Kansas City Daily Advertiser.

In 1870 he removed to Columbus, Kansas, and with his brother, A. T. Lea, established the Columbus Independent, the firm being A. T. & W. J. Lea.

Two years later, in June, he moved to Oswego, Kansas, where he associated with F. B. McGill and started the Oswego Independent.

Six months later he sold out his interest in the paper, and entered into mercantile business with Richard Taylor. This continued for six months, when he went to Joplin, Mo., and started the Mining Journal.

After six months he moved to Baxter Springs, Kansas, where he became connected with the Baxter Springs Republican. He continued in this connection until 1876, when owing to ill-health he was forced to abandon the newspaper business and accepted a position as local agent of the land department of the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad.

In 1876 he became interested in the Bonanza Lead Mines, just then discovered. In 1877 he became one of the original stockholders in the Southside Town and Mining Company at Galena, being elected one of the directors and secretary of the company.
He disposed of his mining interests in 1878, and afterward engaged in stock business until he became chief clerk in the office of the State Superintendent of Insurance in 1879.

He held that position until the fall of 1882, when he became actively identified with the anti-St. John movement, which resulted in the organization of the anti-St. John Club of Topeka, which was one of the principal motors leading to the election of Gov. Glick. The club was organized on the motion of Mr. Lea, and he was one of the first to advance money to further the interests of the movement. Mr. Lea was educated a Democrat, but since the war and ever since he attained his majority he has been a vigorous and consistent Republican. He holds to the religious faith of the Cumberland Presbyterians. He is also an Odd Fellow, and member of the G. A. R.

He was married July 7, 1873, in Troy, Ohio, to Miss Mary I. Harris. They have two children - Rhea Harris and Edna Portia.

2. Death date of Albert G Lea

Source: obituary of Jane Peters {wife of Albert G  Lea} written by their son Archibald Thomas Lea.
(you have most/all of this obit posted under jane Rhea)
 He died in 1857 in McDonough Co., ILL.  Source is the newspaper obit of his wife Jane, written by son Archibald. It was extremely lengthy, so I only kept part of it in my file. I only found one error in it, the date of Jane's second marriage. Here is the part of the obit that I have:
Columbus Advocate   Columbus, Kansas   14 Mar 1889
DIED - At her residence on west Maple Avenue, this city, after a brief illness, Tuesday morning, the 12th, at 2:35 o'clock, Mrs. Jane Peters, aged 81 years and 5 months.
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church, Wednesday the 13th, at 2p.m., conducted by Rev. R. H. Sparks, assisted by Rev's Ferguson and Tout. At the close of the services at the church, her remains were conveyed to the city cemetery, followed by a large procession of friends, there to pay to one of the oldest and most respected citizens the last sad rites.
Deceased was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, Nov. 14th, 1807.  In the spring of 1811, she removed with her parents to Knox County, Tennessee, and there grew into womanhood.  In 1827 she again moved with her parents to Wilson County, Tennessee, where in 1831 she was married to Albert G. Lea.  The same year she united with the Baptist Church, to which religious organization she held fellowship up to 1838, when she moved into the city of Lebanon, where she united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, to which organization she held fellowship up to 1872, when she, by letter, severed her connection with that church and soon after united with the Presbyterian Church of this city, to which she remained a member up to the time of her death.
To her first marriage union were born eleven children, four boys and seven girls.  Two died in infancy.  The oldest, a son, was accidentally killed at the age of sixteen years. Five girls and three boys all lived to be grown and married, as follows:  Louisa, to W. T. Calloway, died, 1863; Mary, to Reuben Turner, now a resident of Trinidad, Colorado; A. T., (the writer) to Margaret Newton in 1864, resident of Columbus; Sarah A., to N. T. Davenport, now a resident of Joliet, Illinois; Martha L., to C. C. Clarke, now a resident of Bentonville, Arkansas; C. B., (or Brownie) to Dot Lee, 1886, now a resident of Ouray, Colorado; Belle to S. E. Ratekin, died, 1869.
 In 1848, she, with her family, moved from Tennessee to Warren County, Illinois, and two years following, to Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois, and from Abingdon to Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois, in 1857.  Three months following, her husband, the father of her children, A. G. Lea, died.  In 1869, in company with her sons, A. T. and William J., she moved to Kansas City, but in October, 1870, in company with her sons, she again moved, this time to this city, where in 1871, she was married to James Vendevender, and they together started out in life anew, and established the comfortable home in which she continued to live up to the time of her death. February 17th, 1883, James Vandevender died.  In November 1884 she married William Peters, with whom she lived but two years.

3. Jane Rhea Lea Vandevender Peters info
     above marriage date for her third marriage- Jane Rhea and William Peters is not correct,
   Source: marriage license shows they were married 22 Jan 1884  (held by descendant)

4. Only one child shown-Archibald Thomas Lea
    Albert and Jane had 11 children
     source is Jane's obit above
     2 died in infancy
     A son killed accidentally at age of 16
    Louisa  d 1863 married to W.T. Calloway
    Mary   married to Reuben Turner living in Trinidad Colorado
    Archibald Thomas married to Margaret Newton in 1864, now living in Columbus Kansas
    Sarah A  married to N.T. Davenport now living in joliet, illinois
    Martha L married to C.C. Clarke now living in Bentortville, Arkansas
    C.B. (Cicero Brown) (Brownie) married to Dot Lee in 1886 now a resident of Ouray, Colorado
    Belle married to S.E. Ratekin died 1869
    William J(Jordan) Lea   (per his obit above he was married in 1873 to Mary J Harris in Ohio)

5. Info on Archibald Thomas Lea
    Marriage to Margaret Newton
    Source: source is:

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763รข€"1900

        Groom                       Bride                       Date       License No.
LEE, ARCHIBALD T       NEWTON, MARGARET    1864-04-13    00002174


Margaret Newton was born 26 Jul 1845 in Ohio and died 10 May 1910, buried in Columbus City Cemetery, Columbus, KS. My sources are her 1900 census and her tombstone. The month in her 1900 census does not match with the month on the tombstone. It's interesting that she shares a tombstone with the second wife, Anna.

6. Louisa Lea Calloway cemetery info   (Parents names ARE incorrect but this is what was sent)
sent for info from the McDonough County Genealogical Society in 2011 and they sent back a page from the Oakwood Cemtery Book, volume 1:


Calloway, Louisa I.
Bur: 10 March 1863 age 27 yr. born Tenn.
       (9 Mar 1863)
c/d: consumption
father: Archibald Lea    Mother: June Rhery (afterward Van Deventer)
siblings: Mary "Mollie" O. (Turner), A. Thomas, Arvilla (Davenport), Martha "Mat" L. (Clarke), W. Jordan, Brown, Isabella (Ratekin), and her twin sister
spouse: W. J. Callaway
issue: infant

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