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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ERVIN LEIHY, an honored citizen of Johnson County, is now living retired from active labor on his well improved farm on section 14, township 45, range 24. He is a native of Michigan, his birth having occurred there in 1847, and in the Wolverine State the first twenty years of his life were passed.

The parents of our subject were Charles and Lucretia (Sheldon) Leihy, natives of Pennsylvania and New York State, respectively. They both moved to Michigan when quite young, and were married in that state. In 1867 they emigrated to this county, where the remainder of their days were spent.

Reared to agricultural pursuits, Ervin Leihy determined to continue in the same when the time came for him to decide upon his future life work. His education was of a very practical nature, and well fitted him for the duties before him. When a mere boy he enlisted in the Federal array, and while in the service he contracted a disease, from the effects of which he has never recovered.

February 18, 1870, a marriage ceremony was celebrated, by which Miss Lucy Crews became the wife of Mr. Leihy. She is a daughter of Caleb and Narcissa (Parker) Crews, natives of Madison County, Ky. They emigrated to this county at an early day, and here spent the rest of their lives. Mrs. Leihy, who is a lady of marked business ability, received her education in the country schools. Since the failure of her husband’s health she has ably attended to everything relating to the homestead and financial affairs. She is a devoted member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The union of Mr. and Mrs. Leihy was blessed with thirteen children, as follows: James, Addie, Ernest, Jesse, Bessie, Ervin, Grace, Laura, Charlie, Ida, and three who have been called to the better land. Addie is the wife of Oliver Babbitt, of this county. Politically our subject is an ally of the Republican party.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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