1789 - 1872
Joseph R. Leakey was born in Knox county, Tennessee in November of 1799, the son of Levi and Susanna (Routh) Leakey. Levi Leakey was born in Tennessee in 1765 and was the owner of a large farm in Knox county, Tennessee. Susanna Routh Leakey was born on December 16, 1767. Levi and Susanna had six children, Joseph being the eldest. When Joseph was nine years old his father died, and the family sold the farm in Tennessee and in 1819 moved to Butler county, Ohio. Here Joseph R. Leakey married Abigail Biggs on September 21, 1820, and in 1821 they moved to Henry county, Indiana where he took up government land on September 7, 1821 in section #1 in Dudley township, which was wild untamed forest land, just northeast of where the village of New Lisbon is located today. On October 24th, 1823 he purchased eighty acres of land in Liberty Township, Indiana, section #34, where the Leakey cemetery is located today. Joseph R and Abigail Leakey were the parents of eight children. In 1836, Abigail died and was buried in the Leakey cemetery. On July 23, 1840, Joseph R. Leakey married Martha Newbold, they were the parents of 6 children.
Joseph R. Leakey died on January 18, 1872 at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 20 days and was buried in the Leakey cemetery located near the Dublin Pike in Liberty township, Henry County, Indiana. Joseph's mother, Susanna Routh Leakey, died April 6, 1848 at the age of 80 years. His second wife Martha Newbold Leakey died on February 16, 1899 at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 3 days and is also buried in the Leakey cemetery along with her husband and several of their children and other Leakey family members. The Leakey cemetery is presently maintained by the township trustee and is in fairly good condition excepting a few stones being down and needing reset.
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