Reverend Richard Leach

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Reverend Richard Leach, son of Richard Leach and Amity Bugbee, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Torrington, Connecticut, 29 September 1754.1,2,3 He died at Lyons, Wayne Co., New York, 6 July 1826.4,5

Richard married (1) Mary Strong, daughter of Jacob Strong and Mindwell Lyman, at Torrington, 23 March 1775;6 he married (2) Elizabeth Lyman, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), 12 January 1792.6

In 1790, his household was probably the one enumerated at Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, with 2 free white males over 16, 3 under 16, and 4 free white females.7

Reverend Richard Leach was a soldier in the Revolution. After the war he studied theology and was ordained to the ministry in the Baptist church.

He removed to Lyons, New York in the spring, 1821. His grand-daughter Alcey Mena accompanied him and wrote a letter home dated 10 Sep 1821: "We arrived safe. Grandfather's and Grandmother's health is very good, and all our friends out here hope you and the rest of the family are enjoying perfect health. Grandfather and Grandmother are pleased with their situation at present, better than I expected. They have formed some acquaintance with the Baptist church and think they will like it."4,8

Family 1

Mary Strong b. 2 Jul 1757, d. 19 Apr 1791
  • Pomeroy Leach6 b. 6 Dec 1775, d. 12 Feb 1852
  • Jacob Leach6 b. 8 Dec 1777, d. 4 Apr 1853
  • Polly Leach6 b. 28 May 1780
  • Percy Leach+6 b. 3 Sep 1782, d. 2 Sep 1847
  • Richard Leach6 b. 10 May 1784, d. 18 Jul 1846
  • Lyman Leach6 b. 14 Dec 1786
  • Betsey Leach6 b. 3 May 1789
  • Miles Leach6 b. 7 Apr 1791, d. Apr 1807

Family 2

Elizabeth Lyman d. 1847
This person was last edited on22 Feb 2020


  1. [S231] Samuel Orcutt, History of Torrington, Connecticut: From Its First Settlement in 1737, With Biographies and Genealogies (1878; reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1990), 301, further cited as Orcutt, History of Torrington.
  2. [S230] F. Phelps Leach, Lawrence Leach of Salem, Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants, 2 vols. (St. Albans, Vermont: Messenger Press, 1924-1925), 1:38,2:12, further cited as Leach Descendants.
  3. [S1959], Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920,, (database online at Provo, Utah, 2013, 114:38, viewed unknown cd2, original data: Connecticut State Library, Church Records Index, Hartford, Connecticut.
  4. [S230] Leach Descendants, 2:12.
  5. [S2028], Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934, (on-line database), Provo, Utah:, Operations, 2012, 21:61. Original data: The Charles R. Hale Collection, Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library. Hereafter cited as Hale Collection.
  6. [S1184] Lucius B. Barbour and Lorraine Cook White (editor), The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (55 vols., Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1994-2002), 47:33-34, further cited as Barbour and White, Barbour Collection.
  7. [S2161] Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, 12 vols. (Washington D.C.: Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census, 1907-1908), CT:65, further cited as Heads of Families, 1790.
  8. [S231] Orcutt, History of Torrington, 729.