Leader, THOMAS 1 2

Birth Name Leader, THOMAS
Gender male
Age at Death 75 years, 5 months, 1 day

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1842 Saffron Walden, Wimbish, Essex, England Leeder - birth reg
Event Note

Essex claimed as Thomas's birth place in 1901 Canada Census and in 1804 Short Bio.
[Isabella, Robert, and Shadrach also born Saffron Walden]

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Birth 1844-12-25 Suffolk, England See Note
Event Note

WL1804 says Essex; Dec 25 1843 in 1901 Census; 1844 in 1906 Census; Dec 1843 in 1911 Census, 1842 in 1851 Census of England; and family resident Ellis Green, Wimbish Essex in 1841 Census.

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Census 1851-03-31 Yaxley, Suffolk, England "Leeder" - Yaxley St, possibly at Bull Inn
Event Note

1851 Census of England
Leeder: Wm [William] 43, Jane 39, Joshua 20, Henry 13, Issabella 11, Thomas 9, Robert 6, Shadrack 2.
Occupation: Wm - Farm Lab, Joshua (single) Pauper Cripple, Henry - Farm Boy; Issabella, Thomas, Robert - Scholars
Born: Yaxley, Suffolk - All

Note: on one side of their home is an empty house, on the other two new houses are being built. - SJL

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Education 1851-03-31 Yaxley, Suffolk, England Scholar
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Census 1861-01-14 Guelph, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada  
Event Note

1861 Census of Canada:
 Leader: Wm 54, Jane 50, Thos 17, Robt 15, Shadbiach (sic) 13, Ellen 14, Ephraim 9, William 6.
Occupation: Wm, Thos, Robt, and Shadbiach - Labourer
Born - England all except William who is born in UC [Upper Canada]
Religion: CE - all
Dwelling: 1 1/2 storey log, 1 family

[If Marg or Mary Currie 71 Widow Scotland, UP; Menzies Currie 36 Single same; and Eliz'beth Brownworth (?) 6, born UC but resident in Pilkington turn up anywhere they may be living in the house, too. Listed as Not Family Male, Family Female, and Not Family Female so rather confused and next residence unclear which line applies to. - SJL]

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Occupation 1861-01-14 Guelph, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Labourer
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Marriage 1862 Elora, Centre Wellington, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada  
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Marriage 1863-11-11   ~~Bunnage FT
 
Immigration about 1865 Elora, Centre Wellington, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada from Suffolk - see Note
Event Note

Date query as TL1844Bio states married in Ca in 1862; 1873 from England given in 1906 Census

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Emigration 1871 Burnside, Portage la Prarie, Manitoba, Canada See note
Event Note

Moved to Burnside and  settled on a farm 2-3 miles north of #1 Highway, and one mile east of the Burnside corner. After one harvest moved to homestead Parish Lot 37, "where he built a log cabin at a cost of $4.00 for windows and doors.

In the Spring of 1873 he returned to Ontario and brought his wife and family of four to Manitoba.

With his wife he raised a family of four boys and six girls.." Thomas Leader - Short Bio

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Census 1881-04-04 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada  
Event Note

1881 Census of Canada:
Leader: Thomas 37, Bdgit (sic) 38, Jane 17, William 15, Mary 13, Edith 11, Cathrine (sic) 8, Thomas 5, Robert 3, Henry 1.
Born: Thomas - England; Bdgit, Jane, William, Mary, Edith, and Cathrine - Ontario; Thomas, Robert, and Henry - Manitoba.
Religion: Thomas - English [C of E]; Methodist - all rest
Origin: Thomas - English; Irish - all rest
Occupation: Thomas - Farmer
School: Mary and Edith

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Occupation 1881-04-04 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Farmer - 1881 Census
 
Residence 1882-05-15 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Land Grant: Parish Lot 37
Event Note

1882 Land Sale:
Lots: 37
Cross-Reference RG: 68
Volume: 87
Folio: 411
Date of document: 1882/05/15
Names: Thomas Leader
Remarks: 180.16 acres - Portage la Prairie - Sale - Secretary of State
Place name: Portage la Prairie, Parish of

Library and Archives of Canada: Western Land Grants

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Residence 1887-02-02 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Land Grant: 1887
Event Note

Land Grant Title: The Queen to Thomas Leader, his heirs:

The Eleventh Township, Seventh Range, West of the Prinicple Meridian; The West Half of the South East Quarter of Section 31 of the Township; 80 acres.

2nd February 1887.

 

Ref # 31867 /Sale #6951

Also Microfilm # C-5968 at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/western-land-grants/001007-119.01-e.php?sisn_id_nbr=19301

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Census 1891-05-14 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada  
Event Note

1891 Census of Canada:
Leader: Thomas 46, Ellen (sic) 47, Molly (sic) 22, Thomas 14, Robert 12, Henry 10, Mildred 8, Norman (sic - Norma) 6.
Born: Thomas - England; "Ellen" and Molly - Ontario, rest - Manitoba
Place of birth of father: Thomas - England; "Ellen" - Ireland; Children: England
Place of birth of mother: Thomas - England; "Ellen" - Ireland; Children - Ontario
Religion: Thomas - Baptist; "Ellen" - RC [Roman Catholic]; Children - Presbyterian except Mildred and Norma/n who have no religion [as yet?] [thus confirming family story - SJL]
Occupation: Thomas - farmer
Education: Read and Write - all except Mildred who can read but not write, and Norma/n neither.
[Note: Mildred listed as a son and Norman as a daughter!]
[Missing: William d. 1887; Jane 27 - under Harry Braun?, Edith 21, Catherine 18 - didn't marry Robt McCullough until 1895]

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Occupation 1891-05-14 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Farmer - 1891 Census
 
Census 1901-04-03 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada  
Event Note

1901 Census of Canada:
Leader: Thomas 25/Dec/1843, 57; Bridget 16/Oct/1845, 55
Born: Thomas - Essex England; Bridget - Ontario
Immigration: Thomas - 1850 [Note; not quite right - in England for 1851 Census of England - SJL]
Racial: English - both
Nationality: Canadian - both
Religion: Episcopalian - both
Occupation: Thomas: Farmer as Employer and Working on own account.
Education: Thomas cannot read or write, but can speak English. Bridget can read, write, and speak English. Mother tongue is " [presumably English but no listing at top of column!]

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Occupation 1901-04-03 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Farmer - 1901 Census
 
Census 1906-07-10 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada  
Event Note

1906 Census of Canada:
Leader: Thomas 62 & Bridget  63 (nee Allen); Boarders: Mary 12 &  Jennie 10 Brown; Hired men: Thomas Kale 30  &  John Harrison 32 .
Born: Thomas and Bridget - England, the girls in Manitoba, and the hired men in Nova Scotia.
Thomas immigrated from England in 1873.
Horses, all ages: 10
Milch cows: 5
Hogs and pigs, all ages: 2

[As Thomas E and Alberta (Brown) Leader appear further down the page, perhaps the Boarders are related to Alberta. SJL]

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Census 1911 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada  
Event Note

1911 Census of Canada  shows that in addition to Thomas 67 and Bridget 68, the household included two granddaughters, one grandson and one servant:

- Mary Brown (b Dec 1893)
- Jane Brown (b. Mar 1986)
- Henry McCulloch (b. Sep 1901)
- Thomas Barrett (b. May 1887) - servant

Yet the 1906 Census shows them as Boarders:
- Mary Brown (12)
- Jennie Brown (10)
with Hired Men:
- Kale Thomas (30)
- John Harrison (32)

[A clue may be in the 1901 Census which has: Jennie Brown 37 as widowed head of household, with daughters Frederica 12, Mary K. 7 and Jennie 5. Perhaps Jennie Brown is Alberta (Brown) Leader's sister-in-law.

And Henry may be Mary (Leader) McCulloch's son.

Speculation by SJL]

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Census 1916-06-01 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada 11 8 1W
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Death 1917-06-02 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada  
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Burial 1917 Rural Municipality of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Hillside
Event Note

Thomas LEADER
Hillside, Section 228, Portage la Prairie Cemetery
Portage La Prairie R. M., Manitoba

Thomas Leader
Died June 2, 1917
Aged 73 Years

CanadianHeadstones.com (image available)

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Religion     Anglican
Event Note

As Bridget was an Irish Roman Catholic, and Thomas an English Anglican, they supported the Burnside Presbyterian Church [as a compromise? SJL] See "Thomas Leader - Short Bio"

 

Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Leader, WILLIAM
Mother Aldrich, JANE
    Sister     Leader, Marjorie/Maria
    Brother     Leader, Joshua
    Sister     Leeder, Jane
    Sister     Leader, Susannah
    Brother     Leader, Henry
    Sister     Leader, Isabelle
         Leader, THOMAS
    Brother     Leader, Robert
    Brother     Leader, Frederick/Shadrach
    Sister     Leader, Ellen
    Brother     Leader, Henry
    Brother     Leader, Ephriam
    Brother     Leader, William

Families

    Family of Leader, THOMAS and Allen, BRIDGET
Married Wife Allen, BRIDGET
  Children
  1. Leader, Jemima
  2. Leader, William
  3. Leader, Mary
  4. Leader, Edith
  5. Leader, Catherine Anne
  6. Leader, Thomas Ephriam
  7. Leader, Robert John
  8. Leader, HENRY GEORGE
  9. Leader, Mildred
  10. Leader, Norma

Media

Narrative

Apparently had good relations with the First Nations ("Indian") population. Quoted from Thomas Leader - Short Bio

"The Leaders gained the frinedship and trust of the Indians. At the funeral of Thomas Leader, and later that of his wife [Bridget - SJL], the Indians gathered in large numbers in the "Graham Bluff" close to the grounds. This was their expression of the respect in which they held these two stalwart pioneeers. Space does not permit the telling of the many tales and experiences with this family and the Indians of the reserve south of Burnside. The family of Harry Leader were always pleased when each time Harry left for Ottawa, Siha, a well respected Indian, never failed to come down to the train to shake hands in farewell with "the Harry"."

Pedigree

  1. Leader, WILLIAM
    1. Aldrich, JANE
      1. Leader, Susannah
      2. Leader, Henry
      3. Leader, Marjorie/Maria
      4. Leader, Joshua
      5. Leeder, Jane
      6. Leader, Isabelle
      7. Leader, THOMAS
        1. Allen, BRIDGET
          1. Leader, Jemima
          2. Leader, William
          3. Leader, Mary
          4. Leader, Edith
          5. Leader, Catherine Anne
          6. Leader, Thomas Ephriam
          7. Leader, Robert John
          8. Leader, HENRY GEORGE
          9. Leader, Mildred
          10. Leader, Norma
      8. Leader, Robert
      9. Leader, Ellen
      10. Leader, Frederick/Shadrach
      11. Leader, Henry
      12. Leader, Ephriam
      13. Leader, William

Ancestors

Source References

  1. Harry George Leader 1880 Short Bio
  2. Thomas Leader 1844 - Short Bio
  3. England and Wales, Birth Index, 1837-1920
      • Page: Essex/Saffron Walden/1842/Oct-Nov-Dec/12/217; B_1842_Q4_IZ_000275-LEEDER_THOMAS.jpg
  4. William Leader 1804 & descendants
  5. 1901 Census of Canada
      • Page: MB MACDONALD (#8)/Portage la Prairie/K-5/Page 2/line 49
      • Page: 1901/MN/8/MacDonal/K/5/Portage la Prairie/Twshp 11/Range 7&8/pg 2/lns 49-50; 1901 Thomas and Bridget z000016831.pdf
  6. 1906 Census of Canada
      • Page: MB/Portage la Prairie District (#6)/09 (Townships 10, 11, 12 in ranges 8, 9 west) Page 24/line 9
      • Page: MB/Portage la Prairie District/09/29 11 8 W1/Page 24/line 9-13; 1906 Census Leaders e001203762.pdf
  7. 1911 Census of Canada
      • Page: Canada/1911 / Manitoba / Portage La Prairie / 38 Township 11 in ranges 7 / page 9/ line 24
      • Page: Canada/1911/Manitoba/Portage La Prairie/38 Township 11 in ranges 7/page 9/line 24-27; 1911 Census Leaders e001949740.pdf
      • Citation:

        Familysearch has ref: District: Portage la Prairie , Household ID: 82 , Line Number: 24 , GS Film Number: 002417668 , Digital Folder Number: 007526725 , Image Number: 00944

  8. 1851 Census of England
      • Page: HO107/1795/613/pg 29/Hartismere/Eye/Yaxley/9B/Suffolk; 1851Census Wm Leader and family _ Findmypast.co.uk.htm and Wm Leader 1851Census-RS00003597-4294500_01179.jpeg and 1851 Census page 1 Wm Leeder family SFKHO107_1795_1796-0249.jpg
      • Citation:

        "The Whole of the Parish of Yaxley" - Enumerator's initials only. - SJL
        1851 Census page 1 Wm Leeder family SFKHO107_1795_1796-0249.jpg

  9. 1861 Census of Canada
      • Page: 1861 Census of Canada/ON/District 1/Twnshp of Guelph/Wellington/pg 5/ln 25-32; 1861 Maybe our William 4108430_00013.pdf
  10. Western Land Grants (1870-1930) - Thomas Leader
  11. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Page: 1881/MN/Marquette 1 & 4/Portage/No 5/pg 58/lns 17-25 & pg 59/ln 1; 1881 Thomas and Bridget e008210351.pdf
  12. Land Grant Title
      • Page: Results - Western Land Grants (1870-1930) - Library and Archives Canada.htm; see also Person Note
      • Page: Ref # 31867 /Sale #6951; Land Grant Ths Leader e002817925.jpg
  13. 1891 Census of Canada
      • Page: Canada/1891/MN/7/Marquette/W Portage la Prarie/pgs 74-5/ lns 20-25 & 1-2; 1891 Thomas and Bridget-Ellen 30953_148096-00051.pdf
  14. 1916 Census of Canada
      • Page: MN/8/11/11/Portage 711 R8W1/pg 16 amended to pg 10; Thomas Leader and Thomas E Leader 1916 Canada Census 31228_4363958-00193.pdf
      • Citation:

        1916 Census of Canada - Portage la Prairie - 2 families:

        Thomas Leader 72 and Mrs Thos Leader 75, and Kate Elger 60. Thomas is English Church, the others Presbyterian. All can read and write English. Thomas is a Farmer, Kate a Servant (House) and single. Thomas born in England, immigrated in 1862 - consistent with other Censuses.

        In a separate house next door: Thomas J Leader 41, Mrs Thos Leader 31, and Velma 13, Mural 12, Pauline 11, Adeline 4  - all born Canada. Thomas is English Church, the others Presbyterian. All can read and write English except Adeline. Thomas is a Farmer.

        No-one is undertaking military service.

  15. Manitoba: BMD online
      • Page: 1917-036152
  16. Canadian Headstones: Manitoba
      • Page: http://canadianheadstones.com/mb/view.php?id=7704;Thomas Leader 1844 c080_leader_t_id7704.jpg