Name: Robert William LELAND
Birth: 25 JUL 1825 in Le Tette, Charlotte Co., New Brunswick, Canada
Death: 12 MAR 1912 in Elk Mound, Dunn Co., WI
Emigration 1855 Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
Burial: 14 MAR 1912 Lakeview Cem., Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
Census: 1900 Sheet 7A, Union, Eau Claire Co., WI
Census: 1860 Half Moon, Eau Claire Co., WI
Census: 1870 Page 22, Oak Grove, Eau Claire, Co., WI
Census: 1910 Page 6A/40, ED 65, Union, Eau Claire Co., WI
Robert W. Leland and his wife emigrated from Mascarone, New Brunswick, Canada. He helped to found the First Baptist Church of Eau Claire Wisconsin.
"...before settling in the United States, Robert was a sea captain and George a first mate, sailing out of New Brunswick, Canada..."
"...They (Robert and George Leland and John Mayo) were shipwrecked in the Strait of Magellan around the southern tip of South America. It took them three years to get back home to New Brunswick. After that, the two brothers, Robert and George, traveled down the Ohio River on flatboats and up the Mississippi River the La Crosse. From La Crosse they walked to Union Valley and staked out 160 acres, then walked to Hudson for their claim from the U.S. Government."
"They [Robert and Jane (Hoyt) Leland and their three children, and George and Sarah (Hoyt) Leland...got here (present Union Township) late in the fall. There were no buildings around-- just wild land.] For Protection from the cold weather ahead, they dug out a hole in the high bank on the south side of Sherman Creek just east of where Sherman Creek Park is today. They put a log support, a center pole, in front of the dugout and reinforced the top and sides by building a roof and walls of split logs. Logs also enclosed the front of the dugout, to include a door and possibly a log window. It was like a little log house underground."
--From WEST OF THE CHIPPEWA
"Robert W. Leland was born in Canada in 1826 and setled in Town of Union, EC Co., in 1849. His [land entry] abstract (is) dated 1849."
From the obituary:
THE LATE R.W. LELAND
R.W. Leland died March 12 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Sayner, Elk Mound. The body was laid at rest in Lakeview Cemetery March 14 beside that of his wife who passed away three years previous. The deceased was born in Le Tette, Can.,in 1826 and was one of Eau Claire's earliest settlers, coming here in the year 1849, he first settled on a homestead in the town of Union. Mr. Leland made an extensive trip abroad visiting Liverpool, London, Australia, and many other points of interest.
The deceased leaves to mourn his untimely demise four daughters...four sons....."
Father: Thomas LELAND b: 1777 in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland or Perthshire, Scotland
Mother: Ann MCKENZIE b: 1794 in Sutherlandshire, Scotland
Jane Maria HOYT b: 28 DEC 1828 in Le Tette, Charlotte Co., New Brunswick, Canada
12 DEC 1849
in Mascarone, New Brunswick, Canada
- Hector Cornelius LELAND b: JUN 1851 in Mascarene, New Brunswick, Canada
- John William LELAND b: 16 JAN 1853 in Mascarene, New Brunswick, Canada
- Darius Robert LELAND b: 5 APR 1855 in Mascarene, New Brunswick, Canada
- Margaret LELAND b: 1856
- Daniel Hoyt LELAND b: 5 JAN 1858 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
- Anna Maria LELAND b: 1 MAY 1860 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
- George Wellington LELAND b: 1861
- Elizabeth Jane LELAND b: JUL 1864 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
- Margaret Isabelle LELAND b: 10 JUL 1866 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI
- Martha Lucinda LELAND b: 22 JUN 1868 in Union, Eau Claire Co., WI
- Sarah Delia LELAND b: BET JUL 1870 AND DEC 1870 in Eau Claire Co., WI
- Charles Fillmore LELAND b: SEP 1872 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI