thank you for answering my querry, can you supply me with any documentation or information as to how you collected this information. My info is quite limited and mostly from the internet. I will attach a quote for "Past and Present of Pike County, Illinois, written by M.D. Massey around 1906" I have been trying to locate this book with little success, however do understand that it is available through inter library loan on Microfilm, I have a request in now. Please realize the quote I send you is only form the internet, with no proof reader or real substantiation.
Gerald N. Norm LEGGETT
Previously sent message, supposedly a quote for Past and Present of Pike County, Illinois 1906.
George W. Leggett, living on section 17 of Spring Creek township, is a progressive farmet, who place of on hundred and twenty acres ia neat and well improved. It was upon this farm that he first opened his eye to the light of day on the 4th of January 1856. His father John W. Leggett came from southeastern Missouri to Pike County and died when his son George, was only a year old
John W. Leggett was married to Louisa Cannon of Alabama, in 1855 she survives her husband and yet makes her home in this county, having since the death of Mr. Leggett, become the wife of David Scranton. George W. Leggett was the only child of his mother's first marriage and war reared to manhood in Spring Creek Township, assisting his mother and his early boyhood days and afterwards aiding his stepfather to carry on the work of the home farm. He enjoyed fair school priviledges in the district schools, and at the age of nineteen years he started out in life on his own account, wince which time his labors has been the source of all the prosperity that has come to him. He was first employed by the month at farm labor for a year, at the end of which he invested his earnings in forty acres of land on section 18 Spring Creek township, were he resided for two years. He then sold that property, after which he again rented a farm for three or four years and then bought one hundred and twenty acres on section of the same township. A number of years later he traded that property for forty acres, were he now resides on section 17 Spring Creek township, and as his financial resources have increased he has extended the boundaries of his place from time to time, adding on two different occasions forty acre tracts, so that he now has a good property of one hundred and twenty acres. He has erected an attractive two story frame residence and good out buildings upon his place, has also planted an orchard, and has considerable small fruit. On the 11th of April, 1877, Mr. Leggett was united in marriage to Miss Alice Burbridge, a native of Pike County and a daughter of George W. Burbridge who was born in Bath County, Kentucky in 1822, while his wife, who in her maidenhood, was Nancy E. Ben was also a native of the Blue Grass State. Mr. Burbridge,on leaving Kentucky, became a resident of Pike County, Missouri, and subsequently he purchased land and settled in Pike County, Illinois taking up his abode here in 1842 and continuing a resident of this county up until the time of his death... Unto Mr. and Mrs. Leggett have been born eight children, of whom two died in infancy. The others are Lillie Florean, Louisa Elizabeth, Bessie, John W. Dovie, Edith and Logan. Mrs. Leggett is a member of the Christian Chruch of Independence. Mr. Leggett belongs to the Modern Woodsman Camp at Nebo; and in politics has always been a supporter of the men who are pledged to uphold the repubilican principals. He and his estimable wife have labored together since their marriage and now have a neat and comfortable home in Spring Creek township Mr. Leggett being numbered amoung the enterprising farmers of the community. His life record proves what may be accomplished by determined purpose, self reliance and laudable ambition, for those have beent the strong and salient elements in his life work.
Please dont hold me responsible for typos, and please check out the original source yourself. Someone was nice enough to refer me to this printing and I an still attempting to get a copy for confirmation.
Gerald N. Norm Leggett