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Isaac Jasper Leabo, Sr.

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Monroe County, IN, USA
Death: May 13, 1899 (83)
Lincoln County, WA, USA
Place of Burial: Lincoln County, WA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Noah Leabo and Eunice Leabo
Husband of Mary "Polly" May Leabo
Father of William P. E. Leabo; Ray G. Leabo; Noah John or Jasper Leabo; Hannah Margaret Phar; John James Leabo and 10 others
Brother of (unknown) Leabo; John James Leabo; Anna Ellison; Emily Nancy Tyler (Leabo); Rachel Farmer and 3 others
Half brother of Josiah Leabo

Occupation: Farmer, Ferry Keeper
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About Isaac Jasper Leabo, Sr.

Isaac Leabo was the son of Noah Leabo and Eunice Gillette. He was the grandson of a French soldier, Francois Isaac LeBas, who served in the Soissonais Regiment of General Rochambeau's French Expeditionary Army at the Seige of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. He married Mary "Polly" Lewis, the daughter of William Martin Lewis and Hannah Louise Snethen, on July 21, 1836, in Boone County, Indiana. They had thirteen children: William P. E., Noah, Hannah, John, Isaac, Unicy, Walter, Mary, Emily, Joseph, Sarah, William E., and Thomas. They were pioneers who moved first to Missouri and then to Oregon in 1846. They were in the first wagon train to travel over the Applegate Trail into southern Oregon. When their oxen became too weak to pull their wagons near modern-day Eugene, they made a dugout cannoe and floated down the Willamette River to Salem. Isaac was visiting his daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Charles Phar, in Larene, Washington when he died. He is buried without a tombstone in the Mountain View Cemetery next to Charles Phar.



Mountain View Cemetery


Lincoln County

Washington, USA

Isaac and Robert Lancefield constructed dugout canoes to transport their families via the Willamette River from Eugene to Salem.

Descendants of Francois Isaac (LeBas) Leabo

Generation No. 1

     1.  Francois Isaac (LeBas)1 Leabo was born Abt. 1754 in Noirville, Normandy, France, and died 30 May 1853 in Gosport (Owen County) Indiana.  He married Sarah Jennings 1784 in Virginia.  She was born 1756 in Fredricksburgh (Spotsylvania) Virginia, and died 1850 in Gosport (Owen County) Indiana.

Notes for Francois Isaac (LeBas) Leabo: Information provided by Dr. Oran Roberts

Francois Isaac (Leabo) LeBas came to America in 1780 with the French Army under General Count de Rochambeau. When he was approximately 25 years old (February 13, 1779), he enlisted as a private in Captain Saint-Leger's Company of the Regiment de Soissonsis. (Ref. Les Combattants Francais...p. 283)

For more information on his military career, see Leabo History Information from Dr. Oran Roberts

Francois Isaac died at the home of his daughter Catherine Leabo Van Buskirk and he is buried in the Van Buskirk Cemetery, 1 1/2 miles southeast of Gosport, Indiana. This cemetery is a historical cemetery, having soldiers buried there from almost every war the United States has participated in (except the World Wars), and is sometimes called Little Arlington.

He married Sarah Jennings, an English lady, in 1784 in Virginia. They lived for a short time in Virginia, moved to Kentucky, then to Knox County, Tennessee and later to LaPonte County, Indiana. Sarah's wedding slippers were a gift from General Lafayette, and are still preserved among relatives in Gosport, Indiana. Research indicates that General Lafayette returned to America in 1784, the year of Francois Isaac and Sarah's marriage, and visited friends in Virginia. He attended the wedding of Francois and Sarah. Family recollections, as stated in a family reunion in 1931, that Lafayette served as groomsman at the wedding, and George Washington was also a guest. Sarah Jennings Leabo died about 1850 at the home of their daughter Catherine Leabo Van Buskirk and rests beside her husband. The United States government placed a stone at the grave of Francois Isaac Leabo. Mable Steerwalt, granddaughter of Catherine Van Buskirk, took an active part in the ceremony as a DAR officer.

More About Francois Isaac (LeBas) Leabo: Burial: Van Buskirk Cemetery, Gosport (Owen) Indiana

More About Francois Leabo and Sarah Jennings: Marriage: 1784, Virginia

Children of Francois Leabo and Sarah Jennings are:

+ 2 i. Noah B.2 Leabo, born 11 Jan 1786 in Tennesse; died 25 Mar 1879 in Mollalla (Clackamas County) Oregon.

      3              ii.   Susan Leabo, born 1790 in Indiana; died Unknown.
      4             iii.   Rachel Leabo, born 1792 in Indiana; died Unknown.  She married Clutter Wagoner; died Unknown.

+ 5 iv. Jacob Leabo, born 10 Sep 1795 in Knox, Tennessee; died 10 Jun 1880 in La Fayette (Yamhill County) Oregon.

      6              v.   Sarah Leabo, born 1796; died Unknown.  She married Madison Arnold; died Unknown.

+ 7 vi. Josiah Leabo, born 26 Sep 1796 in Indiana; died 31 Dec 1848.

      8            vii.   Elizabeth Leabo, born 1798; died Unknown.  She married Wesley Arnold 01 Aug 1829 in Monroe County, Indiana; died Unknown.

More About Wesley Arnold and Elizabeth Leabo: Marriage: 01 Aug 1829, Monroe County, Indiana

+ 9 viii. Catherine Leabo, born 1799; died 08 Nov 1894.

      10           ix.   Jinnie Zimeni Leabo, born 1800; died Unknown.  She married // Stevenson; died Unknown.

Notes for Jinnie Zimeni Leabo: Name may be Zinnvie Leabo

      11            x.   Lucinda Leabo, born 1802; died Unknown.  She married Noah Stein 28 Nov 1834 in Monroe County, Indiana; died Unknown.

More About Noah Stein and Lucinda Leabo: Marriage: 28 Nov 1834, Monroe County, Indiana

Generation No. 2

     2.  Noah B.2 Leabo (Francois Isaac (LeBas)1) was born 11 Jan 1786 in Tennesse, and died 25 Mar 1879 in Mollalla (Clackamas County) Oregon.  He married Unicy Gillette 11 Feb 1812 in Cooke County, Virginia.  She was born 17 Jul 1795 in Nebraska, and died 18 Aug 1881 in Mollalla (Clackamas County) Oregon.

Notes for Noah B. Leabo: Source: Carol Ann Hansen

"Emigrated with his wife and some of his family to Oregon in 1862. His daughter Catherine preceeded him to Oregon. In 1868, he established Halls Ferry on the Willamette River, Marion County and sold the ferry to J. A. Colby about 1874."

Noah's date of death may be 1870. Some have the marriage location-Indianapolis (Marion County) Indiana.

More About Noah B. Leabo: Burial: Needy Cemetery, near Mollala, Oregon

Notes for Unicy Gillette: Source: Carol Ann Hansen

"Ancestors of Unicy Gillette. The name is French, from Guillot, the French diminutive for William; the family came from Gillette, a town in Piedmont, France, with William the Conqueror, to England." (From Homes, Directory of the Heads of New England Families 1620-1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1974.)

More About Unicy Gillette: Burial: Needy Cemetery, near Mollala, Oregon

More About Noah Leabo and Unicy Gillette: Marriage: 11 Feb 1812, Cooke County, Virginia

Children of Noah Leabo and Unicy Gillette are:

      12             i.   Unknown3 Leabo, born Abt. 1813; died Unknown.

+ 13 ii. Isaac Jasper Leabo, born 13 Oct 1815 in Monroe County, Indiana; died 13 May 1899 in Larene (Lincoln County) Washington.

+ 14 iii. John J. Leabo, born 1817 in Monroe County, Indiana; died 1865 in Salem (Marion County) Oregon.

      15           iv.   Anna Leabo, born 1819 in Huntington, Indiana; died Unknown in As a child.
      16            v.   Rachel Leabo, born Abt. 1821 in Monroe County, Indiana; died Unknown.  She married // Farmer; died Unknown.

Notes for Rachel Leabo: Rachel remained in Tennessee and did not migrate to Oregon.

      17           vi.   Emily Nancy Leabo, born Bef. 1823 in Indiana; died Unknown.  She married Willis CassiusTyler 1851 in Indiana; born Bef. 1831; died Unknown.

Notes for Emily Nancy Leabo: Emily remained in Tennessee and did not migrate to Oregon. More About Willis CassiusTyler and Emily Leabo: Marriage: 1851, Indiana

+ 18 vii. James Roland Leabo, born 14 Aug 1823 in Cocke County, Tennessee; died 26 Aug 1895 in Portland, Oregon.

+ 19 viii. Catherine Leabo, born 23 Oct 1825 in Indiana; died 13 Jun 1899 in Hillsdale (Multanoma County) Oregon.

+ 20 ix. Josiah Joseph Leabo, born 16 Mar 1830 in Iowa; died Unknown.

     5.  Jacob2 Leabo (Francois Isaac (LeBas)1) was born 10 Sep 1795 in Knox, Tennessee, and died 10 Jun 1880 in La Fayette (Yamhill County) Oregon.  He married Elizabeth Bailey 29 May 1824 in Monroe County, Indiana.  She was born 1803, and died 1852.

Notes for Jacob Leabo: Source: Carol Ann Hansen

Traveled to the West with the Joseph Meek's party in January, 1846

Census: 1830, Monroe County, Indiana, p. #154 Source: Betty Lebow Sutton

In 1847, Jacob Leabo emigrated to Oregon. The Captain of the wagon train was Isreal Mitchell. In the train were the Thachers, Knightens, Mills and many others. The train originated in the vicinity of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and reached Portland, Oregon in late November.

Shortly after his arrival, Jacob settled on a piece of land in Clackamas County, east of Canby, but returned to Cedar Rapids early in 1848 with Joe Heck, George W. Ebberts, Jack the Sailor, and others. He returned to the west in 1848 with his son Marion, who died December 2, 1853, in company with those who made the trip east in 1848. Jacob Leabo was born September 10, 1795 in Knox County, Tennessee, married Elizabeth Bailey, who was born in Kentucky in 1803. She died in Linn County, Iowa near Cedar Rapids, August 25, 1852 and is buried in the Campbell Cemetery. Jacob returned to Iowa in 1853 to find that his wife had died the year before. He moved to Freemont County, near Sidney, Iowa and lived there until 1862, when he again went west with quite a company of relatives. He lived in Forest Grove, Oregon for some years in the home of O. J. (Maje) Leabo, finally moving to Lafayette, Oregon, with the Maje Leabo family, where he died June 10, 1880. He is buried in the Cemetery near Lafayette, Oregon.

More About Jacob Leabo: Burial: 1880, Campbell Cemetery near LaFayette, Yamhill County, Oregon

More About Jacob Leabo and Elizabeth Bailey: Marriage: 29 May 1824, Monroe County, Indiana

Children of Jacob Leabo and Elizabeth Bailey are:

      21             i.   Mary Helen3 Leabo, born 1825; died Unknown.  She married (1) Joseph Barnett; died Unknown.  She married (2) Hiram Dunn; died Unknown.
      22            ii.   Francis Marion Leabo, born 1827; died 02 Dec 1852.  He married Harriet Bryant 05 Apr 1849 in Marion Township (Linn County) Iowa; born Bef. 1831; died Unknown.

More About Francis Leabo and Harriet Bryant: Marriage: 05 Apr 1849, Marion Township (Linn County) Iowa

      23           iii.   Orcemas Holland Leabo, born 1830; died Unknown.  He married Catherine Daniels; died Unknown.

+ 24 iv. James Oradon Leabo, born 25 Aug 1833 in Indiana; died Unknown.

      25            v.   Ellen Candance Leabo, born 1835; died Unknown.  She married Hiram Darr; died Unknown.

Notes for Ellen Candance Leabo: Source: Carol Ann Hansen. Emigrated to Oregon in a party led by Josiah Leabo, son of Noah Leabo, in 1862.

      26           vi.   Oscar Fitzallen Leabo, born 1838; died Unknown.  He married Jane Burt; died Unknown.
      27           vii.   Saphroni Leabo, born Abt. 1840; died Abt. 1840.
      28          viii.   Augustus C. Leabo, born 1842; died Unknown.  He married Pauline Horsman; died Unknown.
      29           ix.   Alice Leabo, born Abt. 1845; died Abt. 1845.
      30            x.   Marlin Bailey Leabo, born 1850; died Abt. 1856.
     7.  Josiah2 Leabo (Francois Isaac (LeBas)1) was born 26 Sep 1796 in Indiana, and died 31 Dec 1848.  He married Sarah (Sally) Van Buskirk 11 May 1824 in Monroe County, Indiana, daughter of Isaac Van Buskirk and Jerusha Little.  She was born 10 Jun 1798 in Ohio, and died 16 Aug 1877.

Notes for Josiah Leabo: Source: Dr. Oran Roberts and Indiana State Library Genealogy Division "L-M" Indiana Marriages Through 1850.

The 1850 Census, Posey Township, Clay County, Indiana list the widow Sarah Lebo (Leabo misspelled by census taker), and three of her boys. Josiah Leabo, Sarah's husband, died on December 31, 1848. Some have his birth date 1788

Notes for Sarah (Sally) Van Buskirk: Source: Dr. Oran Roberts

The 1850 Census, Posey Township, Clay County, Indiana list the widow Sarah Lebo (Leabo misspelled by census taker), and three of her boys.

Sarah Lebo, 54, Female, Value of Real Estate: $900, Ohio

Thomas Lebo, 23, Male, Laborer, Indiana

James Lebo, 14, Male, Indiana, Attended School

John Lebo, 13, Male, Indiana, Attended School

More About Josiah Leabo and Sarah Van Buskirk: Marriage: 11 May 1824, Monroe County, Indiana

Children of Josiah Leabo and Sarah Van Buskirk are:

+ 31 i. Isaac Shelby3 Leabo, born 24 Feb 1825 in Owen County, Indiana; died 07 Dec 1885 in Guilford County, Kansas.

      32            ii.   Thomas J. Leabo, born 29 Aug 1826 in Indiana; died 26 Nov 1850.
      33           iii.   Nancy A. Leabo, born 26 Sep 1827; died Unknown.

+ 34 iv. Josiah Leabo, born 12 May 1831 in Indiana; died 08 Jan 1895 in Hartford, Kansas.

      35            v.   James M. Leabo, born 23 Jun 1835 in Indiana; died Unknown.

Notes for James M. Leabo: Source: Dr. Oran Roberts

Civil War Muster Rolls:

Surname Given: Lebo, Name: James, Middle Initial, Company C, Unit: 9th Kansas Cavalry Regiment, Rank - Induction: Private, Rank - Discharge: Private, Notes Box #3127, Extraction #3127, Record #3127, Allegiance: Union

American Civil War Soldiers:

James Leabo

Claimed Residence in Ottumwa (Coffey County, Kansas)

Enlist Date: 07 August 1861, Enlist Rank: Private

Served Kansas Enlisted C Co. 9th Cav Reg. KS Mustered Out at Leavenworth, KS on 21 November 1864

Source: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas

James and John V. Leabo are listed on the 1859 Census Index for Coffey County, Kansas.

+ 36 vi. Dr. John Van Buskirk Leabo, born 18 Jun 1836 in Terre Haute, Indiana; died Unknown.

     9.  Catherine2 Leabo (Francois Isaac (LeBas)1) was born 1799, and died 08 Nov 1894.  She married John Van Buskirk 26 May 1822 in Monroe County, Indiana.  He was born 17 Dec 1792 in Ohio, and died 10 Sep 1846 in Monroe County, Indiana.

More About Catherine Leabo: Burial: Unknown, Van Buskirk Cemetery, Gosport (Owen) Indiana

Notes for John Van Buskirk: John Van Buskirk served in the Army during the War of 1812 and was wounded at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

More About John Van Buskirk and Catherine Leabo: Marriage: 26 May 1822, Monroe County, Indiana

Children of Catherine Leabo and John Van Buskirk are:

+ 37 i. Isaac3 Van Buskirk, born 21 Jul 1826 in Indiana; died 17 May 1863.

      38            ii.   John Van Buskirk, born 16 Jun 1828 in Gosport (Owen County) Indiana; died 26 Dec 1913 in Gosport (Owen County) Indiana.  He married Lavada Starks 21 Oct 1849 in Monroe County, Indiana; died 1855.

More About John Van Buskirk and Lavada Starks: Marriage: 21 Oct 1849, Monroe County, Indiana

Generation No. 3

     13.  Isaac Jasper3 Leabo (Noah B.2, Francois Isaac (LeBas)1) was born 13 Oct 1815 in Monroe County, Indiana, and died 13 May 1899 in Larene (Lincoln County) Washington.  He married Mary "Polly" Lewis 21 Jul 1836 in Boone County, Indiana.  She was born 30 Oct 1819 in Boone County, Indiana, and died 08 Sep 1901 in Toledo, Oregon.

Notes for Isaac Jasper Leabo: Emigrated to Oregon in 1846. Settled in French Prairie, Oregon.

Isaac Leabo (1815-1899) Obituary

Published in the Yaquina Post, Toledo, Lincoln County, Oregon

(Transcription and notes by his 3rd Great-Grandson, Oran Roberts)

Mr. Isaac Leabo was born in Indiana, Oct. 13, 1815 and died in Larene, Lincoln County, Washington, on May 13, 1899. He was married to Mary Lewis in Indiana in 1836 (July 21). He crossed the plains with his wife and four children in 1846, first settling in French Prairie. He was the first white man that ever navigated the Williamatte (sic) River from Eugene to Salem. At different times during his life he was quite wealthy, owning property in and around Salem where he spent the greater part of his life.

He was a man of temperate habits, a zealous Christian, always finding more pleasure in giving than receiving. He was liberal in his views and opinions and enjoyed the friendship and respect of a large acquaintanceship. It can be truthfully said that he had not an enemy in the world.

Notes & sources provided by Oran Roberts:

1. Isaac Leabo died while staying with his daughter, Hannah Margaret (Leabo) Phar in Larene, Lincoln County, Washington. He is buried in the Davenport Cemetery, Lincoln County, Washington. He is probably in an unmarked grave, as a search could not locate a tombstone.

2. Isaac and Polly Leabo's four children who traveled with them to Oregon in 1846 were Noah Jasper Leabo, Hannah Margaret (Leabo) Phar, John James Leabo and Isaac J. Leabo. (Sources: Short Autobiography of Hannah Margaret (Leabo) Phar; "Crossing the Plains in 1846" by Sarah Harriet "Hattie" (Phar) Lill, 1976, and the 1850 Census of Clackamus County, Oregon).

3. The account of Isaac's navigation of the river can be found in, "Diary of Virgil Pringle," Overland In 1846: Diaries and Letters of the California-Oregon Trail, Vol I, Edited by Dale Morgan, The Talisman Press, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1963, p. 188. "Monday, November 30--Commenced making canoe for the purpose of going to settlement for supplies in company with Robert Lancefield and Isaac Leabo, and continue our work until Thursday, December 3. I then start ahead for beef, on horseback, leaving the others to finish the canoe, and go down river for flour, etc. I arrived at Long Tom Bath on the 4th, found it swimming, was detained until Sunday, 6th, in making a canoe and crossing in the evening met Orus Brown in company with some others coming back with pack horses to bring in those behind. I returned with them, and was from this to the twenty-fifth of the month getting my family to Salem, the weather all the time rainy and swailes of water to wade every day. Left my wagon and cattle at the forks of the river. "

(A. E. Garrison has much to tell of Lancefield during the previous weeks, and also says that "he and Mr. Lebo as soon as they struck the Willamette dug out a large canoe and leaving their wagon and cattle descended the river with their families...")

More About Isaac Jasper Leabo: Burial: Unknown, Davenport Cemetery, Lincoln County, Washington

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Isaac Jasper Leabo, Sr.'s Timeline

October 13, 1815
Monroe County, IN, USA
August 25, 1837
Age 21
December 25, 1838
Age 23
Atchinson, Missouri, United States
Age 22
July 17, 1841
Age 25
Atchinson, Missouri, United States
April 8, 1843
Age 27
Atchinson, Missouri, United States
May 5, 1845
Age 29
Atchinson, Missouri, United States
January 27, 1848
Age 32
Marion, Oregon, United States
June 16, 1850
Age 34
Marion, Oregon, United States