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A Lost Letter — Reverend Canon Thomas Leech and Mary Empey Leech

A Lost Letter — Reverend Canon Thomas Leech and Mary Empey Leech

According to Ancestry.ca Mary Rombough Empey Leech married Rev. Thomas Leech on Tuesday June 25,1901 in Lanark, Ontario. This letter that I rescued was mailed from Carleton Place, Ontario on February 23, 1896, so they were not married yet.

Mary was born in 1862, so she was 39 years of age and he was 38 years of age when they married. They had one child Mary Adelaide (middle name named after her Grandmother) Leech and she was born June 19, 1902. On Jun 1921 •  she lived in Loughboro Township, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, single and lived with the family in the family with Kingston. Their daughter Mary Adelaide LEECH was born on June 19, 1902, in Leeds, Ontario, her father, Thomas, was 39, and her mother, Mary, was 40. She died in 1996 at the age of 94.

This letter written from Mary Empey Leech to Thomas Leech from Mary was addressed to Reverend Leech in Bathurst Ontario–stamped Carleton Place on the front and Bancroft on the back. It begins:

Carleton Place February 23, 1896

My dearest love,

There is only J. the wee lad and myself here today. Father and Mother are both in Ottawa. We hope the change may do them both much good- Too many remark how much dear old father has failed this winter- I feel quite downhearted some nights as I come in from work and find him so miserable. However, if he gets along through Spring he may feel smart and stronger in the summer. This winter has been very trying to so many people.

How have you managed dear to get through the deep snow this month? Are you glad the Archbishop has made his visit? Helps your mission. Am sorry the Brotherhoods will not be with you sooner. I suppose however that he is coming and begin duty in his new field at easter. How have you and Mrs. Mallet settled in? I drove home (horse) part of the way this morning for a chat with your father and Ettie. Your mother stayed in town as it was lucky it was a mild day.

Say? dear home– You follow in a “careless rut” with writing to the home-folks- perhaps you have written within the last fortnight- have not heard any complaints since two weeks ago.

Maggie and Hattie attend church very regularly. Edith and ? are not so regular- they attend all the funerals though. I was joking with Hattie about W. the other day. She is very comfortable and I think very happy. This is Lent so I must abstain dear for sending you too long a letter. Will send you a copy of the “Passion of Jesus” which we are having here during this Lenten season. You may give it to Mrs. Sargeant. Perhaps she could get it up for Passion Week. We are not taking the “Story of the Crosses” on last page on as it would be long all taken together at one service. Think you will like it. once more dear love adieu. Yours as ever.


Thanks for sending the writing paper send another soins ( in care of her) Thank you

I would like to know how high the “snow mountains” are there. Cannot bear ours. ( snow drifts)

Rev Thomas Leech

DEATH1951 (aged 87–88)
BURIALSaint James CemeteryCarleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
MEMORIAL ID197173302 · View Source
Mary R. Empey Leech
1946 (aged 83–84)
Saint James Cemetery
Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
197173303 · View Source
Mary Rombough Leech (Empey)
Also Known As:“Leach”
Birthdate:June 26, 1862
Birthplace:Osnabruck Centre, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Death:1946 (83-84)
Place of Burial:Carleton Place, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:Daughter of Hamilton Nevis Empey and Adelaide M Empey
Wife of Thomas Leech, Reverend
Mother of Mary Adelaide Leech
Sister of Jean Graham HunterBessy Empey and Adelaide Empey
Mary R. Empey Leech
CEMETERY:St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place
BURIAL PLACE:Lanark Ontario Canada
NOTES:Leech Rev. Thomas Leech M.A. Canon 1863 – 1951 His Beloved Wife Mary R. Empey 1862 – 1946 Beloved Parents Of Mary Adelaide New Every Morning Is The Love
Name:Mary Rombough Leech
[Mary Rombough Empey] 
Race:Scottish (Scotish)
Birth Date:26 Jun 1861
Birth Place:Ontario
Death Date:19 Jul 1946
Death Place:9th Line, Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Father:Hamilton N Empey
Mother:Adelaide Empey
Spouse:Canon T Leech
Certificate Number:027868

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
01 Aug 1946, Thu  •  Page 14

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Rev Canon Leech 1951 death

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Sep 1973, Tue  •  Page 44

Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Linda I remember as a very young girl visiting this gentleman at Xmas to deliver a Xmas tree from our farm.. he was born there and had tears in his eyes when he saw the tree….. i think this is the one you wrote about this ( yes I did LOLOL)—i may have been four at the time but because of the fact he said he was born beside the fireplace —-i remembered him is a photo of the house where he was born which was destroyed by fire sept 17 1954…..Lot 12 conc 9 Beckwith— House destroyed by fire Sept 17 1954. Picture was taken Xmas 1946–mom and dads first xmas there after moving from Lake Avenue in Carleton Place

Text and Photos Donna Mcfarlane

Donna was born when they lived on Lake avenue Jan 6 1945 and they moved Sept 1946 to the farm. Her Mom hated to leave the house in town and move to country with no hydro and no water inside.

The porch was on the lane side of the house and ran fun length of stone house then another porch alongside the summer kitchen and separator room ending at woodshed. The stones at right under porch of stone house then the frame summer kitchen then the woodshed.. behind the house and a wee bit back you will see the drive shed.. in the far rear is the barns

Bathurst in 1896

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Aug 1896, Sat  •  Page 1