The Leisey Family Website

In November, 2008 Don Leisey purchased the following books from
the Historical Society of Cocalico Valley in Ephrata, Pennsylvania:
(1) DENVER 1900 - 2000: 100TH ANNIVERSARY, by Willis L. Shirk, Jr.
(2) Journal of The Historical Society of Cocalico Valley Reprint of
"History of Bucher Thal and Denver," by J. R. Johns, M.D., Denver, PA.
The following are quotes about the Joseph Leisey family from these books:

p. 5 "THE LEISEYS' ANCESTOR. John Bucher, having no children of his own, selected from a company of emigrants at the port of Philadelphia a boy and a girl who had come to America penniless in search of employment and homes. He paid the price of their passage whereupon they became his indentured servants till this price was canceled. Both grew up possessed of the most estimable characters. The lady married a Hibshman and went with a Bucher family to Cornwall. The boy was Joseph Leisey, the ancestor of all the Leiseys in these parts. He was born in the fatherland in 1754, and married Sophia Snyder who bore to him a family of seven sons and one daughter.
    When Joseph had grown to manhood he was sent away to learn the weaver's trade; especially to master the difficult art of weaving figures, then a new art in these parts. This he did and did it well, greatly to the pleasure of John Bucher. When the years of his apprenticeship were completed we was given a part of John Bucher's house and a loom with which to follow his trade. Here he operated his loom for twenty-five years, at the same time teaching his seven sons the trade. He was followed by his son, Adam, who occupied the same shop for upwards of fifty years more. The house, enlarged and improved, is now owned by Mrs. Louisa Brubaker of the western end of Denver.
    Here Joseph Leisey's seven sons grew to manhood and, one by one, married and became the heads of families. To devote themselves to their trade, then one of the most important callings, they located at various places near home; one, however, going West. The daughter, Ketty Leisey, died in maidenhood at an advance age. In her youth, when lottery schemes were very popular and much in vogue, she and Christian Ruth were joint owners of a ticket which drew a thousand dollar prize. This enabled her to be a part owner of the homestead after her father's death. Here she lived to her decease." (2)

p. 5 "When John Bucher died childless, his land was inherited by a stepson, Joseph Leisey, whose passage he had paid from Germany. Apprenticed as a weaver after he arrived in America, Joseph Leisey married Sophia Snyder and subsequently set up a loom in John Bucher's house. In 1799 he purchased a lot from Christian Wenger in what is now the western end of Denver (Pennsylvania) and established himself as a weaver in his own right. Today clad in asbestos siding, Leisey's circa 1799 frame dwelling and shop survives at 542-546 Main Street." (1)

p.5 "No public school existed in Bucher Thal (valley) until 1823 when a local board of trustees ordered the erection of a log structure opposite Joseph Leisey's weaving shop." (1)

p. 8 "In accordance with the school law of 1822, providing for the erection of schoolhouses to be under the supervision of local boars of trustees, Bucher Thal built its first schoolhouse. This was in 1823. The house was erected by the lane leading to the "sour meadow, " opposite the weaver shop of Joseph Leisey. This homely log cabin schoolhouse with its row of slab bences against the side walls, behind the long table; with its great ten-plate wood stove, did service in this place till 1856, when it was removed to the orchard above David Leisey's. by the Schoeneck Road."
    "In the abandoned wheelwright shop Joseph Leisey, Jr. lived for many years, eating, sleeping and operating his weaver's loom in the same and only room in the house." (2)

p. 6 "In 1865 ...Joseph Leisey, Jr. converted the old one room log wheelwright shop into his home and weaving shop." (1)

p. 8 "Though the first official post office to serve the region in 1802 was located at Reamstown, Leisey's weaving shop had long served Bucher Thal as a local mail depot." (1)

p. 49 "The mail for Bucher Thal was brought to Leisey's weaver shop for distribution. Joseph Leisey's sons as well as his grandsons were the mail carriers by mutual consent." (1)

p. 6 "Joseph Leisey's seven sons were great leaders in the youthful sports of Bucher Thal ..."
"Near the observer, by the turn in the road, is the new house and weaver shop of Joseph Leisey, the only residence along this road ..."
    "By Joseph Leisey's house is the terminus of a well worn footpath leading across the meadows and a foot bridge over the creek ..." (2)

p. 7 "Here Jacob Leisey, the tailor, son of Joseph, worked at his trade..." (2)

p. 11 "During a very large part of this time Leisey's weaver shop was the mail depot where all Bucher Thal mail was brought for distribution. Joseph Leisey's sons as well as his sons' sons were by mutual consent the mail carriers." (2)

p. 14 "During the War of 1812 when American forces were again called to the field to cope with British high-handedness George and John Leisey, the oldest sons of Joseph Leisey... joined the ranks of the victorious armies under the command of Adam Diller." (2)

p. 17 Among the gang bosses (for the new railroad) was Patrick Hayes. His first work was to secure a congenial boarding place among the farmers.
"But the first week of his sojourn was not complete before a second need was apparent - that of a trustworthy woman willing to do laundry work. He stated this matter to Mr. Royer who suggested Kettie Leisey, daughter of Adam Leisey and granddaughter of pioneer Joseph Leisey, then a young woman living with her parents in the Leisey homestead, adding jocosely, "you may be able then to get her for a wife." A few days later when the end of the week had come Patrick and Mr. Royer, the former with a bundle of soiled clothing under his arm, paid Miss Leisey a visit. Mr. Royer introduced the stranger and gave assurance that payment would promptly follow work don e. He concluded by reminding her of the possibility of finding in Patrick the best kind of husband. She replied by a hearty laugh while Patrick blushed. Well, to make brief the tale of love and lover, Miss Leisey became gang boss Patrick Hayes' washerwoman, then his best girl and subsequently his wife." (2)