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Families covered: Leche of Carden, Leche (Leech) of Chester, Leche of Mollington, Leche (Leich) of Nantwich

John Leche of Carden, Cheshire (a temp Henry IV who r. 1399-1413)
m. Elenor de Cawarden (dau/coheir of William de Cawarden) named Lucy by Commoners
1. John Leche of Carden (a 1431)
  m. Maud del Holte (dau of Robert del Holte, relict of Thomas de Carden)
  A. John Leche of Carden (b c1403, d c1492)
  m. Isabel Johnson (dau/heir of William Johnson of Farndon)
  i. John Leche of Carden
  m. (1478) Margaret Mainwaring (dau/heir of George Mainwaring of Ightfield)
  a. John Leche of Carden (dsp c1553)
  m. Jane (probably not Agnes) Dorman (dau/coheir of George Dorman of Malpas)
  b. Henry Leche of Carden
m. Mary Wilson (dau of Andrew Wilson)
  (1) John Leche of Carden (d 11.06.1568-9)
  m. (before 1538) Jane Fitton (dau of Robert Fitton of Carden)
  (A) John Leche of Carden (bpt 29.10.1558, a 1591)
  The next few generations are partly supported by Visitation (Cheshire, 1663, Leche of Carden).
  m. Ursula Mainwaring (a 1591, dau of Rev. John Mainwaring of Drayton)
(i) John Leche of Carden (bur 28.08.1657)
  m. (mcrt 06.06.1613) Alice Aldersey (dau of William Aldersey, alderman of Chester)
  (a) John Leche of Carden (b c1614, a 1675)
  m1. Elizabeth Newton (bur 14.12.1654, dau of John Newton of Highley)
((1)) John Leche of Carden (bpt 02.02.1642)
  m. (23.09.1674) Grace Currer (bpt 30.11.1643, bur 06.06.1683, dau of Hugh Currer of Kildwick)
  ((A)) John Leche of Carden, Sheriff of Cheshire (a 1719)
  m. Sarah Hargrave (dau/heir of Thomas Hargrave of Helsby)
((i)) John Leche of Carden, Sheriff of Cheshire (a 1753)
  m. (07.05.1728) Mary Hurleston (b c1711, d 29.12.1763, dau of John Hurleston of Newton, niece/coheir of Charles Hurleston)
  ((a)) William Leche of Carden, Sheriff of Cheshire (b c1729, d 08.05.1817, 2nd son) had issue
  m. (26.04.1805) Hannah Newell (d c1845, dau of James Newell)
  ((b)) John Leche of Stretton (dsp 1814)
  m. Margaret Jones of Holt
  ((c)) Penelope Leche (dsp)
  m. Thomas Puleston of Emral
  ((d)) Mary Leche (a 1816)
  m. Thomas Roberts of Mollington
  ((e))+ other issue - John (dvp bur 25.03.1731), Samuel (bpt 01.03.1743, dsp before 1798), Thomas (dsp), James (dsp), Henry (dsp), Edward (dsp), Sarah (a 1768), 2 daughters
  ((ii))+ other issue
  ((B)) Thomas Leche (bpt 1679, d 14.08.1719, rector of Tilston)
  m. Catherine Wright (dau of Edward Wright of Stretton)
  ((i))+ issue (dsp) - John of Stretton (b 1718-9, d 07.04.1785), 2 sons (a 1719)
  ((C)) Henry Leche
  ((D)) Elizabeth Leche (d 23.12.1746)
  m. Thomas Lloyd of Plos Power (b c1671, d 19.10.1734, Rev.)
  ((2)) Charles Leche of Chester (4th son)
  m. Frances Buckley (dau of George Buckley)
  ((A)) Samuel Leche
  ((3)) Sarah Leche
  m. (10.12.1682) Humphrey Whalley of Chester
  ((4))+ other issue - Francis (of St. Asaph), Thomas (minister in Cambridge), Mary, Elizabeth, Alice
  m2. (20.04.1665) Elizabeth Best (widow of Richard Alport of Overton)
  ((9))+ other issue - Richard, Bridget
  (ii) Mary Leche
  m. Thomas Bebington of Chorley
  (iii) daughter
  m. John Hinde of Stanney (rector of Bunbury)
  (B) Charles Leche
  (C) Margaret Leche (bpt 26.09.1567)
(D) Anne Leche
  m. _ Broughton
  (2) Thomas Leche
  m. Margaret Preston (dau of Humphrey Preston or Prestland)
  (A) John Leche (bpt 04.1561)
  c. George Leche (alderman of Chester)
  m. Alice Dutton (dau of John Dutton of Hellesby)
The following comes partly from Ormerod (Cheshire, vol 2, 'Leche of Mollington'), with a little support from Commoners, and partly from Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Leech of Cawarden alias Carden) 7 Visitation (Cheshire, 1613, Leche of Carden).
  (1) William Leche or Leech or Leiche of Chester (a 1552, d 1618, vintner, alderman)
  m. Elizabeth Cludd (dau of William Cludd of Wem)
  (A) Jane Leiche
  m. _ Lother
  (B) Mary Leiche
  m. Henry Ball of Lancashire
  (C) Anne Leiche (dsp)
  m. Thomas Boothe of Pulford
  (D)+ other issue - John (dsp), George (dsp), Allice, Margaret, Elizabeth
(2) Robert Leche or Leech (d 1587, chancellor of diocese of Chester)
  m. Anne Webster (dau of John Webster, alderman of Chester)
  (A) Sir Edward Leech or Leach of Westminster & Shipley (Heanor, Derbyshire) (b c1570, d 12.07.1652, MP)
  Edward is mentioned by Visitation (1580), identifying him as aged 18 in 1580. However, HoP ('Edward Leech') shows that this must be Sir Edward who was about 10 in 1580. HoP &Wikipedia ('Edward Leech') provide the details on him.
  m1. Jane (?) Chaworth (d by 03.01.1626, dau of John Chaworth of Wiverton, sister of George, 1st Viscount)
  (i) William Leech of Shipley (dvp)
  (ii) daughter
  m2. Jane Lambert (dau of Sir Oliver Lambert of Cavan, sister of Lord Lambert)
  (iii)+ other issue - Robert (a 1652), son (dvp) and 3 daughters (1 dvp)
  One of the daughters was ...
  Dorothy Leech (d 1710)
  m. Sir James Long of Draycot, 2nd Bart (b 1617, d 22.01.1691-2)
  (B) Alice (Anne) Leiche
  m. Robert Moore of Leuerpoole (Liverpool)
  (C)+ other issue (a 1580) - Thomas, Robert, William
  (3) Thomas Leche or Leiche not mentioned by Ormerod or BLG1952
  (4) Richard Leche in London
  The following is supported by Visitation (Cheshire, 1663, Leche of Mollington) which confirms that Richard was the 4th son.
  m. (1582) Katherine Deane (dau of John Deane of Reading)
  (A) John Leche (d 23.12.1639, alderman of Chester)
  m1. Margaret Frodsham (dau of John Frodsham)
  (i) Francis Leche of Mollington in Backborn, Cheshire (b c1619, a 1664)
  m. (19.09/12.1649) Bridget Adams (dau of Shorland/Shortland Adams of Treyton)
  (a) Francis Leche 'of Mollington' (b 22.09.1651, 3rd son)
  m. Anne (bur 19.03.1682)
  ((1)) Thomas Leche, last of Mollington (a 1699)
  ((2))+ other issue - John (bpt 15.03.1680-1), Bridget (bpt 12.03.1682)
  (b)+ other issue - Francis (b 17.10.1650, bur 19.10.1650), William (bpt 28.05.1666), Sidney (b 29.07.1661), Mary (bpt 29.08.1653), Bridget (b 29.01.1655), Anne (b 17.10.1658)
  (ii) Mary Leche named Margaret by Ormerod, Mary by Visitation
  m. Joseph Bruen (son of John of Stapleford )
  m2. Anne Pease (dau of George Pease or Peace of Hull)
  (iii) Margaret Leche
  m. Henry Lloyd of Chester
  (iv) Anne Leche (d young)
  d. William Leche
  m. _ Massey (dau of John Massey of Coddington or Poddington)
  (1) Ralph Leche or Leiche of Carden
  Ralph is not mentioned by Ormerod & BLG1952 but is by Visitation (Cheshire, 1613, Leche of Carden) which provides the following.
  m. _ Prestland (sister of Humpfrey Prestland of Ridley Greene, sister of wife of Thomas Leiches (above))
  (A) George Leiche
  m. _ Tarpley (dau of Thomas Tarpley)
  (i) George Leiche
  (B) John Leiche of Grafton (near Tilston)
  m. Thomasyne Brereton (dau/heir of John Brereton of Grafton)
  (i) Charles Leiche
  (C) William Leiche
(D) Alice Leiche
  m. _ Rycroffte (rector of Codington)
  (2)+ other issue (a 1552) - Henry, Jane, Alice mentioned by Ormerod & BLG1952 but not by Visitation
  e. Robert Leche
  (1)+ issue (a 1552) - John, Anne
  f. Jane Leche (a 1552)
  g. Margaret Leche (a 1552)
  m. Hugh Catherall
  ii. Robert Leche of Carden
  a. Anne Leche (a 1552)
  B. David Leche of Nantwich
  Ormerod indicates that David had issue but does not follow his line. We presume that this was the David Leech who was the first shown by Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Leeche of Nantwich) which provides the following.
  i. John Leech of Nantwich
  m. _ Dawson (dau/heir of _ Dawson of Nantwick by dau/heir of _ Wetnall)
  a. John Leech or Leich of Nantwich (d 1598)
  m. Anne Manwaring (dau of Humfrey Manwaring of Nantwich)
  The following is supported Visitation (Cheshire, 1613, Leche of Nantwiche).
  (1) John Leech or Leich of Nantwich had issue
(2) Anne Leech
  m. Thomas Chetwood of Worsestory
  (3) Alice Leech
  b. Elizabeth Leech
  m. William Wetnall
  c. Jane Leech
  m. William Ormeshaw of London
  d. Wenefrid Leech
  m. William Bagnoll of Nantwich
  C. daughter probably of this generationhad
  m. Peter Crewe of Worleston (a 1492)

Main source(s): BLG1952 (Leche of Carden and Stretton), Ormerod (Cheshire, vol II, 'Leche of Carden'), Commoners (vol 2, Leche of Carden) with input/support as reported above
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