John Edmund LEESON
John was born at Rugby in Warwickshire, England.
He married Mary Seales (born at Christchurch in 1877) at Levin in 1900.
They had four girls & four boys. One daughter died in infancy. Another daughter died in her 20's not long after getting married.
The first two children were born in Levin. One son, Ted, served in WW2.
John started out as a labourer at Tokomaru before moving to Levin to be a fruiterer around 1896. He moved to Morrinsville to be a farmer around 1905.