was born and raised in Pittsburg where he met and wed Constance
Allison Serker of the Seekers of Clan MacThoy.
day after their wedding anniversary The
Great Fire of Pittsburg broke out. It
started them on the road as travelers for the rest of
were dogged by fires the entire time and finally the
East became an unwelcome place for them. Leech
decided they would head West.
and travel documents place the couple in San
Francisco during the great fires there and in
Chicago in 1871.
couple traveled swiftly after that. MacThoy
historians are able to document their presence in Boston in
1872 when fire broke out there. George was
admitted to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.
1880 they were in Winfield Arkansas. In 1881
Pawnee City, Nebraska. And Carthage, New York in
1884. All at the times of great fires destroying
most of the respective cities.
East Coast once again grew inhospitable so the couple
undertook another journey West, this time to Seattle.
loose sight of the couple until 1892 when they are in
St. John Canada. From there they moved to
Minneapolis the following year which proved to be the
sight of multiple fires beginning at a house of
ill fame. This was followed by fires which
occurred almost monthly. August 13 proved to be the largest blaze
which removed most of the city of Minneapolis. From there in
1899, they moved to Muskogee.
last move was to the great retirement state of Florida,
more specifically, the city of Jacksonville.
met his end at the age of 73, his death attributed to
fright in the Great Fire of Jacksonville. His wife followed him
later. Her death mysteriously described as
had been thought for some time that he had been
responsible for all the above blazes (thus the
nick-name "Firebug") but history has proven
that it was actually his wife, the Widow
Sercker Leech who to blame.