Mary was b. in Indiana on Sept. 10, 1838 & crossed the plains to Oregon with her parents in 1852. At age 54 she was 5’ 5”, 200 pounds, and dark complexion. Her mother died enroute and was buried near the Platte River at Sweetwater. Mary being the oldest of seven children had the responsibility of caring for the family. Her parents were John Leabo and Nancy Ellison. Nancy was b. in Indiana.