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Somewhere in the early 1850s, she married George Washington "G. W." Barton (1826-1864), a native of Alabama. They moved to Winn Parish, Louisiana, and had three sons: Benjamin Franklin Barton (1854-1934), Thomas Jefferson Barton (1856-1930), and William Jasper Barton (1861-1946). G.W. fought for the Confederates and died during the Civil War, He likely participated in the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana, on April 8, and may have died from wounds suffered there.
Leah married my third great-grandfather, Levi Lewis Spikes (1805-1881), who was 30 years her senior, in 1865, when she was 30 and he was 60 (he was married at least once before). They had four children: Levi Spikes (1868-1933), James W. Spikes (1869-1910), Sara(h) Ann [Sarianne?] Spikes (1871–1935), my great-great-grandmother, and Erastus Spikes (1874-1947).
Levi Sr. and Leah were living in Grant Parish, Lousiana, for the 1980 US Census, and that is where Levi died in 1881. By the 1900 Census, Leah is back in Winn Parish (as are her children), where she died on June 8, 1903. She is buried in Brown Cemetery in Sardis, Winn Parish, as are many of her descendants and kin.
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