Finding John Legassick


About 1851 John Legassick left Tiverton with his wife Eliza and young daughter Jessie.  They headed for the new world and landed in Kingston, Ontario.

From there John travelled to the west of Canada along with others looking for gold.  He was a bootmaker and rather than search for gold he made boots.  He did well.  However, his wife died and in 1867 he took a new one-- Sarah Annie Hall.  They moved to California in 1869.  They had two boys and a daughter and the youngest son, George, produced 5 children.  That was the beginning of the California Le Gassicks.  Can't tell you why the spelling went from "Legassick" to "Le Gassick" but there you go.  Today there are about 50 of us living in Southern California.

We have been searching for his baptism record for 3 years and today we found him in the parish records of St. Peter in Tiverton.


Greg, Sue and Rich

Special thanks to Brian Legassick (of Plymouth) for actually locating John in the microfilm,

and Sue (Legassick) Simpson for recommending we look in the Devon Records office.