Gazlay Family History

FamilyLeonette Sophia Scales


FatherJoseph H. Scales (May 1863 - )
MotherLeonette Nichols (June 1867 - 26 December 1900)

Personal Information

Record Created: 26 October 2009; Last Edited: 5 February 2014 
NameLeonette Sophia Scales
Born 23 May 1897 in Kearny, New Jersey1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Married 6 May 1934 in Elkton, Maryland to William Passmore McGregor
Died 23 May 1992 in Dover Township, Ocean County, New Jersey: She died on her 94th birthday.2


Leonette claimed she weighed only 2 1/2 pounds at birth although this is doubtful given the state of medical procedures at that time. She worked for Westinghouse Corporation for most of her adult life until her retirement in 1962. Leonette was an astute investor in blue chip stocks, and Bill and Leonette were able to maintain a comfortable lifestyle in retirement primarily due to her investments. They enjoyed traveling, especially to New England.


Spouse 1FamilyWilliam Passmore McGregor (son of David McGregor and Nellie Birrell Patterson)
Born 18 July 1897 in New Jersey
Married 20 November 1921 to Josephine Caroline Voelker
Married ca. 1924 to Alice E. Hodgeboom
Married 6 May 1934 in Elkton, Maryland to Leonette Sophia Scales
Died 20 December 1976


  1. New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980; Leonette L. Scales: born: 23 May 1897 in Hudson County, New Jersey; father: Jos. Scales, age 35; mother: Leonette Nichols, age 31.
  2. Death Certificate, New Jersey, Leonette McGregor, issued by Township of Dover Department of Health, Ocean County, New Jersey. Certified copy in possession of Lee Gazlay.
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, New Jersey, Hudson County, Kearny, Enumeration District 51, Sheet No. 1B, family of Joseph Scales (37, New Jersey, May 1863, sign painter); wife of 11 years Leonette Scales (32, New York, June 1867, 3 children, 3 living); son Watson J. Scales (10, New Jersey, June 1889); son Harry E. Scales (4, New Jersey, Dec 1895); daughter Leonette Scales (2, New Jersey, May 1898); s in law Estella Nichols (29, New York, Oct 1870).
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, New Jersey, Essex County, Bloomfield, Enumeration District 7-334, Sheet No. 2B, family of Joseph Scales (64, New Jersey, widow, painter, house); daughter Leonette Scales (31 New Jersey typist, lamp factory); border Estelle Nicolls [sic, Nichols] (60, New York); border Kathleen Pierson (33, England, typist, (?) factory).
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, New Jersey, Essex County, Bloomfield, Enumeration District 7-34, Sheet No. 13B, family of William McGregor (42, New Jersey, salesman, automobile, new cars); wife Leonette McGregor (41, New Jersey, typist, electrical appliance); aunt Estelle Nichols (70, New York, housekeeper, private family); border Kathleen Pierson (45, England, photometer operator, General Electric).