James Leeper, Sr., Blacksmith of Augusta County, VA
d.bef. 21 June 1763 Augusta County, Virginia
m. Bef. 1716
Facts and Events
James Leeper was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Importation to Orange County, Virginia
Headrights were grants of 50 acres of land per "head" - or per white male over the age of 16 who transported himself to the colonies. They appear in the Court of Common Pleas in the county in which the land was granted.:
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James Leeper's land (Beverley Manor SW, 536 acres, 1739) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Processioning List of 1760
Information on James Leeper
Leeper records in Augusta County, VA:
This is page 1-52A of William A. Leeper's pamphlet
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1) THE LEEPER FAMILY ORIGIN
LEIPER SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN THE ORIGINAL SPELLING, OF MY NAME. IT HAS BEEN SPELLED MANY WAYS OVER THE YEARS.( LEAPER, LEPPER, LEEPHAR, LEPER, LEPAR, LEPPAR, LEIPPER, LAIPER, LIPPRE, LEAPHAR, LEPPAYR, LEEPER ,LEIPER)
THE NAME LEIPER HAS BEEN PROMINENT IN SCOTLAND AND AMERICA FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS. IT HAS BEEN STATED THAT THE NAME IS BELIEVED TO BE FROM THE FRENCH WHO MIGRATED TO SCOTLAND IN THE EARLY YEARS AND LIVED THERE.
FROM A BOOK BY HARRISON-'SURNAMES OF-(- UNITED KINGDOM') LEAPER (ENG) MEANS RUNNER, COURIER, DANCER THUS LEAPER (OE-HLEAPERE), A BOOK BY THE TITLE 'SCOTTISH SURNAMES' LEPPER MEANS A CARRIER OF THE SCOTTISH BANNER WITH A LEOPARD ON IT. IN A BOOK BY BLACK,'SURNAMES OF SCOTLAND', LEAPER, LEIPER AND LAIPER IS FROM (OE-LEAPERE,) A BASKET MAKER. A LEAP WAS A BASKET MADE FROM RUSH AND SEDGE. JOHANNE LEPER WAS A BURGESS IN EDINBURGH 1189. WALTER LIPPERE WITNESSED A CHARTER OF TURRIFF IN 1272. PATRICK LEPER WAS BURGESS IN EDINBURGH IN 1368. ANDREW LEPAR WITNESSED AN INSTRUMENT OF CONCORD BETWEEN THE BISHOP OF ABERDEEN AS DID JOHN DE FORBES IN YEAR 1391. ALEXANDER LEPAR WAS AN ADMITTED BURGESS OF ABERDEEN IN 1408. WILLIAM LEPAR IN 1487. ALAN LEPPAR WAS BURGESS OF PRESTWICK IN 1507.(ME - AF LEPRE) LEIPER -1711 - LEIPPER - 1608.
IN A WORK OF GENEALOGY 'THE THOMAS BOOK' THERE APPEARS A SKETCH OF A LEIPER FAMILY. IT SAYS THAT ACCORDING TO FAMILY TRADITION, A THOMAS LEIPER LIVED IN STRATHAVEN, CLYDESDALE, SCOTLAND ABOUT THE YEAR 1700. HE IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN DESCENDED FROM A FRENCHMAN, WHO CAME TO SCOTLAND DURING THE YEAR 1561, IN THE SUITE OF 'MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS'. HE WAS MARRIED TO HELEN HAMILTON OF KYPE. THEY HAD THREE SONS WHO ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH AND AFTER GRADUATING* THEY CAME TO AMERICA. ANDREW LEEPER BECAME A LEADING SURGEON IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, WHERE HE DIED DURING 1798. JAMES LEEPER WENT TO MARYLAND AND MARRIED A SISTER TO GOVERNOR SMALLWOOD. THOMAS LEEPER SETTLED IN PHILADELPHIA AND BECAME A LEADING CITIZEN THERE.
DURING THE EARLY YEARS BETWEEN SEVENTEEN AND EIGHTEEN HUNDRED THERE WERE MANY LEEPERS LIVING IN PA., VA., TENN., AND N.C. IN RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA. COURT HOUSE THE NAME ISABELLA LEEPER APPEARS FREQUENTLY. HER RELATIONSHIP IS NOT KNOWN BUT AS THE POPULATION BETWEEN 1750 AND 1755 WAS SPARSE, IT HARDLY SEEMS POSSIBLE THAT TWO FAMILIES OF THE SAME NAME TO BE LIVING THERE AT THE SAME TIME, NOT BE RELATED. IT SEEMS THE LEEPERS, LONGS AND THE YOUNGS MOVED TO TENNESSEE THERE-AFTER, AS THEIR HISTORY RUNS PARALLEL DURING THOSE PIONEERING DAYS , AND THEY INTERMARRIED SEVERAL TIMES.
THERE WAS A LEIPER FAMILY WHO DID LIVE IN DOWN COUNTY, IRELAND. IT IS SAID TO BE THE HOME OF AN ALLEN LEIPER BORN DURING THE YEAR 1720. HE WAS KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN IN PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE YEAR 1744.
Information as of 1968 and 1969; Re-typed 1980
BOOK: TINKLING SPRING PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - 1739 RECORDS
PAGE 418: JAMES LEPPER, MARGARET LEPPER, NICHOLAS LEPPER, JAMES LEPPER JR., SARAH LEPPER, GUINE (GAVIN) LEPPER, JANE LEPPER, ISABELLA LEPPER, ANDREW LEPPER, MARY LEPPER FEBRUARY 28, 1739 (O.B. II-109) [Note the spelling on the records then].
THE AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA COURT HOUSE RECORDS
Record shows that James Leeper and his wife Margaret Leeper - Proved their importation in Augusta County, Virginia, February 28, 1739. It shows that he had lands surveyed on Christian Creek, May 13, 1738. Record also shows that they purchased land on Naked Creek before the year 1747. Their children were baptized between the years 1741 and 1747. A record showing a James Leeper died during the year 1763 and listed his children as below.
Nicholas Leeper - eldest; Guine (Gavin) Leeper; Sarah Leeper; Isabella Leeper; Jane Leeper; Mary Leeper; Andrew Leeper; Margaret Leeper; James Leeper Jr.; John Leeper; George Leeper
We may assume that Margaret, John and George were born in America as their name does not appear on the Importation record. Also their baptismal was between the years 1741 and 1747
Information as of 1968 and 1969; Re-typed 1980
ROBERT LEEPER A BROTHER TO IMMIGRANT JAMES LEEPER AND UNCLE TO NICHOLAS AND JAMES LEEPER
Year 1742, Robert Leeper's name appears on the militia of Capt John Smith's Company Page 34 Book 2 Robert Leeper - A memorial for 325 acres of land in Mecklenburg County, N.C. on the north side of Catawba River at Mill Creek was certified February 25, 1767 by Governor Tryon or N.C, for me and also 800 acres of land on the south side ofCatawba River 'Wateree. S.C.' May have been the Broad River below the Forks at the mouth of said river and granted to me August 30, 1753 by Matthew Rowan Lt. Govenor of N.C. but now a state line has been located there, and these lands are found to be in S.C.. A tax return was made in Charleston, S.C. December 11, 1772 by Robert Leeper in person. Conclusion- Josuah Leeper was in old upper Beaufort county by 1753. by 1771 Robert Leeper was in York county by 1753 but thought himself to be in N.C.
ANSON C0UNTY, N.C. DEED ABSTRACTS & 1st TAX LISTS YEAR 1763
November 4, 1761- Robert Leeper and Cathrine Leeper, wife of Anson County, to Nicholas Leeper, for 135 proc money... on north side of the fork of Catawba opp. to Andrew Cathey's survey, 400 acres granted to Robert Leeper August 31, 1753...Signed by Robert Leeper 'seal' Cathrine Leeper(x) 'seal' Witnessed William Henry, William Patrick, John Thomas
February 24, 25, 1754- Robert Leeper and Cathrine Leeper, wife of Anson County to Adam Snider (lease s5, release 60 Va money) land on south side of Catawba, Leepers Creek, 300 acres of land granted to Leeper October 8, 1751...Signed Robert Leeper 'seal' Cathrine Leeper (x) (seal' Witnessed; Robert Patrick Abraham Kuykendall, John Thomas.
February 25, 26, 1754 Robert Leopard and Kathrin, wife of Anson County, to Peter Auster (lease s5, release 20 Va money); land on south side, Catawba above the great shoal on both sides Leepers Creek including Cobron and Cathey's Camp, 200 acres granted to said, Robert Leeper, March 31, 1755 . Robert Leeper 'seal' Witnessed; Robert Patrick, Abraham Kuykendall, John Thomas. (4)