James Leeper, Sr.
d.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.
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
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
"My Folks" It is an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) scan of his original document. To view the ENTIRE document,visit ...
(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.
Information as of 1968 and 1969 Re-typed 1980
PAGE 418 JAMES LEPPER
MARGARET LEPPER NICHOLAS LEPPERJAMES LEPPER JR. SARAH LEPPERGUINE (GAVIN) LEPPER JANE LEPPERISABELLA LEPPER ANDREW LEPPERMARY 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
ROBERT LEEPER A BROTHER TO IMMIGRANT JAMES LEEPER AND UNCLE TO NICHOLAS AND JAMES LEEPER
Unable to locate Robert Leeper in the 1790 census but there is a will record
of Robert Leeper dated April 13, 1795 WILL 'no date' in York South Carolina Four children are listed Robert Leeper Jr. Eldest daughter Cathrine Leeper
Blanche Leeper and she EX with William McLean of Lincoln County , North Carolina John Leeper my eldest son, I give the lands in Lincoln County and York County, South Carolina. both are mentioned. Since John Leeper my son and daughter Blanche Leeper have never married9 if they wish to retain the home plantation and slaves to- gether. That is permissible providing they live in the home together, otherwise they may divide the plantation.
WITNESSED : William McLean, Robert Johnston and Joseph Beaty.
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.
MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRAMDPARENTS RESEARCH INFORMATION ON OUR FAMILY OF THE LEEPERS ORIGINALLY SPELLED LEPPER
BY WILLIAM ANDREW LEEPER OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
WASHINGTON, D. C.
THEY PROVED THEIR IMPORTATION IN AUGUSTA COUNTY, ORANGE, VIRGINIA ON FEBRUARY TWENTY EIGHT, SEVENTEEN HUNDRED THIRTY NINE.
THEIR AUGUSTA COUNTY LAND ON CHRISTIAN CREEK HAD BEEN SURVEYED MAY 13, 1738. THEIR CHILDREN WERE BAPTIZED BY THE REV. JOHN CRAIG IN THE TINKLING SPRING MEETING HOUSE CONGREGATION, DURING THE YEARS 1741 AND 1744. BEFORE THE YEAR 1747 PURCHASED LAND ON NAKED CREEK AT THE NORTH RIVER. THIS WAS ON BORDER OF PRESENT AUGUSTA COUNTY WHERE HIS BROTHER ROBERT LEEPER'S NAME APPEARS ON THE MILITIA ROLL CALL OF CAPT. JOHN SMITH'S COMPANY.
CHILDREN ON THE IMPORTATION RECORDS
2 SARA LEEPER 8 MARY LEEPER 3 JANE LEEPER 9 MARGARET LEEPER 4 ANDREW LEEPER 10 JOHN LEEPER 5 JAMES LEEPER JR. 11 GEORGE LEEPER 6 GAVIN LEEPER
LAST THREE CHILDREN APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN AMERICA AS THEY WERE NOT LISTED ON THE IMPORTATION RECORD.
( JAMES LEEPER, SON OF NICHOLAS AND MARY LEEPER SERVED AS HIS FATHER'S ATTORNEY IN A LAND SALE DURING THE YEAR 1771, AUGUSTA COUNTY RECORDS. ALSO IN GASTON COUNTY RECORDS HE IS SHOWN AS HIS FATHER'S ATTORNEY DURING THE YEAR 1772.)
Information as of 1968 and 1969 Re-typed 1980 (5)
COUNTY, VIRGINIA. HE WAS THE OLDEST AND HEIR-AT-LAW OF HIS FATHER'S ESTATE. HE WAS ENROLLED 1742 IN CAPT. JOHN CHRISTIAN'S COMPANY MILITIA. HIS NAME ALSO APPEARS IN CAPT JAMES CATHEY'S COMPANY, FOR TAX PURPOSES, POSSIBLY BECAUSE HE OWNED LAND ON NAKED CREEK. HE IS ALSO LISTED IN CAPT. JOHN SMITH'S COMPANY.
NICHOLAS WIFE WAS NAMED MARY. BY EARLY 1760 HE WAS IN NORTH CAROLINA. HE SETTLED IN GASTON COUNTY NEAR HIS UNCLE ROBERT LEEPER AND BROTHER JAMES LEEPER JR. WHERE WITH OTHERS BUILT THE OLD FORT AT THE SOUTH FORK ON THE CATAWBA RIVER. IN 1761 HE BOUGHT LAND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CATAWBA FROM ROBERT LEEPER 0PP: ANDREW CATHEY'S SURVEY. RECORDS SHOW HE RECEIVED A LAND GRANT FOR 190 ACRES OF LAND ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CATAWBA RIVER JOINING HIS OWN, ALEXANDER McLEAN'S AND JAMES CARTER'S LINES, APRIL 23, 1762. IN 1763 HE BOUGHT LAND ON THE BROAD RIVER AND RICHLAND CREEK FROM FRANCIS BEATY AND ROBERT LEEPER.
IN 1763 HE GAVE POWER OF ATTORNEY TO HIS SON JAMES LEEPER AND GEORGE SEAWRIGHT TO SETTLE HIS FATHER'S ESTATE IN AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA SON JOHN LEEPER WAS ADMINISTRATOR OF NICHOLAS ESTATE, APRIL 4, 1786.
THERE IS A MARY LEEPER BORN IN 1728 AND DIED OCTOBER 20, 1784, WHO IS
BURIED IN SMITH'S CEMETERY, BELMONT, GASTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. SINCE THERE IS NO MENTION OF A WIFE IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF NICHOLAS ESTATE-JANUARY 1, 1791, WE MAY ASSUME THAT COULD BE HIS WIFE MARY.
CHILDREN: 1- JAMES LEEPER WAS MARRIED TO JANE ? WHO MARRIED A SCOTT AFTER THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND. CHILDREN: MARY LEEPER JAMES LEEPER ELIZABETH LEEPER
2- MATTHEW LEEPER WAS MARRIED TO AMYTIAH ?
3- MARGARET LEEPER WAS MARRIED ON OCTOBER 2, 1786 TO JOHN NEAGLE
4- ROBERT LEEPER
WHO WAS BORN IN 1761 AND DIED FEBRUARY 6, 1835. CHILDREN: ANDREW LEEPER
JAMES LEEPER ESTHER LEEPER JOHN DAMERON LEEPER NANCY E. LEEPER
(2) SARAH LEEPER, SECOND NAMED IN THE IMPORTATION RECORDS, MARRIED JOHN SEAWRIGHT OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA. HE OWNED LANDS IN BOTH SECTIONS OF REV. JOHN CRAIG'S CONGRESSIONAL TINKLING SPRING AND AUGUSTA STONE MEETING HOUSE AREAS. CHILDREN: MARGAHET SEAWRIGHT WAS BAPTIZED BY REV. CRAIG, JULY 25, 1742. SHE
WAS MARRIED TO SAMUEL McPHEETERS JAMES SEAWRIGHT WAS BAPTIZED BY REV. CRAIG, SEPTEMBER 22, 1744 ANNE SEAWRIGHT NAMED IN HER FATHER'S WILL ALONG WITH BROTHER JAMES, MARRIED A RANKIN.
(3) JANE LEEPER, THIRD NAMED IN THE IMPORTATION RECORDS, MARRIED SAMUEL HENDERSON. HE OWNED LAND IN BEVERLY MANOR, ON THE MIDDLE AND NORTH RIVERS IN AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA. HE WAS AN EARLY MEMBER OF THE TINKLING SPRING MEETING HOUSE. HE WAS ONE OF SEVEN BROTHERS WHO MIGRATED TO THIS AREA.
CHILDREN: JOHN HENDERSON WAS BAPTIZED BY REV. CRAIG JANUARY 30, 1743
MARGARET HENDERSON WAS BAPTIZED BY REV. CRAIG, MARCH 17, 1745 JAMES HENDERSON WAS BAPTIZED BY REV. CRAIG, MARCH 22, 1747 REBECCA HENDERSON WAS BAPTIZED BY REV. CRAIG, JUNE 4, 1749 JEAN HENDERS0N WAS NANED IN HUGH THOMPSON'S WILL IN 1757 SARAH HENDERSON - ANDREW HENDERSON - FLORENCE HENDERSON - ALEXANDER HENDERSON - DAVID HENDERSON - SAMUEL HENDERSON - WILLIAM HENDERSON
(4) ANDREW LEEPER, FOURTH NAMED IN THE IMPORTATION RECORDS, MARRIED JANE
(JEAN) THOMPSON, A DAUGHTER OF HUGH THOMPSON. IN HUGH THOMPSON'S WILL FOUR LEEPER CHILDREN ARE NAMED ANDREW AND JEAN SEPERATELY, HUGH AND ELIZABETH TOGETHER AS IF BROTHER AND SISTER. PRESUBABLY IN THIS FAMILY
CHILDREN: ANDREW LEEPER
(5) JAMES LEEPER JR, FIFTH NAMED IN THE IMPORTATION RECORDS, MIGRATED TO HIS UNCLE (ROBERT) AND OLDER BROTHER (NICHOLAS) ON THE CATAWBA RIVER, AT SOUTH POINT IN THE PRESENT GASTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. SINCE HE IS THE ONE REMAINING LEEPER BROTHER OF SUFFICIENT AGE (WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF NICHOLAS) TO MARRY A DAUGHTER OF HUGH THOMPSON AND FATHER TWO CHILDREN BY 1757, HE MAY BE THE FATHER OF HUGH AND ELIZABETH LEEPER, NAMED ABOVE. AND IF HE WAS IN NORTH CAROLINA IN 1760 HE COULD NOT HAVE (LIKE ANDREW LEEPER AND BRYCE RUSSELL) ASSUMED PERSONAL RESPONSIBLITY FOR THE AFFAIRS OF A FAILING FATHER- IN-LAW. (SEE LYMAN CHALKEYS RECORDS OF AUGHSTA COUNTY, VA.(1745-1800 L-86)
CHILDREN: HUGH LEEPER IS IN HUGH THOMPSON'S WILL 1757
ELIZABETH LEEPER IS IN HUGH THOMPSON'S WILL 1757 MATTHEW LEEPER, BORN MAY 27, 1755, DlED OCTOBER 12, 1849, (GASTON COUNTY HISTORY) SMITH GRAVEYARD IN BELMONT, N.C. JAMES LEEPER JR, (ACTUALLY JAMES 3RD) GASTON COUNTY HISTORY
(6) GAWIN LEEPER, SIXTH NAMED IN THE IMPORTATION RECORDS, APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN IN AUGUSTA COUNTY UNTIL 1778. HE SIGNED A LAND TITLE ALONE, WHICH MIGHT INDICATE HE IS STILL UNMARRIED. IN 1779 THE COUNTY RECORD SPEAKS OF HIM AS "LATE IN AUGUSTA".
Application ( no name given) was submitted at 71 years of age. Served
three terms totaling one year, three months and was pensioned at $50 dollars per annum. Further proff was requested by pension office, 7 September 1833.
On December 9, 1833, James appeared before Judge Thomas P. Eskridge
in open court, Territory of Arkansas, County of Washington. Paper signed and sealed in James Leeper's signature. This contains the following facts.
Drafted December 1779 and discharged 24 March 1780. In three months
he marched from Charlotte, North Carolina by the way of Camden to Charleston, South Carolina, and was in no battle.
April 1780 , volunteered and was discharged October 1780. He was prin -
cipally in Lincoln and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina in an expedition against the Tories.
April 1871, he substituted himself in the place of Matthew Leeper, a
resident of Lincoln County. He was discharged June the following. He marched in one month from his place of resident in Lincoln County, North Carolina to Hanging Rock in South Carolina. He was engaged in no battle.
Enlisted in the state troops July 1781 and was discharged in October
the same year. Marched from residence to interior of South Carolina and there passed from one theighborn ? road to another.
In 1781 was drafted but hired Matthew Leeper as a substitute. He was
in service two months.
Number of persons in Washington County, Territory of Arkansas by whom
he may establish these facts: Matthew Leeper, Alexander Porter, Matthew Armstrong, Joseph Hart and Thomas McLean; Also Joseph Henry and Robert Henry of Bunkum County, North Carolina if living will do same.
On same day in open court, John Cureton, Clergyman, Sebron G. Sneed
and Lee C. Blakemore swore. "That we believe him to be seventy two years of age
Among interrogations before court: Where and what year were you born?
I was born in Augusta County, Virginia, September 1761.
Where were you living when called into service? Where have you lived
since and where are you now living? I was living in Lincoln County North Carolina when I was called into service of the United States, and since the Revolutionary War I have lived in Hayward County, North Carolina, Franklin County, Tennessee, Jackson County, Alabama and I now live in Washington County, Arkansas Territory.
Have you any record of your age? I have no record of my age. It was
lost at the time of the sale of my fathers estate. On the same day Judge Eskridge certified the hearing for the pension
From a book History of Gaston County, North Carolina by Mrs Puitt
printed in 1939. It states that Matthew Leeper born May 27, 1755 was the son of James Leeper, pioneer and nephew to Nicholas Leeper . He had two sons Matthew and James Leeper. (9)