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James Leeper, Sr., Blacksmith of Augusta County, VA
b.BEF 1696
d.bef. 21 June 1763 Augusta County, Virginia
  1. James Leeper, Sr., Blacksmith of Augusta County, VABEF 1696 - bef 1763
  2. Robert Leeper, Sr.1699-1710 - ABT 1795
  • HJames Leeper, Sr., Blacksmith of Augusta County, VABEF 1696 - bef 1763
  • WMargaret UnknownBEF 1697 -
m. Bef. 1716
  1. Jane "Jean" LeeperBef 1716 -
  2. Isabella Leeper1717-1736 -
  3. Sarah LeeperBef 1723 - 1794
  4. Nicholas Leeper1726 - bef 1786
  5. Mary Leeperest 1727-1736 -
  6. Andrew LeeperBEF 1731 - BEF 1799
  7. James Leeper, Jr.1731 - 1765
  8. Gawin 'Guine' Leeperabt 1735/36 - abt 1794
  9. George LeeperBET 1741 AND 1747 -
  10. Margaret Leeper1741 -
  11. John Leeper1744 - 1815
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Name James Leeper, Sr., Blacksmith of Augusta County, VA
Gender Male
Birth? BEF 1696
Marriage Bef. 1716 prob. Northern Irelandto Margaret Unknown
Death? bef. 21 June 1763 Augusta County, Virginia[wife Margaret named Administrix]

James Leeper was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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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.:

  • 28 Feb 1739 - James Lepper, Margrot, Nicholas, Sarah, Jane, Andrew, James, Guine, Isbell & Mary Lepper (from Ireland)


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:

  • Pages 433-37. 28-29 Feb. 1739 [1740]. William Beverley, Gent., of Essex County, to James Leaper of Orange County. Lease and release; for £15.15. - current money. 526 acres in Beverley Manner on Shanandore... on a ridge corner to Gibbons Ginnings... (signed) W. Beverley. Wit: Robt. Christian, John Moffett, Robt. Turk. 28 Feb. 1739 [1740]. Acknowledgement by William Beverley, Gent. [Relinquishment of dower as above, Beverley to Mills] [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 3, pg. 29].


Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • James Leeper received a patent (# of acres not determined) "on Naked Creek" on 26th April 1742, (as listed in the dispositions below):
  • James Leeper received a patent for 230 acres "on Naked Creek of North River Shanandore" on 26 April 1746, (as listed in the dispositions below):
  • James Leeper received a patent (# of acres not determined) "on Naked Creek of North River" on 12th July, 1746, (as listed in the dispositions below):
  • p. 386 - 17th August, 1762. James Leeper, Jr., to his father, James Leeper, Sr. [Sr.] £100 on Naked Creek of North River Shanandore, patented to James Leeper, Sr., 12th July, 1746, part of a patent, 26th April, 1742, 230 acres. Teste: Hugh Ross, Isaiah Curry, John Hind. Delivered: John Henderson, September, 1765. DB 10:436.


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 472.- [abt. August 1751] -James Leeper, blacksmith, to Nicholas Leeper, farmer, 227 acres in Beverlcy Manor; corner James Moody.
  • Page 520.--16th June, 1752. James Leeper, blacksmith, and Margaret, to Andrew Leeper, planter, 299 acres in Beverley Manor, part of 525 acres from Beverley to James; corner Nicholas Leeper.
  • Page 115.--16th May, 1759. James Leeper to his son, James Leeper. £5 on Naked Creek of North River patented to James, Sr.. one patent 12th July, 1746. part of patent 26th April 1746, containing 230 acres. Teste: Michael Dickey. Delivered Wm. McMullin, July 1761.
  • Page 118.--16th May, 1759. Same (From James Leeper) to son, Gawen Leeper, £5, on Naked Creek, part of two patents dated June 5, 1747. and April 26, 1742, 353 acres. Delivered: D. Laird by your order, July, 1763.
  • Page 193.--22d August, 1765. Nicholas Leeper, of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, to John Leeper, of Augusta, £20, 200 acres on Naked Creek whereon James Leeper, deceased, formerly lived. Delivered: John Leeper, June, 1777.

Processioning List of 1760

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Page 272.--1760: Processioned by John Malkem and Alex. Blair, viz: For John Young, for Robert Young, for James Anderson, for Alex. Blair, for John Anderson, for John Francey, for Wm. Cunningham, fnr John McKemy. for Walter Trimble, for Hugh Dever, for John Davies, for _____ Doughlas, for Daniel Smith, for Bigham's land formerly known by the name of Gragg's, for Gabriel Pickens, for Robert Poage, for Abraham Smith, for Isaiah Shipman, for David Robiston, for Silas Hart, for John Cunningham, for Henry Smith, for Widow Ramsey, for Thomas Woodal, for Moses Hall, for Andrey McCown, for James Bell, for Edward Erwin, for Alex. Craig, for Wm. Frame, for Thos. Waterson, for Francis Brown, for John King, for John Searight, for John Kear, for Hugh Campbell, for Alex. Kile, for Robert Fowler, for James Gamble, for James Leeper, Sr. and Jr., for James Blair, for Edward Erwin's land formerly known as Brownlee's place, for Adam Stevenson, for Umphrey's place on North River, for Stevenson's place they live on, for Jacob and Christian Roleman, for John Malcom, for William Flimen, for Charles Campbell, for Robert Campbell, for William Brown, for Widow and John and James Alexander, for Michael Dickey, for James Young, for James Patterson, for Andrew Erwin, for John Erwin, for Edward Erwin, for Francis Erwin, for Hugh Campbell, Jr., for James McGill, for Robert Brown, for James Young.


Information on James Leeper

Leeper records in Augusta County, VA:

  • August 29, 1751. James Leeper to Nicholas Leeper. Margaret, wife of James.
  • June 12, 1753. William Leeper nominated as road overseer between Cutalopo Creek and New River.
  • August 16, 1753. William Leeper appointed Constable on New River.
  • May 20, 1760. Hugh Thompson has lost his reason and Bryce Russell and Andrew Leeper are appointed to take care of his estate.
  • June 21, 1763. Margaret Leeper qualified as Administratrix of her deceased husband James Leeper.
  • May 23, 1765. John Seewright and Samuel Henderson ask counter security from Margaret Leeper, Administratrix of husband James Leeper.
  • March 20, 1767. Margaret Leeper, widow of James Leeper...dower assigned.
  • November 19, 1767. Gawin Leeper appointed surveyor from Grattons' Store to Naked Creek.
  • November 23, 1767. Court witnesses, Gawin Leeper, Margaret Leeper.
  • August 17, 1774. John Leeper, vice John McMahon...road overseer.
  • August 19, 1778. Susannah Leeper, wife of John Leeper relinquishes dower in land sold to Anthony Ailor.



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                           "My Folks"

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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


LIST OF PERSONS WHO IMPORTED THEMSELVES OR WERE SPONSORED BY OTHERS IN ORANGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1734 THROUGH 1745 IN ORDER TO OBTAIN LEGAL RIGHT TO TITLE OF LANDS IN THE COLONIES.

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.


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 married if they wish to retain the home plantation and slaves together. That is permissible providing they live in the home together, otherwise they may divide the plantation. WITNESSED : William McLean, Robert Johnston and Joseph Beaty.


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)