Facts and Events
Nicholas Leeper was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition 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.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- 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.
- Page 236.--5th October, 1765. Nicholas Leeper to Margaret Leeper, £105, 227 acres in Beverley Manor; corner James Moody, said James Leeper's line. Teste: Andrew, Gawin and John Leeper. Delivered: Margaret Leeper, May, 1767.
- Page 505.--21st July, 1772. Nicholas Leeper, of Tryon County, Province North Carolina, planter, to his son, James Leeper. Attorney to execute deed to Hugh Donaghough. Teste: Ezekiel Polk, Nicholas Corry. Proved by Nicholas Corry.
- Page 81.--26th August, 1771 [1772?]. Nicholas Leeper, eldest son and heir-at-law of James Leeper, deceased, of Tryon County, North Carolina, by his son and attorney, James Leeper, to Hugh Donaghe. Patents to James Leeper, Sr., 12th July, 1746, and 26th April, 1742. Teste: Mathew and William Robertson. Delivered. [Note: this deed is dated in 1771, but it appears likely it is actually in 1772, as it appears in the deed book just AFTER the record above in July 1772].
- Page 430.--19th January, 1779. Nicholas Leeper by George Seawright, his attorney, to John Oliver. Gawin Leaper, late of Augusta, sold to John Oliver 66 acres patented to James Leeper, father to said Gawen, 5th June, 1747. James died intestate and land became vested in Nicholas Leeper as heir (?).
Records in Augusta County, VA
- Page 485.--8th May, 1748. £20. James Moody and Rebecca, his wife, to Robert Wilson, 185 acres, part of the land James now lives on; corner to James Wilson, a Spanish oak; corner Nicholas Leeper. Teste: Andrew Cowen, James Leeper, Chas. Dalhouse. Acknowledged, and dower released, 18th May, 1748.
- 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 544.--15th February, 1755. Andrew Leeper and Jane to Gawin Leeper, £120, 299 in Beverley Manor, part of 526 acres sold by Beverley to James Leeper and by James to Andrew; corner Nicholas Leeper.
- Page 319.--21st May, 1760. James Moody to Robt. Wilson, £60, 125 acres in Beverley Manor; corner Nicholas Leeper and said Robt. Wilson; corner James Wilson.
- Page 443.--22d October, 1765. Margaret Leeper's settlement, recorded of estate of James Leeper--Paid to the heirs, viz: To Isiah Curry, Andrew Leeper, Wm. McMullen, Geo. Leeper, Jno. Seawright, Nicholas Leeper. Jno. Leeper. Margaret Leeper, Jr., Saml. Henderson, Jas. Leeper, Jr., in his life time.
Information on Nicholas Leeper
(1) NICHOLAS LEEPER, FIRST NAMED IN THE IMPORTATION RECORDS, AUGUSTA 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.
- 1- JAMES LEEPER WAS MARRIED TO JANE ? WHO MARRIED A SCOTT AFTER THEDEATH 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
- 5- JOHN LEEPER BORN IN 1757 AND DIED APRIL 8, 1804 WAS MARRIED TO ELIZABETH ? WHO WAS BORN IN 1761 AND DIED FEBRUARY 6, 1835.
- CHILDREN: ANDREW LEEPER, WILLIAM LEEPER, JAMES LEEPER, ESTHER LEEPER, JOHN DAMERON LEEPER, NANCY E. LEEPER