LEEDS is one of my “favorite” family lines from a research perspective, home as it is to: • The legendary Jersey Devil [see my January, 2018 post, “starting your family history research“]; and, • Daniel LEEDS, my immigrant ancestor in this line and, compiler of “the first almanacs in this country, in 1687, continuing until 1716, when his sons Felix and Titan succeeded him,“ with whom fellow almanac-maker Benjamin Franklin himself engaged in an ongoing feud [more on that in another blog post]; and other colorful characters.1
My LEEDS connections begin at my 3rd great grandmother Rhoda Ann (Rudy) LEEDS (Oct. 1, 1797 New Jersey, USA–June 21, 1864 probably Ohio; burial Mount Olive Cemetery, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio, USA) who married George GREGGER (about 1798 Pennsylvania, USA–Oct. 13, 1869 Ohio, USA; Mount Olive Cemetery) on Mar. 27, 1818, in Hamilton County, Ohio.
While I’m uncertain of George’s parents, Great-Grandma Rudy was the daughter of American Revolutionary War veteran James LEEDS (1762 Gloucester County, New Jersey Colony–1841 Sangamon County, Illinois, USA; burial unknown), a Private in Captain Higby’s Company of the New Jersey Militia3, & Rhoda (Rody) BAYARD (abt. 1764–?; burial unknown).
James LEEDS & wife Rody BAYARD, members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), emigrated from New Jersey with their five sons and three daughters on May 15, 1806, settling near Moscow, Clermont County, Ohio.4
“The girls married farmers, and three of the sons became farmers also; the whole six settling in Clermont county. One son, Josiah, learned the hatter’s trade, and Peter T., the subject of this sketch, selected a profession, and commenced the study of medicine at the age of twenty,” John Powers’ History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois, tells us.4 My 3rd great grandma Rhoda Ann (Rudy) was of course one of those sisters marrying a farmer — George GREGGER — and settling in Clermont county.
From the 1850 & 1860 U.S. Federal Censuses I’ve “found” the following nine children for George & Rudy GREGGER (that they may have had more is entirely possible): • My 2nd great-grandfather Emanuel H. (1820 Ohio–1910 Ohio) [See my April 20, 2015, blog post, “three years shy of 100: emanuel h. greger”]; • Abraham M. (Abram) (1823 Ohio–1893 Ohio); • John Franklin (abt. 1829 Ohio– ); • George W. (1829 Ohio–1910); • Mary A. (Polly) (Abt. 1832 Ohio–abt. 1868 Indiana); • Robert Chaffin (1837 Illinois–1880 Illinois); • Thrussey (1839 Ohio–1865 likely Ohio); • Jerome Walter (1840 Ohio–1914 Missouri); &, • Josephus (abt. 1843 Ohio–bef. 1860). Josephus appears to have died in childhood.
More to come on this line from my nearest immigrant ancestor in it, Daniel LEEDS of Leeds, England, on down.
1 The Daily Union History of Atlantic City and County, New Jersey: Containing Sketches of the Past and Present of Atlantic City and County, John F. Hall; 1900, Daily Union Printing Company, Atlantic City, New Jersey, at https://archive.org/stream/dailyunionhistor00inhall/dailyunionhistor00inhall_djvu.txt , accessed October, 2018.
2 Photo contributed to FindAGrave.com by Karri Samson to “George GREGGER” memorial, number 134462653, at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134462653/george-gregger ; accessed October, 2018.
3 “U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900,” “Survivor’s Pension Application” for “James LEEDS,” Ancestry.com, at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1995/MIUSA1775D_136125-00202/36100?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/79831532/person/34405383924/facts/citation/203429397467/edit/record#?imageId=MIUSA1775D_136125-00205 , accessed Oct., 2018.
4 History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois. “Centennial Record”, by John Carroll Power, “Assisted By His Wife, Mrs. S. A. Power,” “Under The Auspices Of The Old Settlers Society;” Springfield, Illinois: Edwin A. Wilson & Co., 1876; via Ancestry.com, at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/18513/dvm_LocHist005468-00231-1/450?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/79831532/person/34405383924/facts/citation/203444107930/edit/record , accessed October, 2018.
5 The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio, “Compiled Under the Direction of Frank D. Henderson, The Adjutant General; John R. Rea, Military Registrar; Daughters of American Revolution of Ohio. Jane Dowd Dailey (Mrs. O. D.), State Chairman;” F. J. Heer Printing Company; Columbus, Ohio; 1929; Vol. III, “Roster listings,” at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/20105/dvm_LocHist006390-00572-0/1100?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/79831532/person/34405383924/facts/citation/203444112820/edit/record , accessed October, 2018.