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James Leeper
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Birth: 1740
Muddy Creek Forks
York County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 1826
Brooke County
West Virginia, USA

He was born in 1746 in Muddy Creek Forks, Lower Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

James Leeper and Mary Jane 'Jennie' Amspoker were both about thirty-three when they married in about 1773 in Muddy Creek Forks, Lower Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

In 1780, they moved to Brooke County, Virginia, now in West Virginia. His sister, Elizabeth married his wife's brother, Jonas Amspoker.

James was forty-one when he served in the Revolutionary War in 1781 as a private 7th class under Capt. Edmund Baxter, along with his brother, Samuel and his brother-in law, Jonas Amspoker in the 8th Co. 4th Battalion in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Their known children:

Anna Leeper (Dillon) (b.1775)
John Leeper (b.1776 d.1849)
James Leeper (b.1778 d.1860)
Martha'Mattie'Leeper (b.1780 d.1850)
William Alexander Leeper (b.1782 d.1858)
Jane Leeper (b.1783 d.1868)

Family history was recorded in the Codorus Chronicles, The History and Genealogy of York County, PA. Vol II #4 Feb 1985, and the Commemorative Biographical Record of Carroll County, Ohio, published by J.H. Beers & Co in 1891 and researched by Steve Leeper in 1997 and by Jerry D. Leeper of Glendora, CA in 1997, and later of Kansas.

The Leeper Family History compiled by Laverne Leeper in the 1930s contained two letters written to Mary Leeper Long in 1900 from David Rohrer Leeper, a descendent of James's father.

According to p.181 of a History of Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1747 - 1997, his sister Mary had a son named Alexander Smith and his sister Elizabeth had a son named John Amspoker. The two executors named in James's will were Alexander Smith and John Amspoker. If James was Mary's and Elizabeth's brother, then they would be his nephews.

They had been married about fifty-three years when they both died in 1826 in Brooke County, West Virginia. James died August 16, 1826 and Mary died about three months later on November 9, 1826.

They were buried in the Cross Creek Presbyterian Cemetery in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

The original gravestones were replaced by a modern stone.

James lived to about age 86.
Family links: 
  James McCready Leeper (1719 - 1795)
  Margaret McKee Leeper (1724 - 1764)
  Mary Jane Amspoker Leeper (1740 - 1826)*
  Margaret Leeper Mitchell*
  Jane Leeper (____ - 1868)*
  Anna Leeper Dillen (1775 - 1859)*
  John Leeper (1776 - 1849)*
  Martha Leeper (1780 - 1850)*
  William Alexander Leeper (1782 - 1858)*
  James Leeper (1740 - 1826)
  Elizabeth Leeper Amspoker (1743 - 1839)**
  Samuel Leeper (1747 - 1805)*
*Calculated relationship
Cross Creek Cemetery
Cross Creek
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Janice Oberlin Smarr
Originally Created by: LF
Record added: Jul 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20623425
James Leeper
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