Japhet “Japheth” Leeds

Springfield, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Death 1748 (aged 65–66)
Leeds Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Buried at Leeds Point on family property
Memorial ID 74896775 · View Source
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Japheth, son of Daniel and Dorothy (Young) Leeds, was born in Springfield township, Burlington county, New Jersey, October 24, 1682, and was christened at St. Mary's Church in Burlington, February 4, 1703, after his father broke away from the Friends and became Episcopalian (recorded in St. Mary's records, as baptism, ffeb. 1704/5).

Some official records record his name as Japhet, others call him Japheth. I've used the biblical spelling to make it searchable by either.

He is supposed to have located near Leeds Point before 1710. His house stood well out on the point, and is now known as the site of the Townsend house. It was one of the three places of meeting for the Haddonfield quarterly meeting, the other two being Peter White's, at Absecon, and John Scull's, at Summers Point[sic]. Japheth's will was dated February 5, 1736, and proved December 15, 1748. He married Deborah Smith, of Burlington.

1. Mary, born 1704; married Samuel Somers.
2. Robert, born 1706; married Abigail Higbee.
3. John, born 1708; married (first) Rebecca Cordery; (second) Sarah (Mathais)[sic] Coate.
4. Japheth, born 1710, died 1781; married Rebecca Woodward.
5. Nehemiah, born 1712; married Elizabeth Woodward.
6. James, born 1714.
7. Daniel, 1716; in 1757 surveyor general of New Jersey; married (first) Susannah Steelman; (second) Rebecca Steelman; his children were: Susanna, married James Scull (q. v.) ; Dorcas, and Rachael.
8. Sarah, born 1718; probably married Thomas Wilson.
9. Deborah, born 1720; married Hugh Neale.
10. Dorothy, born 1722; married Jonathan Husted.
11. Ann, born 1724; married Nathaniel Thomas.
12. Hannah, born February 18, 1726, died November 24, 1762; married Peter Steelman.**

**Genealogical and memorial history of the state of New Jersey ...
edited by Francis Bazley Lee, now copyright-free, public domain and available for free at google books.

Japheth Leeds and his wife Deborah Smith are usually the Leeds family ascribed to the Legend of the Jersey Devil; reason being they had 12 children in the right time frame.
More on that if you click on his wife Deborah.

Family lore states that Japheth, his wife, and some of their children are buried in an ancient graveyard, somewhere at the highest point of the original Leeds property in Leeds Point.
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  • Created by: greatgrands
  • Added: 14 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74896775
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Japhet “Japheth” Leeds (24 Oct 1682–1748), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74896775, ; Maintained by greatgrands (contributor 47420642) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Buried at Leeds Point on family property.