Leatherwoods (From England to Mississippi)

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  • ID: I282
  • Name: John Leatherwood
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1650 in Plymouth, England
  • Death: 1716 in Old Man's Folly, Stony Run, Baltimore, MD
  • Immigration: 1680 Sailed from Plymouth England to Annapolis.
  • PROP: Plantation called Old Man's Folly.
  • Note:
    ID: I97574410
    Name: John LEATHERWOOD
    Given Name: John
    Surname: Leatherwood
    Sex: M
    Birth: 1650 in Plymouth England
    Death: Abt 1716 in Old Man's Folly, Anne Arundel
    Change Date: 22 Mar 2002
    Name Suffix: *See Note
    ID: I09075 Name: John Leatherwood 1 Sex: M Birth: ABT. 1650 in Plymouth, England 1 Birth: ABT. 1650 1 Death: ABT. 1716 in Old Man's Folly, Anne Arundel, Maryland 1 Note:
    [carl-fowler.FTW] John LEATHERWOOD may have married Martha KITTEU or KITTEN. Martha, wf/o John, was bu. at St. Anne's, 1 Jan. 1705. Their children were Mary, b. 12 Aug. 1680 Samuel (13 F 1681 - 1752+) m. ca. 1712, Johanna(h). Her first name is proven by a land deed, but her maiden name, BUCKINGHAM, is not proven. Samuel said he was 72 when he deposed in 1752 [AA 2:378]. Edward, b. 19 Jan. 1685 Joan(na), b. 8 Je. 1689, prob. m. 10 Jan.1709 at St. Anne's, Wm. BENNETT. Jane, b. 8 Mar. 1691. John? Martha? Samuel, Jr., & Johanna had, last four per records of St. Margaret's, Westminster John, 8 Apr. 1714 Nathan, b. 30 Jan. 1716 Martha, b. 30 Jan. 1716 [Did she m. Samuel SHIPLEY?] Rachel(l), b. 30 Mar. 1720 Samuel, b. 11 Feb. 1722, m. Mary/Frances CHILD, d/o Abr., moved to Fredk. Co. Jemima(n), b. 4 Jan. 1729 Mary, b. 11 Nov. 1735. Abstracts of Land Records of AA, MD: 29 July 1707, John LEATHERWOOD of AA requests the following mark be recorded: upper kiel on right ear and a crop on left. Also, the mark of his grandson Charles CRANE, son of Charles CRANE: a crop and upper kiel in each ear. Statement that for natural love and affection, John gives his son Samll. Leatherwood, one heifer with the mark of Charles Crane to be delivered to Charles Crane. Signed John (his mark) Leatherwood. --from Luella Zink & Mary Sue Francis.
    Marriage 1 Martha (Unknown) b: ABT. 1655 in England

    Marriage 1 Martha UNKNOWN b: Abt 1655
    Married: Abt 1679 in England
    Note: _UIDBA0BAB32E1591C4C9AF05DD6D46283FAB47E
    Mary LEATHERWOOD b: Abt 1655
    Samuel LEATHERWOOD b: 13 Feb 1680/1681 in Annapolis MD
    Edward LEATHERWOOD b: 29 Jan 1684/1685
    Johanna LEATHERWOOD b: 8 Jun 1689
    Jane LEATHERWOOD b: 8 Mar 1690/1691
    Ruth LEATHERWOOD b: Abt 1699

    ID: I18325
    Name: John LEATHERWOOD 1
    Sex: M
    Birth: ABT 1650 in Dover, , England
    Death: BET MAY 1715 AND 1716 in Stony Run, Baltimore, Maryland
    Ancestral File #: 2LSF-33
    Reference Number: 18694
    The Leatherwood name is rare, both in America and in England. Census searches for the entire US reveal no early Leatherwood except descendands of one English couple: John and Martha Leatherwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1680.

    The American Leatherwoods repeated the names John and Edward from 1680 to modern times, and from the importance of the named Edward to the early family, it was probably the name of the John's father or grandfather in England.

    Therefore, the most promising English record: and Edward Leatherwood, who in 1575 had 60 acres, Frome, Somerset, southwest England, a beautiful but wild, densely forested area, with a warmer and more pleasant climate than most of England.

    Records for our English Leatherwoods may be in the parish church of St. John the Baptist in the market town of Frome or nearby. The chief industries in Somersetshire are making fine woolens and excellent cheese. Frome being near the famous town of Cheddar.

    The emigrant John Leatherwood was born about 1668 and married in the summer or fall of 1689. When they sailed from Plymouth in the spring of 1680 (this must be a misprint), Martha was expecting their first child, daughter Mary was born August 12, 1680 at Annapolis and baptized Church of England.

    The young Leatherwoods were given 50 acres per person, under Maryland statutes to encourage emigration, so received 100 to 150 acres in Middle Neck Hundred on the outskirts of Annapolis, then a pretty village with brick houses and sidewalks. Eldest son, Samuel born Feb 13, 1680, by English law was destined to inherit his father's entire holdings. He later married Joanna ____, remained in Maryland, and became ancestor of Leatherwood of Maryland and South Carolina.

    The second son, Edward, born Jan 19, 1685, was baptized at St. Anne's Episcopal church, Annapolis, but, like all English second sons, was fated from birth to go out and seek his own fortune, being barred from inheritance. Therefore, John & Martha Leatherwood had 6 daughters: Joanna, b 6/8/1689, Jane b 3/8/1691, Ruth b 1699 and three girls, names not recorded, a total of two sons and seven daughters. Edwards was probably educated, because St. Anne's Parish school, the first and only school in Maryland, opened when he was school age.

    Martha Leatherwood died about 1/20/1795 from burial records at St. Anne's, Annapolis, being buridx in its church yard, in an old cemetery now lost. After he death John sold his Annapolis property and moved northwest to the Maryland frontier, buying a trace on Stoney Run called "Old Man's Folly." He died about 1716, when son Samuel sold this property. He is buried on this property or a nearby church.

    Maryland records do not mentioned young Edward Leatherwood after his baptism. He either left Maryland after his mother died in 1705 or went to Stoney Run with his father., leaving there in 1716, but the family tale is that he adventured very early into Virginia's Indian frontier. No Virginia records have been located for him or his son John, probably due to poor record keeping on the frontier or to Virginia's "lost records" counties.

    (The only Virginia record: Zachariah Leatherwood b. 1754, Samuel of Maryland's grandson, who lived in Nov 1796 near Bull Run, Prince William Co., before moving to Spartanburg, SC

    The clues exist for the missing 50 years. The first, a take related by Haywood County Historian WC Allen, from which the names of the missing generation were taken. Allen's tale mixes inforamtion about an early John Leatherwood who married Sally Hunt in Virginia and their grandson, John Leatherwood and wife Sally Burns, of NC. Fortunately, Bible records show grandson John's wife, Sarah Burns, and thanks to Allen's somewhat garbled account, once his tale is untangled, we have the names of the early Virginia John and Sally Hunt.

    Edward Leatherwood, b 1685 MD had a son, John Leatherwood, b ca 1725 who married Sally Hunt in Virginia. From Bible records, grandson John's wife was Sally Burns.

    John and Sally Hunt Leatherwood of Virginia probably had many daughters, but apparently only one son (unless a son who moved ca 1755-80 into east TN) because all the NC Leatherwoods descend form one man: Edward Leatherwood, b. ca 1753 VA.

    John & Sally Hunt Leatherwood's known children were (1) Edward, c 1753 and (2) Sarah Leatherwood c 1754 who married c 1774 Thomas Birchfield. The young Leatherwoods and Birchfields appear next as neighborns on the Upper Catawba River on the NC frontier what became Burke county.

    In western NC the name Leatherwood first appeared in Haywood County records. These records showed that John Leatherwood (b 1/2/1779) and his wife, Sarah Burns, b 2/7/1781 bought land on Jonathans Creek in 1800. They had moved from Leatherwood Creek located in Henry County, VA. Sarah Burns was the daughter of John Burns and Ann Walker. Ann Walker was a Cherokee INdian. John and Sarah became self-sufficient farmers and citizens of much influence and wealth who excelled in making apple brandy. They reared 10 children, 6 son and 4 daughters.

    (Note, Edward and Sarah are buried at Fire's creek Baptist Church outside Hayesville, NC. Have been to the grave and to the church they attended. It is located several miles outside Hayesville going west. Watch for the signs for Fire's Creek Rd. andfollow for several miles. Cemetery across street from church, turn in and go to the right, drive about 50-75 feet and walk up the hill. About the 10 and 11 graves.)

    The second son of John & Sarah, Abel Jackson, became the ancestor of the Leatherwoods that now live in Swain County. Jackson (4/24/1815- 3/17-1904) at age 23 joined the NC Mountain Militia under Capt Nat Kelsey and served as a private and corporal from 3/2/1838 to 7/11/1838 and was paid on the roll for 4 months and 23 days, which included 220 miles of travel pay. His assignment was to accompany the Cherokee indians on a leg of the march along the "Trail of Tears" to a station in GA. The enticement for the assisnment was a land warrant but since his mother was part Cherokee, he found the assignment distasteful and served only one enlistment period. He received his land warrant for 160 acres near Andrews in Cherokee Co. This event had a profound influence on his life, as well as on the lives of his descendants.

    Father: Edward LEATHERWOOD

    Marriage 1 Martha b: ABT 1655 in , , England
    Married: ABT 1675 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland
    Samuel LEATHERWOOD b: 13 FEB 1681 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland

    Title: Ancestral File (R)
    Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998
    Note: NAME Family History Library
    ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
    CONT Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA
    Call Number:
    Media: Electronic

    Father: Edward Leatherwood b: ABT. 1628
    Mother: Unknown Unknown

    Marriage 1 Martha "Molly" Kitteu

      Marriage 2 Martha Unknown b: ABT. 1652 in England
      • Married: BEF. 1680 in Probably England
      1. Has Children Samuel Leatherwood , Sr. b: 13 FEB 1680/81 in Annapolis, Anna Arundel Co., MD
      2. Has Children Edward Leatherwood b: 20 JAN 1684/85 in Annapolis, MD
      3. Has No Children John Leatherwood b: 29 JAN 1684/85 in Annapolis, Anna Arundel Co., MD
      4. Has No Children Johanna Leatherwood b: 8 JUN 1689
      5. Has No Children Jane Leatherwood b: 8 MAR 1690/91 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., MD
      6. Has No Children Ruth Leatherwood b: ABT. 1699 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., MD
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