Leathers Family

from Switzerland to the US

Johannes Leder
1st generation



Johannes Leder. Children:
1. Frederick Leder I, b 1691, Switz; emigrated 1720/28; m Anna Elizabeth ? (see next generation)
2. Jacob Ledder (b abt 1693), m Anna Margaret ?; died in York Co, Pa in 1766; may be his children (or his nephew's children):
. . . 2a) Margaret Leder, b 29 Dec 1759
. . . 2b) Catherine Leder, b 31 May 1761
. . . 2c) John Frederick Leder, 1763
The records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York, York Co., PA. which include 1733-1800, show John Frederick born at 2 am, Mar 4, 1763 in York Co, Pa. He was baptized March 6 and his father was Jacob Ledder & his mother was Anna Margaret. However, Jacob may be this Jacob's nephew.

Historical setting:
    Before 1871 Germany was not a country, but a number of separate states like, Wurttemberg, Prussia, Bavaria, Palatine, whose borders were constantly changing as a result of wars. In America the term Palatine was used to describe German-speaking immigrants.  Often these immigrants did not come directly to America, but spent a few months (or even a few generations) in another country (Switzerland, England, Ireland, etc.)
    The Edict of Nantes, which gave equality under the law to Protestants and Catholics, was revoked in 1685. The Palatime Elector was one the strongest Protestant rulers and many Protestants from all over Germany began pouring into his area for protection. This strong Protestant  presence caused much of the conflict to center in the Palatine After the War there was complete devastation. Estimates vary from 1/3 of the people being killed in the Palatine to almost no survivors left in the region. The French used a scorched-earth policy in their assaults there leaving the already poor people without food, farms and even houses. Many were reduced to living outside. In 1708 the Germans began a mass exodus. 
    There was mass emigration of German, Swiss and even some Dutch Protestants in the early 1700s, and especially after 1726 when the German Catholic ruler, Karl Phillipp took over Palatine and began more repressive measures. There were over 3,000 emigrants a year coming into Rotterdam without a penny to their name, but desiring passage to America. Rotterdam was so overwhelmed that it closed its borders to the city from those who could not afford to embark immediately. There were fund raisers to help get the emigrants out of town and on their way, churches and even the city council contributed to purchasing tickets. Sometimes these destitute emigrants were forced to stay outside the city for up to 6 weeks without even a roof over their head while they waited for passage. The death rate was so great that the local churchyards soon filled up.
    Compounding the already desparate situation, in 1709 the winter was very severe, the Rhine River froze over for 5 weeks and the people were starving. Queen Anne in England saw this as an opportunity to strenghten Protestant influence in England. She advertised in the Palatinate that England would accept all German Protestant immigrants. (German Catholics who tried to emigrate were given 5 gilders and shipped back to Germany.) English ships picked up thousands of these German or Swiss Protestants in Rotterdam and ferried them to England, where they were assisted by the government in either staying or moving on to Ireland or America. Most of them chose to go to Pennsylvania.
    William Penn's mother was from Rotterdam, and he visited that city several times to promote Pennsylvania. In 1683 the first group of Germans left Rotterdam for Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1709 10,000 Germans fled the horrible conditions in Germany. Many went to England and Ireland and some to America. Tens of thousands of German and Swiss Lutherans (or Reformed) and Mennonites emigrated through Rotterdam to America. By 1729 10,000-15,000 had gone to Pennsylvania and by 1750 70,000-80,000 had gone.
    Since the German Catholic ruler was trying to stop these people from leaving, there was a type of underground railroad set up along the Rhine River made up of families who were willing to help these poor people escape to freedom. The Dutch Mennonites were especially involved in helping the Germans Protestants escape Germany and get to America. There were two refugee camps (tent cities) outside of London and one in Ireland for the emigrants. From here the English would ship the refugees to any one of their colonies throughout the world (some even where sent to Brazil).
    The voyage was unbearably difficult with not enough food or fresh water, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. Since most of them were not paying customers they were not treated well by the captains. In one of these years over 2000 died on the trip.
    As most of these German and Swiss emigrants had no money for passage they were often sold as indentured servants when they arrived at their final port. (If a family member died on the passage, the family was still liable for the fare at the end.) Sometime family members were bought by different masters and families were separated. Once these Palatine emigrates got established in Pennsylvania, they began monitoring the ship arrivals and met the ones with Palatines on board. This way they were often able to pay for passage and buy them out of bondage. Occasionally these monitors were lucky enough to meet a boat that held one of their own lost family members.
    It was very common among these people to give all their sons the same first name.

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Frederick Leder I

2nd generation

FREDERICK LEDER I (Ledder/Leeder) was born about 1691 in Switzerland or Germany.
Frederick immigrated to the United States in 1728. He apparently came alone (there was no one else on the ship by the same name) so it's possible that he got separated from his family in fleeing. (There are stories of one young man in another family who was fleeing the conditions there, was caught and put in prison, then later was able to escape and make his way to America.) Frederick's brother, John, also came to America and also settled in York Co, Pa.  Perhaps he came on a different ship. [Pictured is Rotterdam in 1729 as Frederick would have seen it.]
The passenger list doesn't specify his place of origin. After a long voyage from the Dutch port of Rotterdam, Holland that included one stop at the port of Deal on the southeast coast of England near the entrance to the English Channel, arriving at Philadelphia on the Mortonhouse, Aug 24, 1728 (on the same ship as Ulrich Schurch, great-grandfather of Barbara Shirk, wife of Frederick III).  It took 3-6 weeks to cross the Atlantic at that time.
    Frederick was probably a Mennonite (as were several others on that ship) who was deported from Switzerland, along with the Shurch family. As eary as 1707 the Mennonites in Switzerland had commissioned Lewis Michelle to explore the interior of Pennsylvania for a settlement for them. In 1710 the first group of Swiss Mennonites established a settlement near what is now Lancaster, PA. [Some of the later Mennonites immigrants had spent a generation in Germany before they left Europe for America.]
     “On August 24th 1728 eighty Palatines with their families, about 200 persons, imported in the ship Mortenhouse, John Coultas, Master, last from Deal, whence the ship sailed June 15. The list totaled 205 persons, including 80 males above 16 years of age, 69 women, and 56 children. Among the 80 males were, Frederick Leeder, Groug Bechtell, Wi Shurch, Martin Schaub and Schurch (2 Ulrich & 1 Johann). This was the sixth ship to land European immigrants in Philadelphia during the period from 1727 to 1776.”[Source: A collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other immigrants in Pensylvania from 1727 to 1776 by Professor I. Daniel Rupp, first published in 1856, reprinted in 1971 by Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc of Baltimore.]
    Upon arrival in Philadelphia, the passengers had to sign an oath of allegiance to the King of England. In 1727 the Pennsylvania Governor had complained about the great numbers of German immigrants pouring into Philadelphia.
    Frederick married Agnes ? (named on early deed) and/or Anna Elizabeth ? (on estate settlement).
    In 1728 Germans begin to settle in what is now York Co, Pa. (In 1729 Lancaster County was sectioned off out of Chester County, and then in 1749 York county was created out of Lancaster county.) Frederick is among the earliest settlers in Kreutz Valley. Then, he was among a group of settlers who were “dispossessed” by Capt. Cresap on orders from the Maryland proprietors who claimed the land west of the Susquehanna. This is how it happened:
    Before 1736 all the land west of the Susquehanna River was the territory of the Iroquis (who had conquered the Susquehannocks in 1675).  Settlers began in 1719 crossing the river and making settlements. Some of these "Maryland Intruders" were removed by the Pennsylvania government in 1728. Others settlers came the next year. 
    In 1730 Thomas Cresap assumed right of land in an area under a Maryland warrant, and German families began moving into the area, with assurances from Maryland that they would be issued land grants. In 1733-34 the Pennsylvania authorities began issuing "licesnses to settle" (interim aggreements) to people who already were living west of the Susquehanna. (In essence, both states were claiming this land and the right to issue deeds.)
    In 1736 Frederick Leeder bought 250 acres on the west side of the Susquehannah River receiving a Pennsylvania deed. (Some of those deeds & records show his wife as "Agnes")   By 1736 the Maryland authorities were abducting German settlers and running them off their settlements, trying to replace them with Maryland settlers. Thomas Cresap was receiving arms from Annapolis to carry out these removals. This conflict between Maryland and Pennsylvania setters was known as "Cresap's War." In Oct. 1736 the Penns purchased the land west of the Susquehanna in a treaty with the Indians, and so it became part of Pennsylvania. In Dec. 1736, Cresap was arrested and the problems he caused ended.
In 1739 Hellam Township was created, which included Kreutz Creek valley.
    In 1742 Thomas Penn ordered his land agent to not grant lots in York to Roman Catholics because of their "destructive" beliefs.
    Frederick died in 1749 before June (age 55), Dover township, York Co, Pa. without a will.  His children were in Orphan’s Court in Lancaster Co, Pa. June 6, 1749.  York County became a separate county in Aug 1749.

Children:

1.     FREDERICK LEATHERS II (3rd child), (follow link for more information) born 1732, Lancaster Co, Pa; lived with Martin Eichelberger after his father died in 1749 (he was 17); he also raised David Shirk (son of John); m 1st maybe ? Stribler?; m 2nd Jane Dill Lewis, 1794? (no children by her). Frederick died 1796, York Co, Pa.  Children:
. . . . 1a)     Frederick Leathers III, b 1754, York Co, Pa; m 1775 Eve Barbara Shirk (daughter of John); d 1821, Ohio; ch: Frederick IV, Jacob L., Elizabeth, David, Samuel, Barbara, Mary, Christian, Daniel, Joseph
. . . . 1b)     Jacob Leathers, b 1756; m Mary W. Shirk (daug of John); d 1843, Pa.; ch: John, Jacob, Mary, Barbara, Elizabeth, Joseph, Daniel, Frederick
. . . . 1c)     John Leathers; m ? Bechtel
. . . . 1d)     Barbara Leathers; m Henry Bream
. . . . 1e)     Mary Leathers; b 1762; m 1st 1786 Joseph Shirk (son of John); m 2nd abt 1795 Richard Malone; Shirk children: John, Jacob, Elizabeth, Joseph; Malone children: Frederick, Morgan, Mary.
. . . . 1f)     Susannah Leathers; b 1729, Lancaster co, Pa; m John Biegler
. . . . 1g)     Daniel Leathers, b abt 1774; m Fanny Fierchies
. . . . 1h)    Joseph Leathers

2.     JACOB LEDDER, b 1734, Lancaster Co, Pa; “He was an orphaned son of Frederick "Lether," deceased, at age 17 and chose Joseph Welchance of York Twp as guardian.” (He lived with Joseph Welshans after his father died in 1749 when he was 15);  he m 1st Anna Margaret Welshans, before 1759; m 2nd Ursula Pantz, 1765; he was a gunsmith; d York Co, Pa (probably); guardian of Jacob Shirk, son of John. 6  children:
. . . . 2a)     Anna Marie Ledder, b May 6, 1783; m William Lanius, Oct. 6, 1776
. . . . 2b)    Jacob Ledder, b June 8, 1785
. . . . 2c)    George Ledder, b Oct 29, 1789
. . . . 2d)     Lydia Ledder, b Oct 22, 1791
. . . . 2e)     Henry Ledder, b Aug 12, 1794
. . . . 2f)    Seremiam Ledder, b June 2, 1802

3.     ELIZABETH LEATHERS, m Nicholas Opp

4.     JOHN LEATHERS

5.     DANIEL LEATHERS; owned a grist mill

6.     JOSEPH LEATHERS; lived in York Co., Pa. where in 1784 he was appointed guardian of Joseph Shirk, age 19, son of John.

Note: All Shirks in this family above are brothers & sisters

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Frederick Leathers II

3rd generation

1) FREDERICK LEATHERS II was born in 1732/29 in Lancaster County (now York Co), Pennsylvania.  After his father’s death in 1749, he lived with Martin Eichelberger (he was about 17). 
    There was a great German migration to this area of Pennsylvania between 1749 and 1754. He married 1st probably about 1753.  The French and Indian wars from 1754 to 1763 halted most of the German migration, and with numerous Indian attacks many settlers began to move back to safety east of the Susquehanna River. The Germans settlers in this area supported the British during this war. [In Germany during the 30 Years War (1618-1648), the French had used a scorched-earth policy on the already poor German farmers, not only taking their food and little money, but also burning their fields and their houses. Later, when the Germans began fleeing their country in droves about 1708, Great Britain took them in and helped many of them find passage to America.]
    At the end of the war German migration renewed again. Iron deposits were found about this time and a forge and furnace was built for production of iron. During the Revolutionary War many cannons and cannon balls came from this forge for the Continental Army.
    Living in Dover twp, near the military prison at Hellam, it seems that the Leathers family would have been involved somehow in the Revolutionary War. In 1777 the Continental Congress crossed the Susquehanna River and passed through Hellam on its way to safer quarters in Yorktown, during the British occupation of Phildelphia. In 1778 4500 British and Hessian prisoners were marched through Hellam and on to Charlottesville, VA where they were imprisoned.
    In 1783 there was one church building, but more than one congregation who shared it. (The German Reformed and Lutherans, who shared a common heritage and language often formed union churches and shared a building, meeting at different times.)  [Pictured: Ludwig Miller's sketch of "Singing Choir" inside the Old Lutheran Church of York, Pennsylvania in 1800.]
    Frederick was living in York Co., Pa. in 1783 when he was appointed the guardian of David Shirk (brother of Barbara, Mary & Joseph). 
    In 1790 after the War the Leathers family moved to Bald Eagle Valley in Centre County, Pa. along with the Shirk family, the Hubers, Bechtels and other residents of York Co. This was a "new" area opening up which had been purchased from the Indians in 1769. Iron was discovered there and several forges began springing up along the Creek which flows along the Bald Eagle Mountains. The Leathers land was on the west or north side of the Bald Eagle Creek (probably near what is now Milesburg, Pa.)
    Frederick married 2nd about 1794 York Co, Pa. to Jane Dill Lewis (no children).  Two years later he died in 1796 (age 64) in Bald Eagle Valley (Mifflin Co until 1800, now Centre Co), and was buried in Centre Co, Pa. 
    His second marriage to Jane Dill Lewis was an unfortunate match. She had quite an infamous reputation owing to the fact that she was the mother of the infamous Pennsylvania robber, David Lewis, who was just as famous in that region as Jesse James is in the midwest. His marriage to her was a shock to the Leathers children. Frederick had been a man of substance when he left York County, and yet he only left 5-10 shillings to each of his children and left the rest of his estate to his wife. All of his children went to court to try the validity of his will.
    He was buried in Centre Co, Pa.  Not long after he died, his son Frederick III moved to Ohio, giving his brother Jacob the power of attorney to sell his land.  Children:

1a) FREDERICK LEATHERS III, born 1754; m Eve Barbara Shirk (daug. of John & Barbara); moved to Fairfield Co., Ohio by  1799; d 1821 Ohio.  Children:
1a1)     Jacob Leathers, b abt 1776, Pa; m Eve Ann Hay; d 1843, Ill.
1a2)     Frederick Leathers IV, b 1778, Pa; m Elizabeth Stolter; d 1849, Ohio
1a3)     Elizabeth Leathers, b pa; m Jacob Sell (or Gesell)
1a4)     Daniel Leathers, b Pa; m Molly Kistler; d 1825
1a5)     Joseph Leathers, b Pa; m Barbara Leathers 
1a6)     Barbara Leathers, b Pa; m Abraham Middleworth
1a7)     David Leathers, b Pa; m Sarah Stookey
1a8)     Samuel Leathers, b Pa; m Magdalene Lantz
1a9)     Mary Leathers, b Pa; m William Middleworth
1a10)    Christian Leathers, b 1800 Pa; m Catherine Shupe

1b)     JACOB LEATHERS, b 1756, Dover Twp, York Co, Pa.; m bef 1784 in York Co, Pa. to Mary W. Shirk (daug. of John); he was a gunsmith; d Mar 23, 1843, Howard twp, Centre Co, Pa; buried Sand Hill cemetery.
1b1)     Jacob Leathers Jr., b 1784, York Co, Pa.; m Elizabeth Houser 1809; d 1855; children (all born in Centre Co, Pa): John (1809), Barbara (1811), Martin (1813), Mary (1815), Elizabeth (1817), Jacob Houser (1819), Martha Ann (1821), Samuel (1824)
1b2)  Mary Leathers, b 1786, York Co, Pa.; m Christian Bechdel II about 1803; d 1851/61, Liberty, Centre Co, Pa.; ch: Mary C (1804), David, Elizabeth, Christian, Joseph, Jacob, Susan, Samuel, Sarah, Rebecca, Daniel, Nancy (1835)
1b3)     Barbara Leathers, b 1787, York Co, Pa.; m Joseph Leathers
1b4)    Elizabeth Leathers, b 1788, York Co, Pa.; m Jacob Bechdel; d 1842
1b5)    Joseph Leathers, b 1790, York Co, Pa.; m Mary Holter; d 1842; ch: Samuel B. (1826)
1b6)    John Leathers, b abt 1792 Dover twp, York Co, Pa.; m ? Bechdel; d 1869
1b7)    Daniel Leathers, b 1797, York Co, Pa.; d 1877
1b8)    Frederick Leathers, b 1798 in Mt. Eagle, Centre Co, Pa.; m 1st Nancy Barthhurst (4 ch), 1819 Mt. Eagle, Centre Co, Pa; m 2nd 1828 to Rebecca Working (4 ch); m 3rd abt 1850 to Jane D. Stiver (no ch); d 1877 Mt. Eagle (age 79); children: Nancy’s: Hannah (1821), Elizabeth (1823), Martha (1825), Mary (1827); Rebecca’s:  James R. (abt 1830), Nancy E. (abt 1832), Frederick M. (abt 1840), William Thomas (1844)

1c)     JOHN LEATHERS, b 1758, Lancaster Co, Pa.; m Mary? Bechtel; d 1815 in Ohio.
    The tomb-stone at right of a Frederick Leathers buried in the State Old Insane & Penal Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. The circle of graves this marker is in seems to be asylum graves. Since he would have been born in 1780, it seems that he could have only been the son of John.

1d)     BARBARA LEATHERS, b 1760 Lancaster Co, Pa.; m Henry Bream

1e)     MARY LEATHERS, b 1760/5 Lancaster Co, Pa., m 1st Richard Malone; m 2nd 1786, Joseph Shirk (son of John); ch: Frederick & Morgan Malone; Elizabeth, Jacob, John (1787) & Joseph (1793) Shirk

1f)     SUSANNAH LEATHERS, b 1764, York Co, Pa.; m John Biegler

1g)     DANIEL LEATHERS, b 1774, York Co, Pa.; m Fanny Fierchies.  In 1820 he was in Fairfield Co., Ohio

1h)    JOSEPH LEATHERS

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Frederick Leathers III

4th generation

1a) FREDERICK LEATHERS III was born in 1754 in York County, Pennsylvania.  He married about 1775, York Co, PA to Eva Barbara Shirk (daughter of John Shirk & Barbara Hoover/Huber; see SHIRK family).   (Her great-grandfather, Ulrich Schurch, and Frederick’s grandfather, Frederick Leder I both came to America on the same ship, the Mortenhouse, in 1728.) They lived in York Co. and Centre Co., Penn.
It’s not known what part he may have played in the Revolutionary War. James Smith of York signed the Declaration of Independence. Smith was one of the most prominent residents of York county and hosted members of the Continental Congress, which when they arrived, found a town with very few young men left, since most of them had joined the Contenential army.
"York Town seems quite deserted." a diarist wrote in 1776, "on account of the departure of all men under fifty years of age. Our young men had to leave for the army in Jersey." York's daily routine is at a standstill. "All business and every occupation are prostrate, all shops are closed. How many prayers and tears will now be brought before the Lord, by parents for their children, by children for their parents, by wives for their husbands."
York county strongly supported the Revolutionary War in its early years. Col. Thomas Hartley observed that the York area "has armed first in Pennsylvania and has furnished more men for the war and lost a greater number of men in it than any other district on the continent of the same number individuals."
In 1777 the state required an oath of allegiance to the King, designed to separate patriots from tories. Those not adhering to the oath cannot vote, hold public office, or buy or sell real estate. Many York county residents felt the oath was "impolitic, severe, cruel, unjust, breathing tyrany (sic) and injudicious."
In Sept 1777 the British pushed the American army out of Philadelphia, and the Continenial Congress had to reconvene in the frontier town of York, York County.  They met in the Colonial Courthouse in York, and passed the Articles of Confederation. Thomas Paine was also there writing “these are the times that try men’s souls.” The Continental Congress continued there until June 1728 (9 months later) when the British evacuated Philadelphia.
John Adams, while in York with the Continental Congress, wrote: "The People are chiefly Germans, who have (church) Schools in their own Language, as well as Prayers, Psalms, and Sermons so that Multitudes are born, grow up and die here, without learning the English."
In 1780 Pennsylvania became the first state to outlaw slavery, but those born before that date remain enslaved.
In 1782 Methodist bishop Francis Asbury preached in York county, making 12 visits to the county in the next few years.

In 1790 he moved with his father to Bald Eagle Valley in Centre County, Pa. His father’s second marriage in 1794 caused great discomfort in the family, and probably not too long after his father died in 1796, Frederick was ready to move again.
Around 1800 (before Ohio became a state in 1803) Frederick moved his family to Amanda Twp., Fairfield County, Ohio. He evidently had purchased land there by 1799 and took his older sons to prepare a dwelling, because he  and some of his older sons signed a petition to congress in August 1799 from “the subscribers residing on the publick lands on the East side of the Scioto River, in the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio.” He probably brought his wife and younger children to the land in 1800 after his youngest child, Christian, was born in Jan. 1800. His son, Jacob, married Eve Ann Hay in 1802/3 in Ohio.  The Hay family had moved to Ohio from Virginia in 1802. (See HAY family)
In the southern part of [Amanda] township Frederick Leathers is considered the first settler.  He settled near Amanda and kept one of the first taverns in the county, and the first in this township.  He built the first log house in Amanda, in which he ran a tavern.  It was located on the old Chilicothe road (between Lancaster & Chilicothe, now state highway 159) about 100 yards east of the village.  Isaac Griffith’s son, Samuel, said, “The best house in the community was the Leathers’ house.  It was a large house of hewed logs and two stories high.”  A still-house was operated on the premises, which supplied the beverage in universal demand at that time. It was the aim of Leathers to make his tavern a central point, and for that purpose he succeeded in establishing three for four public roads which crossed or terminated at his place. These roads were later changed..4
He was the landlord here until the spring of 1819, when he sold his house and tavern and 300 acres to Isaac Griffith, who had moved there in 1818 1,3.  Isaac kept the tavern open until 1854.  In 1858 the building burned down.  (Source #3 says it was located on the old Circleville Rd.)  Samuel Griffith also related, “There was very little cash in the country.  Everything was done by trading.  A day’s labor was twenty-five cents in trade....  Our post-office was at Lancaster [about 10 miles NE].  There was one mail each way in a week.  We brought our salt from Zanesville” [50 miles NE].4
“The first mennonite settler in Fairfield County seems to have been martin Landis, Sr.... For some time they met for worship in the bar-room of the Leather’s House, a tavern several miles south of Lancaster.” 5
Frederick died in 1821 in Amanda, Fairfield Co, Ohio (southeast of Columbus).  Barbara died after 1827. (They don't seem to be on the 1830 census of Amanda twp, Fairfiield Co, Ohio) Children: (all born in Penn., all married in Fairfield, Co., Ohio)

1a1) *JACOB L. LEATHERS, Sr., born about 1776/81, York Co, Pa; m abt 1803 to Eve Ann Hay.  they moved to Wayne Co. (northern Ohio) about 1811/17; then moved to Ill. after 1840.  Children:
1a1a)     Susannah Leathers, b Ohio; m John Harpster
1a1b)     John Leathers, b 1811 Ohio; m Elizabeth Slater
1a1c)     Jacob L. Leathers, b 1810; m Mary Ewing
1a1d)     William Leathers, b 1811; m Nancy Orum
1a1e)     Elizabeth Leathers, b abt 1815; m Jacob S. Baker
1a1f)     Silas Leathers, b 1821 Ohio; Marinda Ransom
1a1g)     Mary Ann Leathers, b 1824 Ohio; m David Heral

1a2)     FREDERICK LEATHERS IV, b Mar 22, 1778/80, York Co, Pa; m Elizabeth Stolter, May 11, 1802; on 1810 Tax list & 1830 census of Fairfield County, Ohio (city: Amanda).  Frederick enlisted to fight in the War of 1812 in April, 1813 and served until the close of the war4.  Elizabeth died July 4, 1846; Frederick died June 22, 1852, Amanda, Fairfield County; buried Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Amanda, Ohio.
1a2b)     John B. Leathers, b Feb 14, 1812, OH; m Margaret Freymier aft 1842 Oh; d Nov 26, 1903; ch: Margaret (1944), William (1847), John A. (1849)
1a2a)     Barbara Leathers, b 1818; m 1st Washington Reitenauer in 1831 Preble Co OH; m 2nd ? Guy; ch: Mary E. Guy (b 1834)
1a2c)    Joseph Leathers

1a3)     ELIZABETH “Betsy” LEATHERS, b abt 1782 Pa; m Aug 25, 1836 to Jacob Sell (or Gesell/Gasell)

1a7)     DAVID LEATHERS, b Jan 1790, Pa; m Sarah “Sally” Stookey, June 28, 1814; 1830 in Fairfield Co, Ohio (Amanda)
1a7a)    Christian Leathers; m Dec 31, 1855, Mary Ann Scarborough
1a7b)    William Leathers; m Permelia ?; d Mar 19, 1864, Memphis, TN
1a7c)    Randolf G. Leathers; m Apr 30, 1865, Shelby Co, IL to Mary L. Coloney
1a7d)    David M. Leathers; m Mar 19, 1864, Shelby Co, IL to Lydia A Caccanover

1a8)     SAMUEL LEATHERS, b abt 1791, Pa; m Magdalene “Polly” Lantz, June 12, 1823; 1830 in Fairfield Co, Ohio; d abt 1834
1a8a)    Rebecca Leathers, m William Patterson Bryan; ch: Daniel, James, Clarissa, Magdaline, Louisa, Martha J., Sarah, Martha, William H., Elmira F., Mary C., Semo
1a8b)    Eliza Leathers
1a8c)    Ezra Leathers

1a6)     BARBARA LEATHERS, b abt 1792, Pa; m Abraham Middleworth, Jan 20, 1811 in Fairfield Co, Oh.; m 2nd John Small, Aug 18, 1850, Shelby Co, IL

1a9)     MARY LEATHERS, b abt 1798, Pa; m William Middleworth, Jan 3/23, 1818 in Fairfield Co, Oh

1a10) CHRISTIAN LEATHERS, b Jan 10, 1800, Centre Co, Pa; m Catherine Shupe, April 8, 1824; 1830 in Fairfield Co, Ohio. (Madison township ?)

1a4)     DANIEL LEATHERS, b abt 1801, Pa; m Molly Kistler; 1820 in Fairfield Co., Ohio; d 1825

1a5)     JOSEPH LEATHERS, b abt 1802, Pa.; m Barbara Leathers; 1820 in Fairfield Co, Ohio; died before 1830

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FOOTNOTES & SOURCES:
1. History of Fairfield County, by Miller about 1912.
3. Pioneer Period and Pioneer People (of Fairfield Co., Ohio), by Wiseman.
4. History of Fairfield & Perry Counties Ohio, Their Past and Present. By A.A. Graham, W.H. Beers & Co, Chicago, 1883, p. 199.
5. The Fairfield County, Ohio, Background of the Allen County, Ohio Mennonite Settlement 1799-1860, by John Umble, The Mennonite Quarterly Review, Vol VI #1, Jan. 1932, ed Harold Bender.








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