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Jacob L. Leathers Sr. (abt. 1775 - 1843)

Jacob L. [uncertain] Leathers Sr.
Born about in York, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1803 in Fairfield County, OHmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Richland County, ILmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Jul 2017
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Jacob L. Leathers (His uncle was Jacob L Leathers and his son was Jacob L. Leathers Jr. so it's likely that he was, too) was born 1775 (or '76), York County, Pennsylvania, USA.
He was the oldest son of Frederick Leathers III and Eve Barbara Shirk.

His father, Frederick III had moved his family from Pennsylvania to Ohio in 1800 (before Ohio became a state in 1803). He was the first white settler in Amanda township, Fairfield County, Ohio (established in Dec 1800). Ohio had just been opened to settlement a few years before (1787). In 1797 a road was built called Zane's Trace. In 1799 the rush of settlers began. Frederick had acquired land there in 1799 and took his older sons to prepare a dwelling. 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."[1]
Frederick owned all 596 acres of Section 36 of twp 12 (Amanda twp)[2]. This land includes the east half of the village of Amanda and all the lands surrounding it. He 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. 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..." [3] He was the landlord here until the spring of 1819, when he sold his house and tavern and 300 acres to Isaac Griffith[4], whose 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.'

Jacob married Eve Ann Hay in 1803 in Fairfield County, Ohio. The Adam Hay family had moved to Ohio in 1802 from Virginia.

In 1806 they were in Clear Creek Twp, just south of Amanda, Fairfield Co, Ohio.[5]

In 1809 Jacob bought 150 acres for $1000 from his parents.
In June 1811 he sold some horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and "all my household furniture and all my wheat and rye and oats and wool and flax and farming utensils and bed and beding" for $300 to his brother Frederick IV, then in 1817 he sold 48 acres to Frederick.

Sometime during this time (1817-18, if not sooner) he moved to Wayne Co, Ohio (south of Cleveland) where he was in 1820 & 1830. (This became Ashland County in 1846). Their first 5 children married in Wayne Co. between 1827-1835.
[His brother-in-law, Jonathan Hay, had a son, Peter, who was born in Wayne Co, OH in 1818, so surely they had moved by then.]

Feb 13, 1821, "Jacob Leathers of Fairfield County, Ohio" paid cash for 160 acres (NE 1/4 of Sec 29, twp 21, R 15) in what is now Ashland County. Twp 21 is Mohican[6][7]. This land is about 2 miles straight north of Mohicanville, OH.

June 1, 1825 Jacob Sr (age 49) paid cash for 160 acres (NW 1/4 of sec 11, twp 21, R 15, Ashland County. This is still Mohican township, but 5-6 miles northeast of Mohicanville. Go 3 miles east of Jeromeville and then south on SR 85 about 1/2 mile. State road 85 splits down the middle of his 160 acres.
Both of these pieces of land in Mohican township are good, productive farmland today.

Jacob Sr. was not listed as a heir in his father's estate papers, March 1830, Fairfield Co, OH (he moved away before his father died in 1821, so maybe he was left out of the will because he moved).

Late in the fall of 1832 his sons Jacob Jr (age 21) & John B. (age 26), Jonathan Hay (age 46) who was their uncle, and a couple other men left Wayne Co, OH on foot to visit Bloom twp, Wood Co, OH (30 miles south of Toledo), to select a location for their homes. Jacob Jr chose land in Section 33&34 and his brother, John B. Leathers chose a part of Section 33 (where Bairdstown is located today). Jonathan Hay picked a location in Section 28 (just north of sec 33). They then returned home to Wayne county to prepare their families to move in the spring of 1833. John had married in Jan 1831 and had a baby. Jacob married in March 1833, then moved to Wood County.

Sept 16, 1834 "Jacob Leathers Jr of Wayne County, Ohio" paid cash for 160 acres of land in Wood County[8]. Sixty acres were in Twp 3N, Rng 11E (Bloom twp), Sec 34, W1/2 of NW1/4 (between Bloomdale and Bairdstown. And 60 acres were on the west side of it in Sec 33, E1/2 of NE 1/4.
Go East of Bairdstown on SR 18 about 1/2 mile. The 160 acres run north of 18 for 1 mile before Fast Road. Another piece of nice farmland.

Apr 18, 1837 Jacob Jr. bought another 80 acres in Bloom twp: Sec 33 SE1/4 of NW 1/4 and Sec 34 SE1/4 of NW1/4. These are 2 40-acre plots on the west and east sides of his previous land (along SR 18), but the west piece is not contiguous to the rest of the land and is on the NE edge of Bairdstown. John bought the 40 acres just north of this west piece. Leathers Road today still runs beside this Leathers land--evidently named after Jacob Jr. & John B. Leathers, who stayed and died in Bairdstown, Wood County, Oh. in 1879[9] and 1851[10]

In 1840 Eve and her 2 youngest children, Silas & Mary Ann, were living with her son, Jacob, Jr. in Wood Co., Ohio (south of Toledo). For some reason Jacob Sr (age 65) doesn't appear with them. (Maybe he had gone to Richland Co, IL with son William, then came back for his family.)

In his will Jacob Sr left 200 acres of land that he owned in Kosciusko County, Indiana (about 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne) to his youngest children, Silas and Mary Ann. This record is not listed on the Bureau of Land Management site.

Sometime between 1840 and Mar. 1843 Jacob Sr and Eve Ann moved to Richland Co., IL with their 2 youngest children, Silas and Mary Ann, evidently following their son William who moved to IL in 1838/39.

In 1841 William bought land in Richland Co, IL:
Twp 3N Rng 14W (Claremont twp) sec 35, NE1/4, and sec 35, NW1/4 of SE1/4, (about 1/2 mile directly south of the land his father bought 2 years later) and sec 28 SE1/4 (total 360 acres).

Jacob Sr and his son William owned land SE of Claremont, Richland Co, IL.
Mar 10, 1843, Jacob (age 68) bought 40 acres: Twp 3N, Rng 14W (Claremont twp), Sec 26, SW1/4 of the NE 1/4. Go east out of Claremont on CR1000N for 1 mile. Turn south on CR1900E for 3 miles. Turn east on E. Countryside Ln. for 1/2 mile. Turn south on N. Amity Rd. When you get to the end of that road (abt 1/2 mile) you will be right in the middle of section 26. Jacob's land will be the 40 acres to the east. (His will says he owned another 40 acres adjoining the above land being the SE 1/4 of the NW 1/4).

Jacob died Mar 23, 1843 (age 68), just a few days after he bought land. There is no record of son Silas buying land, so it's likely that he took over his father's 80 acres of land and lived with his mother. Daughter Mary Ann married in 1845. Silas didn't marry until 1856. His mother died in 1860-65.

Jacob's will was submitted Jan. 10, 1844 in Richland Co., Ill.[11]

In 1850 Eve Ann was in Richland Co, IL living with her unmarried son, Silas.
In 1855 (state census) Eve Ann was living in Richland Co. near William; her unmarried son Silas was living with her; daughter Mary Ann was already married.
In 1860 she was living with Silas & his wife Marinda. Eve Ann probably died between 1860-65 (she does not appear in the 1865 Ill census).

There is a monument with Jacob Leathers on it at Mt. Olive Cemetery southeast of Claremont, IL.[12]

Children of Jacob Leathers Sr & Eva Ann Hay:

  1. John B., b 1806, Fairfield Co, OH; m Elizabeth Slater 1827 Wayne Co, OH; d 1851 Bloomdale, Wood Co, OH
  2. Susannah B., b 1808 Fairfield Co, OH, m John D. Harpster 1827 Wood Co, OH; d 1851, Blair Co, PA
  3. Jacob L. Jr, b Mar 2, 1811, Fairfield Co, Oh, m Polly Ewing 1833 Wayne Co, OH; d 1879 Bloomdale, OH
  4. William, b Mar 11, 1811, Fairfield Co, OH; m Nancy Orum 1833 Wayne Co, OH; d 1875 Claremont, Richland Co, IL
  5. Elizabeth Ann, b 1816; m Jacob Simon Baker 1835 Wayne Co, OH; d 1913, Marion Co, IL (2 counties west of Richland)
  6. Silas, b 1821, Wayne Co, OH; m Marinda Ransom 1856 Richland Co, IL; d 1885 Richland Co, IL
  7. Mary Ann, b 1824 Wayne Co, OH; m David Heral 1845 Richland Co, IL; d 1907 Howell Co, MO (her daug m Reuben A. Ransom Jr, brother of Marinda Ransom)


  1. Ohio Territorial papers show Leathers:
    p 64 - (1799) Frederick Leather, John Leather, Frederick Leather Jr & tanel (prob Daniel) Leather, Jacob Lether (This is Fred Leathers III, and prob his sons Jacob-23, Fred IV-21, John 16, Daniel 14)
    p 127 (1801) - Frederick Leather, Jacob Leather, John Leather, Canel (prob Daniel) Leather, Frederick Leather Jr, Joseph Leather (This is Fred III and his sons: Jacob-25, Fred IV-23, John-18, Daniel-16, Joseph-12, don't see son David-13)
  2. Plat map of Fairfield County, OH -
  3. History of Fairfield & Perry Counties, Ohio, Their Past and Present, by AA Graham, 1883. page 199 -
  4. Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of Fairfield Co, OH, by Wiseman, 1901, p382, 384 -
  5. from History of Fairfield County, Ohio, by Scott, 1877, page 41, "1806 Taxpayers, Fairfield County", Clear Creek Township -
  6. Mohican township map -
  7. Land Plat of Ashland County -
  8. Wood Co, OH plat -
  9. Jacob Jr's FAG -
  10. John's FAG -
  11. Jacob Leathers' will on file in Probate Court, Olney, Richland Co., Ill.:
    The last will and testament of Jacob Leathers of Richland County, state of Illinois.
    I, Jacob Leathers, being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz:
    I give to my wife Ann E. Leathersthe place where I now reside, being eighty acres viz the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section twenty-six ______ containing forty acres. Also the southwest quarter of northeast quarter of section no. twenty-six with all my farming utensils. I also give her all my household and kitchen furniture, two black mares and yearling colt and all my cattle and hogs.
    I give to my son Silas Leathers one hundred acres off of the north side of a tract of land which I hold in Kosciusko County, state of Indiana, being the northwest quarter of section no. 31, town 32, ______ of range six east, of southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of section no. 30, town. 32 ______ range six east. [This would have been 200 acres total]
    I give to my daughter Mary Ann Leathers one black yearling colt, one saddle and one half of what the balance of my Indiana tract of land will sell for after Silas' part is struck off.
    I give to my grandson William Harpster one hundred dollars or eighty acres of land.
    I give to my grandson Jacob H. Leathers forty dollars.
    I give to my grandson Jacob L. Baker, twenty-five dollars.
    All my property that is not bequeathed away both real and personal is to be sold and after paying all demands the balance of any to be equally divided amongst my children.
    I hereby appoint my son Silas Leathers as executor of this my last will and testament.
    In testimony whereas I have hereinto set my hand and seal this 14th day of December, Eighteen hundred and forty-three. Signed, Jacob Leathers. Witnessed by Daniel Eckley & Hyatt Bunn.
    Will of Jacob Leathers submitted 10th January, 1844. R.B. Marney, P.J.P. Recorded on page 128, state of Illinois, Richland County, R.B. Marney, Probate Justice of the Peace, _____ County do certify that the written ______ last will and testament of Jacob Leathers was duly proven on this 5th day of February, 1844.
    Solemnly attested to that will was written by Jacob Leathers, etc. signed by Silas leathers and Jno. M. Musgrave, 18th day of November, 1845.
    Attached to will: Bill from Bloom Twp., Wood Co., Ohio -- John Leathers account against Jacob Leathers, deceased... $41.50. Dated Sept. 12, 1846.
  12. FAG -
  • Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records; Washington D.C., USA; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes
  • 1820 United States Federal Census, Howard, Centre, Pennsylvania; Page: 214
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Yates Publishing Publication:
  • U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015


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