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Andrew Leiper (bef. 1823 - aft. 1856)

Andrew Leiper
Born before [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 8 May 1854 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
Died after [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 19 Aug 2014
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Andrew Leiper is a complete mystery - and appears at this stage to be a solid brick wall.

Known facts are as follows

  • Name : Andrew Leiper [1] [2] [3]
  • Alternative Name : John Andrew Leiper [4]
  • Birth Year : 1813 [2]
  • Birth Year : 1823 [3]
  • Birth Place : Brighton, England [2] [3]
  • Marriage Date : 8 May 1854 [1]
  • Marriage Place : Parish of St James, Sydney, NSW, Australia [1]
  • Spouse Name : Eliza Jane Smith, formerly Leach [1] [3]
  • Children : John Andrew Leiper [2] and Walter Henry Leiper (note) [3]
  • Occupation : Mariner [2]
  • Occupation : Miner [3]
  • Literacy : Signed own name at wedding [1] (Eliza signed with her mark)
  • Residence: 1856, Castlemaine area, Victoria, Australia [2]
  • Residence: 1856, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia [5]

Note: It is believed that Andrew Leiper is the father of Walter Leiper in name only [3] and has no biological connection - DNA analysis of Walter's descendants appear to confirm this.

It is suspected that "Brighton" is not actually place of birth, but possibly where Andrew left England from.

It is unknown which year is more likely to be the year of birth - especially since the one date comes from the birth that was registered by a friend, and not by either the mother or father. As such, suggesting that he was older than, or about the same age as his wife, seems logical, and therefore being born sometime around or before 1823 seems likely.

Regarding the 1856 Residence locations: Castlemaine and Maryborough are approximately 48km (30miles) apart by today's roads.

I have not been able to find a death registration for Andrew within searchable Australian Death indexes, using 1856 as the earliest date of death given that the child John Andrew Leiper was born in December of that year, and the knowledge that as at 1859, he was not with his wife. It is unknown if he even died within Australia.

Andrew Leiper was also not with his wife in 1860 when she had to place their child into state care, which is why I strongly suspect that the child Walter born in 1864 has no biological connection to Andrew Leiper.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Marriage certificate of Andrew Leiper & Eliza Jane Smith:
    New South Wales, Australia, marriage registration no. V1854976 41B (1854), Andrew Leiper - Eliza J Smith; NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Sydney;
    "Marriages in the Parish of St James in the year 1854," Marriage entry for Andrew Leiper and Eliza Jane Smith; MFS AO 5014, item 976 41B, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Birth certificate of son John Andrew Leiper born Dec 1856 Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, registered by a friend, Andrew’s age listed as 43:
    Victoria, Australia, birth registration no. 1377 (1857), John Andras Leiper; VIC Registry of Births deaths & Marriages, Melbourne.; Victoria, Australia, birth certificate no. 1377 (1857), John Andrew Leiper; VIC Registry of Births deaths & Marriages, Melbourne.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Birth certificate of Walter Henry Leiper born Dec 1864 Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, registered by Eliza, surname recorded as Eliper, Andrew’s age listed as 41:
    New South Wales, Australia, birth registration no. 9063 (1865), Walter H Eliper; NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Sydney.
  4. Marriage certificate of Walter Henry Leiper
  5. Advertising. (1859, January 10). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 4, 2014, from

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Category:Family Brickwall

posted by Maggie N.
Add the Brick Wall Category and maybe others will help to solve it
posted by Maggie N.

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