Thanks for your reply.Yes, this certainly appears to be our line of the Leagues.I checked with my brother Gary, and he confirms that James G. A. League and his wife, Maranda Massey League, had a daughter named Louella, born 1858 in Missouri, who married a Robert Jessee Proffitt.
Our line is from Richard Albert League, believed to be a brother of James G. A. League.Both were blacksmiths, both born in Mercer County, Kentucky.
There is a gap of information to correctly connect this family to Bartholomew League.How is Bartholomew related to James and Mary Ann Marchbanks?This is a good question.There were actually two James Leagues that lived in Amelia County, Virginia, back in the era of 1740 - 1790, and longer.The James League that married Mary Ann Marchbanks apparently did not serve in the Revolutionary War.The other James League did, and lived to a ripe old age of probably 90 or so, and lived in the adjacent county of Prince Edward County, Virginia.I don't know the relationship of these two James, but obviously they had to be related.
I found this record:
"On Saturday, October 3, 1998, a trip was made to Richmond, Virginia.At the "Library of Virginia," reference was made to microfiche records of Amelia County entitled, "List of Tithables - Amelia County for Rawleigh Parish - Year 1762", contained the following record:
James, and Bartho League ("Bartho" is believed to be "Bartholomew")."
Bartholomew owned land in 1762, records show his wife being Anne.He served in the Revolutionary War also, in the same 15th Virginia Regiment as did James.Bartholomew got sick at Valley Forge in the fall of 1777.He was put in a hospital, and died in Trenton, New Jersey, January 1778.
It was further learned that there were about four orphan League children that were bound into the Amelia County Court thereafter.One was named Richard.He was bound out of the Court about 1789, said to be the son of Batte League.While I have no proof, I believe this Richard League somehow got connected with a family from Virginia named Robards, and both went to Mercer County, Kentucky.Records indicate that a Richard League married an Ellendor Robards in Mercer County, Kentucky, in 1804.I believe that this marriage produced another Richard League (although I have no evidence except two Richard Leagues were in Mercer County in 1820).I believe this second Richard League was the one that married Susan Anderson or Alderson, and were the parents of James G. A. League, and our Richard Albert League.Much of this is theory, and no actual proof of this connection.
The other theory is that the Richard League that came to Mercer County, Kentucky, prior to 1800, came out of Philadelphia.There were Leagues in Philadelphia as early as 1750, a Robert League.I also discovered a record of a James G. A. League being in Philadelphia.Here is what I found:
"While at the Public Library, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April 1997, the Vital Statistics Records for year 1783 (I thought it was 1783, however, other records subsequently found show 1773) indicated the birth of Richard League, with an associated reference to a James G. A. League."
I don't mean to confuse you, but both of the two above theories seem to hold water.The past is difficult to untangle, and if you can shed any light on which theory is correct, I would certainly appreciate receiving any knowledge that you may have.
If I can share any further information about this family, please let me know.I am at firstname.lastname@example.org.