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John Wesley Leap (b. July 08, 1733, d. September 16, 1845)John Wesley Leap was born July 08, 1733 in Mannheim, Germany820, and died September 16, 1845 in Indiana820.He married Sarah Barbara DeLeow on 1799 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania820.
Notes for John Wesley Leap:
In 1840 his son, Isaac (in Boone Co. IN) had a male over 100 years old living with him.
1733-born in Germany
ca1757-came to America
1768-married Margaret Crow in VA
1775-living in Bucks Co. PA
1799-living in Lancaster Co. PA
1808-moved to Switzerland Co. IN
1832-moved to farm in Boone Co. IN
Taken from website:Godshalk History (Michael Godshalk)
Name: John Wesley LEAP
Birth: 8 JUL 1733 in Manhiem, Germany
Birth: 8 APR 1745 in Manhiem, Germany
Death: 16 SEP 1845 in Fayette, Boone County, Indiana
Burial: Mount Tabor Cemetery, Fayette, Boone County, Indiana
--Source of information: Rebecca Merritt ;
John Wesley Leap: Born in Mannheim, Germany July 8, 1733. Went to America at the age of 24, leaving his parents and 15 brothers and sisters behind.
Settle in Virginia married Margaret Crow in 1768, they had 4 children; Gabriel, John Wesley II, Katy and Samuel.
In 1775 they were living in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Margaret died in 1799, they moved to Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania where he married Sarah Barbara DeLeow. They had six children; Polly, David, Isaac, Jerusha, Sarah and Andrew Jackson Leap.
In 1808 they moved to IN and 1832 to the farm in Boone County. He lived to be 112 years old.
--Source of information: Donna & Phil LEAP (Spikeleap@aol.com);
Donna sent me info on this side of the family. John is an ancestor or her's and mine, but from different wives.
John Wesley Leap was born in Manhiem Germany and reportedly served in the Revolutionary War. In 1808 the Leap family moved to Indiana, settling in what is now Switzerland County and in 1832 Mr and Mrs Leap moved to Boone County Indiana with four of their childern.
A bio of John W. Leap Sr. says that he died in 1845 and that there is a large monument marking his grave placed there in 1898 celebrating his service in the Revolution ... how ever it should be noted that in his pention file which I have a copy of his pention was denied because they could not verify his service record. This file is interresting as it has a document written in his own hand there is also a letter from Barbara but it was written by some one else because she could not write.
--Source of information: Judy Riley (email@example.com); John Wesley LEAP--b. 15 Apr 1745, Manheim, Germany--m. Margaret B. CROW, 1768, PA (b. Pennsylvania)--d. 16 Sep 1845, Boone County, Indiana John was one of 15 children. He came to the colonies in 1757. He sought out the Germans who had settled in the upper Shennadoah Valley of Virginia. He fought in the Revolutionary War.
--Source of information: John A. Smith ;
John Wesley Leap was born in 1733 near the Rhine River in Germany, where he received an excellent education. While studying for the priesthood Mr. Leap was converted from the Catholic to the Protestant faith. So, at the age of 24, he was forced to flee from his German home on peril of his life.
He crossed Germany and Holland on foot and made his way across the English Channel to England. At Plymouth Harbor he boarded an American bound, glares laden, ship as a stow-away. When discovered, hidden in one of the small boats, the captain immediately issued orders to have Mr. Leap thrown overboard. Other officers objected and the captain relented. Mr. Leap spent the remainder of the voyage doing odd jobs on board in exchange for his passage. He landed in Baltimore, Maryland in the spring of 1757.
Making his way into the tobacco country of "Old Virginia" he became acquainted with planters and their families.
At the outbreak of the American Revolution he joined the Continental Army and was appointed a Quartermaster- General by George Washington. He warn one of the party that crossed the ice-choked Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776 and attacked the Hession camp at Trenton, taking over 1000 prisoners. According to family geneologists it wan Mr. Leap who "tipped off" General Washington regarding the Hession camp and suggested the idea of the surprise attack. He also was a member of the Army that spent the bitter winter of 1777-1778 with George Washington at Valley Forge.
In 1788 Mr. Leap married Margaret Crow. To them were born three sons and one daughter. Following the end of the Revolutionary War and the death of him first wife, he married Sarah Barbara DeLeow. Mr. Leap moved with his family to a place near Vevay, Indiana in 1801. With his disappointment over the new country, he mowed back east. However, in 1808, he headed went again and settled in what is now Switzerland County, Indiana. During his residence there six children were born to
him and his second wife.
With the outbreak of the War Of 1812, he was determined to join the Army, despite him seventy-nine years. It was all that him children and friends could do to keep him (Grandpa Leap) from joining the Army again. They finally prevailed upon him and he remained at home. Said he; "I helped whip England once, I cando 'er again."
As a settler in southern Indiana, he made two or three trips down the river by horseback to visit him old friend George Rogers Clark.
In 1830, four of Mr. Leaps children mowed to Boone County, Indiana. Two years later he and his wife came north and bought land and settled near the children.
In February 1833, Mr. Leap, then almost a hundred years old, walked all the twenty miles from him home near Lebanon, to Indianapolis in the snow and made a speech before the Indiana State legislature.
On the occasion of his One hundredth birthday his wife found him in the garden lying between the rows of cabbage, shouting. "Oh Mother, I never was so happy in my life. I want to be baptized in the Baptist Church right now." So insistent were Mr. Leaps demands that he be baptized immediately, that a messenger warn dispatched and the Rev. David Keeney came by horseback to minister to the old mans soul. Official records of the Mount Tabor Regular Baptist church, Fayette, Indiana show that Mr. Leap was the oldest person on record to join the church. Me came into the church and was baptized at the age of 108 years in 1841.
John Wesley Leap died in the year 1845 at the age of Ll2. A monument has been erected on his grave in Mount Tabor Cemetery, by the citizens of Boone County, Indiana. It bears the following inscription.
Credits. Indianapolis Times - September 7, 1905
Vevay Democrat - September 19, 1909
History of Mt. Tabor Church - January 1960
Compiled by (story above): Virgil A. Schilling (great-great-great grandson) June 22, 1974.
Father: John LEAB
Marriage 1 Margaret B. CROW b: in Pennsylvania
Married: 1768 in Virginia
Married: 1780 in Pennsylvania
John Wesley LEAP II b: 1781
Catherine "Katy" LEAP b: 1784
Samuel LEAP b: 1785
Marriage 2 Sarah Barbara DELEOW
Married: AFT. 1799 in Lancaster. Pennsylvania
Gabriel LEAP b: 5 JAN 1778 in New Jersey ??
David LEAP b: 1811
Jerusha LEAP b: 1812
Isaac Chauncey LEAP b: 1815
Andrew Jackson LEAP b: 1816
Norman LEAP b: 1831
More About John Wesley Leap and Sarah Barbara DeLeow:
Marriage: 1799, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.820
Children of John Wesley Leap and Sarah Barbara DeLeow are:
- +Jerusha Leap, b. October 14, 1811, Pennsylvania821, d. December 10, 1891, Switzerland County, Indiana821.