Use this information with care; some of it is anecdotal.I am familiar with Virginia Lee Refo and have emailed with her in the past.I believe she has also posted to this forum; if you can't reach her through the forum, contact me offline at dennisATgazinkusDOTcom, and I'll give you her email address.I do not believe that I am kin to this Leigh line, although I am apparently kin to another Leigh line that ended up in MS.We both apparently descend from some Lees/Leighs in England in the late 1600's...
1. William Leigh
b. < 1765 (per 1810 census)
d. 22 Mar 1832 (Biography of James Rucks, p320-321)
1810 census, Gloucester Co, VA: p407b, William Leigh, hh435, 1m<10, 1m10-16, 1m45+, 1f16-26, 2f45+, 4 slaves (ditto)
1813: List of the Land Tax within the District of Jasper Hughes Commissioner of the Revenue for Gloucester Co, VA for the year 1813.
Leigh, William 124.00 0.8333 103.30 0.67 Forest Land near Stubbs Store
1820 census, Gloucester Co, VA: William Leigh, hh472, 1m<10, 2m16-26, 1m45+, 1f<10, 1f16-26, 1f45+, 4 agriculture, 2 mfg, 5 slaves, 12 total.
1821: List of land tax within the District of Jasper Hughes Commissioner of Revenue in the Co of Gloucester, VA for the year 1821
name residence fee/life est acres description dist frm ct val/acre bldgs total valtot taxexplanation of yr’s alterations
Leigh, William Gloucester County Fee Est. 124.00 Forest Land 4mS.W. 5.6250 232.50 697.50 0.63
Index to Gloucester Co, VA Surveyor’s Bk 1, 1817-1849
LAST FIRST WHERE WHEN PAGE
Leigh William ---- 1835 119
Rev. William Leigh, Baptist minister in Petsworth Parish, Gloucester Co, VA; [most western parish, contiguous to K & Q line] 1761 - 22 Mar 1832. [Biography of James Rucks, p320-321]
1820 Census, Gloucester Co, VA: Rev. William Leigh 189a.
1830 Census, Gloucester Co, VA: Rev. William Leigh, 1m20-29, 1m60-69, 1f10-14, 1f30-39, 1f50-59, 1 free colored f, 6 slaves.
2. William Leigh (prob Rev. William Leigh, Methodist)
1820 census, Gloucester Co, VA: William Leigh, hh477, 1m16-26, 2f16-26, 6 ag, 10 slaves, 12 total, son of William (of the 1820 census).
1. Rev. William Leigh
b. 13 Oct 1794, Gloucester Co, VA (per V. Refo; also Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, The Louisville and Nashville Christian Advocate and the Nashville Christian Advocate, 1852-1856; also 1850 census)
d. 21 Dec 1851, Columbus, MS (per V. Refo; also Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, The Louisville and Nashville Christian Advocate and the Nashville Christian Advocate, 1852-1856)
1830 Greensville Co, VA census: William Leigh, p39. 2m<5, 1m5-9, 2m30-39, 3f<5, 1f5-9, 1f20-29, 1f 30-39, 21 slaves.
1840 Greensville Co, VA census, p416: William Leigh, 19 slaves (no whites, no free), 12 engaged in agriculture.
1850 Lowndes Co, MS census: William Leigh, 56, Martha A. Leigh, 24, b. NC, James W. Leigh, 21, Julia A. Leigh, 18, Robert E. Leigh, 15, Mary R. Leigh, 13, Alice Patterson Leigh, 7.Columbus, Ward 3.William is a minister, everyone except Martha b. VA.
22 Jan 1852. Rev. William Leigh b. Gloucester Co, VA., 13 Oct 1794; d. Columbus, MS, 21 Dec 1851; joined MEC 22 Aug 1815; began his ministry in 1821; m. Julia A. Crump; moved to Greensville Co, VA and later moved to Randolph-Macon College, VA where he kept a boardinghouse; moved to Lowndes Co, MS in 1846. (Source: Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, The Louisville and Nashville Christian Advocate and the Nashville Christian Advocate, 1852-1856)
REV. WILLIAM LEIGH (by Virginia Leigh Refo).There is another Reverend Leigh associated with Randolph-Macon College & Rev. H.G. Leigh & is most probably a distant cousin. He, also, was a Methodist minister of the time.I don’t know anything about the early life of William Leigh or who his parents were; however, I suspect he was a cous/o Hezekiah, & that is one of the reasons they met & m. sisters. There was a William Leigh (1761 – 1832), a Baptist minister in Petsworth Parish, Gloucester, who may have been William’s father. Petsworth is on the WS of Gloucester, near border w/ King & Queen Co, seat of some early Leighs.
On 2 Mar 1826 Rev. William Leigh m. Julia Ann Crump, next to the youngest dau/o Col. Richard Crump, of Northampton Co, NC, & older sis of Mary Jane Leigh who later m. Hezekiah. A word about Richard Crump: He was a prosperous man, a Col of the Militia in Greensville Co, VA, & a devout & pious Methodist. Greensville Co is contiguous with Northampton Co, NC & the family owned land in both cos. Early in his career Rev. John Early, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Randolph-Macon from 1830 – 1872 & Bishop of Methodist Ch, South, rode the Greensville Circuit. His diaries show he frequently stayed w/ Richard Crump & his family, enjoying the hospitality & baptizing babies. 3 of Richard’s 4 daus m. Methodist ministers. In 1826 Rev. George Charlton joined the committee appointed to study & promote the new college. George later m. in 1829, as her second husband, Martha, oldest dau of Richard Crump.
One thing we do know about William: he was perennially poor. I don’t know why, whether he gambled on the sly or just made really poor investments or overspent. Investigations of his dealings show poor decisions. For instance he bought a piece of property in 1841 for $200 & sold it in 1846 when moving to MS for $25. Through his wife he should have inherited a substantial amount from Richard Crump. He also was an admin of Richard Crump’s est, which should have earned him another nice sum. But Hezekiah was constantly bailing him out. It seems in his dealings through the Crump est & those with the Board of Trustees at Randolph-Macon that he was a contentious & argumentative man, hard to please. He had difficulty in getting along with those he had to deal with in both situations, & I suspect in others.
In 1834 his bro-in-law Hezekiah used his influence to get him the job of Steward at the “Hotel” at Randolph-Macon College. The “Hotel” was built for guests who came to visit the college, but was to be used primarily to board some students from the Preparatory School. Apparently, not many guests visited. So essentially the “hotel” became a dormitory for the most ill-behaved students there—the ones that no families would board & who were the least serious students. In 1841 the trustees made it mandatory for the students living in the hotel to pay for any damages to the building which were apparently significant—says something about what the students were like. This must have been the worst job associated with the college! By 1840 William had quit & was no longer in the service of the trustees of the college as steward of the hotel.
William was also employed as a builder for the school, & the College contracted with him to build several structures. They also allowed him to build his own house next to the hotel & told him not to exceed $1200. Apparently there was no contract & the house far exceeded the limit. The College offered $1200 or he could move the house. There was a suit which was settled out of court but which William essentially lost. He apparently took the $1200 & purchased land in the vicinity. Whether or not he moved the house I cannot determine. It looks like he did not & probably built it again.
When he moved his family to Columbus, MS in 1846 he mortgaged his house as collateral for the amount Hezekiah loaned him to make the move, $1270, plus an additional $978 borrowed from James B. Depuy.
William moved his family to Columbus, MS in the fall of 1846 apparently believing this was where he would make his fortune. There is a letter from his wife to her niece in Aug 1846 talking of the planned move & how she, Julia, did not want to go. Despite this, they went in the fall of 1846, & Julia d. in Columbus 7 Nov 1847 (of a broken heart?). Things did not go much better financially in MS. William Leigh d. 21 Dec 1851. His younger children were almost penniless.
m. Julia Ann Crump, 2 Mar 1826
d. 7 Nov 1847, Columbus, MS
d/o Col Richard Crump & Julia Sykes of Greensville Co, VA and Northampton Co, NC.
2. Martha Leigh
b. ca 1826 (per 1850 census)
d. < 1857
m. James Eckford, 1851, Columbus, MS
2. Robert Emmett Leigh
b. ca 1835 (per 1850 census)
killed 1862 (Civil War?)
2. Mary Rosamond “Rosa” Leigh
b. ca 1837
d. > 1851 (living as of the time of father’s death)
2. Alice Patterson Leigh
d. > 1851, (living at the time of father’s death)
Living with bro James as of the 1860 census.
2. Juliana A. “Anna” Leigh
b. ca 1832 (per 1850 census)
m. Thomas Short
d. < 1880
Anna Short ran a boarding house as of the 1880 census, in Lowndes Co, MS.She took in the 3 kids of bro James by 1880.
2. Dr. James W. Leigh
b. ca 1829 (per 1850 census)
d. < 1880 census
m. 3x (3 kids by 2nd wife)
3. Fannie Leigh
b. ca 1863
In school, in hh of aunt Anna Short, 1880 Lowndes Co, MS Census.17 years.
m. James M. Cady, 8 Sep 1880
3. William Leigh
b. ca 1861
Clerk in store, owned by aunt Anna Short, 1880 Lowndes Co, MS census.19 years.
3. Robert Leigh
b. ca 1866
1880 Lowndes Co, MS census.14 years old, in school, living in hh of aunt Anna Short.