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  • ID: I1436
  • _UID: C6AA12BF1F4F48F48DB8E91E2AC5ACD6A8E3
  • Name: Frederick III LEATHERS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1754 in York Co, PA
  • Death: 1821 in Amanda, Fairfield Co, Ohio
  • Burial: Amanda, Fairfield Co, OH
  • Note:

    Frederick III was my 4g-grandfather.

    Frederick III was originally called "the younger" (probably before he moved to Ohio and away from the rest of the family in Pennsylvania).
    FREDERICK married Barbara Shirk. Her great-grandfather, Ulrich Schurch, and Frederick's grandfather, Frederick Leeder I both came to America on the same ship, the Mortenhouse, in 1728. They lived in York Co. and then Centre Co., Penn.

    Around 1800 (before Ohio became a state in 1803) Frederick moved his family to Amanda Twp., Fairfield County, Ohio. He was the first white settler in Amanda twp, Fairfield Co, Ohio.
    He evidently had acquired land there by 1799 and took his older sons to prepare a dwelling, because 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." He probably brought his wife and younger children to the land in 1800 after his youngest child, Christian, was born in Jan. 1800. His son, Jacob, married Eve Ann Hay in 1802/3 in Ohio. The Hay family had moved to Ohio from Virginia in 1802.
    "In the southern part of [Amanda] township Frederick Leathers is considered the first settler. He owned all 596 acres of Section 36 of twp 12 (Amanda twp). The town of Amanda grew up on each side of the border between sec 35 and 36. He settled at what became the town of Amanda and 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. Isaac Griffith's 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.' 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..." [from History of Fairfield & Perry Counties, Ohio, Their Past and Present, by AA Graham, 1883]
    He was the landlord here until the spring of 1819, when he sold his house and tavern and 300 acres to Isaac Griffith, who had moved there in 1818. Isaac kept the tavern open until 1854. In 1858 the building burned down. Samuel Griffith also related, "There was very little cash in the country. Everything was done by trading. A day?s labor was twenty-five cents in trade.... Our post-office was at Lancaster [about 10 miles NE]. There was one mail each way in a week. We brought our salt from Zanesville" [50 miles NE].
    "The first Mennonite settler in Fairfield County seems to have been Martin Landis, Sr.... For some time they met for worship in the bar room of the Leather's House, a tavern several miles south of Lancaster." [The Fairfield Co, Ohio Background of the Allen Co, Ohio Mennonite Settlement 1799-1860]

    April term 1806: William Huff vs Fred Leathers, James O'Harra & Chas O'Harra false imprisonment, guilty $60 damages.
    [p 75 Minute Book Transcribed Fairfield County Ohio #1,2 & 3 1803-1817]

    Frederick died in 1821 in Amanda, Fairfield Co, Ohio (southeast of Columbus).
    According to Wills & Estates of Fairfield Co, he Frederick died 1822, intestate (w/o a will), case #317.

    March, 1830 - Samuel LEATHERS and Andrew PEARSE adms. of Frederick LEATHERS, deceased vs. Heirs. Petition to sell land. Filed February 4, 1830.
    Land, 10 acres part NW 1/4 Section 12, Township 12, Range 20 and lots 25 & 27 in town of New Strasburg.
    Heirs: Betsey, wife of Jacob SELLS;
    Barbara Wife of Samuel MIDDLESWORTH;
    Mary wife of William MIDDLESWORTH;
    Christian LEATHERS;
    David LEATHERS;
    Daniel LEATHERS, deceased, his children Mary, Susan, Barbara, Frederick and Samuel LEATHERS, minors;
    Joseph LEATHERS, deceased, his children Samuel and Betsey LEATHERS, minors.

    Barbara died after 1827. Their children were all born in Penn., all married in Fairfield, Co., Ohio

    They don't seem to be on the 1820 Amanda twp, Fairfield Co, Ohio census:
    1820 Fairfield Co, Ohio:
    Daniel Leathers & Joseph Leathers, page 95A Clearcreek twp
    Daniel Leathers, page 86 Madison twp
    1830 Fairfield Co, Ohio:
    Daniel Leathers & Magdela Leathers, p 225 Amanda twp
    Frederick Leathers, p 229 Amanda twp
    Samuel Leather, p 274 Clearcreek twp.

    There were 2 cemeteries in Amanda:
    1.Amanda Presbyterian Church cemetery, located behind the Amanda Presbyterian Church in Amanda, Ohio. The church was organized in 1838.
    2. Amanda Township cemetery, located just outside Amanda on the corner of Westfall and Amanda Northern Roads.

    There are 3 church cemeteries in Amanda: Presbyterian & Methodist in sec 35, St. Peter?s Lutheran & Welsheimer in sec 36. (no Leathers found in these cemeteries, at least no stones left)
    Samuel Leathers (maybe a grandson) was confirmed and in the Mt. Zion English Evangelical Luthern Church (also called Conrad?s church)

    Frederick?s children:
    Son Jacob moved to Wayne Co, Oh 1820-30, then on to Richland Co, IL about 1840.
    Son Frederick IV died in Amanda, Fairfield Co, Oh in 1849.
    Daughter Betsy Sells moved to Pickaway Co, Oh where she died in 1869
    Son Daniel probably died in Fairfield Co, Oh abt 1825. His widow and some children moved to Allen Co, Oh.
    Son David moved to Shelby Co, IL, d 1862
    Son Joseph died in Fairfield Co, Oh, maybe in 1826.
    Son Samuel died in Fairfield Co, Oh in 1835.
    Daug Barbara Middleworth/Small moved to Shelby Co, IL, d 1874
    Daug Mary Middleworth moved to Shelby Co, IL, d 1862
    Son Christian moved to Van Wert Co, Oh where he died in 1864
    Son John, no info

    In 1850 there were no Leathers families in Amanda twp, Fairfield Co, OH.

    Some sources:
    1. History of Fairfield County, by Miller about 1912.
    2. Pioneer Period and Pioneer People (of Fairfield Co., Ohio), by Wiseman.
    3. History of Fairfield & Perry Counties Ohio, Their Past and Present. By A.A. Graham, W.H. Beers & Co, Chicago, 1883, p. 199.
    4. The Fairfield County, Ohio, Background of the Allen County, Ohio Mennonite Settlement 1799-1860, by John Umble, The Mennonite Quarterly Review, Vol VI #1, Jan. 1932, ed Harold Bender.
    5. Wills and Estates of Fairfield Co, Oh.

    Find A Grave Memorial# 75778956
  • Change Date: 13 DEC 2015

    Father: Frederick LEATHERS b: 1732 in Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania
    Mother: Jane STRICKLER b: 1731 in Pennsylvania

    Marriage 1 Eve Barbara SHIRK b: 15 SEP 1756 in Paradise Twp, York Co, Pa
    • Married: ABT 1775 in York Co, Pa
    1. Has Children Jacob LEATHERS b: 1776 in York Co., Pa
    2. Has Children Frederick IV LEATHERS b: 1778 in Pennsylvania
    3. Has No Children Elizabeth "Betsy" LEATHERS b: 14 JAN 1781 in Pa
    4. Has No Children John LEATHERS
    5. Has Children Daniel LEATHERS b: ABT 1785 in Pa
    6. Has Children David LEATHERS b: 3 DEC 1788 in York Co, Pa
    7. Has Children Joseph LEATHERS b: 1789-1802
    8. Has Children Barbara LEATHERS b: 1793 in Pa
    9. Has No Children Mary LEATHERS b: 21 AUG 1797 in Pa
    10. Has Children Christian LEATHERS b: 10 JAN 1800 in Centre Co, Pa
    11. Has No Children Samuel LEATHERS b: 1804 in Pa
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