Kathryn (Leedom) Ives Genealogy
John Leedom and his children in PA
son of the immigrant, Richard Leedom
John Leedom was baptized 3 Oct 1703 Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire ENG, where his parents, Richard Leedom and Hannah Pease were married 7 Oct 1701. Richard and his two sons John and William arrived in Southampton, Bucks Co PA in 1712 where Richard purchased 225 acres. It is not known whether Richard's wife Hannah died in Yorkshire or accompanied the family to Pennsylvania. Little more is known of the family at that time.
Family notes and John's will show his wife to have been named Susannah and records of Middletown Monthly Meeting, Bucks Co PA, dated 6 Mar 1731, show that John was "Complained of for Marriage to one not a member".
I found one other record of John and Susannah in the American Weekly Mercury but still no mention of her maiden name or clues to her family:
19 Oct 1732 Leadam, Susannah - wife of John Leadom of Hampton Township, Bucks Co. has eloped from her husband.
This is the way it stood until April 2002 when I received an amazing letter from new-found cousin Scott Townsend. While reading a book of New Jersey marriage records Scott found the record of John Leedom's marriage! What's more, the record included the full name of his bride, naming her as Susanna Lancaster.
Leadam, John, Bucks, Pa., and Susanna Lancaster, Bucks, Pa. - 1730 Feb. 21
-- Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: Vol. XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, William Nelson, Patterson, NJ: Press Printing and Publishing, 1900. From Scott Townsend.
I had almost given up on ever knowing Susanna's maiden name, sure that it was lost to history, so finding her full name is one of the more exciting elements for me in the research of the Leedom family line.
Scott and I have another known family connection to research and many collateral family details to exchange. He is descended from John and Susanna's oldest son John and his first wife Ruth Strickland. Now to find which Lancaster family Susanna belonged to...
John and Susannah apparently reconciled after the posting the American Weekly Mercury, lived in Southampton, Bucks Co PA and were the parents of eight children. I have made individual pages for the descendants of all of them save Elijah who never married.
John - b. 1733 prob Bucks Co PA d. 29 Apr 1818 Southampton, Bucks PA; 1m. 24 Apr 1756 Ruth Strickland, daughter of Joseph Strickland and Sarah Cooper; 2m. aft 1784 Mary Hayhurst, daughter of William Hayhurst and Rebecka Searles, and the widow of William Carter.
Ann - b. abt 1735 d. bef 6 Mar 1812 Cheltenham, Montgomery, m. Barnet Craft bef 1758.
Samuel - b. 1737, probably in Bucks Co d. bef 8 Apr 1816 Haverford, Delaware PA; m. 28 Oct 1762 Hannah Staats at the Low Dutch Reformed Church of North and Southampton in Bucks Co. (My direct line)
Hannah - b. 1739, m. Jacob Gummere on 15 Apr 1763 at Abington MM, Abington Twp PA.
Elijah - b. 1741 prob Bucks Co PA d. 1764 Southampton, Bucks PA; Never married.
Benjamin - b. 1743 prob Bucks Co PA d. 1796 Northampton, Bucks PA; m. 7 Mar 1765 Low DRC of North & Southampton, Bucks PA Alice Pierson, the daughter of Robert Pierson and Margaret Longshore.
William - b. 1 Apr 1746 d. 1803; m. 15 Apr 1768 Abington MM, Abington Twp PA Lydia Pritchard. She is named as Lydia Richard in Abington records, d/o Thomas and Mary Richard.
Mary - b. 1748; Never married according to The Leedom Family but Sara Stewart wrote me in May 1999 regarding another possibility, a marriage to Benjamin Walton.
John Leedom died at a relatively young age, probably in Bucks Co, shortly before his will was probated on 9 May 1750. He wrote it in August of 1743, prior to the birth of his last three children. Rosie Byard kindly sent me copies of two Orphan's Court petitions, one made by Susannah Yates and one by her eldest son John. In Susannah's petition, dated 11 Dec 1754 and signed with her mark of an 'S', Susannah declares herself the former widow of John Leedom and states that she "hath been a widow for four years and four months and hath not fully received her dower or pay for bringing up the children".
John Leedom Jr.'s petition is dated 14 Mar 1758 and is a plea to have the court appoint guardians to take proper care of the estate, as the surviving executor, Benjamin Cutler is "appearing too easy and neglectful in an affair of such moment". John also states that his father's will was written in 1743, prior to the birth of three children.
I am still searching for any record of John's burial. Because so many of the births of their children were recorded at Abington Monthly Meeting, I suspect that he may be buried in the Abington Burial Ground. He left his wife with eight children, the oldest seventeen and the youngest about two years old.
Susannah married a second time, to Henry Yates 17 Sep 1754 at Trinity Oxford Church in Philadelphia. Sara Eachus also believes Susannah, her children and her new husband moved to Cheltenham, Montgomery Co. where she presumably died sometime before her daughter Hannah's marriage in 1763 to Jacob Gummere was recorded in the Abington Monthly Meeting minutes. Susannah is said in family notes to be buried in the same Abington MM Cemetery in Abington Twp, Montgomery Co. where I think John may also be buried.
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