Leap Cousin Quest

Hello to all Leap/Leep cousins, kith, and kin…

Being a descendant of John Wesley Leap, who was born on 08 July 1733 in Mannheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany near the Rhine River, and first wife Margaret Crow of Virginia, I would like to fill out the family tree as much as possible. Just having the direct lineage from JWL to my maternal grandmother, Edith Mae Leap Kratz, is not enough for me. There are too many aunts, uncles, siblings, and half-siblings of almost every ancestor to ignore and all of us are related through one or another.

Since 2010:
*I have heard from Eric Matthew Newman, descendant via JWL/Sarah DeLeow‘s son David Leap with Mary Woollen and grandson Edward Caleb Leap with Harriet I. Johnson;
*I met with Larry Leap, descendant of Isaac Channcey Leap and Perrilla Todd, in Fayette, IN;
*I have exchanged emails with Kelli Leap, descendant via son Gabriel Leap and Jane Courtney and grandson Samuel Wesley Leap with Margaret McCalley, several times and received great information;
*I have been contacted by Christine Rene Bennett, descendant of Polly Leap and Emsley G. Shadday (they had 12 children), and received more lineage information;
*and most recently, a Texas descendant via Gabriel’s son William Bodley Leep, contacted me about the Leep DNA Project.

John Wesley Leap (son of Johannes John Leab) had ten children by two wives and lived in Virgina, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. His descendants are all over the country and I would be happy to hear from them. Some of the earlier information I have received is conflicting, but that is probably due to the accuracy of records before the Civil War. For example, JWL’s American Revolutionary Soldier monument shows 1735-1845.

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Also, his first wife is listed as Margaret B. Crowe, as well as Margaret E. Crow. Plus, several other descendants do not have birth or death dates; a few just list names with no dates. It would be interesting, as well, to have a concrete explanation for the change in name from Leap to Leep.

Children by Margaret Crow (1749-1799), who married JWL in 1768 in Virginia:
1. Gabriel Leap (1778-1877), who married Jane Courtney (1784 – ?);
2. Katherine (Kattie) Leap (1784-1860), who married Waitman Furbee (1783-1863);
3. John W. Leap (1786- ?), who married Mahala Wise;
4. Samuel W. Leap (1795-1884) had three wives: Henrietta Guile (1798-1846); Elizabeth Stearns (1794-1877; and Nancy Cohill (1826 – ?).

Children by Sarah Barbara DeLeow (1781-1848), who married JWL in 1800 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
5. Polly Leap (1808-1884), who married Emsley Shadday (1803-1881);
6. David Leap (1809 – ?) had three wives: Polly (or Mary?) Woollen, Martha Jane Griffith, and Lydia C. Shirley;
7. Isaac Channcey Leap (1810-1888) had three wives: Perrilla Todd, Nancy Jane McCalester, and Eliza Smith Ray (1822-1894);
8. Jerusha Leap (1811-1891), who married Wm. Allen Neal (1804-1879);
9. Sarah Leap (1812-1899), who married Edward Woollen (1809 – ?); and
10. Andrew Jackson Leap (1814-1891), who married Sarah Ann Neal.

Gabriel and Jane had eight children:
1. Robert Clark Leap (1807-1886) married Nancy Ann McCloud (1811-1898);
2. John Leap (1810-1875) married Esther Long (1817-1909);
3. Wm. Bodley Leep (1811-1887) married Ammy Leap (1812-1855);
4. Thomas Courtney Leap (1813-1898) married Catharine Harvey (1813-1898);
5. Samuel Wesley Leap (1815-1887) married three times: Margaret McCalley, Mary Percilla Postum, and Mary Gordon Clark;
6. Mary Ann Leap (? – ?) married Wm Lancaster;
7. Elizabeth Leap (? – ?) married Isaac Yohoe; and
8. Evaline Leap (1827-1890) married John Robinson (? – 1900).

It would be almost miraculous to hear from JWL’s descendants living in Germany, as we don’t have the names of his mother and possible 15 siblings. We know he was going to be a priest and had to leave the country when he decided not to become one. He settled in Virginia after landing in Baltimore in 1757 at age 24.

After Margaret died, he moved to Pennsylvania and remarried, but we do not know what motivated him to leave Pennsylvania and move with Sarah and children to Boone County, Indiana. The older four children by Margaret stayed in Virginia and Pennsylvania; however, Gabriel died in West Virginia…

My original post, a-growing-family-tree, did not yield any responses from a Nicholson, Tull, Koons, Courtney, Postum, Handy, Schwartz, Crow, Petter, Vaughn, Wallace, Sewell, or Merrill. Hopefully, this one will hit the jackpot!

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I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 8. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealology, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 14years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I cannot abide intolerance, ignorance, narrow-mindedness, selfishness, fanaticism, fads, mediocrity, rudeness, or unkindness. I believe in love and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books. I cannot stop writing.
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6 Responses to Leap Cousin Quest

  1. jmmcdowell says:

    110? That’s amazing if it’s accurate! Genealogy is a fascinating subject and good fodder for writing ideas.

    • Cyranette says:

      Have you checked out your McDowell ancestry? I have some information about that side, too, but haven’t delved deeply into it…One of my mom’s cousins paid more attention to their Leap lineage than to his family.

      • jmmcdowell says:

        I and others have reached a dead end at my 4G grandfather, John McDowell. Records from Kentucky in the late years of his life say he was born in 1759 and was in Amelia County, Virginia, before the Revolutionary War. I haven’t been able to prove this or find McDowells in Amelia County at that time. They are there earlier, but not when John said he was there. It’s as if he climbed out from under a rock after the War. Very frustrating. Especially when, thanks to the LDS microfilms, I can take my husband’s Belgian line back to the mid-1600s!

  2. Sondra Goddard Zackey says:

    Hi! I am also a descendent of John Wesley Leap and his first wife, Margaret Crowe! Their daughter, Catherine Leap is my 4th great grandmother. Catherine married Waitman Furbee in 1802, and they had seven children, John George Furbee (1807-??), Elizabeth Furbee, who was my third great grandmother, (1809-1890), Samuel Furbee (1811-1905), Sarah Furbee (1813-1900), Catherine Furbee (1820-??), Gabriel Furbee (1826-1897), and Mary Bell Furbee (1837-1911).

    • Cyranette says:

      Hi Sondra, Nice to hear from you. From the sporatic responses to this post, there aren’t many interested Leaps out there. The information I have shows Katherine with a K married Waitman Furbee and gave their daughter’s name of Catherine with a C. This is one of the folders I have with the least information. I would love to have you fill it out for me. I made one for each of the ten direct descendants of JWL. To your knowledge, was Katherine also called “Kattie?”All I have are the names of the seven children and some vitals on Samuel Furbee and Gabriel Furbee. I have no locations for any ofthese ancestors. Were they all in Boone County? Is that where they were born, married, and died? Another question: Are Elkiah, Jane, Edward, and Catherine “Flossie” Postlethwait related? They married, respectively, John George Furbee, Samuel Furbee,Catherine Furbee, and Gabriel Furbee. Where do you live, Sondra? Sorry to be so long in getting back to you, but since I stopped posting on my blog, I have been swamped with family stuff and catching up on reading, writing,and gardening. I just have not been diligent in checking my email and facebook accounts, but once I reply to someone I do check back to see any responses. I look forward to seeing yours. Monnalee “Monnie” Bess/Cyranette

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  3. randy leap says:

    JWL is my 5th great grandfather. I am from Switzerland county indiana. My parents still have a farm there. My grandfather Leon and his brother, his dad Casper, and cousis had connecting farms there. My lineage goes JWL, Samuel Leap, Andrew Jackson Leap, Flavious Joseph Leap, Casper Leap, Leon Leap, Randall Leap, Sr. then me. I too am interested in the name change from Leap to Leep. My grandmother said it was some sort of family fallout. I really dont stay in touch with the Leaps, but if you go to the Vevay cemetery in Switzerland county, you will see the whole place littered with Leaps. Most of which are military. My grandfather was stationed state side during wwii, his brother david was shot down twice and taken prisoner twice by the germans, his other brothers joe and abby served in Europe. And his other brother Gerald Leap died July 4, 1944 in Normandy France. He is still buried there and there is a photo of his grave ob the net. I’m very political and patriotic myself. So after reading JWL’s story, I feel it must be in my blood.

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