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Introduction:

The individuals and families written of on this page are descendants of Angus and Nancy McCutchen MacLeod/McLeod. Angus and Nancy immigrated from Scotland (possibly Colbost, nr Dunvegan, Isle of Skye) around 1785 into Richmond County North Carolina where they spent approximately 20 years. Although the eldest of their children, Alexander, the husband of Sarah McIntosh, migrated with them (from Scotland), and a son Norman is said to have been born on board the ship, as many as six children were born during their stay in North Carolina.

By 1812, the now adult children of the family are seen migrating from North Carolina into Kershaw and Sumter Districts in South Carolina, where by 1820 Angus and Nancy and their unmarried daughters are also found.

By 1840, of the original family members present in the Kershaw and Sumter area of South Carolina, only Daniel and his family, and the children of Alexander I and their families remain in South Carolina. Angus, his daughter Margaret and eldest son Alexander have passed away, it is likely that Sarah McIntosh, Alexander's widow has also passed. Three of Angus and Nancy's daughters are now living with their families in Alabama. Nothing is known of the fifth daughter, Catherine and the third son, Norman.

Timelines are one of the greatest tools in genealogical research...by looking at each record in chronological order, regardless of whose record it is, common names and localities stand out and provide the proof that is needed to tie the individuals together as family. This is especially true in the case of Scottish immigrants where the naming patterns cause identity confusion.

The information found on this page has been gathered not only by my own research trips to SC but also during the research trips of other members of my family - where information was given to me, the source is noted and given credit. If taking this information for your own files, please DO NOT REMOVE THE SOURCE INFORMATION.

Timeline 1783 - 1812 - Scotland to Virginia to North Carolina


Timeline:

1810 - 1820

1810 - A Kershaw District/County Record exists that shows an Alexander McLeod for a Norman McLeod vs. Jeremiah Simmons and David Kitterell." This record has not been investigated at this time, so caution is advised in attaching this to our Alexander and Norman. These 1810 Minutes of the Common Court, although regarding both an Alexander and Norman McLeod, cannot be attibuted to OUR Alexander (h/o Sarah McIntosh) with any degree of certainty to date.

However, an index of the Kershaw District Court of Common Pleas shows several lawsuits involving a Norman McLeod between the years 1810 and 1822 - a copy of one of these lawsuits found in the Camden Archives has some of indication that it may be for the brother of Alexander....another lawsuit "Mary Lackey vs Norman McLeod" cr 1820 is also of interest in our research (See Norman McLeod) April 16, 1810 The Minutes of the Kershaw District Court of Common Pleas Reference to Kershaw Court Minutes from the McLeod Family History compiled cr. 1960 provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. / Index of McLeod Court Cases heard in the Kershaw Court of Common Pleas, found June 2006 in the Camden Archives by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke

1812 On November 17th 1812, Alexander purchased from Micajah Woodward 225 acres located "the same more or less situate in the district aforesaid" (meaning more or less in Kershaw District) on Horsepen Branch on the waters of the Scape Or and Black River. The land was part of an December 3 1786/7, 2550 acre grant to Issac Lenoir (State Plats 19:179/plat 099-008 19:279:00). Lenoir had apparently left this portion of his estate to his daughter, who had married Micajah Woodward as her second husband. The land was bordered Southeast by Spann Land; Northeast by Arrants; Northwest by Issac Lenoir's land and Southwest by the Horsepen Branch. The deed was witnessed by John McKay, Alexander's brother in law by 1828. Book G page 116 Deeds and Conveyances, Kershaw District, South Carolina; Dated November 17 1812, Recorded May 25 1814 accessed and copiedat the Camden County Courthouse in Kershaw South Carolina by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke June 2003

Sometime between 1810 and 1812 - John N. McLeod, later the husband of Kitsy Davis is born.

1813 -See above - It is possible that Alexander applied for citizenship on November 17 of this year although this has in no way been proven. Research of citizenship application and receipt of naturalization is difficult, however, by 1820 Alexander's Kershaw District Census shows that he was naturalized and not an alien. Therefore, it is likely that this is his record. November 17, 1813 The Minutes of the Kershaw District Court of Common Pleas/Reference to Kershaw Court Minutes from the McLeod Family History compiled cr. 1960 provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. /Copy of the Kershaw Court Minutes obtained from the Camden Archives McLeod Family File on Monday June 30 2003 by Lori McLeod Wilke

1815 - Apr 06 - Alexander McLeod II, later the husband of Harriet Yates is born.

Sometime between 1812 and 1817 - Catherine McLeod, later the wife of John C. Mosely is born.

Sometime around 1817 - Jane McLeod, later the wife of Alfred Davis is born

1816 - Son Daniel purchases 350 acres on the Beaverdam Branch (waters of Lynches Creek) in Kershaw from James Simms- no other boundary information was given but reference to an earlier plat/survey on file in Columbia was made. Deeds and Conveyances, Kershaw District, South Carolina; Recorded November 16 1816 deed accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke, June 2005

1816 -November 16th, John McCoy/McKay, son in law, husband of Mary aka Polly by this time according to the birth years of children, purchases 350 acres on the East Side of the Beaverdam Branch, that part which lay in Sumter County. Again, no boundary information was given but reference made to an attached plat/survey, which is no longer present with the deed. Sumter County Deed Book ? deed accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke, June 2005

1817 - January 7th, John purchased an additional 119 acres from Stephen S. Prichete, these 119 acres also on the East side of the Beaverdam Branch in Sumter County. The Deed is witnessed by Daniel McLeod. (Name spelled both McLeod and McCleod) Sumter Deeds and Conveyances Book E page 177 deed accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke, June 2005

And on February 3rd, 1817 John purchases an additional 100 acres again from Stephen S. Prichete and again on the Beaverdam Branch but this time on the WEST side. Daniel McLeod is once again, a witness to the purchase. Sumter Deeds and Conveyances Book E page 178 deed accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke, June 2005


1820 - 1830

1820 - Alexander is found as head of household in Kershaw District Alexander McLeod 2 m 0-10 (John N /Alexander II), 1 male 26-45 Alex 2 females 0-10 (Catherine / Jane), 1 f 26-45 (Sarah) - farmer, naturalized, 3 slaves. The census has been alphabetized and therefore neighbors are not listed with any certainty. Sometime between now and January 1824, a fifth child is born, Angus who is named in his father's January 15th Will. Census; Kershaw District, South Carolina, United States of America Census Year 1820, page 151

His parents, Angus and Nancy McCutchen MacLeod are now found enumerated in the 1820 Census Place: Sumter County, South Carolina, on Page 114; Sumter District, South Carolina, United States of America - Head of Household Angus McLeod

1 male aged 19-26 (Daniel - should be aged about 29 in this year - since Daniel did not marry until 1825 and no enumeration for a Daniel McLeod fits in either Sumter or Kershaw it is assumed that this is Daniel placed in the incorrect age bracket;
1 male aged 45 + Angus;
1 female aged 10-15 (identity unknown born between 1805 and 1810, she was not enumerated in 1810);

4 females aged 16-26 Margaret unmarried by 1829, Catherine unmmaried by 1829, Betsy married cr 1825, Nancy married cr 1827 (Mary aka Polly married by 1820 according to ages of her children);
1 female aged 45+ Nancy McCutchen McLeod

1820 - On December 19th, Angus McLeod and Nancy McCutchen McLeod make the first of their presently known land purchases. The purchase is for 200 acres lying on the Beaverdam Branch with a Mill and a 1 acre pond. This land lies in the present day Egypt Community of Lee County and is shown on maps as McLeod Mill Pond. The land remains in the family today owned by Charles McLeod, a several times great grandson. Witnesses were Johannas Arrants and Eliza Mims Sumter County Deed Book F page 269 First referenced in the Von Hacke Records at the Sumter Genealogical Society/copy of Von Hacke paragraph on Angus McLeod sent to LMW by Curtis Waters, deed transcription accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke at the Sumter County Courthouse June 2003

Sometime between 1820 and January of 1824, Angus McLeod II was born - he would marry Eliza Ann Arrants cr. 1841.

1822 This deed is not yet confirmed to be that of our Daniel (h/o Catherine McLean/s/o Angus) but its year and location indicate that it is indeed his - On the tenth of April in 1822, a sale for $50.00 and 60 acres (more or less) on the waters of the Big Lynches River in Kershaw beginning at the corner of MCLEODS MILL to John Ballard. This deed does not appear to be referencing the above Mill owned by Daniel's father, but another McLeods Mill owned by Alexander and Sarah (--?--) McLeod and later their son Norman McLeod (marries Angus' daughter by 1828) - that family is known to have operated a mill and owned land on the Big Lynches River which crossed in Sumter County - the mill and its pond are named in an 1839 deed in which Norman sells the mill pond property prior to migration to Alabama (Betsy signs release of dower in 1839 and Roderick A. Bethune Witnessed) Kershaw County Deed Book ? deed accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke, June 2005 Recorded April 10 1822 Execution Date January 30 1822 / Deed Executed August 15 1834 and Recorded March 6 1839 Norman McLeod to James Skinner - situated in Kershaw and Sumter Districts - included Mill and cotton saw stands Dower Release by Betsy McLeod accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke June 2005

1824 - On January 15th, Alexander makes his will, stating that he was "very sick and weak in body". He leaves all of his plantation or tract of land to his wife Sarah for the use of her until either her death or remarriage. Although he states that at her death or remarriage the same is to go to his youngest son Angus, the will makes it clear that he had also given land to his elder children. It had been hoped that the estate file would give a better understanding of the extent of his lands and the distribution of his estate, but it did not. He names his two brothers, Daniel and Normand as his co-executors. The spelling of our surname varies between MacLeod and McLeod throughout the will. The will was witnessed by Malcolm Fraser and Jacob Nichols. Alexander died sometime between the writing of the will and its probate on March 8 1824. Kershaw County Genealogical Archives/Camden Recorded 3/8/1824 in WILL BOOK K page 147 Vol. 2, E- D Will of 1/15/1824 /Copy of Will provided to Lori McLeod Wilke by Donald Ross McLeod in October of 2000/ Estate File accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke June of 2003 at the Camden Court House, Kershaw County, South Carolina.

On March 8 1824, Alexander's brothers, Daniel and Norman appear in the probate court and swear the oath of executorship/administration; both sign the document, Norman with quite an elegant hand. Although these documents were of course transcribed from the originals in the 1930's during the Great Experiment - a great effort was made by the transcriber to differentiate Norman's signature from Daniel's and others - it is obvious then that the signature was in fact such that it stood out on the page for the transcriber - this fact is interesting in light of a lawsuit brought by Francis Boykin against Norman McLeod in which the elegance of Norman McLeod's handwriting is brought as evidence in the case - for more information on the possibilities this brings see Norman McLeod.) From that date until a final accounting of the estate's management was given on February 20 1835, Daniel executed the estate of Alexander. By 1835, all the children of Alexander and Sarah except Angus had reached their majority. Estate File 1775; copied June 30 2003, Camden Courthouse, Camden, Kershaw County South Carolina by David and Lori McLeod Wilke

The appraisers of the estate were Malcom Frazer (Witness to Will of Alexander), Archibald Frazer (Witness to Deed of Alex's father, Angus dated September 8th, 1827 (GG 255 and 256), Joseph Lockart, James Brown, George Turner, and Richard Brown Estate File 1775; copied June 30 2003, Camden Courthouse, Camden, Kershaw County South Carolina by David and Lori McLeod Wilke

On April 17th Daniel McLeod appeared before the court showing that "neccessary for the payment of debts that part of the personal estate" of Alexander McLeod be sold. He requested that the following be sold: a sorrel mare six head of sheep two head of cows and calves The petition for sale was granted and was to be sold "at the late residence of the said deceased" on the "Sixth day of May next". All sales under $4.00 were to be made in cash, all sums above $4.00 a credit was to be allowed unto the "first day of January next, purchaser giving notes with appropriate security "Estate File 1775; copied June 30 2003, Camden Courthouse, Camden, Kershaw County South Carolina by David and Lori McLeod Wilke

On Sept 3 1824, Daniel McLeod appeared again and presented a record of the sales made on the 6th of May 1824. Alexander's brother in law, John McKay was one of those who made a purchase during the sale. Estate File 1775; copied June 30 2003, Camden Courthouse, Camden, Kershaw County South Carolina by David and Lori McLeod Wilke

1825 - November 10th of this year, Daniel's eldest child, Annie McLeod, was born. Annie would grow up to marry Col. Stephen Madison Boykin. Tombstone inscription shows this as the date of birth for Annie McLeod - Confirmed in June 2004 by a visit to the McLeod Graveyard aka New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery located in the woods next to McLeods Mill Pond by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke, Trish Sanders Brown and her daughter Elizabeth Brown

1827 - Before 1-20-1827 / Book GG page 80 - This deed which states that Jesse Peebles sold 54 acres to Angus McLeod (where Angus McLeod now lives). The deed itself is a deed in which Shadrock Rogers sells acreage to Hugh McCall that he had previously sold to Jesse Peebles but which had been reconveyed back to Rogers by Peebles, less the 54 acres sold by Peebles to Angus. It would appear that no deed ever existed as Angus states on 9-8-1827 that he has a letter from Jesse Peebles to explain the purchase. This land was part of the original grant of Enoch McDowell and has been traced and found to lay adjoining the McLeod Mill Pond (purchased by Angus in 1820) - Angus sells this to daughters Catherine and Margaret - Margaret wills her portion to sister Nancy McLeod Bethune (along with more acreage) who sells it in 1839 to John Boykin. accessed at the Sumter Courthouse and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke June of 2003

June 28th - Hugh McCall sells the 320 acres he purchased above from Shadrock Rogers to Angus McLeod. This 320 acres borders the 54 acres detailed above which Angus purchased from Jesse Peebles before 1-20-1827. Approximately 200 acres of this land is sold for ten dollars to his daughters Margaret and Catherine within 3 months. Sumter Deed Book GG page 336 accessed at the Sumter Courthouse and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke June of 2003

September 8th - Although Von Hacke states that Angus gave 250 acres, stock. to his daughters Catherine and Margaret, the deed itself states that he sold it to them for "the sum of ten dollars to me in hand paid". The "negroes" were given "for the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid". This 250 acres includes the 54 acres sold to Angus by Jesse Peebles (the deed states Angus had a letter from Peebles that would "more clearly show and he states that he still lives on that 54 acres") and a portion of the 320 acres he purchased from Hugh McCall and for which he was showing the title. These two deeds prove that Margaret and Catherine were the daughters of Angus McLeod both by the land itself and by his words "to my daughters". Sumter Book GG pages 255-56 accessed at the Sumter Courthouse and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke June of 2003

6-14-1828 / - The Will of Margaret McLeod - At Margaret's death, her estate consisted of 524 acres of land valued at $262.00; 4 "negroes"; 32 head of cattle; one lot of hogs; one riding chair and buggy; cart; 1 gray mare; plantation tools, household furniture, Kitchen furniture, 1 lot sheep. The appraisers were William Arrants, Daniel McCaskill Sr., and Daniel McCaskill Jr., Archibald Fraser, and Angus McCaskill. The executor was named as Roderick Bethune. The probate file consisted of only the appraisal. No other document has yet been found regarding any sale of goods to pay debts. Margaret willed the "negroes" to her sister Catherine. The remainder of the estate of Margaret McLeod passed to her sister, Nancy McLeod, the wife of Roderick Bethune. She named other sisters - Polly the wife of John McCoy and Betsy the wife of Norman McLeod. Sumter County Wills Book III page 187/Estate File of Margaret McLeod accessed and copied at the Sumter County Courthouse June 2005 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke

At her death in 1829, the Estate of Margaret McLeod included 524 acres, a portion of which was her share of the above 250 acres (Book GG pages 255-56). The entire acreage (524) was left by Margaret McLeod to her sister, Nancy McLeod Bethune, the wife of Roderick Bethune in January of 1829. Roderick sold "approximately 600" acres to John Boykin in 1839 prior to their migration to Alabama. The 524 acres and the "approximately 600 acres" were the same property (owned by Margaret McLeod at her death). Roderick requested that the land be resurveyed before title was conveyed.

The lands location next to the "Mill and 1 acre at the NE end of the dam" is confirmed in Sumter County Land Conveyances Book D in a discussion of the location of New Hope Presbyterian Church a.k.a. McLeod Cemetery- "The old graveyard is shown on a plat recorded in Sumter County Land Conveyances Book D; the land was granted to Enoch McDowell in the 1700's and was owned by several families during the following years; the McLeods; Spears, Shadrack Rodgers, Jesse Peebles, Hugh McCall, and Roderick Bethune. Roderick Bethune sold the property to John Boykin of Sumter County, SC; the deed was recorded in 1839." . Another Land Grantee Enoch McDowell received a grant for a tract of land on the NE side of present day McLeod's Mill pond in the 1700's." In the early 1900's, a descendant of John Boykin sold the 600 acres again, the deed states it lay "next to the Estate of John Robert McLeod". John Robert McLeod was the son of Daniel McLeod and Catherine McLean, therefore the nephew of Margaret McLeod and her heir, Nancy McLeod Bethune. Lee County South Carolina, Past and Present, Volume II copyright 2002 Lee County Chamber of Commerce; produced by the Fine Books Publishing Company of St. Augustine, Florida. Page 124, colume 2, paragraphs 1, 2 and 5:Lee County Deeds Book SSS:278 -(purchased June 2003 at the Lee County Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina by Lori McLeod Wilke)


1830 - 1840

1830 - Alexander's widow, Sarah McIntosh McLeod is found as head of household in Kershaw District aged 30-40. Living with her are Angus aged 0-10, Alexander II aged 15-20, 1 female aged 15-20 likely to be Jane who did not marry until just before 1840. Their son, John N. McLeod is not found as a head of household in this census; his whereabouts are unknown; their daughter Catherine was likely married to John C. Mosely by this year. Census Research at Ancestry.com Census On Line by Lori McLeod Wilke 2003 - 2006

1831 April 7th - Angus sold the 200 acres purchased on 12-19-1820 (Book F page 649) to his son Daniel for the "sum of seven hundred dollars to me paid". The deed states it was part of Jacob Sellers tract (as does the deed in Book F page 649) and states that a mill and 1 acre on the NE end of the dam is included. Book MM page 58 accessed and copied at the Sumter County Courthouse June 2003 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke

It is this deed which conclusively proves that Von Hacke attached the wrong Daniel (h/o Jane Christmas) to this Angus McLeod as his son. This land remains in Daniel's family today, owned through inheritance by his great great grandson. This great great grandson's ancestry can be traced back to Daniel and Catherine McLean McLeod's only son John Robert McLeod. John Robert McLeod and his wife, Sarah Cason, and his sister, Annie McLeod, first wife of Col. Stephen Madison Boykin are buried in McLeod Cemetery, a.k.a. New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery, which is located next to the McLeod Mill pond of this deed. See Von Hacke Records

1835 - On February 20th, the final accounting was given to the Court for the Estate of Alexander McLeod. The estate had been administered by Alexander's brother, Daniel, for almost eleven years. All but the youngest of Alexander's children had now reached their majority and it can be assumed that the estate management was now taken over by them. Later records of the children of Alexander and Daniel indicate that the cousins maintained a very close relationship throughout their adult lives which is evidence that the estate had been managed in such a way as to not cause feelings of hardship or misuse. Later records also indicate that the land was divided amongst the children. After the 1830 census no record has been found of Sarah McIntosh McLeod - it is assumed that she died about the time of the final accounting of the estate but further research is needed.

1838 - Norman McLeod, husband of Betsy, sells 700 acres on the waters of McLeod Mill Branch of the Lynches River. In March of 1839, Betsy signs the release of dower rights to the property.

1839 - On November 18th, Roderick and Nancy sell 666 acres to John Boykin; a 1902 resale of the property shows its location was next to the 200 acres with a mill and pond which in 1831 was sold by Angus and in 1839 owned by Daniel McLeod. The 1902 deed states that land sold by the Bethune's bordered the "estate of John Robert McLeod" Daniel's son and heir. This 666 acres crossed the Kershaw and Sumter borders with a present day location of the McCaskill Road area of Lee County.

By this year it is assumed that Angus McLeod had passed away. No evidence has been found to date regarding a burial place for him, but it can be assumed that where ever that place may be, it is likely that his daughter Margaret is buried there as well. The burial site of Alexander and Sarah McIntosh McLeod is also unknown, although Trish Sanders Brown recalls evidence of a graves on what she believes is the site of their homeplace on Horsepen Branch.

There exists a possibility that Angus and his daughter Margaret are buried on the site of the New Hope Presbyterian Church cemetery which is also known as McLeod Cemetery. The land was previously owned by McLeods according to early records prior to the Churches ownership, (which ceased to function as a Church in the early 1900's and burned in the 1930's).


1840 - 1850

- Census Sumter District South Carolina

The McKays, Norman and Betsy McLeod, and the Bethunes are not found in Sumter; they are now found in Macon County Alabama. In Roderick Bethune's household a female aged 60-70 is found, indicating that Angus had passed away and Nancy McCutchen McLeod had migrated to Alabama with her daughters. By 1850, Nancy is not found in the census record of any family member.

Also, Sarah, Alexander's widow, is not found in any census record; it is assumed that she has passed away by this year. Four of her five children are now married and shown in households all located near to Daniel and Catherine McLean McLeod's residence. The fifth and youngest of her children, Angus, is not found in Sumter. A male of the correct age is found in Roderick Bethune's household in 1840 Macon Co. Alabama. It is possible that Angus migrated with his Aunts and Uncles and his grandmother for a short time to that State. However, if he did, he returns within a year of two in order to marry Eliza Arrants.

On page 32, Daniel, youngest son of Angus and Nancy McCutchen McLeod is found with his family in the Sumter District Census. He is shown as aged 40-50, Catherine is 30-40 and they have 5 children living with them; John Robert, Annie, Catherine, Margaret and Mary. Census; Sumter District, South Carolina, United States of America Census Year 1840 Page 32 1 male 10-15 (John R. age 12 or 13); 1 male 40-50 (Daniel age 50 birth year of 1790 -1800); 2 females 5-10 (Catherine b. abt 1835/36; Margaret b. abt 1833/34 (?); 1 female 10-15 (Mary b. abt 1830); 1 female 15-20 (Annie b. 1825 age 15); 1 female 30-40 (Catherine)

Also on page 32, Catherine McLeod, daughter of of Alexander McLeod and his wife, Sarah McIntosh is found with her husband, John C. Moseley

On page 30, John N. son of Alexander McLeod and his wife, Sarah McIntosh is found with his wife, Kitsy Davis, the daughter of Thomas Davis and Zina Lee.

On page 31 - Alexander II, son of Daniel's deceased brother, Alexander and his wife, Sarah McIntosh is found with his wife Harriet Yates, the daughter of Willis Yates/Yeates and Martha Josey. Their first child, Norman A. McLeod is also enumerated. Kershaw District South Carolina Census 1840 - Page 31 (included in the Sumter District Census) Found October 2003 LDS Research Center, Orange Park Florida by Lori McLeod Wilke - 1 male 0-8 (Norman A. born April 6th 1839; 1 male 20-30 (Alexander born April 6th 1815); 1 female 20-30 (Harriet born November 6 1817); 1 slave; 2 agricultural workers - neighbors Willis and Martha Josey Yates, Harriet's parents are on page 31 along with Harriet's brother, Jesse L. Yates.)

Also on page 31 Jane McLeod, daughter of of Alexander McLeod and his wife, Sarah McIntosh is found with her husband, Alfred Davis, son of Thomas Davis and Zina Lee

Not found in this years census, is Angus McLeod, youngest son of Alexander and Sarah McIntosh McLeod. It is believed that he migrated to Alabama with his now widowed Grandmother, Nancy McCutchen McLeod, and three of his great aunts, Nancy McLeod Bethune, Mary "Polly" McLeod McKay and Betsy McLeod McLeod. If so, he returned shortly after the census to marry Eliza Ann Arrants, daughter of William Arrants and Charity Blyther, by 1843, in which year their son, William was born.

1841 - January 1 1841 Alexander E. McLeod (II - 3rd Generation) mortgaged property consisting of "all that plantation or tract of land containing 100 acres more or less situated in Sumter District and State aforesaid on the west side of Sumter D Scape Or in the fork known by the name of the Beaverdam bounded east by Scape 'hore swamp South by land belongig to W (or M) Whelding west by Harbin Davis lands & north by lands of the estate of Wheelding" to Roxanna James, shown as his neighbor in the 1840 Census and also as the owner of a plantation which was bounded by the property of Alexander's brother, John N. and his sister, Jane McLeod Davis. This land lies today in the Hickory Hill Community (Hammetts Crossroads/Ionia) Sumter Deed Book KK page 297 & 298-Mortgage January 1 1841 Alex McLeod to R. James accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David J. Wilke and Trish and Elizabeth Brown on June 25th, 2004 at the Camden County Courthouse, Kershaw County, South Carolina.

On May 8, The father of John N's wife, Kitsy, Thomas Davis, wrote his will dividing very clearly his entire estate amongst his children. At the time of its writing, John N. and Kitsy were living on a portion of the estate which included what Thomas termed "a plantation home". John's sister, Jane, by this year married to Alfred Davis, was also living on a portion of the estate which her husband was to inherit upon his father's death. Item 7th To my Daughter Kitsy McLeod - I will and bequeath the plantation and tract of land on which she now lives joining lands belonging to Mrs. Roxana James, Samuel Grier and James Corbitt to a line yet to be made begining at my corner on said Mrs. James land runing thence in a Northerly direction up the deep bottom until it intersects with said James Corbitts lands. And one negro girl named Serina. Source: Will dated 8 May 1841 of Thomas Davis,

On November 11th, John N, along with H. C. Belvin, B.F. Kham, Samuel J. Westbury, petitioned as Officers of the Spring Hill Rifle Company to be incorporated as a Volunteer Militia. South Carolina Department of Archives and History Online, "Electronic," Date: 1841/11/10 accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke 2003

On that same date, his was one of the signatures on a separate petition asking to "reduce the required ranks in volunteer companies and to abolish company Court-martials. This would appear to be a result of the low population of the area and the difficulties in filling the required ranks in order for the above requested incorporation to take place. Among those who signed this petition were John C. Moseley, his brother in law (husband of sister Catherine) South Carolina Department of Archives and History Online, "Electronic," Series Number: S165015 Item: 00072, Date: 1841/11/10 Also found in Series Number S165015 Item: 00073 accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke 2003

On November 20th, his name was on another petition, this one requesting that the fee an executioner received be increased (!). His brother in law, Alfred Davis was also one of those whose signature can be found on the petition. South Carolina Department of Archives and History Online, "Electronic," Series Number S165015 Item: 00048, Date: 1841/11/20 accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke 2003

And on December 11, 1841, the Officers of the Spring HIll Company again asked to be incorporated as a Volunteer Militia. Whether this petition was ever granted is unknown to date, but in 1849, John is found as a member of the Claremont Co., 20th Reg't, Co. 1, Upper Battery SC Militia Sumter District, commanded by Capt Mathis South Carolina Department of Archives and History Online, "Electronic," Series Number S165015 Item: 00060, Date: 1841/12/11 accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke 2003/ Clarendon Militia information provided by Donald Ross McLeod to Lori McLeod Wilke in October 2000

1842 - Catherine McLeod and her husband John C. Moseley's names were included on the membership roll of Antioch Baptist Church.

1844 - In January, John C. Moseley was ordered to Trial for intoxication at the next Church Meeting (of Antioch Baptist). "The Saturday before the third Lords Day in January. The church met agreeable to appoint and having the presence of Brother N. Graham traced the order of Brother James David Baker as Deacon. Brother Baker was appointed to cite Brother Moseley to trial on next meeting in cognizance of a report of intoxication against him......The church met and Brother John Moseley attended the trial which was laid over until next meeting for lack of evidence. It was appointed that Brother Reams attend as evidence in the above case. Brother D. Baker was appointed to convey the request. "

March - "Saturday before the thrid Lord's Day, the trial was laid over again. April 1844 John Moseley appeard and gave the church satisfaction and was restored."

On September 13th, Daniel McLeod (2nd generation) witnesses the Will of a neighbor, Stephen Henry Boykin along with Thomas L. Smith and John Lee. In 1852, Daniel's daughter will marry Stephen's son, Col. Stephen Madison Boykin; their children are the children refered to in the interview when Albert John asks "how are our Boykin cousins?". The 1850 Census will show that Boykin was a neighbor of Daniel's. Lee County South Carolina Past and Present Volume II pages 89 and 123/Sumter Wills Project SC GenWeb, Will of Stephen Henry Boykin/Census Records of Sumter County, 1840-1850

1845 - Alabama - Mary aka Polly McLeod,(2nd generation) wife of John McKay has passed away.

1846 - John N. McLeod bought 394 acres known as the Clark Lands at Sherrifs Sale from Henry Lowry, this acreage was bound by Nathan Bloom Arrants on the North , by the Scape Ore waters on the East, Henry Lowry Jr. on the South, and by James Corbett Jr . on the West. Sumter County Land Deeds Book MM page 96

In October of this year, Catherine McLeod and her husband John C. Mosely are shown on the membership roll of Antioch Baptist Church.

1847 - On January 23, John N. had 176 acres in Kershaw District/County surveyed by Stephen H. Boykin. This acreage was bounded by James Corbett, Issaic Lenoir's land, and John Blyther and was located on the Reedy Branch of the Black River. According to a later deed in which he and his first cousin, John R. McLeod are selling this property the land was "granted to the said John N. McLeod on the 17th day of February 1847". How John R. McLeod became a joint owner is unknown but there was obviously more land than the 176 acres jointly owned by the two men because in the 1890's, John's sister in law, Harriet Yates McLeod, sells another portion in which deed she states that sold land was part of that which had belonged to John and John Robert. South Carolina Plats Online, Series Number S213192 Volume: 0054 Page: 00490, Date: 1847/01/23Description: MCLEOD, JOHN N., PLAT FOR 176 ACRES ON REEDYBRANCH, KERSHAW DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY STEPHEN H. BOYKIN. accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke on August 27 2004

On April 2nd, a second plat was recorded for John for an additional 87 acres. No further information at this time Vol 55 pg 178 Apr 2 1847 State Plats 1784-1840, From the Research Notes of Col. Purdy Belvin McLeod Jr. and the Genealogy Report of Boyd Bedenbaugh

1849 - Records found by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. show that in this year, John was a member of the Claremont Co. 20th Regiment Company 1, Upper Battery South Carolina for Sumter District. and was commanded by Captain Mathis. No further information is available at this time.


1850 - 1860

The first of the "every name" census takings: Sumter County

Residence # 1082 Daniel and Catherine McLean McLeod (2nd generation) states that both Daniel and Catherine were born in North Carolina while all the children were born from 1825 - 1836 in South Carolina. Census; Sumter District, South Carolina, United States of America Census Year 1850 Daniel age 60 (birth year of 1790); born in North Carolina; Catherine age 45; (birth year of 1805) born in North Carolina; Annie age 22; born in South Carolina; John age 18; born in South Carolina;Margaret age 16; born in South Carolina;Catherine age 14 -born in South Carolina The ages of Daniel and Catherine's children are off by as much as five years in this census using previous census records and the known birthdates of John Robert and Annie.

Residence #1050 Jane McLeod (3rd Generation) and husband Alfred Davis

Residence #1052 John N. McLeod and wife Kitsy Davis - The census states that John owned only 210 acres of land indicating that additional deeds are to found of his selling off some of the properties he purchased in the 1840's OR that the census included only the land owned in the county in which one was enumerated. Further research is neccessary. Living with them are Thomas A., John A., Eliza A., Catherinre, Zina, Gatsey, and Mary. 1850 Expanded Kershaw Census/Sumter Census Of South Carolina HH #1052 Sumter, property valued at $1500/land owned - 210 acres

Residence #1076 Sarah McLean, widowed, aged 61, born in North Carolina (about 1789) - Catherine's mother (the wife of Daniel McLeod),

One remembers that Daniel McLeod's sister Betsy was married to a Norman McLeod, the son of Alexander and Sarah (--?--) McLeod. This Norman had a sister named Sarah who was married to a Charles McLean (proven by the Will of their father, Alexander dated/recorded 1835 Sumter County) - it was said by some researchers that Daniel's wife, Catherine was the daughter of that Sarah McLeod and Charles McLean. It is this census that proves that to be untrue.

In this census, one finds Charles and Sarah McLean and their family, including a young daughter named Catherine. Sarah McLeod McLean stated that she was born in Scotland, as was her brother (Norman, the husband of our Betsy) and that she was born around the 1790 making her too young to be the mother of Catherine who was aged 45 (born around 1805).

The presence of this second Sarah McLean, widowed and aged 61 and living only six homes away from Daniel and Catherine, shows that Catherine was indeed most likely a McLean and this appears to be proven by the administration of this Sarah McLean's estate in 1855 by Daniel and Catherine's son, John Robert. Estate of Sarah McLean accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke June 2004 Sumter County South Carolina Courthouse

Residence # 1178 Catherine McLeod and and husband John Moseley

1850 Kershaw County

Alexander, Harriett and 6 children from the age of 6 months to 12 years of age. Although enumerated in the last census in Sumter, they are now found in Kershaw District and will be in each census forward. In later census records, they are shown in DeKalb which is an area now found in Lee County in the Turkey Creek Township. Census Place: Kershaw County, South Carolina; Census Year 1850, Page 116 Family 708, Alexander aged 35 occupation Farmer; Harriett age 30; Norman (Norman A.) age 12; Martha (Martha A.) age 10; Angus (Anguish R) age 8; Sally (Sarah) age 6; Clife age 2; (this should be Jesse Lazarus, a lower case "F was used to signify a "double S" in earlier times, so this is a misprint by a transcriber) John age 6 months (according to our records, John was born in September 1848 - this was taken from the Family Bible; however, the page is faded, and may have been misread)

Angus (II), Eliza and William - Angus is aged 27 (brith year of 1823/24), Eliza is aged 26 (brith year of 1824/5) and William is shown as aged 2 - however, according to his tombstone, he should be 7 - (will verify his birth year on tombstone summer 2006) Census Place: Kershaw County, South Carolina; Census Year 1850, page 116, fam # 712 Angus age 27, Eliza age 26, William aged 2 - occupation listed as farmer - Ridgeway Post Office. Census Research by Lori McLeod Wilke

1851 Angus McLeod sold to William and Margaret Hunt 190 acres on the Horsepen Branch - This was likely part of his father, Alexander I's, estate. Book S page 32

1852 - Daniel died on or around June 5th 1852. He died intestate (without a will), this leads one to believe that he died unexpectedly and not as the result of an injury or prolonged illness. His widow, Catherine, petitioned the court for appointment as administrix of the estate. His property was appraised at a value of $3000.00. The Administrative Bond, dated July 1, 1852, was signed by Catherine, their son, John Robert, E.G. Berry and James Corbett. The appraisers of the estate were his nephew by marriage, John C. Moseley, husband of niece Catherine, Thomas L. Smith, Robert M. Huggins, and Daniel H. Richbourg, all known residents of the present day Lee County Egypt community and the Beaverdam area of Old Sumter. Tindale Files - Sumter Genealogical Society, provided by Col. Purdy Belvin McLeod Jr./LDS Microfilm Admin Bond Index of Sumter County accessed in Orange Park Florida 2002 by Lori McLeod Wilke/Estate File of Daniel McLeod, mistakenly indexed as the file of DAVID McLeod in the Sumter County Courthouse; accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke, June 2004

The place of Daniel's burial is unknown to date. Three possibilities exist:

    Daniel's estate is mistakenly indexed in the Sumter County Courthouse as that of a David McLeod, administrix Catherine McLeod. This was confirmed June 2004 during a research visit to the courthouse. Catherine's portion of the estate file is mistakely filed with the estate records of Daniel McLeod who was married to Jane Christmas. This was confirmed June 2004 during a research visit to the courthouse. Visit to Sumter County Courthouse, June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke, David Jay Wilke, Trish Sanders Brown and Elizabeth Brown - all files accessed and copied

1853 - On September 10th 1853, Catherine, the widow of Daniel McLeod, wrote her will and it was recorded in November that same year. Witnesses for the Will were her nephew by marriage, Angus McLeod the son of Daniel's deceased brother, Alexander McLeod, E.G. McCutchen (possibly the father of Dr. Samuel E. McCutchen who later married her granddaughter by John Robert), , and John Boykin (who had purchased the land bordering Daniel's from his sister and her husband, Roderick and Nancy McLeod Bethune in 1839). The appraisers of the estate were Robert M. Huggins, John McLeod (probably her nephew, John N. since her son John was administrator), her nephew, Angus McLeod, N.S. Garred and John Boykin. Will of Catherine McLeod Rec'd November 1853 Will Book D page 512/Estate of Daniel McLeod Dec'd Inventory Filed Dec 1853

Catherine's will did not name her daughters Annie or Margaret. By the time of Catherine's death, Annie was married to her neighbor, Col. Stephen Madison Boykin. Annie's nephew, Jesse Edward McLeod, stated that her marriage to Boykin was against her family's wishes as he was a womanizer. Had she been the only daughter left out of the Will, it would appear that it was for that reason, however, the fact that Margaret was also not named and no record of her death has been found prior to the date of probate, it would appear she simply didn't name her married daughters. (Research indicates that Margaret was widowed by 1860 and living with her brother, John Robert) Catherine named 9 slaves but gave no indication of the location or extent of her and Daniel's property. Location however, is indicated by the witnesses of her will and the appraisers of her estate. John Robert, named as her Executor, inherited "all the rest and residue of my estate of every nature and description, Real personal and mixed, goods chattels and chooses in action which I shall died seized in, possessed of or entitled to". At her death, she owned 18 head of cattle worth $90.00, a household of furniture consisting of tables, chairs, clocks worth $35.00, 10 slaves valued at $7125.00.

The place of Catherine's burial is unknown to date. Three possibilities exist:

John Robert's inheritance included the Mill and Pond purchased by Angus McLeod in 1820 and sold to Daniel (John R's father) in 1831. This mill pond remains in the family today. Will of Catherine McLeod Rec'd November 1853 Will Book D page 512/Estate of Daniel McLeod Dec'd Inventory Filed Dec 1853/Estate of Catherine McLeod Dec'd Inventory Filed Dec 1853

1853 - In May, John C. Moseley was excluded from the membership at Antioch Baptist Church

1854 - Daniel and Catherine's daughter, Mary, died by November 12th, the date in which her estate was filed in probate. Her estate was administered by her brother, John Robert McLeod, and her first cousins, Alexander McLeod II and John N. McLeod (both the sons of Daniel's brother, Alexander). Sumter County Probate Court Index Bundle 139 pkg 8, accessed and copies by Lori McLeod Wike and David Jay Wilke June of 2005, Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter South Carolina

The place of Daniel's burial is unknown to date. Three possibilities exist:

1855 - In October of this year, Jane McLeod and her husband, Alfred Davis are shown as full members of Antioch Baptist Church. Also, John C. Mosely was apparently re-admitted by this month as his name is once again shown on the rolls, although Catherine's is not shown.

On November 12, John Robert appears in Probate Court to swear the oath of administration to the estate of Sarah McLean, Catherine's mother. Sumter County Probate Court Index Bundle 164 pkg 21 Administrative Bond for Sarah McLean dated 1855 admistrator J.R. McLeod

On the 22nd of December, John N. McLeod and John Robert McLeod, stated to both be of Sumter District, received $200.00 from Daniel Atkinson of Kershaw District for "all that tract of land being in Kershaw District on the waters of Scape whore and containing one hundred and seventy six acres on the waters of Reedy Branch waters of Black River surveyed for John N. McLeod on the second of December AD 1847 and granted to the said John N. McLeod on the 17th day of February 1847. The boundaries described are identical to those in the 1847 Survey. The witnesses were John Moseley, the husband of Catherine McLeod, and Stephen Madison Boykin (son of Stephen Henry Boykin). On the 26th January 1856, Kitsy swore that she freely gave up dower rights to this land. Kershaw Grantor Index (1791-1872) KR8 T/289 and T/371 - John N and John R. McLeod of Sumter District to Daniel Atkinson of Kershaw District Conveyance accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David J. Wilke and Trish and Elizabeth Brown on June 25th, 2004 at the Camden County Courthouse, Kershaw County, South Carolina.

Angus McLeod II is shown as a neighbor of Harmon Arrants on the deed in which Harmon purchases 1372 acres on the Horsepen Branch on the Kershaw District side. The plat was surveyed for Harmon by Stephen H. Boykin. Harmon's property was bounded by the Reedy Branch and the Salt Log Branch also. Neighbors included A.W. McCaskill, Edwin Barnes, Daniel McCaskill, Rebecca Hunter, Jesse Adkinson as well as Angus. Series Number: S213192 Volume: 0057 Page: 00006 Item: 00 Date: 1855/03/16 Description: ARRANTS, HARMON, PLAT FOR 1,372 ACRES ON HORSE PEN BRANCH, KERSHAW DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY STEPHEN H. BOYKIN. Names Indexed: ARRANTS, HARMON/BOYKIN, STEPHEN H./CORBITT, HAMPTON/BARNS, EDWARD/MCCASKILL, A. W./MCCASKILL, DANIEL/HUNT, REBECCA/MCLEOD, ANGUISH/ADKINSON, JESSE/ Locations: KERSHAW DISTRICT/HORSEPEN CREEK/REEDY BRANCH/SALT LOG BRANCH Type: PLAT/ Topics: /

1856 - On May 08, Alexander II and Harriet's son, Angus R. McLeod, passed away at the age of 13. The cause of his death is unknown. He is buried in the McLeod Family Plot at Antioch Baptist Church. In 2004 and 2005, a collection for restoration of the family stones at Antioch was taken from attendees at the annual Jesse Lazarus McLeod Family Reunion. The stone of Angus was one of the stones replaced during 2005 and 2006 by the reunion collection. Mary McLeod Bradham was the chair of the replacement/restoration committee. Family Bible of Alexander E. and Harriet Yates McLeod formerly in the possession of Jay Frank McLeod, present location unknown, copy of birth, marriage and death page on file at the Sumter Genealogical Society, Sumter South Carolina / Tombstone of Angus R. McLeod located at Antioch Baptist Church, Kershaw County South Carolina.

On August 28th Alexander II sold a tract of land containing 100 acres on the Horsepen Branch. The land was bounded by Robert Arrants on the south west and East by himself, northwest by John Blyther. He retained the rights to raise a mill dam and flood the 100 acres if he should ever chose to do so. The land was sold to Michel Watson who was a neigbor of Alexander's according to various census records. This land was likely part of the inheritance Alexander received in 1835 upon the settlement of his father's estate and upon his reaching his majority. The Beaverdam land mortgaged in 1841 to Roxanna James was also likely part of his inheritance. The witnesses to the deed were his brother, John N. McLeod and Harmon Arrants a close family friend. Sumter Deed Book T page 271 - Conveyance August 28 1856 - Alexander McLeod to Michel Watson accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David J. Wilke and Trish and Elizabeth Brown on June 25th, 2004 at the Camden County Courthouse, Kershaw County, South Carolina. Delivered to E. Barnes Dec. 4th/58

Alexander and Harriet McLeod are included in a list of those in full membership of Antioch Baptist Church for October of this year. John C. Moseley is once agai

n excluded from the church rolls for reasons unknown.

1857 - Angus McLeod II and Eliza were shown as full members of Antioch Baptist Church according to a partial church history found one part in the Camden Archives of Kershaw County and the other part in the Sumter Geneological Society. Estate of Angus McLeod found and copied in June of 2003 by Lori McLeod and David J. Wilke and the Will of Angus McLeod Will provided by Purdy Belvin McLeod Jr. and the Camden Conferate Newpaper Obituary of Norman A. McLeod- provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr.

1858 - In November, Angus McLeod II and Eliza McLeod, Alexander and Harriet McLeod, Catherine McLeod and her husband John C. Moseley were all shown as full members of Antioch Baptist Church according to a partial church history found one part in the Camden Archives of Kershaw County and the other part in the Sumter Geneological Society. Estate of Angus McLeod found and copied in June of 2003 by Lori McLeod and David J. Wilke and the Will of Angus McLeod Will provided by Purdy Belvin McLeod Jr. and the Camden Conferate Newpaper Obituary of Norman A. McLeod- provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr.

1859 - Alexander McLeod was Appointed with C.I. Shriver to raise a library for the Sabbath School at Antioch Baptist Church. He would also serve as its Treasurer from this year until 1865


1860 - 1870

1860 - Alexander and Harriet are found in the 1860 Kershaw District Census with nine children between the ages of 21 and 1; all of the children were shown as students indicating that the two eldest Norman A. and Martha A. were attending higher education institutions although no record has been found to confirm this to date. Kershaw District South Carolina Census Camden Post Office 1860 Alexander aged 45 Plant Real Estate Value $1524 Personal Value $1050 Born South Carolina Harriett aged 44 born South Carolina Norman aged 21 Student Martha aged 19 Student Sarah aged 15 Student Jesse aged 13 Student J.B. aged 11 Student Nancy aged 9 Albert aged 7 Mary aged 5 Katherine aged 1 Note: Angus had passed away in 1856

John and Kitsy are shown in the Providence Township of Sumter District. Three children have been born since 1850, Mannus Baum, Henry Ladson, Angus Davis, and Kitsy who was aged 1. Thomas, Nancy Catherine and Alfred have moved out of the home, while Eliza and Mary Harriet have passed away sometime between this years census and the last. Census Place: Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina; Census Year 1860, "Electronic," Roll 653-1227 page 105, Post Office - Providence John N. McLaud aged 45 RE $80,000 Per. Val. $21,000 (name misspelled by indexer of Census on line) Ketely aged 43 Zena S. aged 16 Getely e aged 14 Ashmox aged 12 Mannie B. aged 10 Henry L. aged 8 Anges D. aged 5 Ketely R aged 1 all born in South Carolina (all spelling mistakes are those of the indexer) Census search done by Lori McLeod Wilke February 26 2005

In this years census, John and Alexander's younger brother Angus is shown as a Planter with Real Estate valued at $40,000 and personal property at $10,000. Angus was shown as aged 38 (birth year of 1822) while Eliza was shown as aged 36 and William aged 16. William was a shown as a laborer on his father's plantation. Census Place: Kershaw County, South Carolina; Census Year 1860, "Electronic," page 84 family 617, Angus aged 38 Planter Real Estate $40,000 Personal $ 10,000 Born in SC Eliza aged 36 William aged 16 Laborer Personal $195

In February, on the 14th, Eliza's Arrants McLeod's father, William M. Arrants passed away. Angus McLeod and her brother, James William Arrants, assumed the debts of her father and divided those debts and the property equally amongst themselves. A debt was owed to Eliza and James' brother or uncle (not certain of the relationship), William Arrants Jr. that both men agreed to pay. Kershaw Court of Common Pleas, J.E. Rodgers vs. S.M. Boykin, his wife, et (et al being Michel Watson, John Crosswell, John S. Bradley who was administrator of the estate of John N. McLeod), Testimony of J. E. Rodgers and Alexander McLeod August 20 1867, file accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke, June 2005, Room 113 Camden Courthouse, Kershaw, South Carolina)

March 6 - A deed for a James Dunlap shows Alexander (E.) McLeod as a land owner on the Horsepen Branch bounding 78 acres Mr. Dunlap was platting. The locations named are Scape Whore Swamp, Horsepen and Davis Branches in the Sumter District...this deed again confirms that the land of the family members crossed the border of Kershaw and Sumter District. Series Number:S213192 Volume: 0058 Page: 00093 Item: 00 Date: 1860/03/06 Description: DUNLAP, JAMES, PLAT FOR 78 ACRES ON SCAPE WHORE SWAMP, HORSE PEN AND DAVIDS BRANCHES, SUMTER DISTRICT, SURVEYED BY STEPHEN H. BOYKIN. Names Indexed: DUNLAP, JAMES/BOYKIN, STEPHEN H./CROFT, STEPHEN/MCLEOD, ALEXANDER/ Locations: SUMTER DISTRICT/SCAPE ORE SWAMP/HORSEPEN BRANCH/DAVIS CREEK/BLACK RIVER/CEDAR CREEK Type: PLAT/ Topics: / South Carolina Archives Online /

1861 - In August of 1861, John N. McLeod and his brothers, Alexander and Angus were the bondsmen for the estate of James Holland. Elisha Holland was appointed the administrator. (On March 3 1869, Elisha Holland testifies that all of the vouchers for the estate were destroyed in the raid by General Shermans' Army). Elisha M. Holland was a contemporary of the three men, born in 1812. It is unknown whether James Holland was Elisha's father or his son who was also a James (Lewis) Holland. It is more likely to have been his father. Research Notes of Col. Purdy Belvin McLeod Jr. provided to Lori McLeod Wilke in June of 2003

In September of 1861, the call to form what would be known as the "The 15th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry" was heard. The 15th was the last of the regiments called to fulfil a quota of 3000 men set down by the Confederate States of America for the state of South Carolina. The new quota was established after the battle of First Manassas. Some of the men who formed the 15th had previously served with the now disbanded 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infrantry for the first six months of the war. After the enlistment period, the men mustered at Lightwood Knot Springs in Columbia South Carolina. Alexander and Harriet's eldest son, Norman A. McLeod, aged 22, was one of those men who joined the 15th. Obituary in the CAMDEN CONFEDERATE MAY 15, 1863, copy provided to Lori McLeod Wilke by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. in January of 2000

Thomas A. McLeod, son of John N. and Kitsy Davis, enlisted in Co. C. 6th Regiment South Carolina Infantry. Thomas had married Sarah Victoria HOlland at Antioch Baptist Church on February 17 1859, and according to the 1860 census of the town of Bishopville, he would leave behind a son, Thomas Jr. aged about 2 years old. It appears that Sarah was expecting a child at the start of the war and that at least one more was born during the duration of the conflict. Family papers state that Thomas was wounded at Spotsylvania. Nothing has been found regarding Thomas' length of service. Thomas survived the war and his tombstone at Antioch Baptist states his service with this company; a Confederate Marker has been placed at his gravesite. Family Records and research of Donald Ross McLeod Jr. and Col. Purdy Belvin McLeod, Jr. and Trish Sanders Brown / Census Place: Bishopville, Sumter County, South Carolina; Census Year 1880, "Electronic," page household # 765, Thomas A. McLeod aged 25 Farmer $800 $500 Sarah McLeod aged 20 Thomas aged 8/12 / Sumter County Marriage Records M 243 H 453

John Alfred, second eldest son of John N. and Kitsy and younger by about one year than Thomas, served with Co. G.,of the 6th South Carolina Infantry. On August 11, 1859 Alfred had married Clara Lochart/Lochette also at Antioch Baptist Church. They had been enumerated in Camden Township in 1860 with one son, aged 6 months old. Whether John survived the war is uknown, but perhaps his death (after July 1862 when he was in Richmond alive) occurred before July 1864. In his will, John's Uncle Angus, left a bequest to a William McLeod, son of a J. A. McLeod; it is possible that Angus made this bequest to ensure the care of an orphaned William. Census Place: Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina; Census Year 1860, Line 10 672 674 John A McLeod aged 22 male Overseer RE 685 Per 500 born SC; Clara J. McLeod aged 18 born SC; William J. McLeod aged 6 months born SC....neighbors John Boykin, ? Huggins, Gates Goff, Harmon Arrants. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States. 1860 United States Federal Census. M653, 1438 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. Census search done by Lori McLeod Wilke February 26 2005 . Sumter County Marriage Records M 243 L 263 Will of Angus McLeod, July 1864, Camden Courthouse accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke 2004

On October 22nd, Alexander and Harriet's oldest daughter, Martha A. McLeod married Robert English Huggins who was the son of Robert Huggins and Frances A. Belvin. They were married at Antioch Baptist Church by the Rev. James E. Rogers. Family Bible of Alexander and Harriet Yates McLeod, formerly owned by J. Frank McLeod, deceased; present location unknown; copy of birth, marriage and death page on file at the Sumter County South Carolina Genealogical Society; Sumter County Marriage Records, Marriage Record M 243 and H 252 list of records provided to Lori McLeod Wilke by Trish Sanders Brown.

1862 - January - 12,000 additional troops were called from South Carolina by the Confederate Congress. Vincent J. Simonowicz http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/9908/20hist.html

Those previously formed regiments combined to become what would be known as the 20th South Carolina Infantry and are as follows:

A-Co. Anderson & Pickens Captain Partlow
B-Co. Orangeburg Captain McMicheal
C-Co. Lexington Captain Leaphart
D-Co. Orangeburg Captain Danley
E-Co. Larens Captain Cowen
F-Co. Newberry Captain Kinard
G-Co. Sumter Captain Moseley
H-Co. Lexington / Orangeburg Captain Ruff
I-Co. Lexington / Orangeburg Captain Gunter
K-Co. Lexington Captain Harmon

Meeting at the Race Track in Charleston, the above companies were combined into the 20th South Carolina Infantry and elected the following Regimental Officers: Vincent J. Simonowicz http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/9908/20hist.html

Colonel Lawrence M. Keitt
Lt. Col. O.M. Dansler
Quartermaster John P. Kinard
Major S.M. Boykin
Surgeon Dr. Salley
Adjutant John Wilson
Chaplain Rev. W.W. Duncan .

Angus and Eliza's son, William, is shown to have enlisted in what was Co. G. (Sumter) under Captain Alexander Moseley. Alexander was William's first cousin, the son of Catherine McLeod and John C. Moseley. Whether William had enlisted in 1861 or in the 1862 call up is unknown, however, we do know that he eventually served under Col. Stephen Madison Boykin, also a cousin by his marriage to Annie McLeod, daughter of Daniel McLeod and Catherine McLean (Annie - William's 1st cousin once removed). Family Records, Tombstone at Antioch Baptist Church /

On February 20th, the 20th SC Infantry was ordered to James Island for Guard and Picket duty. The company remained at James Island until the fall of that year. By April 13th, while still stationed at James Island, Sgt. William McLeod, the only son of Angus and Eliza, would die from Typhoid Fever in the Charleston Hospital. His body would be carried home to Kershaw and buried at Antioch Baptist Church where his stone includes a description of his service to the Confederacy. Tombstone at Antioch Baptist Church/ Vincent J. Simonowicz http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/9908/20hist.html

September 17th, Alexander and Harriet's eldest son, Norman A. McLeod was present at the Battle of Sharpsburg where he was wounded in the face. Obituary in the CAMDEN CONFEDERATE MAY 15, 1863, provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. to Lori McLeod Wilke Oct 2000 /

December 14th, Norman was present at Fredricksburg Virginia. After the battle, he was hospitalized in Richmond with pnumonia.Obituary in the CAMDEN CONFEDERATE MAY 15, 1863, provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. to Lori McLeod Wilke Oct 2000 /

July 14, 1862, John N. McLeod eldest child of Alexander and Sarah McIntosh McLeod, was crushed between two railway cars while in Richmond Virginia visiting his two sons who were serving the Confederacy; Thomas A. in the CSA Co. C. 6th SC Infantry and John Alfred in the CSA Co. G. 6th SC Infantry. John's body was carried home to South Caroina by his best friend, Harmon Arrants, and he was buried in Antioch Baptist Cemetery near his nephew William McLeod.

1863 - January 18th, Alexander and Harriet's eldest son, Norman passed away from pnuemonia and was buried in Richmond. Sometime between this date and April 16th, his father Alexander, traveled to Richmond to claim his body and bring him home to be buried in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in the McLeod Family Plot. Obituary in the CAMDEN CONFEDERATE MAY 15, 1863, Buried first in Richmond Va but his remains were brought home by his father, Alexander McLeod II "and reached there on the 14th of April, 1863 and on the 16th was carried to Antioch Church, where his funeral was preached to a large and sympathising congregation, by Rev. J.E. Rogers." provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. to Lori McLeod Wilke Oct 2000 /

On April 14th, Alexander arrived back in Kershaw with the body of his eldest child.

On April 16th, Norman's funeral was held before a large congregation at Antioch Baptist Church and the service was preached by the Rev. James E. Rogers. Norman was buried near his Uncle John N. McLeod and his cousin, William McLeod who had died the previous year.

On May 12, John N. and Kitsy's son in law, John Holland, died in the Ladies Hospital of Columbia South Carolina. John had married their eldest daughter, Nicey Jane McLeod, in January of 1857. The young couple had been found in Bradford Springs Sumter County with one daughter Liz aged 1 in 1860 but by the time of his death, Nicey was pregnant with a second daughter, Marg Dallison. John served with the DeSaussure Light Artillery under Captain DePasse. John was buried the Holland Family Plot at Marshall United Methodist Church. Census Place: Bradford Springs, Sumter County, South Carolina; Census Year 1860, Line 11 family Household # 837 Family # 779 John Holland aged 25 male Farmer RE 1000 PE 500 born SC; Nicy J Holland aged 20 female born SC; Lizi aged 1; John Perrit aged 25 male no occupation, idiot - Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States. 1860 United States Federal Census. M653, 1438 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. Census search done by Lori McLeod Wilke February 26 2005. / Marriage Records (M 243 and H 453), Written Family History, Oral Family Histories / Obituary of John Holland, Camden Confederate provided by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. to Lori McLeod Wilke Oct 2000 / Roster / Sumter Memorial to the Confederate Dead.

On July 13th, Angus McLeod II , a Corporal in Co. D. of the 5th Batallion Reserve Corp, wrote his will while in the battlefield in naming the Rev. James E. Rogers as his executor and after his death almost one year to the day from its writing, the Will was carried from the field of battle back to Camden to be recorded there. Note in Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina/Roll of Officers and Men (printed in the Camden Confederate Newspaper, date July 21-24, year unknown

Angus and Eliza's only child, William, had died in 1862, also while serving the Confederacy under Col. Boykin and his cousin, Captain Alexander Moseley, therefore, in his will, Angus had left his entire estate to his "beloved wife Elizar" (spelled that way likely due to the heavy Scottish accent that it is said this generation (3) spoke with) and stated that if she made no disposition of it at her own death, then half of his estate should pass to his brother, Alexander McLeod, and half to the children of his brother in law, James William Arrants. For most of the next two years, Eliza McLeod worked the estate herself with what hired labor was available (Note that with both her son and husband away at war, it is likely that Eliza ran the estate, working the fields etc, for more than just the two years detailed in the court case). Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

1864 - On January 24 th, Alexander II and Harriet buried a third son, John B McLeod who was about 16 years old at his death. John is buried in the McLeod Family Plot at Antioch Baptist Church. In 2006, the members and attendees of the annual McLeod Family Reunion used the proceeds from collections taken up for the purpose of replacing and repairs the family plot, to replace John's tombstone. The project's chairperson was Mary McLeod Bradham.

On May 18th, "The Camden Confererate" printed the Roll of Officers and Men of The 5th Battalian Reserve Corp., a company that had "recently formed" of men between the ages of 40 and 50. Angus McLeod is shown as a 4th Corporal in this Roll of Officers and Men. Since Angus had written his will in 1863 while in the field, according to his estate file, then it appears that these men had been serving prior to 1864. Serving with Angus was his brother in law, Alfred Davis, who was married to his elder sister Jane and Thomas English who had witnessed his will the year before. Article provided to Lori McLeod Wilke by Donald Ross McLeod Jr. October 2000

On June 21 Angus McLeod II, youngest son of Alexander and Sarah McIntosh McLeod, died in Hardeville, South Carolina, Confederate States of America leaving Eliza Ann Arrants, a childless widow. Their only son, William died in April of 1864, also serving the Confederacy. Angus was buried next to his son William at Antioch Baptist. He left $2000 to the church for the care of the family plot.

In July of 1864 Angus McLeod II's estate entered probate; the appraisers were Edwin Barnes, William Fries and John R. McLeod (son of Daniel and Catherine McLean McLeod, brother of Annie McLeod Boykin and first cousin of Angus). Although his signature on the Warrant of Appraisment is illegible, along with James E. Rogers, Angus' brother Alexander McLeod II and James E. Rogers were also appraisers as they appeared before Alex McDonald on the 29th of July when the estate's appraisal was submitted to the court. Angus had, at the time of his death, 500 acres valued at $4.00 per acre in Kershaw County. Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

Believing the estate of Angus McLeod to be able to maintain and support itself and its debts, and assuming that Eliza would inherit the estate, Rodgers, its administrator, allowed her to remain in possession of it in its entirety. Eliza would oversee the estate for the next 18 months. Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

1865 - This would not turn out to be a very good year for the areas planters; the crops were not as plentiful and many did not meet their expenses in that year. It can be assumed that the war contributed greatly to this situation as the emancipation of the slaves took place in that year and those unable to negotiate with the freed men to remain and help sow or harvest would create a hardship that could have resulted in the inability to work the full extent of normal planting. With the loss of life and the injury and illness of those returning home after the war, not to mention any inclement weather in 1865, it can be easily understood that many did not make ends meet. Kershaw Court of Common Pleas, J.E. Rodgers vs. S.M. Boykin, his wife, et (et al being Michel Watson, John Crosswell, John S. Bradley who was administrator of the estate of John N. McLeod), Testimony of August 20 1867, file accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke, June 2005, Room 113 Camden Courthouse, Kershaw, South Carolina)

In the widowed Eliza McLeod's case, still believing that she would inherit the estate and acting as its manager, she was able to negotiate with five or six of the freed men to remain on the plantation and help her to work it. The Estate File revealed that the plantation formerly had eleven slaves, so just about ½ of them chose to leave upon emancipation. The records indicate that no cotton was made in 1865, and the main crop was corn. Four hundred bushels were said to have been made and the freed slaves, now working for the estate as hired hands, received 87 and ½ bushels as their pay. Kershaw Court of Common Pleas, J.E. Rodgers vs. S.M. Boykin, his wife, et (et al being Michel Watson, John Crosswell, John S. Bradley who was administrator of the estate of John N. McLeod), Commissioners report of Testimony of August 20 1867, file accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke, June 2005, Room 113 Camden Courthouse, Kershaw, South Carolina)

1866 - By February 5th of this year, the estate of Angus McLeod II had begun to fail. The business of Angus and his brother John N. McLeod was insolvent by the end of 1864. The Rev. Rodgers, who was adminstrator of the estate, took possession of it back from Angus' widow, Eliza, and began to try to settle the estate's debts. On February 5th, a public auction took place at the home of Angus and Eliza at which all the household goods and plantation tools along with all crops was sold for payment of the debts of the estate and business. Although Eliza would retain the house and 109 acres surrounding it as her dower right, she was basically left without means of an income. Several people, whose names are unknown, helped Eliza to purchase $995.95 worth of her personal property on a twelve month credit. Kershaw Court of Common Pleas, J.E. Rodgers vs. S.M. Boykin, his wife, et (et al being Michel Watson, John Crosswell, John S. Bradley who was administrator of the estate of John N. McLeod), Testimony of August 20 1867, file accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke, June 2005, Room 113 Camden Courthouse, Kershaw, South Carolina)

On February 15th, Alexander and Harriet's daughter married Willis Gaylord, believed to have been a member of the Union Army. Sumter County Marriage Record M 243 and G 450 provided to Lori McLeod Wilke by Trish Sanders Brown

On March 01 Eliza Arrants McLeod, widow of Angus McLeod II, married Col. Stephen Madison Boykin, the widower of Angus and Alexander's first cousin, Annie McLeod (daughter of Daniel and Catherine McLean McLeod). Annie had died in 1865 while Col. Boykin was held in a Yankee Prison Camp. It is likely that the two families had been close prior to the war as they were not only related but were neighbors as well. Marriage records of the Rev. James E. Rogers / Tombstone near her first husband in the McLeod Family Plot at Antioch Baptist Church / Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

1867 - On January 20th 1867, James E. Rogers appeared before the court and declared the estate of Angus McLeod II, deceased, insolvent, or bankrupt and requested that the estate property be divided. He stated that Eliza McLeod now Boykin desired to take her "dower" in land. Eliza elected to take as her dower 1/3 of the land of the estate and to give the remaining 2/3rds to Rogers, as its executor to be sold for payment of the estate's debts. The petition for division was granted and the following men were appointed as commissioners to oversee the division: William Price; W.W. Stokes; W. Lewis Cook; Joseph Stokes; and Jesse Atkinson. On January 21st, the commissioners went to the property with Eliza's then husband, Boykin, who was a surveyor and divided the land. Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

They gave to Eliza {McLeod} Boykin 109 acres on the East side of the Tract bound South East by the land of Harmon Arrants and Jesse Atkinson, West by the lands of the Estate of Angus McLeod, North by lands of S.M. Boykin and James William Arrants (her brother). Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

The remaining two thirds or 209 acres on the North West side of the Tract were given to J. E. Rodgers, bounded South by the lands of Jesse Atkinson and J. E. Rogers himself, West by lands of William Price and M. Parriett?, North by lands of S.M. Boykin. Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

On February 23rd 1867, one month and two days later, Rogers sold his 2/3rds of the estate to Col. Stephen Madison Boykin for $75.00, less than $.36 per acre(!) Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

Also in February, the payment of $995.65 due from Eliza McLeod Boykin to the estate of Angus McLeod was not yet paid. Other notes from the sale of the property also remained unpaid. Rodgers, as administrator could not meet the debt obligations of the estate and was being sued by creditors of the bankrupt J.N. & A. McLeod Firm and the personal estate. Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

On or about April 22 1867 - the Rev. James E. Rogers had "exhibited his complaint in the Court of Equity for the county aforesaid against Stephen M. Boykin and others praying for a settlement of the Estate of his testator, Angus McLeod, and for the sale of the real estate". The others in this case were John S. Bradley, the administrator of the estate of John N. McLeod, Michel Watson, John Crosswell, these men along with others were subpoenaed to appear before the court on August 20th 1867; some of the subpoenas were delivered by Willis F. Gaylord, Special Duputy to the sheriff and the son in law of Alexander and Harriet Yates McLeod, husband of their daughter Sally. Kershaw Deed FF 544 "Title To Real Estate" Recorded June 2 1880 Estate of Angus McLeod, Harriet M. McLeod J.D. Dunlap Receiver to Harriet M. McLeod accessed and copied by Lori McLeod Wilke, David J. Wilke and Trish and Elizabeth Brown on June 25th, 2004 at the Camden County Courthouse, Kershaw County, South Carolina.

On August 20th, Alexander McLeod appeared in the Kershaw Court of Common Pleas to testify to the management of his brother Angus' estate by Eliza McLeod Boykin; he also testified to the fact that Angus had absorbed 1/2 the estate and 1/2 the debt of his father in law, William Arrants in 1860/61. Several others, including William Arrants Jr. , Edwin Barnes, Issac Holland, and Abner Davis were also called to testify. Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

Over the next year or so, Claimants would present their notes against the Firm of John N. and Angus McLeod and against the personal estate of Angus McLeod. The court decreed that debts less than $100.00 were to be paid in full and those over $100.00 were to be paid 25%. The exact number of proven claims is unknown as the final decree of the court was barely legible. Kershaw County Probate Court Index, (1775-1913?) File 50/Estate 1776 accessed and copied June 2004 by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina

To read more about the Probate and resulting Law Suit over the estate of Angus McLeod II see:

Angus McLeod II

On August 29, Alexander and Harriet's son, Norman A McLeod's estate entered probate. What is strange is that his father, Alexander, who had traveled through war torn country to retrieve this child's body, was not present in the Probate Court. Neither was Jesse Lazarus McLeod, Alexander's son who had survived the war. The estate was executed by a Willis Gaylord who had married one of Alexander's daughter's, Sarah or Sally, in 1866, two years after Norman's death. In part it could be explained by the fact that Willis was a special deputy of the court and perhaps in better position to administer the estate. Estate: Kershaw County Probate Court Index File #50 Estate 1775 Est Norman A. McLeod. Admr. Oath. Willis F. Gaylord South Carolina Kershaw District In Ordinary K. D. August 29th 1867_

In the aftermath of the war, southerners were denied all rights as a Citizen of the United States until such time as they swore the oath of loyalty to the government. To date it is unknown when the citizens of Sumter and Kershaw Counties in South Carolina were asked to swear this oath, but it would appear from later records, that Alexander and perhaps even his son Jesse Lazarus McLeod never did swear the oath.

Family papers have been found on which "U.A." is witten next to Willis F. Gaylord's name. Although nothing has been found to date to confirm this, it would appear that Willis F. Gaylord, husband of Alexander and Harriet's daughter Sarah, was a Union Army Soldier.

This would appear to be plausible since he represented the family in the probation of Norman A. McLeod's estate after the close of the war. For what other reason would no adult male member of the family be present in the court? Besides Alexander and Jesse, Robert English Huggins who had married their eldest daughter, Martha in 1861 was alive and in the area and could have represented the estate of his brother in law in lieu of or with, his father in law.

Although I can not yet prove the theory, it is increasingly credible that Alexander and maybe even Jesse refused to swear the Oath of Allegiance; based upon their names being omitted from any future voting registration and the fact that to date, no further records have been found in either of their names, yet records exist for their wives, buying and selling property. One may be wondering why they would not swear the oath that would reinstate their rights as citizens of the United States .....the oath was one in which the swearer stated that he had never voluntarily served the Confederacy. Alexander lost at least one son who was serving the Confederacy and possibly a second, and a third fought through "all the years of the war". Many nephews both of blood and of marriage had served and lost their lives; many friends had either served and also lost their own lives or those of their children and in laws. Alexander had lost two brothers in addition to his son(s) in the War; I find it perfectly understandable that as a Christian, who had watched his children and his nephews and his brother enlist voluntarily, he would find it difficult to swear that oath that he had not voluntarily served and believed in the Southern cause and as a parent, perhaps impossible.

1868 - A survey was taken of the Estate of John N. McLeod to set aside dower lands for his widow, Kitsy Davis McLeod. The survey was done by Col. Stephen Madison Boykin and was sworn to on the 1st of October 1868. The commission to set aside the lands for Kitsy included the following men, S.M. Boykin, James E. Rogers, H H Evans, and Alexander McLeod (brother of John). Estate File of John N. McLeod Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke June 2005

The following describes the lands set aside for Kitsy: 500 acres commencing at a stake near the Spring Hill Road, running southwest to Willam Burrow's land, northwest to the corner of W. Burrows land, northeast to the Estate of John N. McLeod, then south to the run of Swift Creek, and up the run of Swift Creek to the corner by the bridge which is bounded by the Estate of John N. McLeod's lands. The value was $600.00, and was the value of 1/3 of the whole tract. Estate File of John N. McLeod Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke June 2005

From the plat, the extent of John's Kershaw Estate (approximately 1800 acres) was as follows: South was the estate of C.J. Shannon's land; South East was Col. W.J. Reynold's land and Robert Trimnals land; East was more of the estate of Shannon, the Jennings Branch of the Scape Or, The Estate of Joshua Davis (Kitsy's brother), and the road to Carters Crossing which cut through the estate; North was the road to Spring Hill, Brown's land, and the branch of Little Swift Creek; West was the Road to Camden and William Burrows land; South West was Polly Weaver's Srping Branch and Gentleman James Chestnut's land. Estate File of John N. McLeod Camden Courthouse, Kershaw County South Carolina accessed by Lori McLeod Wilke and David Jay Wilke June 2005


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