Descendants of Richard Leigh, Sr.
Generation No. 1
1. RICHARD1 LEIGH was born 1802 in Georgia or South Carolina1, and died Dec 1859 in Carroll Co., Tn2. He married MARTHA "PATSEY" HUMPHREY Abt. 1825.
We don't know for sure if this is our Richard's family. All the evidence seems to add up, but we don't have any definite proof yet. Some of the information here comes from 1850 Tippah Co., MS census, 1860 Carroll Co., TN census, a will of Richard Sr's and some land deeds. Unfortunately, the will does not list his children and although the deeds state that Richard and Hildra are selling land they inherited from their father, Richard's doesn't mention his wife or children. We do not know where Richard and Patsey are buried (yet), perhaps that will add more clues.
Some members of this family are in the Carroll County, TN History Book.
There was a pneumonia outbreak in Carroll County in the winter of 1859-60. It must have been terrible for the children to lose both their parents just a month apart. It must have been an awful epidemic as I only have one page of the mortality schedule for 1860, but over half of those listed died of pneumonia--something I, personally, have had several times.
Richard's will reads: (Click here for scanned copy)
[pgs 351-352 Will Book A, Carroll County TN ]
We have recently found out that Richard Leigh made a deed to Jesse Giles signed Oct. 17, 1860 (page 247/248) and Hilda Leigh made the next deed Sept. 29 1860. These were both recorded May 7, 1868. I have sent for these records. ( Click here to see what they have to say. ) While they do indicate that Richard and Hilda sold their interest in their share of their father's estate, the documents still do not clarify that this Richard is Our Richard but it does strengthen our circumstantial evidence.
Children of RICHARD LEIGH and MARTHA HUMPHREY are:
This photo is of my grandmother, Rosie LEIGH holding her daughter Leona, Rosie's husband Roy HENRY, Mary Elisabeth GREEN LEIGH, Lilly, Margaret holding Earl, Dorothy and standing proudly next to his new phonograph is William "Bill" LEIGH. This was probably taken about 1909. Click on it for a larger view.
About MARY ELISABETH GREEN:
"Mary's parents are unknown and, according to family stories, they died of yellow fever by 1850 when she is being raised by 'a near relative'. Mary Green is listed in the 1850 census of Carroll Co., TN in the family of Elisabeth Humphrey, a widow, age 60, with several children of her own. Mary was 11 years old. She had an only brother, Joseph M. Green and a grandmother whose last name was Bly or Blythe. This grandmother suposedly left Mary an estate in TN which was never collected by Mary or her family and was probably lost to taxes or by some other means." [Mildred Ambler, 1998]
Elizabeth and her family are in the 1850 & 1860 census of Carroll Co., TN Dist 8. In 1860 they are in House 960: Enoch Humphreys 42 b TN; Elizabeth 70 b NC; Anna 32 b NC
In House 959: Joseph Humphreys 27 b NC; Adaline 20 (believe this is Julia A. Wilson m 19 Aug 1859)
In House 936: (All born in TN) Wm. Humphrey age 32; Mary M. 29; George W 10; Joseph H. 5; Emily J. 3; Malinda C. 9/12
In House 987: (All born in TN) James H. Humphreys 34; Martha C. 31 (nee Black); James H. 10; Alexander 10; Rebecca 8: Emily 6: Sarah P. 3; and Lucinda.
I believe those in houses 959 and 936 are Elizabeth's children.
Enoch deeded Elizabeth 90 acres, (for love and affection for his mother), on 15 Dec 1851. Jesse Giles witnessed this transaction. Then on 28 Dec 1857, Jesse Giles deeded 50 acres to Enoch and Joseph Humphrey.
Children of ELIZABETH are: