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vice-president, a position he still retains.
He is a Republican, member of New York
State Bar Association, and of the Newburg
City Club. He is an Episcopalian. He




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married, November 16, 18S1, Elizabeth R.,
daughter of Robert L. Case, of Newburg;
two daughters and a son, Marian M., Kath-
arine and John Kerr.



This family sprang from
LEEPER French ancestors, said to
have gone from France to
Scotland in the train of Mary Queen of
Scots. The name has undergone radical
change, but may be identified through its
various changes from La Pierre Lapeare,
Leiper and in this branch as Leeper.

(1) The earliest authentic record of the
Newburg family is of William Leeper, of
Shippensburg, Cumberland county, Penn-
sylvania, believed to have been born in Vir-
ginia. The first mention of him in Penn-
sylvania is in 1740, when he was a resident
of the then small village of Shippensburg,
where he was the original purchaser of lot
No. 45. In the year mentioned he built a
log flouring mill on the west bank of the
stream south of the town. He continued
milling for many years, and was the owner
of other mills in the neighborhood. He
married (first) (name unknown) and by her
had a son and daughter, the former becom-
ing a lawyer and moving to the west. The
daughter married Joseph Arthurs, an iron
master of West Virginia. He married (sec-
ond) Mrs. Hannah (Blythe) Reynolds.
Children: i. George Reynolds, of whom
further. 2. Elizabeth Heron. 3. Jane
Blythe, married Rev. Joseph McCarrell,
D. D., of Newburg, New York.

(H) George Reynolds, only son of Wil-
liam Leeper and his second wife, Jane
(Blythe-Reynolds) Leeper, was born in
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, October 6,
1799, died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
April 6, 1861. He was educated and grew
to manhood in Cumberland county, and
rendered service in the war of 1812, al-
though but a boy. Later he settled in Pitts-
burgh, Pennsylvania, where he was en-
gaged in the iron and salt business. He
married, September 28, 1820, Juliet Bu-
chanan Galbraith, born April i, 180^, died
1847 Csee Galbraith VI). Children: i. Wil-
liam Edward, born November 23, 1822, died
February 8, 1828. 2. Elizabeth Herron, Au-
gust 16, 1825. 3. Bartram Galbraith, born
May 30. 1827, died November 16, 1870, at



Carson's Landing, Mississippi ; was a sol-
dier of the Mexican war in Company K,
First Regiment Pennsylvania Vofunteers, also
lieutenant-colonel. First Regiment Ken-
tucky Volunteers in the war between the
states ; he married Hannah Elizabeth Mc-
Carrell and had a son. Rev. Joseph McCar-
rell Leeper, now living at Blauvelt, New
York. 4. Edward Shippen, born November
21, 1830, died at Louisville, Kentucky, in
May, 1863; was a soldier of the Union
army, serving in a Pennsylvania regular.
5. Joseph McCarrell, of whom further. 6.
Juliet Abbie, born September 3, 1839; mar-
ried David Kuhn. of Norwalk. Ohio.

(HI) Colonel Joseph McCarrell Leeper,
fourth son of George Reynolds and Juliet
Buchanan ((Galbraith) Leeper, was born
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1835,
died in Newburg, New York, April 6, 1906.
He was twelve years of age when his moth-
er died and shortly afterward he came to
Newburg, where he made his home with
liis uncle, Rev. Joseph McCarrell, then pas-
tor of the Associate Reformed Church and
a professor in the Theological Seminary at
Newburg. He obtained a good classical
education, and then began the study of
law, his preceptors being Thomas McKis-
sock, E. A. Brewster and W. C. Hasbrouck,
all eminent lawyers of their day. He was
admitted to the bar in 1857 and began prac-
tice in Newburg. In 1858 he was elected
police magistrate, serving for three years.
In 1861 he journeyed southward, and while
in Louisville, Kentucky (where his uncle,
Edward Shippen Leeper, resided) he enlist-
ed in Company F, First Regiment Kentucky
Volunteer Infantry, of which his uncle was
lieutenant-colonel. He saw hard service
with his regiment in the west and rose rap-
idly in the service. In the fall of 1861 he
commanded the guard which escorted the
first detachment of Confederate prisoners
sent to Camp Chase at Columbus, Ohio, and
in 1862 was promoted first lieutenant of
Company G, of his regiment. While a lieu-
tenant he was hotly engaged with his regi-
ment at the battle of Shiloh (Pittsburgh
Landing) and saw other hard service. He
then passed through an attack of typhoid
fever and on his recovery was transferred
to Company E, One Hundred and Fortieth
Regiment New York Volunteers, with the



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same rank, first lieutenant. At the battle of
Fredericksburg he won a captain's commis-
sion "For gallant and meritorious conduct."
He was in constant service until Chancel-
lorsville, where he was wounded and again
at the battle of Gettysburg, where he was
seriously injured in the head, narrowly es-
caping sudden death. After recovery he
was traisferred to the veteran service as
captain of Company G, First Regiment,
First Army Corps (Hancock's). He was
honorably discharged at the close of the
war, in which he had borne so conspicuous
a part, and returned to New York.

He fir3t settled on a farm at Montgomery,
Orange county, where until 1889 he en-
gaged in farming. In the latter year he
moved to Newburg and again engaged in
legal practice, continuing in successful
practice until his death. He served three
years as recorded in Newburg, from 1858 to
1861, on the Democratic ticket, nevertheless
he cast liis vote for Abraham Lincoln. In
later years he served as justice of the peace
of Montgomery. He was breveted a colo-
nel. He was a member of Calvary Presby-
terian church of Newburg, of the Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows and Grand
Army of the Republic. He was a man of
influence in his community. He was an
excellent lawyer, a brave soldier, and in
private life an exemplary citizen, wholly de-
voted to his family.

He married, in Brockport, New York, Oc-
tober 12, 1859, Mary Garrison Decker, born
al Blooming Grove, New York, June 16,
1836. died in Newburg, November 6, 1908,
daughter of Jonah Decker, of Blooming
Grove, New York, a descendant of Jan
Broersen Decker, of Kingston, New York,
who settled there in 1639. Jonah Decker
married Maria Ann Miller, a descendant of
Johannes Miller, also an early Dntch settler
of the Hudson Valley. Mrs. Leeper also
was a descendant of the Ilasbrouck family,
and of John Wilkins. born 1614, a one time
bishop of London, England, and of the Ten
Evcks. Ten Broecks, Ilasbrouck an



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