Abt 1793 - 1833 (~ 40 years)
||Ann Sterling |
||poss Pennsylvania 
||27 Oct 1833
||Bucks Co, Pennsylvania [1, 2]
||Neshaminy Cemetery, Warminster, Bucks, Pennsylvania 
- On the 5th instant, by John Shaw, esq. Mr. Richard Y. Leedom, to Miss Ann Sterling, both of Warwick. - marriage notice in the Pennsylvania Correspondent on 11 Feb 1811 under the Doylestown header and also transcribed at PA Roots. I've been unable to find any additional records regarding Richard and Ann's marriage.
The Leedom Family gives only Ann's given name and death year. There is no photo of her tombstone in an entry at Find a Grave but the memorial states that the inscription reads, "Wife of Richard age 41 years". A published history of the Neshaminy Presbyterian Church of Warwick by Rev. D. K. Turner includes transcriptions of the burials in the grave yard and that listing names "Ann Leedom - died October 27, 1833, aged 40 years at death".
She is named as "Nancy" Leedom in her son Isaac's 1852 Dauphin Co death certificate.
There are several baptisms of Leedoms in the records of the Neshaminy Presbyterian Church of Warwick both as children and as adults, but that of Ann Leedom is the earliest found so far:
Ann Leedom - 19 Jan 1823, residence Warwick, Adult (possibly Ann Sterling herself)
Ann might be the daughter of a Levi Sterling. Levi commenced taking his $8 per month Rev. War Sgt.'s pension in Jun 1818 and collected it twice per year until Mar 1840 when the last payment was made. He made a NY application for bounty land under unknown date with a notation of 'S. 40, 515', the identifier of his Pension Appliction. That application was executed June 26, 1818 at which time he was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and stated that he was aged sixty years, though in 1820 he stated that he was aged sixty-nine years. With a possible birth year of about 1751, living in Philadelphia and dying in Bucks Co, he is of an age to have had a daughter born about 1793.
In an 1820 sworn affidavit in the Court of Common Pleas in Doylestown Levi Sterling detailed his service in the Revolutionary War. He also signed a Schedule of Property:
I have besides necessary clothing
one Scythe and tackling
The following debts are due to me and recoverable
One Debt of two dollars and forty eight cents
One debt of fifty cents
I am indebted in the following sums
One Debt of twenty eight dollars
One debt of seventeen dollars
One debt of sixteen dollars
One debt of two and a half dollars
One debt of one dollar
My occupation is a laborer but by reason of age, wounds received in the service and infirmities I am not able to pursue it.
I have no family.
Sworn before me this 30th
day of June 1820
Signed Levi Starling
Bucks Co. Intelligencer Mar 25, 1840
Died Feb 29, 1840, 81yrs, a soldier of the Revolution in Doylestown twp.
His apparent great-great-grandson Frederick Kerr Davis of Eugene OR stated in a letter he wrote to the War Department in 1929 that Levi was married three times and was buried in Neshaminy Cemetery. Fellow researcher Lawrence Bizjak and I have so far found records for only two marriages. Levi's probable first marriage was to Nancy Hunter on 9 Dec 1783. She was named in the will of her father Patrick Hunter of Newtown written Apr 1810: 1/6 to Catharine Johnson and James Sterling, children of daughter Nancy retaining advancement to their mother and father, Levi Sterling.
It sounds as though Levi and Nancy are alive at this time which could make her the mother of Ann Sterling. Levi was married 25 Dec 1800 to Amelia Carter who died in 1815. Levi died in 1840 so his third marriage could have been after Amelia's death.
The assertion of Frederick Kerr Davis that Levi was his great-great-grandfather leads me to believe that Ann Sterling was a daughter of Levi. Levi's statement in 1820 that he had no family even when Ann and her husband were still alive has kept me from adding Levi as her father. It's possible that as Ann and Richard Leedom appear to have been quite poor that Levi considered them as being unable to assist him. Or they lived too far away from him even while still in Bucks county that there had been no contact.
Notes on searches for any Sterling family in Bucks County
Falls MM - James Sterling died 1st mo 1818 [Esq., of Burlington NJ, married a Shaw]
Falls MM - Sarah Starling died 2mo 29 1840
The Comly Family, p. 1151, has a Budd family chart that shows Rebecca Budd marrying a James Sterling in 1785. This James Sterling was prominent in Burlington NJ. A note at the bottom of the chart says that Rebecca Budd married James Sterling and had a son, James Sterling, ancestor of (8-1912) Ellis W. Bacon, husband of Helen Comly Bacon, daughter of (7-1187) Robert Comly. See "Sterling Genealogy" by Sterling.
Lloyd Manuscripts, p. 328, references a marriage of Hannah Williams, daughter of Thomas Williams and his second wife Hannah, to James S. Sterling but gives no dates of additional information.
||1 Aug 2023 |
||Richard Yardley Leedom, b. 1784, prob Bucks Co, Pennsylvania d. Aft Jun 1860, prob Bucks Co, Pennsylvania (Age 76 years) |
||5 Feb 1811
||Doylestown, Bucks, Pennsylvania 
| ||1. Margaret Leedom, b. 24 Dec 1813, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania d. 19 Jun 1904, Arcola, Douglas, Illinois (Age 90 years)|
| ||2. Isaac Leedom, b. Abt 1817, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania d. 18 Aug 1852, Middletown, Dauphin, Pennsylvania (Age ~ 35 years)|
| ||3. James Leedom, b. Cal 3 Nov 1818, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania d. 4 Apr 1835, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania (Age ~ 16 years)|
| ||4. Matilda Leedom, b. Abt 1828, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania d. 31 Aug 1885, Bucks Co, Pennsylvania (Age ~ 57 years)|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||20 Mar 2022 |
- [S125] Sara A.L. Eachus, Leedom Family, (Dorrance & Co. 1982), CS71 .L4815 1982.
- [S568] Rev. D. K. Turner, History of Neshaminy Presbyterian Church, ((Philadelphia, Culbertson & Bache, Printers, 1876)), p. 336.
- [S611] Marriage notice.