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Collection Number: 01250

Collection Title: Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1913.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 6.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5000 items)
Abstract John George Leake (1752-1827), of England and New York, founded the Leake and Watts Orphan Asylum. He died intestate in New York City, N.Y. This collection contains papers relating to the legal dispute of claims to the land holdings in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, and England of John George Leake. Among the claimants was Sarah Leake Spalding of Georgia. Papers include notes, memorials, interrogatories, genealogies, and other evidence supporting various claims; correspondence of lawyers in Scotland, New York, and New Jersey; and other material relating to the claims pressed by collateral descendants for over 70 years. Also included are about 90 items--business correspondence, bills, and receipts, chiefly 1790s, some relating to slaves--of Sarah Leake Spalding's father, Richard Leake (died 1802) of St. Simons and Darien, Ga., and her husband, Thomas Spalding (1774-1851), cotton planters of Savannah and Sapelo Island, Ga.
Creator Leake family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Leake Family Estate Papers, #1250, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Randolph Spalding of Savannah, Ga.; 1947, 1950, 1951.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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John George Leake (1752-1827), of England and New York, N.Y., was the son of Robert Leake (d. 1773) of Scotland, England, and New York. Leake was born in England and studied law, and it is probable that he didn't move to the United States until after his father's death. He resided in New York City, living on his inheritance, and founded the Leake and Watts Orphan Asylum. Leake never married and died intestate.

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This collection contains papers relating to the legal dispute of claims to the land holdings in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, and England of John George Leake (1752-1827) who died intestate in New York. Among the claimants was Sarah Leake Spalding of Georgia. Papers include notes, memorials, interrogatories, genealogies, and other evidence supporting various claims; correspondence of lawyers in Scotland, New York, and New Jersey; and other material relating to the claims pressed by collateral descendants for over 70 years. Also included are about 90 items--business correspondence, bills, and receipts, chiefly 1790s, some relating to slaves--of Sarah Leake Spalding's father, Richard Leake (died 1802) of St. Simons and Darien, Ga., and her husband, Thomas Spalding (1774-1851), cotton planters of Savannah and Sapelo Island, Ga.

The arrangement of the Leake Family Estate Papers reflect the donations from 1947, 1950, and 1951. Folders 1-49 were donated in 1947, and are labeled Part A; 50-75 were donated in 1950, and are labeled Part B; 76-91 were donated in 1951, and are labeled Part C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated.

This series includes papers regarding the estate of Richard Leake (d. 1802) of Georgia; papers of Thomas Spalding, who married Leake's daughter Sarah; and introductory material relating to the law cases related to the estate of John George Leake.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1773-1779, Richard Leake of Ga. #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1780-1799, Richard Leake of Ga. #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1800-1828, Richard Leake of Ga. #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

John G. Leake estate controversy #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1826-1829 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1830-1833 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7a

1834 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 7a

Folder 7b

1834 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 7b

Folder 8a

1835 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 8a

Folder 8b

1835 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 8b

Folder 9

1836 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10a

1837 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 10a

Folder 10b

1837 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 10b

Folder 11-13

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

1838 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 11-13

Folder 14

1839 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1840 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16-18

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

1841 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 16-18

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

1842 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 19-20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

1843 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 21-22

Folder 23-24

Folder 23

Folder 24

1844 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 23-24

Folder 25

1845 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1846 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1847 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1848 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1849 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30a

1850-1879 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 30a

Folder 30b

1880-1894 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 30b

Folder 31

1895-1901 #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32-49

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Undated #01250, Series: "1. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1773-1901 and undated." Folder 32-49

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated.

This series includes four volumes of letters and clippings.

Folder 50

1822-1835 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

Affidavits, 1834 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

1836 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

1837 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

1838 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

1839 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

1840 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57-58

Folder 57

Folder 58

1841 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 57-58

Folder 59-60

Folder 59

Folder 60

1842 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 59-60

Folder 61

1843 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

1844 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

1845 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

1846 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

1847 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

1848-1858 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

Undated letters and fragments #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68-69

Folder 68

Folder 69

Undated receipts, legal data, memoranda, and other papers #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 68-69

Folder 70

1879-1893 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

1894-1913 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

Volume 1 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

Volume 2 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

Volume 3 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

Volume 4 #01250, Series: "2. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1822-1913 and undated." Folder 75

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated.

This series includes memorials, interrogatories, genealogical materials, miscellaneous notes, and documents and correspondence of Nelson Chase and William Crombie, lawyers of New York; John Marshall and David Buist of Glasgow, Scotland; Hon. William Halsted (1794-1878) of New Jersey; and Thomas Spalding of Georgia.

Folder 76

1784-1828 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

1830-1834 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

1835 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 78

Folder 79

1836 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 79

Folder 80

1837-1839 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 80

Folder 81

1840 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

1841 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 82

Folder 83-84

Folder 83

Folder 84

1842 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 83-84

Folder 85

1843 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 85

Folder 86

1844-1846 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 86

Folder 87

1847-1849 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 87

Folder 88

1852-1879 #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 88

Folder 89

Undated correspondence #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 89

Folder 90

Undated memorials, interrogatives, and other papers #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 90

Folder 91

Family data #01250, Series: "3. Leake Family Estate Papers, 1784-1879 and undated." Folder 91

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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