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Re: Information on William LESLEY son of John
Posted by: kelly greer (ID *****4139) Date: June 30, 2003 at 12:12:21
In Reply to: NELSON LASLEY's parents by kelly greer of 546

More information on this William LESLEY of Pike County, KY.

From Pike Co. KY history:

William Robert Lesley was born and raised in Scotland. He traveled to America with his brother John but they were separated upon arrival in New York and were never reunited. William Robert Lesley migrated west to the Big Sandy Valley Circa 1795-1800 and settled on Johns Creek in Pike County Kentucky. He had sons John and Robert (AND POSSIBLY OTHERS).

His wife Elizabeth died prior to the trip. He was accompanied by his son Robert and daughter in-law Elizabeth. Their (Robert and daughter in-law Elizabeth) ten children also made the trip to Pike County. Robert and Elizabeth had 5 more children after they moved to the Big Sandy area making 15 (fifteen) in all. Their children were Hannah, Elizabeth, Adah, Allen, Rachel, Jemima, Cynthia, Esther, Milton, Harvey, Pharmer, Amos, Naomi, Martin, Luna.

John Lesley never accompained his father, William Robert, to Kentucky and he and his wife Martha lived on the family farm in Virginia until about 1828 and then joined the family on Johns Creek in Pike County Kentucky.

William Robert Lesley and both of his sons, John and Robert, served in the Revolutionary War. Robert being only 15 at the time was stationed at home and guarded the forts located there. Son John served with the George Rodgers Clark expedition to Illinois.

William Robert Lesley died in 1802 and is buried at Johns Creek.

ID: I04002
Name: William Robert Leslie
Sex: M
Birth: 1722 in Fifeshire, Scotland
Death: 1802 in Pike Co., KY
_FA1: Came to New York City with brother John.
_FA2: Migrated to PA where he m. Elizabeth Buchanan.
_FA3: They migrated to Augusta Co., VA where 4 children were born.
_FA4: Was a Revolutionary War Soldier.
_FA5: Migrated to Floyd Co., KY 1st in 1789, and 2nd 1791.
_FA6: Settled in Emma, Floyd Co in 1791.

From the Families of Floyd Co., Ky page 248:
William Robert Leslie and family migrated from Fifewhire, Scotland in 1722, buried in Pike County, formerly Floyd.

From "The Big Sandy Valley" by Ely, p. 211: In early days when the plank in the upper Johns Creek country was sawed by hand, and used as fast as sawed, William Leslie d. at the age of 73 years, and no plank could be procured to make a cofffin to bury him in. Nor could a whipsaw be procured to saw enough. His relatives and friends were determined to give him a decent burial; so they had a nice poplar tree cut down and chopped off a log of proper length, squared it up, and with ax and adze, shaped it into a coffin, digging out a trough. They took clapboards and shaved them, with which they made a nice lid for the trough-like casket; and in this unique case the remains of William Leslie of Johns Creek were consigned to mother earth."

From Families of Floyd Co., p. 48: When Leslie and Mcguire, (Grandson William, son of daughter Nancy and John McGuire) first came to Johns Creek, in Floyd Co., and now Pike Co., they first lived in a hollow Sycamore tree that was 10 feet or more in diameter while they built a small log cabin. Thus the name Sycamore Creek. William Robert brought his family to Johns Creek in 1802, 12 years later.

Also find that it is said:
William Robert Leslie emigrated from Ireland to New York about 1760 and
to Kentucky in 1798. (Tress May Francis "May" book).

In a brochure for tourists "ALL THE BEST in Eastern KY" published by the City
of Pikeville and the City of Prestonsburg, page 41: "The earliest known
permanent settlements in the county was that of the William Robert Lesley
family who settled at the mouth of what is now Sycamore Creek on lower
Johns Creek in 1790".

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