Time for some March Madness!
Since the NCAA Basketball Tournament has started and this week began with St. Patrick’s Day, I have been thinking of my Irish Heritage.
What does my Irish heritage have to do with March madness?
One of my Irish ancestors was a hatter.
Absalom was a preacher in the Christian Church, a farmer and also a Hatter when he was younger.
Luckily he did not work long as a hatter and did not have the long term effects of Mercury poisoning that was common with the profession. He was not a Mad Hatter.
Absalom was born in Pennsylvania in about 1798 and moved to Ohio when he was young. It was in Ohio where he worked as a hatter and met and married Mary Thomas.
In the 1850 Census Absalom Leeper is in Trenton, Iowa and is listed as a Farmer. He is listed with his wife Mary and four of his children. His oldest daughter Sarah married in 1846 and lived close by with her husband and daughter.
The tombstone states that he died on August 24, 1896 at the age of 106 years.
I am not sure where the age comes from, unless someone transposed the last two digits of his year of birth.
All of the Census records that I have found show that he was born circa 1798-1800. Also, his parents married in 1795.
If the death date on the stone is correct, he would have been about 98 years old when he died.
p.s. If you are researching Absalom Leeper or the Leeper family, please make sure you leave me a message. I would be glad to share additional information.