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Birthplace: Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Death: Died in Sandown, Rockingham, NH, USA
Occupation: Revolutionary War Soldier, civic leader in Sandown, NH
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About David Sleeper, Sr.

David had 3 children by his first wife and 16 by his second for a total of 19 children.

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SLEEPER, DAVID

DAR Ancestor #: A105213

Service: NEW HAMPSHIRE

Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE

Birth: 11-26-1721 KINGSTON NEW HAMPSHIRE

Death: 10-18-1780 SANDOWN ROCKINGHAM CO NEW HAMPSHIRE

Service Source: BATCHELLOR, MISC REV DOCS OF NH, STATE PAPERS, VOL 30, P 140

Service Description: 1) SIGNER OF ASSOCIATION TEST, SANDOWN

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Name: David Sleeper

Date of Birth: 18 Nov 1721

Place of Birth: Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States

Father's Name: Moses Sleeper

Mother's Name: Margrett Sanborn

Place Recorded: Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States

GS Film Number: 1001039

Digital GS Number: 4244304

Image Number: 03058

Collection: New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900

Notes for DAVID SLEEPER:

Information on this family provided by : WFT archives

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American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)

about David Sleeper

Name: David Sleeper

Birth Date: 1721

Birthplace: New Hampshire

Volume: 160

Page Number: 306

Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 5 Sep 1905, 8085

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U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

about David Sleeper

Name: David Sleeper

Gender: male

Birth Year: 1721

Spouse Name: Margaret Scribner

Number Pages: 1

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"David, son of Moses & Margaret (Sanborn) Sleeper, was born Nov 16, 1721 in Kingston and settled immediately after his marriage in Sandown, NH.

He cleared and improved a good farm in Sandown and through industry and thrift, accumulated what was considered at that early date a handsome fortune which he distributed among his children as they began life for themselves. He was prominently identified with the early civic affairs of Sandown, and also with the Baptist Church of which he was one of the leading supporters. As commander of the local militia company he hastily assembled his command on hearing the news of the battle of Lexington and marching to Boston reported for duty in defense of national independence. He was untiring in his efforts to perfect the moral training of his children, all of whom inherited his honesty, integrity and other commendable virtues, and in addition to providing them with a goodly share of the goods of this world, he left them the honorable record of having lived an upright and conscientious life. He died in Sandown, Oct 18, 1780. His first wife, whom he married Nov 24, 1743 was Margaret Scribner, and his second wife was Ruth Jenness (James), who was born March 29, 1735 and died July 6, 1823. Of his first union there were 4 children and his second wife bore him 16 children. Six of his sons and 2 of his daughters settled in Bristol, NH: namely: Gideon, Peter, Moses, John, Daniel, Samuel, Mary (who married Theophilus Sanborn) and Ruth (who married James Ingalls). Some of his children settled in Vermont, others went to Maine and Canada and one located in Plymouth NH.

SOURCE: "Sleeper Family Trails 1616-1994" by Glenn E Pribbeno

"David was born in Kingston and settled on Sandown where he died at 59 years of age. He married Margaret Scribner in 1743 of whom were born 3 children. After she died, he married a second time to Ruth James who was from Vershire, VT of whom 16 children were born.

David was a virtuous and energetic farmer; as a citizen he was highly respected, and as an officer in the army, bold and enterprising. When the news of the Battle of Lexington arrived, he invited his company of militia, and the cavalry to arms, and immediately reported to Boston to defend his country. His firm and unshaken government over his family, and his established principle in educating them in virtuous and useful habits, perhaps was not surpassed by any of this time. As a member of the Baptist Church, He was highly respected and useful. He was attentive to the calls of his children and imparted to them of his abundance when about to settle down in life. As a town officer, he was ever attentive to the discharge of his official duties. In life, he was honored and in death lamented. His family was often afflicted with disease and accident though he himself was generally healthy.

His farm was entirely uncultivated when he commenced developing it at Sandown yet he amased a large fortune. He was taken with a nervous complaint some time before his death, he resorted to a salt water treatment but to no effect; medical aid was not available. His disorder seized upon his vitals, and terminated his useful life in the midst of prosperity. Some time before his death he was taken with a nervous headache which deprived him of sound reasoning."

SOURCE: WFT 6-3860

After the death of his first wife, he married Ruth James who was born Mar 19, 1736 in NH and died Jul 6, 1823 in Vershire, VT. David had 3 children by his first wife and 16 by his second for a total of 19 children.

From "Leneag Book" National Society of DAR vol XLVIII p. 175: David Sleeper served as private in Capt Edward Everett's company, COl Timothy Bedell's New Hampshire Regiment

Vol XLVIII p 340, David Sleeper and his 2 sons fought at Bunker Hill where one son was mortally wounded."

ALTERNATE DOB Jan 16, 1721

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Children of DAVID SLEEPER and MARGARET SCRIBNER are:

  1. GIDEON SLEEPER, b. July 25, 1744, Sandown,Rockingham CO, NH; d. February 27, 1829, Alexandria, NH.
  2. DAVID SLEEPER, b. September 08, 1748, Sandown, Rockingham Co, NH
  3. PETER SLEEPER, b. May 23, 1749, Sandown, Rockingham Co, NH; d. September 11, 1826, Bristol, NH.

Children of DAVID SLEEPER and RUTH JAMES are:

  1. EDMOND SLEEPER, b. March 17, 1753, NH; d. June 10, 1838; m. (1) LYDIA COLBY; m. (2) ELIZABETH WORTHEN.
  2. NATHAN SLEEPER, b. April 12, 1754, NH; d. September 11, 1775.
  3. MOSES SLEEPER, b. September 04, 1755, NH; d. May 14, 1838; m. BETTY COLBY.
  4. MARGARET SLEEPER, b. February 05, 1757, NH; d. January 13, 1777.
  5. MARY SLEEPER, b. September 22, 1758, nh; m. THEOPHILUS SANBORN.
  6. JOHN SLEEPER, b. April 15, 1760, NH; d. February 04, 1818; m. ELIZABETH TILTON, May 09, 1785, NH.
  7. DANIEL SLEEPER, b. February 22, 1762, Sandown, Rockingham Co, NH; d. February 28, 1838, NH.
  8. SAMUEL SLEEPER, b. February 14, 1764, nh; d. January 23, 1837; m. ELIZABETH SANBORN.
  9. DAVID SLEEPER, b. November 23, 1765.
  10. JETHRO SLEEPER, b. September 18, 1767, NH; d. October 04, 1843.
  11. JONATHAN SLEEPER, b. February 06, 1769, NH; d. November 20, 1775.
  12. BENJAMIN SLEEPER, b. January 17, 1771, SANdown, Rockingham Co, NH; d. April 07, 1838, Quebec, CANADA; m. (1) BETSY HILL; m. (2) ANNA HARRIMAN.
  13. JOSIAH SLEEPER, b. July 14, 1772, NH; d. April 22, 1835.
  14. RUTH SLEEPER, b. March 04, 1774, NH; m. JAMES INGALLS.
  15. NATHAN SLEEPER, b. August 13, 1777, NH.
  16. JONATHAN SLEEPER, b. August 08, 1780, NH; d. May 29, 1805.

Source: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/c/h/Becky-A-Schultz/GENE5-0005.html

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THE SLEEPER FAMILIES

The Sleepers made the first settlements within the limits of Bristol village, and in the early days of the town were very numerous here. Though the name is not as common now as formerly, Sleeper blood flows in the veins of a very large number of her people, and the sons and daughters of Bristol bearing this name and their descendants are now worthy citizens of many states in the Union.

The Sleepers of Bristol are the descendants of Thomas Sleeper, b. in England about 1607. He emigrated to this country when a young man, and was in Hampton in 1640, where he probably resided till his death, which occurred July 30, 1696, at the age of 89 years. His widow, Joanna, d. in Kingston, Feb. 5, 1703, ae. 80. They had eight children, of whom the sixth was

Aaron, b. Hampton, Feb. 20, 1661. He m. (1) Elizabeth Shaw, May 23, 1682 ; (2) Sarah. He d. in Kingston, May 9, 1732, ae. 71-2-19. He had seventeen children by his first wife and two by his second, of whom the second was

Moses, b. Kingston, Feb. 22, 1685. He m., Jan. 9, 1714, Margaret, dau. Capt. Jonathan Sanborn. She was b. Mar. 20, 1698. He d. in Kingston, Jan. 13, 1754, ae. 68-10-21. They had fifteen children, of whom the fourth was

David, b.. Kingston, Nov. 16, 1721. He m. (1) Nov. 24, 1743, Margaret Scribner, and soon after became one of the first settlers in Sandown. He was a farmer and amassed a large fortune for those days, dividing it among his children as they commenced life for themselves. Though not one of the proprietors of New Chester, he became a large owner of real estate in the town, much of which he deeded to his children as they settled here. "His firm and unshaken government over his numerous family, and his established principle in educating them in virtuous and useful habits was not surpassed by any of his age." He was a prominent member of the Baptist church, and held numerous town offices. "As a military officer he was bold and enterprising, and when the news of the battle of Lexington reached Sandown he called his company of militia and the cavalry to arms and immediately repaired to Boston to defend his country." He m. (2) Ruth James, who was b. Mar. 29, 1735, and d. July 6, 1823, ae. 88-3-7. He d. Oct. 18, 1780, ae. 58-11-2.

Children, all supposed to have been born in Sandown:

Gideon, b. July 25, 1744.

Peter, b. May 28, 1746. (Another record says May 27; another April.) [For (6) see p. 394]

David,-b. Sept. 8, 1748

Edmond, b. Mar. 17, 1753; was a tailor, m. (i) Mrs. Lydia Colby, (2) Elizabeth Worthen. Res. Chester, and d. June 10, 1838, ae. 85-2-23. One child.

Nathan, b. Apr. 12, 1754. Supposed to have commenced a home in Bristol, and d. Sept. I1, 1775. ae. 21-4-29. (See chapter on "First Settlements in New Chester.")

Moses, b. Sept. 4, 1755. [For (i0) see p. 401.]

Margaret, b. Feb. 5, 1757; d. Jan. 13, 1777, ae. 19-11-8. •

Mary, b. Sept. 22 (29), 1758; m. Theophilus Sanborn. (See.) #13. John, b. Apr. 15, 1760. [For (13) see p. 402 ]

Daniel, b. Feb. 22, 1762. [For (14) see p. 405.]

Samuel, b. Feb. 14, 1764. [For (15) see p. 407.]

David, Nov. 23, 1766; d. Aug. 25, 1846, ae. 79-9-2.

Jethro, b. Sept. 18, 1767; shoemaker, lived in Corinth, Vt. ; d. Oct. 4, 1843, ae. 76-0-16.

Jonathan, b. Feb. 6, 1769; d. Nov. 20, 1775, ae. 6-9-14.

Benjamin, b. Jan. 17, 1771 ; m. Betsey Hill, and removed toCompton, Lower Canada, where she d., and he m. Anna Hurriman, of Plymouth. He d. Apr. 7, 1838, ae. 67-2-20.

Josiah, b. July 14, 1772; d. Apr. 22, 1835, ae. 62-9 8.

Ruth, b. Mar. 4(14), 1774; m. James lugalls. (See.)

Nathan, b. Aug. 13, 1777. Carpenter; settled in Maine. Twelve children.

Jonathan, b. Aug. 8, 1780; d. May 29, 1805, ae. 24-9-21.

Of the above, Gideon, Peter, Nathan (probably), Moses, John, Daniel, Samuel, Mary, and Ruth settled in Bristol.

Source: "History of the Town of Bristol New Hampshire"

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•Name: David Sleeper

•Sex: M

•Birth: 16 Nov 1721 in Kingston, New Hampshire

•Death: 18 Oct 1780 in Sandown, New Hampshire

Father: Moses Sleeper b: 22 Jan 1685 in Kingston, New Hampshire

Mother: Margaret Mary Sanborn b: 20 Mar 1698 in Kensington?, New Hampshire

Marriage 1 Ruth James b: 19 Mar 1735 in Kensington, New Hampshire

•Married: 31 Mar 1752 in Kingston, New Hampshire

•Note: Sandown Vital Records, Pg 364: David Sleeper and Ruth James was married March the 31, 1752. (Sandown was created from Kingston in 1756, so they were actually married in Kingston).

Children

1. David Sleeper b: 23 Nov 1765 in Sandown, New Hampshire

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•Name: David SLEEPER

•Sex: M

•Birth: 18 NOV 1721 in Kingston, Rockingham, NH

•Death: 18 OCT 1780 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

•Note:

All information on the Sleeper family is from a record of some of the descendants of Thomas and Joanna Sleeper of Hampton, NH. The original manuscript notes said to have been written by Odlin Sleeper of Bristol, NH, and are dated 1834-1839. There is a copy at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. See also Musgrove's "History of Bristol."

"David was a virtuous and energetic farmer; as a citizen he was highly respected, and as an officer, bold and enterprising, and when the news of the battle of Lexington arrived, he invited his company of militia and the cavalry to arms, and immediately repaired to Boston to defend his country. His firm and unshaken government over his family, and his established principle in educating them in virtuous and useful habits, perhaps not surpassed by any of his age. (As a member of the Baptist Church he was highly respected and useful.) He was attentive to the calls of his children, and imparted to them of his abundance when about to settle themselves in life. As a town officer he was ever attentive to the discharge of his official duties. In life he was honored, and in death lamented. His family was often afflicted with disease and accident, though he himself was generally healthy. His farm was entirely uncultivated when he commenced business in Sandown, yet he amassed a large fortune. He was taken with a nervous complaint some time before his death; he repaired to the salt water but to no effect; medical aid was unavailing. His disorder seized upon his vitals, and terminated his useful life in the midst of prosperity. Some time before his death he was taken with the nervous headache which deprived him of sound reason" ["Desc of Edmund James," p. 13].

Father: Moses SLEEPER b: 2 JAN 1683/84 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

Mother: Margaret SANBORN b: 20 MAR 1697/98 in Kingston, Rockingham, NH

Marriage 1 Margaret SCRIBNER

•Married: 24 NOV 1743 in Kingston, Rockingham, NH 2

Children

1. Gideon SLEEPER b: 25 JUL 1744 in Kingston, Rockingham, NH

2. Peter SLEEPER b: 27 MAY 1746 in Kingston, Rockingham, NH

3. David SLEEPER b: ABT 1748 in Kingston, Rockingham, NH

Marriage 2 Ruth JAMES b: 29 MAR 1735 in Kensington, Rockingham, NH

•Married: 31 MAR 1752 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH 3

Children

1. Edmund SLEEPER b: 17 MAR 1753 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

2. Nathan SLEEPER b: 12 APR 1754 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

3. Moses SLEEPER b: 4 SEP 1755 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

4. Margaret SLEEPER b: 5 FEB 1757 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

5. Mary SLEEPER b: 29 SEP 1758 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

6. John SLEEPER b: 15 APR 1760 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

7. Daniel SLEEPER b: 22 FEB 1762 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

8. Samuel SLEEPER b: 14 FEB 1764 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

9. David SLEEPER b: 23 NOV 1765 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

10. Jethro SLEEPER b: 18 SEP 1767 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

11. Jonathan SLEEPER b: 6 FEB 1769 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

12. Benjamin SLEEPER b: 17 JAN 1771 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

13. Josiah SLEEPER b: 14 JUL 1772 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

14. Ruth SLEEPER b: 4 MAR 1774 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

15. Nathan SLEEPER b: 13 AUG 1777 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

16. Jonathan SLEEPER b: 8 AUG 1780 in Sandown, Rockingham, NH

Source: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jamesdm49&id=I36306

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From "Leneag Book" National Society of DAR vol XLVIII p. 175: David Sleeper served as private in Capt Edward Everett's company, COl Timothy Bedell's New Hampshire Regiment.

Vol XLVIII p 340, David Sleeper and his 2 sons fought at Bunker Hill where one son was mortally wounded."

http://www.californiadar.org/chapters2/goldtrail/patriot.htm

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David Sleeper, Sr.'s Timeline

1721
November 18, 1721
Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1743
November 24, 1743
Age 22
Kingston, NH, USA
1744
July 25, 1744
Age 22
Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1746
May 28, 1746
Age 24
Sandown, NH, USA
1752
March 31, 1752
Age 30
NH, USA
1753
March 17, 1753
Age 31
Sandown, Rockingham County, NH, USA
1754
April 12, 1754
Age 32
Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1755
September 4, 1755
Age 33
Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1758
September 22, 1758
Age 36
Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1760
April 15, 1760
Age 38
Sandown, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA