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David Sleeper, Jr.

Birthplace: Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Death: Died in Sandown, Rockingham, NH, USA
Place of Burial: Sandown, Rockingham, NH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of David Sleeper, Sr. and Ruth Sleeper
Husband of Rachel Sleeper
Father of James Sleeper, Sr.; Timothy Sleeper; Sally Wilson and Rachel Sanborn
Brother of Edmund Sleeper; Nathan Sleeper; Capt Moses Sleeper; Mary Sleeper; John Sleeper and 2 others
Half brother of Gideon Sleeper, Sr.; Peter Sleeper and Josiah Sleeper

Occupation: Deacon
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About David Sleeper, Jr.

Name: David Sleper

Gender: Male

Birth Date: 23 Nov 1765


Father's Name: David Sleper

Mother's Name: Ruth

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: 7540080

System Origin: New_Hampshire-ODM

Source Film Number: unknown

Reference Number:

Collection: New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904

Birth: 23 Nov 1765 in Sandown, New Hampshire

Death: 25 Aug 1846 in Sandown, New Hampshire

Father: David Sleeper b: 18 Nov 1721 in Kingston, New Hampshire

Mother: Ruth Jenness James b: 19 Mar 1735 in Kensington, New Hampshire

Marriage 1 Rachel Tilton b: 27 Jan 1774 in Sandown, New Hampshire


  1. James B. Sleeper b: 30 May 1794 in Sandown, New Hampshire
  2. Timothy Sleeper b: 02 Apr 1799 in Sandown, New Hampshire
  3.  Sally Sleeper b: 25 Feb 1805 in Vershire, Vermont
  4.  Rachel Sleeper b: 12 Jul 1811 in Vershire, Vermont

1810 United States Federal Census

about David Sleeper

Name: David Sleeper

Township: Grafton

County: Grafton

State: New Hampshire

Free White Males 26 to 44: 1

Free White Females Under 10: 1

Free White Females 26 to 44: 1

Number of Household Members Under 16: 1

Number of Household Members Over 25: 2

Number of Household Members: 3

1830 United States Federal Census

about David Sleeper

Name: David Sleeper

[David Keeper]

Home in 1830: Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire

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Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1

Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1

Free White Persons - Under 20: 1

Total Free White Persons: 3

Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 3

[begin quote Vershire Property Deeds Vol 6 page 205]

Know all men by these presents that I Stephen Baldwin of Vershire in Orange County and State of Vermont for the consideration of One Thousand Dollars Lawfull Money paid to my full satisfaction by David Sleeper of Sandown in Rockingham County and State of New Hampshire have and hereby do freely give grant Sell[?] and confirm unto him the said David his Heirs and assigns forever a certain piece of Land in Vershire aforesaid described as follows - viz - forty acres [description of property omitted] ...

So have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises with all the priveldges and Appertinances thereof to the [??] David Sleeper his Heirs and Assigns to his and their own Use and Be hoof[?] forever - And I the said Stephen Baldwin for myself and my Heirs Executors and Administrators do covenant with the said David Sleeper that untill [??]ing these presents I am the sole owner of the premises And that they are free from every incumbrance . . . . And Thereby engage to Warrant and Defend the Same against all Lawfull Claims whatsoever.

In witness Whereof I have hereuntoset my hand and seal[?] this Second day of October in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and two in presents of Abel Fitts and Thomas Porter... [Stephen Baldwin signature]

[other town clerk argy-bargy omitted]

[end quote]

So David was living in Sandown when he bought property in Vershire on 02 Oct 1802. That means James and Timothy were not born in Vershire and were likely born in Sandown.

Vershire Town Records, p. 58, has sworn statement by David Sleeper:

"These certify whoom(sic) they may concern that I the subscriber am not agreed with the majority of who profefs to be of the order of Congregationalists in Vershire therefore I enter my decent(sic) given under my hand this 19th of Septem 1803 -- (signed)David Sleeper in the presents(sic) of -- Thos Gates(?) Town Clerk for Vershire"

Vershire Town Records, p. 118, lists the children of David Sleeper (no mention of wife's name).

James, Timothy, and Sally were all registered at the same time, dated 24 Oct 1807.

David was living in Sandown when he bought property in Vershire on 02 Oct 1802. That means James and Timothy were not born in Vershire and were likely born in Sandown.

David and Rachel returned to Sandown from Vershire after the death of David's mother in 1824.

David and Rachel are buried in North Side Cemetery, Sandown, NH.

David made his will on 23 Dec 1845. It was probated in 1846 - #OS-15184 Rockingham NH county courthouse. Wife: Rachel; eldest son, James Sleeper, the income from the farm; son, Timothy Sleeper, and daughters, Sally Wilson and Rachel Sanborn, one dollar each. To grandson, James B. Sleeper, to run the farm after the decease of his father James. Witnessed by John Currier, Sherburn Tilton, and John Tilton. [Info provided to me by Bonita Longley Lafferty.]

David, took charge of his father's estate, and gave a home to his mother. Removed to Vershire, Vt., where he res. till the death of his mother, then returned to Sandown. He m. Rachel Tilton, and had four children.

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

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David Sleeper, Jr.'s Timeline

November 23, 1765
Sandown, Rockingham, New Hampshire
May 30, 1794
Age 28
Sandown, Rockingham, NH, USA
April 2, 1799
Age 33
Sandown, Rockingham, NH, USA
February 25, 1805
Age 39
Vershire, Orange, VT, USA
July 12, 1811
Age 45
Vershire, Orange, VT, USA
August 25, 1846
Age 80
Sandown, Rockingham, NH, USA
Sandown, Rockingham, NH, USA