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By an Act passed in 1755, South Carolina made grants to persons coming into the province of South Carolina. One hundred acres was allowed for the head of the household, and 50 acres for each additional person in the household, white or black man, woman or child, of which such persons shall consist at the actual time of making the grant. As of 1763, no person was allowed land for any children of the age of eighteen years or older. A person eighteen years or older was supposed to obtain land in his or her own name. William Ledingham received a grant for 250 acres in 1764 and a grant for 200 acres in 1767. So, in 1764 William Ledingham received a grant for himself, a wife, and two children or other persons in the household at the time. The later grant in 1767 could be for additional children born or servants acquired.

William Leadingham was a patriot of the American Revolution: Mr. William Leadingham his acct. of Provisions & Forage for the Cont’l & Militia in 1781 & 1782. Charged £62.13.8. Deduct within £43.14. £18.19.8. Add more 8.8. £19.8.4. Nineteen pounds, eight shillings & four pence sterling. N.B. See remark on voucher No. 4.[10]

The State of South Carolina to William Leadingham. 30 August 1781, by 5 bushels of corn at 3/6 per bushel delivered to John Randall, clothier. 3 September 1781, by 1 sheep at 9/4, 3 bushels of potatoes 1/6. 28 October 1781, by 3 bushels of corn at 3/6 per bushel delivered to Nathan Gagers. 12 November 1781, by 6 heads of grone cattle by estimation to weight 225 lbs. each and 1350 neat beef at 25/8 delivered to William Meyer. 15 July 1782, by 12 head of sheep at 8/4 per sheep delivered to Benjamin Carter driver. 17 August 1782 by 9 head of cattle by estimation to weight 1800 neat beef at 25/8 delivered to David McCord driver. Camden District: before me William Meyer personally came and appeared Elizabeth Smyley and made oath that the above accounts is just and true and that no part thereof has been received, 27 December 1783. Total £19.8.4 received.[11]



[10] South Carolina Audited Accounts 4485. William Leadingham.

[11] South Carolina Audited Accounts 4485. William Leadingham.

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