“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Jeremiah Leeds


Jeremiah Leeds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
1. Jeremiah Leeds Marker
Inscription. A revolutionary war veteran standing six feet tall. Leeds came to Absecon Island with his ten children in 1785 from Leeds Point, N.J. and built the first permanent structure of cedar logs. He cleared the nearby land to create his farm known as Leeds Plantation. That land is now occupied by the terminus of the Atlantic City Expressway and the recently improved gateway corridor to the resort. By the time he died Jeremiah was owner of more than 1,000 acres on the island. Leeds; second wife Millicent got a license to operate a tavern and boarding house called, “Aunt Millie’s Boarding House.” This was Atlantic City’s first business establishments. Most of the homes in Atlantic City prior to its 1854 incorporation were built and owned by Jeremiah’s descendants. His youngest son, Robert, became the first postmaster of Atlantic City. Another Leeds descendant Chalkley S. Leeds served as Atlantic City’s first mayor.
Location. 39° 21.559′ N, 74° 26.125′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and N. Michigan Avenue on Atlantic Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Jeremiah Leeds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
2. Jeremiah Leeds Marker
marker. George William Nelson Sr. (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clifford J. Newsome (approx. 0.2 miles away); James L. Usry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sara Spencer Washington (approx. ¼ mile away); John Herbert Brooks (approx. ¼ mile away); Pierre Hollingsworth (approx. ¼ mile away); New Jersey Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
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