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Jeremiah Leeds

1754-1835

 
 
Jeremiah Leeds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 24, 2020
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.
 
Erected by City of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
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Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey, City of Atlantic City series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
 
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. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frank Burnett Doggett Jr. M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Kylene Barker (within shouting distance of this marker); Susan Perkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Tawny Godin (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheryl Prewitt (within shouting distance of this marker); Dorothy Benham (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Ward (within shouting distance of this marker); Shirley Cothran (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
Jeremiah Leeds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 24, 2020
2. Jeremiah Leeds Marker
Jeremiah Leeds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
3. Jeremiah Leeds Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 847 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on February 1, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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