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My previous eMails dealt with the subjects of a possible history of
our surname plus the arrival of LAPSLEYs in the Colonies. The name
seems to have originated in the region of Falkirk, Stirlingshire,
Scotland ca 1575-85. Supposedly three brothers arrived from No. Ireland
in Philadelphia in 1734. Since the earliest church records found to
date indicate no LAPSLEYs in Ireland prior to 1767, this raises a rather
serious question about where they actually came from and will require
additional research to resolve the question. Research revealed the
existence of three separate LAPSLEY families in the areas indicated
between 1735 and 1755. By 1755, one or maybe two more LAPSLEY(s)
appeared, one of whom might have been one of the original three who
moved to NC.
Some more recent arrivals were James LAPSLEY who landed in NJ in 1762
-- this is a recent discovery and is all that is currently known of him.
Next was a Charles LAPSLEY in Philadelphia from 1770-74 to at least
1800 when he seems to have dropped from sight. And last was a David
LAPSLEY also in Philadelphia but from 1779 to 1820 when he seems to
disappear. David could be a son of Charles. So by the time the
Revolutionary War began, there were at least seven LAPSLEYs living in
the Colonies. In alphabetical order they were: Charles, David, James,
John, Joseph, Thomas and William. John LAPSLEY may have died or been
killed during the Cherokee uprising of 1760-61, as he no longer
mentioned after that time.
During the Revolutionary War most, if not all, the male LAPSLEYs
served on the side of the Continental Army for the colonies. Joseph
LAPSLEY (of VA) and three of his possible sons served as officers in the
VA militia, attached to the Continental Army. Thomas LAPSLEY (of NC)
served as an officer in the NC militia, also attached to the Continental
Army. While William LAPSLEY was almost certainly dead by 1772, his son
Thomas served as either a Lieutenant, a Private, or an Ensign with at
least three different units in the PA militia. Since he apparently was
carried on the rosters of two of these units at the same time, this
raises the question of whether there might have been a third Thomas
LAPSLEY living in the colonies at the time. This too will require
additional research to resolve. Because James LAPSLEY of NJ is such a
recent discovery, no information has been found as yet showing him to be
pro or con during the War. Charles (of PA) apparently either provided
supplies to the Continental Army, or else drove a supply wagon to and
from their camps, possibly both. David doesn't seem to have
participated in any way, and may have been too young, although there is
a record showing a David LAPSLEY born ca 1744 who apparently died ca
1830 in PA. A David did serve in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812
however. This is yet another area requiring more research.
At the conclusion of the war, we find the following: both Charles
and David LAPSLEY are living in Philadelphia. The Widow Martha LAPSLEY
and her son Thomas are living in Mifflin Twp., PA near Ft. Pitt. (now
Pittsburgh). Joseph LAPSLEY and his three possible sons living in or
near Lexington, VA. James LAPSLEY living in NJ. And finally, Thomas
LAPSLEY and his sons living in Orange Co., NC. Apparently all those who
served in the Revolutionary War received some form of compensation at
the end of hostilities. This compensation was a warrant for either
money or land. In 1785 or 86 Samuel LAPSLEY turned his 'warrants' over
to a friend for safe keeping and departed VA for some reason. Samuel
LAPSLEY died in or near Ft. Pitt, PA in Oct 1786. This raises a couple
of interesting questions -- First, could Samuel have traveled there to
visit kin..? Second, were he and Thomas (of PA) brothers, or cousins..?
Yet another area requiring more research. My next eMail, will discuss
the events involving LAPSLEYs following the Revolution prior to 1800.
Since the material above came from sources already indicated in my
prior eMails, will not re list them here, but wait until I've concluded
Any questions, observations, or comments would be greatly
appreciated. Thank you all for your patience.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow... See Ya' -- Clyde
Clyde Lapsley <CLapsley(a)att.net>