Richard Leigh was the son of Gilbert Leigh (d.1792 or 1793), a well-documented builder in both Perquimans and Chowan Counties. His son James Leigh (1781-1854) followed his father into the building trades and Richard may have done the same. Both brothers amassed sizable plantations.
The house was surveyed on page 188 of Dru Gatewood Haley and Raymond A. Winslow “The Historic Architecture of Perquimans County North Carolina” published in 1982. Unfortunately the house continued to fall into disrepair and was demolished in the early 21st century. The two downstairs mantels were both salvaged.