The Jersey Devil, sometimes called the Leeds Devil, is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. It is often described as a flying 2-footed creature with cloven (divided) hooves, but there are many variations.
The most popular version of the Jersey Devil legend begins in the 18th century when Deborah Smith from England immigrated to the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey to marry Mr. Leeds, a rather vain man who wanted several heirs to continue the family name. Consequently, the new wife was continually pregnant. After bearing twelve healthy children, she was dismayed to be pregnant with her thirteenth. She cursed the unborn child, saying that she would rather have the devil's child than another Leeds. Apparently, her wish was granted as the new child had cloven hooves, claws, and a tail. The horrible newborn proceeded to eat the other Leeds children and the parents, before escaping through the chimney to begin its reign of terror.