Updated January 18, 2014
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THE PETER LEVALLEY FAMILY
Ancestral home of Peter
Peter and Sarah LeValley arrived in Marblehead MA with perhaps as many as five children by 1718. Clues linking the family to St. Mary's Parish on the isle of Jersey have not stood up under investigation.
The cemetery where the earliest LeValleys were buried has vanished. A report around 1900 stated that only a few of the headstones were still standing. Later in the century, it was paved over, and is now reportedly the parking lot of a restaurant. No one seems to know what happened to the tombstones, or whether the bodies were moved.
None of the following graves have been located, though I suspect the two graves with uninscribed fieldstones in the Peter LeValley Cemetery [named after the original Peter's oldest grandson] may belong to John and Ann. Some of the women may have been buried with their husbands' families. The rest were probably buried at Cowesett.
Peter LeValley c.1683-1757
=Hester COOK (?)
Martha 1780-1823 =Elijah FOSTER
Sarah c.1787- =Henry PARISH
Sarah =Peleg COOK
Michael 1720-c.76 =Almy BAILEY
Marcy c.1763-c.96 =Nathan HATHAWAY +++
Sarah 1768- =John WOOD +++
Caleb 1771- =Alice FENNER
Mary 1775-1856 =Israel JOHNSON
Lewis James LeValley
An otherwise unexplained Lewis James LeValley of Warwick RI married a daughter of Benjamin BENNETT of East Greenwich Nov. 7, 1751. How does he fit into the early family tree?
Father of John's first
Peleg COOK (fl. 1750 Warwick RI) m. Sarah LeValley (b. c.1717). Her brother John (1714-1808) m. (1) Hester (d. c.1767), thought to be a sister of Peleg Cook. Hester's father (name unknown) fl. Marblehead MA, where he disappeared at sea April 1768, in a schooner with Samuel FORTIN. Can anyone identify Hester's or Peleg's father?
Maiden name of John's
Anne (d. 1814 Warwick RI) m. c.1799 John LeValley as his second wife. As best I can piece the fragments together, their children where Christopher (named after a deceased half-brother), Martha Greene LeValley FOSTER (named after a deceased half-sister Martha), Gardner Thurston LeValley (probably named after a famous minister, Gardner Thurston, though John was anything but religious), and Sarah LeValley PARRISH. Though GARDNER and THURSTON offer possibilities, GREENE seems the best clue to Anne's maiden name.
Name of Christopher's
I am seeking the name of the woman who m. (1) Christopher LEVALLEY (c.1746-c.76) of Warwick, RI. Their children were James, George, Eunice MATTESON, Martha COLVIN, and probably a younger Christopher. She m. (2) _______ TINGLEY, and had a daughter, Esther, who years later visited her half-brother James at Lockport, NY. The name BRUMLEY has come down as a middle name, and may have been this mystery woman's maiden name. The only Tingley to ever appear in the Kent County RI censuses was an Elizabeth, aged over 45 in 1800, living at East Greenwich six doors from Christopher LeValley's cousins, Marcy & Nathan HATHAWAY. Could this be her, widowed a second time? Earlier, in 1751, a Mr. Tingley, unknown to the minister, sponsored the baptism of Christopher's cousin Paul KING (son of Magdalen and Mary). Any connection?
I am seeking the parentage of Sarah WASHBURN (d. c.1836), who m. c.1808 in Lee, Oneida County, NY [Sylvinus] Gardner LEVALLEY (c.1791-1820). They lived at Lockport, Niagara County, NY, where she m. (2) Andrew W. BRAZEE. Her widowed son, Franklin Jackson LeValley (1816-99) made a quick trip in 1860 to Marengo, IL to m. (2) Rachel Washburn (b. 1833 Harvard IL). I assume that the two women were related somehow.
Husband of Mary Ann
Mary Ann DALEY (b. 1820 or 1822 Buffalo, NY) m. (1) by 1841 _____ LEVALLEY, and had one son, Salem. Between 1846 and 1850, she m. (2) Hiram MCNEIL, a widower of Cambria Twp., Niagara County, NY, and had another son, Belden. Sometime after 1860, she m. (3) ______ TOWNSEND. Which LeValley did she marry?
LeValley family of
Christopher LEVALLEY (1774-c.1839) of Lansing, Tompkins County NY had 4 sons who apparently died young and without heirs--plus 3 children who moved to Naples, Ontario County NY: Minerva, William, and Elkanah. The last known descendant, Jenola LeValley LINDEMANN, d. December 1983 at an unknown location, but official residence in Rockford IL. Any descendants out there with records?
Narcissa LeValley and
These two names frequently occur among the children of George Thomas LeValley, who moved from Lockport NY to Columbiaville MI in 1845--but the two names never appear on the same list. Both were supposedly born about 1834. Harriet m. 1855 George C. BRANT, and 1906 Burwill F. ROCKWELL. Could the two girls both be the same person?
Margaret LeValley (?)
In 1848, David and Hetty LEVALLEY moved with their infant daughter from Schoharie County NY to Sullivan County NY. However, none of their known children were born until after that date, and the obituary of their son (b. 1850) says he was the oldest of the family. There is no evidence that David left a will, yet one portion of his estate went to the children of the late Margaret BAER (d. 1893, wife of John Baer). Was she the mystery daughter?
Descendants of Hiram
Hiram LeValley married twice and apparently had 14 children:
Alexander "Sandy" 1844-1919 =Thirza BOND
(Child) d. inf.
(Son) c.1827- ...?
Leroy 1832- =Maria REDMOND
Leroy 1877- ...?
Maud c.1833-74 [May have died a few years earlier]
Valentine c.1834-97 =Harriet
Ellen 1835- = John DODGE +++
Harriet 1837- =Wallace MUMFORD
Arthur 1839- ...?
=Electra Bennett King*
A. Alberta 1867- =Oscar HAIGHT +++
I am not at all certain where the second Alexander fits in. Any descendants out there with fuller records?
Daughters of Cook
Cook LEVALLEY (1761-1839) m. Deborah CAPRON and they moved from Coventry, RI to Killingly, CT 1786; Coeymans, Albany County, NY 1790; Summit, Schoharie County NY 1805; Davenport, Delaware County, NY 1818; Worcester, Otsego County, NY 1832. Children included:
John S. c.1782- =Betsy DURHAM
William c.1783-1838 =Hannah CALLAGHAN
Rufus 1784-c.1830 =Lucy KIES
Benjamin 1785- =Polly VANHOSEN
James N. 1792-1870 =Laura ALLEN
Sally 1799-1875 =Horatio TOLCOTT +++
Catharine 1801- =Amos DODGE +++
Can anyone supply the missing names?
(b. c.1782) m. Betsy DURHAM and their younger children were born at
Delaware County, NY. They moved to Hendersonville, Knox County
in 1844. Children included:
Christopher 1815-95 =Harriet GAINES
=John Dales +++
Lydia 1820-68 =Nelson BRESEE* +++
Margaret 1824-90 =Gideon HAWKINS +++
Eleanor c.1827- =Francis STEPHENS +++
(Son) c.1828- ...?
Can anyone supply the missing names? There was a $1 land sale to a D.F. BLAIR, who may have been a son-in-law. We are wondering whether the youngest son could be the Erskin or John Erskin LeValley (1824-75) of Charter Oak IA.
The dates of John and Betsy are another mystery. They seem to have gotten a little younger with each census. Their graves have not been located.
Children of William LeValley of
Charlton, Saratoga County, NY
In 1827, at about age 44, William LEVALLEY m. 34-year-old Hannah CALLAGHAN at Charlton, NY. He was buried there nine years later, and Hannah spent her later years in Schenectady. There is no indication of children from that marriage. But Harriet LeValley (wife of Thomas HANIGAN Sr. of Glenville NY) appears to have been William's daughter, born about five years before his marriage to Hannah. Who was his first wife? Were there other children? Where did he live, since he never appeared in any census record?
Possible first wife of
Rufus LeValley (c.1787-c.1830) moved around a lot. Known locations include 1810 Jefferson, Schoharie Co. NY; 1814 Bradford Co. PA; 1823 Delaware Co. NY; 1826 Troy, Bradford Co, PA; c.1829 Elmira NY. His known children were: (Son) c.1809- ...?
Lucinda 1823- =Philip GEBHARDT +++
N. Liberty 1826-95 =Juliett DECKER
Lucetta c.1827- =John SANDERS +++
M. Frances 1828- =James HILL +++
Decatur c.1830- ...?
Lucy KIES (b. in the 1790s in Canada) was the mother of the younger children. But several clues hint that she was not the mother of Leonard--who always listed his mother's birthplace as CT. Leonard spoke much of his father and grandfather, but never mentioned his mother's name.
I once saw an 1860 census listing for a Decatur Savelley (or some such wierd spelling) in one of the New England states--but could never find it again. Could that possibly have been the youngest son?
Descendants of Francis
of Richmondville, NY
Francis LEVALLEY (b. 1814) of Richmondville, Schoharie County NY, m. (1) Margaret BARGER, and (2) Louisa CLOW or GLOUGH. Children from the second marriage included:
Mary Ann 1841-
Sewell 1842- =Tammy
H. Amelia 1845-1928 =Nathan BROCKWAY +++
L. Elizabeth 1849- = PALMER
Marcus 1856- ...?
Any descendants out there with records?
Daughters of Gardner
Gardner LEVALLEY (1786-1877) of Warwick RI m. (1) Jemima WALKER (1781-1826, dau. Calvin). At Somers CT they had 2 childrens who d. young, and a daughter Susan. He m. (2) Ruth CAPRON (d. 1885, dau. Edward), and moved to Riverhead NY. Children from the two marriages included:
Almira 1827- =F. Warren BISHOP
Maria 1829-76 =William OVERTON* +++
Sarah 1833-1932 =Charles RAYNOR +++
(Daughter) d. young
Celestia 1840-1917 =Charles BISHOP Sr. +++
T. Gilbert 1843-86
Mary 1846-c.1930 =Charles HOWELL
Who did the other daughters marry?
Descendants from the
of T. Gilbert LeValley
Thomas Gilbert LEVALLEY (1843-86) of Riverhead NY m. (1) c.1865 Emily E. SIMMONS (who d. 1870-77). Descendants from his second marriage to Mabel REEVE know nothing about children from the first marriage. These have turned up in miscellaneous records:
Thomas G. 1866-77
William T. 1867- =Marietta PAINTER ...?
Were there others? A miller named John LaValley (b. c.1860) lived in nearby Brookhaven, but appears slightly too old.
Whatever became of William? He was last kown getting married in 1903 in Buffalo NY to Marietta PAINTER (dau. John, b. 1868 Sunbury, OH). Did they have children?
Two wives of Lee LeValley
Lee LEVALLEY 1872-1956 of the Los Angeles area m. (1) a daughter of C. S. STOWELL. In a drunken spree, he went gunning for his father-in-law in 1897. She is not heard of after that. If she left him, she did not take the children with her. She was born in Nevada, but does not appear there in her father's household in the 1880 census.
In 1916, Lee m. (2) Mrs. Minnie E. Gee (1873-1950)--maiden name unknown. She was born in California.
Uriah LEVALLEY who
Uriah LEVALLEY (b. 11 June 1793, oldest son of Caleb of Warwick RI) left New England. An early family history simply states, "He traveled in foreign lands when young, and went West in 1817." West in those days could have meant western New York, where two of his uncles had settled. Has anyone ever come across a record of Uriah?
Besides those already mentioned, we seek the maiden names of these women who married into the Peter LeValley family:
B-14 Burt 1874-1966 =(3) Marian
B-102 Charles 1842-1903 =Susan
B-103 Moreau 1806-67 =Sarah (later HENRY)
B-106 Fred 1870- =Josie
D-78.13 J. Floyd LaValley 1917- =Mary
D-81.3 Walter LaValle 1891-1972 =Edythe
D-115 Valentine c.1834-97 =Harriet
E-110 Sewell 1842- =Tammy
F-16 William E. 1881-1960 =(2) Violet and (4) Minnie
G-73 Boyd 1907-81 = (1) Ada
H-104 Thomas 1890-1932 =(3) Tina
H-135 Lee 1872-1956 =Mrs. Minnie GEE
J-18 B. Franklin 1883-1942 =Nellie
ANDREW JACKSON LEVALLEY FAMILY
Ancestry of Isaac
Andrew Jackson LeValley (b. 1826, reportedly the son of Isaac) ran away from New York state in 1841, and eventually settled at Alma Nebraska. Censuses show that Peter's grandsons Christopher and Cook each had unnamed grandsons of Isaac's age in New York. A connection is likely.
ERSKIN LEVALLEY FRAGMENT
Ancestry of Erskin
Erskin LeValley (b. 1824 NY, d. 1875 Charter Oak IA) m. Mary Ann RAU (dau. Valentine, b. 1824 Bethlehem PA). She had apparently reverted to her maiden name after giving birth to two daughters named BOYER. One notation refers to him as John. This has led to speculation that his name might have been John Erskin LeValley, and that he might have been the missing younger son of John S. LeValley--see Peter>Cook above.
CHARLES F. LEVALLEY FAMILY OF RI
Ancestry of Charles F.
Charles F. LeValley, born c. 1860 at Warwick RI was Catholic, and therefore probably unrelated to the Peter LeValley family. By the 1880s, lots of French-Canadian LaValley families were drifting down to work in the textile mills, but officials had gotten used to recording the LeValley spelling.
NAPOLEON LEVALLEY FAMILY OF RI
Ancestry of Alexander
Napoleon LeValley (reportedly the son of Alexander) was in Providence RI by 1911. His
mother was Canadian; probably the whole family was.
VALCARTIER LEVALLEY FAMILY
Further details from
the Isle of
Laurens LeVallee and his wife Jeanne LE COCQ (1588-1671) are the earliest known ancestors of this line on the Isle of Alderney in the Channel Islands.
Among the Alderney records are possible candidates for ancestors of Peter LeValley and other LeValley families:
Laurens' oldest son Pierre m. Perotine PEZET (1590-1671). No descendants mentioned.
Francois LeVallee (1603-1703) m. Marie DUPLAIN and had two sons, but no known grandsons.
Simon LeVallee (d. 1667) m. Jeanne DUPLAIN and had one surviving son.
Nicolas LeVallee (d. 1671) was son of Laurens, son of Guayrand. No descendants known.
Jean LeVallee (d. before 1667) m. Marie LE COCQ. They were probably parents of the brothers:
Menuel (1620-1690) m. twice. Only daughters known.
Thomas (1626-1703) m. Colette DUPLAIN (d. 1687). Two sons, one with grandchildren.
Descendants of the
Daniel LeValley of Alderney sailed to Valcartier, Quebec in 1828. His son Daniel moved to the US, and was probably the Daniel of Bucksport ME, who had sons Charles R. 1844- and Benjamin 1849- . Did they have children?
PROSPER LEVALLEY FAMILY
Ancestry of Prosper
Dr. Prosper "Pete" LeValley of St. Simon, Quebec went to Africa before settling in the vicinity of Red Bank NJ by 1853. He m. Elizabeth FLEIGHT.
VICTOR LEVALLEY FAMILY
Ancestry of Victor
Victor LeValley (reportedly b. in Canada in 1864--though that date appears too late) was in Bay City MI in 1927--perhaps as early as the 1880s. He m. Elizabeth LA CHAPELLE and had several children.
Daughters of Victor
Leah, Emma, and Anna were later referred to as Mrs. MARIN of L'Anse MI, Mrs. SILVON of L'Anse, and Mrs. SHELTRAW of Detroit. Which first name went with which last name is still unsolved.
COLDWATER ORPHANAGE LINE
Ancestry of Carrol
Shortly before 1900, Pony LeValley of Iron Mountain MI left three orphaned sons who were adopted out to different families from the Coldwater MI orphanage. His name seems curious, and could be wrong. The oldest son used his adoptive name, Fred WOODS. The second son, Carrol LeValley, has many descendants. The fate of the third son is unknown.
THE LEVALLY/LEVALLEY FAMILY OF XENIA OH
Ancestry of Joseph
Joseph LeVally Sr. (note the different spelling) moved in 1811 from Hardy County (West) Virginia to the area of Xenia OH. There may well be a connection to the John LeVally who immigrated to Frederica GA in 1736, then headed up into the Carolinas with his son John.
Descendants of Joseph
Little is known of the family of Joseph Jr.
Joseph Jr. 1797-
Sabina c.1820- =Lewis STREET
Sarah c.1823- =Joshua McCAIN
Ancestry of the many
Jacob LeValley (grandson of Joseph Sr.) has several descendants in Springfield OH. But the telephone book contains a lot more LeValley households who have not been linked.
Oklahoma and Texas
Steven E. 1899- settled at Wynnewood OK, and married twice. Any descendants?
His nephew Stephen P. 1922-90 lived in Houston TX, and married several times. Names of two children are known, but nothing else.
A more distant cousin, Lawrence O. 1932- m. Janet, lived in San Antonio TX, and had five children whose names are unknown.
THE GEORGE LEVALLY FRAGMENT
Ancestry of George
George LeVally (sometimes spelled LeValley) was in Nashville IL by 1840. The spelling and the 1826 birth of his son in Ohio mean he probably was connected to the Xenia bunch. Joseph Sr. did have a son George (c.1790-1887), but with totally different descendants. Could the two Georges have been cousins?
George LeVally c.1794-
Mary c.1814-Hiram ROBERTS
Milley c.1823- =T.W.G. MAUSKER
Elizabeth c.1825- =Samuel FARMER
William H. 1826- =Sarah JORDAN
Can anyone supply the missing names?
Descendants of J. Riley
George's grandson, J. Riley LeValley 1851-1934 m. Catharine LYONS. A daughter born in 1878 was their fourth child. No names are known.
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