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Leavengood Family

of Northumberland, Union and Snyder County's, Pennsylvania

I started this research with the intent of finding the ancestors for Jacob Leavengood b. October 12, 1809, in what is presently Chapman Twp., Snyder County, PA. This area was originally part of Mahantango Township, Mahantango had been erected in 1795, when in Northumberland County. About 1815,the Levengood land was in Washington Twp., Union Co. and after the census in 1820, Chapman was formed in Snyder, County and the Levengood land was in this portion. So the family is listed as being in three different counties depending on when the documents were recorded. The original Levengood ancestor of this family to immigrate to the United States was Jacob Levengood (Lowengut, Livingood, Lavergood, etc.) There are varying accounts of his origination, and his family's revolutionary war service, I will list them below with their sources. The sources all agree that he had two brothers and that 'Indians' killed one of them during a war. (I have yet to determine if it was the revolutionary war or the war of 1812.) I have ordered the military records and will update as soon as I receive them, in the meantime, the military information I do have is listed in the next section.

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1. From a family narrative given to me by Don Leavengood, which he believes to have been composed by his Great Grandfather Benjamin C. Leavengood and then handed down to his grandfather, father and then to himself. To see the whole narrative click here.

Jacob Lowengut was born close to Marborg, (Marburg) Hesse, in Germany about the year 1754. He lived in his native country until he was about 10 years of age, when tiring of his occupation "as Tender of Poultry" Boylike, he ran away and embarked on a vessel as a stowaway for the New World. After his arrival in this country at Philadelphia, he was bound or practically for a term of years to pay for his passage across the ocean, amounting to $40.00. This required several years to pay. But after reaching manhood he bought or entered a two hundred acre tract of land in what was originally called Northumberland Co. Pennsylvania, but later was subdivided, and a portion now called Snyder county. The cost of this land was recording and surveying fees and frequently the lines then ran by the surveyor was not straight but with reference to taking in the most desirable land. During the Revolutionary war, Jacob Leavengood took a prominent part, as did two other brothers who emigrated here later than he; and while detailed as "Guard of Provisions" to be carried to the Patriots of our Revolution, his brother Peter (probably supposed to read John) was ambushed and killed by Indians.

2. Biographical and historical record of Adams and Wells counties, Indiana. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1887. pp. 758-759. Biography of Peter C. Leavengood, grandson of this Jacob. To see the whole narrative click here.

His grandfather, Jacob Leavengood, was born in Germany, and with his wife settled in Union County, Pennsylvania, near the Susquehanna River, during the latter part of the seventeenth century. He, with his brothers John and Fiedel and their sisters, were sold from the ship in which they crossed the ocean, to pay their passage money. Jacob was married before the war of 1812. (Actually before 1780) He and his brother John served during that war, and during its progress John was killed and scalped by the Indians. Twice during their early life in Pennsylvania Jacob had to flee with his wife across the Susquehanna, where there were more settlers, in order to save their lives from the prowling savages. These savages were hostile, and frequently murdered and robbed the early settlers.

3. History of Tioga County, Pennsylvania, with Illustrations, Portraits, & Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals (1883), (New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., Press of George MacNamara), pp. 191-199.

This is another reference to Jacob's brother John that was killed by 'Indians'. The subject of this bio is the son of John, nephew of Jacob.

John Levegood sen., one of the pioneer settlers of Liberty, was born in the southern portion of Pennsylvania. His father was killed by the Indians. John Levegood sen. was one of the twelve men who each received a donation of fifty acres of land from the Academy of Philadelphia to induce them to settle on its lands in Liberty in 1814-16. He was a brickmaker and shoemaker. His wife was Elizabeth Harpster, of Bethlehem, Northampton county, Pa, They had six children: Jacob, George, John, Martin, Fannie (wife of Michael Kehler) and Mary (wife of Rev. Henry Keagle). Mr. Levegood added largely to the original fifty acres, and cleared a large farm. He died in 1867 at an advanced age.

4. Posting by John A. Livingood

John, Jacob, and Fiedel LEVENGOOD, who came to America aboard "??," and arrived in Philadelphia about 1765 and settled near Quarryville in Lancaster County, PA. John apparently returned to Europe, married, and returned with his bride on the Ship "Charming Bell" in 1773. John was later killed by Indians leaving his widow, Mary Ann with three young sons. One of those sons, John Jr., settled in a tract known as the "Block House". It was a rugged outpost in what is now Tioga County, PA, near the New York State Border. Later, this settlement became known as "Liberty". [Information provided by John A. LIVINGOOD]

Email message from John A. Livingood

Two brothers, John and Jacob Levengood immigrated to Pennsylvania about 1765. They apparently settled in Lancaster County somewhere near Quarryville which was then known as Barr's Quarry. John returned to Europe in 1772 and returned the following year with his bride. They had three sons, Jacob born 14 Dec. 1774, John, Jr. born 26 Aug 1776, died 1867, and George born 27 Oct. 1779 and died 1850. According to family tradition, John, Sr. was killed by Indians while serving in the Continental Army. Son Jacob married in 1799 or 1800 to Christine Echart. They had 7 children, Mary, George, Elizabeth, Jacob (born 1806), Rachel, Rose Ann, and John. Around 1805 Jacob and his family migrated to Coshocton County Ohio. The family began using the spelling of "Lavengood". Most of the family apparently remained in Coshocton County, but part of the family moved on and settled in Indiana. George, who was born in 1802, had married Barbara Brickle. In 1863 George died from a broken back suffered in a fall from a wagon and Barbara moved her family on to Indiana. By the way, this Jacob met his death in a sawmill accident where he worked.

Link to Letters of Administration for Jacob Livingoods estate.

Index reading Letters of Administration, Union Co. Date: 8/6/1822 Decedent: Jacob Levingood, Chapman Twp. Letters to: Christrian Levingood and Jacob Hoffer Sureties: Adam Stahl and Jacob Raigle

Military Records

Pennsylvania Archives, Volume 4, Fifth Series

Deprecation Pay

Lists on page 263- Levergood, Jacob, private. Levingood, Jacob, private Page 333- Lebengood, George, private

Continental Line Page 684- Levingood, Fught, private. Levinguth, George, private. Livingood, Jacob, private.

Military Information from "The Snyder County Pioneers, Charles Adam Fisher, Selinsgrove, 1938

JACOB LIVINGOOD, SENIOR was assessed with 100 acres of land and personal property in Douglass Township, Berks County, PA, in 1766 and 1767. About 1773, he came to what is now the southern section of Snyder County, and was assessed there for the first time about 1776. From 1781 to 1787, he was taxed with 100 acres and personal property. Jacob, Senior, died in Penn Township in 1794. Jacob, Jr., Feight, John and Peter, may all have been his sons, if not sons, relatives. One or more men of the name of Jacob Livingood served in the Northumberland County Militia. It is possible that Jacob, Sr., as well as Jacob, Jr., served in the forces from Northumberland County. Letters of administration in his estate were granted to Peter Livingood (probably a son) on November 18, 1794. John Cummings and Deitrick Stonebraker were sureties for the administrator. His children were: Peter, Elizabeth Crawford, Rebecca Bachman, Jacob, Jr., Catherine, Polly and Esther.

JACOB LIVINGOOD, JUNIOR, was assessed in Penn Township before 1790. In 1796 when Mahantango Township was formed from the lower part of Penn Township, he was assessed with 100 acres of land, personal property, and a sawmill. In 1790 his family consisted of one male over and three under 16 years and four females. Jacob died in what is now Chapman Township of Snyder County in 1822. He served as a private in Captain Michael Weaver's Company of the Northumberland County Militia and Lieutenant Jacob Spees' Company of Rangers on the Frontier. Christian Livingood may have been one of his sons.

LIEUTENANT JOHN FEIGHT (or Velt or Felt) LIVINGOOD (also Livingood, Levengood, Lebengood, Lieberguth, etc.) may have been a son of Jacob Livingood, Sr. who died in Penn Township in 1794. Feight was assessed in Penn Township for the first time in 1776. In 1781, he was assessed with 400 acres of land and personal property. In May and June of 1780, he was a private in Leiutenant in Captain Jacob Spees' Company of Rangers, at another time he wasd a Lieutenant in Captain John Snyder's Company, all of which were organizations of the Northumberland County Militia. George was his son.

GEORGE LIVINGOOD was granted a warrant of survey for 100 acres of land in Northumberland (now Snyder County) on April 8, 1774. He was assessed in Penn Township for the first time in 1776. It is said that he died in Penn Township in February 1781. He was a son of John Velt Livingood. George served as a private in Captain John Moll's Company of the Northumberland County Militia. On November 16, 1773, he married Anna Maria, daughter of Henry Werner, Tulpehocken Township. Their children were: Jacob, John, and George.

JOHN LIVINGOOD is supposed to have been a son of Jacob Livingood, Sr. He lived in Penn Township as early as 1776. In 1790 his family consisted of one male over and three under 16 years, and three females. In 1796 when Mahantango Township was formed from the lower part of Penn Township, he was assessed there. On January 30, 1777, he was a private in Captain Benjamin Weiser's Company of the German Regiment, Continental Line, stationed at Philadelphia, PA.

Family of Jacob Levengood

The relationship of the Jacob Livingood Sr. and that of the Jacob Livingood Jr. of the "The Snyder County Pioneers, Charles Adam Fisher, Selinsgrove, 1938" is unproven, the Jacob Jr. of this bio is the original ancestor of this line, but Jacob Sr. is probably not his father. The letters of administration for the Jacob Sr. of this book can be seen by clicking here and they do not list a son named Jacob. These Jacob's are most likely uncle and nephew.

The original Jacob of this family line was married to Marion Elizabeth Leiningem, probably in Northumberland county prior to the birth of their first child, Christian Levengood, born December 18, 1780.

Children of Jacob Levengood and Marion Elizabeth Leiningem

Christian Leavengood born December 18, 1780 in Chapman, Snyder, PA --used to be part of Mahantango Township, Union Co PA and was originally Northumberland Co. Married Elizabeth Keiser, 1805 in Northumberland, Co.

For the descendents of Christian and Elizabeth follow this link. http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SRCH&db=mickiw&surname=L

John Leavengood born Bet. 1780 - 1784

Catherine Leavengood born 1785; married Jacob Hoffer about 1805 in Mckees Half Falls, Snyder, Pennsylvania

Jacob Leavengood born Bet. 1784 - 1790

Elizabeth Leavengood born before 1790; married Burket

Mary Leavengood born before 1790; married Brown

Biography of Christian Leavengood

Christian Leavengood was born December 18, 1780 in Chapman, Snyder, PA --used to be part of Mahantango Township, Union Co PA and was originally Northumberland County. Christian married Elizabeth Keiser, about 1805 in Northumberland, Co. The first census listing for him is found in 1820 and reads Christian Levigood, Union County, Washington Township, page 111. Sometime between 1820 to 1830 he moved his family to Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In the 1830 census he is listed as Christian Lavagood, Tuscarawas Co. Sugar Creek Township, page 78.

From the Leavengood family narrative "Christian Leavengood emigrated to Tuscarawas Co. Ohio in 1812 (did not actually move until after 1820, unless he went back and forth) and pre-empted 160 acres of land on Sugar Creek bottom, for which he paid $1.25 per acre and was given a patent therefor in 1813. His occupation was farming and Blacksmithing. He was married to Elizabeth Keiser in Northumberland Co. Penn. in 1805 who emigrated with him to Ohio and shared his joys and sorrows until death, April 30th 1868, aged 80 years 3 months and 25 days. The husband followed her April 7 1870, aged 89 years 3 months and 19 days. To this union was born the following children: Mary born June 21st, 1807, Elizabeth born Sept. 22 1808; John Jacob born Oct 12 1809; (should read Jacob John) John born Jan 8th 1811; Susanna born July 8th 1814; Peter born May 10th 1824; George born March 20th 1827. Mary married Jacob Stall. Elizabeth married Abraham Deitz. Susanna married Jacob Lehman. Catherine married George Pershing. Daniel Leavengood was born near Shaneville Tuscarawas Co Ohio on February 20th 1819 and was reared on a farm owned by father. (Daniel was actually born on this date but he was born while the family was still in PA and his birth is recorded at the Dreisbch Lutheran and Reformed Church in present day Snyder County.

From the biography of Peter. C. Leavengood son of Christian.

"At the age of eighteen years Christian began to learn the blacksmith's trade, and later took charge of his employer's shop. Previous to his marriage he built a shop on his father's farm, where he worked at the forge for many years, quitting it in later life to take charge of the ancestral homestead. On this farm their nine children were born-Mary, Elizabeth, Jacob, John, Susanna, Daniel, Catherine, Peter C. and George. In 1830 the family removed to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, where Christian had bought land before the Indians left that county. Only three houses had been built in New Philadelphia, the county seat of that county, when he made his purchase, and one of these he helped to put the rafters upon. When he selected these lands Indians yet had their cabins in the woods, and he slept in their deserted wigwams. The parents died on this farm, the father at the age of ninety years, and the mother at the age of seventy-nine years. All their children were married before their death, and all are living in Ohio except our subject and his sister Mary, who married Jacob Stahe (Stahl) in Pennsylvania previous to the removal of the family to Ohio. Elizabeth married Abram Deitz; Jacob married Susanna Stahl; John became the husband of Margaret Homer; Susanna married Jacob Lehmann; Daniel married Mary Lowrey; Catherine became the wife of George Peshing; George married Magdalene Forney, and Peter C. married Martha A. Zimmerlee, daughter of Jacob and Clara (Brown) Zimmerlee, of this county."

In the 1840 census Christian Leavengood is listed as Christian Laragood, Tuscarawas Co. Sugar Creek Twp page 368.

In the 1850 census Christian Leavengood is listed as Christian Lovegood, Tuscarawas Co. Auburn Twp, page 63.

Biography of Jacob J. Leavengod

Jacob John Leavengood was born October 12, 1809 in Chapman, Snyder, PA --used to be part of Mahantango Township, Union Co PA and was originally Northumberland. His father was Christian Levengood and his mother was Elizabeth Keiser. Jacob J. Leavengood married Susanah Stahl, born May 9, 1811, in Snyder, PA. She was the daughter of Adam Stahl and Eve Susanna Albright, both of PA.

Jacob and Susanah accompanied his father Christian to Tuscarawas County and in 1835 they bought land in Crawford Township, Coshocton County. The land deed information is as follows: Accession/Serial #: OH0450__.211 BLM Serial #: OH NO S/N State: OHIO Patentee Name: JACOB LAVENGOOD Document #: 5737 Certificate 5737 reads, Whereas Jacob Lavengood of Tuscarawas County Ohio has deposited in the general land office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office of Zanesville whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Jacob Lavengood according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th April, 1820 entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands", for the North East quarters of the North East quarters, of Section Sixteen, in Township Seven, of Range 5, of the unappropriated lands in the military district, subject to sale at Zanesville, Ohio, containing 40 acres."

Susannah Stahl Leavengood died October 9, 1878, and Jacob remarried Eve Reagle before 1880.

Jacob Leavengood is listed in the 1840 census for Crawford Township, Coshocton County on page 392 as Jacob Levengood

In the 1880 Census Crawford Twp. Coshocton, OH. pg 49B the following information is found- Jacob Leavengood 70yrs, retired farmer, born in PA, both parents born in PA wife-(his 2nd) Eve Leavengood, 66yrs, housewife, born in PA, both parent born in PA

"County and Family Histories: OH, 1780-1970", Page #262-263 Bio of Jacob J. Leavengood-grandson of Jacob J. Leavengood "Jacob Leavengood, who was one of the early settlers of that township, coming to Ohio from Pennsylvania. The work of development still largely lay in the future, but the county offered good opportunities because of the rich land and climate favorable to the production of various cereals and fruits. Much of the territory embraced within the borders of the county was still government property and Jacob Leavengood, Sr., purchased eighty acres of land from the government for one dollar and sixty-five cents per acre. On this he built a log cabin in the midst of the forests, and there, amid The wild scenes and environments of pioneer life, John Leavengood was reared, early becoming familiar with the arduous task of developing new land and transforming a forest region into productive fields."