Biography of John L. Levisee
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies

JOHN L. LEVISEE is one of the comparatively few men born so far back as 1809. He is the oldest man in and one of the earliest pioneers of Townsend township, Sandusky county, having located there on October 29, 1831. His parents were Aaron and Anna (Lyon) Levisee.

James Levisee, his paternal grandfather, was born in Connecticut, and went from there to New Jersey. He had two sons: Aaron Levisee, born in New Jersey, July 9, 1774, and John. During their younger days these brothers followed the sea. While their vessel was lying off the coast of South America, a number of the crew were stricken with yellow fever, including the brothers, Aaron and John. When they reached New York, John died in the hospital there, but Aaron survived, although all his hair fell out, leaving him entirely bald. In 1798 Aaron Levisee was united in marriage with Anna Lyon, who was born in Massachusetts, and their children were: Almeda, born August 1, 1799; Avelina, June 21, 1801; Thankful, July 15, 1803; Eliza Ann, May 6, 1806; John L. and Sarah L., July 4, 1809; two who died in infancy; Sophia, born February 14, 1815; Emma, born March 24, 1818; and Aaron Burton, born March 18, 1821. Of these, the survivors are: John L., the subject of this sketch; Emma, widow of William Fuller, of Townsend township, Sandusky township; and A. B. Levisee, of Clyde, Green Creek township, Sandusky county. Aaron Levisee, Sr., died June 18, 1828, in Allen, Allegany county, N. Y.; his widow died in 1845. Mrs. Levisee was a daughter of Thomas and Thankful Lyon.

John L. Levisee was born in Charleston, Ontario Co. (since Lima, Livingston Co.), N. Y., on the east bank of the Genesee river, and went with his parents to Allegany county in 1822. At the age of twenty two he left his native State to make him a home in the unbroken wilderness of northern Ohio. His mother and the other members of the family came in the following year. Of these sturdy pioneers, it could well be said: "There were giants in those days" giants in endurance, strength and courage. Here Mr. Levisee worked for five years, clearing and preparing a tract of land. At the end of that time he was united in marriage with Diana Stanley, who was born in Jefferson county, N. Y., October 25, 1810. They have the following named children: Sarah, born May 5, 1838; Anna, July 28, 1840; Elizabeth, October 27, 1842; Eliza, August 18, 1844; Mary Jane, October 23, 1846; Civilia, January 30, 1849; David, November 21, 1850; and Chauncey, May 23, Mrs. Levisee was a daughter of Asa and Anna Stanley, of York township, Sandusky county, and was a member of the Methodist Church; her death occurred July 4, 1855.

On November 15, 1866, Mr. Levisee again married, taking for his second wife Mrs. Statira E. (Cable) Reynolds, who was born in Lorain county, Ohio, June 7, 1830, a daughter of Shubael and Elizabeth Reynolds, and they had two children: Francis A., born August 12, 1868, and Willie, born July 12, 1870, and died December 14, 1870. In his younger days Mr. Levisee worked somewhat at the carpenter trade. He lives on the farm, which he cleared over sixty years ago, but retired from the active supervision of the place several years since, and his son Chauncey now has the management. Mr. Levisee is a Republican in politics, and in Church connection is a Universalist.

Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896

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