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LEAVITT Thomas Biography

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  • Title LEAVITT Thomas Biography 
    Short Title LEAVITT Thomas Biography 
    Publisher From http://www.leavittfamily-nalf.org/ 
    Source ID S1062 
    Text Thomas Leavitt
    Thomas arrived in New Hampshire from England about 1637, living first in Exeter and then in Hampton. He married Elizabeth, about whom little is known, and then, in 1644 he married Isabella Bland, widow of Francis Asten and daughter of Joshua and Joanna Bland. An article by Thomas' great great grandson in the Granite Monthly, vol. 25 states that Thomas came from Lincolnshire, England. Thomas' name is first found in public papers of Exeter where histories state that he signed the so-called "Combination" in 1639. The society called "The Combination" disintegrated soon after Thomas moved to Hampton.
    Thomas moved to Hampton in 1643 and was a soldier at Oyster River in 1695. N.H.P.P. vol. 1 states "Thomas Leavitt signed with others a petition for the Province of N.H. to the Governor" (note spelling).
    Thomas and Isabella had four children, all boys. The eldest, Hezron, married Martha Taylor in 1667 and had eight children. The second son, Aretas, married Ruth Sleeper in 1679 and had six children that survived to maturity. The two younger sons, John and James, also married but left no male heirs.
    Thomas also had a son,
    Thomas, said to be the son of his first wife. This son moved to Portland, Maine. History of Portland, part 2, page 7, published in 1833 says: "Among the 25 people killed by the 500 Indians and French was Thomas Leavitt and his family in August 1703.
    There is no record of burial of Thomas or his wife but it is presumed they lie in the old Pine Grove Cemetery in Hampton. A boulder with a bronze tablet was erected for Thomas in this cemetery by the National Association of Leavitt Families in 1937.
    The line of Thomas and his 2 sons, who had descendants, is contained in one volume and is available for purchase. Please contact the NALF for more information. 
    Linked to Aretas LEVETT
    Hezron LEVETT
    James LEVETT
    John LEVETT
    Thomas LEVETT
    Family/Spouse: Hezron LEVETT / Martha TAYLOR
    Family/Spouse: Aretas LEVETT / Ruth SLEEPER 

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