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Francis W. Levan


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Born 11/29/1875

Died 4/20/1965

Burial Date 4/24/1965

Francis W. Levan

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Services for Francis W. Levan, 89, who died April 20 in Berks Heim, will be held Saturday at 1:30 p. m. from the Fritz and Kendall Funeral Home, Kutztown. The Rev. Robert F. Harting will officiate. Burial will be in Hope cemetery.

Born in Lenhartsville, a son of the late William and Mary (Stump) Levan, he was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Kutztown.
His wife Mary A. (Moyer) Levan and a daughter, Mary, wife of Angle Wilcox, Dover, N. J., preceded him in death. Surviving are a daughter, Helen L., wife of Elmer F. Greene, Fountain Hill, five grandchildren and two sisters. Mrs. Alice Schlenker and Mrs. Annie Hunsicker, both of Hamburg.
Patriot, April 22, 1965

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LEVAN, FRANCIS W.1066 Surnames: LEVAN, ZINZENDORF, SCHLENKER, LEIBY, BAST, BILLICH, KEIM, GRAVER, REITZ, GRAHAM, STUMP, SEIDEL, HEINLY, GRIFFITH, FINK, KRAUSE, MOYER

Francis W. Levan a well-known young business man of Kutztown, Berks county, who has been engaged in the droving business for some years, was also well-known as the proprietor for some time of the "Black Horse Hotel." Mr. Levan was born Nov. 29, 1875, at Lenhartsville, Berks county.

Jacob Levan, the immigrant ancestor of this family, came to America in 1717 with his two brothers. The Levans were French Huguenots, and the father of the immigrants was driven out of France because of his religious belief.

Jacob Levan became the owner of large tracts of land in and around Kutztown, his residence being at the old Levan Mill, near Eagle Point. He was a man of great prominence, was a judge of Berks county for ten years, and during the French and Indian war was directed by the English to provision Fort Allen. In 1742 he was visited by Count Zinzendorf, the distinguished Lutheran missionary, who preached from the balcony of the old mill to a large concourse of people.

Sebastian Levan, elder son of the immigrant, was the most distinguished man in all northeastern Berks, serving as a Colonel in the Revolutionary war, and as a member of the Committee of Safety, and of the Executive Council. He lived on the old mill homestead.

Jacob Levan (2), son of Jacob the immigrant, died in middle life, and is buried in the old graveyard on the David Levan farm. He had children: Jacob, Daniel, John and Maria. Of these, John Levan, son of Jacob (2), had these children: Daniel, who lived in Whitehall, Lehigh county; Gideon, who lived near Kutztown, Pennsylvania.; John, who lived in Maxatawny township; Samuel, who lived in Zanesville, Ohio; David, who died on the old homestead; Harrison; Perry, who lived in Kutztown; six daughters; and one son, Benjamin, who died in infancy.

Harrison Levan, son of John and grandfather of Francis W., was born in Maxatawny township in 1812, and is the oldest citizen in that township. He came to Lenhartsville when a young man, and has been a resident and agriculturist thereof all of his life. In his advanced years Mr. Levan is very active and spry, and is still able to dance a "jig," which he occasionally does to the intense delight of his friends. To him and his wife Maria were born: James m. Judith Schlenker; Jacob m. Sally Leiby; John m. Isabella Bast; Daniel resides at Findlay, Ohio; William B. is the father of Francis W.; Francis m. Missouri Billich; Frederick m. Ellen Keim; Alvin m. Valaria Graver; Mary. m. John Reitz; and Hettie m. James Graham. William B. Levan, son of Harrison, a well-known drover of Lenhartsville, was born on the farm on which he now resides. He is extensively engaged in the cattle business, handling every year about 3,000 head, and also owns several valuable properties near Lenhartsville. He married Mary Stump, of Greenwich township, and to them were born the following children: Sallie m. Wilson Seidel; Wallace R. m. Ellen Heinly; Wilson M. m. Ellen Griffith; Francis W.; Alice M. m. Samuel Fink; Mamie m. Elwood G. Krause; and Annie is single. Francis W. Levan was educated in the common schools of his native village, and in his boyhood days assisted his father in the cattle business, which he has followed ever since, except in the spring and summer of 1906, when he was proprietor of the "Black Horse Hotel, Kutztown." Although a young man, Mr. Levan has through thrift and economy accumulated some valuable property, and has a residence on Noble street, Kutztown. On Nov. 3, 1901, Mr. Levan married Mamie A. Moyer, daughter of William L. and Susan (Seidel) Moyer, and two children have been born to them, Helen Marie and Mary Susanna.

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