Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Leverette Brothers

History of Clinch County
Folks Huxford page 72

The Leverettes

In our post on the 1860 census and the Collins' of Clinch County, Georgia, their family of five - John, Elizabeth and three Collins boys - owned an 18 year old female slave.

Their property was worth $3000.00 and their assets, $2300.00. Their slave was a large part of their worth.

After the war on the 1870 census, John and Elizabeth, two of her sons, her sister, Ellen, her two daughters and Ellen's first grandchild, John Leverette live there. A 'mulatto' seven year old boy lived there, too.

They had no value in property and their personal wealth was $400.00.

Ellender (Bryan) Leverette

Ellender Bryan was born in 1827. She had two daughters with William Leverett between 1848 and 1850.

By the 1870 census she lived with John and Elizabeth Collins, her brother-in-law and sister in Clinch County, Georgia. So did her daughters, Sarah Elizabeth (known as Betty) 21 and Mary Ann Leverette, 19 years old.

Living with them were two young adult sons of Elizabeth (Bryan-Musgrove) Collins; Charles, 20 and James Musgrove, 18 years old.

One year old John Leverette and a seven year old 'mulatto' Collins boy lived there, too.

One Leverette descendant jokingly called it "The cat-house in Clinch County."

John Leverette

John and Lucy
(Williams) Leverette
John Leverette, born in 1869, is the child of twenty-one year old Elizabeth, known as Betty, Leverette.

The daughter of Ellen (Bryan) Leverette, Betty was epileptic when seizures were thought a mental disorder.

Her son,  John Leverette, also suffered from seizures.

Barred by law because of her condition, she never married.  Nevertheless, she went on to have two more sons and a daughter. The girl died in childhood.

John Leverette, one year old on the 1870 census, would marry my great great grandmother * (see relationship notes) , Lucy Williams. Her daughter, Macy would marry my great grandfather, Ed Musgrove.

This marriage lead a Leverette family researcher to a discovery.

Sam Leverette

Samuel Leverette

Samuel Leverette was born on December 25, 1873, in Clinch County, Georgia. He was the brother of John and the second child of Elizabeth Leverette.

One of his descendants researched her family history. She wrote a Leverette book and submitted Samuel Leverette's biography to the Folks Huxford Genealogy Society.

Her version of Samuel Leverette's story is in Folks Huxford's "Pioneers of Wiregrass" series,  Volume Nine.

Folks Huxford "Pioneers of Wiregrass"

Folks Huxford's "Pioneers of Wiregrass"
Volume IX page 292

Folks Huxford
Genealogist - Jurist - Historian - Baptist Minister
Lawyer - Public Servant - Journalist - Musician
"Judge (Folks) Huxford was a historian, author, and Clinch County Probate Judge. From early childhood, he had a keen interest in the pioneer families of South Georgia and spent much of his time going from home to home talking to these old pioneers and collecting their family histories. He kept copious notes on handwritten cards that formed the nucleus for his seven volumes of Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia as well as the additional four volumes published after his death."
Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc

Folks Huxford is buried in Clinch County, Georgia, where he'd served as a probate judge . Our research on Clinch County and our ancestors there draws heavily on his History of Clinch County, Georgia, published in 1916 and his "Pioneers of Wiregrass, Georgia" series.

Samuel Levrette's biography, submitted by his grand-daughter, Mary McCray, reveals the father of the Leverette boys was an unknown Musgrove boarding in a house their mother lived.

Charlie Leverette

Dolly (Strickland) and
Charlie Leverette with baby Marie

Charlie Leverette was born on March 1, 1881, in Pierce County, Georgia. Four years earlier his mother gave birth to a girl she named Ida, but the child died young.

Charlie married Dolly Strickland; they had two sons and one daughter. His wife died in childbirth at 26 years old.

Aunt Louise remembers her mother, Macy (Williams) Musgrove, caring for Charlie's infant while he was at work.

Betty Leverette

Betty Leverette's seizures worsened, aggravated
by increasing alcohol consumption. After Charlie was born she was committed to the Georgia State Mental Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia. She died there.

The Leverette family historian's research, next post.

NoteRelationships are expressed from the perspective of the grandchildren of Willis Edgar and Carrie (known as) Mae (Merritt) Musgrove. 

*Terms of relationship - grandmother, uncle, aunt, cousin, etc.  - are used here generically to include  relatives such as fourth great grandfathers, great grand uncles, second cousins twice removed, etc.

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