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Name Percival (2) Levett627,220
Birth 1580, Beverly, Yorkshire, England
Death 16 DEC 1646/1647, Hingham, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Occupation Merchant In York, England627
Father Percival Levett (1560-1625)
Mother Elizabeth Rotherforth (1561-?)
Misc. Notes
Ancestral File number: 84SJ-MH also spelled Leavit

It seems quite a few Leavitt/Levett/Levet/Levitt web sites link Percival as the father of John Leavitt, who went to Dorchester and Hingham, MA. However, there is apparently no solid, original source material to verify this link. A message on the Leavitt Leavitt Forum from 2009 says there is no documentation to unambiguously link John Leavitt back to a family in England.628

An article in the NEHGR on the origins of Thomas Levet, who emigrated to Exeter and Hampton, NH examines the family of Percival Levett in considerable detail.627 While it lists the children of Percival’s father, also named Percival, it merely states that Percival “Jr.”, a merchant of York, had nine children, none named Thomas. This Levett line, including Percival, was from Bolton Percy in Yorkshire. The other Levett line, from which the article concludes that Thomas of New Hampshire originated, was from Melton and Normanton, in a different part of Yorkshire.

The article briefly discusses John Leavitt of Hingham, MA and his origins. It concludes that there is no connection between John and the two Yorkshire lines of Levetts, and suggests that he may have come from another line of Levitts in Essex. That line is discussed in another NEHGR article.629 The wills of William Levett and his wife Margaret of Messing, Essex, (near Colchester) mention their sons Isaac, Richard, John, and William. William’s (Sr.) will was dated 9 Oct 1626 and was proved on 15 Dec 1626. Margaret’s will was dated 15 Feb 1633 and proved on 9 March 1633. Thus, simply by dates, it woud be possible for their son John to be the same as the John Leavitt of Hingham. Perhaps examination of parish registers for York and Messing might resolve this question.

The connection between Percival and John is being retained, with the understanding that there is currently no proof for it.
Marriage 1607, Prob, Beverly, Y, England
Spouse Margaret Linkley220
Birth 1589, Beverly, Yorkshire, England
Death ?
Misc. Notes
Ancestral File number: 8MGC-5D
1 M John Leavitt220
Birth abt 1608225,621
Death 20 Nov 1691225
Death Memo aged 83
Spouse Sarah Gilman
Marriage 16 Dec 1646, Hingham, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
Spouse Mary Lovitt
2 M Joseph Levett220
Birth 1609, Beverly, Yorkshire, England621
Death ? , Unknown
Death Memo Unparsed GEDCOM data:, 2 DATE Dead
3 F Sarah Levett220
Birth 1611, Yorkshire, England621
Death 20 Nov 1691, Unknown
Baptism 29 Nov 1616, All Saints Pavement, York, York, England
4 F Elizabeth Levett220
Birth 1612, Beverly, Yorkshire, England621
Death ? , Unknown
Death Memo Unparsed GEDCOM data:, 2 DATE Dead
5 M Benjamin Levett220
Birth 1614, Beverly, Yorkshire, England621
Death ? , Unknown
Baptism 12 Jul 1632, St.mchl-Le-Belf, York, England
6 M Samuel Levett220
Birth 1615, Beverly, Yorkshire, England621
Death ? , Unknown
7 F Abigail Levett220
Birth 1616, Beverly, Yorkshire, England621
Death ? , Unknown
Baptism 27 Sep 1614, All Saints, York, York, England
8 F Mary Levett220
Birth 1617, Yorkshire, England621
Death ? , Unknown
9 F Martha Levett220
Birth 1620, Beverly, Yorkshire, England621
Death ? , Unknown
Baptism 11 Jun 1630, St.mchl-Le-Belf, York, England
Last Modified 13 Sep 2011 Created 6 Dec 2014 using Reunion for Macintosh

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