VARIOUS LEVALLEY FAMILIES AND THEIR LOCATIONS
There are about 600 LeValleys now living in in the United States (not counting the far more numerous LaValleys). They fall into at least eleven distinct families, which are not closely related. All but two of those families are tiny. For many years, these groups have been sharing their information. All are welcome to post notices on the LeValley list. But if you know which of the family you are discussing, it would be very helpful if you indicated that at the beginning of your subject line. Examples:
Who did Peleg's widow
Xenia: Ohio Civil War pensions
TRACEABLE TO RHODE ISLAND
LeValley was in
MA by 1718, then moved to Warwick RI
in 1727. Two-thirds of the LeValleys in America are descended from him. In
the settlement list below, his lines are further designated by which of his nine
surviving grandsons they branched out from:
Peter Sr. 1728-1818 (distinct from his cousin Peter Jr.)
Christopher c.1746-c.76 (Paul LeValley's ancestor)
John Jr. c.1757-c.1805
Peter Jr. c.1758-1828 (distinct from his cousin Peter Sr.)
(If this is your group, you can click here for sources of documentation.)
JACKSON LeValley (born
1826, the son of Isaac) ran away from
New York state in 1841, and eventually settled at Alma Nebraska. Censuses show that
Peter's grandsons Christopher and Cook each had unnamed grandsons of
Isaac's age in New York. But unexpected DNA results have us scrambling for answers right now.
F. LeValley, born c.
1860 at Warwick RI was Catholic, and
unrelated to the Peter LeValley family. By the 1880s, lots of
French-Canadian LaValley families were drifting down to work in the textile
mills, but officials had gotten used to recording the LeValley spelling.
LeValley (son of
was in Providence RI by 1911. His
mother was Canadian; probably the whole family was.
TRACEABLE TO CANADA
VALCARTIER: Daniel LeValley was born in Alderney in the Channel Islands--where the records have recently been found going back five more generations. Click here for details. He sailed to Valcartier, Quebec in 1828. Part of his family stayed there, and eventually switched to the Canadian LaVallee spelling. Others moved to America and kept the original spelling. A contact person is needed.
PROSPER LeValley of St. Simon, Quebec went to Africa before settling at Red Bank NJ by 1853. For records of this family, click here. Contact person: Charles L. LeValley, 391 Rabbit Run Road, Carleton, MI 48117.
Valley (son of
Godfrey) moved around 1875 from Vankleek Hill, Ontario to Ionia MI
where the LeValley spelling was already established. He gave up on correcting everybody.
LeValley (b. 1864,
in Canada) was in Bay City MI in 1927. Contact person: Elmyra
TRACEABLE ONLY TO THE MIDWEST
Sr. (note the different spelling) moved in 1811
from Hardy County (West) Virginia to the area of Xenia OH. The little family
booklet about coming over with Lafayette is not accurate. Rather, there is
probably a connection to the John LeVally who immigrated to Frederica GA in
1736, then headed up into the Carolinas. Many descendants switched to the
LeValley spelling, and they now account for about one-sixth of the people with
that name. Contact person: Marc LaValley <JMToby@aol.com>
This large group
has temporarily been divided into three parts:
Part 1--Descendants of Joseph's son George. For a report on this part, click here.
Part 2--Descendants of Joseph's grandson Jacob (son of John)
Part 3--Descendants of John's other sons: William, John Jr., Lewis, and Joseph W.
LeValley) was in Nashville IL by 1840.
The spelling and the 1826 birth of his son in Ohio mean he probably was
connected to the Xenia bunch. No living descendants are known.
1900, Pony LeValley of Iron Mountain MI left
three orphaned sons who were adopted out to different families from the
Coldwater MI orphanage. For letters from and about this family, click here. A contact person is needed.
For a DNA report on these families, click here.
If you want more information on spelling variants, you can click here.
the small groups may be
from the larger families. If you are trying to connect to a loose
end from the Peter LeValley family, you can click
MAJOR SETTLEMENTS OF THE LEVALLEYS
Be aware that there has been much criss-crossing of paths in New York, Michigan, and Iowa--and now in California.
Mendocino County--Peter>Peter Jr.
Sonoma County--Peter>Peter Jr.
Ventura County--Peter>Peter Jr.
Delta County--Peter>Peter Jr.
Chicago--Peter>Christopher & Xenia>pt. 1
Jay County--Xenia>pt. 3
Knightstown--Xenia>pt. 2 & 3
Black Hawk County--Peter>Benjamin
Monroe County--Peter>Peter Jr.
Wichita--Peter>Cook & Xenia>pt. 2
New Bedford--Charles F.
Detroit--Victor & Coldwater
Grand Rapids--Xenia>pt. 3 & Coldwater
Ionia--Peter>John Jr. & Joseph
Owosso--Peter>Christopher & Peter>John Jr.
Oneida County--Peter>John Jr. & Peter>Peleg
Schoharie County--Peter>Peleg & Peter>Cook
White Plains--Peter>Peter Sr.
Dayton--Peter>Christopher & Xenia>pt. 2
Shelby County--Peter>Peter Jr.
Van Wert--Xenia>pt. 1
Xenia--Xenia>pt. 2 & 3
Coventry--Peter>Peter Sr. & Peter>Caleb
Providence--Peter>Peter Sr. & Napoleon
Warwick--Peter>Peter Sr. & Charles F. & Napoleon
San Antonio--Xenia>pt. 3
Hardy Co. [now in West Virginia]--Xenia
Walla Walla--Peter>Peter Sr.
Caledonia Springs, Ontario--Joseph
Vankleek Hill, Ontario--Joseph
If your family's locations match any from the Peter LeValley family, you can click here for more details.
You also might check the names and locations in the Social Security Death Index.
are places named after LeValleys.
If you still haven't found your family, there may be other ways to go about it. If you know the names of any of the families who married into the LeValleys, you can try these two lists of surnames:
LeValley has come down
your family as a middle name, you could try this list:
LeValley as a first or middle name
There is still another way to check, if one of your LeValley ancestors happened to be a veteran.
If all else fails, you might want to check these false leads, to make sure you are not on a wrong trail altogether.
also a very few fragments
of information on black LeValley families.
Once you have found your family, you might want to check out the abbreviated family trees.
way, somebody on the
with nothing better to do has figured out that LeValley is the 23,653rd
most common surname in the United States. I can't vouch for that
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