Updated August 2, 2011
ROOTS REPORT: "Preliminary Report on the Peter LeValley Family
of Warwick: Migrations out of Rhode Island," by Paul LeValley. Rhode Island
Roots, vol. 19, no. 4 (December 1993). pp. 102-111. (Copies available for
$3.50 from the treasurer of the R.I. Genealogical Society, Percival Kingsley,
2729 Elm Street, Dighton, MA 02715.) This is the only compiled family
information that has ever been published. Based on all of the sources below,
it traces the migration routes of Peter LeValley's grandsons and their
descendants through the early 20th century. It also points out unrelated
LeValley families, and known LeValley groups whose ancestry has not yet been
connected to any known immigrant ancestor. To read a streamlined and updated version,
LEVALLEY GENEALOGY. Ten folding charts and two computer discs
containing everything known about the descendants of Peter LeValley as
of 1999. Paul LeValley has the originals, several relatives have copies.
This information is available to relatives at cost ($5.00). Regular mailing
address can be found at the bottom of the LeValley home page. (If your
computer can't open WordPerfect 8, be sure to indicate the format you
FAMILY (copies in the R.I. Historical Society Library and Salt
City). Family tree on a long scroll compiled by Paul LeValley based on what was
known in 1971. It has since been completely superseded by the above.
(hand-written original in the Rhode Island Historical Society
Library, many typed copies around). Compiled by Louis Snow around 1890, this
is the most comprehensive early document showing the relationship of the various
branches. It forms the key to everything else. But it omits several branches
descended from John and Michael. To read it, click here.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY. The library has indexed its
standard genealogical works, as well as two huge miscellaneous local
collections--the Bates Collection and the Briggs Collection. Useful mainly on the
branches that stayed in Rhode Island.
(in her books The Greene Family and Its Branches, and
Huguenot Pedigrees, and papers in the R.I. Hist. Soc. Library and Salt Lake
City). CAUTION: Lora LaMance did a lot of sloppy guessing. She mixed
LeValleys with DeVolneys, Le Vallois, and de la Vals. Any LeValley information
traceable to her needs further proof.
THE FREEDOM QUEST TRILOGY by James F. LaValley, a descendant of
Peleg (Edgewater FL: Denlinger's Publishers, 2003. $12.95 per volume).
This is fiction with some basis in fact. In Freedom Voyage, the historic
LeValley brush with pirates is here transferred to fictional fourth and fifth
sons of the original Peter. (To sort out the relationships, consult false
leads.) Action takes place in the West Indies, where no LeValley is known
to have gone. Freedom Venture adds little on actual family history.
Freedom Valor follows Peleg to Schoharie County NY. These are
known as Christian novels.
Descendants of Peter Sr.
(in the possession of Rev. Peter LeValley Spencer, rector of
the same church the earliest LeValleys attended). These are mostly land
evidences over the centuries. There are letters received by descendants of
Peter Sr.--particularly Amanda. Also the brief diary of Anna LeValley. This is
the best collection of original sources on the early history.
(several copies around). Compiled around 1890 by Benjamin
Smith, it gives additional details on his descent from Peter Sr. In another part,
he lists clues that might connect the family to the Isle of Jersey.
LEVALLEY DIARY (in the possession of Paul LeValley). Mostly
useless trivia, but some insight into daily life in Warwick R.I. in 1901.
Descendants of John and his son Christopher
STATE ARCHIVES. Here are the indexed Revolutionary War
records--also the entire guardianship dispute of John.
HISTORIAN'S COLLECTION (Lockport, NY). This collection of
newspaper clippings and state census records is being indexed. Fire destroyed
the early records, and the historian rewrote some of them from memory.
Descendants of Christopher and John Jr. are represented here.
(in the possession of Paul LeValley). Dictated in 1910 by
Marion LeValley and written by Douglas Tibbits Jr., this is the main document on
the whole Columbiaville, Michigan group. As it reaches back into earlier
generations, it confirms speculations by researchers from several related
families. To read it, click here.
FAMILY TREE (dozens of copies distributed). Compiled by
LeValley in 1988, and updated annually ever since, the sheets of this notebook
provide vital statistics on every descendant of John Cook LeValley's grandson
(Dale Lawlor has the originals; Paul LeValley has copies).
Letters from the group at Fairview, Michigan, from 1856 to 1977.
CATCH THE STAGE TO PHOENIX by Leland L. Hanchett Jr. turned up new
information on Alfred LeValley's brief misadventures in Arizona. (He got
caught trying to steal his own horses.) Published 1998. Paul LeValley
has a copy.
Descendants of John's son John Jr.
(Her descendants have the originals; Paul LeValley has copies.)
From the 1930s to 1951, Ivah Peterson Glascock gathered miscellaneous Bible
records, research notes, and reminiscences on descendants of John Jr.
(in the possession of Alice Yvanovich--who published part of
them as 120° in the Shade (And No Shade). Paul LeValley has copies of both.)
Reminiscences of an early California raisin grower, whose mother had been a
(several copies around). In 1967, Barbara Kimball compiled family
memories of George and Lena LeValley Lund.
Descendants of John's son Peleg
compiled in the 1950s by Leslie LaValley as a series of newspaper
columns, and republished in book form. (Copies available for $28.25 from the president
of the Basket Historical Society, John B. Niflot, POB 199, Long Eddy, NY 12760.) Though a
history of a whole community, they give much detail on those descendants of Rhoderick
who settled on the Basket Brook at Fernwood NY.
CHARTS (Paul LeValley has copies.) Charts compiled in 1992 trace
descendants of Peleg. Additional charts from 1939 also give some otherwise forgotten
details on descendants of Cook. To read them, click here.
(Genealogy Library, Salt Lake City). These miscellaneous papers
trace some descendants of Peleg.
LETTER (in the possession of Eleanor LeValley. Paul LeValley has
copy.). This 1910 letter by genealogist David Wilford LeValley traces some
descendants of Peleg. To read it, click here.
Descendants of John's son Cook
(several copies around). Dictated around 1916 by Mary
LeValley Church, and prepared in 1956 by Herbert Church, this is the main
document showing the relationship of families descended from Cook's sons John
and James Nelson. To read it, click here.
(in the possession of Miller LeValley's heirs; Paul LeValley
has a copy). Compiled around 1965 by Nellie LeValley Pethtel, this collection of
Bible records and reminiscences gives fuller details on one group descended
from Cook's son James Nelson.
SCRAPBOOK (in the possession of Guy LeValley; Paul LeValley has
copies of the family pages). Many newspaper clippings on the Covington,
Pennsylvania group--as well as his Spanish-American War journal.
Descendants of Michael
BIBLE RECORDS survive in several lines descended from Michael. To view them, click here.
These are mostly photostatic copies of public records
assembled by Vonda Cooper around 1990 to trace descendants of Michael's son
Peter Jr. through Ohio and California.
BIOGRAPHY in Chapman Chatter No. 24 (Winter 1991). This sketch
the family of Peter Jr.'s granddaughter Catherine--compiled by her great-great-grandson
Philip Chapman Ellsworth. (Paul LeValley has a copy.)
GARY LAVALLEY PAPERS (in the possession of Gary LaValley; Paul LeValley
has copies). Papers
gradually being written on the early Oklahoma branch of the family. Also some recipes--
most of which traveled down female lines.
(in the possession of her heirs, several copies around).
Compiled around 1945 by Laura Thorson, this collection of Bible records and
letters traces descendants of Michael's son Benjamin.
MINNICH COLLECTION. Mary Lovell Minnich, descended from Michael's
son Caleb, gathered
several old photographs and letters--which her descendant Warren Welch rescued when his
cousin was about to throw them away.
DAVOL GENEALOGY. The ancestry of Nancy LeValley Davol, another
descendant of Caleb
was published in 1916 in The Encyclopedia of Massachusetts: Biographical, Genealogical.
Because the name was misspelled, family researchers did not find this document until nearly
a century later.
For other books by LeValley authors, click here.