Earlier this year I purchased the above family group picture, which is encased in glass and taped up along the edges. On the back is written "CHRISTMAS 1891", followed by the names of the individuals gathered for this occasion. They are, left to right:
Mrs. Julia Angeline (Fifield) Danforth, wife of George
Mrs. John B. D. Leavitt, Hannah (Moody) Leavitt
Leon E. Leavitt (son of John & Hannah)
Mr. John B. D. Leavitt
Mrs. Ida Belle (Danforth) Leavitt
Mr. George U. L. Leavitt
The family of John Bell DeMerritt Leavitt can be found in the Descendants of Nehemiah Leavitt VI, pg 105-106. His son George was married to Ida B. Danforth, the only child of George L. and Julia A. (Fifield) Danforth. Her parents were divorced in 1891 (though the 1900 census and city directories called Julia a widow), and they lived at her mother's home on Mascoma Street in Lebanon, New Hampshire. There are other blog entries for both John and son George.
It is unclear whose house this Christmas meeting was photographed in, whether that of John B. D. Leavitt (long since demolished), or the Danforth/Leavitt home at 40 Mascoma (still standing).
MERRY CHRISTMAS, LEAVITT COUSINS!!
GEORGE RUSSELL LEAVITT of Laconia, New Hampshire
The son of Almon Curtis and Mary Freeman (Russell) Leavitt, he was born in Laconia on 30 Nov 1857 [NH vr]. He was educated in the local schools, followed up by classes at the New Hampshire Conference Seminary in Tilton, and the Gaskell Commercial College in Manchester, NH. He was employed for sixteen years by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, working with his father, as a telegraph and ticket agent. While his biography in "New Hampshire Men" says he had begun working in the "wood, coal and lumber business" in 1890, he was actually doing so (in partnership with his father, as "A.C. Leavitt & Son") by 1884.
His first wife, Lucy Ann Busiel, the daughter of Lewis Flanders and Annie (Lawrence) Busiel, of Laconia, NH and Boston, MA, died in Cambridge, MA on 16 July 1892, from cancer of the uterus [MA vr]. An article in the Boston Herald on Sun., 17 July 1892 (pg 18), wrote that her sudden death was the result of a surgical operation on Sat. She was buried in the Union Cemetery in Laconia, NH. They had married in Boston on 23 June 1879 [MA Marr Rec].
They had one child, son Harry Curtis Leavitt, born 23 Oct 1879 in Laconia [NH vr]. Two pictures of him were included among the Almon Leavitt photo collection.
A Google search shows there was also a photograph of Harry's mother (and another photo of Harry) but, being sold in individual pieces, were already purchased by an unknown party.
George R. Leavitt remarried in 1895, to Jessie Lyon Phelps (who was a step-sister of George's first wife). Having already worked in Boston as a banker, he moved there with his wife and son prior to 1897. With his second wife, he had two more sons: Roger Phelps Leavitt, born 30 Dec 1897 in Boston, and Jerome Rollins Leavitt, born 9 June 1904 in Lexington, MA. After 1910, they removed to Concord, NH, where George had taken a head bookkeeper job at the St. Paul's School.
Descendants of Samuel Leavitt, pg 132/159-160 (George and family)
Northern Men: A Collection of Biographical Sketches...(bio of George on pg 175): note that he was a major in the New Hampshire National Guard at the time of this writing (1893). He held the rank of captain a year earlier, as mentioned in newspaper articles on his wife's death.
1895 Laconia City Dir: George R, banker in Boston, bds Pleasant, corner New Salem
1897 Laconia City Dir: George R, removed to Boston
1900 Boston, MA census (pg 7A): hh 81/140; liv 7 Adelaide St, a commercial traveller
1910 Lexington, Middlesex, MA census (pg 9A ): rented at 4 Upland Rd, George a travelling salesman for banking house
1911 Concord, NH Street Dir (pg 192): George head bkkpr at St. Paul's, bds do.
1920 Concord, NH census (pg 7A): George a book keeper at a book bindery; rented at 18 So. Spring
1926 Concord, NH Dir (pg 252): liv at 18 So. Spring (no occ listed)
Find a Grave memorial for George R [#106077540]
"Curtis Leavitt - Laconia" is written on the back of this photograph, in modern handwriting, copied from a photo album that contained over 40 images. They included several LEAVITT people, all members of the Almon Curtis Leavitt family.
The son of Andrew B. and Eunice (Kelley) Leavitt, "A. C. Leavitt" was born in Washington, Vermont on 21 Jan 1831 [Descendants of Samuel Leavitt, pg 103/132]. He moved first with his family to Carroll, New Hampshire, later moving to Gilford by 1850, before settling in Laconia around 1853. He was station agent (depot master) for the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad (aka the Boston and Lowell RR, White Mountain Division, later part of the Boston & Maine), his home nearby on Pleasant Street.
With son George Russell Leavitt, they also ran a coal, wood, hay and lumber company, "A. C. Leavitt & Son", in the 1880's. George would later become a banker, working in Boston, while Almon went into retirement. His home, at 121 Pleasant St in Laconia, still stands today (2019), overlooking the rail lines where he had worked forty plus years.
Almon belonged to the "I.O.O.F.", Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and filled several officer positions at their Lodge in Laconia. He was also a selectman for the city (in 1871), and was a trustee of the Gilford Academy.
Mr. Leavitt died at his home on the 28th of March 1913, aged 82 yrs, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Laconia, on the 31st. His widow, Mary Freeman (Russell) Leavitt, removed to Malden, MA after her husband's death, and lived with daughter Lizzie, where she died in 1915.
1850 Gilford, Belknap, NH: hh 447/497; "Curtis A", clerk, liv at hotel
1860 Laconia, Belknap, NH census (pg 72): hh 612/595; A.C. "depot master"
1870 Laconia, NH census (pg 19): hh 113/137; Almon C., "station agent"
1880 Laconia, NH census (pg 4 ): hh 37/49; Almon a coal dealer
1900 Laconia census (pg 3A): hh 54/60; 121 Pleasant, owned home, free of mortgage
1910 Laconia census (pg 25A)
Laconia City Dir: 1884 (17 Pleasant, old street #), 1895 (now #121), 1897
Belknap County Deeds (full view on Family Search); 1858 looks like earliest deed in Laconia; Almon (sometimes w/ son George) has at least two dozen listed deeds, many wood lots for lumber
Find a Grave entry for Almon: [memorial #106077534]
1888 testimony by A.C. Leavitt (in railroad lawsuit between the BC&M and B&M Railroads), in which he states his work history w/ the railyard
2019 Laconia Tax Assessor [for 121 Pleasant]; home listed as being built in 1885
This is George Ulysses Lincoln Leavitt, the son of John B.D. and Hannah E. (Moody) Leavitt, and a flyer for his 1932 run for sheriff of Grafton County, New Hampshire.
Per the "Descendants of Nehemiah Leavitt" genealogy , pg 106/153, he held various governmental jobs in Lebanon, NH, including assistant postmaster and assistant deputy sheriff in 1891. He was appointed deputy sheriff in 1920 and continued with that until the Superior Court appointed him sheriff, prior to this election, when he ran to keep this position.
He won with 1539 votes; Carl Crowley, the Democratic candidate, received 1072.
John Bell DeMerritt Leavitt, the son of Samuel P and Mahala (Watson) Leavitt, was born in Nottingham, NH on 17 Dec 1825 [Desc. of Nehemiah Leavitt, pg 105]. He died in Boston, MA on 18 Oct 1894 [MA vr], and was buried in Stowe, Vermont [Find a Grave].
He was a machinist and inventor, and was part of the foundry firm of "Cole, Bugbee and Leavitt" in Lake Village, NH in the 1860's. They relocated to Lebanon, NH in 1868, and John was superintendent of the machine shop there. Some time following the 1880 census, he went to work in Boston, and is seen in the street directories of the city until his death in 1894.
The Nehemiah genealogy mentions that John "built a home on Bank Street in Lebanon in 1870, razed in 1925 to build the Lebanon High School, now the Junior High". Using an 1892 map of the city, his home was found on the 1884 "bird's eye view" map of Lebanon. A current view in Google maps does show the Jr High School at that location.
A Leavitt Photo archive
Photographs of our Leavitt cousins, and brief write-ups about them