FRANK SIMMONS LEAVITT, who would become the professional wrestler and movie actor "Man Mountain Dean", was born in Manhattan, New York on 30 June 1891, the son of John M and Henrietta (Decker) Leavitt. In 1911, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Army, and served for three terms, being honorably discharged in 1920. The above photo was taken while he was serving overseas (between 10/20/1918 and 5/5/1919). He was engaged in wrestling while in Europe, and "Soldier Leavitt" became the heavyweight champion of the US Army. Upon returning home and leaving the military, he continued with his wrestling profession, retiring in 1940. He would also take up movie acting in the 1930's, playing himself in many of the films.
Following his retirement, he moved to Norcross, Georgia, where he died on 29 May 1953. He was buried in the Marietta National Cemetery, Georgia.
-- Steve Dow (from personal collection, purchased in 2017)
Internet Move Database: Film credits for Man Mountain Dean
This is a photo of CHARLES W LEAVITT, one of many post-war pictures collected by the author of the "History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers", for use in the book, published in 1897. Charles had served as a private in Company K, enlisting from Portsmouth, NH on 18 Sept 1862, and mustered in on 25 Oct '62, to serve nine months. He was mustered out on 20 Aug 1863.
Born ca 1836 in Portland, Maine [Descriptive roll] to Daniel C and Martha W (Morton) Leavitt, he was married to MARY ANN RILEY of Quebec, on 6 Nov 1857 in Portsmouth, NH [NH Marr Rec]. They seem to have divorced (no record yet found of this), as they both remarried. Charles was secondly married to ANNIE M KEENAN, on 2 Oct 1866 in Exeter, NH [NH Marr Rec], and lived in OshKosh, Wisconsin (where his parents had moved), New York City and Chicago, Illinois. He was a widower by 1900, and was soon after admitted to the National Home of Disabled Soldiers. He died in Montgomery, Ohio on 9 July 1915, and was buried in the Dayton National Cemetery.
Charles appears to have only had two children, both with first wife Mary. In the North Cemetery in Portsmouth, NH stands a shared stone for these youngsters, both of them dying while young. LIZZIE A LEAVITT died on 15 Nov 1859, AE 15 mos, 10 das, and CHARLIE LEAVITT died on 24 July 1860.
- written by Steve (photos from personal collection). Note: Charles' ex-wife Mary (Riley) would remarry in 1866, to JOHN T H DOW. They are my 2nd Great Grandparents.
- Townsend, Luther Tracy. History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers. Washington, DC: Norman T Elliott, 1897 (Page 556 is Leavitt bio)
- Find a Grave entry for: Charles W Leavitt at the Dayton Nat'l Cem
- Noyes, Emily Leavitt. LEAVITT Descendants of Thomas Leavitt, the Immigrant 1616-1696, and Isabella Bland. Concord, NH: Evans Printing Co. c1953. Charles can be found on page 91, under father Daniel (Robert, Jonathan, Jonathan, Thomas, Aretas, Thomas)
From the San Francisco Bureau of Acme Newspictures, Inc, dated August 1936
All the bum jokes about women drivers go by the boards
when you hear of Mrs. Nell A. Leavitt, San Francisco,
picked as California's safest driver to represent the
state in a "safe driver" convention in New York August
3d. In the past 34 years she has driven 34 automobiles
a total of 650, 000 miles without an accident or traffic
violation. "Eternal alertness -- that's the key to safe
driving", she says.
Nell L. (Anthony) Leavitt was the wife of John Wheeler Leavitt Sr, born in Paris, Illinois in 1878. She died in San Francisco, CA on 18 Oct 1960. John was an automobile distributor in northern California, and had been born in Chelsea, MA in 1868. His father was John [Thomas Gen, pg 79] a son of James (called Jonathan in our book) and Charlotte (Gallison) Loveitt. By 1860, this branch of the family had begun using "Leavitt" instead of "Loveitt" (a family name originating from Beverly, MA and Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and likely not related to the Leavitt lines).
-- Steve Dow (from personal collection, purchased in Apr 2017)
"Private W. A. Leavitt, Marine Corp, who today established a worlds record for dismantling and reassembling a Browning automatic Rifle while blind folded. His official time 1 minute and 7 seconds. He has an unofficial record of 1 minute."
- from National Photo, dated March 31, 1923
This is Wayne Arthur Leavitt, who was born 22 Feb 1900 in Marion, Kansas, to Charles A and Stella (Whaley) Leavitt [Israel Genealogy, pg 129]. During World War I, he had served in the US Army, with the Aero Squadron, including time overseas (6/22/18-3/6/19). In March 1922, he enlisted with the Marine Corps, and served with them through several terms, finally retiring in Sept 1937. He was stationed at Parris Island, SC, the Infantry Weapons School in Quantico, VA, Adjutant and Inspector's Office Headquarters in Washington, DC, and in Philadelphia, PA. He afterwards returned to Kansas, and took up farming. At the time of his death in 1960, he was living in Arlington, Virginia. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery (his 2nd wife Callie, whom he married in 1950, is also buried with him there).
-- Steve Dow (from personal collection, purchased in Apr 2017)
A recent addition to my personal collection, this cabinet card photo was labeled as "Grace S Leavitt, East Lexington, Mass, June 1895", and was from a collection of photos of Salem Normal School graduates from that year.
Further research found her to be Grace Sanford Leavitt, the daughter of Alonzo and Emma J (Derby) Leavitt, who was born in Lexington, MA on 5 July 1875. Records of the State Normal School in Salem, MA do show her attending classes there.
Grace went on to work as a clerk for the State House, and would later become head clerk for the Department of Corporations and Taxes in Boston. Moving from Lexington, she afterwards lived in Boston and Canton, MA. She did not marry until late in life, to the widower Nixon Waterman in 1940. He died in 1944, and she passed away in Sharon, MA on 15 Feb 1970.
She was a member of the old NALF organization, becoming the association secretary in 1938, a position she held for six years. She was Thomas line (Thomas Book, pg 103).
- posted by Steve
A Leavitt Photo archive
Photographs of our Leavitt cousins, and brief write-ups about them