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)
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