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