Lucy Rowell Leavitt


Lucy Rowell Leavitt


Lucy Rowell Leavitt was born on August 15, 1803 in Hatley, Quebec, Canada. She was the 7th Child and 5th Daughter of Thomas B. Rowell and Lydia Hawes Rowell. Her family came to Hatley in about 1802. She met and married John Leavitt on March 1822 in Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and they left Hatley with Sarah Shannon's family and most of the Leavitt relatives in 1837. There intent was to travel to Ohio and to be with members of the Latter Day Saint Church (Mormon).


The next place they lived was Burton, Ohio where they cleared the land and built a home there. At the neighboring farm lived a widower, William Brown, whose two sons Benjamin Franklin and Philander followed the Leavitts to Michigan and later married two of the Leavitt's daughters. Philander married Orilla and Benjamin married Lucinda.


They settled next in Cambria Michigan in 1845, where they acquired some land and began farming. Lucy Rowell Leavitt gave birth to her tenth child Thomas who only lived a few months. The Browns and the Leavitts worked closely together here gathering sap from maple trees to make sugar and syrup to sell at market.


It is here in Cambria according to the John Quincy Leavitt history where the family first heard the gospel preached by the Mormon Elders. The Leavitt family accepted this religion and desired to follow the Mormon Church West but their departure was delayed by the sudden death of John Leavitt in 1852.


Lucy became the leader of the Leavitt family and they left Cambria, Michigan in 1854 and traveled to Oak Lawn, Cook, Illinios where John's sister, Rebecca and her husband Franklin Chamberlain had a farm. It appears that John Quincy was not with his mother when they left Cambria but left later after his marriage to Malinda Minion. Lyman Utley Leavitt and his wife Ellen Brown remained in Michigan until 1862.


It appears that the family stayed at Oak Lawn several years before again heading West. On July 23, 1858 Lucy Rowell died on their way West somewhere along the trail in Iowa. The most consistent with family history is that she died near the Platte River on the trail and her body was buried in a wagon box. A fire was built over the grave so it could not be found and desecrated.


Lucy Rowell Leavitt was an important member of our family and was instrumental in keeping the family together and continuing the familys treck to the West.



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