Fonds ID4836 - Leavitt family

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Leavitt family

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CA MNBM ID4836

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  • 1783-1937 (Creation)
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    Leavitt (family)

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10 cm of textual records

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(Branch begins in 1746)

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Jonathan Leavitt (1746-1811) came to Saint John, New Brunswick, from New Hampshire in 1764 and was one of the first English-speaking inhabitants. He served as a captain on the vessels of the firm of Simonds, Hazen and White and lived with the Simonds and White families. In 1772 or 1773, he married Heprabeth, youngest daughter of Captain Francis Peabody. Simonds and White had also married daughters of Francis Peabody.

Jonathan's brothers, Daniel (Captain Daniel Lovett Sr., 1753 -1833) and Francis joined him in Saint John where they worked at coastal trading as partners of Frances Peabody until 1810. Daniel married first, Sarah (Sally) Ring [d. 1801?] and secondly Mary Torrey of Plymouth, Mass. (d. 1844). He had 3 children: Jacob, and Sarah who married Benjamin DeWolf of Windsor, N.S., and Daniel Jr. (1778-1865) a merchant who married Catherine McPherson (1785-1843), of Carleton, now West Saint John, N.B. They had a son named Daniel (1832-1878) who married Jean Thomson.

Jonathan Leavitt (1746-1811) came to Saint John, New Brunswick, from New Hampshire in 1764 and was one of the first English-speaking inhabitants. He served as a captain on the vessels of the firm of Simonds, Hazen and White and lived with the Simonds and White families. In 1772 or 1773, he married Heprabeth, youngest daughter of Captain Francis Peabody. Simonds and White had also married daughters of Francis Peabody.

One family member called Daniel Leavitt probably served as one of the overseers of the poor from 1810 to 1837, as an account book for the Poor House is included in the family's records. Other members of the family include a Captain Daniel Lovett Jr. (ca. 1790-1820); George Lovett or Leavitt (1807-1875); A. Gordon Leavitt (d. 1945) and his sister Grace (d. 1947). Both A. Gordon and Grace were active members of the New Brunswick Natural History Society.

Sources: Gilbert family papers in the New Brunswick Museum

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of the records of three generations of the Leavitt or Lovett family. There are the business records of Captain Daniel Lovett, Sr., and Captain Daniel Lovett, Jr., largely dealing with ships in the coastal trade. They cover the period 1790-1830 and include the schooner "Rosannah", and sloops "Dove" and "Hibernia", schooner "Sally", a scow "Mary" and brig "Susannah". There is also an account book for the poorhouse or almshouse in Saint John, kept by Daniel Lovett, 1810-1837 which details money spent for the maintenance of the poor.

The members of the family active in the middle years of the nineteenth century diversified their business interests but were also involved in shipping. The records of George L. Lovett (Leavitt) from Paraguay and Chile include accounts of the difficulty of Chilean trade and the loss of the "General O'Higgins" in 1852.

The records of A. Gordon Leavitt, 1879-1937, include family notes and genealogy, programmes, invitations, a business card, and a book, "St. John. New Brunswick. Canada", 1906.

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Records donated by Mrs Edgar Archibald (no date) and A. Gordon Leavitt, 1936, 1941

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  • English

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