Biography of Joseph Le Vanway
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Le Vanway, Joseph, father of Henry W., was a native of France, and was an orphan at the age of ten years. He was bound out to a man and brought to America when twelve years old, and after serving his time he married Margery Moore, she being of German descent. He engaged in agricultural pursuits, purchasing a farm in Peru, Clinton county, and gave it his entire attention for several years. He then engaged extensively in the lumbering business, sometimes employing 100 men, and took the largest raft of lumber to Quebec that had ever been taken there, which covered four acres of water. He sold his property in Clinton county and bought a farm in St. Lawrence county. The children of Joseph and Margery Le Vanway were as follows: Betsey, Dora; Julia, Harriet, George, Harrison, Hardy, Wellington (who is a minister), Henry W. (our subject), Hardy 2d, Adeline, Anderson (who was a doctor) and Charles N., who left his law office and raised a company of men and went into the War of the Rebellion, where he was killed at the battle of Shiloh, while acting in place of Colonel Bosworth, of the 34th Illinois regiment. The brothers all grew to be temperate, with one exception. When Mr. Le Vanway went to St. Lawrence county the whole territory was a dense forest, and he took with him his seven sons to assist him in felling trees and clearing the laud. Henry W., not liking the wild forest so well, started out for himself when only sixteen years of age, and on arriving in Wayne county among strangers, had only three shillings left. He engaged as a farm hand on his arrival, and now is the owner of one of the finest farms in the county, consisting of 200 acres of fine land (fifty of which, however, he has sold to his daughter). He is now the only survivor of his father's family. The father died in 1841, and the mother in 1860. At the age of twenty eight our subject married Cynthia D., daughter of Alanson S. Curtis, and they had two children: Alanson H., who died aged four years and Edra A., wife of R. R. Barnes, a clothier, of Clyde. Mrs. Le Vanway died July 18, 1894.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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