William S. Levier

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WILLIAM S. LEVIER occupies part of the old Levier homestead in Perry township, Armstrong county, taken up about one hundred years ago by his grandfather, who came to this country from France, and was one of the pioneers in this section. He owned a tract of 150 acres. His children, James, John, Daniel, David, Josiah, Christenah, Sarah, Betsy and Mary and Ruth, were all born and raised on this place, and all attended school in Perry township, being fairly well educated for the time.

Josiah Levier, father of William S. Levier, was born March 20, 1819, on the farm where he grew to manhood. The ownership of the farm passed to him and his brother Daniel, Josiah having the southern half, seventy-five acres, upon which the old homestead and the other buildings stood. With the help of his sons he cleared much of the place, and put up the buildings now standing on the property. He had one oil well on his farm. There he continued to reside until his death, which occurred July 29, 1897. On April 30, 1858, he married Barbara Elizabeth Binkerd, who was of German parentage, being a member of the family of John Binkerd, of Perry township.

She died Sept. 25, 1888, at the age of fifty-two years, and is buried with her husband in the Parker cemetery. Mr. Levier was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Parker. A Republican in politics, he was quite active in local affairs, and served a number of terms as a township official in the capacities of road supervisor, school director and tax collector. Mr. and Mrs. Levier had a family of eight children, namely: One died in infancy; Elizabeth C. is the wife of I.N. Johns, residing in Parker City and has children, Byron B., Floyd F., Waldo W., Melvin M., Hazel I., Violet E., Carl C., and Virginia M.; Daniel R., who resides at Parker, Pa., married Mary Widger and has two children, Ethel I. and Florence J.; William S. is mentioned below; John B., of Butler, Pa., died unmarried; George G., married Emma Marshall in August, 1913, and now resides in Parker City; Flora M., wife of Samuel T. Thompson, living in Parker township, Butler county, has two children, George W. and Lena M.; Josiah M., who married Elizabeth Williams, resides at Glenshaw, Pennsylvania.

William S. Levier was born Dec. 9, 1864, on the home farm, which lies three miles south of Parker, in Perry township. He received his education in the common schools of the neighborhood, and after his school days were over engaged in work on the farm, upon which he has passed practically all his life. There are no wells in operation on the property now, and Mr. Levier devotes all of his attention to general farming, having all his seventy-five acres under excellent cultivation except about four acres of pasture and woodland. He takes a good citizen's interest in the welfare of the locality, is a member of the Grange, at Millers Eddy, and has served one term as school director. Politically he is a Republican, but independent in his support of men and measures.

On Sept. 5, 1895, Mr. Levier married Linnie M. Hilliard, who was born in Butler county, daughter of Robert J. and Jane (Crothers) Hilliard, the Former deceased, the latter now residing at Parker City. Mr. and Mrs. Levier have made their home on the farm ever since their marriage. They have one child, Wesley LeRoy. The family attend the Presbyterian Church.

Source: Page 468-496, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed May 1999 by Michael S. Caldwell for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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