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Peter Livengood Family

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The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families by Howard Leckey, pp. 433.
"One gets the impression that Peter Livengood
, who had warranted to him on 5-Jun.1786, a tract of land as "Peter's Purchase," was a very old man when he settled on this side of the Monongahela. His land was situated on an upper branch of Muddy Creek, near the ridge where Jack Morris lives. Most of his children had married in Fayette County and were living there at the time of Peter Livengood's death in 1814. His son-in-law, John Smith served as his executor, and as such sold the land on 4-Aug.1826 to William Kincaid. His will was probated 14-Jun.1814. No wife was named. John Lemley, named as executor, did not serve."
History of
Greene County by Samuel Bates, pp 484, 485.
"About the year 1775, three German families emigrated and settled near the mouth of Pursley Creek. Two of these, by the name of Sellers
, appropriated the lands since owned by John Buchanan and Fordyce Thomas. The other family bore the name of Provator, and improved the tract where Edward Wood and Doc. Huffman live. A year later came Benjamin Pursley, and located the land now owned by George Hoge, Jr., and from him Pursley Creek was named. The family of the elder Sellers consisted of himself, wife, and four sons, Leonard, Jacob, George and John, the latter being demented. They lived in a cabin built for defense, located near a spring below the house of Mr. Buchanan, still standing. Leonard Sellers* married Mary, the only child of Gasper PROVATOR, with whom the young couple lived. One afternoon in the fall of 1780, or thereabouts, Leonard shouldered his gun, and journyed into the forest for game. Molly, the wife, with her twin children, and her sister-in-law, went out to gather grapes. Molly spred her apron upon the ground, and sat the two children upon it, and while busily engaged gathering clusters, Indians, creeping stealthily, fired or rushed suddenly upon them. Molly instinctively and instantly bounded away, oblivious to everything except the terrible vision of the inhuman savages rushing upon her, and firing after her. Having escaped their deadly clutch, she ran at her utmost speed, not halting till she had reached her own cabin, when some one exclaimed, "Why, Molly, where are your children?" This was the first thought that the terror-stricken mother had, that her babes had been with her in the woods. With a shrek and a bound she flew back over the ground by which she had come, to meet death if she must, only intent on rescuing her little ones. When she reached the spot, she found the children sitting upon the apron as she had left them, but horrible to behold, both scalped. Fearing pursuit the Indians had fled. On approaching the children, one of them looked up and smiled, when it recognized its mother. Folding them to her bosom in the apron as they sat, she hurried home, and upon her arrival, found a huge butcher knife in the folds of the apron, that the savage had dropped. One of the children died, and the other lived to become the wife of Joseph Aukram, and the mother of a family. The sister-in-law, who was with her, was carried away, and was never heard of more.
During the first run home the mother saw the bark knocked off a sapling before her by the ball from the Indian's gun, which passed between her body and her arm, but fortunately did not harm her, and when she jumped off the creek bank into the sand she made a greater leap than any man in the settlement was able to do. But the powerful exertion required for the leap, and the running back and forth, together with the shock produced by seeing her poor scalped babes, proved nearly fatal. She was completely broken down, and for over a year was in a very feeble and critical condition, never regaining her natural vigor. So violent was her hatred of the savages ever after, that she not only became much excited whenever she related these incidents, but usually added, "If ever I should see an Indian, no difference where he was, or who, or how friendly he pretended to be, I know I should try to kill him--I know I could not help it." The husband returned at evening, but so horror and grief stricken that he soon sickened and died. Thomas Hoge, who furnished many of the particulars related above, says: "My parents when first married, sixty years ago, settled on Pursley, where John Hoge now lives, on the improvement made by Ben Pursley, for whom both the creek and Ben's Run took their names. Old Molly was a practicing midwife. She also adds that when they settled on Pursley there were but two or three families above them on all the waters of that stream. There were in places two miles or more together of solid woods, without a stick amiss, where deer, wolves and wild turkeys were very plenty, with a sprinkling of bears and rattle-snakes. The deer were very troublesome in pasturing off the young wheat in winter and early spring, and wolves were so bold that it was difficult to raise poultry, lambs, or pigs."

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1. Peter LIVENGOOD, married ___.
2 i Elizabeth Livengood, who married ____ Halfhill, and remained in Fayette County, Pa.
3 ii Magdeline Livengood, who married Robert Hickman
and came to Greene Co., Pa.
4 iii Catherine Livengood, married John Smith of Fayette Co., Pa.
He served as executor of the will of Peter Livengood.
5 iv Mary Livengood, w/o John (?) Waits
of Fayette Co., Pa.
6 v Barbara Livengood, married John Lemley, of Greene County, Pa. Wayne's Homepage
Wayne's Email
7 vi Sarah Livengood, w/o ___ Franks, of Fayette County, Pa.
+ 8 vii Peter LIVENGOOD who married Mary (PROVATOR) Sellers, widow of Jacob
Sellers*. He settled on Pursley Creek, where he died about 1839. His will made
29-Jan.1833, was probated 25-Dec.1839, with George Hoge and John Hoge as
executors. He and his wife, Mary, made a deed for land on 29-Jun.1833, and another
deed that was dated as the date of the probate. The will mentions his step-daughter,
Elizabeth Sellars, w/o Joseph Sellars.
8. Peter LIVENGOOD, married Mary (PROVATOR) Sellars.
9 i Sarah Livengood, w/o John Staggers.
10 ii David Livengood.
11 iii Peter Livengood.
12 iv Jacob Livengood, who died before his father.
+ 13 v Catherine LIVENGOOD, b. 1-Mar.1790, d. 3-Aug.1848, m. Joshua THOMAS
b. 11-Mar.1787, d. 12-Oct.1873. He was a son of John and Cassandra (DUNN
14 vi Anna Livengood, m. William McFann
15 vii Barbara Livengood, m. James Dye
.John's Homepage jbutler@UH.EDU
16 viii Mary Livengood, m. John Fry.
13. Catherine LIVENGOOD b. 1-Mar.1790
d. 3-Aug.1848, married Joshua THOMAS
b. 11-Mar.1787 d. 12-Oct.1873.
To see the Thomas History

17 i Anna Thomas, m. William McFann.
18 ii Cassandra Thomas, m. James Dye.
19 iii Harriet Thomas, m. William Pratt.
20 iv Mariah (Lucy?) Thomas, m. Aliff Neal
21 v Susannah Thomas, m. Abraham Eisenminger
22 vi Inda Thomas, m. Isaac Eisenminger.
+ 23 viii Eleanor THOMAS, m. Remembrance NEAL.
24 viii Rees Thomas, m. Priscilla Crago.
23. Eleanor THOMAS, m. Remembrance NEAL. To see the O'Neill History

Washington County Supply Tax 1781
Cumberland Township 1871 (present Greene Co.) A=Acres h=horses C=Cattle S=Sheep V=Value.
LEVENGOOD, Peter A= 100; H= 2; C= 3; S= 7; V= 40.
LEVENGOOD, Peter A= 0; H= 2; C= 0; S= 0; V= 14.
Washington County Supply Tax 1784
Cumberland Township 1874 (present Greene Co.)
Washington County Census 1790
Cumberland Township 1790 (present Greene Co.) males above 16; males under 16; Females; Others; Slaves.
LIVENGOOD, Peter 1 1 1 0 0
Franklin Township 1790 (present Greene Co.)
, Peter 1 3 2 0 0
Greene Township 1790 (present Greene Co.)
LIVINGOOD, Jacob 1 2 4 0 0
LIVENGOOD, Benjamin 1 2 1 0 0
Washington County Tax List 1793
Cumberland Township 1793 (present Greene Co.)
Franklin Township 1793 (present Greene Co.)
Greene Township 1793 (present Greene Co.)
1800 Census Greene Co., Pa.
Column= Name; m under 10; m 10-16; m 16-26; m 26-45; m. 45 and Up; females (Ditto) Others & Slaves
Franklin Township
LIVENGOOD, Peter 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 0
Whiteley Township
LIVENGOOD, Jacob 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
LIVENGOOD, John 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Greene Township
LIVENGOOD, Nicholas 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jefferson Township
LIVENGOOD, Peter 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Greene County Orphan Court Dockets
LIVENGOOD, Henry OCD 7-357 #49 Apr.1870
OCD 7-503 #40 Apr.1871
Acct.Book 2-159
Appt.Guard. 6-353 #20 Sep.1866
OCD 8-405 #9 Oct.1874
Acct.Book 3-353
Appt.Guard. 7-464 #22 Dec.1870
LIVENGOOD, Jacob OCD 6-595 #39 Dec.1870
Acct.Book 2-363
Sale of Real Estate 6-304 #12 Jun.1866
Appt.Guard. 6-350 #15 Sep.1866
Partition of R. E. 6-333 #1 Sep.1866
LIVENGOOD, Peter OCD 1-268 June 1828
Wills and Estates
LIVENGOOD, Jacob Estate 2276 May 11, 1866, Jonathan Gerard
LIVENGOOD, Nicholas Estate 2795 Nov. 13, 1874, Nicholas M. Livengood, et-al 4-496 He d. 6-Nov.1874
LIVENGOOD, Nicholas Estate 2801 Nov. 27, 1874 Rachel Livengood d. Nov. 6, 1874 4-499
LIVENGOOD, Peter Will 937 Nov. 23, 1839 John Staggers

LIVENGOOD, Nicholas Will 610 Sep.16. 1828, Elizabeth Livengood, et-al 1-346
1-346 LIVENGOOD, Nicholas Sept. 16, 1828
wife: Elizabeth (Whiteley Creek in Greene Township)
eldest-son: Jacob Written 17-Mar.1821
youngest son: Nicholas
daus: Anne
1-119 LIVENGOOD, Peter Jan. 14, 1814, Fayette Co., PA. Written: March 19, 1808
Children: Elizabeth Halfhill
Magdalene Hickman
Peter Livengood
Catherine Smith
Margaret Waits
Sarah Franks
Barbara Lemley
George Livengood
S-in-laws:John Lemley
S-in-laws:John Smith
2-114 LIVENGOOD, Peter, Nov. 23, 1838, Center Twp., Greene Co.
wife: Mary
Ste-dau: Elizabeth Ankrom
, originally, Elizabeth Sellers, now wife of Joseph Ankrom
dau: Sarah, w/o John Staggers
son: David Livengood
son: Peter Livengood
son: Jacob Livengood (Dec'd.)
dau: Catherine, w/o Joshua Thomas
dau: Anne, w/o Michael Rush

dau: Barbary, w/o James Dye
dau: Mary, w/o John Fry
George Hoge and John Hoge of Center township, appointed.
4-155 LIVENGOOD, Jacob Estate May 11, 1866- Nothing more was helpful
4-499 LIVENGOOD, Nicholas, Bond taken $25,000; Sureties: Nicholas, Sarah Ann, Mary A., Rachel, and Maria.
See Affidavit of Nicholas M. Livengood, Jr. that Sr. died Nov. 6, 1874, at 7 a.m.
4-496 LIVENGOOD, Nicholas Estate Nov. 1874. Letter of Authorities to Nicholas M. Livengood and Solomon Cornell
d. on Nov. 6, 1874 at about 7 a.m. Nov. 27, 1874, Rachel-widow of Nicholas. Nicholas M. Livengood, Jr. mentioned.
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