Friday, February 1, 2008

Celebrate Deacon John Leavitt’s 400th Birthday

John Leavitt was born 1608 and came to America in 1628, settling in Hingham Massachusetts . His descendants today are concentrated all over New England, but also spread across the US and Canada . The National Association of Leavitt Families will be celebrating his birthday in Hingham Mass June 26-28, 2008. The main celebration will be Saturday June 28 for one-day attendees, with extra social events and a Plimouth Plantation tour on Thursday and Friday. Registration deadlines for tours and discount hotels are in May, so register early. You may register or receive further info as of Jan 1 at our website or call/ email Roland Rhoades (MGS #1151) 207-892-0923 for our free Leavitt e-newsletter.

John Leavitt had a number of sons with descendants in Maine . The son Israel Leavitt branch has many descendants who settled in Turner, Richmond , Bowdoin, Topsham , New Brunswick and Maine border areas. The Samuel branch has descendants who settled in Bangor , Lincoln , Orono, Kenduskeag. The Nehemiah branch covers most of Maine, with most of the towns in Somerset County especially Athens, Ripley, Cambridge, Skowhegan, Fairfield, and Harmony; Parkman and Willimantic in Piscataquis County; Montville and Jackson in Lincoln/Waldo County; much of Aroostook County especially Sherman, Smyrna, Island Falls, Hodgdon, Mesardis, Littleton, Monticello, Benedicta; Penobscot County towns of Medway, Bangor, Howland, Lincoln, Corinna, Exeter, and more; and other towns including Livermore, Alfred, Parsonsfield, Gray, New Gloucester, Raymond. Most of the Kittery to Portland area is the Thomas Leavitt branch. Our other Leavitt branches cover most of the rest of Maine . Contact Roland for a free lookup of your Leavitts. We find horrendous errors in websites and books. We are computerizing more and more records as we prepare to publish new corrected and documented Leavitt genealogies.

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