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Levi Tombaugh
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Birth: Jul. 7, 1826
Scenery Hill
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 9, 1849
Miami County
Indiana, USA

NOTE: Died in Perry Twp., Miami Co., OH. {Perry is not an option on Find A Grave}.
Levi Tombaugh is one of 10 children born to George Washington and Susanna(h) Myers [see below for more about his family and ancestry from a Tombaugh genealogy]. Also, this cemetery was also known as "Tombaugh Cemetery" because his father, George (or possibly grandfather George Sr.) purchased the land for use as a burial site. Click on the cemetery name below for more information.

On 04 Nov 1845, Levi married Margaret Anna Smith (who married Adam Gibe Strayer after Levi's death; sometimes her name appears as Margaret Strayer, but this is an incorrect maiden name). The couple married in Miami County, IN, where he was a farmer. Levi died in 1849; according to the 1850 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule, he died of "CONG BRAIN" (congestion of the brain), at age 23. Levi left his young wife Margaret a widow with two very young children. She appears in 1850 US Census living in Perry Twp., Miami, IN with their two young sons, Aaron & Levi Tombaugh Jr., next door to her in-laws, George & Susanna(h) and their family.

From "Tombaugh History," by Reno G. Tombaugh, pub. 1930, reprinted with Complete Index added, Tombaugh Publishing House, Rochester, IM USA, 1978.



Our emigrant ancestor, Hans Jakob Tannbach, or as we now write it, John Jacob Tombaugh, traveled from his home in the German Palatinate to Holland, as a single man, probably escaping religious persecution by Catholic church on Lutherans in Germany.

In Holland, John Jacob met and became acquainted with Maria Elizabeth, whose maiden name is not known. They were married. Tradition informs us that this couple spoke Frisic in their home, from which it is inferred that Maria Elizabeth was a native of Friesland of the north of Holland. Frisic, which they were supposed to speak, was an ancient tongue from which English is quite largely derived.

As we shall see later in this work, Frederich, who appears to have been the second child of John Jacob and Maria Elizabeth Tombaugh, was born two years before the family came to America. It is quite evident that this couple remained in Holland for some years after their marriage.





Levi Tombaugh, born July 7, 1826; died, December 9, 1849; the fifth child of George and Susanna Tombaugh. He married Margaret Strayer [NOTE: Margaret Anna Smith; see note above], and to them were born two sons, Aaron and Levi, Jr.

Levi Tombaugh, Jr., son of Levi and Margaret Tombaugh, went to a Western State and was a very successful sheep farmer. He was killed in an accident with a runaway team.


George Tombaugh, fifth child of George and Elizabeth Tombaugh, born October 28, 1796; died June 19, 1880. He was married October 2, 1817, to his first wife, Susanna Myers, born November 18, 1796; died October 14, 1850.

The tract of land on which George Tombaugh made his home, while living in Pennsylvania, and which he inherited from his father, George Tombaugh, Sr., is located on the National Road, about one and a half miles west of Scenery Hill, Pa. On this land on the National Road, is a large brick house, which George Tombaugh used as a hotel, in the days when the National Road was the great artery between the East and the developing West. From the east over this road came the emigrants from the Eastern states and Europe to establish their homes in the Middle West.

From the West came great herds of livestock, driven principally from Kentucky and Ohio to the Eastern markets. Interspersed among these were the regular lines of stage coaches for the passenger traffic. Also numbers of great Conestoga wagons for carrying freight.

After living some years at this place, George Tombaugh moved to Indiana, beginning the journey March 2, 1837, in one of the above mentioned Conestoga wagons. In Indiana he obtained a large body of land and established the home where he passed the remainder of his life.

His first wife, Susanna Myers, belonged to a family, large numbers of whom are understood to be living in Washington County, Pa., at the present time.

There were ten children by this marriage, whose names are given in George Tombaugh's Bible record, as copied in this volume:

Below is given the family registry of George Tombaugh, fifth child of George and Elizabeth Tombaugh, in its entirety, as entered by him in the Bible record.

George Tombaugh - Bible Records
1. George Tombaugh was born October 28, in the year of our Lord, 1796.
2. Susannah Myers was born November 18, in the year of our Lord, 1796.
3. George Tombaugh and Susannah Myers were married October the 2nd, in the year of our Lord, 1817, by the Rev. William Matthias Lewis.
4. George Tombaugh and Susannah, his wife, were received in the Brethren Church by baptism, in the County of Washington, State of Pennsylvania, in June, A. D. 1834, by Jacob Garner.
5. George Tombaugh and family started to move from Pennsylvania to Indiana on the 2nd Thursday of March, 1837.
6. Lucinday Tombaugh was born the 22nd of November, 1818.
7. Hannah Tombaugh was born on Wednesday, the 15th day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1820, and departed this life on Wednesday, the 27th of December, 1820.
8. Elizabeth Tombaugh was born on Tuesday, the 9th of April, in the year of our Lord, 1822.
9. Isaiah Tombaugh was born on Tuesday, the 11th day of May, in the year of our Lord, 1824.
10. Levi Tombaugh was born on Friday, the 7th day of July, in the year of our Lord, 1826.
11. Aron Tombaugh was born on Friday, the 14th of November, in the year of our Lord, 1828.
12. Maryanne Tombaugh was born on Sunday, the 3rd day of April, in the year of our Lord, 1831.
13. Susannah Tombaugh was born on Sunday, the 9th day of February, 1834.
14. George W. Tombaugh, Jr., was born on Sunday, the 24th day of December, 1837.
15. Jacob M. Tombaugh was born on Thursday, the 7th day of May, in the year of our Lord, 1840, and departed this life the 7th day of April, 1841.
16. Susannah Tombaugh, wife of George Tombaugh, Sr., departed this life October the 14th, 1850, at 10 o'clock A. M., after living in wedlock for the space of 33 years, 11 days and 13 hours.
17. George Tombaugh, Sr., was married to Elizabeth Swihart, consort of Johnathan Swihart, who was the daughter of David and Susannah Thomas, on the 6th day of March, in the year of our Lord, 1851, by the Bro. George Brower.
18. Hezekiah Tombaugh was born on Thursday, the 16th day of June, in the year of our Lord, 1853.
19. Rebecca Tombaugh was born on Monday, the 18th of February, A. D. 1856, and departed this life, October the 21st, 1861.
20. Elizabeth, wife of George Tombaugh, Sr., died February 15, 1878, aged 66 years, 1 month and 5 days.
(This record is continued by another hand with):
21. George Tombaugh, Sr., died June 19, 1880, aged 83 years, 1 month and 21 days.
22. Hezekiah Tombaugh and Hannah Speck were married February 21st, 1884.

{Bio written, information accessed & copied 09.06.2012 by Debra Hart Blackgrave Tyre, 4th great granddaughter of Levi's wife Margaret Anna from her second marriage}. Please retain credits as shown above if copied. Thank you.
Family links: 
  George Washington Tombaugh (1796 - 1880)
  Susannah Myers Tombaugh (1796 - 1850)
  Margaret Anna Smith Strayer (1827 - 1862)
  Aaron S Tombaugh (1848 - 1918)*
  Levi Tombaugh (1849 - 1911)*
  Elizabeth Tombaugh Ihrig (1822 - 1897)*
  Levi Tombaugh (1826 - 1849)
  Arron Tombaugh (1828 - 1875)*
  Mary Ann Tombaugh Eakright (1831 - 1909)*
  Hezekiah Tombaugh (1853 - 1935)**
  Rebecca Tombaugh (1856 - 1861)**
*Calculated relationship
Enterprise Cemetery
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Indiana, USA
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