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John Wigard Levering
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Birth: Feb. 2, 1648
Death: Feb. 2, 1745
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

John "Wigard" Levering was born in Gemen, Westphalia, Prussia in 1647/48. He was the son of Rosier Levering and Elizabeth Van De Walle. He married Magdalena Boker on March 22, 1673/74 in Westfallen, Gemen, Borken, Prussia. She was the daughter of William Boker and Sidonia Braviers. Several children were born to this union; Anna Catherine, Joanna Sophia (d. age three weeks), Maria Fria (d. abt. eighteen weeks), William, Amelia Anna Sophia, Anna Sibella, Herman (d. age four), Elizabeth, Sidonia, Jacob, Magdalena ( d. at three weeks), and Magdalena.

Wigard and his brother, Gerhard, emigrated in 1685 and settled in Germantown, Philadelphia. He was a Weaver, Yeoman, and a Joiner in Roxborough, PA. In 1691, Wigard bought 500 acres in Roxborough between the River Schuykill and the Wissahickon Creek. Wigard spoke German and was unable to write. He lived his last twenty-eight years of his life with his son, William, in Germantown, PA. He is buried on his farm, Leverington Cemetery in a spot overlooking the Wissahickon Creek. His mother and daughter Elizabeth are buried in the same cemetery.

"The Pennsyvania Gazette- Last week died, not far from this city, Mr. Wichart Levering, aged about 109 years."

"JOHN WIGARD: born in 1648 or '49, in the town of Gemen, in Germany. In April, 1674, he married "the chaste virgin," Magdalena Bokers, of Essen. She was a native of Leyden, in Holland. They lived in Gemen until some time after the birth and decease of their first child, and then removed to Mulheim, where they remained until they emigrated to America, after the 20th of March, 1685, bringing their surviving four children. He settled first in Germantown, Philadelphia, and removed from there a short distance west, into Roxborough Township, in 1691, where he bought a tract of five hundred acres of land, lying between and bordering upon both the River Schuylkill and Wissahickon Creek. Upon this estate he lived his remaining years with his family, and died there.

His wife Magdalena died in the summer of 1717 at the age of about 67 years. He died February 2, 1745, at the probable age of 97 years, and was buried upon his farm in a spot overlooking the romantic Wissahickon, which has become a part of the famous Fairmount Park of Philadelphia. This spot subsequently became the churchyard and burial ground of the Baptist Church, organized in 1789, which was greatly enlarged, and is now known as Leverington Cemetery, under a special charter from the State of Pennsylvania. This ground doubtless contains the remains of Magdalena. A gravestone marking the interment, in June, 1744, of their grandchild, Clement Levering, still stands, and points the place where repose the old pioneers, though no sculptured tablet was ever erected there to their memory. "

"Wigard came to Philadelphia on the ship Penn's Woodland from Holland in 1685 having arrived before the month of August, 1685. The Frankfort Company was engaged in the transportation of persons desiring to remove to their colony. The written contract entered into by Wigard Levering with the local agents at Wesel, Dr. Thomas Van Wylick and Johannes Le Brun, for transportation of himself and family to Philadelphia, dated 20th of March, 1685

We, the subscribers, do acknowledge and confess by these Presents, that we have contracted and agreed together, that Doctor Thomas Van Wylick and Johannes Le Brun, in behalf of the Pennsylvania Company, in which they, and other friends of Frankfort and other parts, are engaged, to accept or receive me, Wigard Levering, old 36 or 37 years, and Magdalena Boeckers, old 36 years, and four children, Anna Catherine, William, Amelia, and Sibella, respectively 1/2, 2 1/2, 5 and 9 years, to and for the service of the aforementioned Company, to transport by shipping out of Holland or Ingland, to Pennsylvania, upon their cost. On Their arrival in Pennsylvania, they were to report themselves to Francis Daniel Pastorius, who was general agent for the company. Written upon the margin of the instrument an agreement to include "the Contractor's brother, Gerhard Levering."


 
 
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 Spouse:
  Magdalena Bokers Levering (1650 - 1717)
 
 Children:
  Anna Sophia Levering (1675 - ____)*
  Maria Elizabeth Levering (1677 - 1677)*
  William Levering (1679 - 1746)*
  Sidonia Levering DeHaven (1691 - 1736)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Leverington Cemetery
Roxborough
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: KRW
Record added: Jan 21, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6105466
 

Rest in peace. From your 11th great grandson.
- NickasonM
 Added: May. 24, 2014
To my newly discovered 8th great grandfather: I am proud to be your descendant. Rest in peace; I send you my love.
- Beverly Vassar Haas
 Added: May. 9, 2014
Rest in peace, 8x Great Grandfather
- Susan Halpin
 Added: Jan. 28, 2014
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