Levi Keith

Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Oct 1813 (aged 75)
Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Brockton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 42822422 · View Source
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Levi was the son of Timothy and Bethiah (Ames) Keith.

Levi married Jemima Perkins on November 8, 1759 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts. They were the parents of at least eleven children.

Levi was a man of considerabe property and influence in the community. The heavy overhanging eyebrow, somewhat characteristic of the Keiths, is said to be responsible for a standing joke on "Uncle Levi", as he was familiarly called, in that it was aserted that whenever Uncle Levi required a bristle (for a waxed end) he supplied himself with a substitute by plucking from his eyebrows. It is also said that in rendering bills for the repairing of shoes, he invariably charged a certain sum for tapping, and another certain sum for "pester" (referring to the labor of preparing the sole and heel). He was, without question, the pioneer of the shoe industry, which at present employs so large a proportion of our population; and the "Old Red Shop" (familiar still to many) was the original shoe factory from which has sprung this immense industry. In his old account book are to be found the names of nearly all the families then living in the north precinct, whom he supplied with boots and shoes. --From Genealogy of the Descendants of Benjamin Keith through Timothy, son of Rev. James Keith, by Ziba C. Keith, 1889.

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