My great uncle Samuel Bevan born 1807 was an Illinois pioneer, settling on the BEVAN homestead one and a half miles south of Atlanta, Illinois in 1836. This was some sixteen years before the city of Atlanta was founded. In politics he was a republican. Samuel died in 1882.
John Luther and Eleanor BEVAN were two of the eight children born to Samuel and Eliza DOWNEY Bevan. Eliza DOWNEY'S father was James DOWNEY who served as a soldier in the war of 1812. He brought his family to Atlanta, Illinois in 1835 and lived on a tract of land comprising one hundred and sixty acres.
John Luther and Eleanor were two of the eight children born to Samuel and Eliza Downey BEVAN. Eleanor Bevan was born July 22, 1839 on the Bevan homestead near Atlanta, Illinois. Here she spent her childhood and young womanhood. In 1883, a year after the death of her father, she and her mother moved to Atlanta, Illinois. She cared for her mother until her death in 1899. The remainder of her life she spent in the homes of relatives. For a number of years she lived with her sister, Mrs. Cerelda Tuner. She then made her home with a niece, Mrs. Neva Turner Squier. Later she went to make her home with a nephew, Samuel H. Turner, where she lived until her death in March 24, 1935. She was 95 years, 8 months and 2 days old. Miss BEVAN, better known to her friends as Aunt Ellen, was particularly fond of children and had a part in the early training of her nieces and nephews. During the years that she had a home of her own she filled it with growing plants and in the summer her garden had many choice flowers. She made a hobby of mounting birds, being one of the first in that community to take an interest in that method of preserving specimens of bird life. She became a member of the Atlanta Baptist Church in 1856.
John Luther BEVAN was born on October 4, 1845. He married Miss Armeda
Thomas in 1877 and they had three sons whose names are Lynne, Frank and Carl. John Luther
attended schools in Atlanta, Illinois and subsequently spent five years as a student in
Shurtleff College. He next pursued a literary course in Brown University of Providence,
Rhode Island, and following his graduation from the institution, took up the study of law
at Ann Arbor, Michigan. In that state he was admitted to the bar in March 1874 and the
following September was admitted to the Illinois bar on Motion. He was the oldest lawyer
in Logan County and for nearly sixty years he was an active member of the Logan County
Bar. He was one of the oldest practicing attorneys in central Illinois and for years had
been the senior member of the firm of Bevan and Bevan, with offices in Atlanta, in
partnership with his son Frank S. Bevan. The town of Atlanta has since remained the scene
of his professional labors and a large clientage has been accorded him in recognition of
his ability. Frank Bevan was a republican in politics and served as alderman and also as
mayor of Atlanta, Illinois. [Written in 1941 by Maxine Mae BEVAN of Platteville Wis.;
by Lana Carol BEVAN Wells, great-great niece to Samuel BEVAN]
Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Brenda Duckworth
From "Memorial Records of Shelby County, Ohio, 1819-1975" (page 559), Authors: Adams and Morley, RG 977.145ADA, Orlando (Florida) Public Library.
"Levi Harp died of Cholera August 13, 1854. He was 34 years old. He is buried in BLACK, which is also known as Lemoine Cemetery (Shelby County, Ohio). the cemetery is located east of Russia in LoramieTownship. Rangeline Road is near the railroad track. The cemetery is accessible by a lane that runs along the southside of the railroad tracks. The cemetery belongs to the German Reformed Church. The church is located about 1/4mile west and across the tracks from the cemetery. The frame building has been converted into a dwelling."
[This ends the excerpt from the book]
Levi Harp was my great-great grandfather
His parents were Sarah (unknown) and Henry Harp. His spouse was Mary Everly (Birth 1822, Shelby County Ohio, Death1860, Logan County IL). They were married March 20, 1845 in Shelby County Ohio.
Children of Levi Harp and Mary (Everly) Harp were:
Rachel Harp, Born 1846, Ohio
Mahala Harp, Born Aug. 11, 1847, Shelby County Ohio;
Died Dec. 6, 1908, Logan County IL.. Buried Laenna
Cemetery, Chestnut, Logan County, IL.
Elizabeth Harp, Born 1848, Shelby County Ohio.
Frederick Harp, Born Aug. 8, 1850,Shelby CountyOhio:
Died April 5, 1905, Cumberland County IL, Buried in
Macedonia Cemetery, Cumberland County IL. (This is my great-grandfather.)
Cordelia Harp, Born 1853, Shelby County, Ohio