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Isaac Levan (1754-1850) of NC
Posted by: William Baxter Orr Date: April 11, 2000 at 11:34:08
  of 2014

Trying to establish relationship between this Isaac Levan and William LaFon b. 1787 in the Carolinas, later living in Henry County, Tennessee, finally moving to and dying in Johnson County, Texas. Thus far, we suspect but have no evidence that the two are father and son.

This Isaac was born in Germany; is said to have served in the Revolution, was first counted in 1790 Census, Lincoln County NC Census, as Isaac Levaun, head of family with what appears to be a small young family - 4 females and 3 males under 16. His house was one removed from one counted as occupied by a Jacob Rosemond and his family. On 5 February 1789, if this was the same Isaac Levain, he married Mary (Molly) Rosemond, his neighbor's daughter. This is assumed by most to have been his second marriage. William, if Isaac's son, would probably have been by a previous marriage.

We are told that at least four children were born of Isaac after his marriage to Mary Rosamond. They were Benedict, Daniel, Benjamin and David. We are indebted to several descendants of these four for most of what we know of this Isaac. The late Jeryl Lafon, a descendant of David, was a major contributor.

Isaac was counted by the 1820 Census in Iredell County, by the 1840 Census again in Lincoln County and by the 1850 Census in Catawba County. In 1840 he was reported as Isaac LaFon in the 80-90 year old bracket, living with a female in the 70-80 year old bracket. By 1850 he was reported as Isaac Lafong, age 96, a Pauper, living in the Household of an Elijah Cline, house 764, Keeper of the Poor. There was no trace of his wife. His death was reported on the 1850 Mortality Schedule. He died at age 96, a male, white, widower, born in Germany, died in January, occupation Teacher, cause of death "Frozed."

Looking for William LaFon, note that a William Levan married Susanah Wyatt on 1 April 1795 in Lincoln County. Our William would have been age 8 if actually born in 1787. Otherwise, we have no clue to this William's identity. The county had only 1409 households in 1790. Odds are that he was our William or a relative. A William Lefon was counted by the 1820 Census in Haywood County, formed 1908 in the Western Part of North Carolina.

A William Laffong (or Layfong) was counted by the 1830 Census in Haywood County. There, the proven ages of our William, his wife and their three older sons match the census data, offering some evidence that this is our ancestor. Three young females were also present, unexplained.

It is quite possible that this Isaac, born in Germany, came directly to North Carolina sometime between his birth in 1754 and his appearance there in 1790. It is just as likely that he first settled elsewhere. Many Germans of the area first migrated to Pennsylvania in the 1740's and 20 years later moved South. Also, it's quite possible that Isaac did not move over a few miles in the last 60 years of his life in North Carolina; it was the counties that moved, not he.


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