Hi Bob, just visited this forum and saw your message. I have the following regarding the parents of Levi: Levi Vassar, a substantial farmer, residing seven miles west of Stockton, Mo., was born in Cannon County, Tennessee, November 9, 1825, his parents being Daniel and Ruthie (Lowry) Vassar. The former was born in Tennessee, and died in Arkansas in 1832 while there on a visit. He was a farmer and blacksmith by occupation. His father, Joshua Vassar, was an early settler of Tennessee. Mrs. Vassar died in Gentry County, Missouri, in 1850. Levi Vassar was the fourth of eight children, four of whom survive, and made his home with his mother until eighteen years of age, when he went to Clinton County, Missouri, but a year later returned to Gentry County, where he married, and resided seventeen years.
In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Third Regiment Missouri Mounted Volunteers, U.S.A., and was in active service for almost three years, being a participant in the battles of Lexington, Pea Ridge, Iuka, Champion's Hill, Grand Gulf, Corinth, Farmington and Vicksburg, being taken prisoner at the latter place. After his return home, he resumed farming, and now owns 160 acres of land, of which 100 are under cultivation. He has resided in Cedar County since 1875, and is a member of the Farmer's Alliance.
His wife was a Miss Margaret Lucinda Bryson, who was in Tennessee in 1831, and by her he has eight children: Amanda P., wife of A. W. Martin; Narcissus P., William B., Robert E., Linda W., wife of C. N. Philpot; Alice, Maggie and Jessie. Mrs. Vassar's parents are Samuel and Isabel Bryson. Mr. Vassar cast his first vote for Fillmore for the presidency, and is now a Democrat in politics. He served for about seventeen months in the Mexican War, being in Company H, under Capt. Simmons. Owing to the death of his father when he was seven years of age, Mr. Vassar's educational advantages were very limited, but he is considered a man of sound judgment, and is well informed on all the topics of the day."
[Goodspeed History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade and Barton Counties - page 783 & 784].
As to his children I do not show any other than those you listed. I am a descendent of John Vassar (Levi's brother) who married Millie Marian Bryson (Margaret Loucinda's sister). I have had access to Levi's Bible and have pictures of he and Margaret as well as their tombstones which are in Gibson Cemetery, Neosho MO. You can contact me at email@example.com. Hope this helps. THANKS! Pat
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