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Levi Sours

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Levi Sours

Huntington County Volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 4 Dec 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Sours, Harter, Weston, Shineberger
"History of Huntington County, Indiana" (Brant&Fuller; Chicago) 1878. p. 725/6 Lancaster Township Biosketches.

Levi Sours, a native of Lancaster County, Penn., was born October 1, 1809, the youngest son of nine children born to Henry and Catharine (Harter) Sours, both natives of the same state. Our subject received a limited education, owing to the inefficiencies of the school system of those days, was raised on a farm and remained at home with his parents until he was twenty-one years old, when he was then married to Miss Abigail Weston, the even being solemnized on the 23d of September, 1830. His wife was born in Northumberland County, Pa., December 15, 1808. She is a daughter of John and Margaret (Shineberger) Weston, natives of Pennsylvania, also. Nine children were born to this marriage, viz: Alfred H., October 15, 1831; John J., June 12, 1834; Rebecca J., August 5, 1836; Simon F., March 23, 1839; Isaiah, December 18, 1840; Ruhamina E., April 26, 1842; Phebe C., September 20, 1844; Eliza M., November 13, 1846; Lidia A., October 14, 1849. Two of these are dead, John J., died August 25, 1835; Eliza M., July 4, 1867. About the year 1846, the subject came to this county and located in Jackson Township, and remained about six years, after which he moved to Iowa, and resided about two years, then they returned to this county, buying land in Huntington Township, where they made their home for about twenty years, and then to Huntington they moved. Here they resided for eight years, then being dis-satisfied with town life, they purchased a small tract of land on Section 16, Lancaster Township, where they expect to remain the balance of their days. They have a nice little home on the Lancaster Gravel Road, nicely located, etc. This aged couple are members of the Lutheran Church. Politically, he is a Republican. Socially they are held in high esteem by the large circle of friends with whom they are acquainted. When he retired from active life, he divided an estate of about 3,200 among his children, who are now doing well for themselves and respective families.

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