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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1444-1445 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Settlement was made in the Mohawk Valley by the founder of this family prior to 1804. James Levey was born in Schenectady county, New York, 1804, son of Dutch parents. He was a farmer of Amsterdam; late in life he removed to the city of Amsterdam, where he died January 22, 1884. He married, October 29, 1829, Katherine Cain, born in Princetown, Schenectady county, December 24, 1806, died February 20, 1880. Children:

  1. Hiram, see forward.
  2. John, born March 16, 1833; married Amanda M. Lepper; they reside in Amsterdam, New York.
  3. William H., February 17, 1835; married Lydia Van Dyke, who survives him, with daughters, Maggie and Lulu.
  4. Paul, December 22, 1837, deceased; married Jane Ann Bunn and had Lydia.
  5. Benjamin, December 20, 1839; removed to Rockford, Illinois; married Margaret Lepper, who survives him; resident of Stillman Valley; no issue.
  6. Catherine, March 11, 1842, deceased; married Edward Hamm, of Amsterdam, and had Freeman and Jennie.
  7. Margaret, May 12, 1844, deceased; married Johnson Banta; no issue.
  8. Barbara, October 12, 1846, deceased; married Orvin Wessell, of Amsterdam; no issue.
  9. Maria, October 12, 1848; married Newton Merry, of Merry Brothers, truckmen, Amsterdam; has a son, Earl Merry.
  10. Susan, October 17, 1852; married Jay Merry, brother of Newton; has Bertha and Anna Merry.
  11. Nicholas, September 21, 1854; married Belle Hayes, of Troy, New York; has a daughter Hazel.

(II) Hiram, eldest child of James and Katherine (Cain) Levey, was born in Montgomery county, New York, August 29, 1830, died October 19, 1905. Early in life he removed to Fulton county, New York, where all his subsequent life was passed. He was a farmer. He married, at Broadalbin, Fulton county, Rachel H. Ockart, born in Albany, New York, June 14, 1839. She survives her husband and resides with a daughter, Carrie B., in Troy, New York. She is the daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth (Ruben) Ockart, who were born in France, reared in Germany, came to the United States, to Albany, New York, where they were married; following the birth of their second child they removed to Mayfield, Fulton county, where they died. Children of Anthony and Elizabeth Ockart:

  1. Joseph Samuel F. C., resident of Gloversville, New York; by first wife has Philander and Alice.
  2. Rachel H. (Mrs. Hiram Levey).

Children of Hiram and Rachel H. (Ockart) Levey:

  1. James, born 1855; of Amsterdam; married Christina Beck, and has
    1. Laura B., married Marcus Rasmussen, and
    2. Urban.
  2. Frank H., see forward.
  3. Carrie B., 1871, married Walter McClellan, of Troy, New York; has a son,
    1. Ockart McClellan, born January 25, 1897.

(III) Frank H., son of Hiram and Rachel H. (Ockart) Levey, was born in Amsterdam, Montgomery county, New York, September 30, 1857. He grew to manhood and was educated in his native town. On reaching man's estate he removed to the city of Amsterdam and obtained employment in a box factory, remaining until he became an expert workman and thoroughly understood every detail of box manufacturing. Having only a limited capital, he erected a small factory and began business for himself; without machinery he operated in a small way, making all his boxes by hand labor. He was industrious, ambitious, and bound to succeed. In a few years he had a large factory fully equipped with modern box-making machinery. After sixteen years close application to business, having an opportunity, he disposed of his entire business in 1900 and retired from active business life, to his beautiful home in Amsterdam, which he built. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as is Mrs. Levey. Never taking an active part in politics, he has always been a stalwart Republican. He is fraternally connected with Amsterdam Lodge, No. 134, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Chuctenunda Lodge, No. 100, Knights of Pythias. In the days of the volunteer fire department in Amsterdam he was a member of the "Bronson Hose Company," now known as the Bronson Social and Benevolent Association. He is an exempt member of Bronson Hose Company. He married, February 22, 1880, in Amsterdam city, Christina Miller, born in Saratoga county, May 24, 1858. She has been an active and important factor in his business career, assisting him in the earlier days by personal work, laboring by his side in the little shop until a safe start was secured, and now enjoying, with him, their well-earned competence. She is a daughter of Augustus and Mary (Saunders) Miller, born in Germany, he in Berlin; she in Pommern, Westphalia. They came to the United States before their marriage, which occurred in Saratoga county, New York, where they resided for several years, afterward removing to Rockton (now part of the city of Amsterdam) where he was a farmer and where he died May 19, 1893, aged seventy-four. His wife Mary survives him at the age of seventy-seven. The Millers were members of the German Lutheran church, as were their forebears. Children:

  1. Frederika, married William Kernan.
  2. Christina (Mrs. Frank H. Levey).
  3. Augustus, farmer of Perth, Fulton county; married Minnie Strumz.
  4. John, of Red River, New York; married Margaret Pargo.
  5. Charles, of Amsterdam; married Annie M. Lebeahn.
  6. Mary, married George Shuler, of Amsterdam.
  7. Lizzie, married Nazarre Ross, of Broadalbin, New York.
  8. George, of Amsterdam, unmarried.
  9. Frank, married Jessie Ross.

Children of Frank H. and Christina (Miller) Levey:

  1. Harriet, born April 7, 1881.
  2. Francis, October 5, 1894; both residing at home.

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