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deal of patronage. Mr. Levergood never liked the office, however, having no taste for politics. He was also in 1848 the candidate of his party for congress, but was defeated by Job Mann, of Bedford. A few years before his death he was elected burgess of Johnstown.
In referring to his death, the Tribune, a few days afterward, had the following: "He died calmly and peacefully, in the full possession of all his faculties, and surrounded by as many of his relatives as could conveneiently gather around his bedside. Relatives reaching through three generations and embracing not less than fifty persons, attended the funeral."
At the time of Mr. Levergood's death only three of his children were living: Mrs. Benshoff, Mrs. Sutton, and Jacob Levergood. There were thirty-three heirs in all, and each was separately named in the will.
A gentleman who knew Mr. Levergood well, says: "He was noted for business tact and shrewdness, strong personal attachments, especially to members of his own family, and for his devotion to the Lutheran church, of which he was all his life a leading member."
JACOB LEVERGOOD, eldest son of Peter Levergood, Sr., died in Johnstown, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, at 6:15 o'clock Sunday morning, February 1, 1885, in his seventy-fifth year. The deceased was born in Lancaster county, on October 7, 1807, and came to Johnstown with his parents when a mere child. For considerably over half a century he was a useful and prominent citizen. He was county surveyor while yet a young man, served for many years as school director and member of council, was a director of the First National bank from its organization,
and for several years served as president of that sterling financial institution. The means which he accumulated before his father's death and the money and property which came into his hands with that event were carefully husbanded, but he never added very greatly to them, being very conservative in business, and also exercising the broadest liberality toward his large family, and in all public and private charities, thus giving away large sums of money in the aggregate.
He was survived by his wife, Jane Louisa Hayes, aged seventy-three years, who came to this county with her brother, William Hayes, Johnstown's first hatter, from Franklin county, Pennsylvania, in 1830, and who was drowned in the great flood, May 31, 1889. She bore him nine children, all of whom were living in Johnstown and all were married at his death, except Lucy. Their names in the order of their ages are as follows: Susan, wife of Dr. Wm. Caldwell; Agnes, wife of John Parke; Peter H., the borough weighmaster; Martin Luther, of the firm of Fockler & Levergood; Mary, wife of George Fockler of the same firm; William H., the stove merchant; Lucy, single, and at home; Jacob Charles, the marble-cutter; and Emma Cummins, wife of Verg C. Elder. There were twenty-three grandchildren and one great-grandchild living.
In his last days it was a great comfort and pleasure to Mr. Levergood, that he could, from his own home, on the corner of Bedford and Vine streets, see the roofs of the houses of every one of his children, six of whom lived within a stone's throw of the homestead. To the day of this death Mr. Levergood's hair was almost as black as in his youth, being only slightly sprinkled with gray, while his whiskers were white.
Mr. Levergood has handed down to his