Leven Wanless

Leven Wanless

Male 1813 - 1901  (88 years)

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  • Name Leven Wanless 
    Born 21 Mar 1813  Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence Between 1829 and 1838  Brown's Mountain, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence Between 1844 and 1856  Thorny Creek, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Lived next to his father-in-law Henry Dilley, according to land records.
    Census 1850  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 47th Dist. (roll 969, p.289)
      Level      37  blacksmith, r.e. value: 1000
      Nancy     32
      Eldridge      13
      Francis A.     9
      Alonzo B.      7
      Perry Allison  5
      Albion E.      2
      Neighbors: Followed by Andrew & Martha Dilley, James & Elizabeth Wanless, Lindsay Sharp & mother Margaret Wanless Sharp. 70+ houses later is Ralph & Sally Wanless, Adam Miller, Martin Dilley, several Moore families
    Moved Abt Sep 1856  Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Not in the 1856 Iowa census.
    Residence 1857  Bluffton Twp, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1857 Assessor's Book shows Leven Wanless in Bluffton Twp with property valued at $1575
      [source: Decorah Genealogy Association]
    Residence 1858-1859  Pleasant Twp, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1858 Assessor's Book shows in Pleasant Twp:
      Wanless, Jas. - property value $235
      Wanless, Leven -
      with no property value shown for Leven; does that mean he had none or shared it with James? He shouldn't be in the assessor's book if he's not an owner.

      1859 Assessor's Book shows in Pleasant Twp:
      Wanless, Leven . - property value $1403
      Wanless, Lars(?) -  property value $76
      -- Lars is probably Jas.

      [source: Decorah Genealogy Association]
    Census 1860  Bluffton, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1860 Bluffton Twp & P.O. (roll 345, p.928)
      Leven 46 farmer, r.e.value: 800
      Nancy 40
      Eldredge 23 blacksmith
      Asbury 19 farmer, school
      Alonzo 16 " "
      Perry 13 school
      Emile 12 " "
      Dorinda 9 " "
      Elizabeth J. 7 " "
      Oliver 4 " "
      -- all kids born in VA. Brother Thomas & family are 10 pages away in census. Other neighbors include Laura Wanless, James & Mary E. Wanless, Judds, Dawleys, Mary D. Collins (Thos' dau.), Lyman D. Morse (with whom Leven traded much land), the Snells, Thomas & Rebecca Townsend, Charles & Jane Callaghan.
    Elected 1860  Bluffton Twp, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Past and Present of Winneshiek County, Iowa, Edwin C Bailey, 1913
      At the opening of 1861, the Board of Supervisors [elected the previous fall, one from each township] cast lots to see which would hold office for one year and which for two years, so that the terms of office would not all expire at the same time. Results included Levan Wanless, Bluffton, one year.
    Census 16 Aug 1870  Bluffton Twp, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • #59
      Leven 57 farmer, r.e. value: 12,000, pers: 4200, all b. VA
      Nancy 57
      Alonzo B. 26 farm laborer
      Perry A. 23 " "
      Albion E. 21 " "
      Dorinda L. 18 at home
      Elizabeth 16 " "
      Oliver G. 14 " "
      Neighbors: some Collins; can't read others. p.47 #138 is Edwin Snell, father of Albert. p.48 #149 is Thomas Wanless & family. #142 is Lyman Morse, some Judds nearby, no other familiar names.

      [roll 426 p.41 printed; extremely light, hard-to-read film]
    Residence 1875-1876  Bluffton Twp, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Listed in Winneshiek Co directory as Leven Wanless, farmer, with 500 acres in section 5 of Bluffton Twp #99, range 9, worth $2, 863.
    Census 1880  Fremont, Winneshiek Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Levan WANLESS   Self   M   Male   W   67   VA   Dry Goods Merchant  father b. England, mother b. Pennsylvania 
      Nancy WANLESS   Wife   M   Female   W   62   VA   Keeping House   VA   VA 
    Census 1885  Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Leven Wanless, 72, farmer, married, born Virginia, parents foreign born
      Nancy Wanless, 66, married, keeps house, born Virginia, father native born, mother foreign born
    Census 1895  Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From transcription at ancestry.com:
      Levan Wanless 82 Eng
      Nancy Wanless 76 Virginia
    Newspaper 8 Jul 1897  Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cresco Times 
    • Levan Wanless had a serious accident involving a buggy and a fractious horse. His spine and hips were injured and his lower limbs paralyzed. D.A. Norton rescued him and he was moved to his son's near Plymouth Rock. Later, his daughter Mrs. Gene Damon and O.G. Wanless moved him to Cresco, where Dr. Roome attended him. Levan "is over 80 years of age and has hardly recovered from a severe siege with the grip that prostrated him last winter". His recovery will take much time, but he does not endure much pain. [copy of article in Wanless-Iowa file]
    Census 1900  Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his daughter Elizabeth Damon 
    • age 87, widowed
    Obituary 1901 
    • Obit (filed in Wanless-Iowa file) describes him thus: "He was associated with the early settlement of Winneshiek county and shared with his family the hardships and privations of pioneer life. He amassed a goodly fortune by industry and thrift and insisted that all with whom he was connected should observe in their practices the elements which he considered essential to true nobility viz. industry, honesty, and morality. His was an unpretentious spirit, display be dispised [sic]. He judged no ones worth by their fortune or their apparrel [sic]. He was a close student of mankind and drew swift and accurate conclusions. He was a diligent reader of good literature, an excellent bible student, and an entertaining conversationalist. In advanced years his mind was clear and active and his interest keen in the notable events of the day. Four years ago he was injured by a runaway horse and has been a patient sufferer much of the time since, but was not confined to the house until a few weeks before his death, which occurred Sept 28 at the home of his daughter Mrs Eugene Damon in this city. All of his children, except 2 sons who reside in the far west, were with him in his last illness and ministered to his every want."
    Occupation blacksmith, farmer, & for awhile had a general store  [5
    Died 28 Sep 1901  Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Oak Lawn Cem., Cresco, Howard, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Also spelled Levan, Leaven, Levin, Level, Seven, Eleven in various documents.

      LAND:
      1829 Jan 21: John & Leven bought 200 acres on Browns Mtn between Browns Ck and Knapps Ck from their father Ralph. See his entry.

      10 Sept 1832: Leaven Wanless granted by John Floyd, Gov. of VA, 86 acres in Poca. Co. on Knapps Creek on top of Brown's Mtn, adjoining his own land on the east side. Surveyed July 16, 1828 by LOTW 5716 issued Aug 2, 1816. [Poca. Co. Entry Book; also in LVA index-Wanger-card 12; Grants 81, p.3]
      --In Poca. Co. Entry Bk, this entry is also found dated 21 May 1828.

      1838 Oct 12: John Wanless & his wife Elizabeth & Leven (spelled Seven and Seaven] Wanless and his wife Nancy, all of Pocahontas Co, VA, sold 200 acres on Browns Mtn between Browns Ck and Knapps Ck (purchased in 1829 from their father Ralph) to Ralph Wanless.
      -- I don't know if they sold the land back to their father or to their brother. See father's entry. [Poca. Deed Bk 3, p.100; have copy in land file]

      1845 June 30: Patented 18 acres in Poca. Co. on north side of Thorny Ck, adj. the land he bought of Henry Dilly and the Thomas Wilson survey of 44,000 acres.Bounds mention Wilson's line, Dilly's line, the county road, a stump near Leven's smith shop. Surveyed Apr 7, 1844, by LOTW 13078. [LVA index-Wanger-card 13; Grants 96, p.472]

      1854 Poca. Co. Tax List lists "Seven" Wanless along with most of his brothers. [1981 Poca. Co. History, p.24)

      1856 Sept 16: Levan Wanless & Nancy his wife (no residence given] sold to William Sharp of Elk, for $1, 4 tracts of land in Pocahontas Co on Thorny Creek. One tract of 60 acres was conveyed by Henry Dilley to said Wanless by deed on Aug 28, 1844. The 2nd tract of 47 acres was conveyed by Reuben Buzzard to said Wanless by deed on June 1, 1852. The 3rd tract of 500 acres was conveyed by James W. Moore & wife & John Moore to said Wanless by deed on July 16, 1852. The 4th tract was a grant from the Commonwealth by patent for 80 acres. Recorded Nov 3, 1857. Note in deed margin says "del'd to Wm Sharp 6 April 1858". [Poca. Co. Deed Bk 7, p.264; copy in land file]
      -- according to this deed, Nancy appeared personally before the court, so they hadn't left VA yet or they came back to sell land (see statement of Lucille below]. Also, Eldridge quit the PO on 27 Sept 1856.

      Moved to Iowa when Oliver was 6 months old (Apr 1856) in a covered wagon and never returned to VA, even for a visit. [Lucille, dau. of Oliver Wanless, circa 1960]
    Person ID I10  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2013 

    Father Ralph Wanless,   b. 28 Mar 1756, Newcastle, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1842, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Lucretia (Crissey) Nichols,   b. 1765-1775, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837-1850, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1788  Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet

    Family Nancy Dilley,   b. 16 Oct 1818, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1895, Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1836  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     1. Eldridge Wanless,   b. 19 Jul 1837, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1916, Drain, Douglas, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Margaret Salina Wanless,   b. 26 Apr 1839, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1840, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Francis Asbury Wanless,   b. 19 Jun 1841, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1928, Salem, Marion Co, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Alonzo Byron Wanless,   b. 13 Feb 1844, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1920  (Age 75 years)
     5. Perry Allison Wanless,   b. 29 Aug 1846, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1925, Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. Albion Emile Wanless,   b. 13 Oct 1848, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1931, Vancouver, Clark Co, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. Darinda Laoquincy Wanless,   b. 2 Jun 1851, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1913, Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     8. Elizabeth Jane Wanless,   b. 15 Jun 1852-1853, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1910, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     9. Oliver Gustavius Wanless,   b. 13 Oct 1855, Thorny Creek, Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1948, Minneapolis, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Photos
    Children of Leven Wanless
    Children of Leven Wanless
    Back Row, left to right: Elizabeth Jane, Oliver Gustavius, Darinda Laoquincy
    Front Row, left to right: Perry Allison, Francis Asbury "Frank", Albion Emile, Alonzo Byron
    Probably taken in Howard or Winneshiek Co, Iowa between 1883 and 1893. Frank eventually settled in western Oregon; Emile in Vancouver, Washington after stints in Oregon, Iowa, Missouri, and Alberta, Canada; Darinda (Holt) in Saskatchewan, Canada; Oliver in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Alonzo and Perry stayed in the Winneshiek & Howard counties area of Iowa. After caring for their father Leven Wanless in Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa until his death in 1901, Elizabeth (Damon) and her family moved to La Grande, Oregon. The only child missing from this photo is Eldridge, the oldest son, who was probably in Arizona.
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2001 
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1885 - Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1895 - Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper - Cresco Times - 8 Jul 1897 - Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - with his daughter Elizabeth Damon - 1900 - Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Sep 1901 - Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Children of Leven Wanless
    Children of Leven Wanless
    Back Row, left to right: Elizabeth Jane, Oliver Gustavius, Darinda Laoquincy
    Front Row, left to right: Perry Allison, Francis Asbury "Frank", Albion Emile, Alonzo Byron
    Probably taken in Howard or Winneshiek Co, Iowa between 1883 and 1893

  • Sources 
    1. [S71] Bible of William Wanless.

    2. [S73] Land Records - Pocahontas Co.

    3. [S73] Land Records - Pocahontas Co, IN AUG 1844, BOUGHT LAND FROM HENRY DILLEY, ADJ. HENRY DILLEY. IN JUN 1845 HE PATENTED ADDITIONAL LAND ADJ. THIS LAND AND THE BOUNDS MENTION DILLY'S LINE. (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S200] State Census.

    5. [S73] Land Records - Pocahontas Co, 1845 JUNE 30 LAND DEED FOR LAND ON NORTH SIDE OF THORNY CREEK MENTIONS LEVEN'S SMITH SHOP IN THE BOUNDS DESCRIPTION (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S72] Letter-Lucille Wanless, dau. of Oliver, (filed in Leonard Wanless folder), INJURED BY A RUNAWAY HORSE, INVALID FOR 3 YRS BEFORE DYING FROM INJURY. (CORROBORATED BY ARTICLE IN LOCAL NEWSPAPER ON THIS ACCIDENT AND A SEPARATE ARTICLE ON HIS DEATH; HAVE COPIES.) (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S4] Marriage Records - Augusta Co, VA.

    8. [S3] Marriage Records - Pocahontas Co, WV, 8 FEB 1836 BOND FOR SEVEN WANLESS & NANCY DILLY. SURETY, SEVEN WANLESS & HENRY DILLY. NO RETURN [THIS IS FROM THE TRANSCRIBED MARRIAGE BOOK, WHERE LEVEN LOOKS LIKE SEVEN APPARENTLY]. (Reliability: 3).