An American Family History

William LeFevre

The first Europeans settled in the Northwest Territory in 1788. Migrants came from New York and New England. Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state on March 1, 1803.

William LeFevre was born February 11, 1812 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Jacob LeFever and Rebecca Bachtell.

He married Naomi Twigg on November 9, 1842. She was born on March 11, 1819 in Maryland. Her parents were John McElfish Twigg and Elizabeth Johnson.

William and Naomi's children included:
John M. LeFevre (1844),
Rebecca E. LeFevre Detwiler (1846, married Henry Detwiler),
Lora Ann LeFevre (1850),
Ordella LeFevre Gierhart (1852, married Chaney P. Gierhart)
Mary Catherine LeFevre (1852),
Argyl LeFevre (1856), and
William W. LeFevre (1858).

In 1840 William LeFevre was in Libery Township, Fairfield County, Ohio. The household consisted of a man and a woman between 20 and 29, and a boy between 10 and 14.
Ohio 1840
From an Ohio newspaper in 1840.

In 1850 the family was in Liberty. The household consisted of William age 38, Naoma age 30, John M. age 6, Rebecca age 4 and Lora A. age 2.

In 1860 they were still in Liberty (postoffice Basil). The household consisted of William age 47, Naomi age 42, John M. age 15, Rebecca E. age 12, Lora M. age 10, Ordella age 8 Argyl age 4, and William W. age 2.

William died on December 8, 1867 in Fairfield County, Ohio. Thomas J. Swope administered the estate.

In 1880 Naomi LeFevre was a widow in Liberty.

Fairfield County, Ohio
Children of Jacob LeFevre and
Rebecca Bachtell
  • David LeFevre
  • Samuel LeFevre
  • Isaac LeFevre (died young)
  • Jacob LeFevre
  • Margaret LeFevre Kelsey
  • Mary LeFevre
  • Rebecca L. LeFevre Swope
  • John LeFevre
  • Elizabeth LeFevre
  • William LeFevre
  • Sarah Ann LeFevre

  • Fairfield County is in central Ohio. The county seat is Lancaster.

    Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.




    from Distinguished Citizens of Allegany County by Williams and Thomas (1923)

    . . .The name Twiggtown is a misnomer, for there never was a town there, not even a village. It is but a neighborhood, where once upon a time, long ago, there lived so many Twiggs that it came to be called "Twiggtown" by some countryside wit, and the name hangs to it still.

    Here follow the names of the children of John McElfish Twigg (of John of John) and Elizabeth (Johnson) Twigg, married March 22, 1809:
    Rebecca, wife of Jasper Chaney, of Ohio;
    Naomi, wife of William Le Fever, of Ohio;
    Anah, wife of John H. Stallings;
    Darkey, wife of Thomas Chaney;
    Susanna, wife of James Willison;
    Thomas, married Jane E. Newell, Murley's Branch;
    Argyle, married to Alley Robinette, Twiggtown;
    Oliver, married to Mary Ann Stallings, Murley's Branch.


    A joiner is a carpenter skilled in finished woodwork.

    from History of Fairfield County

    Detwiler, John, farmer; was born in Switzerland, April 16, 1810; son of John and Elizabeth Detwiler. He was educated in Switzerland, and learned the trade of wood carver. He emigrated to America with his uncle in 1838, coming direct to Pleasant township, Fairfield county, where he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner. In 1831, Mr. Detwiler was united in marriage to Miss Henderlek,  who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1806.  Her father, Jacob Henderlek,  was one of the early pioneers of Liberty township.  After his marriage he moved to Liberty,  and settled upon a farm of eighty acres, belonging to his wife. He has since added to his farm, until he now has two hundred and fifty-three acres, finely cultivated and adorned with a handsome and modern residence.

    They had a family of nine children, of whom three are living. Three died in infancy, and three after reaching maturity.
    Maria, the wife of Daniel Stout, died in 1857;
    Susannah, wife of David Eversole, died in 1879;
    Barbara was wife of Henry Boyer, and died in 1875; 
    Jacob is a well known resident of Liberty town ship;
    Henry resides with his father. He was married to Rebecca LeFever, in 1868;
    Sarah is the wife of William Coffets, living on the home farm.

    Mrs. Detwiler died January 15, 1873. The family are members of the German Reformed Church. Mr. Detwiler, as soon as a home could be provided for her, sent to Switzerland for his aged mother, and brought her to his home, where she spent the remainder ofher life. She died in 1865.

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