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Graybill, Levi and Patience

GRAYBILL, SMITH, PITT

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Date: 9/13/2016 at 12:54:25

LEVI AND PATIENCE GRAYBILL
Levi Graybill was born in Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio on March 12, 1818 and died Nov. 30, 1912. He married Patience Smith on June 21, 1841 and they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1845, from Nauvoo to Kanesville [now Council Bluffs, Iowa] in June 1846. In the spring of 1847 Levi discovered a stone and a fall of water in the Nishna Botna River at Old Macedonia, Iowa and posted a squatter's notice at the waterfall and cleared 80 acres of timber near the river. Here he built the first log cabin one-half mile south of main street in the present Macedonia, Iowa. He moved his family back to live in the log cabin, later they moved to Wheeler Grove. Levi and Patience had several children but only five grew to maturity. Salathiel, Lafayette, David, John and Patience [Mrs. Sidney Pitt]. Levi was a farmer and a self-sustained missionary for the early Latter Day Saints and later was rebaptized into the Reorganized Latter Day Saints. Patience was born Nov. 26, 1825 and died Aug. 14, 1895. Both Levi and Patience are buried in the Old Morman Trail Cemetery, three and one-half miles east of Macedonia, Iowa.

Submitted by: Gail Meyer Kilgore, Mar 2003
Publication: written by Neva Kuhr


 

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