Monday, February 20, 2012
Levi and Sarah (Chalfant) Thrasher
Anytime I am lucky enough to have a family photo passed along to me, I get excited. It helps me connect a little more with an ancestor. I can look onto the face of this person and see beyond just knowing their name. Add to that the fact that I have walked where they have walked, seen the fields they have worked, and personally lived in a semi-close vicinity to where they have lived.
Levi Thrasher, grandson of David and Phoebe Thrasher, was born 4 Mar 1827. It is believed that he was born in Maine, and when just a few years old, made the trip to Delaware County, Ohio via an ox-team and covered wagon with his parents and five siblings, as the family appeared there as early as the 1830 census. He lived and was raised on what was known as the "Sugar Tree Farm" in Trenton Township, called as such because of the large number of maple trees.
Levi was one of only two boys in the family, accompanied by seven sisters. Certainly he was taught early in life the responsibility of working and improving the farm that his father owned along the banks of Rattlesnake Run creek. When he came of age, he was wed to Miss Sarah Chalfant, the daughter of William and Phoebe (Talley) Chalfant. They were married on 5 May 1853 in Delaware County.
Upon the death of his father in 1871, Levi and his brother were each willed 100 acres from their father. This land was transferred in February of 1873 to another party - Mr. William N. Wilson - nearing the time that Levi would move his family. On 5 May 1875, along with his wife and family, Levi Thrasher left his cabin in Delaware County and set out for his new home in Paulding County, Ohio.
According to Amanda Lee Thrasher in her family history, Brown Township in Paulding County, Ohio was a "wild, woodsy, and plaguey" place when they settled there: