Clay County


William Henry Levitt, son of Michael and Mariah Nanning Levitt, was born in Posey county, Indiana, on October 3, 1844. At the age of 7 years, he came with his parents to Illinois and settled in Clay county on Levitt Prairie, near Sailor Springs.

On October 27, 1875, he was united in marriage to Drusilla Wammack, to which union came six children: Frank, of Clay City, Illinois; Cora, of Canton, Ohio; Alta, of Chicago, Illinois, and William, Delbert and Eldridge, of Sailor Springs, who with the faithful wife, 22 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors, are left to mourn his going away, which occurred at the home of Eldridge, on the morning of February 6, 1930, aged 85 years, 4 months and 3 days.

In early manhood Brother Levitt began the Christian life and continued faithful to his belief of immortal life and a home prepared for all God's children and with love could say:

So long thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on; o'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till the night is gone; and, with the morn, those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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