LEVAN, Peter Dressler, farmer was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., November 10, 1856. He is a son of Peter K. and Mary A. (Dressler) Levan. His grandparents, John and Christina Levan, had nine children : Solomon, Anna, John, Charles, Elizabeth, Samuel, Chauncy, Peter K., and George. Peter K., was the last survivor of their children. The parents of his wife, Mary A. Dressler, had thirteen children : Daniel, John, Samuel, David, Lydia, Reuben, Hannah, Solomon, Jonas, Judy, Mary Ann, Jacob and William. All are deceased except Judy, widow of Samuel Welker. Their son, Samuel Dressler, became prominent in politics in Ohio. He was a plain and modest man, and not being desirous of notoriety or prominence, he declined the nomination of the Republican party for governor of the State.
Peter K. Levan was a farmer. He was born October 12, 1812, came to Dauphin county in the spring of 1847, and located on the present homestead. He was a man of strong convictions and energetic in the transaction of his business. He was married, in Berks county, Pa., March 5, 1843, to Miss Mary A. Dressler, born July 29, 1820. They had ten children, two of whom are deceased : Sylverrius, born April 14, 1845, died August 5, 1849, and George Williams, born July 30, 1864, died February 27, 1865. Their living children are : Anna M., born December 25, 1846; Sarah E., October 16, 1848, wife of John A. Landis; Ameila M., April 30, 1850; Mary J., April 22, 1853, wife of John A. Carmany, of Harrisburg; Ellie M., February 5, 1855; Peter Dressler, November 10, 1856; Carrie G., May 19, 1859, wife of Dr. H.R. Feeser; Charles Dressler, September 20, 1861. Peter K. Levan died June 2, 1887, in the seventy-fifth year of his age. His wife died March 4, 1894, in the seventy-fourth year of her age. He was a staunch Democrat. He and his wife were members of the United Brethren church, to which the family still adheres.
Peter Dressler Levan received his elementary education in the public schools of Lower Paxton township. At the age of nineteen he entered the academy at Kutztown, Berks county, Pa. His first business employment was on his fatherís farm. Later he became engaged in dealing in cattle and horses, and has continued in that business up to the present time. He is enterprising and successful. He is always accurately informed as to supply and demand, and his judgment is seldom at fault with regard to the actual and market value of live stock.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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