Leonard Divan (c.1750 - c.1827)

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Birthplace: Pfalz, Germany
Death: Died in Coshocton County, Ohio, United States
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About Leonard Divan

Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A032386

Service: PENNSYLVANIA Rank(s): PATRIOTIC SERVICE, PRIVATE

Birth: (ANTE) 1760

Death: (ANTE) 11-27-1827 COSHOCTON CO OHIO

Service Source: PA ARCH 6TH SER VOL 2, PP 167-8; 3RD SER VOL 22, P 207

Service Description: 1) CAPT GEORGE MIARS WASHINGTON CO MILITIA, 2) SUFFERED DEPREDATION, 1781

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http://pasttracker.com/gentree/surnames.php?tree=Burns-McKee -------------------- Taken from "family tree maker" contributed by Geo Defrieze.

"Our earliest known Divan ancestor was Leonard Divan, who came into Washington County, Pennsylvania by 1781, for in that year he was living in Bethlehem Township and was taxed for 2 horses, 2 cattle and 8 sheep. It has been said that he was of German descent, although one source indicates that his ancestry was French. In any event, it appears he was born in about the early 1740's and had married Abigail in the period from about 1767 through 1790.

Leonard Divan was a member of the Washington County Militia, Fifth Battalion, George Miars Company, as of 2 November 1781, and this service should qualify any of his descendants so inclined for membership in the Revolutionary War Societies. On 14 May 1785 three hundred acres of land was surveyed in Washington County for Leonard Divan, and he and his family apparently resided there until about 1810. They then moved to Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio, where they remained seven to ten years, before moving on to Perry Township, Coshocton County, Ohio. Leonard had purchased the southwest quarter of Section 18 in the township on 5 July 1815. By this time Leonard and Abigail were both approaching eighty years of age and on 31 October 1823 Leonard made his last Will and Testament. This item was probated in Coshocton County, 17 November 1827, indicating his death probably earlier in 1827, but as yet the date of his death and the place of burial remain unknown. Abigail Divan declined to be co-executor with her son, John on the grounds that she was 'to old and infirm'. She was a woman in her eighties, living with her son John, in the 1830 Ohio Census. When she died and where she was buried are likewise unknown at present."

From History of Coshocton County...about 1815 a settlement of Germans, mostly from Beaver County, Pennsylvania, among them Leonard Divan came to Perry Township.

Taken from "Descendants of Leonard Divan" by martyfamily.com

Leonard Divan (1740-1827) came from Pfalz,S.W. Germany (although some records say France) when he was a young man, settling in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

He married Abigail (LNU) born abt 1740, died aftr 1830, in about 1765. In 1781 he was taxed for two horses,two cattle, and eight sheep. On May 14,1785, 300 acres of land was surveyed in Washington County for Leonard Divan.

The couple traveled from Pennsylvania to Ohio overland in a covered wagon sometime between 1810 and 1815. They then moved to Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio before settling in Perry Township, Coshocton County, Ohio. Leonard had purchased the southwest quarter of Section 18 in Perry Township on 5 July 1815, and they are listed in the 1820 census of that township.

Leonard was a private in the Revolutionary War, serving in Washington County, Pennsylvania militia, fifth battalion, George Miers Company. His DAR number is 600436. This allows any of his direct descedents, if they are interested, to join the national organization, Sons/Daughter American Reveloution.

Leonard and Abigail were both almost eighty years of age on 31 October 1823 when Leonard made his las Will and Testament. This item was probated in Coshocton County on 17 November 1827, indicating his death probably earlier in 1827, but as yet the date of his death and place of burial remain unknown.

Their son, John Divan and his wife, Catherine Shrake, were both born in Pennsylvania about 1798. "A Biographical Record of Rock,Green,Grant,Iowa and Lafayette Counties" says that John served in the War of 1812. John and Catherine removed to Carlisle, Coshocton County, Ohio sometime around 1830, where all their children were born. After 1843, John moved his family to Clarno, Green County, Wisconsin, where he purchased a farm. According to the 1850 census, John was a farmer and Catherine could not read or write.

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Leonard Divan's Timeline

1750
1750
Pfalz, Germany
1778
1778
Age 28
1790
June 18, 1790
Age 40
Bethlehem, washington, PA, USA
1827
November 27, 1827
Age 77
Coshocton County, Ohio, United States
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