About Leonard Divan
Pvt. 5th class Washington co. Pa.; Militia 5th Battalion George Mair's Co. as of 2 Nov. 1781; Effective supply Tax Co. Pa.
D.A.R. Lineage Papers #660 & 436
1781- Pa. Tax Lists Washington co., Bethlehem Twp. Diven, Leonard horse 2, Cattle 2 sheep 8 value 13
1790 Census Washington co., Pa. pg. 254 Leanard Divan 1 male 16+; 2 male 0-16; 5 female.
1800 Census Washington co., Pa. pg. 908 Leonard Diven 2 male 10-16; 1 male 45+; 1 female 16-26; 1 female 45+
1812, and 1816-19 Oh. Lax Lists Belmont co., Oh., Richland twp. Leonard Divan appears on all owning land in 4-7-2
1820 Oh. Census Coshocton co. Perry Twp. - Leonard Divan 1 male 45+; 1 female 45+
1820 Oh Tax list - Coshocton co. Perry Twp. Leonard Divan 1600 acres 9-5-18 SW & 160 acres 9-5-23 NW
Ohio Land records -
- CV-0030-538 DIVAN, LEONARD 9/13/1816 0 OH U.S. Military Survey 005N - 009W SW 18 Coshocton
- CV-0030-540 DIVAN, LEONARD 9/13/1816 0 OH U.S. Military Survey 005N - 009W NW 23 Coshocton
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
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 after 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 descendants, if they are interested, to join the national organization, Sons/Daughter American Revolution.
Leonard and Abigail were both almost eighty years of age on 31 October 1823 when Leonard made his last 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.
1. F. M. Eberhart, W. B. Hampshire, W. J. Thorpe & J. M. Thorpe, What We Know of Our Divan Ancestors as of Jan 1 1976 (1 Jan 1976).
2. Pa. Archives Series: 1st, 12 v; 2nd, 19 v; 3rd, 30 v; 4th, 12 v; 5th, 8 v, 6th, 15 v; 7th, 5 v; 8th, 9 v; 9th, 10 v (1852 - ?, Philadelphia and Harrisburg), 6ht series Vol 2 pg. 167 & 246. "Was a member of the Washington co. Militia 5th Battalion, George Meirs Co. as of 2 Nov. 1781."
3. 1830 United States Census, Micro Copy 19 Roll 129 Ohio Vol. 4 Coshocton co., Oh. Perry twp. # 40.
4. Pa. Archives Series: 1st, 12 v; 2nd, 19 v; 3rd, 30 v; 4th, 12 v; 5th, 8 v, 6th, 15 v; 7th, 5 v; 8th, 9 v; 9th, 10 v (1852 - ?, Philadelphia and Harrisburg), 3r Series Vol. 22 pg. 707.
5. Daughter of American Revolution Patriot Index, pg. 18. 1996 Washington D.C. 771 pgs.; 1st Supplement 1969; Second Supplement, 1973.
6. Coshocton County Ohio Wills. "Common Pleas November 1827 State of Ohio, Coshocton County SS Court of Common Pleas Nov. Term 1827.
John Divan Executor of the estate of Leonard Divan. Will proven and letters testamentary granted. Be it remembered that at a court of common pleas held at Coshocton within and for the said county of Coshocton, before the Honorable Alexander Harper, Esquire, presiding judge of our said court and Mordicai Chalfant, Thomas Johnston and Henry Grim., esquires, associate Judges of the same court for said county at the term of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand and eight hundred and twenty-seven to wit November 21, 1827.
The last will and testament of Leonard Divan, was on the twenty first day of November aforesaid produced to said court for probate, which reads in the following, To wit; In the name of God, Amen, I Leonard Divan of Coshocton County and state of Ohio, being of sound mind and memory and at the time knowing that my body is subject to mortality and not knowing at what time I may be called on to leave my wordly affairs, while I have strength and capacity so to do, being in sound mind and memory. I do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at anytime made, and first and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of my creator who gave it, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection at the last day and my body to the earth to be interred at the descretion of my executors, hereafter mentioned and as to so much worldly estate as it has pleased Almighty God to bestow on me in this world. I dispose of the same in the following manner, To wit Item the first
I will that out of my personal estate my funeral changes and all my just debts be paid. Item two - - I give and bequeath to my eldest son, Jacob Divan and his heirs or assigns one dollar, having given him a piece of land many years ago. Item three
I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Divan, one dollar, whereas I advanced money and paid for the quarter of land, on which my son Henry Divan now lives. It is my will that he pay unto my executors fifty dollars in three installments after my death. Item four - - I give and bequeath to my son John Divan and his heirs and assigns the northwest quarter in section twenty-three, Township five, range nine which is the land on which I now live, except ten acres which I have deeded to Jacob Huffman. Also I give unto my son John Divan, his heirs and assigns ten acres of land surveyed and laid off in the southwest quarter township five, range nine, according to meets and layoffs of said plat, it is my will also that my son John Divan shall unto my executors, fifty dollars in three annual installments after my death. Item five;
I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rebecca Huffman, her heirs and assigns, one dollar, whereas I gave her husband. Jacob Huffman, a deed for the Northwest section of twenty-three township, five, range nine as her part of my real estate and personal property and he is to pay my executors fifty dollars in three annual installments after my death, which will appear by his receipt and acquittal. Item six
I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Barbara Ault wife of Peter Ault, her heirs or assigns, five dollars and whereas I hold notes and claims for money, etc., advanced to Peter Ault, I do desire and require the executors to give him up his notes and all my claims against him, which amounts to two hundred and forty-seven dollars and interest to this time which will be in full her part of my estate, after my death. Item seven
I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Billman wife of Henry Billman, her heirs and assigns, two hundred and fifty dollars to be paid by my executors in three annual installments after my death, ninty-eight which is already paid and my executors must discharge him from the same and give up his note and account. Item eight
I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine Luidy, wife of Frederick Ludiy, fifty dollars to be paid by my executors and it is my request that after my death they write into her or her heirs and pay her, her heirs or assigns the sum of fifty dollars. Item nine
And lastly, I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Abigail Divan, all my household furniture of every kind to be disposed of as she may please, one cow, one sheep, and one hundred dollars and also that my wife Abigail Divan live and reamin in peaceable possession in my messuage house on my farm during her natural life and at her death if any property should remain not otherwise disposed of my estate it is my will that it be equally divided amoung my following children, to wit; Henry Divan, John Divan, Rebecca Huffman, Barbara Ault, Mary Billman, and Catherine Luidy
And lastly - I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Abigail Divan and John Divan my executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. 31 day Oct. 1823. Leonard Divan (his mark) witnesses: J. W. Pigman, George Sauceman, Henry McVey."
7. D. A. R. Application Papers, #639845. . Applicant Judith Elaine (McKee) Burns.
Leonard Divan's Timeline
Washington, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States
June 18, 1790
Bethlehem, washington, PA, USA
November 27, 1827
Coshocton County, Ohio, United States