William Avery Rockefeller, Sr.

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William Avery Rockefeller, Sr

Also Known As: "Big Bill", "Dr. William Levingston"
Birthplace: Allegany County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Godfrey Lewis Rockefeller; Godfrey Lewis Rockefeller and Lucy Rockefeller
Husband of Eliza Davison; Elizabeth "Eliza" Rockefeller (Davison) and Margaret Levingston
Father of William Avery Rockefeller; John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.; Clorinda Rockefeller Brown; Cornelia Rockefeller; Lucy Briggs and 5 others
Brother of Melinda Harris; Olymphia (Olympha) Rockefeller; Norman Rockefeller; Sally Ann Rockefeller; Jacob S. Rockefeller and 4 others

Occupation: Snake Oil Salesman
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About William Avery Rockefeller, Sr.

Big Bill abandoned his family and assumed the name William Levingston. As William Levingston, he married Margaret Allen. He had 6 children with Eliza (1st marriage), none Margaret (2nd marriage), and 2 children with Nancy Brown.


From FindAGrave:

Dr. William Levingston is the pseydonym for William Avery Rockefeller who was the father of John Davidson Rockefeller, the richest man in America at the turn of the 20th century.

"Dr. William Levingston" was not a real medical doctor but rather a vendor of proprietary (patent) medicines. He was also a proven bigamist. In fact, [...] although he did not first get married until the age of 27, by being a bigamist William Avery Rockefeller was able to be married a total of 103 years even though he died at the ripe old age of 96.

He was married to Eliza Davidson for 52 years and to Margaret Allen for 51 years.

Reference: Chernow, Ron. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. New York: Random House, 1998.

Further note: He should be listed [...] as both William Avery Rockefeller and Dr. William Levingston.

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William Avery Rockefeller, Sr.'s Timeline

November 13, 1810
Allegany County, New York, United States
February 21, 1838
Age 27
Richford, Tioga Co., New York, USA
Age 27
Ontario, Ontario, Canada
July 8, 1839
Age 28
Richford, Tioga, New York, United States
July 8, 1839
Age 28
Richford, Tioga, New York, United States of America
Age 28
Ontario, Canada
May 31, 1841
Age 30
Richford, Franklin, VT, USA
May 31, 1841
Age 30
Richford, New York, USA