Jackson Letts

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     Jackson Letts married Sarah Larimore, daughter of Thomas Larimore and Jemima Huddleston, on 26 October 1862 at Ohio.

Children of Jackson Letts and Sarah Larimore

Jewel Elizabeth Letts1

F, b. 10 June 1923, d. 13 January 2005
     Jewel Elizabeth Letts was born on 10 June 1923 at Michigan.1 She was the daughter of Walter Earl Letts Sr. and Nina Opal Lovell.1 Jewel Elizabeth Letts married Leon Morri Baker, son of Forest Andrew Baker and Alma Margaret Van Natter, on 23 September 1943 at Flint, Genesee Co., MI. Jewel Elizabeth Letts died on 13 January 2005 at Manton, Wexford Co., MI, at age 81.

Citations

  1. [S3888] 1930 Federal Census, Shiawassee County, Michigan. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1027; FHL #2340762.

Mary Ella Letts

F, b. 9 January 1866
     Mary Ella Letts was born on 9 January 1866 at Morgan Twp., Knox Co., OH. She was the daughter of Jackson Letts and Sarah Larimore.

Michael Wayne Letts

M, b. 17 May 1940, d. 25 June 2010
     Michael Wayne Letts was born on 17 May 1940 at Cadillac, Wexford Co., MI. He was the son of Harold Wilson Letts and Marion Florence Born. Michael Wayne Letts died on 25 June 2010 at Manton, Wexford Co., MI, at age 70.

Minnie Letts

F, b. 18 August 1863
     Minnie Letts was born on 18 August 1863 at Morgan Twp., Knox Co., OH. She was the daughter of Jackson Letts and Sarah Larimore. Minnie Letts married John Ewart on 4 February 1882.

Children of Minnie Letts and John Ewart

Roger W. Letts

M, b. 29 May 1865
     Roger W. Letts was born on 29 May 1865 at Morgan Twp., Knox Co., OH. He was the son of Jackson Letts and Sarah Larimore.

Sadie Edith Letts

F, b. April 1878
     Sadie Edith Letts was born in April 1878 at Morgan Twp., Knox Co., OH. She was the daughter of Jackson Letts and Sarah Larimore.

Walter Earl Letts Sr.

M, b. 24 March 1894, d. 29 October 1979
     Walter Earl Letts Sr. was born on 24 March 1894 at Bryant, Jay Co., IN. He was the son of William Morten Letts and Emma Carrie Mann. Walter Earl Letts Sr. married Nina Opal Lovell, daughter of Lewis Alan Lovell and Elizabeth Catherine Nutter, in 1915. Walter Earl Letts Sr. died on 29 October 1979 at Michigan at age 85. He was buried in November 1979 at Fairview Cemetery, Manton, Wexford Co., MI, Findagrave #83744652.

Children of Walter Earl Letts Sr. and Nina Opal Lovell

Citations

  1. [S3888] 1930 Federal Census, Shiawassee County, Michigan. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1027; FHL #2340762.

William Morten Letts

M, b. 17 February 1870, d. 26 May 1953
     William Morten Letts was born on 17 February 1870. He married Emma Carrie Mann in 1893. William Morten Letts died on 26 May 1953 at age 83. He was buried in May 1953 at Fairview Cemetery, Manton, Wexford Co., MI, Findagrave #83744654.

Child of William Morten Letts and Emma Carrie Mann

Erna Leu

F, b. 1 May 1899, d. 8 July 1919
     Erna Leu was born on 1 May 1899 at Germany. She married Stephen Istvan Lagler on 25 May 1916 at Harris Co., TX. Erna Leu died on 8 July 1919 at Houston, Harris Co., TX, at age 20. She was buried on 11 July 1919 at Washington Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Findagrave #9451927.

Child of Erna Leu and Stephen Istvan Lagler

Herbert Oscar Leu

M, b. 2 January 1915, d. 10 February 2004
     Herbert Oscar Leu was born on 2 January 1915 at Houston, Harris Co., TX. He was the son of Stephen Istvan Lagler and Erna Leu. Herbert Oscar Leu married Anna Evelyn Davalt, daughter of Samuel Oral Davalt and Nancy Maude Johnson, on 30 June 1934 at Houston, Harris Co., TX. Herbert Oscar Leu died on 10 February 2004 at Houston, Harris Co., TX, at age 89 Obituary (Findagrave.com):

Houston Chronicle (TX) - Thursday, February 12, 2004

HERBERT O. LEU, 89, passed away February 10, 2004. Survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Evelyn; daughter Shirley Allensworth and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Bob and wife, Susie, Wayne and wife, Stacy, Marvin and wife, Shavonn Allensworth; 7 great-grandchildren and sister, Martha Fiedler. Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 4115 Blalock. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m., in the Church Sanctuary. Interment will follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of usual remembrances memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 6301 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77057.

He was buried in February 2005 at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Findagrave #8693378.

Child of Herbert Oscar Leu and Anna Evelyn Davalt

Shirley Ann Leu

F, b. 8 August 1936, d. 20 January 2015
     Shirley Ann Leu was born on 8 August 1936 at Harris Co., TX. She was the daughter of Herbert Oscar Leu and Anna Evelyn Davalt. Shirley Ann Leu died on 20 January 2015 at Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, at age 78 Obituary (Findagrave.com):

Shirley Anne Leu Allensworth, 78, passed away on January 20, 2015 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Oscar Leu and her mother, Anna Evelyn Leu. She is survived by her husband, Billy Lee Allensworth. Shirley was born on August 8, 1936, and she and Bill would have celebrated their 62nd Anniversary on February 14th. She is also survived by her son, Bobby Allensworth, and his children, grandson Tyler (Kacy) Allensworth, grandson Nicholas, and by Tyler and Nicholas's mother, Susie Allensworth; son Wayne and daughter-in-law Stacy, son Marvin and daughter-in-law Shavonn, and by a host of friends who were like family to us all.
A Funeral Service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, 4115 Blalock Road, Houston, TX 77080 at 2:00 pm on Friday January 23, 2015, followed by burial at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 23, 2015.

She was buried in January 2015 at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX, Findagrave #141674048.

Maria Leusman

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     Maria Leusman married Louis Knigge.

Child of Maria Leusman and Louis Knigge

Konrad Emil Leuze

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     Note: Believed to have had 1 child, name unknown. Konrad Emil Leuze married Marie Munzinger, daughter of Karl Munzinger and Anna Krämer, on 23 October 1918.

Anna Lev

F, b. circa 1853
     Anna Lev was born circa 1853 at Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. She married Frank Svoboda.

Child of Anna Lev and Frank Svoboda

Edward Levell

M, b. 27 March 1885, d. 1934
     Edward Levell was born on 27 March 1885 at Missouri WW I draft registration. He married Katherine Kritzer on 6 October 1919 at Jackson Co., MO. Edward Levell died in 1934. He was buried in 1934 at Mount Saint Marys Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, Findagrave #100553250.

Child of Edward Levell and Katherine Kritzer

Mary Katherine Levell

F, b. 25 January 1919, d. 25 June 1999
     Mary Katherine Levell was born on 25 January 1919 at Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO. She was the daughter of Edward Levell and Katherine Kritzer. Mary Katherine Levell married Max LeRoy Bliven, son of William Blaine Bliven and Bertha Mae Lord, on 1 June 1946 at Jackson Co., MO. Mary Katherine Levell died on 25 June 1999 at age 80.

Eugene Levene

M, b. 18 September 1942, d. 25 January 2002
     Eugene Levene was also known as "Gene". He was born on 18 September 1942. He died on 25 January 2002 at age 59.

Ella Levens

F, b. 13 November 1873
     Ella Levens was born on 13 November 1873.1 She was the daughter of John Levens and Rebecca (?)1 Ella Levens married George Thomas, son of Nathan Thomas and Sarah Price, on 10 July 1894, Ceremony by Rev. Oscar Michel.1

Children of Ella Levens and George Thomas

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 383.

John Levens

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     John Levens married Rebecca (?).

Child of John Levens and Rebecca (?)

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 383.

Elizabeth Annie Lever

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     Elizabeth Annie Lever married Frederick William Baum.

Child of Elizabeth Annie Lever and Frederick William Baum

D. W. Leverett

M, b. 1914, d. circa 1967
     D. W. Leverett was born in 1914 at Mississippi. He was the son of William Leverett and Minnie (?) D. W. Leverett married Clarice Opal Jackson, daughter of Guy Pink Jackson and Mildred Hazel Bywater, after 1 October 1943. D. W. Leverett and Clarice Opal Jackson were divorced at Floyd Co., IN; There are two articles in the New Albany Ledger listing divorces for D. W. Leverett


DIVORCE NOTICE - New Albany Ledger, 01 Oct 1943, page 4, column 5

Title: Divorces
Subjects: Leverett, D. W. & Leverett, Eva Alyne


DIVORCE NOTICE - New Albany Ledger, 20 Apr 1945, page 2, column 5 (see also pg. 2, col. 6)

Title: Divorces
Subjects: Leverett, D. W. & Leverett, Clarice.

D. W. Leverett died circa 1967 at Yazoo City, Yazoo Co., MS.

Child of D. W. Leverett and Clarice Opal Jackson

Rachael Leverett

F, b. 8 September 1944, d. 9 August 2004
     Rachael Leverett was born on 8 September 1944 at Jeffersonville, Clark Co., IN. She was the daughter of D. W. Leverett and Clarice Opal Jackson. Rachael Leverett married (?) O'Neil. Rachael Leverett died on 9 August 2004 at Houston, Harris Co., TX, at age 59.

William Leverett

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     William Leverett married Minnie (?).

Child of William Leverett and Minnie (?)

Jack Lee Leverich

M, b. 16 April 1924, d. 9 January 2003
     Jack Lee Leverich was born on 16 April 1924 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK. He was the son of Oscar Alberton Leverich and Vinnie V. Walley. Jack Lee Leverich married Elcena C. Jorgensen, daughter of Christian Peter Jorgensen and Effie Norma Shupe. Jack Lee Leverich married Ruby Josephine Short, daughter of John Short and Lillian Gertrude Coyle, on 15 July 1948 at Norman, Cleveland Co., OK. Jack Lee Leverich died on 9 January 2003 at Norman, Cleveland Co., OK, at age 78 Obituary (Findagrave.com):

Jack Lee Leverich, 78, of Norman, Oklahoma died Thursday, January 9, 2003 in Norman. Graveside Services will be held at 1100 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2003 at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with Reverend Bob Adams officiating. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.

Mr. Leverich was born on April 16, 1924 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Oscar and Vinnie Leverich. He graduated from Capital Hill High School and later graduated from Bethany Nazarene College. He served in the Coast Guard and United States Marine Corp. He worked at the V. A. Hospital for seventeen years. He then served 23 years on the O. U. Police Department. Jack was an avid boy scout leader. He started the first troops for disabled and handicapped boys. He earned the Silver Beaver award, which is the highest award in scouting.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe Leverich and one sister, Margie Morris. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Josephine (Jo), of the home; two daughters, Virgina Bounds and husband, Richard, of Guthrie and Jacquie Jackson and husband, Tom, of Little Axe; six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was buried in January 2003 at Resthaven Gardens Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Cleveland Co., OK, Findagrave #71328578.

Joseph Alberton Leverich

M, b. 11 April 1914, d. 8 March 1974
     Joseph Alberton Leverich was born on 11 April 1914 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK.1 He was the son of Oscar Alberton Leverich and Vinnie V. Walley. Joseph Alberton Leverich married Floretta Mae Myers, daughter of Henry K. Myers and Sarah Elizabeth Popejoy. Occupation: Truck driver in 1940 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK.1 Joseph Alberton Leverich died on 8 March 1974 at age 59. He was buried in March 1974 at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Findagrave #73859076.

Child of Joseph Alberton Leverich and Floretta Mae Myers

Citations

  1. [S2007] 1940 Federal Census, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 3347.

Karon Denise Leverich

F, b. 20 January 1970, d. 21 April 1998
     Karon Denise Leverich was born on 20 January 1970 at Midwest City, Oklahoma Co., OK. She was the daughter of Reda Belle Rowland. Karon Denise Leverich married Timothy Dale Pershica. Karon Denise Leverich died on 21 April 1998 at Choctaw, Oklahoma Co., OK, at age 28. Cause of death: NEWPAPER ARTICLE

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Shots rang out as parents, grandparents and other relatives were bringing children to Crestwood Baptist Church’s Day Care Center in Oklahoma City on the morning of April 21.
A continuing domestic conflict was brought to an abrupt end as 31-year-old Timothy Pershica allegedly shot his 28-year-old former wife, Karen, then turned the gun on himself. Both were dead at the scene in the church’s gymnasium.
Police detectives said Karen Pershica was delivering her children, Clinton, 5, and Jessica, 3, to the day-care facility when her ex-husband approached her, although she had a victims protective order against him.
He cornered her in the church’s gymnasium, and those in the day-care center said they heard no screaming or yelling until the shots were fired.
Day-care officials said none of the 90 children were injured and none of them witnessed the shooting.
Crestwood pastor Randy Cox said Tuesday afternoon that everything was very, very quiet, and all children had been picked up from the center by 11 a.m.
The day-care facility opened again at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
When a tragedy such as the shooting occurs, questions arise as to why it happened, could it have been prevented and are day-care centers safe for children? Sheri Babb, children’s/preschool ministries specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said when something like the shooting happens, it’s just like any other disaster. “It was something that could not have been prevented,” she noted. “It was a violent act from an aggressive person.”
Cox said it was most unfortunate that the incident happened at Crestwood, but very fortunate that the gunman didn’t involve his kids.
Cox added the safety of the children at the day-care facility is of primary concern, but nothing different will be done because of this incident.
“We have a good safety system in place already,” Cox explained. “It was not the system that broke down.”
Cox said detectives told him Pershica was going to confront his wife, and he wasn’t going to be stopped.
At Crestwood’s day school, those dropping off children have to ring a bell and identify themselves before gaining admission to the building, Cox said.
“Apparently what happened today is that Pershica watched his wife go in, then when some other parents came to the door, he followed them in.”
The Department of Human Services commended the Crestwood day-care workers for their actions in “doing everything right” during the situation.
Babb said TV reports on the incident made it look like Crestwood didn’t have security in place.
“But most all of the facilities in our churches have a check-in, check-out system, and a packet of information that has to be filled out by parents, such as security cards, information on the children and injury forms,” she noted. She said 115 day-care centers in Oklahoma Baptist churches are members of Church Weekday Education Organization, and there are approximately 135 others not members of the organization.
Babb added day-care centers are secure places where parents can leave their children with qualified teachers.
“We would much rather the parents be with the children,” Babb said, “but there are parents who have desperate needs, and the church needs to be involved in the day-care centers helping the director and teachers meet the needs of all of the families, not just families who are members of the church.
“The weekday centers in our churches provide that Christian day care children wouldn’t get in any other child-care facility.”
Babb noted the incident at Crestwood “may speak louder to us a church people to say we need to make sure we have some kind of evangelistic efforts taking place in those church weekday programs, some way to witness to those parents and see that their needs are being met.”
She explained sometimes what happens in weekday programs is the church will see it as a separate part, almost not a ministry anymore.
“Many times, the church will say, ‘If you can make it on your own money, fine, you can have the day-care center,’” Babb said.
“What we need to do is pull that together again so the churches have the child-care center as a ministry of the church,” she said. “That’s going to be more important everyday as we see the government providing more and more child-care facilities.”
Ironically, Pershica was being ministered to by Oklahoma City’s Portland Avenue Baptist Church, where he had been a member about six months.
“Lately he had been very faithful, coming to Sunday school, both worship services on Sunday and Wednesday night services,” said pastor Walter Mullican. He was in church Sunday night before the Tuesday morning shooting.
Mullican said he and a couple other men in the church spent time with Pershica trying to be there anytime there was a crisis and talking through his divorce.
“There were some indications he had some suicidal tendencies, but not so much that he might take violent action against his wife,” Mullican said.
He said Pershica’s wife, Karen, attended Portland Avenue with the children about a year ago and was considering moving her membership there, but “she dropped out of sight and we found out she was separated.”
“When that happened, he started coming to church,” Mullican observed. “He wouldn’t come when she came and that was part of the problem. At one point she was really searching and he was resistant.”
Mullican said Portland Avenue members have been scratching their heads and asking if they missed something -- if something could have been done to prevent the tragedy.
“I frankly don’t know that anything different could have been done,” he assessed. “Tim was hearing what he needed to hear -- his relationship with God, what he needed to be doing and how it could be helpful -- but the bottom line comes down to whether he accepts it and does it or not.
“We have to understand when Tim made up his mind to do that, outside of one of us chaining ourselves to him and being with him 24 hours a day, I don’t know that we could have prevented this.”
Mullican pointed out there are a lot of hurting people, and some are in the church.
“You just keep presenting them with the truth, keep loving and ministering to them,” he said.
“There was a spiritual battle of cosmic proportions going on with Tim. On the one hand, he was hearing very clearly the truth of God’s Word and what needed to be in his life. At the same time, the enemy was whispering in the other ear, ‘Tim, this is the way you do that.’ We’re talking about spiritual warfare and battle that is going on for the very lives and souls of people.
“Everything in me wants to prevent something like this, but in the end, that person has got to make the decision.”.


She was buried in April 1998 at Elmwood Cemetery, Choctaw, Oklahoma Co., OK, Findagrave #39008095.

Margaret Virginia Leverich

F, b. 10 May 1916, d. 10 September 1983
     Margaret Virginia Leverich was born on 10 May 1916 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK. She was the daughter of Oscar Alberton Leverich and Vinnie V. Walley. Margaret Virginia Leverich married J. B. Mitchell, son of James N. Mitchell and Roberta V. Evans, before 1 April 1935.1 Margaret Virginia Leverich and J. B. Mitchell were divorced. Margaret Virginia Leverich married George Franklin Morris, son of Andrew J. Morris and Pearl M. Cram, before 1983. Margaret Virginia Leverich died on 10 September 1983 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, at age 67. She was buried in September 1983 at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Findagrave #93215732.

Child of Margaret Virginia Leverich and J. B. Mitchell

Citations

  1. [S2007] 1940 Federal Census, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 3347.

Oscar Alberton Leverich

M, b. 10 February 1890, d. 20 January 1943
     Note: Oscar Alberton Leverich's biological parents were Oscar Todd Leverich and Margaret Angeline "Margie" Shutt. If they were actually married, they did not stay married very long as Margaret was married to Samuel Henry DeVault less than seven months after Oscar Alberton Leverich was born. The 1910 Census shows Oscar Alberton Leverich living with Margaret's mother, Mary (Steele) Shutt-Kephart-Reeves. In this census he is listed as a grandson.

It appears that Oscar Alberton Leverich's parents, Oscar Todd Leverich and Margaret Angeline "Margie" Shutt, met in Warren County, Iowa and that Oscar Alberton Leverich was born in Iowa there 10 Feb 1890. Both of his parents soon married others and both families moved to different counties in Oklahoma. I have listed Oscar Alberton Leverich as a child under Samuel and Margaret (Shutt) DeVault because it appears that he was raised by them from the time they were married until he left home.

Oscar Todd Leverich seems to have been an unsavory character. He was born 8 Oct 1870 in Madison County, Iowa and died in 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. See details under Oscar T. Leverich.

Oscar Alberton Leverich was born on 10 February 1890 at Des Moines, Polk Co., IA. He was the son of Oscar Todd Leverich and Margaret Angeline Shutt. Oscar Alberton Leverich married Vinnie V. Walley, daughter of Joseph Sylvenus Walley and Ona Sophronia Stephens, on 29 April 1913. Oscar Alberton Leverich died on 20 January 1943 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, at age 52. He was buried in January 1943 at Sunny Lane Cemetery, Del City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Findagrave #64831427.

Children of Oscar Alberton Leverich and Vinnie V. Walley

Oscar Todd Leverich

M, b. 8 October 1870, d. 1953
     Oscar Todd Leverich was born on 8 October 1870 at Madison Co., IA.
Note: Oscar Alberton Leverich's biological parents were Oscar Todd Leverich and Margaret Angeline "Margie" Shutt. If they were actually married, they did not stay married very long as Margaret was married to Samuel Henry DeVault less than seven months after Oscar Alberton Leverich was born. The 1910 Census shows Oscar Alberton Leverich living with Margaret's mother, Mary (Steele) Shutt-Kephart-Reeves. In this census he is listed as a grandson.

It appears that Oscar Alberton Leverich's parents, Oscar Todd Leverich and Margaret Angeline "Margie" Shutt, met in Warren County, Iowa and that Oscar Alberton Leverich was born in Iowa there 10 Feb 1890. Both of his parents soon married others and both families moved to different counties in Oklahoma. I have listed Oscar Alberton Leverich as a child under Samuel and Margaret (Shutt) DeVault because it appears that he was raised by them from the time they were married until he left home.

Oscar Todd Leverich seems to have been an unsavory character. He was born 8 Oct 1870 in Madison County, Iowa and died in 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oscar married Lillian May Smith in Oklahoma and they had four children born between 1894 and 1901. There must have been considerable domestic problems. Lillian divorced Oscar in September of 1903 and obtained custody of the children. Oscar visited them at Lillian's parents' farm before she died. Lillian was in poor health and died at her parents' farm on May 12, 1904. There appears to have been considerable disagreement as to the custody of the children. In any case, in December of 1904, Oscar Todd Leverich was on trial for the murder of Lillian's brother, Oscar Smith. The newspaper articles below discuss the custody situation, murder trial and acquittal. Oscar Todd Leverich is shown in the 1910 Census with his new wife and several new children. The children from his marriage to Lillian were living with Perry Smith, another of Lillian's brothers.

1903 Divorces - Oklahoma County, Oklahoma (6/30/1903)

Probate Judge Harper yesterday issued a writ of habeas corpus ordering Oscar
Leverick, charged with illegally holding in his custody Ovia May Leverich, aged 7,
Clarence Elmer Leverich, age 5, and Jessie McVay Leverich, to produce said children
before the court at 2 o'clock on the afternoon of June 30. The writ was sworn out by
the mother of the children, Lillian M. Leverich, and a warrant was also sworn out for the
arrest of Oscar Leverich, charging him with securing the children from their mother by
stealth for the purpose of getting them out of the jurisdiction of the court.


NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Oklahoman, 17 December 1904; 18 December 1904; 10 January 1905.

Oscar Leverich was charged with killing his brother in law Oscar Smith by hitting him in the head with stove wood from a scuffle that broke out at the Smith house when Oscar Leverich went there with two friends to see his children who were with his wife Lillian and were staying at her family house. Leverich being there to talk to his wife after she had begun divorce proceedings against him.
Smith Testimony - testimony from Martha Smith, mother of the Lillian, wife of Leverich said: A week or two before the murder Leverich came to our house and remained all day. He was talking to my daughter and we heard her crying. I went in and found that he had his hands on her face. He said they were talking over their trouble. Then Leverich came out of the room and he didn't know what was the matter with her. Said she had ordered him away. We invited him to stay for dinner and he remained until after dark. Leverich told my husband that by God he would kill Oscar and John Smith before he would allow them to have anything to do with his children. Mr. Smith told him to get out and go home and not worry his daughter, because she was too ill. Leverich said he would not go until he got ready. He left at nine o'clock that night. My daughter died on May 10. Witness said that on December 6, Leverich came again. This was the Sunday following the day Mr. Smith ordered Leverich away. Leverich came after the divorce proceedings had been instructed by his wife. Before that time Leverich had not been to our place for three months. Leverich knocked on the door, Mr. Smith opened and said "How do you do?" Leverich said he came to see the children.
Mr. Smith said he could not come in, and got the children and started to take them out to the porch. Continuing, witness said that Leverich kicked in the door and forced it open. Then he poked his head through and called out; "Lillie, Lillie, you and the children have been in this penitentiary long enough and I am going to get you out in a couple of days." John Smith then told Leverich that he could not come in. Leverich then kicked at him and grabbed an iron square off the porch and struck at him. Leverich said "I'll cut your damn brains out." A scuffle took place and John (Smith) took the square away from Leverich. Leverich then picked up two sticks of stovewood and John took one of them away from him. Leverich then struck him and felled him to the ground.
There were two people who came with Leverich, their names being Reed and Seeger. At the time Leverich knocked John down, Reed made a motion toward his hip pocket as if he was armed. Lillie asked Reed to take Leverich away before he did any more mischief. Mr. Smith, my husband, was standing on the porch, saying nothing, when Leverich said, "You God damn gray bearded old man, I'll do the same to you the same way if you come out here." About this time Oscar came from the barn yard. He approached Leverich and told him to get out, that he had killed his brother. Leverich said God damn you, I'll give you what I did to the other." While Leverich was standing holding the club over his head, Mr. Smith told him to get out, that he had killed one of his sons. "It ain't my funeral," replied Leverich. Leverich started out, but turned and struck Oscar and knocked him down. Witness said that she and her daughter helped Oscar up and that later in the afternoon Oscar drove to Moore to get a doctor for John. When he came back that night, said the witness, he was lifeless. He lived until 1 o'clock that night and died without regaining his senses. John was unconscious for two weeks but recovered.
After testimony by the defense in part disputing the Smith testimony and that Leverich acted in a manner of self defense from threatening acts from Oscar and John. Judge Stephenson decided that he did act in self defense when he struck his brother-in-law and Oscar Leverich was cleared of all charges and the case was dismissed.


NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Wapanucka Press, 14 January 1904, Wapanucka, Johnston County, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

SELF DEFENSE CLEARS LEVERICH
Oklahoma City: Oscar Leverich, accused of the murder of Oscar Smith south of the city a month or so ago, was discharged by Judge Stephenson at the conclusion of the preliminary examination, the judge holding that the evidence showed that Leverich was acting in self-defense when he struck the blow that killed his brother-in-law. Reed and Seegar, accused of being accessories has previously been discharged. The defendants were represented by Colonel J. W. Johnson, while Attorney Fulton represented the territory in the absence of County Attorney Ramer.

He died in 1953 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK.

Child of Oscar Todd Leverich and Margaret Angeline Shutt