Christopher Levis


Born: Abt Sep 1621 in ?

Died: Bef 23 Oct 1677 in ?

Father: Richard Levis (? – ?)

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Mary Nede (? – ?)

Married: 1648 in (unknown)

Child: Samuel Levis (? – c. 1734)

Child: Mary Levis (1652 – 1664)

Child: Richard Levis (1654 – 1663)

Child: Sarah Levis (1663 – 1701/02)

Child: Hannah Levis (1663 – 1705)


Christopher was baptized on 20 Sep 1621 in Hanby, Leicestershire, England. He was buried either 11 Oct or 23 Oct.

The following is quoted from "Collection of the Sufferings of the People called Quakers" published in 1753.

In the same Year Christopher Lewis, of Harby, was cited before a Justice by the Priest of that Parish (who had before taken out of his Fields what Corn he pleased) for 8 s. 2 d. pretended to be yet due for Tithe: The Justice granted a Warrant, by which the Officers took from him a Cow worth 3 l. 10 s.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 31 Jan 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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A Collection of the Sufferings of the People called Quakers
by Joseph Besse; 2 volumes, London: L. Hinde, 1753. Full Title: "A collection of the sufferings of the people called Quakers, for the testimony of a good conscience from the time of their being first distinguished by that name in the year 1650 to the time of the act commonly called the Act of toleration granted to Protestant dissenters in the first year of the reign of King William the Third and Queen Mary in the year 1689." [applies to notes]
Comly Family in America
by George Norwood Comly; Philadelphia, Pa, 1939. Privately published under supervision of J.B. Lippincott. [applies to name, birth, death, marriage, notes]
Genealogy of the Smedley family descended from George and Sarah Smedley, settlers in Chester Co., Penna.
by Gilbert Cope; Lancaster, Pa.: Wickersham Printing Co., 1901. [applies to name]
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania
by J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope; Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881. [applies to name, death, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

There is a record of marriage between Christopher Leavis and Mary Need, 22 Jul 1648, in the parish records of Nottinghamshire.

The parish records of Leicestershire index a will for Christopher Levis of Harby in 1677.

There is speculation that the Levis family came from a line of French nobility, who fled to England after becoming Huguenot. Although one branch returned to the Catholic faith and reclaimed their lands in France, the other eventually became Quakers and are represented here. In "Comly Family in America" George Comly sites Gilbert Cope from "History of Chester and Delaware Cos." (a copy of which I haven't yet viewed):

The will of Christopher Levis was dated Oct 19, 1677, proved Dec. 31, 1677. The will was sealed with a crest, a Dolphin transfixed with a spear. Arms a chevron ermine between three Dolphins, coronet a French viscount. The arms discovered by the late Dr. Richard Levis in Paris were those used by the original family DeLevis in France and quartering the arms of DeMontmorency.

However, the Levis family may be documented in Nothinghamshire in 1510, so the Huguenot ancestry may not be true, or they may be a distinct Levis lineage.