Samuel Levis


Born: Abt 30 Sep 1649 in England

Died: Abt 1734 in Springfield Township, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania

Father: Christopher Levis (c. 1621 – ?)

Mother: Mary Nede (? – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Elizabeth Clator (? – ?)

Married: 4 May 1680 in Leicestershire, England

Child: Samuel Levis Jr (1680/81 – )

Child: Alice Levis (1682 – )

Child: Mary Levis (1685 – )

Child: William Levis (1688 – 1747)

Child: Elizabeth Levis (1690 – 1777)

Child: Christopher Levis (1692 – 1694)

Child: Sarah Levis (1694 – 1723)


Samuel was baptized on 30 Sep in Hanby, Leicester County, England.

In 1682 he came to the colonies, and in conjunction with William Garrett, purchased 1000 acres in Chester County. On this land he built a home, then returned to England.

Samuel came back to Pennsylvania in 1684, along with Elizabeth and his sisters Sarah and Hannah, and settled in Springfield Township, Chester County. Their removal certificate from Harby was dated 20 Jul 1684, and can be seen in the Philadelphia (Province of Pennsylvania) Friend's records.

Samuel was a member of the Provincial Assembly from Chest County in 1686, 1689, 1694, 1698, 1700, 1701, 1706, 1707, 1708 and 1709. he was Justice of the Peace in 1688, 1690, and 1698, and a member of the Governors Council in 1692.

According to the Springfield Historical Society's web site (

The Samuel Levis House, also known as the "Checkboard" (from the bricks, which create a checkerboard effect using the Flemish bond) House is one of the county's oldest [note: this land is now located in Delaware County after it was split from Chester County] and best preserved historical homes. It remained in the Levis family from 1682 to 1925. The hearth in the cellar is believed to have been one of William Penn's favorite places to relax when he visited Samuel. The original kitchen in the basement has huge storage cellars and a tunnel, said to be used by the Underground Railroad.

After the house passed from the Levis family (perhaps before?) it was the home of the Addingham Country Club.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 6 Jun 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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Comly Family in America
by George Norwood Comly; Philadelphia, Pa, 1939. Privately published under supervision of J.B. Lippincott. [applies to name, 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, birth, death, marriage, notes]
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania
by J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope; Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881. [applies to name, birth, death, marriage, notes]