An American Family History

David LeFevre

LeFevre is also spelled Ferber, LaFevre, LaFever, Lefebre, LeFever,and LeFevere. It is from the original Northern French surname Lefebvre or Lefèvre. It means smith.

In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.

David LeFevre was born April 21, 1791 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Jacob LeFever and Rebecca Bachtell.

He married Elizabeth Fulton. Elizabeth was born about 1790 in Oxford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were John Fulton and Jane Dickey.

Their children included:
Jacob B. LeFevre (1816), and
Jane LeFevre Crawford (1816, married William Crawford).

In 1840 David was in the 5th ward of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The household included:

a man and a woman between 40 and 49 - David and Elizabeth
a man and a womn between 20 and 29 - Jacob B. and Jane
a girl between 15 and 19
a girl between 5 and 9

ln the 1841 Pittsburg directory David resided at Penn and Factory Streets, 5th Ward. He was listed among House, Sign and Ornamental Painters.

David died on September 28, 1843. David died intestate and the house and goods were sold to pay his debts.

At the time of the 1850 census, the widow, Elizabeth, age 60 lived with the William Crawfords in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The household included:

William Crawford age 34,
Jane D. age 34,
David age 10,
Rebecca age 5
Albert Crawford age 17, probably William's younger brother.
Elizabeth Lefever age 60,
Jacob. B. Lefever age 33, a painter,
Mary Ann LeFever age 22,
Margaret Moore age 20 born in Ireland and
Harriet Crawford age 2.

In 1860 it was just Jacob and Elizabeth living in Pittsburg.

Jacob B. served in the Ambulance Corps during the Civil War. His pension application says he enlisted at age 45, served for 3 year. He was disabled with fractures of arm and both legs.

Elizabeth Fulton LeFevre died September 20, 1867. She was buried in Sec 22, Lot 28, Allegheny Cemetery.

In 1886 Jacob was still a painter in Pittsburgh.

Children of Jacob LeFevre and
Rebecca Bachtell
  • David LeFevre
  • Samuel LeFevre
  • Isaac LeFevre (died young)
  • Jacob LeFevre
  • Margaret LeFevre Kelsey
  • Mary LeFevre
  • Rebecca L. LeFevre Swope
  • John LeFevre
  • Elizabeth LeFevre
  • William LeFevre
  • Sarah Ann LeFevre


    Chester County was one of the three original Pennsylvania counties created in 1682.

    Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.




    From Genealogy of the Fulton Family

    John Fulton, Jr., married Margaret (?) Dickey, who died, leaving one daughter, Elizabeth (m. David Lefever). He married again and removed to Beaver, Pa.