First born son of Samuel and Martha McCandless was
born on 24 October 1830 in North Benton, Mahoning County,
Ohio. In 1830 President
signed the Indian Removal Act authorizing the move of of several tribes to
and other famous births include
the American Poet and
Camille Pissarro, the French painter.
See other children of Samuel and Martha
here. He grew up in
North Benton, Ohio and attended Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio and was a school
teacher. He also taught singing and was an accomplished violinist. His wife Alma Lazarus
was also a school teacher when they married on January 6,1859. Then they moved to a farm
in Mahoning County, Ohio. Things started out rough, with a frost killing all of their
crops on June 5, 1859 and their first two sons dying as children.
Levi was a strong
advocate of temperance and a devout Presbyterian. Their son Delbert went to Mt. Union and
graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1888. Next daughter Rose Maria
also went to Mt. Union and studied art. The next son Lewis Craig also graduated from Mt.
Union and UM Medical School in 1895. Next son, Charlie stayed on the farm, and the next
son Ralph operated a nearby dairy farm. Next son Oscar Daniel alternated attendance at Mt.
Union with school teaching and then entered the carpenter trade. Last born, Florence
attended Mt. Union and became a nurse. (More on the other children of Levi
On August 4, 1908 his wife Alma died at the age of
74, and Levi died on August 15, 1911 at the age of 80. He had auctioned off the farm
livestock and equipment at a public auction on March 25,1911. He was buried at the North
Benton Cemetery (see
marker.) 1850 census
here, civil war registration here,
1860 census here, see 1870 census here
and 1900 census