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Re: Levi Jr. & Sr.
Posted by: VirJean Potter Bozarth (ID *****2349) Date: August 06, 2002 at 18:00:18
In Reply to: Re: Levi Jr. & Sr. by Jerry Ellis of 915

Hello, again, Jerry Ellis,

Yes, Levi Bozorth, Sr. was the husband of Sarah Pierce. Sarah was about 16 when she married the 27 year old Levi. They were married 24 Feb 1802 (bond) in Hardin Co, KY. The consent for her marriage, given by George Pierce, stated she was the d/o William Pierce and that "she now lives with me." Surety for the marriage was James Pierce. The 1800 tax list for Hardin County showed George, James, John and William Pierce.I think George James and John were her brothers. John Pierce married Sally Rhodes on 19 Nov 1809. He is found on the 1810 Census of Hardin County along with William Pierce and William G. Pierce.There was a marriage bond in Hardin Co, KY dated 1 Mar 1825 for William Pierce and Jane Skaggs. Surety was Henry Skaggs. James Pierce, man's father, gave written consent; witness Henry Skagg. Hannah Skaggs, girl's mother gave written consent; same witness. There was no return - Book A-160.

There were no Bozorths / Bozarths in the 1810 census of Hardin County. Levi's uncle Jonathan Bozorth's land in Hardin County fell into Grayson County, KY when that county was created in 1810. Many of Levi's siblings moved to Christian Co, KY and were located on the 1810 census there. I know Levi was in White Co, TN by 1814. I believe he moved there sometime between 1807 and 1810.

There has been some discussion recently on the Internet that Sarah Pierce was an Indian. I have seen no proof offered for that statement anywhere. It's difficult for me to believe that Levi might have married an Indian woman, when his mother Elizabeth was the Bozarth woman who killed three Indians and wounded a fourth who were attacking the house in 1779. Levi's father Joseph, Sr. was involved in fighting the Indians when he served as a Lieutenant in the Jefferson County Militia in July of 1780.I believe that Levi's brother John was wounded and his brother William was killed by Indians at Fort Crab Orchard, Lincoln Co, KY in 1794. Levi's uncle John Bozorth had his own battle with the Indians, who captured his wife Jane and several of his children, in July of 1795.They were exchanged for Indian prisoners in September at the signing of the Treaty of Greeneville, Ohio by General Anthony Wayne and the prominent Indian leaders.

I'm not saying that Sarah Pierce was not an Indian, I'm just saying it is difficult for me to believe that, with all the trouble the Bozorth family had suffered because of Indians, that Levi would have chosen to marry an Indian woman. It's not impossible, of course. It could have happened. I am still investigating this situation and would appreciate receiving information from someone who has further knowledge of the problem and can quote accurate sources for their belief..

Please let me know if this is what you needed.

Regards, VirJean Potter Bozarth

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