Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
WILLIAM R. LIVESAY – owns a farm in Lewisburg District of 1,500 acres of Blue
Grass land, well watered and stocked. He is also the owner of LIVESAY Mill,
on the Lewisburg and Williamsburg pike. His birth was in Falling Spring District,
this county, January 6, 1817, and all his life has been passed here. He has
been one year president of the board of supervisors and two years justice of
the peace. May 5, 1855, in this county he married Ann Elizabeth PATTERSON,
and they had two sons: George, born May 5, 1857, died January 7, 1858;
William Crawford, born July 12, 1860, lives at home, engaged in farming.
Ann E., wife of Mr. LIVESAY, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, came to
Greenbrier County about the age of twelve years, and died on her husband’s
farm July 19, 1862. She was a daughter of John and Jane (CRAWFORD) PATTERSON,
and her parents, natives of Augusta County, are deceased. Her father died in
Augusta County, and her mother in Charlottesville, Virginia. September 8,
1864, William R. LIVESAY married Elizabeth Groves HERN, who was born in Augusta
County, Virginia, May 28, 1829. She was a daughter of Joseph and Barbara
(STRICKLER) HERN, who came to Greenbrier County when she was a girl, and
died in this county, her father on the 7th of July, 1869, and her mother
on the 20th of March, 1873. Joseph HERN was born in Shenandoah County,
Virginia, in 1787, and Barbara, his wife, was born in Rockingham County,
Virginia, October 7, 1797. William R. LIVESAY, who was born near Blue Sulphur,
this county, December 14, 1780, and in Pocahontas County married Mary SWITZER,
who was born on Little Levels, Pocahontas County, August 3, 1786. They resided
in Greenbrier County until death, and both died on the farm now owned by William R.
George LIVESAY died March 21, 1865, and his wife died February 26, 1857.
The brothers and sisters of William R. LIVESAY were Thomas, John, Rebecca,
Andrew, Joseph, Elizabeth, Allen, Melinda Mary, Washington, Lucinda, and
Harvey. William R. LIVESAY’s postoffice address is Richlands, Greenbrier
County, West Virginia.
Submitted by Valerie Crook,