West Virginia Pioneers

Levin Ludwell RECTOR

Male 1814 - 1902  (87 years)


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  • Name Levin Ludwell RECTOR 
    Born 20 Oct 1814  Fauquier County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jan 1902  Probably at home Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Rector Cemetery, Sherman, Jackson Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • Farmer, lived in Grant Dist, Jackson Co.
      Buried in Old Rector Cemetery at Ravenswood

      From Darrell Rector:
      Levin Ludwell and Sarah probably died some place around Sherman because they are buried on top of the hill in Sherman (Rector Cemetery) and I have seen their tombs. They read:
      Levin Ludwell Rector
      Born: Oct 20, 1814
      Died: Jan 20, 1902
      87 Yrs, 3 Mo

      Sarah B, Wife of L.L.
      Born: Aug 25, 1831
      Died: Aug 21, 1910

      Hardesty's
      Leavin L Rector - son of Charles and Sally (Rust) Rector, was born in Fauquier county, Virginia, October 20, 1814, and has been a resident in Jackson County, West Virginia, since 1858. His marriage was consummated in Wirt County, this State, May 5, 1847, and his wife is Sarah B, daughter of Isaac B and Nancy (Dewitt) Sherman. She was born in Jackson County, in which county her parents settled in 1827, and the date of her birth was August 25, 1831. The children of Mr and Mrs Rector are nine living and one deceased. These children were born: William L, March 16, 1848; Catholeen (Robey), March 17, 1850; Mary (Cooper) February 3, 1852; Harriet, February 16, 1854; Henry L, August 18, 1856; Susan E, December 23, 1859; Virginia D, March 20,. 1861; Kate E, March 18, 1864, John C, June 27, 1867, died Novenber 2, 1868; Blanche, February 19, 1870 - all the living children reside in this district. Grant district has been the home of the married life of Mr and Mrs Rector, and his occupation is farming, his post office address Sherman, Jackson county, West Virginia.
    Person ID I429  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 28 May 2007 

    Father Charles RECTOR,   b. 24 Apr 1776, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1859, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Sarah Ruth RUST,   b. 4 Mar 1786, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1864, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1814  [2
    Notes 

    • 1820 Wood, VA:
      Rector, Charles
      2m 0-10
      1m 26-45
      1f 0-10 Sally
      1f 16-26 ??
      1f 26-45

      1830 Wood, VA:
      Rector, Charles
      2m 10-15
      1m 50-60
      2f 5-10 Susan & Martha ??
      1f 10-15 Sally
      1f 40-50

      1840 Wood, VA
      Rector, Charles
      2m 20-30
      1m 60-70
      2f 15-20
      1f 20-30
      1f 40-50

      1850 Wirt Co; 303-303:
      Charles, 74, VA, farmer
      Sarah, 64, VA

      1860 Jackson VA
      Sarah, 74, blind, living with Levin
      1860 Mortality Sch
      Rector, Charles, 84, m, June, VA, old age, farmer

      JCDR
      Charles Rector, 6/26/1859; 83y 1m 28d; D - Jackson Co, Parent - Ben Rector; Born Jackson Co,
      ~~~
      Both buried Rector Cemetery, Sherman, Jackson Co, WV
      This cemetery is located on a hill above the Isaac Sherman house, and the hill is overgrown, the soil has slipped, there is no road or path up to the cemetery, and the locals advise visiting it in cooler weather when the copperheads are not around.

      Rector Charles Apr 24 1776-Jun 29 1859 b. Faquier Co VA s/o Benjamin Rector
      Rector Sallie Ruth wife of C. Rector Mar 4 1786-4 Feb 1864 mn Rust b. Loudon Co VA
      ~~~
      Sims Index: Wood County
      150 acres, Adj Rector & Blosser, 1820, Bk 1, pg 240

      History of Wirt Co, WV:

      First Court:
      . . . .the 4 Gentleman Justices who made up the first County Court were Henry Steed,
      William Sheppard, Thomas Boggs and Charles Rector 8 Apr 1848
      The first house of worship in the Town of Elizabeth . . .Baptist. . .Rev E Rector

      Pioneer History of Meigs Co, OH to 1949:
      Sarah Ruth Rust (Mar 4, 1786-Feb 4, 1864) married Charles Rector (Apr 24, 1776 - June 29, 1859) of Fauquier County, VA, January 2, 1814. They conveyed all rights in "Frog Hall" Westmoreland Co, and removed to western VA. High Sherrif of Wood Co, VA when it comprised the present Wirt and Pleasant Counties.

      Hardesty's History of Wirt Co WV 1882
      The First County Court
      In compliance with the act creating the new county, the first county court convened at the house of Alfred Baruchamp in the town of Elizabeth, on the 23 rd day of May 1848. The following justices were present, Viz: Henry Steed, Charles Rector, William Shepherd, Thomas Boggs, John P Thomasson, William R Goff, Silas B Seaman, William P Rathbone, Daniel Wilkinson and Alfred Beauchamp.

      John House "Pioneers of Wood Co"
      Benjamin Rector was of German descent, but the name does not so indicate, and settled in VA.
      A son, Charles, lived in Wirt Co, formerly Wood Co, until a few years before his death, which occured at the home of his son, Charles, in Jackson Co. He came from Fauquier Co soon after the War of 1812. He had a number of slaves and was Sheriff of Wood Co. Of his children:
      Susan m. Raleigh M Kyger
      Sarah m. William H Smith, their son William H m. a Jackson
      Martha m. a Sims
      Levin
      Steptoe
      A Rector married a Sherman and lived at Little Sandy. Charley Rector, who was a candidate for Sheriff of Jackson Co, was a grandson of the Charles Rector above, who must have moved to Jackson County in the '40s.
      Enoch Rector, the Baptist preacher, was a son of Thomas, brother of Benjamin. (This should be brother of Charles, sons of Benjamin)
    Family ID F136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Baldwin 'Sally' SHERMAN,   b. 25 Aug 1831, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1910  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 5 May 1847  Wood County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 

    • Marriage Record
      Date: 5 May 1847
      Place: Wood Co, WV
      Levin L Rector
      ___ Sherman

      1850 Wirt Co, VA # 303: indexed Reeter
      Eleven L Recter, 35, m, farmer VA
      Sarah ", 18, f VA
      William, 2, m VA
      Catholeen, 3/12, f VA
      304:
      Charles Rector, 74, m, farmer VA
      Sarah, 64, f VA blind

      1860 Jackson, VA # 1184
      Rector, L.L, 47 VA
      Sarah, 29 VA
      Wm L, 12 VA
      Cath, 10 VA
      Mary, 8 VA
      Harriet, 6 VA
      H.D., 4 VA
      Susan, 2 VA
      Sarah, Sr, 74, blind VA

      1870 Grant, Jackson Co, WV pg 43 #5-5
      Rector, Leven L, 55, Farmer, $400 PP, Fauquier Co, VA
      , Sarah, 38, Jackson Co, VA
      , William L, 22, farm laborer, Wirt co, VA
      , Mary, 18, Jackson Co, VA, school, read/write
      , Harriet, 16, Jackson Co, Va, " " "
      , Henry G, 14,Jackson Co, VA " :" "
      , Susan, 10, Jackson Co, VA " " "
      , Virginia, 8. Jackson Co, VA " " "
      , Kate, 6, Jackson Co, WVa
      , Blanche, 3/12 Feb, Jackson Co, WVa
      , Martha M, 38, no occ, Va

      1880 Grant, Jackson, West Virginia Page 533B
      Ludwell L. RECTOR Self M M W 68 VA VA VA
      Sarah RECTOR Wife F M W 47 WV VT WV
      Harriet RECTOR Dau F S W 23 WV
      Henry L. RECTOR Son M S W 22 WV
      Susan RECTOR Dau F S W 22 WV
      Virginia D. RECTOR Dau F S W 19 WV
      Kate RECTOR Dau F S W 17 WV
      Blanche RECTOR Dau F S W 10 WV

      1900 Grant Dist, Jackson Co, WV, Sheet 7,
      Rector, Ludwell L, Oct 1814, 85, m53, VA VA, VA, read/write, Eng
      Sarah B, wife, Aug 1831, 68, m53, WV, MASS, WV, yes, no, no, 10-7living
      Henry L, son, Aug 1857, 42, single, WV, VA, WV, day laborer, yes, yes, yes

      The Rector Cemetery, located on top of the hill north of Little
      Sandy Road and east of State Rt. 68, was deeded to the M.E. Church South. There are 17 marked graves that Carolyn was able to find. Among these are:

      L.L. Rector, born 20 Oct 1814, died 20 Jan 1902, age 87y 3m.
      Sarah B. Rector, wife of L.L. born 25 Aug 1831, died 21 Aug 1910.

      In 2001, Visit to the cemetery shows their headstone reads:
      L.L. Rector Born Oct 20, 1814 Died Jan 20, 1902 Aged 87 yr 3 Mo
      Sarah B. Wife of L.L. Rector Aug 25, 1831 - Aug 21, 1910
      Sleep on dear Heart and take thy rest
      God called you home He loved you best.
      The pains of death are past Labor and sorrow cease
      and life long wars are closed at last his soul is found in peace.

      Leavin L. RECTOR - son of Charles and Sally (Rust) Rector, was born in Fauquier county, Virginia, October 20, 1814, and has been a resident in Jackson county, West Virginia, since 1858. His marriage was consummated in Wirt county, this State, May 5, 1847, and his wife is Sarah B., daughter of Isaac B. and Nancy (DeWitt) Sherman. She was born in Jackson county, in which county her parents settled in 1827, and the date of her birth was August 25, 1831. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Rector are nine living and one deceased. These children were born: William L., March 16, 1848; Catholeen (Robey), March 17, 1850; Mary (Cooper), February 3, 1852; Harriet, February16, 1854; Henry L., August 18, 1856; Susan E., December 23, 1859; Virginia D., March 20, 1861; Kate E., March 18, 1864; John C., June 27, 1867, died November 2, 1868; Blanche, February 19, 1870 - all the living children reside in this district. Grant district has been the home of the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Rector, and his occupation is farming, his post office address is Sherman, Jackson county, West Virginia. [This is one of the biographical sketches of Jackson County residents from "Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia... Special History Of The Virginias ..1883."]

      Samary S Sherman - Deed to L L Rector and Steptoe Rector
      This indenture made this fifth day of November 1856 between Samary S Sherman, widow of Isaac B Sherman deceased of the one part and LL Rector and Steptoe Rector of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Samary S Sherman for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars good and lawful money of the United Stated to be paid by the said LL Rector and Steptoe Rector as follows to wit Two hundred dollars on or before the first day of March 1857 and Three hundred and fifty dollars on or before the first day of March 1858 and fifty dollars more on the said land (provided the said Samary S Sherman redeems the two hundred and fifty acres of land sold to E L Rotty Have granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said LL Rector and Steptoe Rector and unto their heirs and asigns forever a certain lot piece or parcel of land situate lying and being on the Ohio River in Jackson County being a part of the land owned by Isaac B Sherman in his life time and containing about one and thirty acres of land by the same more or less. To have and to hold the said lot piece or parcel of land with the appurtenances unto the said LL Rector and Steptoe Rector their heirs and asigns forever and unto the only proper use and behoof of them the said LL Rector and Steptoe Rector their heirs and assigns forever and the said Samary S Sherman the said lot piece or parcel of land and premises hereby granted or indented so to be with the appurtenances unto the said LL Rector and Steptoe Rector their heirs and asigns against the interest in the said land of her the said Samary S Sherman as provided by the will of her late husband Isaac B Sherman will warrant and forever defend.
      In witness whereof the said party had hereunto set her hand and affixed her seal the say and year first above written.

      Hardesty's History of Jackson County
      Ravenswood District
      Leavin L. RECTOR - son of Charles and Sally (Rust) Rector, was born in Fauquier county, Virginia, October 20, 1814, and has been a resident in Jackson county, West Virginia, since 1858. His marriage was consummated in Wirt county, this State, May 5, 1847, and his wife is Sarah B., daughter of Isaac B. and Nancy (DeWitt) Sherman. She was born in Jackson county, in which county her parents settled in 1827, and the date of her birth was August 25, 1831. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Rector are nine living and one deceased. These children were born: William L., March 16, 1848; Catholeen (Robey), March 17, 1850; Mary (Cooper), February 3, 1852; Harriet, February16, 1854; Henry L., August 18, 1856; Susan E., December 23, 1859; Virginia D., March 20, 1861; Kate E., March 18, 1864; John C., June 27, 1867, died November 2, 1868; Blanche, February 19, 1870 - all the living children reside in this district. Grant district has been the home of the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Rector, and his occupation is farming, his post office address is Sherman, Jackson county, West Virginia.
    Children 
     1. William Lafayette (Billy) Rector,   b. 16 Mar 1848, Burning Springs, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1936, Ravenswood, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     2. Cathleen RECTOR,   b. 30 Mar 1850, Williamstown, Wood, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1920, Ripley, Jackson, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Mary L Rector,   b. 3 Feb 1852,   d. 1927  (Age 74 years)
     4. Harriet 'Hallie' Rector,   b. 16 Feb 1854, Wood County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1894, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     5. Henry L Rector,   b. 18 Aug 1856, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Susan E 'Tudie' Rector,   b. 23 Dec 1859, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1894, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     7. Virginia Davis 'Ginny' Rector,   b. 20 Mar 1861 OR 3 Nov 1860, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1945, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     8. Katherine "Kate" E Rector,   b. 18 Mar 1864,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. John C Rector,   b. 27 Jun 1867, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1868  (Age 1 years)
     10. Blanche Rector,   b. 19 Feb 1870, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1953  (Age 83 years)
    Family ID F115  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rector Cemetery, Sherman, Jackson Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Levin and Sarah Sherman Rector
    Levin and Sarah Sherman Rector
    Headstone
    Levin & Sarah Sherman Rector
    Levin & Sarah Sherman Rector
    Headstone closeup

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Gravestone.

    2. [S50] Pioneer History of Meigs Co, Oh to 1949.

    3. [S87] Marriage Records, Wood Co, WV.