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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Levi Charles Meyers Harby

(September 21, 1793 - December 3, 1870)

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Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 16, 2018
1. Levi Charles Meyers Harby Marker
Inscription.  Born in Georgetown, South Carolina, Levi Charles Meyers Harby was the son of Solomon Harby and Rebecca (Moses) Harby. During the War of 1812, Levi served in the U.S. Navy. He was commissioned as a midshipman and stationed at Charleston. After the capture of the British ship Providence, he was one of the officers placed aboard the prize ship.

The Providence was recaptured and Levi was a prisoner of war in England for two years. In January 1836, Revenue Cutter Service records indicate that Levi left his service aboard the cutter Dallas and had "Gone to Texas.” Some sources claim that he was affiliated with the Brutus in New Orleans and sailed her to Texas in early 1836.

In 1842, at age 48 in Camden County, Georgia, Levi married Leonora Delyon and had three children: Henry J., Rebecca Sarah and Jacob de la Motte. His family moved with him to Galveston where Leonora became a well-known Jewish scholar, established the first Jewish Sunday School in Texas and founded the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society of Galveston.

While living in Galveston, Levi resigned commission with the U.S. Cutter Revenue Service and
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offered his services to the government of the Confederate States as a heavy artillery captain during the Civil War. He served aboard the CSS Neptune during the Battle of Galveston. At the end of the war, he was in command of Galveston Harbor. In 1865, Levi was given a parole of honor. He resided in Galveston until his death. Levi is buried with his wife in the Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery in Galveston County.
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17945.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 29° 17.58′ N, 94° 48.832′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Avenue K east of 43rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in Galveston's Hebrew Benevolent Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4002 Avenue K, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major Leon Dyer (within shouting distance of this marker); John Overton Trueheart (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catherine Isabel Cox Sherman (about 300 feet
Levi Charles Meyers Harby Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 16, 2018
2. Levi Charles Meyers Harby Marker
away); Nicholas D. Labadie (about 300 feet away); Greensville S. Dowell (about 300 feet away); Michel B. Menard (about 500 feet away); Lent Munson Hitchcock (about 600 feet away); Warren D. C. Hall (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Also see . . .  Harby, Levi Charles Meyers - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on December 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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