(Jewish) From the Biblical
personal name Levi, from a Hebrew word meaning ‘joining’.
This was borne by a son of Jacob and Leah (Genesis 29: 34).
Bearers of this name are Levites, members of the tribe of Levi,
who form a hereditary caste who assist the kohanim (see Cohen)
in their priestly duties.
Levy was born around 1817 in Longparish, east of Andover
He worked as a cordwainer (shoemaker). When he was in his late
twenties he married Emma Willis from Marlborough and together they had eight children
who all received paid schooling.
THOMAS LEVY (b.circa 1817
Hampshire ~ d.1886)
EMMA ANN WILLIS (b.1826 Marlow, Wiltshire ~
6th child, became Clerk of the Court at Wallingford in Oxfordshire and fished
regularly with Arthur Conan Doyle.
He married Beatrice
Maria Turton, daughter of a railway engineer/driver who was
reputed to have been in charge of Queen Victoria’s Royal Train on a number of occasions.
THOMAS LEVY (b.1863 Longparish,
Hampshire ~ d.1886)
BEATRICE MARIA TURTON (b.1867 ~
JAMES (b.1888 Andover,
MARGARET CATHERINE (b.1892
FRANK THOMAS (b.1895
MARY VICTORIA (b.1899
Thomas and Beatrice lived in Andover and together they
had five children; Stanley James,
Eva Beatrice, Margaret Catherine and
Frank Thomas. The family then moved to
Hungerford and they had their sixth child, Gladys Mary Victoria.
Thomas and Beatrice’s eldest son,
Stanley became a chauffer for
the well-renowned Anglo-Jew "Montifiore"
family and stayed mostly at their residence in Woodstock.
By 1911, the second eldest,
Amy Louisa Levy had met
Everard Edward Dutch, a very short
man who had developed diphtheria as a child. Because of the objections
of Amy's parents, the couple eloped to Corsham in north Wiltshire where they married and had
the wedding reception at the 'Royal Oak Hotel'. Together they set up and ran a
hardware store in the High Street.
Stanley introduced his youngest sister Gladys to
his employer's valet Percy Murphy. Gladys reputedly fell in love
with Percy at first sight.
the Great War came both Stanley Levy and Percy Murphy followed their employer to
fight in the trenches with the Queens Own Westminster Rifles (the 16th
London Regiment). Their employer was killed in action and after being
gassed by the British, Percy and Stanley went to Egypt with the Royal
Percy returned from service in June 1921 he married Gladys Levy and they
set up home in Hungerford, in a house named "Rossmore".