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Rebecca G. Leavitt

September 1, 1839 – March 16, 1933

The Hampton Union and Rockingham County Gazette, March 23, 1933

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

During the past year a number of our oldest and most esteemed residents have been removed by death. Among those, few will be more sadly missed than Mrs. Rebecca Godfrey Leavitt, who passed away on Thursday morning of last week, at the age of ninety-three, the oldest lady in town. Mrs. Leavitt was a lifelong resident of Hampton, having been born here September 1, 1839, the daughter of Captain Jonathan Godfrey and Theodate Hobbs Godfrey. She was one of fifteen children, four of whom survive her. Mrs. Leavitt married Mr. Moses Leavitt in 1861 and lived on the Leavitt homestead at North Beach for twenty-five years, then moved to the home on the Beach Road where she lived with her son Charles until her death.

She was the mother of six children, five of whom survive her. She was a faithful member of the Congregational Church for nearly seventy-five years, and leaves a vacancy which will be widely felt both by her family and her large circle of friends, to whom she was affectionately known as “Aunt Rebecca.” Mrs. Leavitt has been in delicate health for many years, which, with failing eyesight, has confined her to her home. To the very last she has retained her interest in all activities pertaining to the church, even after being deprived of the strength to attend the services, which had long been her custom. She had the unusual record of being the oldest member of the church, as well as of the Missionary Society and the W. C. T. U.

The love which was extended by Mrs. Leavitt to her host of relatives and friends will be cherished by them, and regarded as something sacred. She leaves behind her the memory of one who, as the pastor said in his remarks, should rightly be called saintly.

Mrs. Leavitt leaves five children, Irving Eugene, Amos T., Frank E., Charles W., and William Edward of Garden City, Kansas. The loss of her only daughter, Carrie, wife of Wesley Cole, occurred thirty years ago.

Four sisters remain, Mrs. Abbie Cressey of Beverly, Mass., Mrs. Clara Nutter of Everett, Mass., Mrs Lucy Marston of this town, and Mrs. Marcia York of Kensington. She also leaves ten grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at her late home on Sunday afternoon at 2:15 and also at the Congregational Church at three o’clock and were largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. Herbert Walker, whose remarks were particularly to one who had lived a life so complete. Mr. William Elliot, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Robert Elliot, rendered two : vocal selections: “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Abide With Me.” The floral tributes which entirely surrounded the casket, gave silent testimony to the love and esteem in which “Aunt Rebecca” was held.

Bearers were Messrs. Warren Hobbs, Arthur T. York, Robert Chipman and Henry Hobbs. Burial was in the family lot in the High Street Cemetery. William Brown was the undertaker in charge.

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