I would agree with you about the trait we carry it is either amusing or amazing perhaps both.Consider yourself allied.You have hit the nail right on the head.I started working on this those many years ago to try and figure out what nationality the Lavely's originally were.The quest has carried me back through the Revolution into the dim mists of Colonial history.It has been frustrating and fascinating.It seems our line is the right stuff! Forming a Nation and pushing the Frontiers westward is not for Shrinking violets.
Some additional points for your consideration:
Evangelical Lutheran Church Records - Brothers Valley Somerset Co. Pa. Peter Lavely & Marelis Wagner had a son Peter Born 8/30/1815 Baptised 10/15/1815 (a sibling of Daniel?) Father is the same Peter mentioned below.
Deed recorded 7/24/1818Book 8 Pg 33 Sale of land tract in Bros. Valley to Jacob Loevely (Revolutionary War Jacob?or Offspring?) by Peter Loevely for 100 Pounds Peter was granted the land as part of a larger tract by the Pa. Exec. Council 4/8/1786 Registered in Rolls Office Book #4 pg.498 The same tract was warranted in 1773.This means it was originally staked as claim prior to 1773.
1798 Tax records list for Peter Labely 1 Log House 27x30'1 1/2 Stories 4 windows 46 candles value = $260
Pa. Archives Vol III 6th Series Militia Rolls 1783-1790 White Male Inhabitants of Bros. Valley subject to Militia Duty George Lavely (Peter or Daniel's Father?)
Census references are maddening and rife with misspellings Peter Lapely is in the 1800 Census for Bros. Valley.The misspellings are somewhat understandable considering the majority of the Township's population was a Lutheran Sect somewhat like the Moravians.A Peter Lavely appears subsequently in the 1840 Census.
Other Lavely Somerset Co. tidbits :
From The LAUREL MESSENGER - Henry Lavely & Barbara Hart(Daniel's wife's niece?) had Robert P. Lavely on 6/24/1854 Other children are Lavina, Margaret, Agnes, Jonathon, Amy, Rufus, Barbara, Susanna, & Hester
Some points of Authentication regarding the Newspaper reference in the WOCHENTLICHER PENNSYLVANISCHER STAATSBOTE Publ. in Philadelphia by H. Miller.9/20/1774 Article reads: "Andreas Borner has a new tannery on Frederick St. in Baltimore adjoining William Lavely's Brew House."
I'd be happy to help with this project.Anyone with the moxy to sell Ale next to the stench of an active tannery can't be all bad.