Born June 15, 1846 in Newberry County, South Carolina, John Henry Leavell was the son of Robert Griffin Leavell (February 07, 1818 SC--1900 Texas) and Elvira Gray Boozer (abt. 1823--abt 1893). Robert went to Texas in 1846. He was a carpenter by trade. His parents were John Leavell and Frances William.