The origin of the name change of Anders Gustaf Bly to Andrew Lee Leavene remains a mystery. He exited Sweden in 1870 as Anders Gustav Levin to come to the United States. Swedish church records from 1865-1870 show him as an apprentice to the baker, Sven Gothlander. In 1877, he returned to Sweden to accompany his sister, Maria Bly, to Moberly, Missouri.
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Andrew Lee Leavene and Mary Rebecca (Mollie) McCart married on 26 June 1880 in Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri. Their children:
L-R: Fred Leavene (twin), Floyd Leavene (twin), Estelle Leavene (brother), Everett Bly (cousin)
Thanks to Kristan Leavene Jones for contributing this photo.