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captain Christopher Levinson was born in Eutin/Germany at 11th of May 1845 - his name was Georg Christoph LEVISON (without "n"), he was murdered at 6th of August 1879.

His parents were: Sophie Levison, nee Lindner, born at 4th of May 1813, died 3rd of January 1878, his father was Samuel Abraham Levison, a jew from Copenhagen/Denmark, born in Copenhagen at 18th of May 1807; in July 1833 Samnuel Abraham Levison came as a dentist to the small town of Eutin. On 5th of February 1843 he became a christian by being baptized here in Eutin, then he took the christian names Ernst Wilhelm. He married his wife Sophie on 19th of May 1843 in Altenkrempe near Eutin. Ernst Wilhelm Levison died on 22nd of January 1871.

Ernst Wilhelm and Sophie Levison had six children, two daughters and four sons. Georg Christoph was the second child but the first boy.

Heinz Schütte from Paris published in: Pacific Studies, Volume 14, number 3, Juliy 1991, pag. 69-96 an essay: "The Death of Godeffroy's Kleinschmidt, an the Perception of History". In this essay he wrote about Georg Christoph Levison:

"We decide to visit Kleinschmidt’s tomb. In the north of Mioko, a young boy takes us along the beach to a gravestone hidden in the bush. We uncover it, and with much difficulty the following epigraph is revealed:

Hier ruht in Gott /
Schiffscapitain /
Georg Christoph Levison /
geboren in Eutin /
gestorben am 6ten August 1879 /
i n [ H u n a b a i E u ] Mecklenburg /
35 Jahre alt

Here lies in God /
Ship’s Captain /
Georg Christoph Levison /
born in Eutin /
died 6th August 1879 /
i n [ H u n a b a i E u ] Mecklenburg /
35 years of age

This is all we are able to discover in the brief available time in the churchyard of Mioko. Kleinschmidt’s grave we are unable to find. The infamous Captain Levison, who worked for Godeffroy’s and, according to missionary Benjamin Danks, was “a very bad man,” was killed in a
brawl under the influence of plenty of drink by the faster aiming John Knoles, alias Johni Meoko. In a letter to the Museum Godeffroy, Kleinschmidt said about him, “He drank & had the idea of himself as a pasha with despotic power.“"

Please, be so kind to send by e-mail namens and dates of living of your wife's forefathers if possible. Some weeks ago I started to reconstruct the family tree of the Levison-family in Eutin.

Yours sincerely
Klaus-Dieter Hahn, Suhrbnkrog 17, 23701 EUTIN, GERMANY
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