Levy (also Levi, Levie) H. Piner was born about 1840-1842 in New York. He and his (presumed) Piner siblings were orphaned by the time he was about ten. He was the brother of Civil War veteran Philip Piner of the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He served as a landsman in the US Navy during the American Civil War.
He was educated at the Colored Orphan Asylum when he was a child by women of color and white Quaker women.
In 1850, he was living in the Colored Orphan Asylum in New York with four other Piners: Philip, Anna M., Sarah L., and Ann E. During the Civil War, he was often at sea, serving as a landsman in the US Navy.
1880: 120 1/2 Gwynnett Street, Brooklyn, New York with Hannah and Edward Mathew
1876: Sing Sing Correctional Facility, New York (grand larceny, sentence 28 September 1876 to four years)
He passed away at 102 1/2 Gwynnett Street in Brooklyn, New York in 1880 from tuberculosis and exhaustion and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery [sic] (presumably The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn.)
Raymoure-1 23:35, 17 May 2020 (UTC): Assuming for now the other orphaned Piner children are his siblings.
Raymoure-1 01:16, 18 May 2020 (UTC): In his prison admission record, Williamsburg and Long Island both seem to be mentioned, but the record is a bit of a mess and I'm not sure if the location relates to his arrest or his residence. The address 5-674 W 126 can also be seen and Google's best guess for that is in Harlem.