Location: Deavertown, Morgan, Ohio, USA
Most of the sources gathered for this biography were collected by Roger Spring for his book Deavers and the History of Deavertown. This is a great book that comprises the history and legends of the Deavers, and provides great commentary on the accuracy of the family legends.
Deavertown was founded by Levi Deaver in the spring of 1810. The town was originally called New Market possibly named after another town of the same name that was relatively close to where Levi Deaver lived in Maryland. Levi Deaver divided his land into lots, and sold them to other pioneers for profit. As a few years passed, the population rose in New Market, and the town was able to apply for a post office, but since there was already a town in Ohio that possessed the same name, they had to change the town's name. The townspeople changed the name to Deavertown in honor of its founder, Levi Deaver.
Rueben Deaver was not a founder
Many sources and family histories/legends attribute the founding of Deavertown to both Levi Deaver and Reuben Deaver; however, Roger Spring believes, Reuben was absent from New Market's beginnings. There are no records to support that Rueben bought or had been given land at the time of New Market's founding. The 1820 U.S. census does record a Reuben Dewar or "Devar" living in Muskingum County, Springfield Township which is very close to Putnam, Ohio. It is believed that Reuben went to go live near his father, Abraham Deaver.