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Queries - Ancestors surname beginning with L
Landis/Huber/Hoover/Auker/Shellenburger/Swartz, Abraham

Seek parents Abraham LANDIS b 30 Apr 1790 d 9 Aug 1864 and wife Maria HUBER b 30 May 1795 d 16 Aug 1874, married 1818, Montgomery Co PA. Children: Jacob, William, Abraham, John, Nancy m William AUKER, Elizabeth m John AUKER, Katie m Christ SHELLENBERGER and Layah m Mathias SWARTZ. William and family moved to Lancaster Co PA late 1800s. Had one son Samuel.

1998, Submitter: D. Ernest Weinhold
107 W. Sunhill Rd., Manheim PA 17545

Lange/Olnhausen/Preising, Caroline

Seek desc Caroline LANGE b Ger 1827, dau of Johann Georg Amadeus LANGE and Henrietta Caroline Augusta Justine PREISING (1801-1878). Caroline d Pittsburg PA 17 Jan 1886. To Baltimore 1 Oct 1837 w/parents and sister Emelie. Mar Christian OLNHAUSEN ca 1850; 7 ch. Dau Annie m William SHARPE.

1998, Submitter: Verna Willson
P.O.Box 1778, Farmington NM 87499-2778

Langenegger/Longenecker, male member

Seek male participants for Y-DNA project, specifically Langenegger from Munich area. Abt 1718, the Palatine Ulrich LANGENEGGER & family came to Pennsylvania from Langnau, Canton Bern, Switzerland. Male descendants (aka LONGENECKER) have Y-DNA markers for haplogroup Rib. In the 19th century, other Langeneggers came to mid-U.S. from Gais, Canton Appenzell, Switzerland. Male descendents of this family have totally different markers belonging to haplogroup Rla. The two groups are not related. In the 17th-21st centuries a third group of (unrelated?) Langeneggers resided around Munich, Germany. Need male descendants from this group for Y-DNA project.

2006, Submitter: Dick Cryer, email
Longenecker Family Newsletter, Greenwich CT 0683.

Lare, Hooperich

Seek info Hooperich LARE of Salisbury Twp, Northampton Co PA, especially the names of his eight children. He is listed in the 1790 PA census, but disappears thereafter. 

1998, Submitter: J. Bruce Amstutz
15 Blueberry Lane, Brunswick ME 04011

Larrison, Wiley David

Seek info OH roots of Wiley David LARRISON B CA 22 Mar 1866 at Eagle Furnace OH. Later in life he reported his birthplace as Cincinnati. He migrated West to Franklin Co MO where he farmed and raised a large family. Any info regarding his family or Eagle Furnace appreciated.

1998, Submitter: Larry Kramer, email
1587 Daisy Hollow Road, Cortland NY 13045-9418

Latz/Laatz/Klein/Holz, Sebastian

Seek info on family in Germany of Sebastian LATZ (b. Nunkirchen, near Trier, Germany 28 Dec 1835; son of N. LAATZ); m. Susanna KLEIN (b. Nunkirchen 25 Apr 1846; daughter of Nicholas KLEIN & Susanna HOLZ). Arrived with children: Nicholas; Barbara; Joseph; Susanna; Peter; & Nicholas. Sebastian went to Winamac, Pulaski Co., IN in 1883. 

2001, Submitter: Judy Dolan Mendelson, email
24300 Western Ave, Park Forest, IL 60466

Lau, Oliver H.

Seek info on parents of Oliver H. LAU (b abt 1856 PA, per 1900 census) & parents of wf Ernestine ? (b abt 1864 MI). Oliver in Detroit City Dir 1918 as medical doctor. Ch: Percy M., Z., Oliver Maxwell, Ernestine, David S.

2002, Submitter: Liz McLendon, email
27527 Cunningham Dr., Valencia, CA 91354-1912

Lauer/Filbert/Hausam/Schlotzhauer, Martin

Seek info children and grandchildren of Rev. Martin LAUER b 18 Jan 1824 Ruchheim, Bavaria. Arr USA with mother Catherina FILBERT nee HAUSAM 1846. Settled in Buffalo NY, m Catherine SCHLOTZHAUER 16 May 1849, moved to Cleveland OH.

2000, Submitter: Bob Hitchcock, email
75 Brownson Drive, Huntington CT 066484-2735

Leap/Dirth, John

According to the PA Archives series, John LEAP m Barbara DIRTH in Bucks Co, May 1775. Seek their desc for one generation & the pedigrees of the couple. 

1999, Submitter: J. Bruce Amstutz
15 Blueberry Lane, Brunswick ME 04011-3409

Lechner/Bruce/Gooch/Bixler/Orner, Joseph

Seek parents, birthplace Joseph LECHNER b 1790 m Virginia BRUCE (died PA?)   He was in Centreville, Union Co PA 1820 census; in Lewistown, Mifflin Co PA 1830 census. Ch b PA; Julia Ann b 1813 m Thomas GOOCH; Caroline b 1815 m in Lewistown 27 Mar 1834 John BIXLER; Joseph, Jr. b 1817; Lydia m Lewistown 15 Apr 1832 John ORNER; Lucy Ann b 1821.

1998, Submitter: Jeanne Miller, email
R.1, Box 76A, New Harmony IN 47631

Legler/Schneider/Dimmig/Lewenicht, Charles Fred

Seek parents, siblings, family, name of ship(s) USA port of entry, German embarkation port Charles Fred LEGLER b 1865 Karlsruhe/Durlach, Baden-Wurttemberg, who followed Karoline SCHNEIDER to Buffalo NY for marriage. Also same data Charles William DIMMIG b 1868 Mosbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, also LEWENICHT from Mecklenberg. 

1999, Submitter: Martha Gill, email
215 Lee Circle, Waverly OH 45690-1512

Leib/Stauffer, John

Seek particulars on John LEIB b. ca 1758, Manheim Twp, Lancaster Co PA who mar. Veronica STAUFFER. Interested particularly in names of their children.

1998, Submitter: J. Bruce Amstutz
15 Blueberry Lane, Brunswick ME 04011


Leibengut, John Wendel

Seeking info on identity of John Wendel LEIBENGUT. The British Museum, London, England, has lists of Germans from the Palatinate who came to England in 1709. The list taken in St. Catherines, 06 May 1709, shows LEIBENGUT, John Wendel, age 53, wife none, son age 28, no dau., of Reformed Church. Who was this man and what happened to him? 

2001, Submitter: Jack Engleman
478 Highway FF, Jonesburg, MO 63351

Leintzel/Metz/Danner, Philippe-Jacob

Seek info Philippe-Jacob LEININGER and his desc in USA. He was born 7 July 1786 in Reipertsvilier, Bas-Rhin, France; son of Johann-Georg LEININGER and Marie-Elisabeth METZ. He m Catherine DANNER 20 Feb 1810 probably in Rothbach, Bas-Rhin, France. Dau Christine b 4 Mar 1827 Rothbach. Catherine d 29 Jun1840 Rothbach. Philippe em US ca 1840-41, possibly dau Christine too.

1998, Submitter: Lowell Kuntz
3188 Red Brick Court, Maineville OH 45039-9528

Leitch/Leatch/Penn/Thomas/Parker, John W.

Seek info, immigration John W. LEITCH who m Jane PENN who may be great-niece of William PENN. John had a son John W. LEITCH b 1782 MD d 13 Sep 1851 and married Jane/Jineie THOMAS who d ca 1825. Her parents were John W. THOMAS and Mary PARKER and I need their info also.

1998, Submitter: Carol Safko, email
8723 E. Kettle Place, Englewood CO 80112

Lemlein, Bernhart

Seek info family of Bernhart LEMLEIN b ca 1807/11 Frankfurt am Main, Ger, and his wife Sarah, b ca 1806 Frankfurt am Main. They imm New York City ca 1847-1860. Ch: Ferdinand, Emilia, Nathan. 

1998, Submitter: Michael Musser, email
1529 Lindenwood Drive, Orange TX 77630-2811

Leonhauser/Hetterich/Hedderich/Haug, Eva

Seek info Eva LEONHAUSER b 1835 & brother Konrad b 1841 in Halsdorf, Hesse-Cassel. Parents were Johannes & Margarete HETTERICH. Eva emigrated ca 1855, m Henry HAUG in Baltimore. Married second husband, Albert SCHMIDT ca 1866. Fam moved to Brooklyn NY. 

1999, Submitter: Louise Eckhardt, email
2620 Shady Tree Lane, Edmond OK 73013

Leopold, Carl Johann

Seek German origins of Carl Johann LEOPOLD, born 30 Jun 1809 in Liyye, Hanover, Germany. He supposedly belonged to a family of Saxon-Dutch, Prussian, and Huguenot ancestry with ties to nobility. He entered the University of Berlin in 1831, dropped out and came to America in 1834. He settled in St. Louis, MO and then moved to Liberty, MO.

2005, Submitter: Anna Margaret McGuire,  email
508 Lancelot Dr., Liberty MO 64068.

Letts/Frymire/Freymire, Nelson

Need info on LETTS family in Schoharie Co., NY, especially parents of Nelson LETTS (b.1815), m. Dolly Mariah FRYMIRE/FREYMIRE (b.1818), moved to St. Joseph Co., MI, had children Sabrina, Adeline, Martin, Edward, Emeline & Caroline, then moved to Delaware Co., IA.

2003, Submitter: Maureen Dorman Wilson, email, Phone: 517-252-0929.
9107 Tanglewood Dr., Urbandale IA 50322

Liebschner/Roth, Wilhelm (William)

Seek anc/sibs of Friedrich Wilhelm (William) LIEBSCHNER (b Jul 1844; d 04 Jan 1929); immigrated 1865 from Dresden (?), Sachsen, Germany; mar 25 Jul 1872, Allegheny Co., PA, to Emma ROTH; settled in East Liverpool, Colombiana Co., OH via New York City, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, & Beaver Falls, PA; they had 11 children. 

2002, Submitter: Gary K Liebschner, P. E., email
5642 Rauch Rd., Carrol, OH 43112-9666

Linnenkohl/Linnenkugel, Johannes/Johan Wilhelm

Looking for parents and more information in Germany for John Linnenkohl who was born 8 Jun 1835 in Lauterbach, Hesse Germany (place listed in his Army enlistment records). He came to America in 1857 (1900 census) and enlisted at West Point in Orange Co, NY on 24 Feb 1858 (military records). We have found no marriage record for his first wife, Fredericke and are not sure if they were married in US or Germany.  His children are Johan Frederick 1859-1861, Wilhelmina 1861, Sophia 1863, Dorothea 1865, Johanna 1871, Susanna 1874 by his first wife, Fredericke. When he married his second wife, Sophie Elisabeth Schaedel 1841-1895, he names his father, Wilhelm. His children from this second union were Phillip 1876-1919, George 1877-1937, Charles 1878, Henry 1879-1934, William 1881-1881, William 1883-died young, William Frederick 1884-1962. He also had two step-daughters from his second wife's first marriage to John Freitag. They were Ida and Magdalena (Lena) Freitag.

2015, Submitter: Carol F. Swinehart, email, Phone: 740-653-7018, 246 Scott Dr, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Lipsmeyer, Benedict Heinrich

Seek info Benedict Heinrich LIPSMEYER b 1 845 Sudhagen Westphalia, arr America 1865. Entry #11912 in "Wesffalischo Auswanderer Aus Dem Regierungsbezirk Minden II" book states Heinrich's info. He was stowaway to America. Where can I find name of ship, port of entry in Am & port he left Germany? 

1999, Submitter: Kathleen Nichols, email
11812 Chelsea Chase, Oklahoma City OK 73170

Longenecker, Daniel

Seek parents of Daniel LONGENECKER (1666-1756), Mennonite minister & blacksmith of Providence, PA. Also possible relationship with Ulrich LONGENECKER (1670-1757) of Coventry, PA, and/or Ulrich LONGENECKER (1666-1752) of Rapho, PA. 

2003, Submitter: Dick Cryer, email
Longenecker Family Newsletter, PO Box 11011, Greenwich CT 06831

Longenecker/Blaser, Ulrich

Seek children of Ulrich LONGENECKER (b 1681, Biglen, Switzerland; d 1757) & Elizabeth _?_, imm abt 1717 from the Palatine to Coventry, PA. Known relatives are the children of his first cousin once removed, Ulrich LONGENECKER (1666-1752) & wife Anna BLASER, imm 1733 to Rapho, PA.

2004, Submitter: Dick Cryer, email
P.O. Box 11011, Greenwich CT 06831

Lorah, Jacob

Seek info on Jacob b 1848, Pearson b 1849, & Johannes b 25 Jul 1851, who may have lived in Upper Sandusky or Numushellen OH. Jacob is listed in 1880 census in Numushellen. They were born in Lincoln, Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co PA, SONS OF George & Leah Beck LORAN. 

1999, Submitter: Roth Henry, email
2228 Kingsbrook Drive, Richmond VA 23233-3228

Lorenz/Hede, Frederick

Seek village of origin for Frederick LORENZ (b abt 1818, Hannover) & name of his 1st wife. They had a son August LORENZ (b 08 Jul 1846). Frederick's 2nd wife was Christiana HEDE (b abt 1829 in Osterode, Hannover). They came on the ship Louise in 1856 with 3 ch: August & his half-sibs Fritz (b 1851) & Johanna (b 1855). They located in the Chicago area & had 3 more ch: Louis (b 1857), Frederike (b 1861), & Charles (b 1863). Frederick d 1868 in Chicago; no death cert or probate exists because of the Chicago Fire. August d 1896 in Chicago; death cert doesn't list parents. 

2002, Submitter: Peggy Tegel, email
3342 Windsor Ln., Joliet IL 60431

Louks/Louks/Loukx/Sluyter, Henry

I am preparing the 3rd edition to be published by July 2009 of descendants of Henry & Sara (Sluyter) LOUKS of Highgate, Vermont, with notes on other families of the name in Vermont and Quebec. I'd like to hear from descendants of those families of the name who removed from New York to Highgate, Vermont area ca. 1800, many then settling back and forth over the Quebec border. 

2009, Submitter: Ross W. McCurdy, email, Phone: 508-258-0029
114 Mayflower Terrace, So. Yarmouth, MA 02664

Ludwig/Ladwig, Carl William Albert

Seek German ancestors of Carl William Albert LUDWIG (b 21 Mar 1837; d 02 Feb 1890), imm c1855 to Schuylkill Co., PA. A yellowed paper written after his death shows birthplace as Prussia, Dimmin Dorf. Could this be Demmin, and was it a 'doff(village)? Citizenship papers give surname as LADWIG.

2006, Submitter: Leona L. Zerby
2528 Dixon Rd., Frederick MD 21704

Luther/Andrews, James Martin

Seek info/origins for James Martin LUTHER (b 01 Jan 1835, Germany; d 16 Dec 1915, Montgomery Co., NC), married (date?) Elizabeth ANDREWS (b 22 Oct 1837, where?; d 10 May 1929, NC). Martin is in 1850 census Ohio: Franklin Co.: Columbus Div.; moved to NC to operate DeBerry Grist Mill on Clark's Creek.

2003, Submitter: Mary Luther Joy, email
401 N. Church St, #401, Charlotte, NC 28202

Lutheran/Reformed Churches, Germany

Who can I contact or is a directory available that would give addresses and sources to contact on the Lutheran and Reformed churches in the Palatine area in Germany? 

2001, Submitter: George Moose, email

Lutz/Long, Jacob

Seek info Jacob LUTZ who m Catharine LONG 1788 ca Lancaster PA. Born 1760s (Germany?), died 29 Jul 1826 ca Shirleysburg, Huntingdon Co PA. When, where, on what ship did he arrive US? Locations prior to 1788?

1998, Submitter: David Lutz, email
2800 Northfield Road, Charlottesville VA 22901-1237

Lutz/Long/Good/Guth, Jacob

Seek origins/parents/sibs/immigration/etc. for Jacob LUTZ (b 23 Nov 1763 where?, d 29 Jul 1826 Huntingdon Co, PA). He man 1788 (where?), Catharine LONG (b 1767 Lancaster Co., PA, d 03 Nov 1854 Huntingdon Co., PA), d/o Joseph LONG (d 1804) & Elizabeth GOOD / GUTH. Maybe in Lancaster Co. Militia in 1781. In 1790 Jacob & f-in-law Joseph were in Maryland; in 1795 they both moved to Huntingdon Co, PA. Jacob & Catharine had 10 ch: Elizabeth 1789; Johannes 1791, d young; Catharine 1793; Susanna 1795; Johannes 1798; Jacob 1801; Nancy 1803; Samuel 1805; Abraham 1808; Petrus 1811. Burial in private cemetery for Jacob & f-in-law nr Stone Church of the Brethren in Germany Valley, Shirley Twp., Huntington Co, PA; Catharine in cemetery adjacent to Stone Church.

2005, Submitter: David S. Lutz, email
2800 Northfield Rd., Charlottesville VA 22901-1237