THE LEHMANN FAMILY HOMEPAGE by Audrey (Lehmann-Shields) Hancock
A FAMILY TREE can wither, if no one tends its roots.
2007,Courtesy of: Vincent Falter
Our LEHMANN FAMILY had their first known beginnings in Schirrhein, Bas-Rhin (Alsace), France (aka Shirrheim, Elsas, Germany). Here, within a cemetery in Schirrhein, lies LEHMANN family members and connecting family members such as the SCHITTER family. After a number of years, graves are recycled in France.
Thank you, Vincent E. Falter for the photo.
In France our Alsatian immigrants spelled the surname:
LEHMANNUnited States records give these corrupted surname spellings in different records.
Lehman, Lahman, Layman, Laymon, Laman, and Lamon
Usually pronounced as Layman, but sometimes as Leeman in our family.
My great-grandfather, Martin4 Lehmann (Michel/Michael3, Michel2, Johannes/Jean1 Lehmann), and his son, John5 Lehmann, are the only ones descended from Michel Lehmann & Mary Madeleine Biam known to have kept the original spelling of LEHMANN. My mother, Rita Marie (Lehmann) Shields, indicated that her father (John Michael Lehmann) insisted that his children keep the double "nn" as they were growing up, while other relatives in the family dropped an "n" to spell the surname as LEHMAN..
PORTRAIT ON A WALL
Sometime, when I have become a quiet portrait on the wall,
Will you, my fair descendant, stop to think of me at all?
Suppose your hands are shaped like mine and you have my keen sense of fun.
Will there be one to tell you so.....then.....when my days are done?
If you love books and fires and songs, and silver moons in velvet skies,
Toss me a look of shared delight from those, my own dark eyes.
For there are kinships in a curl and namesakes in a spoken name;
The wine of life may yet be poured by faded hands within a frame.
JOHN MICHAEL LEHMANN & MARY CATHERINE MILLS
Jean/Johann/Johannes/Johann1Lehmann & Catharina/Catherina/Catherine Halter
First Known Lehmann Ancestor and his Halter wife
First Generation Descendants
& (1) Catherine Schott and (2) Catharina
Second Generation Descendants
Michel/Michael3Lehmann & Marie Madeleine/Mary Magdelena Biam
(Michel2, Johannes1 Lehmann)
Third Generation Descendants
Julian/ Julia Ann4
Martin Michael4Lehmann & Katharina Reichert
(Michel/Michael3, Michel2, Johannes1 Lehmann)
Fourth Generation Descendants
John Michael5 Lehmann & Mary Catherine Mills and
THE LEHMANN FAMILY
SCHIRRHEIN, ALSACE, BAS-RHIN, FRANCE
LEHMANN GRANDDAUGHTERS of MARTIN MICHAEL LEHMANN & AGNES KATHARINA REICHERT
Granddaughters and a Granddaughter-in-law of Martin Lehmann, Sr. & Katharina Reichert
Jennie, Henrietta "Heine", Clara, Jean, Catherine, & Viola Jennie, Heine, Jean, and Catherine were daughters of John Lehmann, s/o Martin and Katharina. Clara was daughter of Martin Lehmann, Jr., s/o Martin & Katharina Viola Poeppelmeier became wife of Henry Lehmann, s/o Martin Lehmann, Jr. and bro/o Clara
This photo was taken outside the Tecklenburg Hotel in Ft. Loramie, Shelby County, Ohio.
The girls worked in the hotel for their aunt and uncle during the summers.
Halters: from Alsace-France to Ohio
The "Schirrheimers" of St. Stephen, Seneca County
(in the French language)
RICHTER, SCHERER, SCHITTER, SCHMUCK, SCHOTT, SCHUETTER, VOEGELE, & WITT
Lineage, photos, records
(in the French language)
Jean Paul Geyer
Learning Center: French
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We Are The ChosenMy feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
How many graves have I stood before now and cried?
I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors
you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us?
How many times have I walked up to a grave
and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever
to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.
It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,
their never giving in or giving up.
Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do.
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation,
To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
And that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]
Audrey (Lehmann-Shields) Hancock
of Portage, Michigan
Created: 24 May 2001 Revised: 29 March 2013
Revised: 20 July 2017