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LEFEVRE RECORDS


     A record of the Pennsylvania LeFevres, those whose first American Ancestor settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
     This Record begins with Mengen LeFevre, of 1510, who, it is believed, is the Ancestor of, not only the Pennsylvania LeFevres, but also of the New York LeFevres, the New Jersey and the Virginia LeFevres.
1-001 Mengen LeFevre, Born 1510 in Lorraine, France.  He was ennobled by Royal Duke Antoine, the "Good Duke of Lorraine," and granted a Coat-of-Arms, which was registered in 1543.
2-001 John LeFevre, b 1540 (?) in Lorraine, France.
3-001 Philip (?) LeFevre, b 1574 (?) in Valley of the Yonne, France.
4-001 Andrew (?) LeFevre, b 1604 (?) near Chateau-Chinon, France.  His Huguenot paster, in speaking of Andrew and his wife, said:  "They were the best people amongst us."  It was also said of them by another:  "Having walked before God in Christian simplicity, and performed their duty, they died at a good old age."  Andrew had five children as follows:
5-001 Abraham, b (?) 1632 (In Vol. 5 of some book, the name not now recalled, it is recorded--"Abraham LeFevre b near Strasburg, France, in 1632.") m about 1658; d 1685.  He and his family being Huguenots, French Protestants, were killed by the Roman Catholics after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Oct. 18, 1685, except Isaac, his third son, then a boy of 16, who escaped to Bavaria, and later came to America.
5-002 Andrew, b (?) 1636 in France; d 1696 at Kingston, N.Y.  He and his younger brother Simon (5-003) being Huguenots, left France about 1655.  They fled to the Bavarian Palatinate, and lived a while at a place called Paltz, on the river Rhine, near Manheim.  From there they went down the Rhine to Holland.  In April, 1660, they left Holland, and between 1662 and 1665 they came to the Indian village of Wiltwyck, or what was called by the Dutch, Esopus, and later by the English, Kingston, in Ulster county, New York.  On April 23, 1665, they were in Wiltwyck and united with the Kingston church.  Andrew and Simon were two of the twelve Huguenot Patentees who on May 26, 1677, made a treaty with the Indians and bought 36,000 acres, called the New Paltz tract.  Andrew was never married.
5-003 Simon, b 1640 in France; d 1690 at New Paltz, N.Y. m in 1678 Elizabeth Deyo.  Simon and Andrew (5-002) worked together, and were noble examples of Huguenot brothers.  In 1713 Simon's four children--Andrew, Isaac, John and Mary--owned 6,000 acres of the New Paltz tract.  For the record of Simon's descendants, the New York LeFevres, get a copy of Ralph LeFevre's History of New Paltz (Price $20.)
5-004 Judith, b about 1644 in France; d there about 1690.  She was an earnest and faithful Huguenot, and encouraged and helped her brother Isaac while he was persecuted, although she was often threatened.  Finally she was imprisoned in a convent till her death.
5-005 Isaac, b 1648 near Chateau-Chinon, in the valley of the river Yonne, in the Province of Nivernois, France.  He died a martyr June 13, 1702, after seventeen years of suffering from the murderous cruelty of the Roman Catholic church authorities.  In 1663, when fifteen years old he was sent to school in Geneva, Switzerland.  Later he studied law at Orleans.  His testimonials of character and learning were so high that he was admitted as one of the Advocates of the Court of Parliament.  But he was a sincere and Christian Huguenot, and encouraged and helped other Huguenots to be faithful.  On account of his ability and eminence, the Roman Catholic church authorities made every effort to get Isaac to recant and leave the Huguenot faith.  Failing in such efforts, they determined to put him out of the way.  He was seized on Sunday, Feb. 4, 1686.  They took everything he had, and put him in irons.  After three weeks in prison he was tried and convicted of heresy, i.e. of following Christ instead of the Pope of Rome.  While before the Court, a Counsellor of the Court said to Isaac:  "When a person is convinced that he is in the true belief, he must suffer even unto death."  Isaac answered , what he said was very true, and that he was on the way to it.  He was then condemned to the galleys.  From ill treatment and bad food in the prison, he became sick.  In August 1686 he arrived in Marseilles, and was put in a hospital of the galley slaves.  When he was a little better, although he could not stand, he was carried to a galley for rowing, and fastened with chains.  He had to sleep on a board without clothing, and the galley slaves in pity for him gave of their own scanty clothes to shelter him.  He was able to remain on the galleys only until April 1687, when he was put in a dungeon in Fort St. John in Marseilles harbor.  The dungeon had been a stable, but being too damp and ill ventilated to keep a horse in, they put him in it till his death.  And there the body of Isaac LeFevre, the Martyr, was buried.
5-001  Abraham LeFevre, 1632.  Son of Andrew, 1604
6-001 Judith, b Oct. 20, 1660, martyred 1685 by the Roman Catholics after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
6-002 Philip, b May 1, 1664, martyred 1685.
6-003 Jacob, b Dec 20, 1666, martyred 1685.
6-004 Isaac LeFevre, founder of the Pennsylvania family of LeFevres, was born March 26, 1669, near Chateau-Chinon, in the valley of the River Yonne in France.  Died Oct. 1, 1751.
     Married in Bavaria, Germany, about 1704 to Catherine Fuehre, who was born at Landau, France, about 1679 and died in 1749.
     From a statement made by John LeFevre, his grandson, who knew him for twenty years, Isaac LeFevre was "lively, active, and took a great deal of exercise, even in his old age, and was very temperate."  He prospered in his new home and at the time of his death owned about 1500 acres of land.
     The place of his burial cannot be definitely stated.  At the side of Madame Ferree's grave however, in a space wide enough for two other graves, there is a small dark colored natural stone with the initials I.L. carved on the side of it.  It is reasonable to believe that Isaac and Catherine would have been buried beside her mother but it is not certain.
6-005 Mary, b Jan. 15, 1671, martyred 1685.
6-006 Susanna, b Sept. 12, 1672, martyred 1685.
6-007 Charles, b Oct. 24, 1680, martyred 1685.
6-004,   Isaac LeFevre, 1669.  Son of Abraham, 1632
7-001 Abraham, b in Germany April 9, 1706, d Nov. 20, 1735. m about 1728 Elizabeth Firre, b 1710, daughter of Daniel Firre.
     Abraham, with the assistance of his father Isaac, built a two-story log house one mile north of Strasburg, Pa., on the tract which was to be in his inheritance at the time of his father's death.  But dying in 1735 before its completion, his father finished the building, and thus its remains are the only tangible work left of our French ancestor Isaac LeFevre of 1669.  The house stood a little west of the present brick dwelling erected in 1836, and the foundation, even with the surface of the ground, is shown to visitors.  A dozen or more of the great logs from the building, some measuring twenty-one inches wide, are still in the large bank barn built in 1837, the year following the erection of the brick house by George, the great-grandson of Isaac and the the grandfather of the Compiler, George N. LeFevre, who remodeled the house in 1891.
     We believe Abraham's body was the first to be buried in the LeFevre Cemetery but there is no marker to that effect.  The cemetery is located a quarter mile west of the big house and contains the remains of six generations of LeFevres.
7-002 Philip, b March 16, 1710, New Paltz, N. Y., d Sept. 1766.
m about 1730 Mary Herr, a daughter of Christian Herr who was a son of Hans Herr.
     Philip's tract lay about five miles west of Abraham's home and about four miles south of Lancaster, in what is now West Lampeter Township.  In the "Biographical Annals of Lancaster County," published in 1903, published in 1903, it is said (p.337) that Philip LeFevre, the son of Isaac, received by deed his large property in West Lampeter Township, The consideration being "natural love and affection."
     He was a gunsmith and blacksmith.  Besides various tools and farming implements, he made smoothbore guns that were used in the Revolutionary War.
7-003 Daniel, b March 29, 1713, d April, 1781.
m about 1736 Mary Catherine Kerr.  He was the first white child born in Pequea Valley, his birthplace being within sight of the Pennsylvania Railroad bridge at Leaman Place, Pa.  He lived on a 300 acre tract just north of and adjoining Abraham's tract.
7-004  Mary, b Aug. 24, 1715, d Feb. 25, 1774.
m Mar. 20, 1738, to Dr. David Deshler, of Philadelphia, Pa. b in England 1711, came to America 1730, d 1792.
7-005 Esther, b May 3, 1717, d before 1751.  m to Daniel Harmon.
7-006 Samuel, b June 28, 1719, d May 4, 1789.
m about 1751 Lydia Firre, b about 1731, d Feb. 8, 1778.
Samuel inherited his father's 383 acre tract in Paradise.  He was a miller, living north of Leaman Place, Pa.  After his death the mill was sold to Jacob Eshleman.  Samuel and Lydia are both buried in the Carpenter Cemetery at Paradise, Pa.

The home of George N. LeFevre.  The white stone is lying on one of the corner stones of the original house built by Isaac and his son Abraham in 1735.  Franklin D. LeFevre is beside the stone.

THE LEFEVRE CEMETERY
North Star Road, Strasburg, Pa.

 
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