Western Pennsylvania Genealogy
Compiled by Douglas H. Lusher


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Johannes Löscher and Anna Catharina Wohlfahrt




Husband Johannes Löscher

           Born: Abt 1739 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened: 
           Died: 22 Aug 1811 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
         Buried: 


         Father: [Ancestor] Löscher (      -      )
         Mother: 


       Marriage: 23 Jul 1758 - Berks Co, PA 1



Wife Anna Catharina Wohlfahrt

           Born: Dec 1741 - ? Lancaster Co, PA
     Christened: 
           Died: 24 Jun 1815 - Berks Co, PA
         Buried: 


         Father: Johannes Wohlfahrt (      -      )
         Mother: Maria Agatha [Unk] (      -      )




Children
1 F Anne Margaret Löscher

           Born: 9 Jun 1759 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened: 
           Died: Bef 1811
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Jacob Braum (      -      )
           Marr: 19 Jan 1779


2 M Johann Löscher Jr.

            AKA: John Lesher 2
           Born: 22 Jun 1760 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Altalaha Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died: 1803
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Maria Barbara Schwartz (      -      )


3 F Maria Catharina Löscher

           Born: 24 Oct 1762 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Altalaha Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died: 
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Ludwig Schwartz (      -      )
           Marr: 11 May 1784 - Berks Co, PA


4 F Elisabetha Löscher

           Born: 1 Aug 1765 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Altalaha Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died: 
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Christian Walborn (      -      )
           Marr: 18 Apr 1785 - Berks Co, PA


5 F Anna Catharina Löscher

           Born: 7 Jun 1768 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Altalaha Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died: 
         Buried: 
         Spouse: John Miller (      -      )


6 M Philip Lescher 3

            AKA: Philipp Löscher
           Born: 7 Jul 1771 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Altalaha Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died: Jan 1853 - Freemont, Sandusky Co, OH
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Elisabetha Becker (1774-1861)
           Marr: 30 Nov 1794 - Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg, Berks Co, PA


7 M George Lusher 4

            AKA: Georg Löscher
           Born: 25 Feb 1774 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died: Abt 1849 - Venango Co, PA
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Catharina Muench (Abt 1768-Abt 1850) 4
           Marr: 10 Nov 1794 - Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg, Berks Co, PA


8 M Christian Löscher

           Born: 7 Nov 1776 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Altalaha Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died: 22 Jul 1848 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
         Buried:  - Altalaha Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehrersburg, Berks Co, PA
         Spouse: Barbara Riegel (1783-1849)
           Marr: 30 Mar 1805 - Berks Co, PA


9 F Margaret Elizabeth Löscher

           Born: 9 Jan 1780 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened:  - Christ Lutheran Church, Stouchsburg, Berks Co, PA
           Died:  - ? Montgomery Co, OH
         Buried: 
         Spouse: Henrich Schell (      -      )


10 M David Lesher

            AKA: David Löscher
           Born: 28 Dec 1782 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened: 
           Died: 29 May 1858 - Van Buren Twp, Montgomery Co, OH
         Buried:  - Zion Church Cemetery, Montgomery Co, OH
         Spouse: Elizabeth Ruhlmann (1789-1864)
           Marr: 10 Mar 1807 - Pennsylvania 5


11 M Jacob Lesher

            AKA: Jacob Löscher
           Born: 1 May 1786 - Tulpehocken Twp, Berks Co, PA
     Christened: 
           Died: 2 Aug 1869 - ? Montgomery Co, OH
         Buried:  - Zion Church Cemetery, Montgomery Co, OH
         Spouse: Catherine Stoudt (      -      )
         Spouse: Christine Michel (      -1866)
           Marr: 21 Nov 1809 - Jonestown, Lebanon Co, PA



General Notes: Husband - Johannes Löscher


His name is usually anglicized as "John Lesher".
On August 27, 1776, when Col. John Patton organized the Sixth Battalion of foot soldiers in the Berks County, PA, Militia. John Lesher helped to organize First Company and was commissioned captain. Also serving in this company were his son John Lesher, Jr., and Ludwig Schwartz, who later became his son-in-law. John Lesher, Sr., was later a major, May 27, 1780, in the Sixth Battalion, Berks County Militia, under Col. Spyker.
John Lesher appears in the Berks County, PA, tax rolls as early as 1779 in Tulpehocken Township where he is listed as an innkeeper, owning 200 acres, four horses, and six cattle. He appears again in 1780, 1781, 1784, and 1785.

During the persecution of the Huguenots in the seventeenth century many of them were ban­ished from France and driven to Lorraine and Alsace, two sparsely settled provinces be­longing to the German empire. The persecu­tion was carried to such an extent that these countries became densely populated with French refugees. For this and other reasons Louis the Fourteenth claimed these provinces and taking them from Germany they remained under the French dominion until the close of the Franco-Prussian war. While living in these “German States of France” the banished Huguenots learned to speak the German language. It is very common in American biography to find families of French extraction whose ancestors spoke the German language.

This John Lesher should not be confused with another John Lesher who resided in Oley Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The son of Nicholas Lesher, this other John Lesher was an ironfounder, represented Berks County in the first Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1776, served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly from 1776 to 1782, and was a colonel during the Revolutionary War. Much wealthier and more widely known than the John Lesher of Tulpehocken, early genealogies tended to claim him as an ancestor too frequently.

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Sources


1 Lesher Families in America, Pg 34.

2 Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (Chambersburg, PA: J. M. Runk & Company, Publishers, 1896), Pg 1074.

3 Lesher Families in America, Pg 100.

4 James Lincoln Lusher, Lusher Family Tree (Self-published, cir. 1942), Pg 1.

5 Lesher Families in America, Pg 54.


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