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Joachim Lorentz Lehmann


In 1779 Joachim was living in York County, Pennsylvania and owned no land but paid taxes on one cow.  Then in 1780, Joachim Layman owned 90 acres of land and paid taxes in Bethel Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in 1783, this is  found in Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, Volume 22, Page 234.  Bethel Township is now Fulton County, which was founded in 1850.


On Sept. 3, 1796, he purchased 643 acres of farmland in Grayson Cty., Kentucky.  This deed, the first ever recorded in Grayson County, is still on file in the county clerk's office at Bedford, Pa.  Deed Book E, Page 11, to Joacom Laman from Joseph Graves.  The land was purchased for 130 pounds of sterling.  This land is situated between on a dividing ridge between Caney and Bear Creeks.  This area was first part of Hardin County and then, after 1810, part of Grayson County, fourteen years after he purchased the land.  (Have a copy of this certificate also a copy of the original grant by Patrick Henry to Joseph Graves.  The document below was written on the back of a sheepskin.)


This is a true and accurate translation of the document


                          Patrick Henry Esquire, Governor of the Commonwealth of VIRGINIA

TO ALL TO WHOM these Presents shall come, GREETINGS, KNOW YE, that by virtue and in consideration of parties of said Office Treasury Warrant Number Sixteen Thousand Six Hundred and Thirty Four on the Twenty seventh day of September one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Three -

there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto Andrew Hynes

a certain Tract or Parcel of Land, containing the Six Hundred and Forty three acres by survey being dated the 5th day of December one thousand seven hundred and Eighty four lying and being in the County of Jefferson boundaries as poles with tract Beginning at two black oaks at the lower end of a black oak level about 40 poles North of a South branch of the South fork of Caney Waters of Rough Creek being the easternmost acres of Israel Thompson’s upper survey on said ford running hence with said Thompson’s line north thirty degrees again.  East two hundred and eighty six poles to a dogwood about thirty poles south of the Laurel branch of said fork thence South sixty degrees east three hundred and sixty poles with the line of Martin Regents seven hundred acre survey to a white oak in a level thence south thirty degrees West two hundred and eighty six poles to a poplar and white oak thence north sixty degrees west.  Three hundred and sixty poles to the beginning.

with its Appurtenances; TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Tract or Parcel of Land with its Appurtenances, to the said Andrew Hynes and his Heirs for ever. 

IN WITNESS whereof, the said Patrick Henry Esq. Governor of the Commonwealth of VIRGINIA, hath hereunto set his Hand, and caused the lesser Seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond, on the Eleventh Day of August in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Six and the Commonwealth the Eleventh.

                                                                                                Patrick Henry


This same tract of land was later purchased by Joseph Graves who in turn sold this parcel to Joachim (Joacom Lamon) Lehmann.  This was located in Deed Book E, Page 11, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania.





The rendering of the wagon and mule team above was possibly something like Joachim and his family used on parts of his journey to Kentucky.  These wagons were known as Conastogas and were generally pulled by oxen or mule.





In 1798, two years after this purchase, Joachim and John Storms, left Pennsylvania to live on Joachim's land in Kentucky.  They journeyed by land from Pennsylvania to the junction of the Monogahela and Alleghany Rivers, then down the Ohio River by flatboat to Bear Grass Creek, where they stopped for a few months before navigating to Cloverport (now Breckenridge County).  Again, by land, they passed the Falls of Rough and reached what was known as the Sowders Farm, which is located between Millwood and Caneyville, Kentucky.  They settled at the head of Laurel Branch, about one-half mile west of the Quisenbury Schoolhouse.

Joakim Layman, a grandson of Joachim told J.R. Layman in the early 1890's, that Joachim was a Fife Major in the Revolutionary War and enlisted in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  J.R. Layman stated (This was by tradition).  That Sarah Storms father, John Storms was on Washington's staff.  J.R. Layman later tried to verify by searching the Congressional Record, but was unable to do so - the page listing Layman information was torn out of the book.  Joachim, along with J. Storms enlisted June 12, 1778, in Captain John Bankston's Company (2nd PA Reg.).  Both supposedly served under Geo. Washington during the Christmas Eve crossing of the Delaware River to surprise the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey.  (Unable to document this statement.)

The 1785 tax list for Bedford County, PA, shows that Joachim was a landowner and was taxed 107 pounds.  In 1790 census (the first federal census) of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Joachin (spelling shown there) Layman's family contained four males and four females, a total of eight people.  This would mean that none of Joachim’s children were born in Kentucky.  In 1800, he appears on the Nelson County, Kentucky tax records.


Nothing is known of Joachim wife (Sara Grooms), but it is assumed that she must have been with him in Pennsylvania and made the trip with him and John Storms.  It is fairly certain, that his son, Michael, who was fourteen years old at the time, made the journey also.  


On the 1810 Grayson County tax list is found Jacob Layman with 180 third rate acres on Caney Creek.  He had 8 horses/mares and he paid tax for 1 male over 21.  Just below that entry is “Same Exor of J. Layman” which we can assume that Jacob served as the executor of the estate of J. Layman who we believe to be Joachim.  This entry lists 165 acres of third rate acreage on Caney Creek, no males, and e mares.  Adam Layman is listed with 150 acres of third rate land on Caney Creek, 1 mare and he paid taxes for 1 male over 21.  Michael Layman is listed with 175 acres of third rate land on Caney Creek, 3 mares and 1 male over 21.  (The tax list was received on 24 June 1810, so we know that Joachim was dead by at least that date.


The tax list for 1811 lists Joachim’s three sons once again with basically the same acreage as in 1810.  This year there are four Layman’s listed: the three Layman brothers and a Rebekah Layman with a mare and no acreage listed for her.  In 1812 Rebekah does not appear.


There is evidence that John Storm lived in Nelson County, Kentucky, before coming to Hardin and later Grayson Counties.  Approximately, 9 years before he and Joachim traveled down the Ohio, John Storm married Hannah Collard in Nelson County, Kentucky on December 5, 1789, and he appears on the Nelson County tax list of 1792.


Joachim was among the first settlers in Grayson County.   John Storms fought in Washington County during the Revolutionary War and died in the Old Rogers House in Leitchfield, Kentucky.


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