Our particular branch of the Lehman family, as far as I can
tell, were neither impoverished nor did they partake in the call for enlistment.
Our family had property, wealth, and was in good standing with the
monarchy. It is known that even some of our early family members were
employed by the court. Many others
were magistrates and held other positions of importance within their own
communities. It is further known
that our branch of the Lehmann family owned an Inn or Gesthaus as it was called.
Being somewhat of an influential family during the mid 1700’s and
holding court affiliation, they petitioned the monarchy for permission to leave
the country for the Americas. When
permission was granted in 1750 it took them nearly a year to settle with family
and friends, dispose of their property and make provisions for passage. Passage
at that time, took more than a month providing weather cooperated and traveling
with four small children as our Hans Jacob and his wife did, certainly must have
Petitioned to come to America 10 Dec 1750, in Blankenloch, Germany. Document located in Karlsrue, Germany. I have a copy of the original document written in German - see translation below.
* Translation of letter Johann Jacob Lehmann etal sent to the Margrave of Prussia via a prince regent
His Serene Highness and Sir, Karl Friedrich, Earl of Saustenberg,
Landearl of Sponheim and Eberstein,
Sir to Roetelen Baden and Weyler, Lahr and Malburg.
Merciful Highness and Sir
Ad Manus Clementissimus Karlsruhe
27 April 1751
princely subsensives to Blankenloch and Groetzingen who are willing to depart
for Pennsylvania ask their Highness by rightful reasons to reduce their set
taxes if not the entire vote by at least half of it. Your Serene Highness, please adhere to the request of your
obedient submissives who have the permission to immigrate and depart for
Pennsylvania and must pay for each of their property 100 florin (guilders) plus
deductive monies, and the duty money which adds up to 25 R..
This does not leave us poor citizens enough money to cover expenses for
such a long journey.
therefore beg your Serene Highness for mercy and mildness, also in the name of
our poor children, so that we will not have to pay the full amount but reduce it
to half. We ask our Lord that He
will let you be the rich manager with a lifelong government and lifetime health.
deepest devotion and respect
obedient submissive owners of the Blankenloch and Groezingen area
above is a facsimile of the Port of Rotterdam
This above photo was taken from the book: “Colonial Civilization of North America 1607-1763”,
by Louis B. Wright, pg. 193
Above document taken from the book:
"Album of American History Vol. I, Colonial Period" -
Pennsylvania, page: 393