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Johann Georg von Löhr[1]

Male 1667 - 1748  (81 years)


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  • Name Johann Georg von Löhr  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born 16 Jul 1667  Birstein, Isenburg-Offenbach, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 21 Jul 1667  Birstein, Isenburg-Offenbach, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 1K64-8BS 
    Immigration 1698  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name John George Van Leer 
    Name John George Vanleer 
    Name John George Von Leer 
    Will 27 Jul 1748  Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Written 
    Died 25 Sep 1748  Marple Twp, Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 8 Nov 1748  Chester Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Proved 
    Person ID I1746  default
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2010 

    Father Johann Balthasar von Löhr, Sr.,   b. 1635-1637, Birstein, Isenburg, Hessen, Preußen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 11 Feb 1679, Birstein, Isenburg, Hessen, Preußen Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Katharina Reiffschneider,   b. Abt 1637, Fischborn, Hesse, Preußen Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 11 Feb 1679, Zurich, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Family ID F3594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary,   b. Abt 1668,   d. 1735, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Dr. Bernardhus Van Leer, Sr.,   b. Abt 1686, Isenburg, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1790, Middletown Twp, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 104 years)
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2009 
    Family ID F806  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rebecca Mather,   b. Abt 1700, Chester, Chester Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1763  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1739  Christ Church, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Notes 
    Married:
    • MARRIAGE: Johann Georg & Rebecca were married at Christ's Church in Philadelphia
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2007 
    Family ID F3130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Christ Church [24 Mar 2006]
    Christ Church [24 Mar 2006]
    Photo of the south side of Christ Church at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bernardhus Van Leer and Mary BRANSON were married here in 1734. Johann Georg von Löhr and Rebecca MATHER were married here in 1738. Noah Wells and Mary HARRISON were married here in 1746. The church continues being open to the public daily 9AM-5PM and offers services Sundays at 9AM and 11AM and Wednesdays at 12PM. Taken by Chad G. Nichols
    Christ Church, Interior [24 Mar 2006]
    Christ Church, Interior [24 Mar 2006]
    Photo of the interior of Christ Church at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bernardhus Van Leer and Mary BRANSON were married here in 1734. Johann Georg von Löhr and Rebecca MATHER were married here in 1738. Noah Wells and Mary HARRISON were married here in 1746. The pews are originals, #70 belong to Benjamin Franklin, #58/60 belonged to President George Washington, and another belonged to Betsy Ross. Taken by Chad G. Nichols
    Photo of the Black Mansion at Marple Township, Pennsylvania
    Photo of the Black Mansion at Marple Township, Pennsylvania
    Photo of the Black Mansion at Marple Township circa 1960. The home was originally built by John George Van Leer about 1742. His son, Bernhardhus, lived in the home until his death in 1790. Courtesy of the Marple Twp Historical Society. Used by permission.

    Documents
    Coat of Arms
    Coat of Arms
    Coat of arms for the von Lähr family, photocopied from at a set of books at the Zürich State Archives, vol 5 sec 4; Siebenmacher's Wappenboch p 32 table 25, Nurenburg : 1890. Library of Congress, Washington D.C., Zürich Library & Town Hall.
    Family History Wheel
    Family History Wheel
    Family history "wheel" of the Van Leer family; According to family legend the Van Leer family genealogy was carried by Johan George von Löhr on lambskin when he immigrated into the United States; It is unknown who has this lambskin today
    Estate Inventory [23 Sep 1748]
    Estate Inventory [23 Sep 1748]
    An inventory of John George Van Leer's Estate
    Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Vol III, Van Leer Excerpt
    Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Vol III, Van Leer Excerpt
    Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Volume III, excerpt of p. 1320-1323, "William Mintzer Van Leer." The pages relay the history of John George von Lohr and descents through William Mintzer Van Leer. Research by Chad G. Nichols

  • Notes 
    • BIRTH: Johan George von Lohr was born at modern-day Birstein, at the edge of Main-Kinzig-Kreis in Hesse, Germany. For additional information see Isenburg-Offenbach

      NAME: English variation is John George Vanleer

      CERTIFICATE: Original von Lohr heraldric family certificate in possession of George H. Earle, Jr., of Philadelphia (source: Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Vol III).

      OCCUPATION: He was either a doctor or merchant of drugs in Philadelphia.

      LAND: Deeds Book A. P. 147 - Woodbury, N. J. 'on Feb. 1, 1682, John George Vanleer, by the name and addition of John Vanlaer, Merchant, of the city of London, purchased of Wm. Welsh, merchant, of the same city, the full quantity of 5000 acres of land within the Province or Tract of Land called West New Jersey in America, etc, etc.'

      WILL: His will, sealed with the von Lähr coat-of-arms, is on file at the Chester County Court House.

  • Sources 
    1. [S756] Nichols Online Library, Digital Documents Researched and Scanned by Chad Nichols & Relatives, Nichols, Chad G., (Catalogue of over 40,000 relatives with more than 5,000 of them having documentation to support their place in the family tree. Some recent generation surnames include Anderson, Broman, Campbell, Cloward, Conder, Dutson, Ericksen, Farmer, Holyoak, Kump, Kylen, Mendenhall, Nichols, Nielson, O'Donnell, Richardson, Roberts, Shelley, Stone, and Walker. Most ancestors are from England, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. [online] www.nicholslibrary.org 7783 S 4950 W West Jordan, UT 84081 USA) (Reliability: 3).
      Coat of Arms - 002524
      Christ Church - 003342, 003343
      Inventory - 003424
      Colonial & Revolutionary Families Excerpt - 005252

    2. [S100] Will Record (Reliability: 3).
      Will written 27 Jul 1748; Will proved 8 Nov 1748 (C 75)
      (Transcription by Chad G. Nichols)

      Will of John George Van Leer of Marple, Gentleman

      In the name of God amen, the twenty seventh day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty eight I, John George Van Leer, of Marple in the County of Chester and province of Pensylvania, gentleman, being of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend it to the earth to be buried in a [?] like and decent manner at the discretion of my executrix, and as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

      IMPRIMIS: It is my will and I do order that, in the first place, all my just debts and funeral charges be paid.

      Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Jon Bernhard Van Leer the sum of five shillings or the value thereof of Pensylvania money.

      Item: I give unto my grandson George Van Leer a [?] lot of land lying and being in the city of Chester called Pledwolls lot, to him his heirs and assigns forever.

      Item: I give and bequeath unto, Rebakah, my dearly beloved wife of all remaining part of my estate of what nature, kind or quality soever and wheresoever to be found, to her, her heirs and assigns forever whom I constitute make and ordain executrix of this my will and testament and I do hereby utterly disavow, revoke, and disannul all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, and executors by me in any way before this time names wills and bequeaths, ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year above written.

      Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, and declared by ye said John George Van Leer as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers.





      ============

      There personally appeared William Fell and Jonathan Maris two of the witness of the within will who on their solemn affirmation did declare that they were present and saw the testator within named sign, seal, pronounce, and declare the within writing to be hist last will and testament that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind and memory to the best of there understandings.

      Affirmed
      <[?] Parker, reg.>

      ============

      The twenty seventh day of July Anno Domi 1748, I within name testator John George Van Leer being willing it should be known why in the within will I have given my son Bernhard but five shillings do hereby declare that ye reason for so small a legacy to my son viz. because I formerly provided well for him according to my ability and I do ratify and confirm the within [?] as my last will and testament witness my hand and seal the date above.

      Signed sealed and declared by ye said John George Van Leer in the presence of us





    3. [S91] Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825, Lineages, Inc., comp., ([database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000) (Reliability: 3).
      (C:75)
      John George Vanleer, Gentleman: residence Marple, will date 27 Jul 1748, proved 8 Oct 1748.
      To son Bernhard 5 shillings.
      To grandson George Vanleer a lott of land in Philadelphia.
      To wife Rebecca all remainder of estate, also executrix.

    4. [S707] Vanleer (Van Leer) Family History, Burge, Peggy, ([online] www.vanleerplus.org) (Reliability: 3).
      Prior to immigrating, Johann Georg visited London where he purchased 5000 acres (7.8 square miles) of land near what is now Woodbury, New Jersey--also administrated as a Quaker colony at that time by William Penn. William Penn's company sought investors in both Pennsylvania and New York in early 1682. This would make our ancestor one of William Penn's first investors. 750 investors purchased the standard package, which included a tract of 5,000 acres somewhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey (un-surveyed, un-cleared, virgin land), a building lot in the planned city, and a dividend of 80 acres in the "liberty lands" (free of Indians and protected by government) north and west of the city limits.

      Fellow-investors were chiefly merchants, shopkeepers, and skilled craftsmen from London, Bristol, and Dublin--most of them Quakers. While only about half of the "first purchasers" came to America, Johann Georg decided to make the move. He was accompanied on his move to the New York by his wife, Mary, and their 11-year-old son, Bernardhus.

      Johann Georg brought with him a combination birth-certificate-letter-of recommendation given by the Council of Wilhelm Moritz, Count of Isenburg and Budingen in 1698. The letter is written on lambskin and affixed with the von Lähr coat of arms. In 1937, this document was in the possession of his great-great-great grandson, Philip M. Van Leer, of Pennsylvania. His descent from Johann Georg von Lähr was: Bernardhus/Bernard/John Franklin I/John Franklin II.

      Johann Georg anglized his name to "John George Van Leer" (and sometimes as "von Leer"). The official "von Löhr" was still used on legal documents such as his will and marriage certificate to his second wife--Rebecca Fauls, who he married at Christ's Church in Philadelphia on Jan. 15, 1738. He was either a doctor or merchant of drugs in Philadelphia. His will--sealed with the von Lähr coat-of-arms--is on file at the Chester County Court House.

      An addendum was added to the will in July 1748 to clarify the reason for leaving so little to his son Bernardhus to protect against having the inheritance contested after his death: "...the reason for so small a legacy to my son is because I formerly provided well for him according to my ability..."

      John George left five shillings to his son Bernardhus, a parcel of land in Chester to his grandson George and the rest of his estate to his wife, Rebecca. An inventory of the estate included:

      Cash and bonds 235 pounds
      Saddle and bridle 13
      Cow 3
      Furnishings, China 121
      Total 372 pounds

      John George's will indicated that the Van Leers were moderately prosperous professional men. There was, however, no great wealth.

      The Van Leer family moved to the 'liberty land' in Marple Township in the early 1700's. It was at this point that the Van Leers began a long family relationship with the Waynes. Anthony Wayne I (father of Isaac and grandfather of Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne and Hannah Wayne) owned property in nearby Paoli. Numerous legal documents exist that include both Wayne and Van Leer as witnesses. The families united in the third generation when Samuel Vanleer married Hannah Wayne.

    5. [S397] History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Everts, Louis H., (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Futhey & Cope, 1881 A history of Chestery County, Pennsylvania. On file at Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, Pennsylvania) (Reliability: 3).
      d. 1748

    6. [S111] FamilySearch™ Pedigree Resource File, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The, (Salt Lake City, UT [Online]) (Reliability: 3).
      b 16 Jul 1667 Birstein, Isenburg, Prussia, Hesse, Germany
      chr 21 Jul 1667 Birstein, Isenburg, Prussia, Hesse, Germany
      d 25 Sep 1748 Marple, Chester, Pennsylvania
      (Submitted by: Marjorie B. WINTER, 45 Lori Lane Oriental NC 28571-9596, CD-ROM #72)

    7. [S90] Van Leer Genealogy, Van Leer, Ella Wall, (Chester, Pennsylvania : Ella Wall Van Leer, (submitted and microfilmed at Chester County Historical Society)).

    8. [S193] International Genealogical Index (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, 2006) (Reliability: 3).
      chr 21 Jul 1667 Burstein, Isenburg Neuwied, Rheinland, Preussen
      Submission by William Mendenhall
      Add'l submission by Rudd Hardesty

    9. [S472] Marriages Recorded by the Registrar General, ([online] http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/philadelphia/church/pass8-1.txt Original in Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, vol 8; Made available online by Donna Bluemink & Joe Patterson. Contents include transcriptions of marriages for Christ Church (Philadelphia), Swedes' Church (Philadelphia), First Presbyterian Church (Carlisle), St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Chester), Reformed Church (Falkner Swamp), Lutheran Church (New Hanover), German Reformed Church (Philadelphia), & Paxtang & Derry Churches) (Reliability: 3).
      1738, Jan. 25, Vanleer, John Gerich, and Rebecca Fauls
      (Research by Chad G. Nichols)

    10. [S707] Vanleer (Van Leer) Family History, Burge, Peggy, ([online] www.vanleerplus.org) (Reliability: 3).
      Lists marriage 25 Jan 1738 at Christ Church in Philadelphia