Person:Matthias Lehrer (1)

  1. Matthias Lehrer1714 - 1787
m. 1744
  1. Joseph Lair1745 - 1823
  2. Johan Jusua Lehrer1745 - 1823
  3. Catherine Margaretha Lehrer1747 - 1815
  4. Andries 'Andrew' Lehrer1749/50 - 1826
  5. Matthias Lehrer, Jr.1751/52 - 1795
  6. Elizabeth Lehrerabt 1756 - bef 1790
  7. Margaret LehrerABT 1757 -
  8. Mary LehrerABT 1758 -
  9. John LehrerABT 1762 - ABT 1787
Facts and Events
Name Matthias Lehrer
Alt Name Matthias Lair
Alt Name Matthias Lear
Gender Male
Birth? Nov 1714 Otisheim, Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany
Marriage 1744 St. Michaels Reformed Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniato Catherine Margaretha Moyer
Death? 1787 Linville Creek, Rockingham County, Virginia

Matthias Lehrer (Lair) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land in Virginia:


  • Page 28 - Mathias Leeher, 147 acres, Linvils Creek. Adjoining Miller, his own land. February 8, 1763. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 11].
  • Page 40 - Mathias Leeher, 200 acres, North fork of the Shenandoah. May 4, 1765. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 16].
  • Page 119 - Mathias Leeher, 180 acres, Linvils Creek. Adjoining David Robinson and his own land. June 21, 1768. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 43].


Processioning List of 1767/68

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:


  • Vol. 2 - Page 446.--1767-68: Processioned by Joseph Skidmore, Geo. Dice, Henry Banener, viz: For Samuel Morrels, present Wm. Eaverman; for John Skidmore, present Valentine Cassel and Jacob Conrad; for Geo. Caplinger, present Jacob Harper and Jno. Caplinger; for Valentine Giles, deceased, present Geo. Giles; for Peter Flesher, for Henry Banener, for Woolrey Conrad, for George Dice. Processioned by Cornelius Ruddle, David Robeson: For Thomas Bryan, for John Linkhorn, for Robert Belshee, for Wm. Dunlap, for John Miller, for Wm. Pickens; for Mathias Leer, Jos. Leer present; for Tunish Vanpeter, for Abraham Miller, for George Speare, for Skid Muncy's land, for Cornelius Ruddle, for Thomas Moore, for David Robinson.


Records of Matthias Lehrer (Lair) in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:


  • Page 384.--23d February, 1764. Philip Charles Vangemunday's will (signed I. C. P. Van Gemunday), minister of the Gospel in the County of Augusta--To wife Mary Philip Charles Van Gemunday, the tract he bought from Jno. Frazier and joining Jas. Johnston, under North Mountain, 1 Testament and 1 Song Book, also 2d Bessell or Bible; to eldest son Henry, 2d Boy's Bible; to every son a small Bible; to wife and children, his high Dutch books. Latin and low Dutch books to be sold by auction. Bequeaths his son, George Frederick Peter, to Col. Peter Scholl. Bequeaths son, Charles Mathias, to Mathias Lear. Teste: Peter Scholl. Proved, 19th March, 1765, by Peter Scholl and Mathias Lear (Lair). Administration granted widow Mary, who qualifies with Peter Scholl, Jacob Persinger.
  • Page 121.--19th May, 1768. Mathias Lair's bond (with John Gratton, Danl. Smith) as administrator of Ferdinando Lair.
  • Page 123.--19th May, 1768. Bond as above as guardian to George, Ferdinando, Margaret, Catherine and Mathias Lair, orphans of Ferdinando Lair. (Note: follows record above).
  • Page 85.-- May, 1768. Ferdinand Lair's estate appraised and settlement of estate recorded 18th May, 1773--To cash in Bands of Andrew Hudlough (Herdlough?); to cash in hands of Conrad Wall; paid Barbara Lair; paid an old account from Germany by Fred Hanger; paid Joseph Cowley, Conrad Weeble, Mathias Rodes, William Stalp, Peater Tirkels bond.
  • Page 220.--5th November, 1768. John Hughes and Sarah ( ) to Joseph Lear (Lair), £80, 224 acres at the Watering Spring of Linvel's Creek, by patent. Teste: Andrew Bird, Matthias Lair, Edward Sampson. Delivered: your father Mathias Lair, 25th June, 1771.
  • Page 201 - Thomas Bryant, 350 acres, Head Branch of Long Meadow, a branch of the North Fork of Shenandoah. Adjoining Mathias Leacher. July 17, 1772.
  • Page 79.--23d January, 1773. William Stalp's (Stolp?) will--Executors, wife Elizabeth, son John; blacksmith tools to be sold; to son, John; to daughter. Margaret; daughter, Mary; to son, Hennery, both old and new plantations. "And 1 further order for my loving wife one-half of the plantation to Adam Orban joining to the County line." "Margaret and Mary to have as much as the two oldest daughters had when they married." To residuary legatees. wife and children John Stalp, Catherine, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Henry. Teste: Adam Reader (and two German names) Proved, 18th May, 1773. by Mathias Lair and Catherine Lair (Leher?). Executors qualify (Catharine her mark) with John Gratton, Mathias Lear.
  • Page 93.--18th May, 1773. Archibald Huston's bond (with Charles Rush, Mathias Lair) as guardian to Henry Stalp, orphan of Wm. Stalp.
  • Page 238 - Cornelius Riddle, 335 acres, branch of Long Meadow, North Fork of Shenandoah. Adjoining Mathias Lair and his own land. May 5, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 84].
  • Page 237 - John Lilley and John Benson, 300 acres, North Fork of Shenandoah. Adjoining Aaron hughes, John Stalp, Mathias Lair. June 6, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 84].
  • Page B-244 - Josiah Davison, 35 acres, Linvile Creek. Adjoining Thomas Bryant, Laiers, Josiah Boon. June 8, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 86].
  • Page 84 - Mathias Lair, 45 acres, North Branch of Shenandoah. Adjoining Cumbakers, Robison, crossing Great Road, Widow Lair. February 18, 1789. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 126]. (Note: "Widow Lair" referred to in this record was Mathias' wife, land was acquired by his son Mathias).
  • Page 84 - Mathias Lair, 23 acres, Linvils Creek. Adjoining Widow Lair, Robison. February 18, 1789. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 126]. (Note: "Widow Lair" referred to in this record was Mathias' wife, land was acquired by his son Mathias).

Information on Matthias Lehrer (Lair)

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Husband's Name

Matthias LEHRER OR (LAIR) (AFN:1D3M-24)  Pedigree  

Born:  1714  Place:  , Rhineland, Germany   
Christened:  20 Sep 1738  Place:  Ship "nancy", Philadelphia Pa, 1752 To Rock Co   
Died:  1787  Place:  Linville Creek, Rockingham, Virginia   
Buried:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   
Married:  1744  Place:  St Michaels Reformed Church   

Father:  Unk LEHRER LAIR (AFN:9LNR-V8)  Family  
Mother:  Unk (Lehrer Lair) UNK (AFN:8WX8-9N)   

Wife's Name

Catharina Margaretha MOYER (AFN:1D3M-39)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1720  Place:  , , Germany   
Christened:  20 Sep 1738  Place:  Ship "nancy", Philadelphia Pa, 1752 To Rock Co   
Died:  By Jan 1804  Place:  Linville Creek, Rockingham, Va   
Buried:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   
Married:  1744  Place:  St Michaels Reformed Church   

Father:  Will MOYER (AFN:1D3M-6S)  Family  
Mother:  Mrs. Will MOYER (AFN:1D3M-70)   

Children


1.  Sex  Name    
 F Elizabeth LEHRER (AFN:2B0X-V3)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1753   Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va   
   Died:  Bef 9 1799 Jul   Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   
   Buried:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   

2.  Sex  Name    
 F Elizabeth LAIR (AFN:1D3L-V4)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Ca 1756   Place:  Linville Creek, Rockingham, Va   
   Died:  Bfr 1799   Place:    

3.  Sex  Name    
 F Margaret LEHRER (AFN:8WZD-24)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1757   Place:  Linville Creek, Rockingham, Va   
   Died:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   
   Buried:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   

4.  Sex  Name    
 F Mary LEHRER (AFN:1D3N-GB)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1758   Place:  Linville Creek, Rockingham, Va   
   Died:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   
   Buried:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   

5.  Sex  Name    
 M John LEHRER LAIR (AFN:8WZD-39)  Pedigree  

   Born:  Abt 1762   Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va   
   Died:  Abt 1827   Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   
   Buried:    Place:  , Rockingham Co, Va?   

6.  Sex  Name    
 M Matthias LEHRER (AFN:2B0X-TW)  Pedigree  

   Born:  16 Feb 1752   Place:  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa   
   Died:  16 Oct 1795   Place:  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
   Buried:    Place:  Philadelphia, , Pa?   

7.  Sex  Name    
 M Andries LEHRER (AFN:1D3N-D0)  Pedigree  

   Born:  18 Feb 1750   Place:  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa Or Possible De   
   Christened:  18 Feb 1750   Place:  , Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
   Died:  10 Apr 1826   Place:  Lincoln Co., Ky   
   Buried:    Place:  Philadelphia, , Pa?   

8.  Sex  Name    
 M Johan Jusua LEHRER (AFN:1D3N-BM)  Pedigree  

   Born:  12 Sep 1745   Place:  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa Or Possible De   
   Christened:  1808   Place:  Moved To, Licking Co, Oh   
   Died:  3 Sep 1823   Place:  Newark, Licking Co., Oh   
   Buried:    Place:  Green Hill Cem, Licking Co, Oh?   

9.  Sex  Name    
 F Catherine Margaretha LEHRER (AFN:8WZC-XG)  Pedigree  

   Born:  5 Nov 1747   Place:  Philadelphia, Penn, Pa   
   Christened:  18 Dec 1747   Place:  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
   Died:  1 Feb 1815   Place:  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   
   Buried:    Place:  Near New Market, Shenandoah, Va   

References
  1.   Email exchange between Jeffrey Lehrer and Tom Roberts, in Lehrer Families, 2 May 2013, Secondary quality.

    What I can tell you is that Ferdinand and Matthias Lehrer, who changed their names to Lair, were cousins. I am descended from Matthias on my mother’s side of the family, and I have traced his roots back to Otisheim, Germany in Baden-Wurttemberg, where he was born in November of 1714. The principal element of proof is the couple, Jerg and Margretha Hepple, who were present as sponsors at the christening of Matthias’ first four children at St. Michael’s and Zion Church in Philadelphia, following Matthias’ immigration to America in 1738. The Hepples also immigrated from Otisheim and can be found listed in the church records there as being present at other Lehrer events, so apparently the two families were friends in Germany. If this connection is accurate, Matthias is the grandson of Mattheus Lehrer who - whether he took his name (teacher) from his profession or from other, earlier Lehrers – actually was the schoolmaster in Otisheim. He appears in the church records of the town three times – twice for marriages and once at death. The latter occurred on Feb. 6, 1721 and the record says he was 67 years and 17 days old when he died, indicating that he was born around the 21st of January in 1654. I have not been able to trace ancestors of the elder Mattheus.