LEHMAN, John R., farmer, was born in Derry township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 23, 1838. His grandfather, Peter Lehman, was a prominent farmer and stock raiser of Lancaster county. John Lehman, father of John R., was born in Lancaster county, and came early to Dauphin county. He was recognized as one of the most prominent agriculturalists of Derry township. He married Elizabeth Rudd, a native of Lancaster county. They had five children: Mary and Nancy, unmarried; Samuel, lives on the homestead; John R., and Peter, farmer, of Derry township. Mr. Lehman was a Republican. He was a member of the Mennonite church. He died at his home in 1875, and his wife in 1865.
John R. Lehman attended the common schools of Conewago township and worked on the farm with his father, until he was past twenty years of age. He rented a farm in Londonderry township for two years, removed then to Conewago township and rented twenty acres for two years, then two hundred acres for two years more. Then he went to Lancaster county and rented one hundred and seventy acres for one year; then returned to Cortewago township and rented a farm of one hundred and fifty acres near Bachmansville for two years. He next bought a farm of fifty acres for $3,000, at the sand hills, where he remained for three years and then sold out. He then removed again to Lancaster county and rented a farm of fifty acres for three years, and another of one hundred acres for one year, and then returned to Conewago township, Dauphin county. Here he bought a farm of forty acres for which he paid $4,200, and on which there were good improvements.
Mr. Lehman was married at Annville, Lebanon county, Pa., December 12, 1861, to Annie, daughter of John and Annie (Coble) Snyder, born in Derry township, Dauphin county, September 27, 1836, her father was a farmer of the county. They had five children: Lavinia S., born March 4,1863; Fannie, born September 29, 1865, wife of Christian Lehman, of Lebanon county, who has five children: Minnie, Annie, Harvey, Laura and Mamie; Harry B., born March 24, 1869, died in 1871; Annie, born June 14, 1872, died February 14, 1873; John, born October 26, 1874, died August 10, 1875. Mr. Lehman is a Republican. He is a member of the Mennonite church, and one of the solid and popular men of the community.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 20 Feb 2001
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