Lehman Family
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By Henry Wilson Storey with Genealogical Memoirs
The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1907
Volume III, Pages 447-449
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JOHN B. LEHMAN, chief clerk in the office of the county commissioner, for many years one of the successful educators of this county, and a prominent citizen of Ebensburg, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, is a representative in the fifth generation of a family which settled in Pennsylvania in the latter half of the eighteenth century.
Christian Lehman, great-great-grandfather of John B. Lehman, and the founder of the family in America, emigrated to this country from Switzerland, prior to 1753, and settled in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. He married and among his children, was a son named Christian.
Christian Lehman, son of Christian Lehman, migrated to either Cambria or Somerset county from the eastern part of Pennsylvania, probably from Lancaster county. He married, and among his children was a son named Joseph.
Joseph Lehman, son of Christian Lehman, was born in what is now Richland township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, in October, 1800. He was a blacksmith by trade and followed this occupation for forty-five years in Somerset county, where he went at the age of eighteen years. He was constable in Conemaugh township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, for a number of years, and he was an enthusiast in military matters, having been captain of a company of militia. The present, school system of Paint township, Somerset county, which was adopted in 1861, is largely due to the efforts of Joseph Lehman. Peter Berkey, and a few others, who were earnest workers in the cause of education for their district. He was a man of influence in his neighborhood, and was esteemed by all who knew him. In politics he was a Democrat up to the time of Andrew Jackson, when he became associated with the Whig party, and later with the Republicans. Three of his sons took an active part in the Civil war — John and Henry of Somerset county, and Samuel of Bedford county. He married Anna Livingston, and they had a large family of children, of whom the following names are on record: John, Samuel, Henry, Joseph Jr., of whom later; Jacob, lives in Somerset county, Pennsylvania; Susanna, widow of Samuel Blough, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania ; Eve, married Gillion Seese, of Somerset county; Fannie, married William Treverrow, of Virginia; Anna M., married Daniel Eash, of La Grange county, Indiana; and Amelia, married Daniel Faust, of Somerset county.

Joseph J. Lehman, son of Joseph and Anna (Livingston) Lehman, was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, March 5, 1837. He was reared in his native county and adopted farming as his life work. He was an active worker in the ranks of the Kepublican party, a man of influence in local politics, and at various times held a number of the township offices. He was a member of the school board for many years, and was always interested in educational matters. He was an earnest member of the Lutheran church and a consistent Christian. He removed to Bedford county in 1875, and spent the remainder of his days there, his death occurring March 6, 1880. He married Barbara Seese, born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, November 21, 1841, and died there January 18, 1887. She was the daughter of John E. and Hannah (Custer) Seese, both natives of Somerset county, Pennsylvania, but both of German descent. John E. Seese was born December 15, 1816, and died August 23, 1892; his wife was born January 7, 1819, and resides in Somerset county with one of her daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Lehman had children:

  1. John B., of whom later.
  2. William J., resides in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
  3. Samuel B., a resident of Somerset county, Pennsylvania.
  4. Joseph A., lives in Belding, Michigan.
  5. Norman S., resides in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
  6. Henry U., of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
  7. Elmer J., lives in Holsapple, Somerset county, Pennsylvania.
  8. Amanda, married Albert J. Mader, of Elton, Cambria county.
  9. Charles N., resides in Dale. Cambria county, Pennsylvania.
  10. Lizzie, married Conrad Linker, of Dale, Cambria county.
  11. Pearl, graduate of Juniata College, is now (1906) teaching in the public schools of Dale, Cambria county, Pennsylvania.

John B. Lehman, eldest child of Joseph J. and Barbara (Seese) Lehman, was born in Paint township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1860. He was brought up at home and acquired his education in the public schools of his native town, and in the normal schools of Davidsville and Scalp Level. He was not yet eighteen years of age when he began his career as a teacher, and for ten consecutive years he taught in the schools of Somerset, Bedford and Cambria counties. This work was attended with a remarkable degree of success, but in the spring of 1888 he abandoned teaching as a profession, and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. One year later he took charge of the farm of his father-in-law, Moses B. Miller, in Eichland township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, which he managed until January 1. 1897. At this time he received an appointment as transcribing clerk in the office of the county commissioner of Cambria county. He served continuously in this position until January 1, 1906, when he was appointed to the position of chief clerk, which office he now fills. Mr. Lehman is methodical and svstematic in his business habits, and he accomplishes the duties of his office to the great satisfaction of all interested in the welfare of the community. In politics he is a stanch Republican. He is a member of the First Presbyterian church of Ebensburg. He is a member of Highland Lodge. No. 428, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Ebensburg, of which he is past grand and present treasurer, and is the representative to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

John B. Lehman, eldest child of Joseph J. and Barbara (Seese) Lehman, was born in Paint township, Somerset county, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1860. He was brought up at home and acquired his education in the public schools of his native town, and in the normal schools of Davidsville and Scalp Level. He was not yet eighteen years of age when he began his career as a teacher, and for ten consecutive years he taught in the schools of Somerset, Bedford and Cambria counties. This work was attended with a remarkable degree of success, but in the spring of 1888 he abandoned teaching as a profession, and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. One year later he took charge of the farm of his father-in-law, Moses B. Miller, in Richland township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, which he managed until January 1. 1897. At this time he received an appointment as transcribing clerk in the office of the county commissioner of Cambria county. He served continuously in this position until January 1, 1906, when he was appointed to the position of chief clerk, which office he now fills. Mr. Lehman is methodical and svstematic in his business habits, and he accomplishes the duties of his office to the great satisfaction of all interested in the welfare of the community. In politics he is a stanch Republican. He is a member of the First Presbyterian church of Ebensburg. He is a member of Highland Lodge. No. 428, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Ebensburg, of which he is past grand and present treasurer, and is the representative to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lehman married, June 4, 1882, Catherine Miller, daughter of Moses B. and Susanna (Harshberger) Miller, of Richland township, Cambria county. Pennsylvania, both of whom are now deceased. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Lehman are:

  1. Rev. Algie E., licensed minister of the United Evangelical church, student at Albright College, Myerstown, Pennsylvania.
  2. Harvey S.
  3. John W., machinist in the employ of the Cambria Steel Company, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
  4. Alonzo V.
  5. Rosa E.
  6. Mabel G.
  7. Edgar (twin)
  8. Edna (twin)
  9. Miller
  10. Charles

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