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An American Family History

Isaac LeFevre and Catherine Ferree

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
 
  Steinweiler, Germany
Eospus, (now Ulster County), New York
Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


 

A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

Isaac LeFevre and Catherine Ferree married in Germany about 1705 where they were living after having fled France because of their Huguenot religious beliefs.

Abraham LeFevre was born on April 9, 1706 in Steinweiler, Germany.

Along with Catherie's family, they were granted passage to emigrate from Steinweiler via Holland and England to the "island of Pennsylvania" on March 10, 1708.

Catherine's mother, Mary, along with others arranged to buy 4,000 acres from William Penn in the Pequea Valley in Lancaster County.

Isaac, Catherine and Abraham appeared on the June 28, 1708 list of the fifty-three people who sailed with Joshua Kocherthal's party His occupation was vinyard husbandman.

They sailed to New York and arrived on January 1, 1709.

They went to the Hueguenot settlement at Esopus, New York where they had relatives. Isaac's uncles, Simon and Andries LeFevre, were among the settlement's founders. They lived in New Paltz.

Philip LeFevre was baptized on April 1, 1711 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. Isaac Dubois and Rachel DuBois, both of New Paltz, were sponsors. Their church at New Paltz did not have a minister so they went to Kingston to have him baptized at the Old Dutch Reformed Church, Domine Petrus Vas.

In 1712, the family moved south to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. At that time it was Chester County. They lived nine miles from the present town of Lancaster. Isaac bought 2,200 acres,

Daniel LeFevre was born on March 29 1713. He was the first European child born in the Pequea Valley

Mary LeFevre Deshler was born August 24,1715 in Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Esther LeFevre Harman was born on May 3, 1717.

Samuel LeFevre was born on June 28, 1719.

Catherine died about 1750. Catherine and Isaac deeded land to John Fiere on June 9, 1747, but Isaac did not mention her in his will dated April 8, 1751.

Isaac died on October 1, 1751.

Steinweiler is a municipality in the district of Germersheim, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It was in the Mayorality of Bittingheim.
The area of present day Ulster County, New York was called Esopus by Dutch settlers and was part of the New Netherland Colony. The village of New Paltz was founded in 1678 by French Huguenots .In 1683, the Duke of York created Ulster County.

 

The Huguenots were 16th and 17th century French protestants. About 500,000 Huguenots fled France because of religious persecution. They relocated to Protestant nations.

William Penn (1644-1718) was a Quaker philosopher and real estate developer. He was the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania.

 

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History of New Paltz, New York and Its Old Families by Ralph Le Fevre

Isaac [LeFevre] fled from France to the Palatinate in company with the family of Madam Ferree and married the daughter, Catharine Ferree. One son, Abraham was born to them in the Palatinate. In 1708 they emigrated to American and in 1711 were in Kingston, when their second son, Philip was baptized April 1, 1711, Isaac Dubois and Rachel DuBois, both of New Paltz, being sponsors.

In 1712, Isaac went with his wife and two sons to Lancaster county (then Chester county), Pa., nine miles from the present town of Lancaster, where he made purchases of land amounting to 2,200 acres, and here in 1713 their son Daniel was born, being the first white child born in the Pequea Valley. . .

 

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