|The Leatherman Family of Washington County, Pa.|
Two Leatherman brothers, Daniel and Michael, sons of Bishop Daniel Leatherman, came from Frederick County, Maryland in the 1770s. They were members of the Church of the Brethren (Dunkard - German Baptist). Daniel, the younger was also a minister. His grandson, Jonathan Letterman 1824-1872, is listed in the DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY. Before the Revolution, four members of the Leatherman family staked out 400-acre tracts on Pigeon Creek in Washington County. Christian Sr 1774; Son Christian Jr 1774 ?Brother Peter 1772; ?cousin Daniel 1776. All of these tracts, except that of Christian Jr, were surveyed after the War. Located on the Somerset-Bethlehem Township boundary, they totaled almost 1000 acres. Daniel to the west 393 acres; Peter to the east 276 acres Christian to the south 364 acres. Daniel died on his farm in 1799. Christian sold his farm to George Myers and went to Kentucky. Peter sold his farm to Michael Hosick and may have gone to Ohio. Daniel's younger brother, Michael,was in the first (1782) Washington County tax list; he was single. He died in West Bethlehem Townshop in 1811. Other Leathermans listed in early Washington County tax lists are: Frederick, Peter son of Christian, Jacob son of Peter. All the Leathermans served in the militia in 1781-82. Where Christian settled in Shelby County, Kentucky about 1785 came to be known as the Leatherman Settlement. Research in Kentucky will give more data on these Leathermans. 1790 census Frederick Co, Md: Daniel 1 1 3, Godf'rey 1 2 5, Henry 1 0 5, Jos 1 0 2 Washington Co, Pa: Daniel 1 3 3, Michael 1 1 3, Frederick 2 1 4 Donegal Twp (Donegal Twp) Washington County Tax Lists beginning 1782 Frderick:: Fallowf'ield 1782-84, Bethlehem 1785 Christian Jr: Somerset 1782-84 Peter: Somerset 1783 - no land Daniel: Bethlehem 1782+ Michael: Bethlehem 1782+ Christian: Bethlehem 1783 Peter: Bethlehem 1783 Jacob: Bethlehem 1783 single SOURCES Cemetery, Census, Church, Deed, Estate, Tax Records Penna Archives (printed) Letherman, I John: All Leatherman Kin History, Napponee, Ind 1940 Schildknecht, Calvin E: Monocacy & Catoctin I, Shippensburg, Pa 1985 Tracey, Grace L & John P Dern: Pioneers of' Old Monocacy, Balt, Md 1987 Bishop DANIEL LEATHERMAN b c1710 buried Nov 11-1797 Frederick Co, Md m c1753 Catharine (daughter of' Michael & Rosina) Bigler b c1730 living 1790 - Daniel organized Church of' Brethren congregation near Hanover, Pa 1738 - land Frederick Co c1752 - she may have d Ohio 1.Daniel b c1754 d 1799 Washington Co, Pa m c1772 Elizabeth--- to Pa 1776 - minister a. Theobald b 1773 d Jan 23-1803 - land in Ohio b. (Dr) Jonathan b 1775 d Apr 1844 m Anna Ritchie Ch:Jonathan 1824-1872 see below, Craig 1826-, William 1832-1881, Elizabeth (Smith) c. Elizabeth c1777- living 1799 d. Hannah c1779- m Lazier e. (Mary) Salome 1781- m 1800 Gabriel Swinehart 1774-1804 German Twp, Montgomery Co, Ohio Ch:Anna (Shidler)1801-, Elizabeth (Ellis) 1803-, Gabriel 1804- f. (Dr) Joseph b 1783 d Apr 20-1837 m Sarah Mercer Ch: Blackstone 1817-1822, (Dr) Joseph H (1819-1886) 2.Peter b Nov 15-1757 d Nov 2821845 m Sep 2 1786 (Mary) Anna Swigart (dau of Daniel) b Dec 9-1764 d May 10-1835 - Maryland Ch: Catharine, Jacob, Mary, Hannah, Peter 3.Rosina b c1759 d young . 4.Michael b Jan 9-1761, see below - m Catharine (dau of George)Balmer 5.Susanna b 1763 d 1804 m John Moser, son of Conrad - d bef 1799 Washington Co, Pa Ch:Anna, Jonathan, Catharine, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah 6.Catharine b Apr 7-1765 d Sep 22-1844 m Nov 28-1784 George Custer, son of Paul - 1744-1829 Tuscarawas Co, Ohio 7.Joseph b Dec 10-1766 d Dec 7-1837 ml Elizabeth Margaret Rechner, dau of Peter - d 1818, m2 Deborah --- b Dec 25-1766 d Dec 29-1853 no issue - Maryland 8.Hannah b 1769 m John Baker 9.(Anna) Mary b Apr 2-1772 d Oct 6-1841 ml Apr 22-1802 Isaac Shriver d c1827, m2 Jonathan Moser 1785-1836 - no issue - Md 10.Magdalena b Aug 11-1774 d 1843 m Abraham Moser b 1767 d before 1805 Fayette Co, Pa - she to Ohio 11.John b 1776 d Feb 21-1867 m Nov 28-1798 Catharine Miller, dau of Joseph - b 1777 d Sep 18-1850 - Tuscarawas Co, Ohio Kosciusko Co, Ind Ch: Daniel, Sarah, Catharine, Nancy, Elizabeth, Joseph, Isaac, Polly, John, Hannah JONATHAN LETTERMAN (Jonathan, Daniel, Daniel,) b Dec 11-1824 Canonsburg, Pa d Mar 15-1872 Sar~ Francisco, Cal M.D. Jefferson Medical College 1849. Organizer of the field medical service of the Union Army in the Civil War. He completely reorganized the field medical service. On Nov 13-1911 the military hospital at San Francisco was designated the Letterman General Hospital. (Dictionary of American Biography.) MICHAEL LEATHERMAN b Jan 9-1761 d Apr 23-1811 m 1785 Catharine Palmer b 1765 d Apr 25-1844 - Washington Co, Pa 1.Elizabeth b 1786 m Jacob Custer 1782-1830 - she d Jan 21-1852 Ch:Catharine, Susanna, Samuel, Elizabeth, George, Peter, Jacob, John, Jonathan, Hannah, Daniel, Elijah 2.John b Sep 2-1788 d Sep 20-1867 Washington Co, Pa m Apr 11-1816 Christina Myers b Oct 31-1792 d Feb 6-1881 Ch:Demas, Joseph, Sarah, Elizabeth, Lydia, Catharine, Rueanne, Lucy, Elvira Jane 3.Magdalena b 1790 - Allen Co, Ohio m 1809 Jacob Swinehart 1787-1829 Ch:David, Jacob, Sarah, Catharine, Susanna, Mary A, Elizabeth, Lucinda, Rachel, Magdalena 4.Catharine b Dec 25-1792 d Oct 18-1876 Knox Co, Ohio m 1813 John Diehl Baker d 1859 Ch: Jacob, John, Park, Addison, Eliza, Amos, Maria, Michael, Catharine, Isaac, Sarah 5.Daniel b 1794 d 1854 Linn Co, Iowa m Nov 24 1836 Rachel Swain d Apr 1892 to Allen Co, Ohio; then Iowa Ch: John, Susanna, Mary, Daniel 6 Peter b Jan 24-1795 d Jun 29-1874 Tuscarawas Co, Ohio m1 Elizabeth Diven d 1863, m2 Susanna Madden 1828-1898 (Mar 11, 1819 Ch: Jacob, Phoebe, Michael, Deborah, Margaret, Simon, Demas, Daniel Moses; William Jonathan 7.Joseph b Jan 21-1797 d Sep 4-1881 Licking Co, Ohio ml Sarah -- - 1797-1867, m2 Catharine Miller (Bishop) b 1829 d 1908 Ch: George, Cyrus, Jack, Henry, Josie 8.Michael b Jan 16-1799 d Jul 22-1866 Allen Co, Ohio m Dec 20-1820 Hannah Oller 1801-1886 Ch: Henry, Hiram, Michael, Sarah, Adam, John, Elizabeth, Thomas, Catharine, Hannah 9.Susanna b Nov 30-1801 d Mar 1-1878 Whiteside Co, Ill m Mar 11- 1823 George Hurless - Tuscarawas Co Ch: Samuel, Cephas, Abner, Catharine, Parker, Martin 10.Maria b Jul 2-1803 d 1883 Allen Co, Ohio m 1822 Richard Hill d 1847 Ch: Asa, Eleanor, Polly, Elizabeth, Thomas 11.Sarah b Aug 3-1805 d Feb 2-1896 Allen Co m Apr 6-1826 Robert Guthrie 1803-1887 Ch: Catharine, John, Margaret, Maria, Demas, Elizabeth, Susanna, Joseph, Sarah, Robert, Mary, William
This article was transcribed by Jeanne Walsh of Seward, NE in April 1998.
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