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Johann Michael Line, b 1692, of Lancaster County, PA
Posted by: Paul Swan (ID *****7219) Date: June 27, 2009 at 20:35:10
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I am stymied in my search for Johann Michael Lein, born 7 May 1692 in Hilsbach, christened the same day in Kirchardt, both in what is now Baden, Germany. He emigrated with his parents about 1717 to the Conestoga area of Chester County, Pennsylvania, now Lancaster County. His wife's name was apparently Margaret, although I have no primary source for that.

His father, Johannes Lein, had a large German Bible in which he inscribed an ornate drawing of his name in 1741. Four children's births were recorded on the flyleaf of the Bible, ascribed online in several places as children of Johann Michael, although the writer styled himself "Johanes Lein". These children were Maria, Henrich, Johanes and Barbara, born 1715 through 1724, and I think they were indeed Michael's, although this is an extremely rare usage of the first of two given names all by itself.

The Bible also has inscribed an obituary by some unknown writer who's wife, also unnamed, died 29 Jun 1743. The dates included in this obit indicate someone who doesn't fit into the Lein line at all, but that date has been cited as the death date of Johann Michael. Either a huge coincidence or a misrepresentation.

At this point I'm stuck. I can find no land records in Pennsylvania for Johann Michael, although his father's will says he gave each of his three sons 300 acres of land. The tax lists of Conestoga from 1722 through 1726 do not list Michael. There seem to be no church record of him, although his brother Johaness (Jr.) was active in Heller's Church in what is now Upper Leacock Township, Lancaster County.

If anyone is knowledgable about this Lein line, I'd be very interested in exchanging information with them. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. The third child mentioned above, Johannes, left a will in which he named both of my ancesters Elizabeth Lein and her husband George Markley.


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