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89 posts
Jan 13, 2013
11:08 AM
My ancestors on one side of my family came to Dayton in 1848, 50 years after Dayton was settled.

Today, someone asked a question of me and I don't know the answer... but maybe someone does.

Who is the current local descendant of the longest-residing family in Dayton? Are there any local descendents of George Newcom, for instance, or Benjamin Van Cleve?
141 posts
Jan 13, 2013
12:23 PM
My ancestor Peter Lehman led a party of 96 settlers from Frederick County Maryland to Dayton in 1805.
Two of my great grandchildren were born and live in Dayton today.My family has been in Dayton for 208 years.
The story of my ancestry is well documented right here on DHBO in "Memoirs of the Miami Valley"
A few of the surnames are Lehman,Boogher,Booher,Brown and Bryant.
I am fairly certain that decendents of the founders of Dayton may still be found in the vicinity.
1 post
Jan 13, 2013
4:07 PM
Fascinating. My grandparents were part of the wave of arrivals after WW2. I know the city has seen several influxes over the decades. It's incredible during all these that there are people who have remained after all this time.
Curt Dalton
656 posts
Jan 13, 2013
8:01 PM
There is a book that can be found at the downtown Dayton Library called "First families, Montgomery County" Printed by the Montgomery County Genealogical Society (Ohio) in 1991, it has a lot of people who are descendants from Dayton. In order to be a first family, yours had to be here by 1810 if I remember right. That would give you all the information you need I think.
90 posts
Jan 13, 2013
8:18 PM
Thanks for that information, Curt. And thank you cilla46 for the Peter Lehman info going back to 1805. Guess that makes your family one of the "first families." What an honor.
142 posts
Jan 14, 2013
6:14 AM
It seems I was a bit mixed up when I posted the information about where to find the documentation I mentioned.The book is actually "Pioneer Life in Dayton and Vicinity"
Chapter Five Part 2 is where I found the beginning of my family linage in Dayton.
There are many early families mentioned in this book along with a wealth of information!
I have spent so much time here reading that I tend to get the books and articles mixed up!
Steve K
202 posts
Jan 15, 2013
8:13 AM
Cilla46.... Are those the Lehmans at Beavertown cemetery? If so, seems to me a friend of mine is part of that family as well. A friend of my wife's is a descendant of the Van Cleve family I think...
2 posts
Jan 18, 2013
7:20 PM
Hello, There are more surnames living in the area than mentioned in some books. Not all decedents of original families followed or have traced their families or even know of their importance. My family came with the settlers from Guilford County, North Carolina in 1801 to Montgomery County. Two relatives; one was a Coroner and the other was a Treasurer for the City of Dayton Dayton in the early years. In 1809 my Uncle Peter was one of The Dayton Rifle Company protecting the frontier of the Valleys. The settlers of Guilford helped pave the birth of Butler, Randolph Townships and married into other pioneer families. Dayton has been founded by known and unkown families. Not all pioneers names were mentioned in published books, you have to delve into all documentation, even then many names have been lost. Tom
Rebecca Hawes
9 posts
Mar 31, 2014
2:57 PM
My great-grandfather (my Mom's mom's father) Carl Gerleit, came to Dayton/the United States when he was 17-from Germany.
1 post
May 06, 2015
12:32 PM
I am a decedent of Martin R Lehman born 1811 in Ohio.His OB reads he was the son of John and Sarah Lehman of Dayton Ohio. He is buried in Woodland in Dayton.He and David Lehman Booher left Dayton together and can be found on a 1850 census in Choctaw Mississippi living a few doors apart. I am trying to find more info on Martin and his wife Mary. Can be emailed at Killerhit44@aol.com

Last Edited by Bob44 on May 06, 2015 1:00 PM
328 posts
May 06, 2015
9:22 PM
Curt could probably verify this but I believe one of the members of the original settlers of Dayton who came up from Cincinnati was Catharine Van cleve and I believe the Wright Brothers were her descendants which would make Amanda Wright Lane, who still resides in the area, a descendant……...
2 posts
May 09, 2015
7:14 AM
Can anyone tell me if Cilla46 is still active. She would be a ancestor and the only living hope to find some people.Thanks to anyone who know or can help me find ouy about her.
214 posts
May 09, 2015
9:24 AM

I am still active here although I am not posting as often as I used to.I do check in almost every day.If you want to get in touch with me concerning your search you can email me at cillasue46@yahoo.com
3 posts
May 10, 2015
8:08 PM
Oh my gosh Cilla my cousin Margie Dellwood will be sooo happy to find out we have a Lehman contact.
4 posts
May 14, 2015
7:57 AM
John Lehman Inn . Ref:"Pioneer life Dayton and Vicinity" Page 130. John Lehman's Inn on First street near the basin. ref:"History of Dayton Ohio 1889". Chapter XVIII page 390. Again referenced year 1835 that Lehman" Inn was a door from Hatfield's chair factory.

Last Edited by Bob44 on May 14, 2015 8:08 AM

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