Name: Benjamin Layman
Given Name: Benjamin
_AKA: Benjamin Lehman
Birth: ABT 1720
Death: in Virginia
There is no record of Benjamin's date of birth; I have estimated 1720, since an approximate date is useful as a means of distinguishing between Benjamin and his son, Benjamin Jr. Names of Benjamin Sr.'s children (and spouses, where specified) are from his will and deeds/conveyances following its execution. I could not document dates of birth for them, so have used approximate ranges.
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Change Date: 18 May 2016 at 07:20:02
Most genealogies identify Barbara Baughman as the mother of all of the children, but a handful suggest that the last few may been second wife Catherine's.
Barbara Baughman b: ABT 1720/1730 in probably Pennsylvania
in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- Barbara Layman b: ABT 1755 in Virginia
- Elizabeth Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Joseph Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- John Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Mary Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Catharine Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Ann Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Susannah Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Christina Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Rosannah Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Sarah Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Benjamin Jr. Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Isaac Layman b: 1750s or 1760s in Virginia
- Title: Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia
Author: O'Dell, Cecil
Publication: Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing Co., 1995
Text: LAYMAN/LEHMAN - Benjamin Layman/Lehman laid claim to 1,585 acres of the 4,600-acre North Mountain survey. He had purchased the 1,585-acre tract from John Baughman of Lancaster, PA and supported his claim with a bond from Jost Hite to John Baughman dated 22 May 1739 which stated the conveyance of the land to him. (Note #220) Layman and his wife Barbara paid 100 pounds to the following heirs of Baughman on 2 June 1763: Alice, wife of George Mumma; Barbara, wife of Benjamin Lehman; Mary, wife of Nicholas Bower; Anne, wife of Sebastian Weidman; Elisabeth, wife of Joseph Charles; Christina, wife of Nicholas Young. All of these heirs, except Benjamin and Barbara Lehman, lived in Lancaster Co., PA. (#221) Benjamin was issued a Fairfax grant for 500 acres on McNishes (Pughs) Run on 3 Sept. 1766. He sold 471 acres to Balser Counts and 528 acres to John Lewis Selser. Both tracts were located on Pughs Run and all three tracts were sections of the 1,585 acres which Layman bought from Baughman. Counts and Selser received Fairfax grants for their tracts dated 1 & 2 Sept 1766. (#222) The tracts were surveyed on 20, 21 and 22 Nov 1751 (#223 Layman's 500-acre tract (Tract N-174, Map 11A) was located partly within the 4,600-acre North Mountain tract and that division was the south section of John Baughman's 792-acre survey (Tract 96J, Map 11) and the southeast section of the 781-acre survey (Tract 961, Map 110. Shenandoah County Highway 642 crosses the tract from near the south corner to near the north corner and Interstate Hwy 81 crosses from the south corner to the northeast line which conforms to County Hwy 600. County Hwys 600 and 662 from U.S. Hwy 11 both provide access to the property. Benjamin and his wife Catherine sold sections of the 500-acre tract between 1782 and 1785. (#224) He was dec'd by 28 Feb 1788 when his will (dated 9 Jan 1787) was proved in Shenandoah Co. Court. He bequeathed 35 acres to his wife Catherine, 150 acres to his daughter Elizabeth Shireman (wife of Jacob Shireman), 95 acres to his son Joseph Layman and 110 acres to his son John Layman. His other sons were Isaac and Benjamin Layman and other daughters were: Mary, wife of Henry Baughman; Catherine, wife of Goffrey Wilkin; Anna, wife of Philip Wilkin; Susanna, wife of John Black; Christina, wife of Daniel Keller; Sarah, wife of Runyon Huffman; Barbara, wife of Christian Funkhauser and Catherine, wife of Peter Mauk. Children of Barbara Layman Funkhouser(dec'd by 1805) were: Rebeccah, Magdalene, Christian, John, Sarah, Moses, Rachel and Mary (all Funkhousers); Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Strickler; Esther, wife of Emanuel Pitman; and Barbara, wife of Conrad Hottle. The children of Rebeccah Funkhauser Mauk (also dec'd by 1805) were: Rebeccah, Christian and Henry Mauk. (#225) Jacob and Elizabeth Layman Shireman were in Hardy County VA (W. VA) on 10 June 1805 when they sold her inherited 150 acres to Joseph Layman for Isaac Layman and his wife Mary; Anna Layman Wilkins and her husband Philip; Sarah Layman Huffman and her husband Runyan; these six descendants were in Highland Co., Ohio by September 1806. (#226) NOTES: #220 - Hite/Fairfax Lawsuit, British Copy, p. 166. #221 - Joyner, No. Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick Co., vol II:38 #222 - Gray, Northern Neck Grants, N-172, 173, 174. #223 - Joyner, No. Neck Warrants/ Surveys, Frederick County, vol II: 38, 89, 138. #224 - Shenandoah Co., Virginia D. Bk D:7; Book E:267, 382. #225 - Shenandoah Co., VA Will Bk B:427; Deed Bk O:456 #226 - Shenandoah Co., VA Deed Bk O:258; Bk P:328, 376.
- Title: Shenandoah County, Virginia, Deed Book Series, Volume 5, Deed Books O, P, Q, 1804-1809, Abstracted
Author: Gilreath, Amelia C.
Publication: Nokesville, VA published by the author, 1991
Page: pg 59 - D. Bk O:456
Text: ... __ day of __ 180 (looks like 5):
Between John Layman and Barbara his wife, Isaac Layman and Mary his wife, Joseph Layman & Barbara his wife, the said John, Joseph and Isaac are sons and devisees of Benjamin Layman the elder late of Shenandoah County deceased, Henry Baughman & Mary his wife, Godfrey Wilkin & Catharine his wife, Phillip Wilkin and Anna his wife, John Black and Susanna his wife, Daniel Keller and Christina his wife, John Givelar & Rosinah his wife, __ and Sarah his wife, the said Mary, Catharine, Anna, Susanna Christina, Rosinah & Sarah are daughters and devisees of said Benjamin Layman the elder deceased, Daniel Strickler and Elizabeth his wife, Emanuel Pitman and Esther his wife, Conrad Hottle and Barbara his wife the said Elizabeth, Esther and Barbara are daughters and Heirs of Barbara Funkhouser (the wife of Christian Funkhouser) deceased who was one of the daughters and devisees of Benjamin Layman the elder, dec'd, Rebeccah Mauk, Christian Mauk & Henry Mauk children and heir of Catherine Mauk dec'd. (who was the wife of Peter Mauk) & who was also one of the daughters & heirs of said Barbara dec'd., who was one of the daughters & devisees of said Benjamin Layman the elder, dec'd. [to] Josiah Davison of the same County ... WHEREAS said Benjamin Layman dec'd. did in his life time sell unto his son in law Jacob Shireman a certain piece of land supposed to contain ninety acres more or less ... lying and being on a branch of McNeeses Run ... WHEREAS said Jacob Shireman having since sold all his right and title of the tract of land to said Josiah Davison ... also one of the daughters of Benjamin Layman expressed a deed of conveyance to him for the same ... above named children devisees and heirs of Benjamin Layman dec'd. are willing to comply with the contract entered into & are willing to release all their right & title of said tract of land to Josiah Davison ... for and in the consideration of & in complyance with said contract and further consideration of one dollar to each .. tract of land containing sixty eight acres ... Wit: none All signed in German with wives signing with (X) Recorded: 7 Oct. 1805
- Title: Database, WorldConnect: dbldfun ("Willliams/Snider/Sewell/Royer/McDaniel Families")
Author: Royer, Mary Williams; compiler
Text: ABSTRACT OF WILL: My wife, Catharine; my daughter, Elizabeth Sherman; my sons Joseph, John and Benjamin; my daughters Mary Boughman, Barbara Funkhouser, Catharine Wilkins, Ann, Susannah, Christena, Rosanah, and Sarah, My son, Isaac. Godfrey Wilkin and Frederick Woolford, Exe., Written: January 9, 1787, Probated: February 28, 1788.
Wills of [Shenandoah] Co. VA, Pg. #117: Indicates from Page 427, Will of Benjamin Layman.
- Title: Layman Family Genealogy Forum
Text: Post #263 (http://genforum.genealogy.com/layman/messages/263.html) provides more information on marriages and westward migration of Benjamin's children: "Benjamin had 13 children: Mary m Henry Baughman; Barbara m Christian Funkhouser; John m Barbara Baughman; Elizabeth m Jacob Shireman; Isaac m Mary Hausman; Benjamin m [unknown]; Joseph m Barbara Whitsel; Catherine m Godfrey Wilkins; Anna m Phillip Wilkins; Susannah m John Black/Swartz; Christian m Daniel Keller; Rosannah m John Kibler; Sarah m Runyon Huffman. Isaac, Anna, Rosannah, and Sarah all moved on to Highland Co., OH."
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Post #409 (http://genforum.genealogy.com/layman/messages/409.html) notes: "Benjamin Layman is buried in the Layman cemetery, which is on the property he owned at the time. The cemetery is fenced off and Benjamin's tombstone is believed to be the oldest in Shenandoah Co. VA."