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Part First

Descendants of Francois Le Skur, No. i. to 115

Part Second

Descendants of Sebastian Loescher, No. 200 to 1745

Part Third

Descendants of John Lejere, No. 2001 to 2151


In the ages to come, such books as this will live to
give to the world their wealth of information not
then from any other source to be obtained. The
Great Libraries of the world will preserve them.
Appreciating this fact, and actuated in the highest
sense by a desire to obey the Divine injunction,
"Honor thy father and thy mother," several gentle-
men bearing the honored family name of Lasher, de-
termined, before it was too late, to put together in
tangible shape, such records of the family as are now

The compiling of this genealogy was started
through the active co-operation of George W. Lasher,
D. D., of Cincinnati, Ohio, Alfred P. Lasher, Esq., of
Saugerties, N. Y., Hazard Lasher, Esq., of New York
City and Thomas J. Lasher, Esq., of Brooklyn, N. Y.,
of whom Alfred P. Lasher, Esq. took the lead; giving
freely of his time and of his money that this work
might be completed, thus gratifying his friends and
to be praised by generations yet to come.

6 Preface

There are gaps in the work which from the lack of
information are not now filled, for the descendants of
these early settlers whose name is now Lasher, and
other descendants of various names, do not differ from
those of other families. More modern details would
have been given if more of the letters and cir-
culars addressed to the members of the family,
soliciting information, had been answered; those who
did not answer either from lack of energy or courtesy,
or from neglect, or some reason known only to them-
selves, have apparently shown their unwillingness to
interest themselves in the collection and preservation
of the annals of their family.

It is to be hoped that some later generation will
take an interest in the matter and make more full
and complete what is here given. As time progresses,
old papers, old books and records, by accidental and
other causes are destroyed and lost — knowledge which
our ancestors possessed passes away; and this will
continue to be the case in the future. The contents of
these pages are from church and family records, old
papers, tombstones, public documents and the early
history of the country, and from information derived
from members of the family on whom personal calls

Preface 7

were made. They are intended to be acurate and
reliable; but in a work of this kind errors are apt to
to creep in and no doubt have crept in, in spite of
all efforts to prevent it.

In the early French, Dutch and German churches
the records were kept in the different languages; for
the purposes of this genealogy the records are here
given by translation and equivalents in English. To
the members of the family and others who have
kindly allowed the examination of their records and
papers and afforded the information they could gather
or possessed, the compiler returns his sincere thanks,
feeling sure that when all in present life have gone
Home, the then reader of these pages will bless the
memory of all who in any way lent their aid in pre-
paring the manuscript.

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Descendants of Francois Le Seur

No. I to No. 115

The Lasher Family

No. I to No. 1 15

The project of establishing colonies of French
Protestants in America, was advocated as early as
the middle of the sixteenth century. Spain foremost
in discovery and exploration of the New World, was
now nearly without a rival upon its continents and
waters. The vast empires of Mexico and Peru had
fallen an easy prey to her captains; and the riches
which this conquest poured into the royal treasury
enabled Charles the Fifth to carry on the wars which
especially humiliated France. The plan for weakening
her inveterate foe by planting settlements along the
American shore thus contesting the sovereignty of the
New World with Spain was openly advocated by the
illustrious Gaspard de Coligny. But there was an-
other reason perhaps more potent, that prompted him,
he was preparing to be the fearless champion of
religious freedom and the rights of conscience that

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lie proved himself ever after. At this moment, the
outlook for Protestantism in France was an anxious
one. The doctrines of the Reformation proclaimed
by Luther had soon spread into the neighboring ter-
ritory of France, and made converts among the
learned and titled as well as among the common
people. The king, Francis the First, himself i^rofessed
a desire to see the abuses of the church corrected.
Motives of state policy prompted Francis to seek an
alliance with the Protestant princes of Germany and
to conciliate the Lutherans among his own subjects.
But it was not long before, influenced by other con-
siderations, he forsook the cause of moderation upon
which he had entered, and acknowleged himself the
inplacable foe of the Reformation. Parliamentary
enactments pronounced the profession of the new
doctrines a crime, to be punished with death; and
execution for heresy became frequent throughout the
kingdom. The last years of Francis I. were stained
by the massacre of the Protestant inhabitants of
twenty-two towns and villages and by the burning at
the stake of fourteen members of the newly organized
Church of Meaux. Under his son, Henry II., the
laws aimed at heresy became increasingly severe.

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From this time on the story of the persecution of the
Protestants in France — the intrigues of the Jesuits
— that body of religious diplomats to whom "the end
justifies the means" was all in all, wholly sanctioned
and upheld by the Roman Catholic Church — we have
a story of devastation, bloodshed and dishonor —
all in the name of God — wholly unparalled in the
history of the world.

It was from this horrible persecution that fully
one-fourth of the population of France sought safety
by flight to other lands and there is hardly a civilized
country in the world in which the descendants of
these Frenchmen cannot be found.

Coming down to 1656-59, after a period of compar-
ative quiet through the early years of the reign of
Louis XIV., the tolerant course adopted by the gov-
ernment gave displeasure to the Church of Rome ;
and soon the King, yielding to their persuasions,
entered upon a reactionary course, which was to cul-
minate in the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and
in the suppression of the Protestant faith in France
by interdicting the national Synods, the last of which
was held in November, 1659.

It was in these distressful days that Francois Le

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Seur came to New Amsterdam ; lie arrived April 10th,
1657, soon afterwards settling at New Harlem, where
with twenty other freeholders in response to a petition
signed by them addressed to the governer and council
of New Netherlands, they were permitted to buy a
tract of land adjoining the "Great Kill" or Harlem
River, on which ground was broken for the new town,
August, 14th, 1658, and was named New Harlem by
request of Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch Governor,
Francois, with several others, became dissatisfied soon
afterwards, owing to excessive taxation by the Dutch
and went to Esopus, near the present Kingston, N. Y.
It was here and at New Hurley, a near-by town, where
he served as a soldier in CaiDt. Pawling' s Company, in
defense against the Indians. He was at Kingston, N.
Y., as a soldier, when the little town was invested for
three weeks by a band of several hundred Indians ;
after a year of terror, known as the Esopus War,
peace was concluded with the Indian tribes, July 14th,

Francois Le Seur was born in Challe, or Colmenil,
in Normandy, a small borough or market town three
miles south of Dieppe. His name, taking such forms
as Leseur, Lesier, Lagear, and Logier, was well estab-

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lislied in Caux, and a century previous had figured
among the cloth makers of llouen. Francois and his
sister came over together, neither being married.
["LeSeur was a' French Huguenot and one of those
who emigrated to Virginia, and it is probable that
those who settled in New York — Solomon and others
— came up from there." — Va. Hist. Soc, Feb. 1886.].

As to whether he was a brother of Solomon La
Chair, a well known lawyer in those days and con-
spicuous for accurate records left by him, it is inter-
esting to read : " Solomon La Chair, or another of that
ilk, lived in the Esopus, or the region around the
present Kingston, Ulster County, N. Y., having gone
there after the New Netherlands became New York
City and province — I believe the name Lasher is an
adaptation, by way of Holland, of the French name
La Chair." "That so many Lashers are found in Ger-
mantown, Columbia County, and also in Ulster County,
is easily accounted for by the fact that Solomon, and
others with their children, went to Kingston, for it
was in those places, and their vicinity, that their
children raised their families."

The record of Francois Le Seur's marriage is in the
Dutch Reformed Church, New York, which reads as

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follows : " Francois Lejere Van Scalmeny by Dieppe,
in Franckryk, en jannetge Hillebrants, Van Amster-
dam, July 12, 1659." Translated, reads as follows:
Francois Lejere from Scalmeny, near Dieppe, in
France, married Jannet Hillebrants from Amsterdam,
Holland, July 12, 1659.

The marriage record of Francois is that he married
Jannet Hillebrants, which means, Jannet the daughter
of Hillebrant — she was, in fact, the daughter of Hil-
lebrand Paterson, of Amsterdam, Holland.

His sister, Jannet LaSeur, married Cornelius A.
Yiervant, of Utrecht, Oct. 28, 1668, and took up their
residence in New Harlem, N, Y. Francois resided for
a time in New Harlem and was living in Kingston, N.
Y., before his marriage ; immediately after the cere-
mony returned there with his wife, and it was there
they made their home. From Kingston, the children
of Francois moved and made their homes and raised
their families in the settlements of Ulster and sur-
rounding counties. One of these children, John, re-
sided in the vicinity of West Camp, N. Y., settled by
the Palatines in 1709-10.

Here, John was brought in intimate contact with
the Germans, and the families speedily intermarried ;

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in a generation or two, all the peculiarities of
language, dress and habit of the Frenchman had dis-
appeared and the German customs and influences
dominated, nothing was left save the name and this
was spelled in many ways. In the Kingston, New
York and other records, kept by the early churches,
the name is variously spelled : Langer, Langier,
Langigar, Langeer, Legier, Lachair, Lessier, Lachier,
Lesser, Lescier, Lesier, Lasier, Lescher, Leisier, Lisier,
Lashier, Liesier, Lasier, Leshier, Lusier, Luzier,
Lazier, Lezier, Lizier, Lissier, Lazhier, Loejeer, Logier,
Leysier, Lezear, Leycher, Lisser, Litzert, Lygher,
Lycher, Laejaer, Lescherin, Loescher, Loscher, Lasser,
Leyer, Le Chaire.

In the records, edited by Fernow for New York
City, the name is spelled La Scheer and La Chair.

There seems to have been no recorded signature of
any of the names in the Hudson River settlements
until Dec. 30th, 1701, when John's name, signed to a
petition is spelled Jno. Lashair. Again in a petition
to Lord Cornbury, Oct. 2nd, 1702, as a resident of
Ulster County, it is spelled Jan. Losir. At about
this time the other family of Lashers, who were of
German descent,J'are recorded under the name Lasch-

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erin and Loescher and the other spellings above noted,
but in a generation or two the families were so merged
that they were all known as of one name with its mul-
titudenous spellings until 1721 ; when the name was
universally pronounced, and in this year first spelled.
Lasher. Up to this time, and for many years after-
wards, Domines and every one else who had the
keeping of records as part of their official duties,
spelled the name phonetically, or just as it sounded
when spoken before them ; in many church records
the same Domine spelled it in many different ways.
Francois anglicized is Francis — thus we have living
at Kingston, N. Y., in 1659, Francis Lasher, born 1625
a French Hugenot " Who fled from the storms in his
own country to find quiet in ours." He was a strong,
resourceful man ; in the wilderness making a home ;
fighting as a soldier in the Indian Wars ; all the while
providing well for his family and inculcating the
moral precepts as taught by the Church.

His descendants have proved themselves worthy ;
we have found them intensely loyal to the Colonial
government and still more loyal to the cause of liberty
as upholders of the Revolution.

Francois was by profession a Civil Engineer, at

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which profession he worked as opportunity offered,
but like all the other settlers of those days he follow-
ed farming for a livelihood, indeed there was little
else to do.

He came from a distinguished family in Normandy
as evidenced by the Historical Records and family
Coat-of-Arms reproduced in this book. His brother
was Eustace Le Seur, the celebrated painter, born in
1617, and his grand-nephew was Jean F. Le Seur, the
composer, born in 1763 ; the attainments and brilliant
achievements of some of the present generation show
marked characteristics of their honored ancestors.

1. FRANCOIS LE SEUR, m. Jannet Hillebrants,

July 12, 1659.

Lived in Kingston, N. Y. Children :

2. JOHN, bap. July 12, 1665.

3. NICHOLAS, bap. 1668. His descendants,


2. JOHN, m. Rachel Smedes, of New York City, 1686.

He was born in Kingston, N. Y., and raised his
children there. He was an elder of the church at

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time of marriage. He was trustee of the Corporation
of Kingston, 1695-6-9, 1700-2-5-7. He was a vol-
unteer against Canada from Queensbury, West
Camp. He was at west side of Hudson river in
Palitinate Colony, winter of 1710. Children:

4. Jannet, bap. June 12, 1687.

5. JOHN, bap. March 24, 1689. His descendants,


6. Catharine, bap. Sept. 18, 1692.

5. JOHN, m. Catharine Leggett, Dec. 3, 1706, at the
Dutch Church, Kingston, on presentation of a
license from Lord Cornbury.
Lived at Kingston and West Camp, N. Y.
One child was :

7. JOHN, b. 1712 ; m. Anna Maria Clum.

7. JOHN, m. Anna Maria Clum.

Lived at West Camp, Athens and German-
town, N. Y. Children :

8. Veronica, bap. April 5, 1738.

9. ELIZABETH, bap. IS'ov. 9, 1739.

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aO. PHILIP, bap. Dec, 8, 1741.

11. Anna Margaret, bap. April 15, 1743.

12. ANNA MARIA, bap. Jan. 11, 1746.

13. Catharine, bap. July 28, 1749.

14. JOHN, bap. Oct. 3, 1752.

15. PETER, bap. May 2, 1755.

9. ELIZABETH, m. Peter Saulbeck,

Lived at Germantown, N. Y. Cliildren t

16. John, bap. Nov. 30, 1755.

17. Catharine, bap, Dec. 5, 1767.

10. PHILIP, m. Gertrude Plass, April 16, 1769 ; sh«

d. Sept. 30, 1770. He was in 11th Regiment
Albany County, N. Y., War of the Revolution.
One child :

18. John, bap. Sept. 28, 1770,

12. ANNA MARIA, m. Peter Burhans. One child:
19. John, bap. Sept 28, 1766.

14. JOHN, m. Christina Moore-
Lived at Germantown, N. Y, Children ;

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20. Sebastian, bap. Sept. 10, 1776 ; d. young.

21. Catharine, bap. Jnly 9, 1779.

22. John, bap. August 19, 1787.

23. Sebastian, bap. Feb. 25, 1791.

15. PETER, m. Maria Cook.

Lived at Germantown, N. Y.

She was a daughter of John Cook. Their children
were baptized at Rhinebeck and Germantown, N. Y.

The first services of the Protestant Episcopal
Church in Tivoli, N. Y., were held at the house of
Palmer Cook, son of above John. ( He was a woolen
manufacturer and came to Tivoli from Connecticut,
building his factory just north of the village ). These
services were soon followed by the formation of a
parish and the erection of old St. Paul's church in
1815. Children:

24. JAMES, bap. March 8, 1789.

25. JOHN, bap. August 19, 1790.

26. Catharine, bap. July 26, 1792.
27. PETER P., bap. May 5, 1794..

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S8. Anna, bap. Sept. 1, 1796; m, Sylvester Clum.
29. Margaret, bap. Feb. 19, 1799.

24. JAMES, b. Feb. 27, 1789 ; bap. March 8, 1789,

at the Lutheran Church, Germantown, N. Y.;
m. Jan. 7, 1815, Ann Brink, of Saugerties,N. Y.

They lived in the latter town and raised their
family there. He was a well-to-do farmer and was well
known all over the county for his public spirit and
loyalty to the best interests of his town. His wife
was a descendant of Cornelius Lambertson Brink, who
acquired lands in Saugerties, Feb. 6, 1688, and who
built the stone house still standing ; he was taken
prisoner at the massacre at Esopus (Kingston) in 1663,
but was finally rescued after a captivity of three
months. Children :

30. PETER W., b. Aug. 20, 1816.

31. Rufus, b. Aug. 13, 1819; m. Jan. 5, 1848, Sarah

C. Hommet. He died 1858.

32. Margaret, b. July 31, 1822.

33. JOHN EDMUND, b. Jan. 12, 1826.

25. JOHN, m. Catharine Moore, Aug. 23, 1813.

Lived at Germantown, N. Y. Children :

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34, Cliristina Catharine, bap. Dec. 4, 1814 ; m.
Jacob Coon, Aug. 29, 1842.

3 5. JOHN EDWARD, bap. May 9, 1816; d. 1816,

36. Maria Anna, bap, Oct. 9, 1817 ; m. J. Hallen-


37. Jane Caroline, bap. Dec. 31, 1827 ; m. Edw.

Yredenburgh, Jan. 22, 1846.

38. Cornelia Rachel, bap. Dec. 31, 1827.
39. PETER NELSON, bap. Feb. 21, 1831.

40. Lena, bap. June 17, 1821 ; m. Wm. Couse.

41. JACOB W», bap. July 23, 1823.

42. MATILDA, bap. June 28, 1835.

27, PETER P,, m. Blmira Snyder, July 4, 1819. He
d. 1844.
Lived at Germantown, 'N. Y. Children :

43. Albert, bap. May 3, 1820 ; d. April 10, 1901.

44. Henrietta, bap. Dec. 23, 1821.

45. Herman, bap. Aug. 29, 1894.

46. Nelson, bap. Oct. 22, 1826.


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47. RENSELLAER, bap. Oct. 5, 1828.

48. Wyanna, bap. June 27, 1880.

30. PETER W., m. Anna M. Hardin, 1840.

They lived at Woodstock, N. Y. Children :

49. Cornelia, bap. Feb. 19, 1849, at Lutheran

Church Woodstock; lives in Saugerties,
N. Y. ^^o^v\'

50. James, bap. Sept. 15, 1851 ; m. Celia Misner.

Lives at Woodstock, N. Y.

51. AUGUSTUS, bap. Aug. 7, 1841.

33. JOHN EDMUND, b. Jan. 12, 1826 ; m. (1)

Catherine Elizabeth Wilson, Jan. 27, 1852 ; m.

(2) Margaret A. Myers, Sept. 5, 1877 ; m. (3)

Helen (Knapp) Hazard, Feb. 15, 1888.

His wife, Catharine Elizabeth Wilson, was a

daughter of James Wilson, of Coxsackie, N. Y., and

his wife, Eachel Vosberg. Their daughter, Jane, m.

Cyrus Burhans, and their dau. Louise, m, Charles F.

North, of Cohoes, N. Y. The father of above James

was Alonzo Wilson, who m. Mary . They were

from Massachusetts and were of the early settlers in
and around Boston.

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In connection with the record of John Edmund
Lasher it may be said that the lives of successful men
whose influence moulds the events of life by subduing
adversity, and shaping toward their personal good
each condition as it confronts them is always interest-
ing and instructive; but it becomes more so when
such lives present in combined view the elements of
material success, blended with the completeness of
moral attribute and the attractions of an unblemished
reputation. Such characters stand out as the proofs
of human progress, the illustrations of human dignity
and worth, and as beacon lights to the generations
which follow. The success of such a man is not, as
some would consider, fortuitous; it is not the result of
a chain of fortunate accidents; it is the logical result
of a nature into which are infused the characteristics
of a strong will, keen perception and indomitable
energy, which utilized, have made their possessor a
successful man.

Mr. Lasher passed his boyhood days amidst the
surroundings of a rural home. His father, though a
man of limited means, was a highly respected member
of the community, and one of the leading agricul-
turists of the country. Here our subject passed an

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uneventful boyhood, availing himself of every oppor-
tunity for schooling during the winter months at the
district school.

At the age of twenty-one, Mr. Lasher went to
Saugerties, IN". Y., and accepted a position as clerk in
a store, a few months later he v/ent to Coxsackie,
N.Y., and became associated with his brother who was
already in business there. Here he remained five
years, and although the monotony may have been
irksome, and the remuneration small, still the ex-
perience was salutary, by familiarizing him with the
routine of general business and a practical insight
into commercial life. He was a close observer, quick
to grasp opportunities afforded him to study human
character as exemplified in the different individuals
with whom he came in contact, and there is little
doubt that the lessons learned at that country store
were invaluable in moulding the future character of
the man, and in giving him habits of method and
organization, which qualified him in an eminent de-
gree for the arduous and extensive operations in
which he was destined to become engaged. In fact
Mr. Lasher looked back upon that experience as one
of the most profitable periods of his life. In 1853 he

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engaged in the general merchandise business at Cox-
sackie having formed a partnership with Alfred Pal-
mer for that purpose, which 'business continued until
Jan, 1, 1857, when Mr. Lasher became a member of the
firm of Shultis and Lasher of Saugerties. He retired
from this firm Jan. 1, 1862, at which time he formed
a partnership under the name of Russell and Lasher,
this being dissolved by mutual consent Jan. 1, 1867,
Mr. Lasher retiring. During these years his extensive
dealings with the Hudson River Railroad Company
had brought him into contact with the officials of the
road, with whom he had become personally acquainted
and intimate. In 1867 he entered into a contract to
supply a large bill of bridge and dimension timber for
this Company and on the 25th of February started
for Florida; arriving there he visited the lumber
regions and then went on a similar trip through the
lumber regions of Georgia. This even more favorably
impressed him with the business. The lumber he had
contracted to supply was delivered as per contract.
His next contract was with W. H. Yanderbilt for
175,000 pine ties, which were the first Southern pine
railroad ties introduced in the North. From this time
on he devoted his attention solely to this business,

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handling from thirty to thirty-five million feet of ties
and timber annually.

Mr. Lasher always found time to devote to the
general welfare of the community in which he lived,
and he gave liberally of his time and means towards
public and charitable enterprises. He gave a mag-
nificent pipe organ to the Reformed Church, of which
he was a consistent member and elder for many years.
He presented a fine bell to the First Baptist Church of
his town, and a similar one to the Methodist Church
of Bristol, New York.

During the latter years of his life Mr. Lasher was
an extensive traveller. He visited every state and
capitol city in the Union, except Dallas. He was a
thorough American and believed that within the
limits of his own country the scenery was as beautiful
and attractive as that in other lands.

He was an ardent Republican from the foundation
of that party until the day of his death — and though
many times importuned, would never accept public

When the Ulster County Savings Institution had
become involved, a few of the public men of Kingston
were laboring zealously to avert a calamity by effecting

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