A Promised Land, Barack Obama

https://narnbabel.com/pages/obama?fbclid=IwAR2lkF4IZkodh7mV2wf0OM-ZM6DvpiUZP-5Qao34mmez48NA1ssiz-mnpBQ

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

Great-Grandfather Cal Lewis’ Civil War Letter

When I was looking for something else, I finally found the copy
of this letter our great-grandfather Calvin Lewis wrote when
he was serving with the 9th Illinois Cavalry, Company M,
in the Civil War. He and his brothers signed up the same day,
November 20, 1861, and served until the end of the war
[well, Tom and Will languished in Libby Prison and then
Andersonville Prison until the end].  They were fighting in
Tennessee and got into a skirmish. Cal was knocked off of his horse
and rolled into the bushes. His brothers Tom and Will were captured.
Cal lived into his 80’s and Tom lived into his 90’s.
          After the war, all three brothers and some of their cousins
pioneered in Burr Oak, Jewell County, Kansas. In 1883, Will
and his family made a visit of several months to Onarga,
Illinois, their hometown, where Will suddenly became ill
and died. He was buried in the Onarga cemetery alongside
many friends and relatives. Some years ago, Lou Ann Hawkins Frogge,
our distant cousin and my genealogy partner, wrote to me, wondering
if I knew why Will had left his family in Kansas and seemingly
disappeared. She said they had no idea where he was buried or
what happened. Since I had studied the Onarga Cemetery records,
I knew he was buried there. It did not take us long to figure out
what really happened. She was then able to make a lovely page
for him on findagrave.com.
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17219644/william-lewis
            Anna Belle Grubbs, wife of Homer Lewis Grubbs,
Mama Jeanne’s first cousin, [son of Hazel “Dee Dee” Lewis Parsons’
sister Mattie Lewis Grubbs] sent me some of the old photo albums and
assorted pictures and letters. Among the pieces, I found a wadded
up letter, the size of a half dollar. When I unfolded it and pressed it out,
here was this letter Cal Lewis wrote to his sister Sarah. Some of
his delightful personality shines through and his comments about
“uncle abe” are fascinating. Near the end, he notes that he has
not heard from Tom or Will, but has heard talk they will be exchanged.
We knew Tom was in Andersonville as there are documented family
stories, but we didn’t know for certain about Will. However,
this letter is certainly evidence that he was a prisoner, too.
            On Facebook, there is a page called Descendants of
Andersonville Prison. The man who runs it has researched
it carefully and is gathering all the records he can. I sent
him a picture of Uncle Tom taken some years after the war,
which he has published on the page.
There is also a national park website
Roster of Company M, 9th Illinois Calvary       
https://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/acm/cav009-m.html

LEWIS, Calvary    private  Onarga  Nov 30 1861    Mustered out Dec 10, 1864

LEWIS, Thomas   private  Onarga  Nov 30, 1861   Mustered out Apr 24, 1865

LEWIS, William    private  Onarga  Nov 30, 1861   MO Jun 16, 1865 to date May 30, 1865

KISER, Samuel Veteran Onarga Mar 16, 1864 Disch, Apr 10, 1865; disabil.
KISER, Samuel Private Onarga Nov 30, 1861 Re-enlisted as Veteran
[Son of Elizabeth Starry, sister to Mary Starry Riner]
RINER, Jacob 2nd Lt. Onarga Nov 30, 1861 Resigned Mar 27, 1862 [he had dysentery very BAD]
[Son of Daniel and Mary Starry Riner]
RINER, William Private Onarga Nov 30, 1861 Mustered out Mar 11, 1865
[Son of Daniel and Mary Starry Riner,
married Jenny Lewis, sister of Cal, Will, and Tom]

Another family cousin, George Miller, was killed July 7, 1864 in battle at Jackson, Mississippi. [son of Cal’s aunt Elizabeth Lewis Miller]

Reverend Benjamin Landis [1697-1781) and Maria Herr Weber (1695-1787)

Jacob’s son Benjamin [1700-1781], minister in Lancaster County, Mellinger District; progenitor of Lancaster County Landis line [ME III:281].

Reverend Benjamin Landis

It was from the vicinity of Manheim, Germany, that the three brothers, Benjamin, Felix, and John Landis, in 1717, emigrated to Pennsylvania. Benjamin, the eldest, settled in what is now Lancaster County, where in 1718, he received by patent from the London company, a tract of two hundred and forty acres of land situated in East Lampeter Township. He was a Mennonite minister and his house became a refuge for many of the Swiss emigrants who enjoyed his hospitality until they were able to secure homes of their own. [The Strassburger Family, p. 331]Benjamin Landis, the younger, of East Lampter.

Rev Benjamin Landis

Birth:  2 September 1697, Zurich Switzerland
Death: 1781 (aged 83-84), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Burial: Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Benjamin married Maria Herr Weber in 1729 in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. She was also born in Zurich, Switzerland and immigrated to America during 1717 at the age of 15. This Mennonite couple had many children, some of whom are reported to be named: Benjamin, Maria, Jacob, Henry, Barbara, Ann and Abraham Landis. Benjamin was not only a farmer but was ordained as the Minister of the Mellingers Mennonite Church in Lancaster Co., PA.

Maria Herr Weber Landis

Birth: 1695, Switzerland
Death: 1787 (aged 91-92)
Burial: Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Maria immigrated with her parents to America in 1710. The family relocated during 1717 to Lancaster Co., PA. She was raised on the Weber “Weizenthal” pioneer homestead. The house, built in 1735, still stands today at 1835 Pioneer Road, Lancaster Co., PA.

Maria married Benjamin Witmer Landis during 1729 in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. He was also born in Zurich, Switzerland to Jacob Landis and Anna Witmer and immigrated to America during 1717 at the age of 19.

This Mennonite couple had many children some of whom are reported to be named: Benjamin, Maria, Jacob, Henry, Barbara, Ann and Abraham Landis. Maria’s farmer husband was ordained as the minister of the Mellingers Mennonite Church in Lancaster Co., Pa.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/64187031/maria-herr-landis

Maria Weber, daughter of Hans Anton Weber and Maria Margaretha. [Best, “Swiss Origins.” p. 18-18, according to Kendig, M.D. PMH, July 2005, p. 47]

Jacob Landis 1667-1730 and Anna Witmer Landis 1671-1725

 Hans Landis, last Anabaptist executed in Ct. Zurich, 1614.

Jacob Landus [1667-1730], emigrated with his brothers Benjamin, Felix, and Johannes, 1717 to Pennsylvania from Mannheim; brothers [ME III: 280-282; MC 202-203]

Jacob’s son Benjamin [1700-1781], minister in Lancaster County; progenitor of Lancaster County Landis line [ME III:281].

In 1717, three brothers, Rev. Benjamin, Felix, and John Landis, all Swiss Mennonites, came to American from the vicinity of Manheim on the Rhine, where they had been driven from Zurich, Switzerland, and purchased land from Penn and the Conestogoe Indians. p. 140–Oberholtzer Genealogy

Jacob Landis
Birth: 1667, Switzerland
Death: 1730 (aged 62-63), East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Burial: Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Jacob was a descendant of the 1614 Martyr, Hans Landis of Canton, Zurich, Hirzel, Switzerland. At the time of his birth this part of Steinsfurt, Germany was actually part of Switzerland. The Mennonite Jacob Landis married Anna Witmer about 1688 in Zurich, Switzerland. Jacob knew her family growing up as he lived on a farm in the neighborhood. Jacob’s family immigrated during 1717 and then in 1722 they bought farm land in Lancaster Co., PA and relocated one last time. The rest of Anna & Jacob’s lives were spent on their farm of 200 acres on both sides of what is now know as “The Old Road”. Their son Benjamin was the first Mennonite preacher in the area and where they lived became the center of the Mellinger church activities.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35906373/jacob-landis

Anna Witmer Landis

Birth: November 1671, Switzerland
Death: 1725 (aged 53-54), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Burial: Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Anna was the first born child of Ulrich Witmer (b.1633, d.1685) and Barbara Ebbe (b.1643, d.?). Her parents were an Anti-Baptist family. At the time of her birth this part of Steinsfurt, Germany was actually part of Switzerland. Some records suggest her ancestors used Widmer as their surname. Anna married the Mennonite Jacob Landis about 1688 in Zurich, Switzerland. Jacob knew her family growing up as he lived on a farm in the neighborhood. Jacob’s family immigrated during 1717 and then in 1722 they bought farm land in Lancaster Co., PA and relocated one last time. The rest of Anna & Jacob’s lives were spent on their farm of 200 acres on both sides of what is now know as “The Old Road.” Their son Benjamin was the first Mennonite preacher in the area and where they lived became the center of the Mellinger church activities.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67090737/anna-landis

Durst Buckwalter and his wife Barbara Landis Buchwalter

Durst Buckwalter,  Lampeter Township.
June 6, 1773–April 17, 1782
Children: Francis, Abraham and Henry.
Ex.: Francis Buckwalter and John Witmer.

[Abstracts of Lancaster Co., PA, Wills, 1729 ­ 1819]

Lived on the land he owned in Lampter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

All four of his sons are mentioned in Pennsylvania Archives, Vol VII.

Theodorus Yost “Durst” Buchwalter
BIRTH July 1701 Switzerland
DEATH 7 Jul 1782 (aged 80–81)Lampeter, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
BURIAL Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA

Husband to Barbara Landis Buchwalter, who was the mother of Abraham Buchwalter. The Mennonite farmer Theodorus Yost was the son of Francis Bough Buchwalter and Mary Durst Mellinger. He immigrated with his parents to America in 1717. He married Barbara Witmer Landis during 1724 in Lancaster Co., PA. She was also born in Canton, Zurich, Switzerland to Jacob Landis (b.1667, d.1730) and Anna Witmer (b.1671, d.1725).

Between 1725 and 1746 Theodorus & Barbara had 13 children which they named: Anlea “Ann”, Maria, Barbara, Frantz, Martha, Hans, Johannes, Lizzie, Abraham Landis, Joseph, Henrich, Henry and Veronica Buchwalter. They were all born in Lampeter Township, Lancaster Co., PA.
His parents, Francis and Mary Buchwalter are thought to have been buried in an old Indiana cemetery that is now under what is downtown of Phoenixville, PA.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/20169776/theodorus-yost-buchwalter

Deed Book 4, p. 389. Indenture dated 3 Feb 1777. Dores buckwalter transferred land to his son Abraham 68 3/4 acres [and other land] in Lampter Township. Indenture dated 24 Oct 1811. Abraham and his wife Barbara transferred this land, 68 3/4, acres to his oldest son John. [later sold to Abraham Herr]

Barbara Landis
Birth: 1702, Zürich, Switzerland
Death: 1782, Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA

Barbara, a Mennonite, was the daughter of Jacob Landis and Anna Witmer. She immigrated with her parents through Germany in 1717.
The Landis family were descendants of the 1614 Martyr, Hans Landis of Canton, Zurich Hirzel, Switzerland.

At the age of 22 Barbara married the Mennonite farmer Theodorus Yost “Durst” Buchwalter in 1724 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. Between 1725 and 1746 Theodorus & Barbara had 13 children which they named: Anlea “Ann”, Maria, Barbara, Frantz, Martha, Hans, Johannes, Lizzie, Abraham Landis, Joseph, Henrich, Henry and Veronica Buchwalter. They were all born in Lampeter Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.

Family links on findagrave:
Parents:
Jacob Landis (1667 – 1730)
Anna Witmer Landis (1671 – 1725)

Spouse:
Theodorus Yost Buchwalter (1702 – 1782)*

Children:
Barberra Buchwalter Weber (1730 – 1796)*
Frantz Buchwalter (1731 – 1816)*
Hansli Johannes Buchwalter (1735 – 1808)*
Abraham Buchwalter (1740 – 1819)*
Henrich Buchwalter (1742 – 1805)*