Please contact me directly at this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org
) so I can share some documents with you. My account here at rootsweb is attached to my older email address that I haven't used for years and seldom check, which is why I'm just now getting your message.
I am certain that Jose's father was John Martin Leffler and that he was indeed born in Maryland. Jose would have had first hand knowledge of where his father was born because he was an adult when John Martin Leffler had land confiscated for back taxes around 1840. This is when it would make sense to me that they would have left the area and moved somewhere else. Surely Jose either overheard or discussed his father's birth place with his father during his lifetime. Think about it, if a home was confiscated for back taxes and money was still owed the government for back taxes, it wouldn't be so unrealistic for them to move and change their names or some part of it to avoid prosecution. I believe that is exactly what Jose's father did.
I also believe that John Martin Leffler was the son of Peter and Catherine Leffler and more than likely, their oldest son. In light of the fact that I have no proof, I have to try to piece what clues there are together and come up with possible theories based on what evidence I do have.
I knew from the death record of Rebecca (Leffler) Ruff, my husband's 3rd great grandmother, that she was born in Georgetown, OH. At first I thought it was referring to Georgetown, OH which is in Warren County and yet I could find no Leffler records of any kind in Warren County, OH.
Then I started doing some research on early routes to Ohio when it was first formed and discovered the National Road which today is Route 40. If you look at a map today, just off Route 40 in Guernsey Co. is a teeny village called Georgetown. I believe Rebecca was born there on route to Perry County where Rebecca's brother George Leffler was born, according to his obituary. Peter Leffler first bought land n Oio Route 40 goes directly to Clear Springs, Maryland, where in the old St. Paul's Lutheran Church records preserved in the Washington County Library there, I found the birth records of several of Peter and Catherine Leffler's children. Peter Leffler is listed on the 1790 and 1800 census there too with his wife and several children.
I have an old paper map of Fairfield County as well as Hocking County. Through land and deed records I've mapped out our Leffler's on these maps, who bought land and where.
I have a booklet that I wrote about my research of Peter and Catherine Leffler and their family, but have only my original copy. I'd be happy to share more information with you, but please contact me directly.