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Peter Lehman told my mother that he was born near Pittsburgh, PA.

Peter Lehman's obituary

Peter C. Lehman, son of Henry and Elizabeth Stevens Lehman, was born near Pittsburgh, Penn., June 7, 1843, coming with his parents to a farm near Bloomfield, Indiana when but a small child and continuing with them at home and in school under December 1, 1861, when he volunteered his services to his country at the outbreak of the Civil War, being the third son, of his parents to offer himself in defence of the Union.

He enlisted in Co. 1, 59th regiment of Indiana Volunteers and saw service under Grant during the siege of Vicksburg. He was honorably discharged December 31, 1863, at Huntsville, Alabama and immediately re-enlisted January 1, 1864 as a veteran volunteer. He was with Sherman on the memorable march from Atlanta to the sea, going with the survivors of his company from the southern position to Washington, D. C. where he had a part in the Grand Review of Loyal Veterans. He received his final discharge at Louisville, Ky., July 17, 1865. Mr. Lehman seemed to have a charmed life during his years with the army; he received no wounds and spent but one night in a hospital.

Returning to Bloomfield, Indiana in 1865, he began an apprenticeship under an older brother in the making of furniture and undertaking supplies, the same being retailed by Simon Lehman. After the expiration of three years he came to Owensburg, Indiana and set up the same business for himself constructing from black walnut lumber that was so plentiful at that time the house furnishings most in demand by homemakers of the day, and making coffins on order, often laboring all night that a job might be finished on time for a quick interment necessary when embalming was a lost art, and then accompanying his handicraft to the body and performing the duties of an undertaker as they were then understood.

After a number of years, factory products becoming accessible through increasing freight facilities, and being cheaper and of more ornate appearance, Mr. Lehman discontinued the making of furniture and undertaking supplies but continued in their retailing, the "shop" of other days merging into the "store" of today. At the time of his death, through incapacitated for several years by lameness, he was still actively interested in his business, being the senior member of a partnership with his son, Everett. The sterling worth of the man, his unwavering integrity and sense of humor were always manifest in his business dealings.

Shortly after settling in Owensburg, he was united in marriage to Martha Stines, of Martin county. To this union twelve children were born, seven sons and five daughters, six of the number dying many years ago. Those surviving are; Everet of Owensburg; Ernest of Bloomington; O.F. of San Antonio, Texas; R.G. of Paris, Illinois and Mrs. L. A. Elston and Miss Shirley Lehman of Chicago with twenty-one grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Jane Viquesney, of Spencer, Indiana and a brother, William Lehman of Sarasota, Florida. His wife preceded him in death but six weeks, they lived happily together for more than fifty-eight years.

Mr. Lehman was a member of the Church of Christ in Owensburg, serving the congregation for many years as an elder. His home and board were always offered freely to the ministers of his faith who came to the church for days or weeks of evangelism. He believed without quibble in the divinity of Christ and died firmly convinced that he would live again with Him. His purse was ever open for all good works.

He was a charter member of the order of Odd Fellows in Owensburg, his affiliation with the lodge beginning April 26, 1877, and continuing in good standing until the close of his life.

He died of acute intestinal obstruction February 14, 1927 at the home of his son, Ernest, at Bloomington, Indiana aged eight-three years, eight months and seven days. The funeral was held at the Church of Christ in Owensburg, Rev. Logan Hatfield officiating. The interment service in the hillside cemetery adjoining the town was in charge of the local order of Odd Fellows.

Mom said her grandmother Grace (Peter's daughter) told her that when he returned from the Civil War...he burned his uniform and never spoke openly of what he saw during his 4 years of the war.


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Martha Stines Lehman, daughter of Soloman Stines and Barbara Gross Stines, was born in Martin county, Indiana March 4, 1845.

On November 26, 1868, she was united in marriage to Peter C. Lehman, of Bloomfield, after which they immediately located at Owensburg, where the husband was engaged in the furniture and undertaking business.

Their first home was humble but filled with love and happy labor and was soon blessed with children, twelve being born to this union. The children are Everet of Owensburg; Ernest of Bloomington; O. F. of San Antonio, Texas; Rufo G of Paris, Illinois; Mrs. L. A. Elston and Miss Shirley Lehman of Chicago, surviving, with the husband and father; Clarence E., Mary Florence, Fletcher, Eunice, Retta and Herbert are deceased.

She is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren, nine great-grand children and one sister, Mrs. Lou Elliott, of Bedford.

Mrs. Lehman confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and ever lived a consistent Christian life. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ at Owensburg.

It was her gift to answer in character and attainment Lemuel's praise of the properties of a good wife found in Proverbs 31:27-28: "She looked well to the ways of her household and a ate not the bread of idleness. Her children have arisen up and called her blessed; her husband also, he praiseth her."

To her neighbors and friends she reached out hands of comradeship and helpfulness. Her hospitality at table and fireside was a trait that made her home a happy mecca for her children, grandchildren and all who came within the radius of her presence. She had a deep and innate appreciation of the beautiful in nature, in music and in an orderly and wholesome arrangement of living, all being reflected in her flowers, her home and her housewifery.

She died January, 1, 1927, having reached at the age of eighty-one years, nine months and twenty-seven days. After the funeral service at Owensburg on January 3, Rev. Logan Hatfield officiating, she was tenderly laid to rest in the beautiful hillside cemetery adjoining the town. Mrs. Lehman was born, lived a long useful life, died and lies buried within the compass of a half-hours walk. Truly, she attained honor without going afar.