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Ancestors of Johann Hinrich Lührs

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Johann Lührs, 1916 in France.

Johann Lührs, 1912 with postmen and others in front of his Walle #32 blacksmith shop.

Johann Lührs, 1955.

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Joan's Lührs ancestors lived in Langwedel from the earliest records. There they were city- dwellers ("Bürger") and at least some of them earned their living as carters ("Fuhrmann") ... transporting goods. In the mid-1700's one branch of that family moved to the nearby village of Walle, now part of the city of Verden an der Aller. In the 1840's our direct ancestor Harm Hinrich Lührs also moved to Walle. In the early 20th century, relatives with the surname Lührs lived in four Walle houses. House #19 was the house and tavern which was the home of Joan's great-grandfather Hermann Hinrich Lührs and his wife Marie Meyer. To learn more about The Krug, read the research report:

Joan's grandparents lived in house #32, which they inherited from her other paternal great-grandfather Cord-Johann Gerken. Here Johann Lührs established a blacksmith shop in the barn and, with his wife Margarete Gerken, later also ran a general store out of the house. Houses #1 and #12 in Walle were owned by more distant Lührs cousins.

Beginning with the earliest 17th century records, Joan's Meyer (sometimes spelled Meier) ancestors owned a mid-sized farm at Holtebüttel #2 ... just east of Langwedel. Her 4xGreat-grandfather Johann Hinrich Meyer (born 1730) married Maria Gese Lomann and took over her first husband's farm, Nindorf #3, a few miles north of Verden. Her first husband was named Hermann Lührs, but it is unknown whether or not he was related to us. Joan's more recent ancestors farmed that same Nindorf property during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The LÜHRS Family of Walle house #19 -- Zum Alte Krug.
Luhrs Family - 1898

Walle 1898 children Johann, Dorothea, Georg, and Heinrich.
Parents Marie Meyer and Kröger Hermann Hinrich Lührs.
Luhrs Family - 1924

Walle 1924 children Irma, Harry, and Käthe.
Parents Katharina Dunker and Kröger Heinrich Lührs
with son Hans. Son Chris left for America in 1923.
Luhrs Sons - 1931 in NY

New York 1931: the Lührs sons Harry and Chris.
Luhrs House #19 - 1910

Walle House #19 The Lührs house and tavern in 1910,
then known as Gasthof zur Post.
The LÜHRS Family of Walle house #32.
Luhrs Children - 1912

Walle 1912: the Lührs children --
Henry, John, Louise, Willi, and Marie.
Luhrs Family - 1926

Walle 1926: the Lührs children remaining in Walle -- Siegfried,
Marga, and Willi with Leni and Hermann in front
with parents Johann Lührs and Margarete Gerken.
Luhrs Children - 1932 in NY

New York 1932: The Lührs children in America --
Henry, Marie, and John.
Luhrs House #32 - 1938

Walle House #32 The Lührs house, with smithy and store in 1938.

Lührs is a German patronymic name that over the centuries has evolved in spelling from Luders to Lüers to Lührs. It is quite common in northern Germany, especially between the Weser and Elbe rivers. Luders is also the base for the surname Luther. In our family, the transition from Lüers to Lührs took place in the early 19th century. Lührs is derived from the Old German Liut-her meaning powerful warrior ... the "s" indicating "son of". Some people use the "telegraphic spelling" ... Luehrs. In English-speaking countries, Luhrs is usually spelled without the umlaut.

Our Walle-area ancestors were very proud of the fact that their home church was the 900-year old Verden Dom (cathedral). It was the site of most family weddings and christenings, and numerous funerals. A view of the Dom, from the far bank of the Aller river, is seen here.

Verden Dom

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