German Ancestry? A good start.

The Lenker family belongs to a group of people from Germany, Switzerland and France who emigrated via Rotterdam, Holland to Americ during the period 1680-1776.

Numerous theories exist as to the origin of the first Lenkers in America.  Some historians state that three Lenker brothers came to America from Germany.  This legend probably stems from the passenger list  of the Ship Leathley, which departed from Hamburg, Germany, cleared Cowes, England and arrived at the Port of Philadelphia September 19, 1753.  On board were Christoffel, Friedrich Whilhelm and Frantz Heinrich Schlenker.  Some claim there were five brothers and that two returned to Germany.

There are others who state the Lenkers of Upper Dauphin and Lower Northumberland County, Pennsylvania descend from a Hessian soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War and did not return to Germany at the war’s end.  This theory is in error since Hessian troops were composed of unwed soldiers in their late teens or early twenties who did not arrive in America until the fall of 1776.  The ancestor of the Lenker families in that area were born in the 1730′s, married in the 1750′s and fathered children prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War .

Floyd’s 1911 “Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County” (Pa.) states the Lenkers were of Swiss ancestry.

First Generation in America…

To date the immigrant ancestor of the Lenker families in Upper Dauphin and Lower Northumberland County, Pa. is unknown; however, two possibilities exist:

1.  Johannes Lingker, Port of Philadelphia, October 23, 1752, Ship Rawley.

2.  Johannes Lincker, Port of Philadelphia, September 30, 1754, Ship Edinburg.

The above immigrants probably had given middle names; however, the scribes who entered their names in the ship’s log failed to record their complete names.

It’s starting to work!

Nice to have Brittany Lenker and Keegan Lenker as part of the team.  Please send email addresses and if anyone has a business they would like to feature on the site, feel free to send it to me!  Thanks to the Lenker’s who have left comments.  I look forward to many more to come!

Been a while…

Can’t believe it’s been such a long time since I posted!  Anyone who finds this site through a Lenker search will tell me that the organic nature of WordPress is working.  I need content from any Lenker’s out there that would like to share.  I will continue to add and improve the site for everyone that is interested.  If you would like an email address ending in, please feel free to send me an email.  It’s on the house!

And so it begins…

It has been said that the simplest solution is often the best, so I begin this blog with a post that I am most familiar with:  my immediate family.  My name is Stephen Lenker and I was born to this world in 1957.  Although I hate to admit it, I was born in Camden, New Jersey.  Mom and Dad didn’t live in Camden, but that was the closest hospital she could get to on that cold winter night in January.  It wasn’t her fault that Dad was in Atlantic City that afternoon; giving a speech for winning yet another sales award and promotion, a trend which would eventually lead to this incredible journey of growing up Lenker.  It is to him, Theodore L. Lenker,  that I dedicate this blog.

The Lenker family includes many last names, all of which have a common bond that is Lenker.  And so our blog begins; a platform to share our stories, share our experiences, help and support one another.

Welcome to the new

Welcome to the new This site is dedicated to the Lenker family in the United States.  I welcome all those related to the Lenker’s to send photos or leave comments!