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The Leibham Family, Germans from Russia

Updated September 15, 2012

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Descendants of
(1) Franz & Elisabeth (Hopfinger) Leibham
(2) Franz Michael & Ana Maria (nee unknown) Leibham
(3) Johann & Eva (Funk) Leibham
(4) Wendelin & Theresa (Stauss) Leibham
(5) Josef & Emma (Scherr) Leibham

Related Surnames: Funk, Jerger, Jung, Klötzel (or (Kloetzel), Kraft, Leibham, Muger, Natery, Scherr, Schlosser , Schumacher, Stauß (or Stauss).

In November 1934, Josef Leibham & Emma Scherr were united in marriage in Selz, Rasdelnaja, Odessa, Russia (now Limanskoye, Odessa, Ukraine). They had three sons (Franz, Wendelin & Peter) while living in Selz. On Christmas Eve 1942 their five-year-old son, Wendelin died from pneumonia. In 1943, the German Army moved the Leibham family from Russia to Wartheland (Poland) where they lived for nine months. Traveling with them were Emma's sixty-nine-year-old mother, Elisabeth Scherr, her brother & his wife, Franz & Emilie Scherr, & Josef's sister, Helene Leibham. Josef's sister, Angelina Jung & her family may have been traveling with them too. In September of 1944, Josef Leibham was drafted into the Waffen-SS division of the German Army.

Shortly after this, Emma & her family traveled by covered wagon, then by bus & finally by freight train to Viersen, Germany. During their travel, the German Red Cross took Emma's mother, Elisabeth Scherr, who was paralyzed from a stroke, to a hospital in East Germany. She died in Cottbus, East Germany in 1945. Emma Leibham lived with her two sons in Weenzen, Niedersachsen, Germany until December 1951. In Germany, they worked on a farm caring for two acres of sugar beets. Emma & her two sons immigrated to the United States in January 1952, traveling aboard the S.D. Sturgis, which was carrying U.S. troops to New Orleans, Louisiana. In January 1952 they arrived by train in Collyer, Kansas where they lived with Emma's cousin, Bernard & Edith Scherr on their farm for a year.

Josef Leibham was born in 1909 at Selz, Rasdelnaja, Odessa, Russia to Wendelin & Theresia (née Stauß or Stauss) Leibham. His parents had at least 10 children: Wendelin (died in WWI), Rosina, Bernhardt, George (married Eva Jerger), Kaismir, Rochus (married Katherine Schlosser), Angelina (married Valentine Jung, Jr.), Helene (unmarried), & Josef (married Emma Scherr). The names the other children are unknown at this time (possibly two sons & one daughter). His paternal grandparents were Johann & Eva (née Funk) Leibham.

Emma Leibham was born 1908 in Selz, Rasdelnaja, Odessa, Russia to Franz & Elisabeth (née Schumacher) Scherr. She passed away 1996 in Quinter, Gove, Kansas & is buried at St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery in Collyer, Trego, Kansas. Emma's brother, Franz Scherr, Jr., who married Emilie Natery, settled in Portland, Oregon. He & his wife are buried in Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Emma's sister, Franziska Scherr, married a Klötzel (or (Kloetzel; no other information is know about her at this time). Emma's paternal grandparents were Peter & Franziska (née Muger) Scherr. Her maternal grandparents were Andreas & Therese (née Kraft) Schumacher.

In 1957 Emma Leibham, who never remarried, received notification that her husband, Josef, was missing as of December 1944 at Tatapina, Hungary. She later learned that he was a prisoner in Siberia. Josef Leibham was released from prison in 1956 & settled in Leninbad, Russia where he remarried, believing his first wife & two sons were dead. The maiden name of his second wife, Rosa, is unknown at this time. Josef passed away & was buried about 1985 in Leninbad, Russia. Rosa Leibham eventually immigrated to Germany in 1976 & was buried there.

This information is based on EWZ documentation & information provided by family members. There are still many "brick walls" relating to the families mentioned above. I am very interested in all twigs & branches of the Leibham family. If you have connections with any of these lines, please email me.

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  • Microfilm A3342-EW250-E07 - Leibham Surnames (241 KB)
    Transcription of Leibham surnames appearing on EWZ Microfilm A3342-EW250-E07 with my family names bolded.
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    If you are merely collecting clues about the Leibham families mentioned in this file, this information may help. Some of the data gathered has NOT been verified. Reference & documentation has NOT been provided for everything. It should only be considered a working hypothesis & NOT proven fact.
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    Leibham Family in Russian census: 1816 in Franzfeld, Russia & 1852 in Selz, Russia. This information supports my hypothesis that Franz Leibham is my husband's 4th great grandfather.
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