Would like to know more about the German Luter family.Our family currently believes it is descended from Thomas Luter who emigrated to VA from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.There was, however, a belief of some of the older family members that the name originated in Germany.
There was a Luter family, linear relations of the Lees (Lye), in Shropshire, England c 1600.It is known that a Thomas Luter(probably) emigrated to Virginia in 1645.There is a record of a land patent application for Thomas Luter by William Bennett during this period. (A Henry Luter arrived from England a few years later according to Mrs. Belle Lewter West's research.)
The records of Isle of Wight County were destroyed by the War of 1812 so there is little on the Luter family following that period. What is known was researched by Ms. Ethel Davis Holland and Mrs. Elizabeth Davis Clark.They published their extensive research in Belle Lewter-West's book, Luter-Lewter Family of England, Virginia, North Carolina, and States South and East, 1974.They found a number of land transactions that seem to demonstrate that the Luter family name existed in Virginia from 1645 forward.They admittedly cannot prove some of the family connections, but many of us accepted that we were descendants of that family.
The Thomas Luter--a later Thomas-- from whom we believe we descend died intestate c. 1779 in Southampton County, VA (Southampton was created from Isle of Wight) and his son, John Luter, was appointed the administrator of his estate.(John was born c. 1742)Thomas may have had other children who were either in Southampton County, VA or Northampton County, NC.Giles, Hardy, and Mathew are believed to be younger sons.No daughters were mentioned.
Again, because of the lack of records in parts of Virginia as a result of both the War of 1812 and the Civil War, nothing seems totally provable.
Children of the family of Mathew Luter, son of John, who moved to Augusta County, AL, c. 1830, later took the name of Luther while other brothers changed the name to Lewter.The West book states that the name was spelled by several variations in the same documents even prior to this time. (Luter, Lewter, Luther, Suter and even Leuter)
Any assistance you can provide on the origin of the name and the ancestry of the lineage, would be appreciated.