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Martin LeFever
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:04 am    Post subject: That's a Capital "F" Reply with quote

Greetings everybody! New here and should have known there was a forum for this.

Our so-called "Uncle Dan" was my great grandfather, if I remember correctly. My Uncle Bob has the LeFever Arms gunshop up in Stokes, N.Y., for repair and maintenance of these wonderful double barrels. I remember going out to visit the gunshop when it was in Ilion, N.Y., as a little boy for holidays and so on.

I mostly wrote in this first time to explain that the name is correctly spelled "LeFever" with that capital "F." I realise in most ads and so on that the use of drop caps in the name makes that unapparent as in the poster above.

Before Uncle Dan the name was originally spelled "LeFevre" but that was deemed too hard to pronounce properly. I have a hard-cover geneology going back to my earliest relative, an Isaac LeFevre, of Lancaster County, arrived about 1711 from Europe, a French Huguenot. Before that it goes back as far as 1510 to a Mengen LeFevre.

Anyhow, I figure if you want to have a forum, it would probably be best to spell my last name correctly. Cool guns. My first experience was with Grandpa shooting skeet out in some field near Ilion. Too bad you can't use a mag in them.

--Marty
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marty,
Good to hear from you.
There is much debate as to the capital F in Lefever. If you look at the patent applications Dan Lefever signed his name with a lower case F. There is some discussion about what happened at the turn of the century when Dan left the Lefever Arms Co. and formed his own Company. He then intermittantly used the capital and small F. Frank, our Great grandfather used the capital F while George and Charles, his other sons active in the gun business used the small f.
The reasons behind this are obscure. I don't know if there was some rift among the brothers. Its funny, groing up, nobody ever mentioned that our Grandfather's Uncle invented the Daisey BB gun.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the further info on that. And, No, the BB guns were never talked about, although we all had one of course!

There was also a mention in the genealogy book about spellings, stating that originally the French didn't even have a capital F and often would write two lower case "ff" to signify a capital.

Has anyone ever posted the paragraph-long write up of Uncle Dan's "mini-bio" from that book? It's kind of interesting and not lifted from any other source I've ever seen. Also mentions the Revolutionary War gunsmith ancestors before Dan.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A failrly detailed bio of Dan is on the Lefever Arms Collectors Association website, but the earlier geneology wasn't included. I can ammend that.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello

I was reading to your post on your ancestors.

There is a good site to go.

The Lefever name is quite common in north of France but mainly in Belgium.

During the ''Édit de Nante'' (It is like a text of law from the king) All the Protestants (Huguenots) was able to practice their religion and keep their jobs at the official level (public administration) keep their lands and homes and so on.

The ''Édit de Nante'' was signed on 30 avril 1598 by King Henry IV.

In 1685 the ''Édit de Nante'' was revocated by King Louis XIV. That made the Protestant religion forbidden on the France territory.

But they applied some restrictions to the ''Édit'' since 1629.

So during those time in France, it was like a civilian war (catholic against protestant) that was worst before the ''Édit'' in 1598.

So the Protestant fled France to the brittish territory (a lot in north america)

Like me, I'm a french and my family came in 1656 from Poitou, France. (catholic) No protestant was allowed to come in Canada at that time.

There is a link for you guys.

http://www.geneanet.org/?lang=fr

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:16 pm    Post subject: Pronunciation Reply with quote

How does your family pronounce LeFever (or Lefever)- rhyming with forever or rhyming with fever?
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