My Minnesota Ancestors, the Linderman, Hammell, and Loftis Families

Abraham & Mary (Hammell) homestead at 231 E. Mark St., Winona, Minnesota, moved there from New York to Illinois then Minnesota in 1856.

Abraham & Mary (Hammell) homestead at 231 E. Mark St., Winona, Minnesota, moved there from New York to Illinois then Minnesota in 1856.

Abraham and Mary (Hammell) Linderman resided at 231 E. Mark Street, Winona, Minnesota until they passed away. Abraham passed away in 1893, and Mary passed away in 1884. They had one daughter, Mary Linderman. Abraham served with the Union in Illinois during the Civil War. Abraham, Mary, daughter, Mary Linderman, and Eliza “Lizzie” (Linderman) Loftus, believed to be their niece were all buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minnesota together. I have not been able to ascertain who Lizzie’s parents are. Census records state that her father was born in Canada. I did not realize that we had any relatives in Canada. 

THE SURNAME “LINDERMAN” IS A VERY RARE NAME COMPARITIVELY SPEAKING, AND APPEARS TO BE LOCATIONAL IN ORIGIN. IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ENGLISH MEANING,”ONE WHO LIVED AT OR NEAR  A LIME TREE.”   KNOWING THAT DIFFERENT SPELLINGS OF THE SAME ORIGINAL SURNAME ARE A COMMON OCCURENCE, IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT DICTIONARIES OF SURNAMES INDICATE PROBABLE SPELLING VARIATIONS OF THE “LINDERMAN” SURNAME TO BE: “LINDERMANN, LIMDERMAN, LIMDERMANN, LINDERMANS, LINDENMANN, LENDERMAN, AND LINDEMAN.”  

ALTHOUGH BEARERS OF THE OLD AND DISTINGUISHED “LINDERMAN” NAME COMPRISE A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE MAY BE A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUR DIRECT RELATIVES WHO ARE USING ONE OF THE “LINDERMAN” NAME VARIATIONS. MOST GERMAN NAMES ARE DERIVED FROM OCCUPATIONS, COLORS, OR LOCATIONS.

THE “LINDERMAN” COAT OF ARMS CONTAINS PURPLE WHICH STANDS FOR LOYALITY AND SPLENDOR, RED WHICH SYMBOLIZES FORTITUDE AND CREATIVE POWER, ALSO GREEN WHICH REPRESENTS HOPE, VITALITY, AND PLENTY.  SILVER REPRESENTS SERENITY AND NOBILITY. GOLD(OR YELLOW) DENOTES GENEROSITY, VALOR, OR PERSERVERANCE.  IT HAS A “LIME TREE” ON THE COAT OF ARMS, AND ALSO ABOVE THE SHIELD AND HELMET IS THE CREST WHICH IS DESCRIBED AS:  “THE LIME TREE”.

IN THE YEAR 1982, THERE WERE “LINDERMANS” LIVING IN 50 OF THE 50 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE MOST POPULOUS STATE FOR “LINDERMANS” HAPPENED TO BE CALIFORNIA WITH 127 “LINDERMAN” HOUSEHOLDS. THERE WERE 20 “LINDERMAN” HOUSEHOLDS IN IOWA,  AND 26 IN TEXAS. MY GRANDFATHER PURCHASED ONE OF THE BOOKS. IN THE BOOK WAS “HARRY WILLIAM LINDERMAN”, my maternal grandfather, WHO RESIDED IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS UNTIL 1995 WHEN HE PASSED AWAY.  

HARRY WAS MARY LINDERMAN’S ONLY GRANDSON, AND GREAT-GRANDSON OF ABRAHAM LINDERMAN OF WINONA, MINNESOTA. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS DAUGHTERS:  YVONNE PHYLLIS LINDERMAN BURGESS LEVESQUE,  AND JEAN MARIE LINDERMAN FREDERICK MANCILL OF HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS. HARRY WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS DAUGHTER, YVARRA IRENE LINDERMAN JACKSON WHO PASSED AWAY IN 1985.

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