Martha is the daughter of Joseph LeSaint and Mary Deubel. Joseph was the son of John LeSaint and the grandson of Franz LeSaint, who was his immigrant ancestor. Franz was the son of Antoine Louise Prudhomme, born in France and a soldier in Napoleon’s army, who married a Belgium woman named Maria Anna LeSaint of minor nobility.
Antoine and Maria settled in the small town of Minfield in the area know as the Rheinland Pfalz, avoiding France because of Marie’s noble birth and her aversion to the guillotine. Minfield had been depopulated during the Thirty Years War with Swiss, Dutch and other’s settling there afterword and they were still welcoming diverse new-comers even 150 years later. It was there in 1816 that Franz LeSaint was born and given his mother’s name, apparently based on her higher social status in a day when this was still the custom.
It is unclear when Franz first went to America but it is thought that he returned at least once and in or around 1841 he married Katarina Rinck. This may have been a civil ceremony, common in the days following Napoleon. Their eldest, Peter (later a Union soldier in the Civil War) was born in Minfeld in 1842 and by 1845 the young family had returned to Cincinnati where they remarried in a Catholic ceremony at St Johns German Church. They had at least six more children, including John in 1852, who was Martha’s grandfather. John married Theodora Oehler in 1876 and their son Joseph, Martha’s father, was born in 1886.
Martha LeSaint Riehle’s husband Joseph Eugene Riehle was the son of Albert J., who was the son of Francis A., who was the son of Clemens Riehle.
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