Johann de Kalb family legal documents
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This collection is comprised of 7 items related to a legal dispute over lands in Ohio belonging to the heirs of Johann de Kalb, baron de Kalb, a French military officer who served with Continental Army forces during the American Revolution. De Kalb's granddaughter, Léonore Nicette de Kalb, became involved in a lawsuit after the sale of a tract of land without her knowledge or consent.
The collection contains 3 copied documents from French archives: a marriage certificate for Elie de Kalb and Marie Elisabeth Charlotte Signard, Léonore Nicette de Kalb's birth certificate, and a marriage certificate for Léonore Nicette de Kalb and Raymond Vandière de Vitrac, Vicomte d'Abzac. Two letters concern the testimony of Johann de Kalb's heirs, and the lawsuit's purpose and history. The latter is Léonore de Kalb's personal plea to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (April 7, 1856). Copies of two testimonies are accompanied by letters authorizing Charles L. Fleischmann to collect depositions from Léonore de Kalb and her husband. In their sworn statements, de Kalb and d'Abzac provided genealogical information about Johann de Kalb, his military service, and his descendants.