Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah Wymann-Landgraf was born in Columbus, Nebraska near the Platte River on April 11, l948. He was christened: Larry Gene Weinman. He is the elder son of the late Dr. Donald Eugene Weinman, D.V.M., Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, son of Dr. Joseph Ephraim Weinman, D.V.M., Professor Emeritus, and one of the founding fathers of the School of Anatomy in the College of Veterinary Medicine in the University of Missouri.
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah Wymann-Landgraf is a native son of the United States of America. He was born and christened a Protestant and brought up in the Congregationalist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran traditions. He memorized Luther’s Small Catechism with understanding of its meanings under the tutelage of Pastor Richard Deffner of the Missouri Synod in 1960 at the age of 12.
As for his family background: On his father’s father’s side he is old Bernese Swiss, and several of his forebears served on the Councils that built the Swiss Confederation and fought in the legions that protected it from its many enemies. The Bernese Swiss were the core of the Swiss Confederation, and under their political wisdom and military skill, the Swiss remained undefeated for over 300 years and attained the highest esteem in the eyes of all Europeans. When the Catholic Dukes of Savoy—themselves powerful mountain folk—threatened John Calvin and his community in Geneva with destruction, it was enough to secure the safety of all Geneva that the Bernese Lutherans vouched themselves to be the defenders of Calvin & Geneva. At that time, by the way, Geneva was not part of the Swiss Confederation but was part of the Kingdom of Savoy. Yet the rulers of Savoy lost heart at the thought of the Bernese pikemen, and never attacked Calvin. Thus, Geneva was spared by the mere threat of Bernese arms.
Dr. Abd-Allah is one of the descendents of Lienhard Wymann and his wife Barbara Baumann of Eriswil & Sumiswald, through their 4th eldest son, Uli Wymann, christened in Eriswil on April 3rd 1701. Lienhard in the Swiss dialect means “Lion-hearted.” Dr. Abd-Allah’s great grandfather Andreas Wymann (Andrew Weinman) of Eriswil came to the United States in the second half of the 19th century to find his Bernese Swiss bride with her parents & siblings in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin: Anna Maria Siegenthaler, whom he married in 1871. Anna Maria was an upright Christian woman with a powerful soprano voice. She always sang religious songs. When she raised her operatic voice to its ethereal heights, she could shatter glasses by the mere pitch of the sound. They had 11 children, and Dr. Abd-Allah’s grandfather, Professor Emeritus Dr. Joseph Ephraim Weinman, D.V.M. was their 11th child and 6th son. (The Wymann name was changed to Weinman upon immigration to the States. Weinmann is the High German form of the Swiss German Wymann, and Weinman, with one “n”, is an “Americanized” form of the High German name.)
On his father’s mother’s side, Dr. Abd-Allah is English, being one of the thousands of native American sons and daughters of Robert Ames and Rebecca Blake of the first generation of New England Puritans of the village of Boxford, County of Essex, in the Massachusetts Colony. His descent is through John Ames, their 3rd eldest son, born in Boxford in 1670. John Ames was one of the pioneers of New Hampshire and was also one of the political spokesmen of the New Hampshire settlers. An Indian war party—suspected of having been Algonquin—killed him in 1724. Dr. Umar’s descent from the Ames family is traced through the Wyoming rancher Edward Eugene Freeman-Davis, born March 1866 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, son of Parish Moses Freeman-Parish, born in Upper New York State in 1832. Parish Moses Freeman fought in the Michigan Light Artillery Volunteers in the Civil War. The Michigan Volunteers were made part of the Army of the Potomac under General McClellan and then came under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant.
Parish Moses Freeman fought the entire war and witnessed Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Parish Moses Freeman was a big man from the Michigan back woods, who looked to some more like an Indian than a white man, although few dared tell him that to his face. He held views similar to John Brown’s. In uniform, he wore a black shirt with his Union blues. When he died—after a long full life—he insisted that he be buried in his Union uniform with his black shirt. He told his grandchildren that that was the way he wanted to greet his Lord on Judgment Day. The Freemans had changed their name from Ames to Freeman during the War of 1812. That name change is registered in the appellation of Parish Moses Freeman’s father, Amos Freeman, whose first name stood for the Prophet Amos but also served to remind his grandchildren of the old family name, Ames.
Mother’s father’s side: German. Landgraves of Darmstadt, Hessen, descendents of Henry Landgraf (Heinrich Landgraf von Darmstadt), born in Darmstadt in 1804, and his wife Theresa Maur, through their 3rd eldest son Johann (John Landgraf), born also in Darmstadt Jan. 27, 1840. The Landgrafs came to Wisconsin in 1849 in the wake of the tribulations, disorders, failed revolutions, and subsequent tyrannies of the years 1848-1849. The Landgrafs were Roman Catholics. Dr. Abd-Allah’s mother, Grace Marian Landgraf-Marmon—raised a Methodist—is the daughter of the Kansas rancher, Amel Edward Landgraf-Warnke, born Nov. 18, 1895 in Chepstwo, Kansas.
Mother’s mother’s side: French Huguenot; descendents of the Huguenot Duke Auguste Frédéric Louis de Marmont, who died and was buried in France. This descent is through his son François (Francis Marmon), who came with a band of Huguenots to Northhampton, North Carolina in 1706, over 20 years after Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had granted the Huguenots civil rights in the wake of the long and debilitating French Wars of Religion. On her maternal side, Dr. Abd-Allah’s mother is the granddaughter of Judge Charles L. Marmon-Bragg of Garden City, Kansas, who was superintendent of the prairie schools of Eastern Kansas and Eastern Nebraska and later became one of the best, most-upright, and most respected judges of the Middle West. Judge Charles L. Marmon was born on Feb. 23, 1862 in Lansing, Michigan, which his family from Calvin County in Western Michigan had had some hand in helping to establish.
This information, courtesy of the Ibn Abbas Institute, is correct as of 15 December 2002