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Riemann family tree
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Genealogical Resource
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Family trees
Jacob Riemann's family tree showing his descendants who resided in Richmond Hill.
The first ancestor to arrive on this Continent was Jacob Riemann whose name appears in the Ship’s list of 1753. You will note the original spelling of the name, which would make the pronunciation Reeman. In the History of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, mention is made of Gottlieb Riemann as having come into that county from Berks County, which is dose to Philadelphia, in 1773. He was born in Germany and his occupation that of a tailor. By the time he died in 1804 he had acquired some 800 acres. I saw his will, which is to be found in the Somerset County Registry Office, and his name is signed in German script “Gottlieb Riemann”. On the outside of the will, however, in English script, is written by sane one else, “Reaman”, but the interesting fact is that in Pennsylvania, the spelling “Reaman” is hardly used. The following variants arc found: Raymon, Rayman, Rehman, Rhoman, Reiman, Rieman, and Rayaond.
In the Somerset County History it stated that John, the eldest son of Gottlieb, went to Canada. His father died in 1804, and in the York County Registry Office we find that on the 16th of February 1804, John bought 200 acres - Lot 15, Concession 2, Vaughan Township - from Joshua Y. Cozens whose father, Daniel Cozens, was granted 1000 acres from the Crown in August 1801.
John had eleven children and died in 1836. He is buried on the property he originally bought. On his tomb-stone is the statement: The first settler on this property.
The property, Lot 10, Concession 2, still in the Reaman name, was bought by him in 1816 and was a part of the property granted to Daniel Cozens in 1801.
The Reamans in Pennsylvania were Lutherans. After coming to Canada they, perhaps because of lack of a Lutheran Church; and because of inter-marriage with Mennonitos and Dunkards, joined these denominations. Methodism, through its camp meetings, attracted a number of them and they joined tie Methodist Church.
There are certain physical characteristics of the Reamans which are still to be seen amongst ever, the most recont generation. Hands are broad with short fingers, noses are large with a slight twist, head broad at the top, narrowing towards the chin, complexion fair, blue eyes predominating.
It would be appreciated if the enclosed genealogy can be filled out for the other members of John’s family and returned when you have the necessary information. Family of Daniel Reaman and Mary Atkinson George - 1849-1928, married 1872 Martha Ann White (1852-1942) Isaac - 1850-1926, (?) married Martha Charlton Jacob - 1852-1877, married 1874 Emma Gatherine White (1855-1878) Margaret Ann - 1854- (?) married 1879 George Stong John D. - 1856-1918, M.? Elizabeth Teasdale Amanda - 1858-1862 Matilda - 1859-?, married John Rumble Florence - 1861-1931, married John Ness Alfred - 1867-?, married Melissa Tisdale Family of Hary Jane Reaman (1827-1910) & George Longhouse (1821-1910) Elizabeth - 1844-1917, married 1881 Richard Everingham Mary Ann - 1847-1924, married 1872 Edward Richardson Rachel - 1850-1871 Daniel - 1852-1941, married 1892 Elizabeth Nattress, (son Kenneth died in 1902) Annie - 1855-1939, married 1879 Michael Burkholder John - 1857-1924 Susanna - 1859-1937, married 1891 John Smith William - 1862-1864 Adeline Jane - 1865-?, married 1893 Peter Duck (d. 1928)
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Richmond Hill Public Library. Tweedsmuir History Collection
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.87111 Longitude: -79.43725
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Riemann family tree

Jacob Riemann's family tree showing his descendants who resided in Richmond Hill.