My research into the
Reams family has taken our origins to Pennsylvania in
the late 1700's. I have, so far, not been able to
identify this person but I believe he was born about
1790. This Unknown Reams moved his family to the area
around Chillocothe, Ohio around 1820. His three
children, Peter, Sophia, and William, were all
married in Ross County, Ohio between 1841 and 1850.
Peter Reams: Around 1852 Peter moved his
wife, Minerva, and three sons, Daniel, Samuel, and
John to Paw Paw, Illinois. Peter and Minerva had
three additional children, Sarah, Willis, and Charles
in Paw Paw. Peter and Minerva remained in Paw Paw
until their deaths in 1890 and 1898. Peter was killed
in the devistating Paw Paw cyclone.
Daniel enlisted at the
age of 15 in the 75th Illinois Infantry, Co. K, and
served the duration of the Civil War. He fought in
many campaigns and was wounded four times.
After the war Daniel married Rosanna Nebergall of
Astoria, Illinois. While in Astoria they had four
children between 1866 and 1876 - Dora, Ida, Caleb,
and Fred. It has been rumored they moved to Nebraska
for a short time and then moved to Paw Paw, where
Daniel's family still lived. A fifth child, Clara,
was born in Paw Paw in 1886.
Daniel's son Caleb
married Mary Jane Beemer of nearby Compton and had
three children, Harold, Eva, and Verna. Daniel's
other son, Fred, married Carrie Gates and had two
children, Harry and Lola. Their older sister Ida
married George H. Finney and had two sons, Donald and
Daniel. I am still trying to find information
on Dora who married George Waite, and Clara, who
married an Alsager. Clara died quite young in
Seattle at age 33.
After Rosanna's death
Daniel and most of his family moved to the Pacific
Northwest around 1910. Caleb was killed in a
construction accident in Seattle in 1924 while
working on the Olympic Hotel. Daniel Reams died in
1943 at the age of 97 and is buried in Seattle at the
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, a cemetery for
Civil War veterans, near Volunteer Park. I have not
been able to piece together too much more of the more
Reams: I have
very little information on Sophia. Records from Ohio
indicated Sophia married Francis Biggs and had at
least one child, Mary Jane. I have not been able to
determine if they followed Peter and William to
moved his wife, Ellen, and his son Marshall to Paw
Paw at the same time as Peter. Along with the Reams'
it appears Ellen's family moved to Paw Paw also.
Shortly after moving Ellen died and William and
Marshall lived with Ellen's family. William later
married Amanda Snider and they had two additional
children, Mary and George. Marshall remained in Paw
Paw and married Sarah Sanford and had three children
- Wilbur, Fred, and Grace. Marshall and his family
move to Bangor, Van Buren Co., Michigan in 1900.