Monday, June 27, 2016

Daniel Weidman (1758 - 1841)

Daniel Weidman is an ancestor in the Smith family tree whose trail has not been easy to follow.  Widman, Wideman, Weidman or Widmon are all spelling variations of the name found in various records. Daniel and his wife Margaret were the third great grandparents of Edna May Frey Good, Ron's grandmother.  Her parents were Isaac and Mary Alice Fangboner Frey.  Isaac's parents were Sam Frey and Sarah Immick, whose grandparents were Tobias Morey and his wife Margaret Weidman, daughter of  Daniel and Margaret. 

While an exact marriage date for Daniel Weidman and his wife Margaret Labar has not been found the Records of Christ (Stone) Church, Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, PA, which include baptisms and communion lists, provide clues to when they were married.  They were both single on September 17, 1786  when Daniel Weidman and Margaret LaBar were listed as sponsors at the baptism of Elizabeth Beck, the daughter of Jacob and Maria Beck. The birth of Anna Maria, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Weidman is not recorded in these records, but her confirmation into church membership is. She is noted to be the 19 year old daughter of Daniel Weidman when she was confirmed on April 4, 1806 making her born in 1787.  Therefore, Daniel and Margaret must have been married circa 1786 / 1787.  The birth records of their other children are all contained in the Records of Christ (Stone) Church, Upper Mt Bethel Twp, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

When Daniel was 30 his name appears on the 1788 Federal Tax List, Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton, PA.   He does not yet own land, horses or cattle, but is charged a tax of one shilling.  He didn't loose any time building up his estate to support his growing family.

                                                                                                 Land Warrant 
Daniel Weidman and Philip Weidman
20 Feb 1795
112 acres
Mount Bethel, Northampton

An additional 180  acres was purchased on February 24, 1797. Warrant # 418.

When he died on October 5, 1841 he did not leave a will, but during his lifetime he acquired a sizable amount of land which needed to be disposed.  According to the Recorder of Deeds, Northampton County, Letters of  Attorney, vol 4 pp 62 - 64, Daniel's heirs divided his estate in seven separate transactions. On April 1, 1843, the heirs of Daniel Weidman included his widow Margaret  Weidman; sons, Philip, Ludwig, Daniel and Joseph Weidman and  daughters Mary Ratzel and her husband Jacob,  Margaret Morey  and her husband Tobias,  Magdalena Zeisloft and her husband Jacob,  Catharine Reickert and her husband Samuel, Sarah Oyer and her husband John.  They appointed John Weidman their attorney with the power to convey title to the   property owned by Daniel Weidman.  Our ancestor,  Tobias Morey husband of Margaret Weidman, purchased 5 acres 25 perches, for which he paid $123.75 for a timber lot which was part of the  farm originally owned by Henry Weidman, Daniel's father. Daniel and Margaret lived long and productive lives.  At the time of his death Daniel owned considerable property in Northampton Co. as evidenced by the sale of his real estate in 1843. 

John Humphery, in  Pennsylvania Gravestones, Northampton Co, PA  records Daniel Weidman's birth dates as Oct. 26, 1752.   However,  Tombstones in the Old Cemetery at Stone Church, Penna, transcribed by Atchley and  Atchley in the 1930’s, where he is buried in the Old Union Cemetery gives his birth year as 1758. 
His tombstone is difficult to read, but the age  inscribed appears to be 82 years, which would  make the calculated birth year of 1758 more likely.   His gravestone is marked with a flag and medallion to commemorate his service in the Revolutionary War. 

Notice that here on Margaret's gravestone, the name is spelled Wideman.  Margaret was born September 29, 1766 and died December 20, 1844 at the age of 78 years.   She is buried in the Old Union Cemetery in Stone Church, Upper Mount Bethel, PA.  She was the daughter of Abraham LaBar.

Daniel Widmon's Revolutionary Service record is found in the company rolls of Northampton Co., PA.  His name appears as Daniel Widmon serving as an 8th class private in the 4th Company of the 5th Battalion under Capt. John Long, May 1, 1782.  Also serving are his brothers: Jacob, who served as a  2nd class private in the 4th Company of the 5th Battalion under Capt. John Long, May 1, 1782 and  Philip who served as a  4th class private in the 4th Company of the 5th Battalion under Capt. John Long, May 1, 1782. "The within is a true state of the Classes of Capt. John Long's Company in Mount Bethal ... this second day of May 1782. JOHN LONG, Capt."

The rest of the story:
Earl and  Edna May Good were the parents of Dorothy Alice Good who married Clarence Smith. 
  • Inscriptions, Alphabetically arranged, of the Tombstones in the Old Cemetery at Stone Church, Northampton County, Pa., transcribed by Kathryn Atchley and William Atchley.  Published by W.E. Wenner in Pennsylvania. 
  • John Humphery, Pennsylvania Gravestones, Northampton Co, PA , published by Larjon & Company, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2000.
  • Recorder of Deeds, Northampton County, Pa.  Deed book C9 p. 756.
  • Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • PA Archives, Fifth Series, Vol. VIII  page 396

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Michael Remaly (1731 - 1793)

On  August 5, 1765 Michael Remilie took out a land warrent for 32 acres of farm land (Roberts, p719).  Michael's farm land was all of the upper part of Main Street in what is now Slatington, Pennsylvania  and included what was known as Spruce Hill, Victory Park, Remaley's Spring and Remaley's Hotel. He owned 190 acres when his will was probated on January 16, 1793 in the Easton, Pennsylvania Courthouse.  The Remaley's, Michael, George and John and their father Ambrose, were some of the hardy men who cleared and farmed the land of this newly settled area in Lehigh County.

Illustrated Atlas of Lehigh County, 1876
The birth record for Michael has been researched by many including genealogist, Raymond E. Hollenbach.   Michael's birth was recorded  in the church records at Weisenheim-am-Sand in the Rhenish Palatinate, Western Germany on March, 2l, l731.  He is listed as Johan Michael Remeli, son of Ambrosius Remeli.  The microfilm records from the "Vereingte Protestantische Evang.-Chrsitl. Kirche der Plflz" now the United Protestant Evangelical Christian Church of the Pfalz in the city of  Weisenheim am Sand; Province: Rheinland-Pfalz are located in Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ambrose Remeli, father of Michael,  arrived in Philadelphia with his family on the ship Lydia and qualified on October 13, 1749.  Annette Burgert (p270) names his wife as Anna Catharina Schick and the following children: Peter;  Joh. Georg;  Johannes;  Joh. Michael; Maria Magdalena;  Anna Maria and Joh. Philipp.  By 1751 the family of Ambrose and his sons, Michael, George and John are found in various  census, tax, and land sales records in the Lehigh Valley of Northampton County. There is a land warrant for 25 acres issued August 14, 1751 for property in Heidelberg Twp., Bucks Co, PA. which later became Washington Twp. in Lehigh Co. This was near Slatington.  Speculation may be made that Ambrose arrived with enough money to acquire land and settle his family without going the route of indentured servant as so many immigrants from the Palatinate needed to do to pay for their passage.

Tax list for Heidelberg Twp.
 In 1762 the name of  Michael Remely appears on the Tax list for Heidelberg Twp., Northampton Co.  He owed a tax of 5 pounds. (Roberts, p719).  Later Michael Reemaly, George Reemely, and George Remaly, Jr. are found  on the 1781 Tax list for Heidelberg Twp.  (Roberts, p720).

How did he serve in the Revolutionary War? Michael Romely signed the Oath of Allegiance  on August 25, 1777 under the authority of Justice of the Peace, Peter Meyer, Esq.  Also signing that day were George Romely and George Romely, Jun.  By signing the Oath they pledged to support the cause for the fight for independence from English rule.

The DAR holds a service record for Michael as Ancestor #: A095286.  In this record his spouse is given as Anna Maria.   Michael (Remely) Remaley enrolled in the Northampton County, Pennsylvania Militia.  He is listed as private in Conrad Ritter (Reader) 5th Company of the 3rd Battalion in 1778   He is a private in the 5th Class.   He is also listed as a private in the 5th class of the 5th company under Capt. Conrad Reader the 6th Battalion, Northampton County Militia, Oct. 26, 1780 and again in 1782.  The  3rd Battalion was later changed to 6th Battalion,  Northampton County Militia during Revolutionary War.  Also in the Class were George Remley Sen'r and George Remley Ju'r.  There is a General Class Roll dated October 26, 1780 in the records of the Comptroller General at the Division of Public Records, Harrisburg.  The Michael Remaley  residence is listed as Heidelberg Township.

It is not known when he married Anna Maria Vautrin.  Their children were: George, Ambrose, Catherine, Christina, John Jacob, Michael, William and Johan Heinrich.  The 1790 Census shows family of  Michel Romaley (Michael Ramaley) of Heidelberg, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania has 4 males over the age 16, 2 males under the age of  16 and 3 females.

James Ramaley on his Blog, "Ramaley Genealogy" discusses the many spelling variations of the family name and estimates that there are thousands of descendants of our immigrant Ambrose Remeli living in the United States today. Among those descendants are my children and husband Ron.  Ron's grandmother Beatrice Graver Smith was the granddaughter of Jennie Ellen (Genevieve) Lauer Graver Moore.   Jennie was the granddaughter of Julia Remeli, who was  the granddaughter of Michael Remaley.

  • Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • PA Archives, Fifth Series, Vol. VIII  page 234, 449
  • Charles R. Roberts, History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Vol.I, Allentown, PA., 1914
  • James Remaley,
  • Burgert, Annette K., Palatine Origins of Some Pennsylvania Pioneers. Myerstown, PA
  • Illustrated Atlas of Lehigh County, 1876, online,1876.html.
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Monday, January 4, 2016

Eleazer Davis (ca 1735 - ca 1820)

There is evidence to suggest that the father of Rachel Davis Lloyd who married Henry Lloyd was Eleazer Davis (circa 1735 - ca 1820) of Bedford Co. Pennsylvania.  The rub is, I can't prove it because I have not found that one tidbit of evidence, like a birth record or a mention of her name and his on a document, that would show a relationship between them.  According to John  Simpson Africa, Henry Lloyd, (circa1756 -1820) "settled on the farm which was afterwards occupied by his son Eleazer and which is now the home of his grandson, Henry.  Mr. Floyd Hoenstine, well known genealogist and librarian of Hollidaysburg. Pa. states, "I have examined many Davis wills and biographical sketches, but no where is the name Eleizer found except in the Davis and Lloyd families. And there are at least six of those."   Those two items are the best evidence so far that Eleazer Davis is the father of Rachel.
I love the name Eleazer!  He has to be Rachel's father, and even if he isn't he deserves to be recognized for his time and service in the War for Independence.
He was a Ranger, a duty that I imagine he performed throughout the time of the hostilities on the Bedford County frontier.   He is listed on the Pay Roll of  men under the command of Michael Johnson of the  Pennsylvania Rangers in Bedford Co. for 7 months in the year of 1781.   The name of Elizer David is listed with Capt. Boyd's company of Rangers, 20th April, Ano dom. 1781.   The Rangers  were mustered to protect the frontier from frequent and merciless Indian attacks.  Like the minute men of New England they were farmers who answered the call when an alarm was sounded.  It was their job to patrol the perimeter and watch for the approach of the enemy into the settlement.

This Abstract Card shows that he was paid 11 pounds, 4 pence for service in the Bedford Co. Militia.
The Pa Archives, 5th series, Volume 8 mentions his name several times.   On the Class Roll of  Capt. Wm. McCall's Company of the  3rd Battalion, Eliezer David,1st Class, the 9th of May, 1775.
On the Muster Roll of Captain Samuel Davidson's Company, in Colonel Smith's Battalion of Bedford County Associators the name Eleazer David appears, March 22, 1776.

Eleazer didn't leave a large footprint for his descendents to follow, but we do know from tax records that he had property, animals, a house and family. The following tax assessment  records were found.  In 1783,  Eliazer Davis of Bedford was assessed with one horse, one  lot and one cow for which a  State tax of  0.1.3 and a  county tax of  0.0.3 were paid.  In 1784, Eleazer Davis on the return for Bedford Township is assessed for one dwelling and 3 inhabitants.   Elizer Davis of Bedford paid a state tax of  0.0.8 in 1789.  In the 1790 census for Bedford Twp., Eleazer Davis is listed as the  head of a household consisting of one adult over 16 (self) and three females. It is unknown who his wife was. Church records that would show the names of his children on the occasion of their baptism have not been found by this family historian. His final resting place or gravestone marker for him or his wife have not been located.  There are many unanswered questions regarding the life of Eleazer Davis.  If a reader has information to add to this narrative, I would be delighted to hear from you.

The time period that Rachel Davis  was born is the late 1760's.  She died somewhere between 1820 and 1830.  Birth and death dates for her husband, Henry Lloyd are just as elusive.  He was born about 1756 and died after 1820.  Rachel and Henry were the parents of Catherine Lloyd who  became the wife of William States, of McConnellstown.  Catherine and William States were the parents of Abraham who married Catherine Mumper and they became the parents of Ann Eliza States, my great, great grandmother.  Eliza States married Ben Heffner and had a daughter named Ella Mae who married Rev.  Howard Long.  They had a daughter named Eliza who married Homer McEwen, my grandparents.  Rachel, Rachel, Rachel, I just want to know who your father was. 

  • Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File, 
  • PA Archives, 5th Series,  Volume V,  Muster Rolls and Papers Relating to the  Associators and Militia of the County of Bedford.
  • Revolutionary War  Military Abstract Card File,
  • Africa, J. Simpson. History of Huntingdon and Blair counties, Pennsylvania.  Walker Township Pioneers. Published 1883.
  • Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801.
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