DEEMERS IN LEBANON COUNTY, PA.
Researching the Deemer family in Lebanon County can be
frustrating. There are many discrepancies in spelling that
resultfrom attempts to interpret handwritten records. There
are many records of individuals with the Deemer name or its
variants (Diener,Deamer, et.al.). It is difficult to who
belongs to what family
One thing is very clear. In the mid nineteenth century, there
were several distinct lineages in Lebanon County. If, and how,
these families might be related, and how the long list of
other Deemers fit together remains uncertain.
Lebanon County Deemers
The first family, clearly named DIENER, came to America in
1751 from Hesse, Germany. Their ancestor, Johannes,
remained in Germany and died there in 1752. His son, Henry
Diener was born in Germany in 1720. Henry
settled in Berks County and died in 1772. Henry's son, Johann
- 1825), was also born in Germany. Johann
lived in the Boyertown area. Johann,
his son Peter (1753 -
1798) and his grandson John
(1776 - 1851) remained in Berks County. .
By the time of the 1850 census, the next generation of this
family owned land in Union Twp. in northern Lebanon County. John's
- 1851) son John
Diener (1800-1879), his wife Catherine
(1803 - 1890) and their descendants appear in numerous
records, especially land transactions, in Jonestown and Union
Twp.into the early twentieth century.
A second John
(1810 - ?) and Catherine (1812
- 1885) DEEMER are listed in the 1850 census. This
family lived in Bethel Twp., near the Union Canal. A nearly
complete list of the descendants of three of their eight
Aaron, and Catherine,
is known. (The author
of this text is Aaron's descendant.) Family tradition
indicates that several of the other children may have been
killed during the Civil War.
No clear references to this couple can be found in Lebanon
County either before 1840 or after 1850.
LEBANON CITY DEEMERS
Elias DEEMER (1838-1902)
and his family appears in many records of Lebanon City during
the last halfof the 19th century. His father, Peter
(abt 1802 - 1888) was born in New Jersey. he had a
sister, Sarah. Jacob
(1840 - ), born in Phillipsburg, NJ, was probably his
brother. Elias' family
is confusing. Apparently he married three times, first to Mary,
then Amanda. and Minnie.
After his death it appears that Minnie married Frank
HEIDELBERG TOWNSHIP DEEMERS
The 1850 census lists another family residing in Heidelberg
Twp. This family descends from Peter
DEEMER (1824 - ?) and Mary
(1824 - ?) ECKERT. The couple was married at Zion
Lutheran in Lancaster and is buried at Brickerville in
Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster County. Thereare several Deemers
living in the Lancaster and Ephrata areas who descend from
Peter and Mary.
Another Heidelberg family descends from Jessiah
(1797-?) and Sussannah
STOVER (1799 - ?) Records show they had four children:
Susan (1829 - 1908), Henry
(1831 - ?), Jacob
(1834 - ?), and Polly (1837 - ?).
Susan married and lived in Manheim. She has living descendants
in the Lancaster area.
Henry DEEMER (1836 -
1883) is buried at Schaefferstown. His children were Jacob,
Delila, and Agnes.
How are all these people related? Maybe they aren't!
Coincidences of geography (see map)
and time make it easy to speculate:
The John (1810 -
?) and Catherine DEEMER family moved around. They appear
around Stouchsberg in Berks County around 1840, near Myerstown
just north of Heidelberg Twp. in 1843, and in Union Twp. in
1850. One of their children was born in Lancaster County
around 1851. The Elias
DEEMER (1838-1902) family lived in Lebanon City, just
north of Heidelberg. The proximity of the locations (see
map) suggests a possible connection.
John (1810 - ?),
Heidelberg's Peter (1824
- ?) and Jessiah
(1797-?), and Elias'
father Peter (abt 1802 -
1888) were contemporaries. Could they have been
Elias is buried with
Jacob (1840 - ),
possibly his brother. Peter
- ?) had a brother Jacob.
Are these Jacobs the same?
possible brother Jacob
(1840 - ) was born in Phillipsburg, NJ. Their father Peter
1802 - 1888) was also born in New Jersey. Phillipsburg
is very the Nockamixon/Durham area where the Bucks
Deemers settled. Does this suggest a relationship?
Was the DIENER name somehow changed to DEEMER? If this is the
case, are the Lebanon County DEEMERS also descendants of JOHANNES
DIENER of Hesse, Germany? Perhaps when John
(1800-1879) moved from Berks County to Lebanon County he