DEEMERS IN LEBANON COUNTY, PA.
For several decades I've researched the records of
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania for Deemers.
Because my great-grandfather, Aaron,
was born in Lebanon County and his parents were
married just over the county line in Berks County, it
seemed clear that my ancestors should be connected to
the many Deemers in the region. But then recent
DNA results yield information that in fact my
great-great grandfather in fact came into Lebanon
county from western Pennsylvania. This leaves me
with a lot of unrelated Deemer data that I can share.
Researching the Deemer family in Lebanon County can
be frustrating. Lebanon County was Lebanon Township of
Lancaster County until 1813. So many
Lebanon Deemers appear in the records of
Lancaster. Several families appear in Berks
county just to the east of Lebanon, and also some in
Dauphin to the west and Lancaster to the
south. There are many discrepancies in spelling
that result from 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.
of Lebanon County Deemers
Many of the Deemers that appear in Lebanon and
northern Lancaster descendants of Simon
Deemer. I've found very little about
Simon. He appears to have been born around 1750
and resided in the area around Brickerville, Elizabeth
(then Warwick) township, Lancaster County. Much
information about his descendants is available and
appears in the database.
Many of the descendants appear in Schaefferstown,
Ephrata, and Manheim
DEEMER and his wife ANNIE
EBERLY are ancestors of a family that
centers in Cornwall. He may be connected to
Simon, but I've found no evidence to confirm or
DEEMER and his wife ELIZABETH
is another couple that may be connected to the Simon
Deemer family. They were born about 1729,
lived in the city of Lebanon, and had several children
all born in the 1850s.
DEEMER and his wife MARY
are a couple that appear on the north side of the city
of Lebanon. They, too, may be connected to Simon.
DEEMER and his wife MARY
ANN were both born in Germany around 1832
and both appear in Columbia, Lancaster county, by
1860. Their son, JOHN
FRANK DEEMER was born in Germany in 1854,
and their son JOSEPH
was born in Columbia in 1857. So the family
clearly immigrated between those two dates. Two
of their grandchildren died in Philadelphia. The
rest of the family remained in or near Columbia.
JACOB DIEMER was born in Germany in
1743. He immigrated to America 1740 and lived
with his wife and child in Lancaster where he died in
DEEMER arrived from Bavaria in 1838 and
settled in Reading, Berks County. He has
ADAM DEEMER was born in Germany about
1812. In America he married MARY
"POLLY" HESS. The couple lived in
Berks county in the area of Hamburg.
DEEMER, born in Berks county in 1753,
ELIZABETH BATTORF in Christ Lutheran
Church, Stouchsburg, Berks county in 1781. Her
parents were born in Germany and came to Pennsylvania
sometime before here birth in 1758.
MARIE DIEMER was a widow when she married
Johannes Schmidt at Christ Lutheran in Stouchburg
DEEMER lived in Lower Paxton township,
Dauphin county, when he married Maria Rhodes in
Harrisburg's Salem Reformed Church in 1813