Peter Ream Jr. <> Peter Reams Jr.
March 2003, after various conversations and sharing of knowledge, we've come to the conclusion that a link CAN NOT be established between Ream and Reams at Peter Ream(s) Jr. Our Two Peter Jrs had many similarities, such as both had Father's named Peter, both were born about 1815. The primary conflict is WHERE these Peter Jrs where born.
Our Peter Ream Jr. was definately born in 1815 in in Stark County, Ohio. Details on previous Web Page.
Here are my notes about the other Peter Ream(s) Jr.:
The source of the following is primarily from Jeff Reams March 2003
Peter Ream(s) Jr. Born: April 10, 1815 in Reamstown PA. Died: June 20, 1890 in Paw Paw, Ill. Wife: Minerva Bowen (b.1817) m.1845
Year of Peter's death on his Grave Headstone is incorrect, Peter actually died in 1890.
More Reams Headstone photos from Paw Paw Ill Graveyard.
All photos by Jeff Reams 1999 in Paw Paw, Ill.
Descendents, Six Children: Daniel b.1846, Samuel, John b.1849, Sarah, Willis b.1858, and Charles b.1862.
- Peter Sr. (Unknown)
Jeff thinks that maybe Peter Sr's father is John Ream shown in the 1830 Ohio census.
Below are notes written by Jeff Reams March 2003, discussing the Ream/Reams Link.
Also, Jeff Reams Website.
John and Dave,
I have been digging for this for a long time. Here is his history from the records I have gathered. Some of this may just be wishful thinking but the names and locations are too much the same to deny.
The first real recorded info I have for him by name is from the Liberty Twp, OH 1850 Census . You can see in this census below that he spelled his name as Ream. Minerva's maiden name was Bowen and the Bowen's listed moved to Illinois when Peter did. I have a census record for 1830 Cocalico Twp, PA (pages 318, 320 - Buckskin) that lists the Ream, Bowen, and Nebergal families all living close to each other. It does not list Peter but it does list two John Ream's. Peter's son Daniel would later marry this Nebergal's daughter. I also show that Peter had a brother, William, who married Ellen Bowen, daughter of the above Bowen. These families all move to Illinois at the same time so it follows that the earlier 1830 census info is the same families. I also have the 1830 Lancaster Co, PA census that lists Samuel, Peter, and many other Ream's starting on page 186 - 217. This is probably Peter Sr. since it lists 1 male age 40-50, and 2 males 10-15 (Peter?), and 1 male 5-10 (William?). His obituary below indicates he move to Ohio in the 1840's so maybe he moved west to live with or near the John Ream mentioned above, possibly a brother? I don't know all the children here so you may be able to answer that. Your information sheds some light on where he was in the 1840's.
Around 1852 Peter moved his wife, Minerva, and three sons, Daniel, Samuel, and John to Paw Paw, Wyoming Twp, Lee Co., Illinois. Peter and Minerva had three additional children, Sarah, Willis, and Charles in Paw Paw. The Bowen family also move to Paw Paw at that time. The Nebergal family move to Fulton Co, Astoria Twp, IL. Peter's son Daniel moved there after the war and married Rosanna. They later moved back to Paw Paw with the other members of the family.
By the 1860 census Peter's name was spelled Reams, as were all the sons. Peter and Minerva remained in Paw Paw until their deaths in 1890 and 1898. Peter was killed in the devastating Paw Paw cyclone. The cyclone is the main reason little or no information about the family survived to be passed on. The picture of his headstone and those of the others on my web page were taken by me in 1999 in Paw Paw.
Here is a transcription on his obituary:
Peter Reams, was born at Reamstown, Lancaster Co. Penn., in 1815, and died at his residence in Paw Paw Grove, June 20th, 1890. In 1840 he moved to Ohio, and five years later was married to Miss Minerou Bowen. He came to Paw Paw in 1852. For over fifty years he was a member of the United Brethren Church. The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church last Sunday morning, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Dickens, and remains were burried at South Paw Paw.Lee County Times, Paw Paw, IL
Friday, June 27, 1890 Page 8
Peter's brother William and his family also move to Paw Paw when Peter did. William and his son are shown in the l860 census as living with his father-in-law's family, his wife Ellen had passed away. William stayed in the area until the late 1890's and then moved to Chicago to work on the worlds fair and then settled in Van Buren Co, Michigan in the early 1900's. His family is still there but I haven't spent any real time working on that side.
I also show a sister, Sophia ?, born 1820 but have found nothing on her other than she married a Francis Biggs in Ohio.
For me the key question to be answered to definitively link your Peter Sr. to my Peter is this - Does your Peter Sr. also have a son named William who was born around 1824? And possibly a daughter born 1820. If so then I think the link is finally established.
This is a lot to look at but should help in getting this settled.
Regards, Jeff Reams