History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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OLIVER J. DEEMER.  The DEEMER family of Bucks county are descendants of Johnanes DEIMER, who emigrated from Germany in the ship Davy, arriving in Philadelphia, October 25, 1738, and soon after settled on a large tract of land in Nockamixon township, on the river, just below the Durham line. Whether he was the same John DEIMER, who was a captain of a company in the expedition against Quebec in 1746-7, is problematical. Traditions in the family seem to bear out the theory that he was. Tradition further relates that he was reared in the Roman Catholic faith and educated for the ministry, but becoming enamored of a Protestant maid, he married her and emigrated to America to escape the wrath of his family and church. The name of DIEMER appears in different parts of Pennsylvania at about the time of his arrival. A John DIEMER, practitioner in Physic and Chirurgery was a land owner in New Providence township, now Montgomery county, as early as 1734, and died there in 1759. He purchased land in Bucks county in 1753, which was sold by the sheriff after his death on suit against his administrator, James DEIMER. A Michael DEIMER settled in Limerick township in 1769 and died there in 1795, leaving sons George and Daniel and a daughter Eve, who married Jacob PAINTER. The eldest son George removed to Vincent township, Chester county, and is the ancestor of a family of the name located later in the Cumberland valley.

Johannes DEIMER was the father of Michael DEIMER, mentioned at length hereinafter and probably of George DEEMER, "House Carpenter," who purchased land in Rockhill in 1773, which he and wife Dorothea conveyed in 1777, as well as of Joseph DEIMER who located in New Jersey at about the same date, after having resided some years in Durham, Bucks county.

Michael DEEMER, son of Johannes, the immigrant of 1738, and ancestor of all the present Bucks county family, was born in or near Durham, Bucks county, about the year1750. On the division of the Durham tract in 1773, he purchased one hundred and sixty-three acres on the Nockamixon line, and in 1789 purchased a tract adjoining in Nockamixon. He died in 1797, and his widow Elizabeth, some years later. They were the parents of thirteen children, John, Jacob, Mereles, Catharine, Soloman, Madlena, Sarah, Michael, George, Henry, Frederick, Barnet, and Margaret. Michael and Elizabeth DEEMER were among the original members of Nockamixon Reformed church at its organization in 1773, and the baptism of several of the above children appear of record there, the earliest one to be baptised there, however, being Sarah, born October 2, 1774, and the last one Margaret, on March 17, 1782. John DEEMER, the eldest son, died a year before his father, leaving eight small children, Benjamin, John, Mary, Margaret, Sarah, Hannah, Michael, and Catherine. The eldest, Benjamin, born April 17, 1784, is the paternal ancestor of Newberry DEEMER, of Bridgeton, through the marriage of his daughter Sarah to William DEEMER, son of Frederick, above mentioned. Michael DEEMER, another son of Michael and Elizabeth, born December 20, 1776, died March 8, 1850, was the grandfather of Edward DEEMER, a soldier in the civil war and lately a resident of Doylestown; and Elias DEEMER, the prominent lumber merchant and business man of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Barnet DEEMER, youngest son of Michael, Sr., settled in Rockhill and was the father of Mrs. Michael Lehman, of Doylestown.

Johan George DEEMER, fifth son of Michael DEEMER, Sr., and Great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Nockamixon, February 2, 1779, and baptized in Nockamixon church, March 13, 1779, though the latter date is given on his tombstone as the date of his birth. He was a farmer and considerable land owner in Nockamixon and Haycock, being apparently a large dealer in timber and timber land. He married Elizabeth UNANGST, born September 17, 1783, died March 19, 1862. He died April 27, 1858, and they are buried side by side in Nockamixon burying ground. They were the parents of six children, as follows: Margaret, born September 1, 1811, married David ARGART; Catherine, who married Samuel WAGENER; Mary, who married Henry SASSAMAN; Samuel, who married Catharine RUTH; Charles, who married Mary BERGY; and Rose Anna, who married Thomas ATHERHOLT. All of the above children left descendants except the eldest. Henry and Mary (DEEMER) SASSAMAN had eight children. Margaret, who married Oliver H. MYERS; Sarah, who married James McNAMEE; Elizabeth, who married James SMITH, and is the mother of W. Harry SMITH, present sheriff of Bucks county; Mary, who married Harry STRYCKER; William, who married Amanda REASER; Lavinia, who married George B. DEEMER; Lydia, who married Thomas MOSER, and Annie, who married Augustus FEASTER. Samuel, the eldest son of George DEEMER, born December 4, 1803, died January 12, 1874; married Catharine RUTH, and had four children; George R., who died in Nockamixon, April 2, 1904; Samuel W.; Savilla, who married James Y. ZEIGENFUSS, and is the mother of Mrs Elmer FUNK,, of Doylestown; and Rosanna, who married Aaron ZEIGENFUSS. Thomas and Rose Anna (DEEMER) ATHERHOLT were the parents of four children: Eliza, wife of Reden MEYERS; Mary, Sarah, and David.

Charles DEEMER, second son of George and Elizabeth (UNANGAST) DEEMER, and the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Nockamixon, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, January 23, 1808, and died there February 13, 1882. He was a farmer and followed that vocation in different parts of the county, prior to the death of his father, living at one time in Doylestown township. After the death of his father, he succeeded to a portion of the old homestead in Nockamixon and spent his remaining days there. He married Mary BERGY, who was born January 6, 1798, and died April 3, 1860, and they were the parents of two children, Anna Margaret, born December 11, 1828, died June 13, 1895; married Charles ZUCK; and George B., born January 23, 1830, died March 1, 1898.

George B. DEEMER was born and reared in Nockamixon, and in early life learned the trade of a stone mason and plasterer which he followed during the active years of his life. He removed to Doylestown in 1866, and resided there until his death. In politics he was a Democrat, and took an active part in the councils of his party. He served one term as jury commissioner of Bucks county. He and his family were members of Nockamixon Reformed church. He married Lavina SASSAMAN, daughter of Henry and Mary (DEEMER) SASSAMAN, born October 15, 1834, died February 25, 1898, and they are the parents of five children; Arabella, Margaret M., Sarah E., Oliver J., and Viola, all of whom except Oliver J., reside in the homestead on Court street, Doylestown.

Oliver James DEEMER was born in Springfield township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, August 17, 1861, and came with his parents to Doylestown, at the age of five years. His education was acquired at the Doylestown school. When a young man he entered the employ of Allen H. HEIST, distiller, wholesale liquor dealer and cider manufacturer at Doylestown, and in 1888 was placed in charge of a branch establishment at Gallitzin, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, which he conducted for several years for Mr. Heist, and in April 1900, purchased it of Mr. Heist, and has since conducted it on his own account with success. Mr. DEEMER is a man of excellent business ability, and irreproachable character, and has many friends both in his native town and in Gallitzin. In the latter place he has been actively identified with many of the local enterprises and public improvements, and has served for many years as a member of the town council. He is a member of Aquetong Lodge, No. 193, and Doylestown Encampment, No. 35, I. O.O. F., and is also a member of the Order of Elks, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. No. 175, and kindred organizations in Gallatzin. He is unmarried. He is a strong Democrat in politics.

Test taken from page 358-359 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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