History of Bucks
County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
HARRY NEAMAND, the popular druggist of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, was born in Philadelphia, May 27, 1867, but is a descendant of early German settlers in Bucks county. John Neamand, his great-great-grandfather, was a native of Germany and one of the earliest settlers on the Tohickon, near Kellerís church, in Bedminster township, and died there when comparatively a young man, in 1768. He married, in 1760, Margaret Keller, born April 14, 1749, daughter of Heinrich, and Julianna (Kleindinst) Keller, both natives of Weierbach, Baden, Germany, from whence they emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1738, and a few years later settled on the Tohickon. Heinrich was one of the organizers of the church which still bears his name, in 1746. He was the father of eleven children, and has left numerous descendants in Bucks county. John and Margaret (Keller) Neamand were the parents of three children,--John, Peter and Barbara. Margaret Neamand married for her second husband, in 1769, Michael Stoneback. Peter Neamand, the second son, settled on a farm in Nockamixon, where he died in 1816, leaving a son John, who died unmarried in 1830; another son Samuel, who left an only son, Reed Neamand; and four daughters: Susannah, married Philip Frankenfield; Catharine, died in Doylestown, December 26, 1889, unmarried; Maria, never married; and Sarah, married Elias Reigel, and died August 10, 1890, at a very advanced age.
John Neamand, eldest son of John and Margaret (Keller) Neamand, was born in Bedminster in 1761, and was reared in the family of his step-father, Michael Stoneback, in Haycock township, where he later owned and operated a farm of 55 acres. John Neamand, son of the above named John, was born in Haycock township, but later removed to Philadelphia. He was the father of six sons: William, Harry, Robert, John, Howard, and Milton.
William Neamand, son of John and Mary Neamand, was born in Philadelphia, March 30, 1841. He was educated in the schools of that city, and early in life learned the trade of a whitesmith, and was a manufacturer of all kinds of chandeliers. At the breaking out of the civil war in 1861 he enlisted in the 71st Regt. Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served in the Army of the Potomac throughout the war. He was captured at the battle of Antietam, and was a prisoner of war for six weeks, when he was exchanged and rejoined his command. He was in the three days carnage at Gettysburg, and was wounded in the evening of the third dayís fight and taken to the hospital. He was also in the battles of Ballís Bluff, Chancellorsvillle, Fredericksburg, Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, Manvern Hill, White Oak Swamp, as well as in a number of minor engagements. At the close of the war he engaged in farming near Doylestown, where he resided for eight or nine years. He then removed to Richland township, near Richlandtown, where he was engaged in farming until 1905, when he removed to Richlandtown borough, where he still resides. He is a member of Gen. Peter Lyle Post. G. A. R. No. 145, of Quakertown; of Richlandtown Castle, Knights of the Golden Eagle; and also of the Order of United American Mechanics. Politically he is a Republican. His wife was Mary A. Smith, daughter of Thomas Smith, of Philadelphia, and nine children have been born to them: Harry, the subject of this sketch; William, deceased. Charles, married Annie Martin, of Richland; Colin, married Winnie Weaver, of Richland. Walter, deceased; Kate, wife of Joseph Foulke, of Richland; Harvey, married Mary Zinger; Edward; and Frederick, married Mabel Lauback, of Durham.
Harry Neamand, was educated in the public schools of Richlandtown, and spent his early boyhood days working on his fatherís farm. At an early age he accepted a position in the drug store of Dr. O. H. Fretz, of Quakertown, where he remained for six years, in the meantime taking a special course in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He is also a graduate of the Chicago Institute of Pharmacy and the Era School of Pharmacy, New York. In 1894 he erected a drug store in Perkasi, and started into the drug business for himself, and by close application to business has built up a fine business. He also conducts a general news agency at his drug store, and is one of the active and popular young business men of that thriving borough. In politics he is an ardent Republican, and takes an active interest in the councils of his party. He was one of the prominent candidates for the nomination for assembly in 1902. He is a member of Perkasie Castle, No. 330, Knights of the Golden Eagle, and has been its representative in the grand castle for the past ten years, serving on many important committees of the grand body, and has been district grand chief of his local district for five years. He is also a member of McCalla Lodge, No. 596, F. and A. M., of Sellersville, and of Mont Alto Lodge, No. 246, Knights of Pythias. He has been a member and president of the Perkasie board of health for five years. He is a member of St. Stephenís Reformed church, and superintendent of the Sabbath school connected therewith. He is also secretary of the Seventh district of the Sabbath School Association of Bucks county, and recording secretary of the county association. He has promoted and helped to build eighty-one homes in Perkasie and vicinity during the past few years, and also assisted in locating a number of industries in that town, being an active member of the Board of Trade, and for a number of years the secretary. He is a member of the Bucks County Druggistís Association. Mr. Neamand married, June 16, 1898, Miss Hannah Freed, daughter of William Freed, of Richlandtown. They have no children, and reside in a handsome residence at Sixth and Chestnut streets, Perkasie, Pennsylvania.
Text taken from page 403
Davis, William W. H., A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed November 2002 as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published November 2002 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/