Reamstown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pioneer Settler / Founder of Reamstown
Johann Eberhard Ream, born in Leimen, Germany on October 6, 1687 came to America with his family in 1717. They were the first white people in this area, having arrived here in 1723 or 4. He received two grants of land, 389 acres and 113 acres, from the sons of William Penn. His eleven children were, Jacob 1713, Anna 1716, Abraham 1718, Nicholas 1721, John 1723, Mathias 1726, Tobias 1733, Andrew 1737, and Susanna, Samuel, and Adam, whose birth dates are unknown. On February 15, 1759, Eberhard and his wife divided most of their land among their seven living sons wording each deed "for the natural love and affection which they bear to their son." They are buried in Ream's Cemetery 1/2 mile to the southwest.
Founder of Reamstown
In 1760 Tobias Ream divided the 54 acres he received from his parents in 1759 into building lots and founded this town which he named Zohar. The lots were 66 feet wide and 297 feet deep and were sold on the ground rent plan. The first deeds were delivered on September 24, 1761. On June 28, 1773 Tobias (1733-1807) and Juliana (1738-1824) his wife, deeded Lot No. 54 to Andrew Ream and Jacob Rupp, trustees, for a free schoolhouse, church, and burying ground. This is where the Lutheran and Reformed Church now stands. They were the parents of ten children and are buried
Dedicated during Reamstown bicentennial celebration
June 5, 1960
Erected 1960 by Town of Reamstown.
Location. 40° 12.644′ N, 76° 7.366′ W. Marker is in Reamstown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Church Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is near the entrance to Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 East Church Street, Reamstown PA 17567, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Cocalico Township Vietnam War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); East Cocalico Township World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); East Cocalico Township Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Memorial Park of Reamstown (within shouting distance of this marker); Reamstown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The American Indian and the American Soldier (about 400 feet away); Ephrata Cloister (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Ephrata Cloister (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Reamstown.
Also see . . .
1. Reamstown PA. (Submitted on December 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Cocalico Township. (Submitted on December 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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