Posted By:Bill Lee
Subject:Re: Osman / Osmun of Northampton / Lehigh County, PA
Post Date:May 27, 2012 at 10:34:35
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Forum:Lehigh County, PA Genealogy Forum
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Thanks for the updated information about the Rhodes family. I had not looked in the Illinois index. I have not looked extensively on FamilySearch for several years, so was unaware of that database. I was stuck on "Rev. Deemer" for a while, until last year the same researcher who sent the information about Elizabeth Osman Rhodes Nehs forwarded me what he found on Margaret Deemer's 1898 death record. Margaret's age was given as 90 so she would have been born around 1808. Her daughter's death record confirmed that Margaret Deemer's maiden name was Osman.

A John and Rebecca "Osburn" had baptized a daughter Margaret on March 22, 1810, with a birthdate of Nov. 16, 1808, in the First Reformed Church of Easton, PA. This is the same church where Elizabeth "Digeman" had been baptized. I wondered if possibly she was actually an Osman, and possibly this "Mrs. Rev. Deemer," but she would have had to have been close to 90 years old to have outlived her sister, who died in 1897. But Margaret Deamer, married to Rev. Benjamin Franklin Deamer, fit the bill!

The "hard evidence" I have about Rebecca's maiden name comes from the Sarah Osman Sell's burial record, where her parents are listed as "John Ossmun" and "Rebecca Bellis". I didn't find this information until September 2006, so that's why it wasn't in my May post. My theory is that her parents are Peter Bellis and Elizabeth Catherine Corwin, but I have not been able to prove it. Elizabeth Catherine Corwin is supposed to be the great-granddaughter of George Corwin, who hung the witches at Salem!

So that's as far back as I've been able to go on Elizabeth's parents. If you can find anything further, please pass along.