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Seeking info on Jean and Abolina Reimel (Reimal) family
Posted by: Kathryn Ballard (ID *****7073) Date: May 05, 2011 at 18:14:21
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Hello GenWeb,

I am looking for some information regarding my 4th great-grandfather, Jean (John) Reimal, Sr. and family. Here's what I know so far:

This branch of the Reimal family (then spelled Reimel, Reimmel, or Rimel, a variety of ways) immgrated from the Alsace-Lorraine area of what was France, around Sep 1847. I have found ship records on

Port of Departure: Le Havre, France
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Robert Parker

Jean (John) (France, 1810-before 1880), his wife, Appolina (also 'Aboline'; 'Abolina') (b. 1817-??), and their children, Louis (also Lewis, b. 1836-??), Caroline (b. 1838-??), Appolina/Aboline (b.1840-??), Catherine (b. 1841-??), Isabella (b. 1842-??), Jean (John) Reimel Jr., (1843-22 Nov 1927), and Joseph Nicolas (b. 1845-??) all arrived to New York in Sep 1847 but quickly moved to Peru, Huron County, Ohio, where jean and family were (ostensibly) farmers. (I am working on an assumption as of yet that Jean passed away before 1880, because I found an 1880 US Census record from Peru in which there was an A. Rimel, female / widow, aged 60 that was running a boarding house; however, I am not yet sure that this is the same family.)

The youngest son, Jacob Henry Reimel was born in Peru in 1848, which is again why I know that the family did not stay long in New York before finally settling in Peru. Jacob is my 3rd great-grandfather and the lineage is as follows:

Jacob Henry Reimel m. Viola (b. 1858-??, UNKNOWN MAIDEN) in what I assume was still in Ohio. They had one son, Robert Lawrence Reimal (1872-1924) and when Robert was younger than 8, moved to Gardner, Johnson County, KS (1880 US Census). I do not know anything about Viola, but would love to learn as she's my 3rd great-grandmother. Robert in turn married Nettie Mae Jennings (b. 1879-??) in Kansas, who then had my great-grandmother, Esther Irene Reimal (1896-1986) in Miami County, KS. If anyone is interested in the further lineage of Esther's family (married named 'DeWeese') I am glad to help.

Jacob married a second time to Maggie Casida Poteet with these children:

Edna Reimal McArthur 1896
Louisa or Laura Reimal 1898
Joseph "Joe" Reimal 1900
Jacob "Jake" Reimal Jr. 1902 1989

Jacob died in Paola, KS in 1924. This is where most of my family is from (western KS, eastern MO) thoughout the 20th Century, in and around the Kansas City area.

Should you have any information on these families, please write me an email and stay in touch. Records on the family have been difficult to find due to language, name changes and phonetics, as well as the fact that Alsace-Lorraine was a hotly-contested area (Franco-Prussian War) -- French before 1871, German for a while afterwards, French again after World War I and II and so on, which means that sometimes records will indicate that family members are French, and their descendants will claim that their ancestors were German.

I am reletively new to geneology as a whole, but have been an excellent data analyst by profession for over 15 years and enjoy learning and The Hunt. I look forward to hearing from someone who wants to hunt along.

Best regards to all,
Kathryn Ballard Shut /shoot/
Denver, CO, USA

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