Deltha, or Diantha as my branch of the family knows her, was born in Elbridge, Ondandaga County NY to Carpenter Hilliker and Catherine Schall, both born in Herkimer County NY according to US and NY state censuses for 1850 and 1855. Diantha's daughter Minnie was born in Jordan, Onandaga County NY on 17 Oct 1874. Diantha's death certificate gives her exact birthdate as 15 Oct 1852. She died on 18 June 1934 in Hooper Colorado and is buried in the Monte Vista cemetery near Alamosa Colorado.
We presume that John Remmel and Diantha Hilliker were married in the Onandaga County area in the early 1870s, since Minnie was born there--their second-oldest child. They therefore appear to have resided there for some period of time, or at least, it appears that Diantha didn't leave the area, so probably married there.
However, I have not as yet been able to find an actual document recording their marriage. It may be that they married in a nearby county.
Family tradition has it that John Remmel came to the United States from Germany as a ship stowaway when he was age 14. He supposedly moved to Nebraska due to poor health and then died somewhere in Nebraska in 1882, but I don't have a document to that effect other than some newspaper stories about Minnie.
I have a copy of the funeral folder of John Good Jeffrey that you may be interested in, if you don't already have one. My great grandmother Minnie attended his services. Please let me know if you would like me to scan and email a copy to you.
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