Occasionally, we all hit a brick wall in research. My wall ends with Jesse Reames b 1810, Tenn d. 28 Oct 1880, Kearney, Clay County, Missouri. Nailing down his immediate father is a trial. Could be Boling (Bowlin) Reames, found on Census, Alton, Ill. He had seven brothers, one accounted for, Joseph b, 1819, Tenn, mrd. March 20, 1842, Liberty Clay County,Missouri. Sure would like to find their Dad.
Reames to Colonial Virginia in Early 16th Century
Before 1960 the best; know authority on the Reams and Reames family lines in Virginia was a 267 page-book filed in the Library of Congress in 1945, titled "The Reams, Reames Family and Allied Families." It was written and published by Dr. H.C. Smith, a California MD, now deceased.
A few pertinent items from Dr. Smith?s book follow:
"page iv. Preface: This compilation encompasses the present knowledge of the Reames-Reams Genealogy. It is meant to include only the English branch of the family, whose name has been spelled variously Reame, Reams, Reames, and Ream.
"However, since some of the German branch of Ream, Reme, Rheam, and Rheim have the name spelled Reams in public records and a few have adopted that spelling, some of the branch may be inadvertently included.
"Definitely this is not a complete history of the family for various and diverse reasons, but it is the result of years of travel and research, and it is an honest effort to make it so."
"Page x. Family tradition: 1a. John Reames was the immigrant Ancestor; b. One descendent states he came to America about 1650?There remains the possibility that the Thomas Reanes of 1638 was Thomas Reames" (Page v. tells of difficulty experienced in being able to decipher proper spellings from early long hand records)
On page vii Dr. Smith lists nine wills written Sussex County England by REAMES 1551 to 1634. On page 1 he reports the early immigrant as follows:
"John Reames m. Alice #1
"Generally accepted by various branches of the family as the immigrant ancestor, the time and means of, and his age at immigration and marriage unknown quantities to this compiler."
-Steve Reames, Compiler