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Reames family in America

Updated July 17, 2001

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The immigrant ancestor was John Reames who came from Essex England in 1650 and settled in Virginia. His wife was Alyce or Alice.

His Son Edward, Then Robert. Robert, Wm Aaron, then Wm Allen, Wm Woodford, Thurman A and my self Robert Lee Reames. I have four sons , Scott D. Stephen D., Robet L. Jr. and Wm Woodford II, and seven grandsons, Shawn, Tyler, Mitchell, Samuel, Jackson, Cameron and Calvin all in Portland OR.

I lived in Richmond Va. 1963-66 and met many of the same Reames clan who told me some anecdotes. For instance, Edward Reames had an oil portrait that hung over his fireplace of the real Reames family crest from England that is in no heraldry book. His widow lived to be in her 90's and finally her estate was auctioned by her family and the portrait was bought by Robert and Emily Reames (dentist) who also lived in Richmond at the time. I do not know if they remain there.

Bob and Emily had the portrait over their Ricmond fireplace. I photographed it and have since had Reames Crest ingraved signet rings. No mail order house has this Reames crest.

John Reames supposedly hid in an attic of a barn for six months after King Charles 1st was beheaded in 1649 and Cromwell took over the throne. John was a Cavalier loyal to the King and they were being arrested by Cromwell's men. He sailed to Virginia in 1650 on a tobacco ship.

Some years later when Cromwell was deposed and Charles 2nd. was restored to the throne, John Reames returned to England and married Alyce/Alice then made their home in Virginia.

On the first trip, John supposedly brought with him a gold chandelier that had been removed from his home in Essex. It was dipped in silver to fool would be thieves because silver was not considered valuable at that time. He melted it down in Virginia and it helped finance him.

Some of this information is in the Virgina Historical Society in Richmond.

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