Johannes Diehm, who had four sons: Mark, Adam, Jacob and John. Mark, Adam and Jacob all served in the Continental Army where the spelling of their name was changed by the recruiting sergeant to "Deem". Johannes and three of his sons came to Virginia, (now West Virginia) about 1804.
The first ADAM DEEM came from Germany to Ireland and thence to New England, in 1725.
According to family lore, four brothers, sons of JOHANNES DIEHM, came to Brownsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania from Frederick County, MD. Three of the sons, Mark, Adam and JACOB DIEHM served in the American Revolution. Here the recruiting sergeant changed the spelling of their name to DEEM.
Another brother, John, came with JACOB and Adam to Wood County, (then) Virginia. JACOB settled on Tygarts Creek near Chesterville.
JACOB DEEM was born in Hagertsown, Frederick County, MD in 1759. His grandparents were among the first settlers of Hagerstown. JACOB married before coming to Wood County, EVA ANN Cox, who was born in 1767. On June 6, 1804, JACOB received a Land Grant for 100 acres in Wood County (Deed Bk. 2, pg. 202) They had children:
1. Jacob was born Aug. 10, 1790 and married July 20, 1815, Margaret Hill. He married second July 23, 1863, Elizabeth (Ruble) Florence. He died Jan. 12, 1884. 6 ch.
2. PETER DEEM was born July 1, 1792. He married in Wood Co., (W)VA, Aug. 29, 1816, NANCY ROLLINS. 7 ch. Among them was Charlotte S. Deem, who married ELKANAH "BOB" LYONS.
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