We may have a connection here. My maternal grandfather, Johann Frederick Reimer was born in Danzig - the 1832 date would probably be right. He left Germany when he was a child- presumably only 13 or so, and signed on with a sailing ship. At some point he jumped ship in Newport News, VA., and continued sailing. He was a bosun, and went around the Horn many times prior to the canal being built. He married my grandmother, Savannah Schoenberger of Philadelphia, and the moved to California - he had arrived in San Francisco on a ship and was greatly taken with it. Grandma made the trip on a train - it took two weeks, and she had two little ones and another on the way! He presumably had left Germany to avoid being pressed into military service under Bismarck. He died before I was born (l920) - around l918 I think, and is buried in Colma, just outside of San Francisco. What is your connection with the Reimers? My mother had three sisters and three brothers, and all are dead - no living relatives that I am aware of on the Reimer side.