Page 11 - Reams/Hibbits/Arkley Genealogy

Reames (1775 - 1819) - Salkeld Lines (1663 - 1684)

The Reames (or Reams) Line

The first Reames, of whom we have definite record as an ancestor of ours is Jeromiah and his wife, Margaret Marmon, of Surrey County, Virginia.

They removed from there to the north part of North Hampton County, North Carolina about a mile south of the Virginia line in the region of Jack Swamp. The nearest village, today is Pleasant Hill. The records show that there were five sons; William, John, Elijah, Jeromiah and Peter. In the year 1775 the Quaker meeting house was built and a cemetery established on the farm of Jeromiah Reames and is still known as the Reames Cemetery.

About 1811, William Reames, the eldest son, left with this wife, Naomi Vaughn, nine sons and one daughter, for Ohio, where he settled near Rush Creek, in Logan County. His second son, Caleb, made the first improvement on virgin land he took up in that vicinity. Here he lived until near the close of his life. Caleb's first wife was Mary Howard, who is said to have run away from her home to go with the Reames's to Ohio. Her name is not on the Quaker records nor in Williams's Bible. Not being a Quaker, she was not welcomed, especially as she came from a slave-holding family, anathema to the Quakers.

The first record of Caleb's marriage in William's Bible is of his wedding to Elizabeth Marmon in 1819. She was a Quaker.

Mary Howard Reames had two children, Margaret, born in 1811 or 12 and John Henry Howard, born in 1813. When the latter was born, his father was absent, fighting Indians, with Hull. His son has written this of his father Caleb. "My father was of undoubted Christian character. He was a member of the Friends Church. His seat was never vacant in the house of the Lord when he was able to attend. He was a dear lover of the institutions of the church and a dear lover of the Bible. He would read it in preference to any other, no matter how good the subject." J.H.H. Reames.

J.H.H. Reames was expelled from the Friends Church "because he belonged to the home guards and practiced warfare." He later became a local preacher for the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married Mary McDonald and to them were born ten children. Caroline Rebecca Reames was the eighth child and the fifth daughter.

The Salkeld Line

Salkeld is not a common name and may be traced back to Cumberland and Westmorland, the two most northwest counties of England. Great Salkeld is the name of a parish in Cumberland County. It is on the River Ellen "here crossed by a curious bridge".

One John Salkeld of Westmorland, with others, was forced from a religious meeting, on the 22nd of November 1663, and committed to prison. The next January, they were all fined and their goods were distributed.

Thomas Salkeld was prosecuted at an Ecclesiastical court and was fined, February 8, 1676. Isabella Salkeld, 1684, with many others of Westmorland, was prosecuted by statutes against recusants.