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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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RICHARD DEEMER, formerly Commissioner of Northampton County, and who for many years has been one of the influential citizens of Williams Township, is a native of the county where he now resides, born on the 18th of September, 1833. The Deemer family was one of the first to settle in Williams Township, and its members have for generations been active in aiding the development of its material resources. The first representative in America was our subject’s grandfather, Jacob Deemer, who, emigrating from Germany to the United States, settled in Northampton County. Here were born the parents of Richard, by name Jacob J. and Annie C. (Unangst) Deemer.

The subject of this biography gained a practical education in the common schools of Williams Township and in Easton Academy, and after completing his studies he commenced to teach school, which profession he followed for ten consecutive winter seasons. Meantime the summer months were devoted to farm work, which calling he has made his principal life work, meeting with fair success in his undertakings in that line. He chose as his helpmate Miss Margaret A. Laubach, with whom he was united in 1857. Mrs. Deemer is the daughter of Abraham Laubach, late of Northampton County, and by her marriage has become the mother of six children, namely: Milton; Sarah, who is the wife of Irvin Koplin; Amos; George; Annie and Jacob.

With the public life of the locality Mr. Deemer has been closely identified, and, a Democrat in politics, has exercised considerable influence in behalf of his party in this community. For three years he held the position of School Director, and also served as Auditor of Williams Township, and as Road Supervisor for one year. For five years he filled the office of Justice of the Peace, and for one term was a member of the Board of Commissioners of Northampton County. His landed possessions aggregate two hundred and thirty acres of land, mostly improved, all of which has been accumulated through his persevering efforts, seconded by the assistance of his capable wife. In religious belief he is connected with the Reformed Church, and has served the congregation as Deacon and Elder, and at present holds the office of Trustee. He is a Director in the Durham Cemetery. Any measures having for their object the promotion of the welfare of the people receive his warm sympathy and active support, and he is justly recognized as one of the foremost citizens of the township.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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