Joseph Deem

b. 20 September 1801, d. 14 February 1873

Father*Johann Nicholas Deem b. 21 Nov 1754, d. 29 Aug 1835
Mother*Mary Magdalena Diehl b. 1754, d. 20 Mar 1845
Joseph Deem|b. 20 Sep 1801\nd. 14 Feb 1873|p247.htm|Johann Nicholas Deem|b. 21 Nov 1754\nd. 29 Aug 1835|p16.htm|Mary Magdalena Diehl|b. 1754\nd. 20 Mar 1845|p17.htm|Johannes A. Diehm|b. 8 May 1707\nd. 8 Mar 1802|p3.htm|Anna C. Laudenclos|b. 27 Apr 1724\nd. c 1797|p6.htm|Philip Dils|b. unknown\nd. unknown|p18.htm|Mary (?)|b. unknown\nd. unknown|p19.htm|

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Birth*Joseph Deem was born on 20 September 1801 at Campbell County, KY. 
(Living With Parents) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1820 in the household of his parents Johann Nicholas Deem and Mary Magdalena Diehl at Madison Township, Butler County, OH; John Deem head of house. Free white males between 16 & 18 1, free white males 16 and under 26 1, free white males 45 and upwards 1, free white females 10 and under 16 1, free white females 45 and upwards 1.1
Note*Joseph Deem Joseph Deem had been converted August 12, 1821 at a camp meeting held on Indian Creek in Butler County and joined the church immediately thereafter. His wife became a church member in 1823.
on 12 August 1821 at Converted at a camp meeting held on Indian Creek in Butler County and joined the church immediately thereafter. His wife became a church member in 1823. 
Marriage*He married Francis Torr on 18 December 1823 at Butler Co, Ohio. 
NoteJoseph Deem "History of Preble Co, OH 1881" pg 153-154

Joseph Deem. the father of the Well-known family in this township, was for many years a resident of Preble County and one of the best known and most universally respected citizens, and a man of true worth and the most exemplary character. He was born on the 20th day of September 1801 in Campbell Co, VA, and moved to Ohio with his parents in 1810. They settled near Middleton, Butler Co, and there Joseph Deem continued to reside until 1836, when he was led to make his home in Preble Co. Previous to his coming into this locality, December 18, 1823, he was married to Frances (commonly called Fanny) Torr, who was born in Shelby Co, KY Nov 1, 1800. On coming into the county, Mr. and Mrs. Deem took up their residence on the farm about two miles northwest of Eaton, where James Deem now lives. Here Joseph Deem remained and labored all of the rest of his life. He died Feb 14, 1873, and his wife Jan 15, 1874. Both were consistent and zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Deem was converted Aug 12, 1821, at a camp meeting held on Indian Creek, Butler Co, and joined the church 3 days thereafter. His wife became a church member in 1823, and was therefore connected with the denomination almost as long as her husband. Both were communicants for one half a century, and during that time were always to be found among the active and earnest supporters of the several organizations with which they are identified, and especially fo the church in Eaton, in which they enjoyed fellowship over 35 years.
Mr. Deem was politically a Democrat during his whole lifetime, and it might be remarked in this connection that all of his sons are adherents of the same party to which the father belonged.
Joseph Deem and his wife were the parents of 9 children, and it is a noteworthy fact that of this large family, the youngest of whom is 36 years of age, not a single death has occurred. The oldest of the family, William, who was born Sep 26, 1824, has been twice married, the 1st time to a Miss Kenzie, and after her death to his present wife, Sarah Hrshman. Buckner Deem, born Aug 19, 1826, married Mary Kesling, Mary Ann (Fall) was born Apr 28, 1828; Maria Surface was born Apr 2, 1831; John Deem, born Jun 6, 1833, married Malinda Risinger; Jane (Spact) was born Nov 13, 1835; Francis M. Deem, Born May 26, 1838, married Flora Dunlap; George Deem, born Jun 13, 1841, married Fany Bruce; James Deem born Aug 2, 1844, married Mary Elizabeth Bruce, born Nov 25, 1849, sister of the wife of George Deem; and daughter of Hardin and Susannah (Swigert) Bruce. They were married on Christmas evening, 1868; and have one child, Charles Hardin Deem, born Feb 14, 1879. The residence of Mr. and Mrs. James Deem, which is upon the old homestead of the Deem family is the subject of an illustration in this volume. in 1836. 
Religion* In 1873 at Methodist. 
Death*He died on 14 February 1873 at Eaton, Preble County Ohio, at age 71. 
Burial*He was buried on 16 February 1873 at Mound Hill Cemetery, Eaton, Preble County, OH. 


Francis Torr b. 1 November 1800, d. 15 January 1874

Last Edited27 Aug 2009


  1. [S82] 1820 Census Butler County OH Madison Township.