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Imans and Eymans - a partial historical inventory


"Iman" originated as Eyman or Eymann, there being variations depending on region of the ancestor, preferences of those who recorded names and perhaps the persons themselves. Names weren't well standardized until social pressures toward the middle of the last century. Even in this century in our family, brothers would sometimes pick different names, apparently for convenience.

Like so many German immigrants, the Eymans of the next generations most often landed in Philadelphia and settled toward the West or where land was available. We know of immigrations in 1749, perhaps 1750, and 1763. Ship records are scant, and generally didn't list women or children -- so it's hard yet to get adequate family records. Perhaps the best known of American Eymans, Ulrich, died quite soon after reaching American shores. His sons and/or grand children managed and had families, moving out of the Mennonite communities before long, with branches in Virginia and Ohio.

A lesser known Jacob Eiman arrived in 1749 and was spotted in and early census for Philadelphia. New information is starting to turn up about Jacob's progeny, and I think research in this area will help to solve many puzzles of Eyman genealogy. The authors of this web site believe that the descendants of Jacob Eiman <1725> included three Revolutionary War Patriots, the Imans and Eymans of West Virginia, and most of those of Illinois and Missouri. Eymans were farmers and frontiersman, saw-mill or grist-mill owners, lumberman and sometimes merchants. At times, though rarely, Eymans served as Whig politicians, township officers, and professionals. They were patriots when it was required of them to serve, as many did in the Revolution, in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. They served as scouts for some of the largest migration parties into American Bottom on the Mississippi River, and founded churches. Some were compatriots of Daniel Boone, one was shot by Jesse James. They were generally quiet people. Given their religious preferences, their tendency to be on the front edge of civilization, and their tendency to stay out of trouble and courts, digging up information on the family path isn't easy! It's a long and wonderful history.

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