Descendants of Herman
William De Ville
Generation No. 1
1. HERMAN WILLIAM3 DE VILLE (WILLIAM HERMAN2, LOUIS CHARLES1) was born 1789 in Paris, France, and died March 13, 1842 in Sunbury, Northumberland Co, PA. He married MATILDA REGUIA STREIN October 26, 1828, daughter of JOHN STREIN and MARIA HORN.
Notes for HERMAN WILLIAM DE VILLE:
FHC FICHE # 6019365 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF LANCASTER PEOPLE PAGE 458 7-7-95
Herman Wm. VILLEE
Father was a govenor of Paris. Original surname was De Ville changed by court order by Herman to Villee.
Herman was a grad of military school, and became a prominet attorney in Fance. He joined the army in 1805, was at Battle of Austerlitz (one of Napoleon's Victories in Austria ), also at the burning of Moscow. Solid silver spurs worn by Herman at Battle of Waterloo and his sword ( which at the writing of the book were in the possession of Aldophus) are allegedly in the Smithsonian Institute.
After Napoleon was exiled to Elba (in 1814), Herman took oath of allegiance to Louis 18th of France. Following his escape from Elba and second rule in France, Napoleon was captured and taken as a prisoner of war by Britan. He was exiled to the barren island of St. Helena, off the West Coast of Africa. After Napoleon was sent to St. Helena, Villee was forced to leave France(I would guess he had repledged allegiance to Napoleon- because Wm was at Waterloo which was fought after his second rule). Herman William lived in other countries before he came to the US. He arrived in Philadelphia, then Lancaster. He had $35,ooo which he brought from France. He bought a book store, and also had a printing company, which published many books( one book, a song book, is owned by the Lancaster County Historical Society). He also published a German monthly paper in Lancaster, The Lancaster Adler. He was a personal friend of Pres. James Buchanan. He spoke French, German, Italian and Spanish. Belonged to German Reformed Church. Wm died and was buried in david's Churchyard, Jackson Township,Northumberland County, PA, but was reinterred in Woodward Hill Cemetary, Lancaster PA in 1870.
Aldolphus served during the first year of Civil War as a wagon master of a train under General Hanks, the Shanadoah Valley until 1862. Thinking the war was over, he went home. In 1863 he volunteered in the 50th PA infantry company I. After Battle of Gettysburg, he did guard duty 10 weeks. He had 11 children, 8 who grew to adulthood. Aldophus was superintendent of The Conestoga Cotton Mills for 50 years.
The Villee family Bible is now in the possession of the Lancaster County Historical Society.
Standard of Libery is the name of an English speaking newspaper from Lancaster that his is reported to have published. He was listed in a book at DPL as having died in "MOCONOY" PA.
Notes for MATILDA REGUIA STREIN:
Matilda "Streyn's" marriage is listed in the book, Pennsylvania German Marriages (FHL) p26. Her marriage to Herman Villee took place in Lancaster City at the Reither's Reformed Church on Oct 26, 1828.
Children of HERMAN DE VILLE and MATILDA STREIN are:
2. i. ADOLPHUS STREIN4 VILLEE, b. May 24, 1832, Lancaster, Pa; d. March 9, 1914, Lancaster, Pa.
ii. SARAH STREIN VILLEE, m. SAMEUL GREINER.
iii. MARY B. STREIN VILLEE, m. GEORGE W BROWN.
iv. HERMAN WM VILLEE JR, b. April 9, 1839, Sunbury, Northumberland Co, PA.
v. JOHN HENRY VILLEE.
vi. EMMA VILLEE.
Generation No. 2
2. ADOLPHUS STREIN4 VILLEE (HERMAN WILLIAM3 DE VILLE, WILLIAM HERMAN2, LOUIS CHARLES1) was born May 24, 1832 in Lancaster, Pa, and died March 9, 1914 in Lancaster, Pa. He married JULIA ANNA HAMMOND April 11, 1852 in York, Pa, daughter of GEORGE HAMMOND and JULIA DUVAL.
Notes for ADOLPHUS STREIN VILLEE:
Worked at cotton mill as assistant foreman . Died of chronic hepititus. Buried at Woodword Hill Cemetary, Lancaster. See death certificate.
ASV served in 50th PA Infantry, Company I.
Children of ADOLPHUS VILLEE and JULIA HAMMOND are:
i. EMMA HARRIET5 VILLEE, b. November 21, 1868, Lancaster, PA; d. March 15, 1956, Toledo, Lucas Co, Ohio; m. JOHN HENRY REUTER JR, November 3, 1897, Lancaster, PA.
Notes for EMMA HARRIET VILLEE:
Recieved Emma's Death Notice 5-12-95. Her occupation was housewife. Her address was 1316 Palmwood Ave, Toledo, Ohio. She died from arteriasclerosis. She is buried in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. The Walker- Wenner Funeral Home handled the arraingements. Her mother's maiden name is listed as JULIAN THOMAS. She was 87 years old when she passed away.
Page from family Bible ( sent by Kent Sheets 9-30-95)
"John H Reuter, Jr. of Lexington, Ky and Emma Harriet Villee of Lancaster, PA united in marriage Nov. 3, 1897 at 12 o'clock noon, at home #148 S Prince St., Lancaster, Pa by Rev. P Geo. Seiger, of Emannuel Luthern Church.
Notes for JOHN HENRY REUTER JR:
John was a mail carrier. He resided at 1316 Palmwood Ave, Toledo, Ohio. Dad's family lived with John and Anna for most several years.
John died of a cerebral hemorrage. He also suffered from hypertension.
He was very active in his church. See copy of his eulogy, which was obtained from a scrapbook at the Toledo Library (you never know where you might find something useful!).
ii. JULIA A M VILLEE, b. September 13, 1854; d. August 15, 1895; m. JOHN J HUTCHINSON, January 11, 1884.
iii. HERMAN WM VILLEE , JR, b. June 13, 1853; d. September 25, 1914, Pittsburg,PA buried in Pittsburg Cemetery; m. KATE BAUMAN, June 1873.
iv. GEORGE EDWIN VILLEE, b. November 23, 1857; d. May 3, 1861.
v. HENRY LOCHER VILLEE, b. October 5, 1860; d. June 10, 1893, Congers, New York; m. GRACE D HAYDEN, September 29, 1884.
vi. MARY ELIZABETH VILLEE, b. May 6, 1863; d. December 31, 1942; m. (1) HARRY C SIMONDS; m. (2) WILLIAM A. TOBIAS, May 13, 1892.
vii. JOHN WALTER VILLEE, b. May 17, 1875; d. August 25, 1946; m. (1) BARBARA ROSE KOCH, January 26, 1904; m. (2) NORA SEIGEL, June 14, 1916.
viii. BERTHA VILLEE, b. July 25, 1871; d. April 1955; m. JOHN A SPRENGER, February 8, 1893.
ix. CHARLES ALDOLPHUS DANNER VILLEE, b. March 28, 1856, Lancaster, PA; d. April 2, 1947, Lancaster, PA; m. MAGGIE E FORTNEY, November 14, 1877.
x. EDGAR LINCOLN VILLEE, b. May 18, 1865; d. February 7, 1870.
xi. SARAH KATIE VILLEE, b. June 5, 1867; d. November 10, 1873.