Remann, Frederick

Born: 1807-04-10 Hanover, Germany

Died: 1873-06-17 Vandalia, Illinois

Remann immigrated to the United States with his parents before 1820, settling in Vandalia, Illinois. During the Black Hawk War, he was a private and paymaster in Captain Samuel Huston's company. He owned a farm in Fayette County, Illinois, and in 1833, he opened a grocery store in Vandalia, where he ran several businesses over the years. On September 11, 1834, he married Julia Greenup, the daughter of William C. Greenup. In 1838, he lost a bid for the Illinois House of Representatives, but he won election to that body in 1846 as a Whig representing Fayette and Effingham counties. In 1850, he listed his occupation as farmer and owned $5,000 in real property. After the demise of the Whig Party, Remann became a staunch Republican. He was a strong Unionist during the Civil War, and his son Frederick was a corporal in the 143rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Gravestone, Old State Cemetery, Vandalia, IL; History of Fayette County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1878), 48-49; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Fayette County, 11 September 1834, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Fayette County, IL, 348; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 319, 425; Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2005), 1798; Isaac H. Elliott, Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8 (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1882), 82.