John Remond

Originally named “Vonreman,” John Remond changed his name soon after arriving without family in Beverly in 1798 at the age of ten. Remond’s highly successful career included work as a caterer and barber.

After marrying Nancy (Lenox) Remond in 1807, the couple moved to Salem where Remond catered functions at Hamilton Hall. Some of his notable engagements included a public dinner for the Marquis de Lafayette at Hamilton Hall in 1824, and a dinner for 123 members of the East India Marine Society in 1825.

The Remonds raised a family of eight children who included notable abolitionist speakers Charles Lenox Remond and Sarah Parker Remond. John Remond became a life-member of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in 1838.The Peabody Essex Museum Collections contain a number of objects and documents related to this family and John Remond’s business.

The Remond children were:  Nancy, the eldest, wife of James Shearman, an oyster dealer; Caroline, a salon owner, wife of Joseph Putnam; Cecelia, co-owner of a wig salon, wife of James Babcock; Sarah, an international activist and physician; Maritchie Juan, wig salon co-owner; Charles, abolition activist;, and John who was married to Ruth Rice.

Birth: Jun. 25, 1786, Curaçao
Death: 1874
Salem, Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Businessman, social reformer. He was born on the island of Curucao of African, Dutch and Jewish heritage, and came to Salem when he was ten years old. He prospered in the city with his wife, Nancy Lenox, as a hairdresser and caterer.

They were genuinely respected in the community, but left Salem when two of their children were denied admission to the city’s high school based on race. They removed to Rhode Island, but he helped mount a campaign to desegregate Salem’s schools.

His goal accomplished, he returned to the city. He was the father of abolitionists John Lennox Remond and Sarah Remond.

Burial: Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem
Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Ridge Avenue

Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Oct 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59843636

Cemetery Photo: BobBoston