Valley, NY>Herkimer Co., NY
(1) Freiderich Getman
and Maria Bierman
were Palatinate immigrants from Germany who settled in the Mohawk Valley
of New York State about 1710. Frederich was elected deacon of the
Stone Arabia Dutch Reformed Church in Herkimer County, on 18 May 1788,
and in 1789. He signed the church charter on 20 January 1790 and was subsequently
elected as elder in May of 1791, 1792, and 1793. In 1790, he owned
seat number 73. Parents of:
(2) Capt. Christian
born 6 March 1734; married on 8 July 1760, Anna
born February 1743. The marriage record at Stone Arabia Dutch Reformed
Church calls him "unmarried son of Freiderich Gettman" and calls her "left
behind widow of Johannes Merckel." Simms states she was a daughter
of Jacob Zimmerman, but her baptismal record and her date of birth in two
Getman Bibles clearly show she was a daughter of Adam. Anna was baptized
in 1743 and sponsored by Robert Nelles and Eva Zimmerman. She died
25 April 1822 in Ephratah, New York. Two bibles belonging to Christian
Getman, and recently owned by the late Frank J. Bowman of Scarsdale, New
York, preserve their family record (photostats can be seen in the Montgomery
County Department of History and Archives, Fonda, New York):
Gottman gebohren Martz 1734 [other Bible states 6 March 1733-4].
Anna Eva gebohren February 4th 1743. July 8th 1760, Ghristian Göman
wit Anna Eva gebohren Zimmerman. Anna Eva Getmand, wife of Christian
Getman, died April 25th 1822."
Anna was accepted as a church member in 1743, and Christina was accepted
in 1752. In 1757 Anna Eva was admitted to Holy Communion after having received
instruction. He owned seat number 48 in 1790. She was married
first in 1757 to John Markell who died during the summer of 1758.
An account of her reads:
"Not a few instances of captivity and suffering were experienced in the
Mohawk Valley settlements in the French and Indian war, the most of which
have been irrevocably lost, but there is another which tradition has preserved
. . . Near the beginning of this war John Markell who had married Miss
Anna Timmerman, of St. Johnsville, began a residence in the westerly part
of Minden. In the summer of 1757, Markell and his wife left home,
she with a child in her arms, to go to a neighbors. A little distance
from their dwelling, they unexepectedly saw in the path a dozen armed Indians.
Markell at once viewed them as strangers and if so, as foes -- and knowing
that their escape was impossible, he said in German to his wife, who was
directly behind him, "Anna our time is up." These were his dying
words, for in the next instant one of the party sent a bullet through his
body which lodged in hers. They both fell to the ground, the child
escaping from her arms. With her face down she feigned death.
Markell was tomahawked and scalped, and as an Indian was about to scalp
her, she heard one of his comrads say, what she devined to be "Better
knock squaw on head." "She's dead now" was the reply. He drew
his knife around the crown and placed his knees against her shoulders,
and with his teeth tore off the reeking scalp. A third one of the
party dashed out the brains of the crying infant against a tree.
The foemen did not linger long to strip their victims and well they did
not, for Mrs. Markell could not much longer have enacted the death scene.
It is impossible to conceive the agony of this brave woman, who was conscious
all the time her foes were present, without being seen to move a muscle.
It is believed that the party went directly to the house of the family
and plundered it for all they desired. Mrs. Markell found friends
and being properly treated recovered but carried the bullet to her grave.
A year or two later she married Christian Getman of Ephrata where she lived
a long and useful life. She died in April 1821 [sic] at the age of
85 years. She is still remembered by four or five of her aged relatives,
from whom these facts were obtained, as a very industrious and exemplary
woman. The loss of her scalp was afterward concealed by combing her
hair. By her second marriage she had four sons: Peter, Christian,
Jacob, and Adam . . . and two daughters, Catherine and Anna."
recalled by others she wore a small, black skull cap in winter and combed
her hair over her scalped spot when weather was hot; also, she probably
married in the summer of 1757 and was scalped "a year or two later."
The will of Christian Getman of Palatine, written 15 April 1803, was probated
10 July 1821; he mentions his wife Anna Eva and children: Christian,
Peter, Jacob, Adam, Catharine, wife of Ludwig Rickert, and Anna
wife of Jost Shull;
the executors were to be Samuel Gray, Richard Young, and his son Jacob;
the witnesses were John F. Empy, Thomas Getman, John Snell; a codicil was
added 4 December 1804 witnessed by John I. Snell, Thomas and George D.
Getman. The widow Getman, aged 79 years 2 months 11 days, was buried
29 April 1822.
children of Anna Eva Zimmerman and John Markell were:
of Anna Eva Zimmerman and Christian Getman:
Markell, born about 1758, killed by Indians in the summer of 1758.
born 27 September 1761, died 15 March 1813, sponsored at baptism by Catharina,
daughter of Adam Zimmerman and Johannes Getman; about 1780 she married
Ludwig Rickard, born 12 September 1757, died 9 January 1819, son of Ludovicus
Rickard and Catharina Coenradt.
Petrus, born 3 January 1764, died 22 May 1845, sponsored at baptism by
Georg Gettman and his wife Ottilia; married 10 March 1785 Elizabeth Richter,
born 28 February 1762/3; she had a widow's pension for his Revolutionary
War service (National Archives #W19495).
born 16 November 1765, sponsored at baptism by Friedrich Schnell and Anna
Fehling, both single; apparently died young.
born 19 December 1767, died 4 March 1841, sponsored at baptism by Friedrich
Ohrdorff and his wife Anna Eva; she married, as his second wife, on 8 July
1788 Johan Jost Shull,
born at Dillenburg, Germany, died 10 January 1837, Danube, Herkimer County,
born 16 January 1770, sponsored at baptism by Johannes Snell and his wife;