(1) Johann Jacob Zimmerman,
the immigrant, was probably born in Germany before 1665. He died
in the Manor of Livingston in the Hudson Valley, New York, in early (January-March)
1711. He married at Dunzweiler in the German Palatinate 16 October
1685 Anna Maria Margaretha
of the village of Dunzweiler, perhaps born about 1667, probably a
daughter of Hans Andreas
and Agnes Wendel Clasen.
It was a first marriage for both. After Jacob's death, his widow
married secondly in the Livingston Manor between March and June 1711 Conrad
Schütz from Langenselbold, Hessen, Germany, a son of Hermann Schütz.
With him she moved to the Schoharie about 1715 and in the spring of 1723
to Tulpehocken, Pennsylvania, where Conrad seems to have died about 1723/4.
We have no further record of Anna Maria Margaretha.
Johan Jacob Zimmerman was a farmer in the village of Dunzweiler from at least the time of his marriage until he left for America. Johan and his wife left Germany for America in the spring of 1709 with perhaps one child or perhaps three children. They arrived in New York City with two children about 17 June 1710 and in the fall of 1710 were moved up the Hudson to the Livingston Manor. It is possible they had a third child during thier year of exodus.
(2) Jacob Zimmerman
was born in Germany about 1690/1 and died at what is now St. Johnsville,
Montgomery County, New York, in 1739, of which he was the first settler.
Between the end of 1710 and the early part of 1711 he married in the Manor
Although contradicted by church records, there is a tradition in both the Zimmerman and Getman families which disputes Anna's connection to the Schütz family. Supposedly, upon moving to the Mohawk Valley, Jacob Zimmerman became a trader with the Indians and married a princess of the Wolf clan residing at what is now Fort Hunter around 1713. She was christened Anna Margaret by Rev. Andrews, then chaplain of the newly built Queen Anne's parsonage. It was built about 1712 which is the approximate time of Jacob's marriage to Anna. She was said to have been the daughter of Hendrick Peeterse, Sachem, King of the Mohawk Indians, later known simply as "King Hendrick." Notably, Jacob and Anna had a son Hendrick, born 1738, and a daughter Anne, born 1736. They are said to have had two daughters, Christina and Eve. Their home, a typical fortified farmhouse, was built on the site of the present Methodist Church parsonage. Their home was also used as a public house, or turnpike tavern in later years. The home has an interesting story, for in the mid 1800's it was divided in half and moved 300 feet to the east. These homes are now #11 and #13 Washington Street.
In 1722, Jacob paid 200 English pounds for Harrison Patent lots #15, 16 and 18. He was a man of great ability and stamina and the owner of vast tracts of land. He cleared the land and had a prosperous farm in what is now the village of St. Johnsville and built a grist mill on the creek which still bears his name. In 1729 he was an important landowner and was appointed as a Commissioner of Highways. Sir William Johnson also accepted such an appointment on several occasions, so one can surmise the status of such an appointment. The British Crown map of 1757 proves that a mill was built in the St. Johnsville area at a very early date and by 1757 the little hamlet was called Timmerman's Mill.
Jacob and his family lived in what the Indians called Tyenindoke (or Tionontoge) for some years prior to 1734, which was in the vicinity of the castle of Tionondoge. On 12 March 1734, Indian Chief, King Hendrick, and the other Sachems (leaders) of the Kannajoharie Castle conveyed a large tract of land, on the north side of the Mohawk River, as a gift to Anna Marragrieta Timmerman of Tyenindoke. King Hendrick was the great Chief of the Mohawk tribe. He was a Christian who directed his life by Christian ideals, believing that friendship rather than war must settle tensions between his people and the white race. In all his relations with the, at times, none-too-scrupulous aliens he kept his word and always acted with wisdom and dignity in seeking to protect his people. The Palatines were fortunate to have a man of King Hendrick's stature living intimately among them in their early difficult days. His name is closely associated with theirs in the history of the Valley.
Jacob went on to become the first settler of what is now St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, where he built the first grist mill in town beside the creek that now bears his name.
(3) Adam Zimmerman
is the eldest surviving child in the family record and apparently the first
married of the children of Jacob Zimmerman and Anna Margaretha Schütz.
Likely, he is their child mentioned by Simmendinger in 1717 and was born
about 1714. He is called the eldest son in the Sanders account.
As Adam seems to have had a child born about 1745 and as his widow remarried
abour 1749, we can say he died between those years in the Mohawk Valley.
By 1743 and perhaps earlier, he married Catharine
born about 23 December 1723 or 18 January 1724, died 20 August 1805 aged
81 years 7 months and 2/28 days (variant reading of her gravestone inscription).
As eldest son, Adam assumed responsibility for his father's affairs after Jacob Zimmerman died in late 1739. This is reflected in the Sanders account book where Adam is mentioned in various ways between 20 May 1737 and 26 January 1745/6, many of which serve to establish Adam as Jacob's son:
Adam also appears on two other accounts in these ledgers. Under the account of Johannes Kesselaer (SL 30:187, SD35:293) is found:2 July 1740 The Estate of Jacob Timmerman credited by his son Adam in peas from Peter Van Allens garret L3.17.10
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Several translations of this deed have been published all varying in both language and meaning, and the one given herewith which has never been published is believed to be the most reliable. It was recently translated by Mr. A. J. F. van Laer of the State Historical Department. Mr. van Laer translates not only Dutch but also Dutch of the period in which written and we must recognize that there has been many changes in the language since 1733. Mr. van Laer's translation with certain foot notes which have been gathered through correspondence follows:
Timmerman Indian Deed
We, the undersigned, sachems of Kannajoharie, in the county of Albany, in the province of New York, in the seventh year of the reign of his Majesty King George the Second, acknowledge that out of pure love and affection with the consent of the entire Castle of Kannajoharie, both Indian men and women, we give and make over, in the name and on behalf of his majesty King George of Great Britain, to our friend Anna Marragrieta Timmerman of Tyenindoke, spinster in the county of Albany, for her and her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever, a parcel of flat land and the woods belonging thereto; the land being situated on the north side of the Maquasse River (Mohawk River), in the county of Albany, commencing at a kill called *Athedaghque, and a farm on the south side of the said kill, and thence upwards along the river to a tree marked with the bear, wolf and turtle, thence northwards from the river into the woods about three English miles, and then eastward, keeping the same distance from the river, to another marked tree, and thence toward the river to the east end of the farm which formed the point of beginning, which land we acknowledge has been given by us to our beloved friend Anna Marragrieta Timmaremans for herself, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever. In witness whereof we have signed these with our hand and fixed our seals this twelfth of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty three, thirty-four.
Signed and sealed in the presence of
* Howard F. Rowse, Head of the Manuscripts and History Section, State Department Education says, "...as far as I can determine, the kill call Athdaghque is Zimmerman Creek. The only reference I can find to the Indian name of Athdaghque is in William M. Beauchamp's Aboriginal Place Names of New York, p. 119, in which it is noted as being a place in St. Johnsville in 1733.
**Teowalt Young of Canajohare. Letters of administration granted to his wife, Margaret, November 5, 1771. (See Abstracts of Wills, 1766-1771, 7:471 N.Y. Hist. Soc. Collections 31.)