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John Zimmerman

Male 1785 - 1865

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  • Born  1785  Kapsweyer, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1865  Buffalo, Erie Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I4418  Clarkson
    Last Modified  11 Apr 2019 

    Father  Mister Zimmerman,   b. 1750, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F1761  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Relationships in the Zimmerman family have not been worked through or proven. Placement of John Zimmerman (bc. 1785) as the brother of George Zimmerman (bc. 1782) and uncle of Magdalena Zimmerman, is speculative. Examination to this point, suggests that both men immigrated with their families from neighboring towns on the border of France and Germany to Buffalo New York in the 1830s. John Zimmerman and George Zimmerman might be some degree of cousins, rather than brothers.

      Joannes Zimmermann married Magdalena Paul; 1 May 1809; Katholisch, Kapsweyer, Pfalz, Bavaria
      [source] Kirchenbuch, 1792-1934; Katholische Kirche Kapsweyer (BA. Bergzabern); FHL films #400437, 400438.

      Arrival Date - 20 Jun 1832
      Port of Departure - Le Havre, France
      Port of Arrival - New York, New York
      Ship Name - Edward
      John Zimmerman, 47 (1785), cabinetmaker and farmer from Karpsweger Alsace
      Magdalene Powel, his wife, 43 (1789)
      Charles Frey, his servant, 28, Billingheim
      Children -
      Maria Anna, 20 (1812)
      George, 17 (1815)
      John, 15 (1817)
      Maria Magdalena, 13 (1819)
      Martin, 11 (1821)
      Margarita, 9 (1823)
      Jacob, 7 (1825)
      Theresa, 4 (1828)
      Peter, 1 (1831)
      [source] New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957; ancestry database.

      note - Karpsweger Alsace should read Kapsweyer. The town of Wissembourg, also identified with the Zimmerman family, is about four miles from Kapsweyer. Kapsweyer and Wissembourg are in the Alsace (German) region of France, about eighty-five miles south of Frankfurt Germany - then across the Rhine River and about ten miles to the west.

      George Michael Zimmerman, Comptroller of the City of Buffalo, is a man of representative prominence in business . . . Mr Zimmerman comes of sturdy German stock, his grandfather, John Zimmerman, having emigrated to America from Kapsweyer, Bavaria, in 1832. He married Magdalena Paul, who was also a native of Bavaria, and the family of ten children came to this country with their parents, settling in Buffalo. John Zimmerman was a carpenter, woodworker and farmer. He was one of the pioneer German residents of Buffalo, and was widely known there. He died in 1865. George Zimmerman, eldest son of John Zimmerman, was born in Bavaria in 1815. He came to America with his family, and after his arrival in Buffalo took up the carpenter's and builder's trade . . . actively engaged in business until his death in 1897. He was a man of sterling traits of industry and enterprise, and was among the most influential German American citizens of Buffalo. George Zimmerman married Katherine Fischer of Buffalo, who was born in Alsace in 1837. The only surviving child of the marriage is George Michael Zimmerman . . .
      [source] Memorial and Family History of Erie County New York; Volume I.

      Notes for John Zimmerman; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2019; for Family Stories at