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Jacob Zimmerman, Jr.

Birthplace: Dunzweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Death: 1739 (44-53)
St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, Province of New York, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Jacob Zimmerman and Anna Maria Margaretha Zimmerman
Husband of Anna Margaretha Zimmerman
Father of Conrad Zimmerman; Lawrence Zimmerman; Jacob Zimmerman; Lt. Henry Zimmerman; Adam Zimmerman and 9 others
Brother of Johann Mathias Zimmerman

Managed by: Cynthia Gott Tunney
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About Jacob Zimmerman, Jr.

Jacob Zimmerman

  • BIRTH 1690 Dunzweiler, Kusel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • DEATH 1739 (aged 48–49) Saint Johnsville, Montgomery County, New York, USA
  • BURIAL Prospect View Cemetery, Saint Johnsville, Montgomery County, New York, USA, MEMORIAL ID 70663076, Photos by Shelley A Johnson Arduini, Lister in the Abstract of Graves of Revolunionary Patriots

Jacob married Anna Margaretha Schütz, daughter of Conrad Schütz and Anna Eichelborner, about 1710-1711 in Livingston Manor, Albany, New York. (Anna Margaretha Schütz was born in Selbold, Hanau, Hessen-Nassau, Germany, christened on 3 Nov 1693 in Langenselbold, Hanau, Hessen-Nassau, Germany and died after 1739 in , , New York.) [1]

There is a legend that church records dispute. It says that Anna Margaretha was actually an Indian princess. This may have come from the fact that both Jacob and Anna Margaretha traded with the Mohawks in the area and had very good relations with them.

Jacob and Anna Margaretha were listed in the Simmendinger Register of 1717 as being among the 130 Palatine families who moved to Schoharie in 1712. In the 1720's they were among the families moving on to the Mohawk Valley. Jacob ended up with a lot of land. He founded a town called Zimmerman's Mill, which later changed its name to St. Johnsville. [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 of Livingston Anna Margaretha Schütz (Schitzen). Jacob Zimmerman appears to have traveled with his parents from Germany to Holland to England to New York City, and with them moved to the Manor of Livingston in the fall of 1710. After his marriage, he and his bride lived there with his widowed mother. When she married Conrad Schütz between March and June 1711, Jacob and Anna Margaretha established a household of their own. The subsistence list dated Mannor of Livingston 24 June 1711 for 91 days records: Jacob Zimmerman with two over 10 and none under, £2.6.0 (J.F.68).

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.

Children: A child, born about 1712 in the Livingston Manor, "died before baptism." Altain, no doubt a misreading for Adam, mentioned below. 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 about 1749, we can say he died between those years in the Mohawk Valley. By 1743 and perhaps earlier, he married Catharine Nellis, 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. Conrad, born in the Schoharie at Foxesdorf about 1717 after Simmendinger made his list, die dabout 1783/4 probably at St. Johnsville, married by 1743 or earlier Anna Eva. Hans Friederich, born about 1719, no further record. Lawrence, born about 1720, died about 1793/4; married Maria(?). Jacob, born about 1722, probably died at St. Johnsville about 1759/60; married by 1753 and probably earlier Anna Maria Catharina. David (Dewalt, Theobald), born perhaps at St. Johnsville, 16 July 1724, died at Minden, Montgomery County, New York, in 1787/8; married 5 June 1762 Elizabeth Hawn (Hahn). Anneh (Anna), born about 1725/6, no further record. Thomas, born about 1727, no further record. Johannes, no further record. Dorothy (perhaps), born about 1730; the name is variously transcribed as "Derode" or "Dewalt." Harriett, born about 1731. Jeremiah, born about 1732. George, baptism recorded in the First Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, as Johan Jurriaan of Jacob Timmerman and Margita Schitzen, sponsored by Joh: Jurriaan Cas & wf. Gurtrudia 20 January 1734, died at Manheim in 1800; married about 1757 Anna Eklizabeth Klock. Hendrick, born 31 December 1737/1 January 1738, died at Manheim 18 May 1807; married first about 1763 Catharine Fox and second in 1768 Margaretha Bellinger.


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Page About thirty years ago, as Genie and I began to collect information about her SZT ancestors, we encountered stories about the Indian wife of the immigrant Jacob Zimmerman. We eagerly accepted the information and added it to our files. After all, most Americans today would pay good money to have a real Indian ancestor.

However, we soon had to admit that we had accepted a myth. And we were not alone. Many others have accepted this story and passed it along to their descendants. I know, because people ask me why the SZT database does not include the Indian Princess, her father, her siblings, etc. So I should explain why that lineage is not on this site.

Let me first explain my qualifications for writing this story. Actually, I have none. Although I have done considerable genealogy research for over thirty years, using primary sources, very little of it involved the early Zimmerman/Timmerman family. But I do have books written by two men who have done excellent research in the oldest available records. That would be: Henry Z. Jones, "The Palatine Families of New York, 1710" (two volumes, 1985) and his "More Palatine Families" (1991), and David Kendall Martin, "The Eighteenth Century Zimmerman Family of the Mohawk Valley" (1994 edition).

(Hank's books are available via his website, www.hankjones.com. The two 1985 volumes cite original German sources to document what is known about the origins of hundreds of Palatine families who arrived in New York in 1710. His 1991 book provides additional information discovered after the 1985 publication. David's 1994 book complements and makes use of Hank's research, but he focuses on the earliest New York records in order to follow the Zimmerman family after their arrival in America. To purchase David's book, follow the link to SZT Publications on our home page.)

The following story is based on the findings of these two outstanding researchers. I will begin with some of their research, and come to the Indian Myth only after presenting the known facts.

Two Jacob Timmermans (and their wives): We should begin by distinguishing between TWO Jacob Timmermans (father and son). Each was born in Germany. The birth date of the elder Jacob is not known. He married Anna Margaretha Jung in 1685, came to New York in 1710, and died that same year. The birth date of his son, Jacob, also is not known, but is estimated between 1686 and 1691. (Support for these dates will be given below.) To avoid confusion in this story, I will call these two men Jacob Sr. and Jacob Jr., although contemporary records did not use those suffixes.

Our story mainly concerns Jacob Jr., for he is the man who supposedly married the Indian princess. Moreover, since Jacob Sr. died in 1710, he does not play a significant role in this story.

Unfortunately, both Jacob Sr. and Jacob Jr. choose wives with the same name, ie., Anna Margaretha, which may be the source of some confusion. I will not say much about Jacob Sr.'s wife in this story, although she lived until at least 1717. Therefore, future references to Anna Margaretha refer almost entirely to the wife of Jacob Jr. Exceptions will be clearly stated.

The German and Early New York Records for Jacob Sr. and Jr.: It is best to begin this story with the earliest known records, and then to proceed chronologically from there.

Jacob Sr.: Hank Jones has found German church records that show Jacob Sr. was married in the vicinity of Dunzweiler, Germany, in 1685, to Anna Margaretha Jung (see Jones, 1991, p. 382). German emigration records show that he left Germany in 1709. Jacob Sr. next appears on a 1710 New York subsistence list. (Known as the Hunter Lists, they are invaluable in tracing many of these Palatine families.) In his first appearance on such a list, he was shown with a family of four (three over age ten and one under 10). That would account for Jacob Sr., his wife, his son Jacob Jr., plus a younger son. Jacob Sr. apparently died in late 1710, because the next subsistence list shows his wife as a widow. The widow married Conrad Schütz, by early 1711.

Jacob Jr.: Hank Jones has not been able to pinpoint the birth or baptism record for Jacob Jr. But based on several German church records, it is estimated that he was born between 1686 and 1691. For example, Hank shows that Jacob Jr. was a sponsor of a child baptized in Germany in early 1709. Sponsors were routinely adults (either married or of marriage age). Therefore, he had to be at least 18, born no later than 1691. So he was probably at least 19 when he arrived in New York in 1710 with his parents.

After the widow of Jacob Sr. remarried in early 1711, the next June 14, 1711, subsistence list shows a new Jacob Zimmerman family consisting of two adults. That would be Jacob Jr. and his wife. So Jacob Jr. married between late December 1710 and June 14, 1711. He was living in Livingston Manor at that time. The date of his marriage fits with the earlier estimate that he was born between 1686 and 1691.

From the Hudson Valley to the Mohawk Valley: According to David Martin, Jacob Jr. appears to have left the Hudson camps by early 1713. He was in the Schoharie area prior to an April 1717 list that shows him, his wife Anna Margareth, and one child, living in the village of Neu-Heesberg or Fuchsendorf.

The 1717 record does not give the maiden name of Jacob Jr.'s wife, but it does establish that he had married Anna Margaretha before he moved to the Mohawk Valley, (where he supposedly married the Indian princess). Based on other records, David Martin concludes that Jacob Jr. moved from the Schoharie to the Mohawk Valley as early as 1720 and no later than 1729.

The Surname of Jacob Jr.'s Wife: The next relevant document is the baptism record of Jacob Jr.'s fourteenth child, Johan Jurriaan (George), recorded in the First Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, in January of 1734. It states that the mother was "Margrita Schitzen". David Martin explains that the name Schitzen was probably "a form of Schützen, itself a feminine version of Schütz." (In German, names are routinely made feminine by adding "in" or "en" to masculine names.)

We also can be pretty sure who her parents are. David Martin says, "The probability is extremely high that Jacob Jr.'s wife, Anna Margaretha Schitzen, is the daughter of Conrad and Anna (Eichelbrenner) Schütz." David came to that conclusion because of Hank Jones' research.

Hank found German church records that show that Conrad Schütz (who married Jacob Sr.'s widow in 1711), had a daughter, Anna Margaretha, by his earlier marriage. She was born at Selbold, Germany, and was baptized 3 November 1693. She would have been seventeen, (2-3 years younger than Jacob Jr.) when her father married Jacob Sr.'s widow. That is probably how Jacob Jr. met and married Anna Margaretha Schütz.

And that is why David Martin concludes that Margrita Schitzen, recorded as the wife of Jacob Jr. at the 1734 birth of their son George Zimmerman, was the daughter of Conrad and Anna (Eichelbrenner) Schütz.

Conclusion: Based on the above documents, both David Martin and Hank Jones (the only researchers for this family who have relied on original sources rather than traditions) agree that Jacob Jr.'s wife was Anna Margaretha Schütz, whom he married in late 1710 or early 1711, in or near the Livingston Manor area on the Hudson River.

The Indian Myth: According to David Martin, the story that Jacob Jr. married an Indian by the name of Anna Margaretha, was first printed in the April 20, 1904 issue of the Amsterdam, New York Recorder. No proof of such a marriage has ever been provided.

The Indian tradition appears to be based entirely upon a wishful interpretation of a 1734 Indian deed in which members of the Bear, Wolf, and Turtle Clans of the Mohawks "out of pure love and affection," grant a tract of land to their "beloved friend, Anna Marragrieta Timmerman." (see Martin, p. 54, for a photocopy of the deed.) While the deed does not give more information about this Anna Marragrieta, other property records link this tract of land to Jacob, Jr., so we know that she was the wife of Jacob Jr. But why was she assumed to be an Indian?

Since it was unusual for land to be granted to a married woman (rather than to her husband) it was assumed by some that "Anna Marragrieta" must have had a special relationship to the Mohawk tribe, or that perhaps she was even a member of that tribe, or perhaps even a daughter of a clan head, ie., a leader known as "King Hendrick." This is an example where "could have" theories take root in the absence of fact. But that theory is without any supporting evidence. It also flies in the face of the documents that I reviewed earlier (which were discovered after the Indian legend was first printed) that show Jacob Jr. married Anna Margretha Schütz long before he arrived in or near the Mohawk Valley. That is why David Martin concluded that the Indian tradition "is without foundation."

The 1734 Indian deed is indeed an interesting document, one that raises the question of why the grant was made to Anna Margaretha rather than to her husband. We can only assume that Anna Margaretha had established close relationships with the members of some Mohawk clans. David Martin says that there is a family tradition that she was unusually kind to the Indians. That could account for the statement in the deed that the grant was made "out of pure love and affection." But that wording is not unique to this deed. In his book, David cites another Indian deed that supported a 1732 patent to Rev. Petrus Van Dreesen, in which the grantors (including Hendrick Pieterse of the Bear Clan) state that it was made for "good will and affection." Yet no one has claimed that Rev. Van Dreesen was a son of King Hendrick.

We should remember that this document was written in Dutch, which was NOT a language spoken by many Indians. So all we have is what the translator chose to put into the deed. And he did not choose to provide any information about Anna Margaretha other than the statement that she was a "beloved friend." It would be nice if we had a tape recording of what the Indians actually told the writer of the deed. But since we don't, we should avoid extending the language of the deed to meet our own wishful thinking.

We do know that the Dutch wording of the deed has been translated into English by several qualified persons over the years. And those translations substantially agree. The translators specifically agree on the word "spinner," which follows Anna's name in two places and which some myth supporters thought might be the equivalent of the English word "spinster." Such an interpretation might imply that Anna Margaretha was either an unmarried woman or a widow at that time, thus accounting for why the deed was made to a woman. But Dutch linguists agree that in the Dutch language of the day, "spinner" could only mean "a woman who spins," and that the word tells us nothing about her marital status. Moreover, Jacob Jr. had not died by 1734. His last son, Hendrick (Lt. Henry Timmerman), was born in 1737.

We still do not know why the Indian deed to land owned by Jacob Jr. and his descendants was directed to Anna Margaretha rather than to her husband. But that mystery need not be resolved in order to determine the name and genealogy of Jacob Jr's wife.

The tradition that Jacob Jr. married an Indian Princess is contrary to all original source materials of that time. The story might have appeared reasonable in 1904, when it was first published. But subsequent research has given us the facts of the matter.

I think that exciting old myths have a place in our family history, but only IF clearly labeled as such. My wife and I cherish an old family myth about her great, great uncle who was supposedly hung as a horse thief as a young man. We still enjoy that story, although we long ago accounted for each member of that family and found that each died of old age. Well, maybe we'll find another horse thief somewhere else. We'd love to have one in the family. And we still would like to confirm an Indian ancestor tradition on another branch of her family. But the story about Jacob Timmerman's Indian Princess will have to remain just a nice myth.


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297 Page 297 Timmerman, Jacob. He was naturalized in New York 3 Jan. 1715/6. He was from Albany County.


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1141 Page 1141 Jacob Timmerman was nat. 3 Jan 1715/16 (Albany Nats.) Jacob d. in 1739, aged 48 yrs., was md. 28 yrs., and had 15 ch.


Marker Honors St. Johnsville's Founder Robert E. Smith, Marker Honors St. Johnsville's Founder Robert E. Smith, Marker Honors St. Johnsville's Founder Robert E. Smith. Marker Honors St. Johnsville's Founder. Published by the Courier Standard Enterprise, Montgomery County, New York 0 Footnote Robert E. Smith, Marker Honors St. Johnsville's Founder ShortFootnote Robert E. Smith, Marker Honors St. Johnsville's Founder Bibliography Robert E. Smith. Marker Honors St. Johnsville's Founder.


Page The village of St. Johnsville honored its founder, Jacob Zimmerman, with a cast iron historic site marker located on the lawn of the Methodist Church, along Main Street in the heart of this Victorian village, on Saturday, November 5.

The project is the work of Village Historian Anita Smith, who at the spry age of 86, continues to research her hometown and the founding mothers and fathers of the community, and the Heritage and Genealogical Society of Montgomery County, which paid to have the marker cast.

Well over eighty people filled the Methodist Church lawn at 2 p.m. for the unveiling ceremony. Smith presided over the brief dedication and unveiling, which included remarks by New York State Representative Paul Tonko, Deputy Mayor Martin Callahan and a prayer by Reverend Hans Drews.

Tonko caught the spirit of the moment. "Just as self-esteem is a powerful element in nurturing the fabric of a human being, so is place-esteem. We celebrate place-esteem today. This gift of research by Anita Smith, the gift of the marker by the Heritage and Genealogical Society and the gift of the land for its placement by the Methodist Church, are an important reminder of a greater sense of place when we recall the tremendous contributions of the Palatine Germans," observed Tonko.

Callahan bestowed thanks for the marker from Mayor Barnes and the village trustees, noting that 2011 is the three-hundredth anniversary of the arrival of "these sturdy Palatines, the largest group of refugees to arrive in America during the 18th century."

The marker which commemorates a broad sweep of the Zimmerman family, their property and historic events, is a departure from the typical 'On this site' roadside marker and requires some explanation.

David Kendall Martin in his book The Eighteenth Century Zimmerman Family of the Mohawk Valley, 1994, documents that we are speaking of at least four generations of males named Jacob Zimmerman. The first (Johann) Jacob Zimmerman (1) is thought to have sailed, with his wife and child/children, from Holland to England, between July 15 and July 28, 1709, arriving in New York City in the summer of 1710. He died at Livingston Manor, on the Hudson River, between December 1710 and March 25, 1711.

Jacob Zimmerman (2) was born in Germany about 1690 and died in what is now the village of St. Johnsville in 1739. He is thought to have traveled from Schoharie to this area around 1720 and is considered to be the founder of what is now St. Johnsville. Jacob Zimmerman (3) born in 1722, probably died at St. Johnsville about 1760. He is responsible for building a grist mill located on Timmerman Creek that was in operation by 1757. Jacob Zimmerman (4) was born in St. Johnsville in 1758 and died in 1835. It was his house, 'a long Colonial affair' that was fortified during the Revolutionary War (Fort Zimmerman), used as a turnpike inn and subsequently cut in half and moved to Washington Street where the two halves still reside as Number 11 and Number 13. The Methodist Church parsonage now sits on the original site.

Following the ceremony, the crowd was invited to a reception held in the patriotically decorated fellowship hall of the church. A variety of homemade baked goods, ice cream and beverages were offered by the Methodists. Mildred Walrath, organist from the Grace Christian Church, entertained with patriotic selections on the pipe organ.

Smith was tremendously pleased with the event. "It was like old times to have so many folks out on a beautiful day celebrating our heritage," said Smith. Asked, "Why now?" for the Zimmerman historic marker, Smith responded, "I just felt there was a need to acknowledge their important role in the life of our community."


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Page St. Johnsville residents paid tribute to village founder Johann Jacob Zimmerman on Saturday with the unveiling of a historic marker on the lawn of the United Methodist Church.

The marker was a gift from the Heritage and Genealogical Society of Montgomery County and honors and celebrates the tri-centennial years of the Palatine German immigration to America.

"The mayor and village board of trustees sincerely appreciate the generous gift of the historic marker donated by the Heritage and Genealogical Society of Montgomery County, and also the members of the Methodist Church who gave their support by offering the site for the historic marker," village Trustee and Deputy Mayor Martin Callahan said during the afternoon ceremony.

"The Palatine Germans were the largest group of refugees to arrive in America during the 18th century," said Congressman Paul Tonko, D - Amsterdam. "This marker serves as an important reminder of the contributions the Palatine Germans made to our society and provides us with a sense of their place in history over 300 years of heritage are found right here in the Mohawk Valley."

"The Palatines were as important to the development of New York state as the Pilgrims were to New England," said Callahan. "We inherit a valuable legacy from these pioneers who planted the seeds of freedom, ensured the life of a new nation and changed the history of the world."

Johann Jacob Zimmerman purchased Harrison Patent lots No. 14, 15 and 18 for 200 English pounds in 1722. The village of St. Johnsville sits on lots No. 14 and 15, which Zimmerman cleared for his farm.

The St. Johnsville United Methodist Church parsonage stands on the site where Zimmerman built his home in 1725. The Zimmerman home was fortified during the Revolutionary War, and militiamen were stationed at what later became known as Fort Zimmerman. Tories and Native Americans, according to historical records, fired upon the fort from the hill where St. Johnsville High School is today.

Zimmerman also fought in the Battle of Oriskany and built a grist mill on a creek that bears his name.

The marker references Zimmerman home, Fort Zimmerman and a turnpike tavern, where weary travelers moving to the west were welcomed after the construction of the Mohawk Valley Turnpike.

"Here the past is present," Callahan said when talking about St. Johnsville's historical roots, adding many Palatine families were already on the land when Zimmerman purchased the lots. [4]

Anna Margaretha Schütz abt 1710-1711 in Livingston Manor, Albany, New York

Henry Zimmerman 1737–1807


[1] http://www.szt-genealogy.org/sztdata/1.htm

[2] https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Zimmerman-1391 Jacob Zimmerman (1690 - 1739)]

[3] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70663076/jacob-zimmerman-------...


[4] The Eighteenth Century Zimmerman Family of the Mohawk Valley. Published by Mouse House Books. Church Hill, Maryland. 1994 David Kendall Martin Page 51

[5] Wikipedia - German Palatines Wikipedia - German Palatines Wikipedia - German Palatines Wikipedia - German Palatines. 0 Footnote Wikipedia - German Palatines ShortFootnote Wikipedia - German Palatines Bibliography Wikipedia - German Palatines.


Page The German Palatines were natives of the Electoral Palatinate region of Germany, although a few had come to Germany from Switzerland, the Alsace, and probably other parts of Europe. Towards the end of the 17th century and into the 18th, the wealthy region was repeatedly invaded by French troops, which resulted in continuous military requisitions, widespread devastation and famine. The "Poor Palatines" were some 13,000 Germans who came to England between May and November 1709. Their arrival in England, and the inability of the British Government to integrate them, caused a highly politicized debate over the merits of immigration. The English tried to settle them in England, Ireland, and the Colonies. The English transported nearly 3,000 in ten ships to New York in 1710. Many of them first were assigned to work camps along the Hudson River to work off their passage. In 1723, 100 heads of families from the work camps were the first Europeans to acquire land west of Little Falls, New York, in present-day Herkimer County on both the north and south sides along the Mohawk River. Later additional Palatine Germans settled along the Mohawk River for several miles, founding towns such as Palatine Bridge, and in the Schoharie Valley.

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Jacob Zimmerman, Jr.'s Timeline

Dunzweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
June 14, 1710
Age 20
New York City, New York
Age 21
East Camp, Livingston Manor, Germantown, Columbia County, New York
Schoharie County, Province of New York, Colonial America
January 3, 1716
Age 26
Albany, Albany County, New York
Foxesdorf, Schoharie, New York, United States
Manheim, Herkimer County, New York, United States