The surname Timmerman is identical with Zimmerman, as it was formerly spelled. The change is explained by the inability of the Dutch tongue to pronounce "Z" sounding it like "T," and in spelling the name in this country the sound was followed. Before the revolution the spelling Timmerman was adopted by this family. The progenitors were Zimmermans from Nassau, Germany, whence they came in the year 1700 to New York. In 1720 the family settled in the Mohawk Valley.
In 1790 the census shows five of the family at Palatine town in the Mohawk Valley.
Henry, mentioned below; William had ten in his family, Jacob, six. George, thirteen, and Lawrence seventeen. Johonos Zimmerman served in the revolutionary war until 1781, when he was killed and scalped in a skirmish with the Indians near St. Johnsville, Montgomery county, N.Y.; his grandson, Jacob Zimmerman, lives at Plano, Illiois. [this was pub in 1910].
(I) Henry Timmerman, born about 1740, grandson of the first settler, was at Palatine town in 1790, with three males over sixteen, four under that age and eight females in his family. He was a soldier in the revolution and was wounded at the battle of Oriskany, between the towns of Utica and Rome, N.Y., was taken on a canal boat on the Mohawk River to Herkimer and died afterwards from his wounds. He married _____ Bellinger, of one of the early Palatine families of the Mohawk Valley.
Jacob, Henry, Adam, John, Peter, Frederick, mentioned below, Catherine, Elizabeth, Delia and five other daughters, fourteen in all, as indicated by the census and reported by descendants.
Catherine married a Schuyler; Elizabeth a Snell, Delia a Getman; three daughters married Klocks, another a Snell and another a Vedder.
(II) Frederick, son of Henry Timmerman, was born in Palatine town or vicinity, 1783, died Feb. 28, 1860. He settled at Manheim, Herkimer county, N.Y., and in 1834 moved to Jefferson county in that state. He married Mary, daughter of George Klock. She was born June 1, 1788, died Feb. 4, 1872.
1. Catherine, born Feb. 1, 1807, died Jan. 17, 1900; married Abram Garlock; children: Charlie, Horace, Julia and Mary Ann Garlock.
2. Delia, married Benjamin Snell.
3. Henry, born March 8, 1811; mentioned below.
4. George F., March 31, 1813; died Dec. 30, 1902; married Rosina Walrath; children: Bryon, Deloss, Clarinda, Mary, Eber, Martha, Alice, Fayette, George Hemperly and Fred.
5. Mary, Oct. 3, 1815; died Sept. 20, 1862; married (first) ____ Hose; (second) Solomon Baum; children by first husband: Horace, Lon and Daniel Hose.
6. Daniel May 17, 1817; died Sept. 4, 1891; married ____ Schuyler and removed to Michigan; had children.
7. Frederick, May 23, 1818; died Jan. 20, 1898; married and had three sons: lived in Oneida county, New York.
8. Elizabeth, March 10, 1820; died Deb. 18, 1902; married Ephraim Baum; children: Eben, Justin and Esther Baum.
9. Reuben, July30, 1823; died Nov. 9, 1908; married Julia Loucks; children: Jason, Mary, Ella, Lester and Delia.
10. Nancy, nov. 26, 1824; married Daniel Gray; children: Mary, Milton, Truman, Justin and Hamilton Gray.
11. Joram, mentioned below.
(III) Henry (2) son of Frederick Timmerman, was born March 8, 1811; died Jan. 29, 1898. He married Elizabeth Miller. They had ten children, two of whom died in infancy and five others of scarlet fever in early childhood. The other children were:
1. George H., born March 3, 1843; died March 3, 1876; married Lucina M. Payne; children:
Hattie L., born Oct. 2, 1868; died Feb. 12, 1906; married, Aug. 8, 1888, Derrick Bob and had Margaret Bob, born May 6, 1889, married Sept. 24, 1907, George Kenote (child, Eulita Kenote, born Sept. 1909).
Carrie E., born July 5, 1870; married, Sept. 22, 1886, Justin Gray and has adopted two children, June E. Gray, born Sept. 23, 1889 and Charles I. Gray, born Dec. 17, 1894.
Lucina, wife of George H., died May 12, 1872, aged twenty-eight years, and he married (second) Almeda Chester.
Henry F., March 25, 1875; married Sept. 13, 1898, Frances Markham.
George H. died March 3, 1876; Henry F. is with the Adirondack & St. Lawrence Railroad company.
2. Grandison C., born Sept. 3, 1846; married Nov. 28, 1869, Maria Hilliker; child, Ruth E. M., born March 7, 1850; died May 4, 1872; married Lana Doge, had no children.
(III) Joram, son of Frederick Timmerman, was born at Manheim New York, Jan. 20, 1829, died Jan. 19, 1886. In Feb. 1834, he went with his parents to Jefferson county, N.Y., and was educated there in the common schools. He followed farming all his active life. In 1853 he came to Potsdam, where he lived the remainder of his days. During the first decade of his life in Potsdam he rented various farms from time to time, working them on shares after the old custom. In 1863 he bought a place four miles northwest of Potsdam village, containing two hundred and eighty acres of land. Burdened with debt at first, he soon prospered, paid off his mortgage and improved the farm greatly and became well-to-d.o. He was a useful citizen, capable, energetic and enterprising in business. He was a Republican in politics and a Universalist in religion.
He married, Oct. 2, 1851, Harriet, born 1839, died Nov. 12, 1867, daughter of George and Mary Loucks. Her paternal grandfather was a soldier in the revolution. Her family lived at Orleans, Jefferson county, N.Y. He married (second) Feb. 18, 1889, Cornelia, daughter of Samuel and Olive McCrea, of Lisbon.
Children, born in Potsdam:
1. Herman DeWitt, born Sept. 12, 1852; real estate broker in Brooklyn, N.Y.; married Electa Pray; children, Ralph and Floyd.
2. Frank Elmer, mentioned below.
(IV) Frank Elmer, son of Joram Timmerman, was born in Potsdam, July 1, 1861, and was educated in the public schools and at the State Normal School. When a youth and young man, he worked on his father's farm. From 1887 to 1890 he followed farming on his own account and since then has engaged in the laundry business, at Ogdensburg, N.Y., and at Potsdam. He was at Ogdensburg for two years, and since then has been located in Potsdam. He has been proprietor of the Globe Stream Laundry, which he established, since 1892, and is a director of the Loan Association of Potsdam and of the Potsdam Clothing Manufacturing Company. In politics he is Independent. He was a trustee of the incorporated village of Potsdam for six years, and is now  president. He is a member of Excelsior Lodge of Odd Fellows and of the Independent Order of Foresters. In religion he is a Universalist.
He married, in 1887, Rhoda Patrie, born Feb. 22, 1868. Children, born at Potsdam:
1. Dwight Earl, born April 12, 1889, student at St. Lawrence University.
2. Ethel Irene, born Feb. 13, 1896.
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