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Hardinger Cemetery

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Surname given name at death birth date death date notes
Zimmerman Johann David 16 apr 1778 16 sep 1859 h/o Katherine; s/o Johan Jost and Maria Margaretha Zimmerman
Zimmerman Katherine (Cathern Elizabeth Schultz) 1 jan 1778 10 apr 1859 w/o Johan David; d/o Johan Nicholas Shultz, II and Anna Catherine (Backer\ Baker) Shultz

      Note from Kristina (Kuhn) Krumm:

Because of inter-marriage within the family, Johann David and Cathern Elizabeth Zimmerman are related to me in two ways. They are both my 4th great grandparents,  and my 5th great grandparents


Notes  from Donald M Zimmerman:

 

  • Cemetery photo one Cemetery is at left edge of plowed field, behind pine trees. A tombstone can bee seen below third hay bale from left.

  • Cemetery photo two   View from entrance. The broken half of David's headstone is just to the left of the tree in the foreground. Look halfway up the trunk to spot it.

  • Photo of graves of David and Katherine    GGG Grandson Donald M. Zimmerman is holding the JJZ book and is located between the footstones of Katherine (left) and David (right.); David's headstone is black and is in right foreground. Katherine's is pieced together and laying on the ground. No markings are readable anymore. The footstones are still upright and the D.Z. and C.Z. can be read.

 

 

This notation was in the "Zimmerman history book" by Jay Norwalk:

Roger Zimmerman Rediscovers David and Katherine Zimmerman's Graves in 1981

"I visited the Hardinger cemetery on 23 Dec 1981 with Richard DeLauder, a professional genealogist, after we discovered a receipt in David's probate papers for $2.00 for a grave dug in Hardinger cemetery. Imagine the thrill of that discovery. We went back to his house and checked a listing Richard had of the tombstones and David was not listed, but several other Zimmermans were. We decided to go have a look for ourselves.

You take Rt. 514 northeast out of Danville in Jefferson Township. Go about 9.9 miles [Don Zimmerman found it to be 5 miles] and turn left on Rt. 16. Go about 0.8 mile passing by an old white township house and an inhabited house both on the left. You should go up a hill just as you reach the 0.8 mile mark. There will be a grove of trees about 200-300 yards to the left on the brink of the hill. The cemetery is behind the trees. Go just a little farther and turn left into the next house. Ask if you can drive down and park at the oil tanks between the house and the cemetery. It is about a 100 yard walk then to the cemetery.

After entering the cemetery we started searching and trying to read the old tombstones. Many were virtually unreadable. The cemetery was very grown up and had not been cared for in many years. Weeds were knee high and briars were head high in places. Many tombstones had fallen over. Several trees had fallen many years ago & were lying on the ground. Animals had dug burrows, and I stepped into one that was hidden by the snow.

Just about the time we were ready to give up Richard found two graves marked with foot stones that said CZ and DZ. David's grave is about 13 steps from the south fence (the side with the entrance gate) and eight steps from the east fence. The two graves are side by side with Catherine's lying on the west side of David's. David's tombstone is broken in half, and the upper half was buried under about two inches of dirt and grass. All that could be read was -erman on the upper half, and 14 A.D. 1859, 81y 4m 29d on the bottom half, which was still standing. The death date above was calculated by adding his age to his birth date listed in the old family bible. It matched perfectly with the portion of the death date on his tombstone.

Catherine's grave was marked by a foot stone which said CZ, but was eroded to look like GZ. Two pieces of her tombstone each about one foot square were found buried at the head of her grave. One piece said D. Zim and probably had read wife of D. Zimmerman at one time. The other piece said Aged ---3m---. It is believed that she died before David, because she was not mentioned in his will and a receipt dated 16 December 1859 to Jacob Zimmerman, their son, listed them both as deceased. However, Sandusky County History lists her death date as 1864 and is thought to be in error

I left the cemetery resolving to start a fund to properly mark the graves, and to see if there was any way to get Knox county to properly care for the cemetery as the cemetery is evidently an old township cemetery..."


Note from Don M Zimmerman:

"They were in even worse condition when I located them a year ago. You may want to go there yourself. I found the cemetery from the directions in Norwalk's book. The cemetery is completely uncared for and grown up with brush. Only the two footstones are somewhat readable.

I think I can get the Veterans Administration to provide a marker for David's grave because of his War of 1812 service. I have a copy of his military papers to prove his eligibility for a government marker. Do you think it would be a worthy project for us hundreds of Zimmerman's to buy proper markers for those graves? I feel that in another generation or two the site will be indistinguishable."

Don Zimmerman