GEORGE T ZIMMERMAN
This early settler of Doniphan county, who, with his wife, came to Kansas in pioneer times, deserves a notice in a historical work of this kind as one of the hardy pioneers of the western country which has since shown such marvelous resources and has been so rapidly developed.
Mr. Zimmerman was born November 28, 1806, in Frederick county, Maryland, the son of George and Elizabeth Zimmerman. He received a common-school education. He remained upon his father's farm until his marriage, in April, 1837, to Miss Ann Elizabeth McNair, of the same county and state as himself. Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman removed to Ohio and later to St. Joseph, Missouri. They did not remain long in the latter place and next came to Doniphan county, where Mr. Zimmerman pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land west of Troy, upon which he settled and made his home until his death, on his seventy-first birthday, November 28, 1877.
Mrs. Zimmerman is the daughter of Samuel and Lavinia (Scott) McNair. Her father was a farmer and the owner of four hundred acres of land, on a part of which the memorable battle of Gettysburg was fought. She attended the district schools of her home place, walking two and a half miles every day to reach the school house. Coming to the primitive west at such an early day, she endured, with her husband, the many hardships and inconveniences of pioneer life, but they were borne cheerfully and willingly, with the end always in view, that of securing a home and competency for themselves and their family. Five children were born to this estimable couple: Anna E., who married Henry Boder, Jr., a prominent banker of Troy, whose sketch will be found on another page; Ellen, who is the wife of C. C. Camp, a wealthy banker and fruit grower of Troy; John C., engaged in the insurance business in Troy; Maryland Scott, who married Clement Pope, of Center township; and Milton is married, has six children and lives on the old homestead.
Mrs. Zimmerman, after the death of her husband, moved into Troy, where she now lives, at the age of eighty years, well-preserved, active and full of life. She keeps house and attends to all its cares herself, besides doing an immense amount of beautiful needlework in the way of quilts and other articles, most of which are bestowed upon her grandchildren and friends. She has for sixty years been a consistent member of the Presbyterian church and is beloved by all who know her.
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