This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on ZIMMERMAN. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
Three books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal with the Zimmerman family. They are: John Calvin Fassold's Genealogy of Valentine Fasold and His Descendants: and the Allied Family Records of Wolf, Dornsife, Kriegbaum, Haupt, Dachenbach, Zimmerman,Krieger, et al. (Harrisburg, Pa.: Printing House of the United Evangelical Church, 1915); Leo H. Garman's The Family of Henry Zimmerman of Pennsylvania and Ohio (Elmhurst, Ill., 1985); and, John Owens' Owen, Long, Wantz, Krouse and Related Families (Austin, Pa., 1990).
There are 17 different first-name entries for Zimmerman in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898), with H. E. Zimmerman (b. 1844, s/o Elias and Eve (Pontius)) and Samuel Zimmerman (b. 1849, s/o James and Maria (Faust)) having separate biographical profiles.
And, now, your ancestors' Zimmerman neighbors in 1890:
In BENNER Township:
Harry E., 48, farmer--Pleasant Gap Isabella J. Oscar M. 10 Eva I. Marian S. Roy E. 4 Paul C. 2
In BOGGS Township:George A., 28, laborer--Milesburg Hattie H. Zerelda James M., 78, farmer--Milesburg Susanna John W. 34 Mary C. Jennie M. Edith M. John S., 42, farmer--Roland Mary E. Frank L. 17 Gertie John L. 14 Robert 12 Ella K. Newell 9 Samuel, 55--Milesburg Sarah J. Lucy B. Sarah A. Thomas, 26, laborer--Milesburg Malinda Ambrose 6 Laura M.
In BURNSIDE Township:Lemuel L., 36, laborer--Pine Glen Annie Edith B. Melissa V. Gilbert M. 5 Amon G. 3 Ossie M. Emanuel P., 65 Mary J. Miles S., 45, carpenter--Pine Glen Henrietta F. Mary A. Simon 18 Nancy Bertha Sarah M. William, 69, carpenter--Pine Glen Sarah
In COLLEGE Township:Abraham, 64, retired--Lemont Margaret
In MARION Township:Jacob, 71, retired--Walker Hannah Mary J. Alma
In MILES Township:Mary M.--Wolfs Store
In MILESBURG Borough:Calvin, 40, laborer Frank E. Lyman E. 6
In SNOW SHOE Township:James A., 39, yardmaster--Snow Shoe Mattie J.
In UNION Township:Mary M.--Fleming
In UNIONVILLE Borough:Lillie J.
In WALKER Township:Lewis S., 67, farmer--Hublersburg Rebecca Sherman 28 Julia Kate M. Albert R. 2 William, 30--Hublersburg Blanche