Jefferson County, NY Pioneers



1. HENRY LAWRENCE ZIMMERMAN was born at Manheim, NY January 1, 1750. He was the son of LAWRENCE ZIMMERMAN (or TIMMERMAN - the name was written with sometimes a Z and more often after the Revolution with a T.)

During the Revolution, HENRYserved as a private in the 1st and 2nd regiments of Tryon County Militia and had land bounty rights for his service. He made a detailed pension deposition concerning his service during the Revolutionary War. He first enlisted 1 July 1775 at Fall Hill in Captain Yates's company, Colonel Gansevoort's regiment and they marched to Montreal. Another re-enlistment lasted 5 months under Captain Ten Eyck and they marched to Quebec. He participated in the taking of St. Johns in Canada and fought in the battle of Chambley. He returned to Little Falls and was soon drafted to go to Ticonderoga under Colonel Cox. He was also drafted to blockade Wood Creek and was stationed for 2 weeks at the mouth of the Unadilla River. In 1777 he enlisted for six months under Cox and his lieutenant was his Uncle Henry Zimmerman by whom he was employed as a waiter. They marched against the western Indians and were in the Battle of Oriskany. In 1780, he enlisted under Captain Gray and was put into batteaux service on the Mohawk River for 6 months and again for six months in 1781.

HENRY L. bought Lot 27 in the fourth allottment of the Royal Grant - land that was confiscated from Peter Johnson. The Royal Grant was just north of the Snell-Zimmerman land grant, where many of his relatives had land.

The town of Manheim Minute books note that HENRY L. TIMMERMAN was among the highway workers 1797, 1798, 1799, 1800, and 1801. The 1800 census lists HENRY L. TIMMERMAN with 1 male 16-26, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-26, and 1 female 26-45. The tax list for Manheim 1799 lists HENRY L. TIMMERMAN with real estate worth $465 and personal estate worth $40.

HENRY L. TIMMERMAN married (1) 4 Dec 1770

He married (2) Oct 26 1784

HENRY and his wife ELIZABETH moved to the Town of LeRay, Jefferson County, NY in 1806. He sold his land in Manheim to Lorence Timerman and Jacob Timerman. They were the sons of his brother Jacob Lawrence Timmerman who had been killed by the Indians, August 5, 1781. HENRY and his family moved by cart to the Town of LeRay. The wheels of their cart were made by cutting off cross sections of logs. HENRY'S son LAWRENCE, who was 8 or 9 years old, caught small pox on the way, and their cart made riding hard for a sick child. The 1810 census lists HENRY TIMMERMAN at LeRay with 3 males under 10, 2 males 10-16, 1 male 16-26, 1 male over 45, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-26, 2 females 26-45, 1 female over 45.

13 March 1821, Henry stated for his pension application that he was a farmer and had no family except a wife aged 56 years. He listed his property as "1 cow, 8 sheep, 1 loom and appendages, 2 trammels, 1 cake pan, 2 kitchen chairs, 1 table, 1 sett cups & saucers, 1 sett knives & forks, 1 churn, 3 wooden pails, 1 tin pail, 1 wire sive, 1 looking glass, 1 pewter bason, 8 earthen plates, 1 frying pan, 1 linen wheel, and 1 kneading trough."

In the1830 census in Jefferson County, the household of Lawrence Timmerman had 1 male 80-90 and 1 female 60-70. Elizabeth Timmerman died September 27, 1830 and Henry L. Timmerman died October 11, 1834. He was 84. They are buried in the LeRay Village Cemetery. Elizabeth and Henry had 9 children. At least four of the children moved west and settled in Indiana. Lawrence stayed in LeRay, Jefferson County.

According to Descendants of Lawrence Timmerman, the children of HENRY and ELIZABETH were:

2    i MARIA MAGDELENA (LANY) TIMMERMAN, b. 11 December 1785

3   ii HENRY L. TIMMERMAN Jr. b. 19 June 1787

4  iii ALIDA TIMMERMAN baptised 2 August 1789, died in infancy

5   iv SUSANNA TIMMERMAN baptised 14 March 1792

6    v ANNA / NANCY TIMMERMAN baptised 29 December 1793

7   vi LORENCE / LAWRENCE TIMMERMAN b. 8 March 1796

8  vii BENJAMIN TIMMERMAN b. about 1798

9 viii OLIVE TIMMERMAN b. about 1800

10   ix CATHARINE b. 7 June 1801


Sources: Descendants of Lawrence Timmerman of The Mohawk Valley, New York by Carolyn T. Sidenius, The Eighteenth Century Zimmerman Family of the Mohawk Valley by David Kendall Martin, and Family Lore

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