Vitals: Johannes Michael, Sr. & Maria Magdalena Sauter Zimmerman

Johannes Michael, Sr. (1732-1802) b. Germany or New Goshenhoppen, Montgomery Co., PA, or North Carolina?; r. Lancaster, Schuylkill, and Montgomery Counties & Quemahoning Twp., Somerset Co., PA (son of Johannes“Hans” Michael & Anna Elisabeth Dodderer Zimmerman)
~Emigrated: 1753 – Rotterdam to Philadelphia on Edinburgh
~Military: American Revolution, Pvt. with Cpt. Bievor’s Company, 3rd Batt. of York Co. 1776; and again in 1781 with Cpt. Stone’s Company, Lancaster Militia
~Moved: Somerset County 1784. Thought to be patriarch to Quemahoning at age 52.
~one source has him marrying an Elizabeth and having a Johannes (1752-1809 m. Catherine Lutz) and a Michael (?)
-burial: Zimmerman Family Cemetery, homestead farm, Quemahoning Twp. (see cemetery “Show map” for GPS

Maria Magdalena^ Sauter (1727/33-1801) b. Moerschwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland; r. Quemahoning Twp. (daughter of Davit or Michael and Magdalena Steinmann or Maria Haniman Sauter)
-burial: with husband on family farm (see above)

Married: First Reformed Church, Lancaster, PA 1756

Michael Zimmerman (1732-1802)
Family farm cemetery
Stoystown, PA

Children: 10? – one source says 8 girls & 2 boys, but another says 9 as follows+ Children’s names similar from generation to generation.

1. Catherine (1757-  )+
2. Elizabeth (1759- )+
3. Catherine Elizabeth^ (1761-1823) (m.  J. Michael B. Kimmel III*)
~Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stoystown, Somerset Co.,PA
4. John Michael,^ Jr.# (1760/3-1823) b. Lancaster Co.; r Quemahoning Twp. (m. Elizabeth Kimmel* – our line)
-burial: IOOF Cemetery, Stoystown, or Mt. Tabor (Zimmerman) Reformed Church Cemetery, Quemahoning Twp., PA
5. Magdalena^ (1765-  )
6. Jacob Sauter (1768-1735) b. Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill Co. (m. Mary ____, 10 children; believed to be the great-great grandfather of Daniel Burnside Zimmerman-see later story)
7. Eva (1772-1772) died in infancy+
8. Eva (1774-  )+
9. John Adam^# (1777-after 1802) (m. Elizabeth Koontz, a neighbor?)

Sometimes Matthias, Mary Laur(a), and Peter are included in this family?

^mentioned in will probated 1802, “other brothers & sisters” not named in transcription by Jan Hoth

+The confusion may be due to the custom of using names again after a child has died

#Another naming German custom begins boys’ names with Christian names, such as John, which could have been Hans, Hannes, Johann, or Johannes in earlier generations. Boys could be called by either the Christian name or the given/middle name, but confusion reigns, particularly for genealogists.

*This is possibly a case of a brother and sister marrying a sister and brother


“The Amish, Mennonite,  and Dunkards in Somerset Co., PA.” 23 Mar. 2013

History of Bedford, Somerset, & Fulton Counties, PA, 1884

IOOF Cemetery records, Stoystown, PA

Jean. Ancestry Boards. 19 February 2016

Laurel Messenger. May 1962. p. 4

“Mac/McPherson of PA & Related Families.” 24 Mar. 2013

“Michael & Magdalena Zimmerman.” 15 October 2018

Mongst the Hills of Somerset. Somerset, PA: Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset Co., 1980

“Michael Zimmerman.” Somerset County Wills. Estate #1 of 1802. 24 Aug. 1795. Somerset, PA. Transcribed by Jan Hoth

PA Archives: s6, V, XV, p. 2513; s5, V, IV, p. 483

PA German Pioneers. v2. Hinke & Strassburger, n.d.

“SAUTER-L-Archives.” 24 Mar. 2013



Last revised: 10/15/18

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