This story was told to me by her grt. granddaughter, our Gandma Matie: While in New York, waiting on the train, Bridget's mother felt rather ill, so Bridget got off the train, and went back into the depot, to search for some tea for her. When she returned, the train had switched to another track and she was lost, and could not find the train. Bridget fell to her knee's and prayed and God directed her to the right coach, and she found her mother. Grandma Matie always said Bridget was ten at the time, but the ships records show that she was actually fourteen. Grandma Matie also said that Bridget had a beautiful voice and was known for her singing and was one of the first persons to sing the Star Spangled Banner in Ireland, and was known in some circle's as the Jenny Lind of Ireland. Tho I have searched, I have been unable to find any records concerning Bridget and her mother Margaret in Ireland. Nor have I been able to find any record of who her father was?!
Bridget was a devout Catholic and a story has come down in the family that all of her six girls, were raised Catholic. However, her husband was a Lutheran, so the four boys, were raised Lutheran. Not long after the youngest child was born, in 1881, Bridget came down with tuberculosis. In the last few years of her life, she was too ill to attend Mass. When she died June 10, 1887, in Birnamwood, Shawano Co., Wisconsin, the local parish priest, would not allow her to be buried in the Catholic cemetery, because she had not attended Mass. This angered her daughters so much, they left the Catholic church never to return. I have, since doing the family genealogy, run across Zimmerman sons who were Catholic, so I do not know how true this story is?! It just came down through Grandma Matie, so I thought I would include it here. When the family moved from Birnamwood to Edgar, Wisconsin, they had Bridget disinterred, and took her with them, and had her reburied in the Catholic cemetery in Edgar.
Born March 1, 1837 in Stettin, Germany - now Szczecin, Poland, since WW II. He was the son of, Gottfried Zimmermann and Dorothea Caroline Thieme, and came with his parents and siblings to Milwaukie, Wisconsin, in 1848. He was a shoe maker by trade and for many years lived in the home of his daughter, Grt. Grandma May Roberts aka Mary Ann Zimmerman who had married Stephen Benedict Roberts above.
Original Memorial the date of Confirmation for Wilhelm Zimmermann born the 1st March 1837 confirmed the 9th April 1854 in the Church in Sheyboygan.
Thinking demanding 1 Corinthians 16 : 13
Be watchful, stand firm in the belief, act like a man, and be strong.
I do not know German and used Google to decipher this, up to this point. If someone can give me a better translation in its entirety it would be most welcome.
This was among Grandma Matie's personal papers inherited from her daughter, Maryann Scearce-Hanners.
It reads: Beaverdam, Wis. November 30, 1859
This is to testify that I have examined Mr. William Zimmermann on oath & find no legal impediment to his marrying Miss Bridget Bowe of Beaverdam City and that today I have married them according to the rites of our holy Mother the Roman Catholic church. Attest my name
Frank T C Shroudenback
Pastor of St. Mary's at Beaverdam.
This page documents the death of her father, William Frederick Zimmerman which occurred December 24, 1926 in Hood River, Hood River Co., Oregon, at the home of Grt. Grandma May Zimmerman-Roberts.
Funeral of William Zimmerman Sunday - handwriting- Hood River, Or Dec 24, 1926
Funeral services were held at the English Lutheran church Sunday for William Frederick Zimmerman, 89 and native of Germany, whose death occurred at the apartment of his daughter, Mrs. May Roberts, Friday night.
The pastor, Rev. P. Hilgendorf, officiated, and interment followed at Idlewilde cemetery. (Hood River, Or)
Mr. Zimmerman, who spent most of his life in Wisconsin, came to Hood River 13 years ago. The following other children survive; Mrs. Amos ("Carrie") Rauget (Rouget), of Hood River; Mrs. Ida (Lou) Filyes, of Madison, Wis; Mrs. J.J. (John Jacob "Jack") ("Inez") Kress of Los Angeles, Calif; G. H. (George Henry) Zimmerman of Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. J.H. (John Henry) "Madge" "Tanta" Gorman of Walla Walla, Wash; and Albert "Allie" Zimmerman, of Antigo, Wis.
I have added corrections in brackets, ( ), showing their names and that of their spouses.
I. Roberts 75 Thomas Isaac Roberts b.May 22, 1816 Bryn Isa, Denbigh, Denbighshire,Wales
Margret Roberts 70 Margaret Salisbury b.Dec 9, 1822 Henllan, Denbighshire,Wales
John Roberts 38 John Salisbury Roberts b.May 6, 1853 Liverpool, England
Will Roberts 35 William Henry Roberts b.Jan 3, 1856 West Port, Dane co., Wisconsin
S.B. Roberts 34 Stephen Benedict Roberts b.Jun 25, 1858 West Port, Dane co., Wisconsin
Maggie J. Roberts 31 Margaret "Maggie" Jane Roberts b. Mar 18, 1860 Mazomanie, Dane co., Wisconsin
Thos. I. Roberts 28 Thomas Isaac Roberts, Jr. b.Oct 25, 1861 Dane co., Wisconsin
Annie Roberts 27 Catherine Anne "Annie" Roberts b.Feb 1863 Cross Plains, Dane co., Wisconsin
This list was written about 1896 for the ages to be correct.
Carrie R 35 Carolyn "Carrie" Ellen Zimmermann b.Sep 2, 1861 Beaver Dam, Dodge co., Wisconsin she m.Amos Hilary Rouget
May R 33 Mary "May"Ann Zimmermann b.Aug 31, 1863 Birnamwood, Shawano co., Wisconsin she
m.Stephen Benedict Roberts same as above.
Fred Z 30 Frederick "Fred" C. Zimmermann b.Aug 24, 1866 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Will Z 28 William "Willie" Niclous Zimmermann b.Nov 12, 1868 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Agnes Z 26 Agnes "Inez" L. Zimmermann b.Nov 1, 1870 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Ida F 23 Ida Gertrude Zimmermann b.Mar 6, 1872 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin m.Lou Filyus
Henry Z 21 George Henry Zimmermann b.Oct 14, 1874 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Maggie Z 18 Margeretha "Madge" "Tanta" Bridget Zimmermann b.Apr 25, 1878 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Allie 15 Albert "Allie" Rockins Zimmermann b.Jan 22, 1881 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
NOTE: the only child not on this list is: Alicia Elizabeth Zimmermann b.Oct 31, 1871 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin. Nothing else is known about her.
S.B. Roberts Born in Wesport Dane co., Wisconsin the 25th of June 1858 and married the 3rd of July 1884
Married to Miss Mary Zimmerman Died Feb 6th 1904. S.B. Roberts was born in Westport, Wis., not Wesport as she has spelled it.
Henry Zimmerman Born 14th Oct 1874 Married 15th Oct 1902 to Miss Kathleen Schmehl. This is George Henry Zimmermann as seen above, he married Katherine "Kitty" Schmehl.
Wm. Zimmerman Died Oct 5th 1906. This is William "Willie" Niclous Zimmermann as seen above.
Died Oct 15, 1885 at 4017 Dearborn street, of pneumonia, Chester A. Rogers (Rouget), baby boy of Amos and Carrie Rogers (Rouget) aged fifteen months. Funeral services at the house, 2 p.m. to-day. The remains will be taken to Oakwoods. (He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois)
Next in handwriting: Stephen Roberts died Feb 6, 1904 and is a repeat of the death of Grt. Grandma May's, aka Mary Ann Zimmerman's husband, Stephen Benedict Roberts.
The next clipping is that of Bridget Bowe-Zimmerman, it reads:
Died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. S.B. Roberts, Mrs. Zimmerman, beloved wife of Wm. Zimmerman, of Birnamwood, aged 45 years. She was taken to her home for interment, the funeral taking place on Monday.
In hand writing it says: 10th of June 1887 Mrs. Wm. Zimmerman
In margin it reads: Bridget Bowe, Tuberculosis.
NOTE: Grt. Grandma May married Stephen Benedict Roberts Jul 2, 1884 in Clintonville, Waupaca co., Wisconsin. Her mother Bridget died three years later at her home. I do not know for sure if they were living in Clintonville at that time, or if they had moved to Pelican Lake or Edgar? Bridget was taken back home to Birnamwood and buried there, but later as I have stated before she was removed and reburied in the Edgar Catholic cemetery when the family moved there.
Last handwritten note: Willie Zimmerman died Oct 5. 1906 This is a repeat of William "Willie" Niclous Zimmermann as seen above.