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Zimmerman Family Papers


David Zimmerman (1799-1857) and his wife, Margaret (1805-1879), owned a farm in eastern Burke County near the Icard community. Among their six children, the three boys served as Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. Hartley and David were both wounded in combat and later paroled, while Israel was taken prisoner and died of his wounds in a federal hospital. In addition to farming the Zimmerman family operated a distillery. David Zimmerman owned one slave in 1850, a 15 year-old girl named Peggy, whom he bought in 1843.The Zimmerman Family Papers consist of correspondence; bills, receipts and promissory notes; records of deeds and land, a distillery business, and estates; slave papers; Civil W ... (more below)

Title

Zimmerman Family Papers

Collection Number

PC.2056

Date(s)

1757-1883

Language

English

Physical Description
1.0 boxes
Abstract

David Zimmerman (1799-1857) and his wife, Margaret (1805-1879), owned a farm in eastern Burke County near the Icard community. Among their six children, the three boys served as Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. Hartley and David were both wounded in combat and later paroled, while Israel was taken prisoner and died of his wounds in a federal hospital. In addition to farming the Zimmerman family operated a distillery. David Zimmerman owned one slave in 1850, a 15 year-old girl named Peggy, whom he bought in 1843.

The Zimmerman Family Papers consist of correspondence; bills, receipts and promissory notes; records of deeds and land, a distillery business, and estates; slave papers; Civil War military papers; oaths of allegiance; tax receipts; vital records; and miscellaneous papers.

Creator

Zimmerman, David C., 1842-pre1903

Creator

Zimmerman, David, 1799-1857

Creator

Zimmerman, Hartley, 1840-1910

Creator

Zimmerman, Margaret, 1805-1879

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


This collection is organized by record type and is generally in chronological order.

Four series: correspondence; Deeds, Land, and Estate Records; Military Records; Miscellaneous Records


Available for research


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Jennifer Davis, North Carolina Genealogical Society Intern, January 2013; additional processing by Fran Tracy-Walls.


David Zimmerman (1799-1857) and his wife, Margaret (1805-1879) owned a farm in eastern Burke County near the Icard community. Among their six children, the three boys served as Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. Hartley and David C., soldiers in Company K, 35th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, were both wounded at the Battle of Plymouth (North Carolina). Hartley (1840-1910) was shot in the right arm below the elbow. He was later paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 10 1865. David C. (1842-pre-1903) who was shot in the left wrist and struck by a shell fragment was released from the federal Civil War military prison at Point Lookout, Maryland on June 22, 1865. Israel (1828-1863) a soldier in Company F, 26th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry was wounded in the knee at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was taken prisoner and died of his wounds in a federal hospital on July 24, 1863.

The other children of David and Margaret were three girls: Elizabeth (1827- ) married Cain Mathis; Rebecca (1836- ) married William Knox; and Catherine (1846-1885) married Sidney Berry. David Zimmerman owned one slave in 1850, a 15 year old girl named, Peggy whom he bought in 1843. Both David and Margaret are buried in the Friendship Methodist Church Cemetery located at Connelly Springs in Burke County.

For a while David C. lived in Alabama and Tennessee doing railroad and timber work, but later returned to Icard where he married Martha S. Taylor in 1880 and farmed until his death. David C. is buried in the Old Hildebrand Cemetery in Burke County. After the war Hartley Zimmerman returned to Burke County where he continued to farm. He was married twice: first to Lillie Williams in 1890; and later to Merya Lail in 1904. Hartley is buried in the Friendship Methodist Church Cemetery along with his parents and second wife.


[Identification of item], PC.2056, Zimmerman Family Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Mary Lou Cook Hall, Danville, Va.; Karolyn Cook Pullen, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Dr. Charles F. Cook, Hickory, N.C.; Dr. Sarah Cook Magan, Orlando, Fl., 2006.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx


The Zimmerman Family Papers consists of materials created and collected by David and Margaret Zimmerman and their son's Hartley and David C. The earliest records are tax receipts and deeds for land in Burke County. Correspondence combined with Civil War military records and post antebellum papers tell the story of both Hartley and David C. Zimmerman's Confederate medical military service. Among these documents are parole papers and signed Oaths of Allegiance. Evidence of a distillery business run by the family is included as early as 1797 through 1867. There are a few slave papers: a bill of sale for an eight year-old girl; and a receipt for a man named Isaac to trade for goods on his own account. Of particular interest, David Zimmerman owned one slave in 1850, a 15 year-old girl named Peggy, whom he bought in 1843. Other papers directly related to the family include estate records, vital records for several family members, promissory notes and receipts. There is an 1872 presidential campaign ticket issued by the Democratic Party. A few documents in the collection such as some correspondence, notes, and deeds are have no discernible or obvious relationship to the Zimmerman family.


Internship supported by funds bequeathed to the N.C. Genealogical Society by the estate of the late Frances Holloway Wynne. Supervision by Fran Tracy-Walls, Archivist, Private Manuscripts, Special Collections Branch.


North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster U.S. Census: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910 Burke County, North Carolina, Register of Deeds-Public Access Biographical information within papers

  • Hart, Jacob
  • Knox, William H.
  • Zimmerman, David C., 1842-pre1903
  • Zimmerman, David, 1799-1857
  • Zimmerman, Hartley, 1840-1910
  • Zimmerman, Isreal, 1828-1863
  • Zimmerman, Margaret, 1805-1879
  • Zimmerman, Michael
  • Zimmerman, Peggy, Slave of Davd Zimmerman
  • Zimmerman family
  • Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 26th
  • Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 35th
  • Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Distilling industries--North Carolina
  • Estates--North Carolina
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1872
  • Slave records--North Carolina--Burke County
  • Burke County (N.C.)

Pre-Civil War letters are written to Margaret Zimmerman from her sisters in Dallas, Missouri, and Washington County [state unknown]. Civil War letters are written to Margaret Zimmerman from her sons, David and Hartley. The two letters from David are written first from a military hospital in Danville, Virginia and later Goldsboro, North Carolina. One letter from Hartley is written from the Huguenot Springs Hospital, Chesterfield County, Virginia. Later correspondence is primarily between Hartley and David with a few letters to Hartley from other relations. There are a few postal cards written to Honorable J.R. Ellis and P.A. Warlick both in Hickory, North Carolina. These cards along with a letter written to Miss Sophie Avery have an unknown connection to the Zimmerman family.

Contents:

1857, December 24, Letter from Dallas, Mizouri to sister, Margaret Zimmerman

1858, January 28, Letter to Margaret Zimmerman from sister, signed William, Ann, Smith

1863,May 12, Letter to mother from D. Zimmerman from Danville hospital, also to brother Israel on back

1863, August, Letter to mother from H. Zimmerman from Huguenot Springs Hospital, Chesterfield, Virginia

1863, September Letter to mother from D. Zimmerman from Goldsboro, North Carolina

1869, June 28, Letter to H. Zimmerman from D. Zimmerman from North Bend, DeKalb County, Alabama

1870, January 8, Letter from D. Zimmerman trying to protect his property to H. Zimmerman, his brother

1875, Febraury 24, Letter to Col. S. McD? from H. Zimmerman, includes sketch of plot

1875, February 24, Postal card to Hon. J.R. Ellis in Hickory, North Carolina from F.M. Carter

1875, April 8, Postal Card to Hon. J.R. Ellis, Hickory, North Carolina from F.M. Carter, Farmington, St. Francis County, Missouri

1876, March 17, Postal card to Hon. J.R. Ellis in Hickory, North Carolina from F.M. Carter

1877, February 24, Postal card to Hon. J.R. Ellis in Hickory, North Carolina from F.M. Carter

ca. 1878, December 11, Postal card to P.A. Warlick, Hickory, North Carolina from H. Henry, Marshall, North Carolina

1878, December 21, Postal card to P.A. Warlick, Hickory, North Carolina from P.A. Cumming [?], Marshall, North Carolina

1888, May 22, Letter to Miss Sophia Avery, Burke County, from Willie Brown, Ashford, North Carolina

1893, September 11, Letter to Louis Page from H. Zimmerman asking for money owed

Collection includes deeds and land records beginning in 1830 for land purchased near Jumping Run in Burke County by David Zimmerman. Other papers include what appears to be copies of an earlier deed (1800) belonging to Gilbert Bowman for land also located on Jumping Run. Administration of estate documents are included for David and Margaret, their son Israel, and Margaret's father, Jacob Hart.

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 2  
Deeds and Land Records
1830-1875

Scope and Content

1830, October 7, Deed to David Zimmerman from Samuel Franklin

1870, September 5, Deed to Hartley Zimmerman from David Zimmerman

1875, January 30, Statement by William M. Howerton, Secretary of State, stating that Gilbert Bowman bought land, certifying deed, Dec. 11, 1800

1875, January 30, Statement by William M. Howerton, Secretary of State, stating land surveying, survey, May 5, 1800

N.D., Deed to David Zimmerman and wife, (no date, on scrap of paper, no signature)

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 3  
Estates, Zimmerman, David
1857-1859, 1880

Scope and Content

1857, September -November, Judgment against David Zimmerman of $67.25 for Doctor's services

1857, December 22, Paper concerning Zimmerman sale, signed A. Hart from Brandon Bottoms to Mr. Johnson Warlick

1859, July 6, Doctor's bill against the estate of David Zimmerman by Dr. James R. Ellis for $160.00 for visits

1859, September 14, appointed a committee to audit and settle with Phillip Warlick, administrator of David Zimmerman

ca. 1857-1959 List of debts against the estate of David Zimmerman

1880, January 17, Appointing Hartley Zimmerman administrator of the estate of David Zimmerman

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 4  
Estates, Zimmerman, Israel
1877-1878

Scope and Content

1877, Hartley Zimmerman declared administrator of Israel Zimmerman who left no will

1878, March 4, Deed of real estate Israel Zimmerman bought by Margaret Zimmerman for $225.00, administrator was Hartley Zimmerman

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 5  
Estates, Zimmerman, Margaret
1879

Scope and Content

1879, September 23, Hartley Zimmerman, administrator from Margaret Zimmerman, to settle estate by auction

ca. 1879, List of personal property owned by Margaret Zimmerman

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 6  
Estates, Hart, Jacob
1829

Scope and Content

1829, May, Settlement in the estate of Jacob Hart, $3.34 paid David Zimmerman, administrator for Estate, by Margaret and Sary [Sarah] Hart

The earliest military record is for David Zimmerman in 1827 who was found exempt from military duty. Later papers are related to David C. and Hartley Zimmerman. Both were wounded in the Civil War. Accordingly this collection includes furloughs and orders received due to their injuries. Of particular interest is a "Paroled Prisoner's Pass" given to Hartley at Appomattox, Virginia. There is also a collection of Confederate medical documents concerning Hartley, including an application to the Invalid Corps. Two of the documents are signed by Colonel Walter H. Taylor, Robert E. Lee's adjutant and Major-General Bushrod Johnson, Zimmerman's division commander. Among the papers related to David C. Zimmerman is his "Certificate of Release of Prisoner of War, Point Lookout, Maryland" Oaths of Alligiance to United States are included for David, Hartley, David C., and William H. Knox, a brother-in-law.

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 7  
Militia Papers- Civil War, Zimmerman, David
1827

Scope and Content

1827, March 3, "This is to certify that David Zimmerman appeared at the court martial and after examination on oath we deem him incapable of performing military duty it is therefore ordered by said court that he be exempt from the same. This 3rd March 1827, [signed by] Joseph Connelly Capt"

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 8  
Military Papers- Civil War, Zimmerman, Hartley
1862-1868

Scope and Content

1862, November 26, Military pass from Richmond to Icard Station

1862, November 26, Military pass to Icard Station

1863, April 14, Passport Office , Goldsboro, North Carolina to Icard Station, signed by Walter H. Taylor

1863, November 26, Furlough to Burke County for one month by the Board of Surgeons

1864, January 4, Private H. Zimmerman reported at Salisbury carrying special orders transferring him because of disability from wound

1864, March 4, Uniform, clothing, pay statement to Private H. Zimmerman

1864, July 12, Furlough by the Medical Examining Board for 30 days

1864, September 16, Headquarters post commandant to H. Zimmerman from Charlotte, North Carolina, to visit Icard Station and return (Confederate States of America signed by W.J. Hoke, PM by I.F. Liddy, clerk)

1864, October 14, Headquarters post commandant to H. Zimmerman from Charlotte, North Carolina, to visit Icard Station and return (Confederate States of America signed by G.W. Gragson, PM by I.F. Liddy, clerk)

1864, December 2, Headquarters post commandant to H. Zimmerman from Charlotte, North Carolina,to visit Icard Station and return (Confederate States of America signed by G.W. Gragson, PM by I.F. Liddy, clerk)

1864, December 2, Discharge from hospital of H. Zimmerman, report to duty to Petersburg, Virginia

1864, December 18th, Letter to Commanding Officer, P. Berry, Co. K, 35th North Carolina Regiment, from Hartley Zimmerman notifying him of an application for authority to appear before a medical examining board to be examined and retired due to a gunshot wound received at the Battle of Plymouth on April 20, 1862

1864, December 27, Medical Examining Board does not approve application

1865, March 27, Permission request for H. Zimmerman to go to cook rations for the Company

1865, April 10, Paroled Prisoner Pass to go home, Appomattox Court House, Virginia

1867, June 8 Statement that H. Zimmerman not fit for manual labor due to gunshot wound in arm

1868, Statement by T.S. Dorsey, clerk, about H. Zimmerman's war record and wounds

Confederate Two Dollar Bill

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 9  
Military Papers- Civil War, Zimmerman, David
1864-1865

Scope and Content

1864, November 24, Application for authority to appear before a Medical Examining Board

1864, January 26, Permission for furlough

1865, June 22, Certificate of Release of Prisoner of War, Point Lookout, Maryland and Oath of Allegiance to United States

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 10  
Oaths of Allegiance
1865

Scope and Content

1865, August 30, Hartley Zimmerman

1865, August 30, David Zimmerman

1865, August 31, W. H. Knox

In addition to tax receipts with the names of several family members, there are receipts and notes for goods and services. A fragment of a receipt for a still in 1789 is the first in a collection of distillery records. Other papers include a Confederate States "Form of Notice" issued by the impressment branch of the Confederate State Quartermaster Department and a "Form of Registry from the Confederate government both dated 1864. Additionally, there are two tax receipts dated 1867 from the United State Internal Revenue Department. Also, important to this collection are two slave papers. The first is permission for a slave named Issac to trade goods on his own account, while the other is a slave bill of sale for an eight year old girl named, Peggy. One slave, a girl age 15, is enlisted to David Zimmerman on the 1850 slave schedule. One may presume this is the same girl as the age of Peggy in 1850 would have been 15 years old. Several papers including notes contain the names of men with an unknown relationship to the Zimmerman family.

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 11  
Tax Receipts (David Zimmerman)
1825-1855

Folder: PC. 2056  
Box: 12  
Tax Receipts (Hartley Zimmerman)
1869-1877

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 13  
Tax Receipts (Margaret Zimmerman)
1860-1877

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 14  
Tax Receipts (Michael Zimmerman)
1797-1806

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 15  
Distillery
1789-1867

Scope and Content

1789, November, Fragment of receipt for still

1864, August 11, License of David Zimmerman to distill fruits, signed T.A. Dorsey

1864, October 17, Order to Margaret Zimmerman from the Commissary General of the Confederate States to collect supplies (on the subject of impressments)

1867, April 15, U.S. Internal Revenue from Margaret Zimmerman excise tax for $99.00 for 60 gals. of brandy

1867, July 16, U.S. Internal Revenue from Margaret Zimmerman $13.75 assessed from distiller

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 16  
Bills and Receipts
1789-1872

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 17  
Note, Aaron Master to John Wilfong $10.00
1807

Scope and Content

1807, Note, Aaron Master owed John Wilfong $10.00

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 18  
Promissory Notes
1834-1885

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 19  
Permission for a slave, Issac to trade for goods
1824

Scope and Content

1824, March 10, Issac trades 2 gallons of whiskey and 2 dozen apples on his own account, C. Williams for Tho. Williarsy

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 20  
Slave Bill of Sale, Peggy sold to David Zimmerman
1843

Scope and Content

1843, November 3, Bill of Sale $210 for 8 year old girl named Peggy, to David Zimmerman

Collection includes vital records for various family members including marriage, birth, and death notices for David and Margaret Zimmerman and Sarah Hart (sister to Margaret?). One paper in German names John Michael Zimmerman, and appears to be an announcement of his baptism. Finally there are a few miscellaneous records such as an order from the Burke County Board of Commissioners releasing David Zimmerman from military duty because of physical disability, and an order appointing Hartley Zimmerman Overseer of Roads.

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 21  
Vital Records
1757-1885

Scope and Content

ca. 1757, Paper in German-John Michael Zimmerman

1805, Statement of birthdate of Peggy Hart, born January 22, 1805 and Sarah Hart, born December 12, 1798

1822, July 23, Marriage Certificate for David Zimmerman and Margaret Hart, Burke County

1864, November 19, Statement of death date of Sarah Hart

ca. 1885, Statement of death date of Sarah Hart, November 19, 1864, Margaret Zimmerman, July 9, 1879, Catherine Berry, September 19, 1885

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 22  
Miscellaneous Papers
1789-1880

Scope and Content

1872, May 21, Board of Commission of Burke County stating that David Zimmerman is not able to work on public roads or perform military duty for 12 months from May 21, 1872, signed by WT Harbison, Clk

1880, May 15, Paper appointing Hartley Zimmerman as Overseer of the Road at Icard Township

ca? Handwritten form of copy of electrical contract (right to erect power poles)

n.d. Poem "Parting Lore"

Box: PC. 2056  
Folder: 23  
Empty Envelopes

This presidential campaign ticket for the 1872 presidential election details the names of the Democratic candidates, Horace Greeley (President) and B. Gratz Brown (Vice President) as well as Electors for the "State at Large" and "Congressional Districts."