Heinrich Zimmermann (b. 1823) immigrated to the United States in 1851. The first record in this country that lists him is the 1860 Census that includes his wife Maria Veronica Gannet Zimmermann (b. 1825) and children Henry (b. 1856) and Mary E. (b. 1859).  His occupation is shown as shoemaker and the family is living in the Town of Islip. By the next census in 1870, the family is in Fosters Meadow and also includes William (b.1861), Dora (b. 1864) and Magdalena (b.1868).

They lived near the corner of Central Ave. and Fosters Meadow Road next to Herman’s Hotel where the Town of Hempstead line abuts that of the Town of Jamaica. They were enumerated in both town’s census in 1870. His occupation is as shoemaker or bootmaker through 1900, but there is some indication that he worked as a farm laborer to supplement his income. The widowed Heinrich apparently died in the first decade of the 20th Century.

Little more is known about the children other than Henry.  He married Magdalena Richter (b. 1863), daughter of Johann Richter and Anna Maria Kreutzer at St Boniface on April 24, 1883.  Henry farmed on Three Mile Mill Road in Rosedale and he and Lena had 15 children over the next 24 years.  The first four children were baptized at St Boniface but there is some indication the family changed their allegiance to St Monica’s RC Church in Jamaica after that.  Sometime between 1910 and 1915 Henry, Lena and the 15 children moved to the Town of Riverhead where they farmed on Peconic Bay Blvd. in Jamesport.

The Zimmermann family did not completely break their ties to Fosters Meadow. Daughter Anna (b. 1887) married Henry Peter Herman (b.1879) son of Peter Herman and Barbara Schneider at St Monica’s.  And daughter Florence (b.1903) married Stefan Richter (b. 1897) son of John Richter and Rose Jankowska. The Hermans farmed in Northville in the Town of Riverhead and the Richters in Eastport in the Town of Brookhaven.

Magdalena Zimmermann died in 1938 and husband Henry  in 1948 and both are buried at St John’s RC Cemetery in Riverhead, as are the Hermans and the Richters.


Submitted by Paul Hoffman pwh115@optonline.net