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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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J. V. Zimmerman, whose career as a citizen and business man, as well as one of the oldest residents of Little Rock, dates from an early period (he having lived here for thirty-two years) was born in Montgomery County, Penn., and is a son of William and Mary Zimmerman, natives of the same State. The great-grandfather was a native of Holland, who came to America before the Revolution, and afterward took an active part in that event. J. V. Zimmerman remained in the State of Pennsylvania until the year 1857, attending school at Norristown, and afterward learning the jeweler’s trade with the firm of Leibert & Brown, manufacturing jewelers. His natural aptitude and quick perception soon put him in full knowledge of his art, which his employers were not slow in finding out, and though a young man, he was placed in charge of the entire establishment, remaining with them until the year 1857. In June of that year he arrived in Little Rock, and was engaged by Mr. D. C. Fulton, a prominent jeweler and watchmaker of that period, to take charge and manage his establishment. This he did with great success until the war, when he entered the service of the Capitol Guard of Little Rock as sergeant. During the Rebellion he took part in the battle of Shiloh, after which event Gen. Hardee promoted him to the rank of lieutenant, and soon after that general’s forces were reorganized he joined Hindman’s command, and was assigned to duty as a lieutenant of artillery in Capt. W. D. Blocker’s battery. The promotion of Capt. W. D. Blocker to major also promoted Lieut. Zimmerman to the captaincy, in which capacity he served until the surrender. During Price’s second raid through Missouri Capt. Zimmerman’s battery lost two guns, and Maj. W. E. Woodruff’s old battery was then consolidated with Capt. Zimmerman’s, which the latter commanded. After the war he returned to Little Rock and established himself in the jewelry business on Markham Street, and Capt. Zimmerman can now claim the distinction of being one of the oldest jewelers in the city, as well as one of its most successful business men. He was married in 1867 to Miss Mary Fisher, a daughter of Jacob Fisher, of Texas, but formerly of Alabama. Three children have been born to this union: Julia, Jessie and Mary. The latter, a bright and interesting child, died at the age of five years.

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This family biography is one of 156 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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