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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. Clark County is the home of many farmers of progressive ideas and enterprising ways, to whom deserved success has come, and whose homes are a credit to the county. The above-named gentleman is one of these. He owns a fine estate of three hundred and ten acres in Springfield Township, the land being under thorough cultivation, and bearing the various improvements which a man of enterprise always makes. A full line of buildings, including every necessary and convenient arrangement for the furtherance of the work carried on, has been erected, all being well constructed and attractive in appearance.

The subject of this sketch is one of twelve children born to Henry and Barbara (Greiner) Zimmerman, natives of the Keystone State, who died in Dauphin County. There George Zimmerman first opened his eyes to the light February 11, 1819, growing to manhood upon his father’s farm. His home was there until March, 1859, when he came to Clark County, Ohio, settling in the township where he has since resided. He has followed farming for the most part during his life, and is thoroughly conversant with every detail necessary to its successful pursuit.

The first marriage of Mr. Zimmerman took place in Dauphin County, Pa., his chosen companion being Miss Barbara Stoner, who bore him four children, three of whom are now living. These are: Henry M., a grocer in Springfield; Augustus, a farmer in Kansas; and Mary, who is the wife of David Tonkinson, of Kansas. The wife and mother died in Dauphin County, Pa., and some time later the wddower contracted a second matrimonial alliance.

The bride on this occasion was Miss Elizabeth Meek, a native of the Keystone State, the marriage rites being celebrated in Perry County. The union resulted in the birth of six children, of whom we note the following: Milton is engaged in farming in Kansas; Araminta C. is the wife of John H. Moore, a farmer in Springfield Township, Clark County; they have three children — Nellie B., Daisy C. and George C.; Alice is the wife of James Ramsey, of Kansas; Simon, Frank and Samuel are living at home. The mother of these children breathed her last at her home in this county, August 24, 1866.

The third wife of our subject was Miss Elizabeth Parthemore, who also died in this county, the date of her decease being October 14, 1874. The talents of Mr. Zimmerman have been recognized by his fellow-men, whom he has served in some of the school offices, and as Township Trustee for several years. He is a member of the Republican party, in behalf of whose principles he wields all his influence. He belongs to the United Brethren Church, having good standing in that religious body and throughout the community, as a man whose principles, intelligence, and habits afford a worthy example to those about him.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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