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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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JONAS M. ZIMMERMAN, an intelligent and successful young farmer of Upper Allen township, is a member of an old and highly respected family in this locality, which dates back to Joseph Zimmerman, the grandfather of our subject, who settled near Martindale, Lancaster county, and whose entire life was successfully passed in farming. He died about 1860, at comparatively an early age, leaving behind him an untarnished name and an excellent record. The family born to Joseph Zimmerman and his wife were: Christian; Martin, a retired farmer of Kansas; Samuel, of Ohio; Isaac, a farmer residing near White Oak station, in Lancaster county; Joseph, a farmer residing at Terre Hill, Lancaster county; Fannie, who married Rev. Samuel Taylor, pastor of the German Baptist Church at Spring Grove; Annie, who resides near Spring Grove; Benjamin, a farmer living near Hinkletown; Elizabeth, who married John Weaver and lives near Smoketown Church, at the lower end of Lancaster county.

Christian Zimmerman, son of Joseph and father of Jonas M., was born in Lancaster county, and engaged in the drug business at Martindale. Later, he removed to Ohio, where he is at present engaged in farming. In 1872 he married Esther Martin, and their union was blessed with two children: Jonas M. and Amos M. Mrs. Zimmerman died in 1889, and Mr. Zimmerman married (second) Mary Zimmerman, a second cousin, and to this union has come one son, Martin, now attending school.

Jonas M. Zimmerman was born in Lancaster county, in 1874, and received his education at the old crossroad school in Earl township. He later engaged in farming with his uncle, Martin Zimmerman, but in 1891, he went to Ohio, and spent two years there, engaged in farming. In the spring of 1894, however, he returned to Pennsylvania, and began farming.

On Dec. 26, 1895, Mr. Zimmerman was united in marriage with Mary A. Zimmerman, a daughter of Jacob M. Zimmerman, a well known farmer of Cumberland county. They have two very bright little girls, Sarah and Esther. Very soon after his marriage, Mr. Zimmerman took possession of his present farm, as well as the farm adjoining, on which he has erected his barns. Energetic, farseeing, quick to embrace every opportunity, Mr. Zimmerman has met with unqualified success, and in addition to farming and stock raising, he is resident agent of the New Holland Machine Company, and is meeting with success in that line also. His premises are kept in first-class order; his residence and barns show that a master hand rules, and he is recognized as one of the representative young farmers of Upper Allen township. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman are members of the Mennonite Church.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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