Biography of Sylvanus A. Zimmerman
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Zimmerman, Sylvanus A., was born in Bradford, June 20, 1831, and is the fifth of seven children born to John and Elizabeth Stocurn Zimmerman. John, who was a native of Austria, was taken from his bed at midnight by the Austrian army and pressed into service, and being taken prisoner by the French army, he fought under Napoleon. He was afterward taken prison by the English and sent to Canada to serve in the British army, and in 1812 he was sent out to look for a deserter, and he came to the United States. At Buffalo he received a pass to Canandaigua from General Brown, and from there he made his way to Bartle Hollow, now Bradford, and engaged with Mr. Bartle in the distilling business. He soon went to Lancaster, Pa, and engaged in the same business, being very successful. He finally returned to Bradford where he built and run a distillery. He died in 1862, aged eighty two years, and Mrs. Zimmerman died in 1880. Sylvanus was educated in the common schools and the Dundee Academy, and in music at Reading, Mass., and has been a music teacher the most of his life. In 1878 he married Maggie Houck, by whom be has three children Mary E., Sylvanus A., jr., and Hattie. August 29, 1862, Mr. Zimmerman enlisted in Co. G, 23d N. Y. Vols., and served until May, 1863, when he was transferred to Co. B, 80th N. Y. Vols., and sent to provost general's headquarters, where he had charge of the commissary department under Capt. H. P. Clinton, where he remained until the close of the war. He is a member of Lamoka Lodge, F. & A. M. In politics he is a Democrat and has been justice of the peace for eight years and is now notary public, and in 1892 was elected supervisor, which office he still holds.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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